Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 9/30/13
Fantasy Football Injury News: Morris, Holmes and More
September 30, 2013
It’s Monday once again, and after the packed slate of games yesterday there are plenty of fantasy considerations out there that will impact your team going forward. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to check in on some of the fresh injury concerns to key players out there in the NFL and see what the early indications look like as far as a return to the field. Here’s the latest.
Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets: We’ll start things out today with Hill, who found his way to many fantasy rosters after a breakout Week 3 performance against Buffalo. He didn’t last too long yesterday in Tennessee, however, sustaining a head injury during the team’s opening drive. He didn’t return to the game.
We won’t know the extent of Hill’s injury until he goes through the usual round of league-mandated concussion testing this week. Suffice to say, if he does indeed have a concussion, the odds are against him returning for next week against the Falcons.
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Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Not to be outdone, Holmes also injured himself in the Titans game, but he waited until the fourth quarter to do so. He came out due to a hamstring injury with just one catch for 25 yards, an underwhelming line following his 154-yard, one-TD effort in Week 3.
Holmes has also found his way to fantasy rosters everywhere, and this injury/performance will definitely make fantasy owners think twice about starting him in the future. Whether or not he plays in Week 5 will depend on how severe his hamstring issue is. We’ll watch him in practice and keep you posted.
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders: McFadden owners knew about his injury risks when they drafted him, so this should come as no real surprise. He hurt his hamstring early on in the Redskins game yesterday, and ended up in street clothes on the sidelines during the second half. He posted 29 yards on five carries before exiting.
As if that wasn’t enough, the team also lost fullback Marcel Reece in this one. That said, the real fantasy issue here is McFadden, though we’re assuming you drafted a handcuff for him and have a second option ready to go on your bench. We’ll have to see how severe his injury is once the team makes an announcement.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: Let’s stick with the Raiders-Redskins game and check in on Morris. He was off to a pretty good start yesterday, posting a solid 16 carries for 71 yards (though he didn’t catch a pass), when his outing was cut short due to a rib contusion.
The good news here is that Morris’ injury doesn’t seem to be all that serious. The Redskins coaching staff indicated that his rib wasn’t broken, so he’ll just need some time to get over the soreness. Time is exactly what the Redskins have this week; they’re on a bye.
Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: One of the more concerning injuries--from an overall health standpoint anyway--belongs to Locker. He was having a great day against the Jets, with 149 yards and three touchdowns, before he was knocked out of the game in the third quarter. Locker sustained a hip injury on a tough hit, and was sent to the hospital for evaluation.
There’s no word just yet on the severity of Locker’s injuries, but we’d imagine the team will be extra careful with him--especially since they’ve got a very capable backup in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fantasy-wise, Locker had been shaping up as a decent bye-week fill-in, but we could probably say the same about Fitzpatrick as well.
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