Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 11/18/13
Fantasy Football Injury News: Welker, Sanders and More
November 18, 2013
As usual, we saw a pretty crazy set of games around the NFL yesterday. We also experienced our fair share of injury concerns happening around the league. Let’s take a look at some of those ailing players and see if we can get a feel for how their conditions will be taking shape as the week goes on--as well as what that will mean for your fantasy roster.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington Redskins: Hankerson was one of the first players to succumb to injury yesterday, as he was the victim of a knee sprain early in the second quarter of his team’s loss against the Eagles. He wouldn’t return to the game.
Hankerson will have an MRI today, but the speculation is that he suffered some damage to his LCL. Though he’s just a lower-end option in fantasy, he had been showing some promise over the past couple of games, which makes this potential injury very unfortunate.
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Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Hankerson wasn’t the only significant loss the Redskins suffered in their game yesterday. Reed suffered a concussion during the third quarter, and to add insult to injury he had just one catch for 12 yards before he came out.
It’s an ugly turn of events for Reed, who posted 62 yards and a score his last time on the field. He’ll go through the standard round of NFL concussion tests. If his injury is minor, he could be okay for the 49ers game coming up. We’ll keep you posted.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions: Bell had a great outing on relatively limited touches against the Steelers yesterday. He racked up 49 rush yards and a score on nine carries, then added 48 more on three receptions. Unfortunately, Bell came out of the game near the end of the third due to tendonitis in his lower leg.
Apparently, he’s been dealing with the condition for the past few weeks, but aggravated it against the Steelers. Owners will have to keep an eye on him in practice over the next few days to figure out his status.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Let’s stick with the Steelers-Lions game and check in on Sanders, who also suffered an injury. He was able to catch just one pass before suffering a foot injury, and was ruled out for the rest of the game.
There’s not a whole lot of information out there about Sanders’ condition, so we’ll have to wait for the official announcement from the team. He’s had an up-and-down campaign thus far, and now has two bad fantasy weeks under his belt.
Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos: Probably the most high-profile injury of the weekend belonged to Welker. He took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the fourth quarter of last night’s game against Kansas City, and after returning briefly was ruled out with a concussion.
Head injuries are tricky business, so the only thing Welker owners can do is wait patiently for the standard procedures and tests to be administered. If it’s a light concussion, there’s a chance he may be able to play against his old team in New England this week. Otherwise, he’ll have to sit out until the team deems him healthy.
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