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Week 3: Key Injuries

Here are some injures that happened over the weekend and some advice on what to do:

RB Brain Westbrook (PHI): Initial reports indicate that Westbrook has a “strained ankle” and he is day-to-day. It is not clear yet how long (if at all) he will be out. Advice: Pick up Correl Buckhalter. Now. Philly has a very potent offense and gets the RB involved quite a bit in the passing game. He would be worth a start if Westbrook is out. And it looks like Westbrook might miss a game or two.

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): Roethlisberger injured his hand and Leftwich replaced him at QB at the end of the game. He was getting pretty beat up by the Eagles pass rush all day, so it is not surprising that he came out of it with an injury. Advice: There is no report yet on how serious the injury is, but I think he will be fine to play next week. Check back for an update later in the week, though.

QB Donovan McNabb (PHI): McNabb suffered a deep bruise of his pectoral muscle, but should not miss any time. Advice: Unless you hear otherwise later this week, it is safe to start McNabb in week 4.

QB Jon Kitna (DET): Kitna sprained his knee in the 4th quarter and did not return. Advice: Keep an eye on this, but I do not expect it to make him miss any time. If he does, Dan Orlovsky will start in his place.

RB Adrian Peterson (MIN): Peterson did not have a great game (77 yards), but he claims he is not bothered by his sore hamstring. Advice: Start Peterson every week, because he is a stud. But pay attention to his hamstring, as it could slow him down a bit for a few weeks.

RB Darren McFadden (OAK): McFadden started and played (but only gained 42 yards on 14 carries), despite his turf toe injury. Apparently, he took an injenction before the game to deal with the pain. It seemed noticeable, however, that he was not running the same as before the injury (he even slipped a few times as he tried to cut on his injured foot). Advice: Add Michael Bush (who gained 52 yards on 14 carries) if he is still available. And keep an eye on McFadden to see how his injury progresses.

RB Willie Parker (PIT): Parker has a sprained knee and will miss this week’s game. Advice: If backup Rashard Mendenhall is available in your league, add him and start him this weekend. He should perform well.

TE Jeremy Shockey (NO): Shockey will undergo surgery for a sports hernia and will miss the next 3-6 weeks. Advice: This is bad news. Shockey had been playing pretty well for New Orleands. His backup, Billy Miller, is not worth a roster spot. Hopefully some of the other undrafted TEs who have been playing well (e.g. Fasano, McMichael) are still available in your league.

Categories: Injuries
  1. Steel City
    September 23, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Your advice is to add Rashard Mendenhall and start him this week vs the Ravens D who allows 77 rush yards per game this season? How about Rashard Mendenhall averaging 2.8 yards per carry in his limited work as a pro. Add him if he is available, but only start him if you have to (bye weeks, injury). The going will be tough for Rashard in his first NFL start.

  2. nlfunk
    September 24, 2008 at 2:30 am

    The Ravens D is tough, no doubt. They have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 20 games. But this year, they have played the Bengals and the Browns, so I am not entirely convinced that their defense is as strong as it seems. Those are hardly two teams who scare you offensively (despite the weapons they have on paper). But the Steelers average 30 rushing attempts per game. And if Mendenhall gets most of those — including some goal line carries — I think he will do well enough to warrant a start.

    But as you said, it is all relative. Do not start Mendenhall expecting a huge day. Bye weeks have started to hit us all, and injuries are starting to effect our rosters, so he is a good guy to grab and play for a week, if he is available. You may have better options. But you could do worse. If you have Mendenhall, feel free to email me at fantasy.funk@gmail.com to discuss your other options and figure out whether you should start him.

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