Not sure the infirmary has enough beds for all the players checking in with injuries after a bruising week 6 in the NFL.
Among the names checking in this morning is Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. ADP suffered an ankle injury late in yesterday’s thrilling win against Baltimore that sent him limping off the field.
Chester Taylor is the appropriate handcuff here.
A few other notes from the weekend that was:
*If last week was the week of the wide receiver, this was the week of the quarterback. Peep some numbers: Matt Schaub (392-4), Drew Brees (369-4), Tom Brady (380-6), Joe Flacco (385-2), Brett Favre (278-3), Ben Roethlisberger (417-2), Aaron Rodgers (358-2), Kurt Warner (276-2).
*For as good as those guys were at the quarterback position this weekend, a pair of starting quarterbacks were impressively awful. Kerry Collins turned the ball over three times and completed 2-of-12 passes for -7 yards. You read that right: Negative seven passing yards. Meanwhile, rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions in losing to the Bills.
*The opportunity to buy low on Steve Slaton may have come and gone. The rushing numbers were not pretty, but he was mighty active in the passing game. The Texans likely will continue to utilize him in any way possible going forward, except — frustratingly — at the goal line.
Anquan Boldin [WR, Cardinals]
The only bad news for the Cardinals was an ankle injury to Anquan Boldin that knocked him out in the fourth quarter. The game was well in hand, so the team may have just been playing it safe. Boldin was seen sitting on the bench with his foot raised and his ankle wrapped.
Boldin did not return to a game that was well in-hand by the 4th quarter but he continues to get nicked up on an almost-weekly basis. Good thing here is that it does not appear too serious and he should not miss any time.
Donnie Avery [WR, Rams]
Avery left the game with a bruised hip in the second quarter. He is the team’s only reliable receiver and it showed after he left the game. The offense looked very good on the opening drive, but then sputtered when Avery left.
Another receiver with a disturbing propensity for injury.
At least Avery scored for his fantasy owners before exiting for the day. The St. Louis offense really could have used him presence late in the game against Jacksonville with a chance to win with a touchdown.
Steven Jackson owners, meanwhile, watched the do-it-all running back become the team’s leading receiver on the day.
LenDale White [RB, Titans]
White left the game and was limping on the sideline before hoping on a cart and heading to the locker room early. It appeared to be an ankle injury, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
White was unable to put weight on the injured limb after going down in the snow. Usually a bad sign but more on the severity of the injury should be known later today.
Meanwhile, those in the deep, keeper and dynasty leagues need to find Javon Ringer. He is the rookie from Michigan State that figures to fill in for an injured White if push comes to shove.
Sammy Morris [RB, Patriots]
Morris injured the knee on a three-yard reception. He had to be helped off the field, unable to put pressure on the leg.
Just when I thought Morris would return to fantasy relevance following the Fred Taylor injury, he gets hurt.
Now the revolving door at running back for the Patriots is in full swing again. Laurence Maroney and Kevin Faulk are next in line for carries with BenJarvus Green-Ellis rejoining the conversation again.
Fantasy advice: Steer clear if possible, though Maroney still has the most upside.
Trent Edwards [QB, Bills]
Edwards was injured as a result of a sack on a third-down play early in the second quarter. He has been replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Per CBS, Edwards has been taken to the locker room for further evaluation.
Edwards’ injury was being diagnosed as a concussion after the game.
Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bills to the victory against the Jets in overtime thanks in large part to the ineptitude of Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez and his five interceptions. Edwards will be monitored closely this week but could be in danger of missing some time.
Luckily for fantasy owners of Bills’ offensive players, the team was able to move the ball relatively effectively with Fitzpatrick behind center.
Percy Harvin [WR, Vikings]
Vikings coach Brad Childress said that Percy Harvin “nicked” his left shoulder against the Ravens and X-rays showed no further damage.
That is pretty good news for Harvin, whose status for today’s game was in jeopardy earlier this morning.
However, it is just another setback to what has been a mostly promising start to his career. The injuries and bouts with illness has been disheartening for fantasy owners, but it is hard to complain about a rookie receiver who has played well when given the opportunity.
James Davis [RB, Browns]
Browns running back James Davis, who allegedly suffered a shoulder injury while facing without pads a linebacker who wasn’t, underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Davis will spend the next six months rehabbing and recovering.
Davis became a hot fantasy prospect during the preseason behind a string of impressive performances. He even worked his way into the late rounds of a few fantasy drafts.
And then he fell off the map along with the rest of the Cleveland offense.
Davis will have a chance to supplant Jamal Lewis as the starting running back in Cleveland next year. Hopefully the rest of the offense will improve as well, otherwise his talent may get wasted again.
Adrian Peterson [RB, Vikings]
After catching a pass in the backfield from quarterback Brett Favre, Peterson’s ankle twisted as he was being tackled.
He limped badly off the field but he now seems to be walking normally.
Scary seeing Peterson’s name in the MMR. This may or may not be his first visit; Regardless, Peterson’s fantasy owners are ever-vigilant of their prize possession.
This does not appear to be anything serious but he could be limited in practice this week. Keep a close eye on his status throughout the week and pick up Chester Taylor if he is floating on the waiver wire.
Matthew Stafford [QB, Lions]
Per Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Stafford will consult with Dr. James Andrews, who’ll inspect a new MRI in an effort to determine the cause of the looseness in the joint.
If surgery is necessary to fix the condition, Stafford could be out for the rest of the year.
The news on Stafford went from bad to worse over the course of the weekend. His one day of practice last week resulted in a setback for his knee and it does not appear likely he will be able to return to the field after the Lions’ bye week.
Calvin Johnson, who also missed yesterday’s game, still is expected to return to the field for the Lions next game. And as he proved last year, the guy throwing the ball in Detroit does not really matter for Megatron’s numbers.
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