Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Week 3 NFL Injury Report w/Waiver-Wire Targets

Week 2 had just as many significant injuries (from both real and fantasy football perspectives) as did Week 1.  Cowboys fans must be in prayer circles at this point.  Running back situations are in flux around the league, starting quarterbacks have already been replaced by backups, and some receivers that have been left for dead (looking at you, Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Smith) are lighting it up again.  It feels like we are in mid-season form already.

Here are the injury situations that we are monitoring for Week 3 and beyond:

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay - Lacy left on a cart during Green Bay's Sunday night game against Seattle with an ankle injury.  X-rays came back negative, so it seems Lacy has avoided a fracture.  While that is one bullet dodged, it does not mean he won't miss time.  The Packers are hoping he can play in Week 3.  We will have to wait for updates, but for now James Starks should be on everyone's waiver wire list, as he played very well after Lacy left the game.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas - The hits keep coming for the Cowboys.  Romo suffered a broken collarbone during Sunday's game and will elect to bypass surgery, meaning he will miss at least eight  weeks.  Brandon Weeden will start at QB for the foreseeable future.

Drew Brees QB, New Orleans - In a surprise report on Monday, Brees underwent an MRI on his shoulder following Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.  The results were negative, but he is questionable to play against Carolina.

Eric Decker, WR, NY Jets - Decker may have sustained a PCL injury during Monday night's game.  An MRI will provide more clarity, but if Decker can't play in Week 3, Brandon Marshall will get a huge workload against the Eagles.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami - Cameron exited Sunday's game with a groin injury.  He did not return, and if he misses next week's matchup the Dolphins will start Jake Stoneburner.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde did not play in the second half on Sunday after he was supposedly checked for a head injury, but now the team is saying that it was a thigh contusion.  There is no indication that he will miss any time, but owners should check for any updates just in case.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona - It appears that Ellington's sprained MCL will cost him 2-3 weeks.  The Cardinals will go with Chris and David Johnson until Ellington is ready to go, with Chris taking the lead role.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta - Coleman left Sunday's game on a cart due to a broken rib and at this point he is expected to miss two weeks.  Devonta Freeman will get the bulk of playing time for the Falcons.

Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore - A sprained PCL has kept Perriman on the sidelines since the season began, but word out of Baltimore is that he is expected back by October.  If you have the room on your bench, it may be a good idea to stash Perriman now as the Ravens really need the help at WR and he's their most athletic player at the position.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago - Cutler left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and did not return.  It sounds as if Cutler could miss two games.  Jimmy Clausen should start in his place, majorly downgrading Chicago's offensive playmakers.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago - Jeffery was declared inactive for Sunday's game with a hamstring issue, and there is no definitive word at this point that he will return for Week 3.  More targets should go toward Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett in his absence, but it sounds as if those targets will come from Jimmy Clausen, so take that info with a massive grain of salt.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas - The Cowboys did not place Bryant on the IR/Designated to Return List, so it sounds as if Dallas is going to try and get Bryant back on the field as soon as possible.  Initially, Bryant's timetable was 10-12 weeks, but a bone graft completed during his foot surgery could quicken his recovery.  Now it appears that he could return to action within six weeks.  Either way it's going to be a long absence, but a player of Bryant's caliber means a great deal to his owners, and to the Cowboys.  Our resident Fantasy Doctor Selene Parekh examines the Dez Bryant injury HERE

Arian Foster, RB, Houston - Foster was inactive for Sunday's game against Carolina, but he participated in practices last week and hopes to be ready for Week 3 against Tampa Bay.  On Monday the Texans considered Foster day to day.

Victor Cruz, WR, NY Giants - Cruz is targeting a Week 4 return from a calf  injury.  It remains to be seen what impact he will have on the Giants' receiving game when he returns.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh - He's coming back this week, so plug him in your lineup if you're lucky enough to have him.  And if you had DeAngelo Williams, he can head back to your bench (but you got two great weeks out of him.  Just imagine when Bell gets to run in that offense....)

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - He was ruled out for Week 2 with a hamstring injury, and at this point his expected return is 2-3 weeks.  Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon will continue to see extra work until Jackson recovers.

Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis - Coach Jeff Fisher called Gurley a game-time decision, and if he does play, the team will limit his reps.  It's a step in the right direction for the first-round pick and a team that needs his help badly.

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