2013 Fantasy Football: Early Week Injury Woes

By Dustin Manko
Tony Romo
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Many fantasy football owners either won their league Super Bowl or had their final loss of the season this weekend. Congratulations to you either way on completing a season. The playoffs are the time when it is all laid on the line, and some very big names suffered some injuries this weekend. For those of you who had their fantasy season conclude this week, then I’m sure you are far less concerned with injuries to players on your non fantasy, real life favorite team. Some of you fantasy owners still have one more week to go. If your team is still alive, then here’s what you need to know about the injured players from week 16.

Tony Romo turned to evade a would be sack in the fourth quarter and came up a little limp after the play. Romo underwent MRI testing on his back today, and reports are surfacing that he is out for the season, dealing a major blow to the playoff chances of the Dallas Cowboys. Kyle Orton will get the start, and with the way the Philadelphia Eagles can score, Orton could be a sneaky play for week 17.

Calvin Johnson disappointed many fantasy owners with a 43 yard day in many fantasy Super Bowls. He is suffering from a knee and an ankle injury, and was used sparingly during the second half of the game. His week 17 status is extremely doubtful, as the Detroit Lions have been eliminated from playoff contention. Nate Burleson gets a bump in the ranks.

Steve Smith suffered a knee injury early Sunday, taking away a key pass catcher for Cam Newton. Smith did tell reporters that he felt a “pop” in his left knee. While it wasn’t initially thought to be serious as Smith attempted to return to action, he was unable to return for more than one snap. Monday’s MRI results indicated a sprained PCL, essentially killing any chance of him playing next week.

Fantasy owners need to assume that Ryan Mathews will be somewhat injured for probably the rest of his career. This week it was a left ankle injury. Mathews briefly missed some time, but was able to return to action, and finished just shy of 100 rushing yards. He was spotted wearing a boot after the game, but it appears to be a precaution. He should be as safe a play as you normally would.

Eddie Lacy entered and exited Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, leaving the game in the fourth quarter after being unable to return to action. Lacy owners still playing would be wise to pick up James Starks. The Green Bay Packers travel to the Windy City to play the Chicago Bears next week, and Chicago has been gashed against the run, allowing the fifth most fantasy points against to running backs on the season.

Shane Vereen was forced from the game during the first quarter and missed the rest of the contest. He finished with 6.1 fantasy points and with as quiet as the New England Patriots have been with injury news, it is doubtful that there is an update prior to Sunday morning.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

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