Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 10/28/13
Fantasy Football Injury News: Vick, Julius Thomas and More
October 28, 2013
Even before the games started yesterday, we saw all sorts of injury concerns across the NFL. Those banged-up players took another chunk of fantasy scoring away from owners in an already-thin week. Let’s visit some of the major injury concerns out there and try to get a feel for each situation. With any luck, we’ll be able to determine what we should be expecting in the fantasy week to come. Here’s the latest.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: After a stressful morning of will-he-won’t-he speculation, Murray owners had to pull him from their lineups yesterday before the Lions game. He was ruled out shortly before kickoff, and there was some speculation that he pushed his return from his MCL injury too quickly. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar didn’t do much on the ground in replacement, combining for just 42 rush yards.
Murray was reportedly lobbying to play yesterday, so that’s a good sign in his potential availability for Week 9. It’s a good matchup; the Cowboys host the Vikings.
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Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Hopefully you didn’t have to use Vick yesterday against the Giants, because he didn’t last long. After a lengthy week of speculation, the Eagles vet decided he was good to on Friday after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury. Vick reportedly didn’t test his leg by sprinting however, and ended up coming out of the Week 8 game in the first quarter. He’ll get an MRI today to see the extent of the damage, and there appears to be a real sense of worry in Philly. We’ll keep you posted.
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets: Cumberland ended up in many fantasy lineups this week due to the byes, and he didn’t produce. He managed just one catch for nine yards before leaving due to a head injury. There’s not much information out there concerning his status, but suffice to say he’ll be going through the league’s stringent concussion protocols this week. Add that to the surprise starting of fellow TE Zach Sudfeld, and Cumberland doesn’t look too good for the Saints game.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: With the emergence of Marvin Jones, little meat was left on the bone for Sanu (and pretty much everyone else) yesterday. He recorded one catch for 24 yards against the Jets, and ended up leaving the game with a shoulder injury. Fantasy-wise, it’s a wash. Sanu is simply a deep-league option anyway, so it won’t be too tough to find a WR of his caliber to fill in if he’s out this week.
Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos: One of Peyton Manning’s go-to targets left the game against the Redskins yesterday. Thomas turned his ankle during the early-going in the third quarter and didn’t return. Owners will want to keep tabs on his status today, as he’ll get an all-important MRI to assess the extent of the damage and see exactly what we’re dealing with here. Thomas owners might want to put in a waiver claim for Joel Dreessen just in case this turns into a major issue. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed.
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