Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 12/23/13
Fantasy Football Injury News: Lacy, Brown, Eifert and More
December 23, 2013
The fantasy football championships are just about over in the 16-week leagues out there, but those who play for the entire regular season still have one more game to go. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the noteworthy injuries out there in the NFL and see if we can get a feel for what they’ll mean for owners in Week 17. Here’s the latest.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Eifert was one of the first noteworthy fantasy injury casualties on the day yesterday. He came out of his team’s huge victory over Minnesota in the first half, suffering a stinger. He was unable to return.
Eifert got just one target and one catch yesterday, resulting in six yards. The TE work came back to Jermaine Gresham, who was able to post a TD in the blowout win. The Bengals will face the Ravens this weekend, and we’ll have to watch Eifert in practice to see what his status will be.
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Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers: Smith was able to come down with just one ball as well. He posted a nice yardage total, all things considered, with 44. Smith had to come out of the game due to a knee issue, which is a new one; He was originally on the injury report with a finger ailment.
If Smith can go in Week 17, he’ll get a pretty nice matchup against the Falcons in what will probably be a meaningful game. Knee injuries are tricky, though, so we’ll just have to watch him.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: There was good and bad news for Lacy owners yesterday. We’ll start with the good: He notched 84 yards on 15 carries and had a pair of touchdowns. Here’s the bad news: He aggravated an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and had to leave the game for good.
The Packers are setting up for a winner-take-all matchup against Chicago this week. Lacy will be absolutely crucial to their chances of winning, but we won’t know what he looks like until later in the week. Keep those fingers crossed.
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: Things started out pretty well for Vereen in his team’s game against Baltimore yesterday. He posted 10 total yards and a touchdown in the first quarter before succumbing to a groin injury and wouldn’t return to the field. The Pats would go on to a dominating win in Baltimore.
New England has the AFC East all wrapped up, but there’s still some jockeying to be done as far as the first-round bye. That’s important; It makes Vereen a key piece in their chances against Buffalo, so he should get a decent workload if he’s able to come back.
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants: Hopefully you didn’t have to rely on Brown yesterday; He wasn’t able to produce too much. Even though the Giants took a hard-fought overtime victory, he ended up getting injured, suffering a possible concussion in overtime after losing a fumble. Before that, Brown had managed 40 yards on 16 carries and two catches for 14 yards.
With the Giants done for the season and a relatively meaningless game against the Redskins on tap, we’re not so optimistic about Brown’s chances in Week 17. He’ll have to pass concussion protocols, and even then stands a very good chance at getting shut down.
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