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Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 9/3/13

Fantasy Football Injury Update 9/3

September 3, 2013

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It was a pretty slow holiday weekend when it came to NFL developments, so that makes today a good time to check up on some of the big-time fantasy names out there who are currently dealing with injuries. We’ve got our usual mix of prognoses this morning, so let’s try to figure out what we should be expecting from these guys as the season opens up this weekend.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: The saga of Marshall’s ailing hip hit epic heights last week, with Bears fans and fantasy owners alike wondering exactly what the immediate future held for Chicago’s best WR. During an interview yesterday, he reported that his four-day break from practice last week allowed him to get a checkup on his hip. The verdict? Marshall said things were in “amazing” shape, and though he said things got frustrating for a while, he sounded upbeat about the future. Looks like he’s good to go for Week 1.

Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 9/3/13

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Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: With Holmes spending the off-season recovering from a Lisfranc injury suffered last year, his fantasy stock hasn’t been quite where it should be. Those owners taking a chance on him may end up being rewarded, however, as he was able to run routes yesterday during practice. He hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s opener, so there’s at least a chance that he can start the year healthy. The bad news is that if Holmes does play in Week 1, he’ll be covered by Darrelle Revis. Still, he could end up a nice sleeper if he can stay out there.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Mendenhall sat out of practice--and was spotted sporting a knee brace--yesterday, but apparently everything is okay. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says his No. 1 RB is “more than ready,” so we should be seeing Mendenhall in Week 1. He suffered a minor knee sprain during last Saturday’s preseason finale.
Though he’s a bit of an enigma in fantasy, Mendenhall makes a pretty decent backup RB and could post some nice games here and there.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Just a quick note on Griffin: we were waiting on some sort of verification from the coaching staff, and we got it. Yesterday Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that Griffin will be starting in the team’s Week 1 opener on Monday night against Philadelphia.

Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos: Welker’s status for Thursday’s game looks pretty favorable. He was able to practice in full yesterday, and he’s listed as probable for the 2013 opener against Baltimore. Welker’s been dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out for the final two weeks of the preseason.

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