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Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 10/21/13

Fantasy Football Injury News: Bradford, Martin and More

October 21, 2013

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It’s a rather unpleasant part of our fantasy week, but every Monday we take a look at the noteworthy injury situations around the NFL, and try to get a feel for what they could mean for our fantasy rosters. Week 7 provided the usual dose of unexpected ailments all around the league, some more promising than others. Let’s take a look at some of the more notable injuries out there and put them into a Week 8 perspective.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Cutler saw some extra action this week due to Drew Brees’ bye. He wasn’t able to make it out of the first half in his team’s loss to the Redskins, however, as he suffered a hip/groin injury and wouldn’t return.
Cutler walked off the field on his own, albeit very gingerly. The good news for him is that the Bears are off in Week 8, and get a long layoff until they pick back up against the Packers two Mondays from now. He’ll get an MRI today. In the meantime, prepare to hear the Josh McCown rumblings from Bears fans for a couple of weeks.

Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 10/21/13

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Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even though there’s some good news attached to it, Martin’s injury could spell trouble in fantasy. He hurt his shoulder on a reception attempt during the Bucs’ loss yesterday and had to leave the game. The upside here is that the initial X-rays were negative, so the shoulder isn’t separated. That said, Martin and the gang have a quick turnaround this week, as they’ll be playing the Panthers on Thursday night. We’ll keep you posted on his status in the meantime, but you’ll want to get a plan B ready for Week 8 just in case.

Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: Bad news for Bradford. The report on his injured knee is that it’s a torn ACL, which is obviously not a good situation. He sustained the injury late in the Rams’ loss to the Panthers, and was in a great deal of pain on the sidelines. There’s no specific recovery timetable just yet, but we’ll keep an eye out.
Fantasy-wise, Bradford wasn’t getting a whole lot of use anyway, except as a bye-week filler. There are probably a couple other quarterbacks of his level out there in your league if you’re in need.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Speaking of bye-week fantasy filler, Foles was the popular choice in Week 7. He wasn’t able to finish the game against the Cowboys, though, after sustaining a scary-looking head injury. Matt Barkley came in to replace him and wasn’t able to do much of anything.
As for Foles, we’ll have to wait on the test results to see what we’re dealing with here. We’d imagine he probably won’t see the field in Week 8, though. If Michael Vick can get healthy, he’ll be the starter. If not, the Eagles are in a heap of trouble.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: When it comes to fantasy implications, Foster’s is likely one of the more significant of the Week 7 batch of NFL injuries. After coming into the game against the Chiefs as probable with a hamstring (and thumb) injury, he ended up aggravating the issue and leaving during the first quarter of the eventual loss.
Looking ahead, the Texans are on a bye during Week 8, so this comes at the perfect time for Foster to get right. Go with your backup plan for now, and we’ll check back up on him next week to see if he’s going to be okay for the Colts on November 3.

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