Week 7 was a mine field.
Darren McFadden. Matthew Stafford. Tim Hightower. Willis McGahee. Santana Moss. Marshawn Lynch. Earnest Graham. Beanie Wells. Hines Ward. All big names, all fantasy relevant, all went down with some type of ailment in Week 7.
There were varying degrees, from the serious (Hightower out for the year) to the medium (McFadden) to the mild (Stafford). That Matt Ryan avoided serious injury after the nasty way his ankle bent is nothing short of a miracle. He seemed destined for the above list, it was gruesome.
More injury updates below …
Injuries of Note
Andre Johnson practiced on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Probably a game-time decision this weekend … Peyton Hillis may have practiced on Wednesday, but did not practice yesterday after suffering a setback … Matthew Stafford was limited on Wednesday but put in more work on Thursday. His outlook for Sunday is improving quickly … Beanie Wells is optimistic that he will be able to play this Sunday after spraining his knee last week, but his status is very much in doubt … For deep league owners, Emmanuel Sanders will start for the Steelers if Hines Ward cannot play. Tasty matchup against New England and Sanders is coming off his best game of the season … Mark Ingram looks doubtful for the Saints, who may activate Chris Ivory off the PUP in Ingram’s stead … Looks like Sam Bradford will miss another week due to that high ankle sprain he suffered two weeks ago … Adrian Peterson sat out of Wednesday’s practice but there was nothing to see there, just a little rest for the veteran.
Philip Rivers v. Chiefs
Think Rivers will start bouncing back for the second half of the season on Monday night.
Tim Tebow v. Lions
Maybe I was wrong about Tebow. The Broncos are not changing their game plan for him. If they continue trying to force a square peg in a round hole, the fantasy production is going to wane.
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