Week 1 is in the books, which means it’s time to look back at the week and make sense of all the big injury news from the weekend’s slate of games. Since it’s only Tuesday, all information is speculative and based on available information, so things can change between now and the weekend. Keep an eye on news as it leaks out throughout the week and follow me on Twitter for breaking news as it happens (z_dahdul) or go to the FFLockerRoom home page and check out our feed with all my tweets updating live.
- Bad break (literally) for Patriots’ RB Shane Vereen, who suffered an injury to his wrist during Sunday’s win over Buffalo. According to numerous reports, including the Boston Herald, Vereen broke a bone in his hand and will miss “a few weeks” following surgery to stabilize the fracture. However, other reports did mention Vereen suffering a dislocation, which is when a bone is actually displaced from it’s anatomical position, but doesn’t always include a fracture. The dislocation would be a more precarious situation, as stabilizing a dislocated bone is much trickier than stabilizing a run of the mill fracture. Regardless, Vereen is slated to miss at least 3-4 weeks at a minimum and will likely play with either a soft cast or brace on the hand once he returns. This is good news for Stevan Ridley owners, who was likely on his way to the doghouse had it not been for this injury. Look for Leon Washington and Brandon Bolden to be called on to fill Vereen’s important 3rd down role.
- Scary situation at Cowboy stadium when WR Dez Bryant went down with a foot injury in the 2nd half of the Cowboys’ win over the Giants. An MRI after the game diagnosed Bryant with a “sprained foot“, the extent of which hasn’t been reported yet. The fact that he was able to finish the game is a good sign for his prognosis and the mechanism of injury isn’t consistent with a more serious midfoot issue like a Lisfranc injury. Watch his practice participation this week, especially once Friday rolls around, to get a good idea about his availability this weekend.
- Another injury during the Cowboys-Giants game that scared many fantasy owners (including me) occurred near the end of the first half when Tony Romo was sandwiched on a hit from two Giants’ defenders after throwing a pass downfield. Initial reports stated that he just had the wind knocked out of him, but word came out later that they X-rayed his ribs and the results were negative. No word on whether Romo will have to wear extra padding during Week 2, but it most definitely wouldn’t be a bad idea considering his injury history. He looks to be fine for this upcoming week against Kansas City.
- In other Patriots injury news, Zach Sudfeld capped off a very disappointing debut with a hamstring injury while Danny Amendola‘s gutsy performance during week 1 overshadowed the fact that he re-injured his already strained groin. No word yet on both of their availabilities, but since they’re both muscle strains (of unknown severity) and the Patriots are on a short week, there is always the possibility that both miss this week’s game. Expect both of these guys to be game time decisions, as they were both limited in practice on Monday. My money is on Amendola playing considering how short-handed the WR corp already is, but keep an eye on this situation as it unfolds.
UPDATE (9/10/13 10:40am): According to NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport, Amendola is “almost certain” to miss Week 2’s game against the Jets.
However, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, no official decision has been made. This seems to be a work in progress, but don’t get thrown off one way or another by his designation unless he’s officially ruled out. Expect Amendola to be a game time decision.
- Victor Cruz had a heel injury last week. I think he’s fine. Ask the Cowboys.
- Apparently Roddy White was more hurt than he let on, and he’s been given the dreaded high ankle sprain diagnosis, reportedly. This injury obviously limited White during Sunday’s loss to the Saints, as he was basically a decoy out there. If he truly does have a high ankle sprain (also known as a syndesmodic sprain), he could be limited for at least a few more weeks, depending on whether he continues to try to play through it or not. My guess is he’ll continue to play, but it’s hard for this type of injury to heal while it’s continually being pounded. It’s extremely difficult for a WR to plant and cut and break off routes when there is instability at the ankle joint, so even if he’s out on the field, he may not be a great option. Hard to say at this point what White and the Falcons’ training staff will do, but it bears watching his participation level this week.
- Blaine Gabbert will be out this week against the Raiders. I’m just trying to figure out if anyone cares? Anyways, he suffered a laceration to his throwing hand during Sunday’s game, which required stitches. He was already dealing with a thumb issue, so this early designation should allow the laceration to heal and give his thumb some rest in order to help with his grip and strength of his throwing hand. Chad Henne gets the start this week, but again, you reeeeaaally shouldn’t care.
- Maurice Jones-Drew had a relatively quiet return to the field Sunday, logging 15 carries for 45 yards and not catching a pass out of the backfield. Gabbert being out actually serves as a blessing for MJD, as Henne is a much more proficient passer and, while terribly inconsistent, will at least make defenses think twice before stacking eight in the box. I expect MJD to slowly get his feet under him and hit the ground running Week 2, as he actually looked very good moving around on the field. If you own him, stay patient. I think he serves as a terrific buy low guy if you find an owner who’s already willing to cut bait.
- Reggie Bush suffered a mild groin strain and dislocated left thumb during Sunday’s win over the Vikings. I’m not too concerned about either one, as Bush played the entire game and didn’t appear to be favoring the groin strain at all. Don’t be alarmed if he rests a bit during the week, as he should be a full participant, barring setback, once Friday rolls around. Although these types of injuries can linger, this appears to be very minor in nature and shouldn’t cause Bush to be limited or miss time.