Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 4 Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

This week in the NFL seemed like a walk in the park compared to the carnage that was the first two weeks, unless you're rooting for the Steelers.  Teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack, with several getting to 3-0.  Injuries, along with changes to schemes and personnel, will play a pivotal role as we continue into Week 4. 

Let's take a look at who went down and who came back in Week 3, and look ahead to next week:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - The injuries to starting QB's just keep coming.  Roethlisberger sustained a bone bruise to his knee as well as an MCL sprain during Week 3's game, and he will reportedly miss between four and six weeks.  The Steelers will turn to Michael Vick for the near future and Le'Veon Bell will surely see a massive workload as well.  Antonio Brown's value may take a hit, but time will tell as Vick gets installed into the offense.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo - In a very murky situation, McCoy played enough on Sunday to tally 11 carries and a TD, but after the game coach Rex Ryan revealed that LeSean is running on "one and a half legs" due to hamstring problems.  The success of Karlos Williams as McCoy's backup leads me to believe that there will be a split in carries for the Bills RB's for at least another week.
*UPDATE* Reports out of Buffalo have McCoy unlikely to play Week 4

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans - Brees was absent from Week 3's loss at Carolina, but is optimistic that he will play in Week 4.  We will have to check practice updates throughout the week to see if his shoulder is holding up, and that Brees is getting good velocity on his throws.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle - Lynch only made it through one half of Sunday's game, getting six touches and 23 yards.  He sat for the second half, but it's unclear as to why he didn't play.  Either the Seahawks knew they would have no trouble with the Bears or Lynch is suffering from a hamstring injury.  As of today he is considered day to day, and it will help his cause that Seattle doesn't play until Monday.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - Watkins has a calf strain and at this point is considered day to day.  We will have to see how his practice participation goes this week, but we may be looking at a questionable tag.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago - Jeffery is expected to return to action in Week 4, but it must be tough to return to the offense that was on display versus Seattle.  Hopefully Jeffery provides a spark, but I wouldn't get too excited with Clausen as his QB.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago - Elaborating on the Jeffery update, Cutler is still considered week to week and we don't know any more about his hamstring injury as of Monday.  He should be considered questionable for Week 4 at this point, with the possibility for another week of Clausen for the Bears.

Chris Ivory, RB, NY Jets - WTF an Ivory owner, how do you declare him active and then keep him on the sidelines the entire game?!  Ok, I'm better now.  Hopefully he is still trending upward in his recovery from a groin and quad injury, and will be on the field this week.  Like actually playing.

Eric Decker, WR, NY Jets - Decker was inactive for Sunday's game with a PCL sprain.  He is questionable for this week.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia - A surprise inactive for Week 3, Murray participated in practice last week until Sunday's game before his hamstring injury kept him out.  Either he was worse off than previously thought or he worsened the injury.  We will wait for updates this week and have to consider him questionable at this point.  Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles would continue to benefit during Murray's absence.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta - Coleman missed Sunday's game against Dallas, and Devonta Freeman went on a tear in his absence.  Coleman is expected to miss another week with a broken rib, so those who own Freeman can fire him up again with hopes of a repeat performance.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona - According to coach Bruce Arians, Ellington should play this week against St. Louis, returning from a PCL injury.  Temper your expectations, though, because Chris and David Johnson have looked good as well, so we may have a full-blown RBBC on our hands.

Victor Cruz, WR, NY Giants - All signs point to Cruz returning to the field this week.  If you are lacking depth at WR or have bench room, I would pick him up as a lottery ticket.  We don't really know how sharp he will be after his multiple injuries, but it can't hurt to own him in case he takes off.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston - There is a possibility that Foster plays in Week 4 against Atlanta.  He is recovering from groin surgery, and has said himself that he is not 100 percent.  We will wait for updates out of Houston but it sounds like he's getting close.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - Jackson could return to action this Sunday, which would be a quicker recovery than initially thought from his hamstring injury.  You have to be careful with this type of injury when relying on speed like Jackson does.  I would be tempted to take a wait-and-see approach with him if he plays, unless I didn't have other options at WR.

Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore - Perriman may have suffered a setback with his knee injury this week during practice, as he abruptly quit running routes and only caught passes for the remainder of the day.  On a short week, it's almost a lock that he won't play, but if you have room on the bench I'd say hold onto him until we see what he can do.  On the other hand, if someone you like better is available, I could see dropping him at this point too.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas - Everyone in Dallas is saying something different regarding Bryant's recovery from a broken foot, with everywhere from Week 7 to Week 12 returns being mentioned.  The latest is Cowboys' management establishing Week 7 as a goal for his return.  I still think we will see Bryant around week 10, as a foot injury of this magnitude needs a good bit of time to heal.  More conservative estimates for his recovery should prove to be accurate.

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