Posted on: December 16, 2009 5:01 pm

Week 15 injuries

Player: Vince Young
Injury: Hamstring strain
Healing Time: 3-6 weeks
Impact on the Field: Hamstring strains are not a big deal to quarterbacks who don’t run. In Young’s case, he needs his legs to create separation, avoid the rush, and threaten the defense with the run since his passing skills are not the best. This hamstring pull will limit his practice time and could prevent him from playing. However, I believe he will play this week simply because he won’t want to give up the starting gig--now that he finally has it.

Player: Andre Johnson
Injury: Hyper-extended knee
Healing Time: 0 weeks
Impact on the Field: The injury did not look good when it first happened. Johnson was down on the field for a minute or two. He then popped up, however, and continued to play at a high level. I bring this injury up here only because you might see it mentioned in other articles throughout the week. No need to worry. Johnson will play and he should put up good numbers against the Rams this week.

Player: Ray Rice
Injury: Chest bruise
Healing Time: 1-3 weeks
Impact on the Field: This is another injury that really should go unmentioned. The Ravens were blowing out the Lions and there was no need to run Rice out there for any longer. The injury is some sort of bruise or strain to his pectoral muscle. It is not a problem for a running back. He will play this week.

Player: Jeremy Maclin
Injury: Torn plantar fascia
Healing Time: 2-3 weeks
Impact on the Field: The plantar fascia is a ligament that extends from the heel to the joint where the toes begin. It supports the foot and helps sustain body weight to prevent pronation--commonly known as flat feet. For many different reasons, the ligament can be torn from its attachment at the heel or at the middle of the foot. Maclin somehow twisted his foot to rip this tissue. A tear makes standing and walking almost unbearable. It usually heals in a few weeks, but it will take longer to allow for running. Right now Maclin is in a walking boot which will help to speed recovery and protect his foot during the healing process. He has emerged as a WR3 and is someone to target next year. For those of you in the fantasy playoffs, don’t count on Maclin for a few weeks.

Player: Kevin Smith
Injury: ACL/MCL tear
Healing Time: 16- 24 months
Impact on the Field: Kevin Smith tore both his ACL and his MCL last weekend. He will undergo surgical repair and then will begin the rehab process. Smith has had an up-and-down year, with more downs than ups. He had been playing better the last few weeks before suffering the injury that ended his year. It usually takes a player two years to get back his explosiveness after tearing these tendons. Because the first year is really about rehabbing the injury, the rest of the body is neglected and the healthy knee over-compensates for the injured knee, making it hard to improve the lower body’s overall status. In Smith’s case, he may not have the one-to-two years to allow for that to occur. I believe Smith is a talented runner who was done in by the surrounding Detroit cast; his offensive line is atrocious--just ask Matt Stafford. Hopefully the Lions give him the proper time and opportunity to show his true ability in what should be an emerging offense with Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

Player: Correll Buckhalter
Injury: Ankle sprain
Healing Time: 1-3 weeks
Impact on the Field: This injury update is really more for Knowshon Moreno owners. Buckhalter has been good at taking what is there, but he does not possess the ability to create on his own. Moreno is a more talented and certainly a more explosive runner. He is Denver’s running back of the future, but the question remains whether he will be a true workhorse since Coach McDaniels still follows the Patriot way of rotating running backs. If I were a Moreno owner, I would hope that he convincingly seizes the reigns this week with Buckhalter potentially out.

Player: Nate Burleson
Injury: High ankle sprain
Healing Time: 2-6 weeks
Impact on the Field: I’m not sure how many teams have Burleson in their lineups at this stage of the season, but he has been producing WR3 numbers so he makes the injury list. High ankle sprains are more severe than regular ankle sprains and it is nearly impossible to return from them in just one week. A player can try to return in two weeks with some limitations. Michael Turner attempted to return early from the same thing a couple weeks ago and he did not make it too far before re-aggravating his injury. In Burelson’s case, I don’t think he plays this week.

Category: NFL
Tags: fantasy, injuries, NFL
Posted on: December 9, 2009 1:20 pm

Week 14 Injuries

Player: Tom Brady
Injury: Jammed index finger
Healing Time: 2-3 weeks
Impact on the Field: A lot is going to be made of this injury but, in reality, it's not a big deal. Brady was able to play a full game on Sunday and he threw a 58-yard touchdown to Randy Moss on the second play of the game. He will have some pain and some problems with gripping the football, but he will not miss any time.

Player: Matt Schaub
Injury: Dislocated shoulder
Healing Time: 1-6 weeks
Impact on the Field: At first I thought Schaub separated his shoulder, but it was later reported as a dislocation, also termed a subluxation. With a subluxation, the ball of the arm bone “pops” out of the shoulder and then pops back in. There is significantly less pain once the shoulder is back in place, though it will remain sore, yet functional. The team probably won’t want to perform surgery in-season, opting until after the season to discuss fixing any damage that occurred. Schaub will be in a brace restricting motion in the joint and preventing the injury from re-occurring. If all goes well, I expect him to play this week and be relatively unaffected by the injury.

