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Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 9/9/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Injury News 9/9/13

September 9, 2013

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After a big round of NFL games yesterday, there are plenty of fantasy ramifications to deal with this morning. Not the least of which are the fresh injury concerns that have cropped up during the Week 1 action. Let’s take a moment to check in on some of the noteworthy fantasy players out there who have been stricken with the injury bug, and see what we can be expecting as Week 2 rolls near. Here’s the latest.

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: In low-end QB news, Gabbert sustained a cut on his pinkie finger during yesterday’s ugly loss against the Chiefs. The cut required 15 stitches to close, which makes the injury sound a little worse than it initially did. If there’s good news here, Gabbert’s injured thumb was okay, but his new ailment is on his throwing hand as well. His status remains up in the air for Oakland in Week 2, though considering his 121-yard, two-interception performance, maybe he should hit the bench anyway. He’s an option in only the deepest fantasy leagues.

Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 9/9/13

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Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Speaking of the Chiefs-Jags game, KC didn’t emerge unscathed. Charles sustained a quad injury during the early part of the third quarter yesterday, and though he returned briefly, he sat out the fourth. That appeared to be a mostly precautionary move due to their big lead. After the game, both he and the coaching staff downplayed the injury, calling it “minor” and assuring their confidence in his return next week. If you’re really paranoid about this, you might want to grab Knile Davis as a handcuff, but it appears Charles will be fine going forward.

Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets: The Jets don’t have too many wide receivers to spare, so losing Kerley for a while yesterday was a big blow. He sustained a head injury, but was able to come back to the game against the Buccaneers. The main concern here is the short turnaround, as the Jets play a big one against the Pats on Thursday. Kerley is an option in deeper leagues, but only if he doesn’t come down with any concussion symptoms between now and then.

LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Pittsburgh backfield is a flat-out mess right now, with both Isaac Redman and Stephens-Howling failing to do much in an embarrassing loss to the Titans yesterday. To make matters worse, Stephens-Howling injured his knee in the second half and will probably be questionable heading into the team’s big Monday night matchup against the Bengals. Beyond that, there’s not much information out there right now about his condition. Suffice to say, we’d stay away from the whole of the Pittsburgh backfield until Le’Veon Bell heals up.

(UPDATE: It looks like the injury was a worst-case scenario. Stephens-Howling is out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL.)

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Let’s head back to the Jets-Pats matchup on Thursday and try to gauge Gronkowski’s chances of playing. There was some talk about a possible miraculous Week 1 comeback, but he didn’t even make the trip to Buffalo. Given the short turnaround, we’d say Grokowski will be out Thursday as well, though if he surprises everyone and plays, fantasy owners have the advantage of an early game to slot him in. It’s based on speculation right now, but we’d imagine a questionable designation for the Jets game. Keep an eye on the lineups; if he doesn’t play, no big deal. Just slot in your planned backup.

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