Fantasy Football 2013: Week 2 Injury News and Notes

By Jim Heath

If you have arrived to Monday morning without your fantasy football team in serious need of a M.A.S.H. unit, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Not in recent memory do I recall a day in which more high-profile fantasy players went down to injury than Sunday.

Changes are , you either barely escaped without damage or you found yourself trapped in the pits of a frustrating fantasy mosh pit of banged up running backs, receivers and quarterbacks. Needless to say, this is not the season you had planned for – me either.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy looked prime for a breakout performance versus the hapless Washington Redskins run defense. In fact, Lacy averaged 10 yards per carry Sunday. Unfortunately, it was his only carry, suffering a day-ending concussion courtesy of a non-flagged helmet-to-helmet spear from Redskins’ Brandon Meriweather. James Starks then ran to glory for the Packers.

Steven Jackson was also in line for a huge day Sunday playing against his former team, the St. Louis Rams. Following an eight-yard touchdown reception from Matt Ryan in the first quarter, Jackson was gone for the rest of the game due to a quad injury.

Rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ game-winning over time touchdown reception may not have happened had Houston Texans‘ primary go-to guy Andre Johnson not left the game with a concussion.

Not that Ray Rice was a fantasy football super star on Sunday, but his day too was cut short with a hip flexor strain in the second half of the Baltimore Ravens game versus the Cleveland Browns.

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden also left Sunday’s game with an injured thumb. X-rays on Weeden’s thumb came back negative, which is good news for Browns fans – I think. Of course, the better news is the knowledge the Browns finally get wideout Josh Gordon back following his two-game suspension. Their struggling offense needs the boost.

In an act of deja vu, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was unable to finish his game versus the Oakland Raiders, leaving the game before the second half with a sprained ankle.

Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White and Reggie Bush attempted valiant efforts to play for their teams on Sunday, but none were factors in their respective games. Fitz and Bush were unable to finish the game, and White was basically nonexistent in the Atlanta Falcons passing game.

The most concerning injury of the day was that of San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcolm Floyd. Sandwiched by two Philadelphia Eagles defenders, the former Wyoming Cowboys player laid motionless for some time on Lincoln Financial Field. Floyd was able to fly home with the team and the news sounds optimistic.

Even the nightcap on Sunday was not immune to the loss of a big-name athlete. San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis left the game with an apparent hamstring injury.

The plethora of early-season injuries compounded by the eerie weather-related delays this season has this guy thinking it may be time to brace for the locusts – or, maybe it’s just time to bring Tim Tebow back to the NFL – obviously, someone with higher authority is not happy.


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