Player: Justin Forsett
Injury: Quadriceps strain
Healing Time: 2-4 weeks
Impact on the Field: Forsett injured his quad muscle in practice last Friday and was able to play last week, although on a significantly limited basis. Muscle pulls are at least 2-week injuries, so Forsett will be limited again this week. The problem is that as one continues to play or practice on an injured muscle, there is a high incidence of reoccurrence. Jim Mora appears to be committed to Julius Jones anyway, rather than the more productive Forsett.

Player: Hines Ward
Injury: Hamstring strain
Healing Time: 3-6 weeks
Impact on the Field: This might be the end of the fantasy year for Hines Ward. From what I have read, his injury is a grade strain, which is not good news. Ward may very well try to make an early return next week, but he won’t be even close to 100%. And there is a high likelihood of re-injury when attempting to sprint on a leg that won’t allow it. Ward has been tremendous this year and has provided great value based on where he was drafted. I doubt he will play in the Thursday night game--though I'm not too upset about that since he's on the team I'm playing in the first round of my fantasy playoffs.

Player: Jamaal Charles / Donnie Avery
Injury: Subluxation of the shoulder
Healing Time: 1-3 weeks
Impact on the Field: I guess this is the week of the dislocated shoulder. As I explained in Matt Schaub’s injury status, these things feel much better once the shoulder pops back into place. I doubt either of these injuries is a big deal, considering that they have been recurring injuries since high school in both cases. Charles has been playing at a high level and is really gaining some dynasty league momentum. He is a player to target next year. Coach Haley knows what he is doing and can turn that offense around in a hurry. In regards to Avery’s injury, the same time frame applies. Avery has been inconsistent all year due to his supporting cast. Use him at your own risk--because of his production, not because of his injury.

Player: DeAngelo Williams
Injury: Knee swelling/cartilage tear
Healing Time: 2-4 weeks
Impact on the Field: Williams is dealing with some type of cartilage tear in his knee. He has had periodic swelling over the last few weeks that was limiting his practice time and is now preventing him from playing. I doubt he will undergo an in-season surgical procedure, which means this is a week-to-week thing. If he has the knee drained and it does not swell back up, he plays; if it does swell back up, he sits. This injury will ultimately require surgery and Williams will most likely wait for that until the off-season. Hopefully if you own Williams you also own Jonathan Stewart, who is almost as talented and is a fine fill-in at running back.

Player: Kurt Warner
Injury: Bruised hip
Healing Time: Day-to-day
Impact on the Field: Bruised hips can be very painful. This injury is medically termed a hip pointer and it occurs when a blow is applied to the exposed hipbone. Because there is no soft tissue between the hipbone and the skin, there is no padding to soften the blow. The area becomes engorged with blood and you typically get these wonderful looking bruises. They are very sore but the pain can be controlled with medicine. The important thing to consider is that this is Warner’s hip opposite to the one that was recently operated on. Warner was able to take snaps to end the game on Sunday after the injury occurred, so I don’t think is a big deal. He will be out there every week until the Cardinals wrap up their division.

Player: Devin Hester
Injury: Strained calf
Healing Time: 3-4 weeks
Impact on the Field: This injury is being downplayed as minor, but the reality is that it will be difficult for Hester to play or run on his injured leg this weekend. Hester went for a precautionary MRI that will likely show no additional damage. He has a pulled muscle and will be limited for a few weeks. With Chicago out of the playoff hunt for the most part, I don't expect Hester to play this week.

Player: Mark Sanchez
Injury: PCL sprain
Healing Time: 8-12 weeks
Impact on the Field: PCL sprains are not as serious as ACL tears in regards to ending a player’s season. The knee is still pretty stable when someone injures their PCL. This injury would not allow anyone who needed to run to come back and play in only a week's time. However, since it is not as detrimental to a quarterback's abilities, Sanchez could very well be out there this week. If that is the case, Thomas Jones and Jerricho Cotchery will maintain their normal value. Braylon Edwards at this time is way too hit-or-miss for my liking. He is wonderfully talented when it comes to getting open, but he can’t even catch a cold.

Posted on: November 20, 2009 8:51 am

Hey Andy, give a dog a bone!

The Eagles brought in Michael Vick this offseason, with many objections. I was not a fan of Vick, while he was playing with the Falcons, but I started rooting for the guy, when he got out of prison. I think he deserved a second chance. Enough about that.

Having a playmaker like Vick on the team could provide a spark on offense, but Andy Reid hasn't used Vick in that capacity. Vick's addition was supposed to add a dynamic dimension to an already stacked Philadelphia offense. The Eagles experimented with the wildcat, with Vick and Donovan McNabb on the field together, with Vick playing wide receiver.

If Vick can't even get on the field when the Eagles are struggling to move the ball, then what's the point of having him around?

Vick's heaviest action came in his Week 3 debut against Kansas City when he saw the field for 11 snaps (0-of-2 passing, one rush for seven yards).

Doesn't Vick need to be on the field for that threat to be worthwhile? For all the sound and fury surrounding Vick's return, he's bringing next to nothing to Philadelphia right now.

Hey, Andy: when your offense if failing, let Vick get some action. The guy has a cannon arm and the ability to make things happen with his feet. It would be a nice change of pace! You need to try something, because your current attack isn't working.

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