By Andy Behrens
October 8, 2007
For too long, Trent Green has been viciously attacking people with his face. Last season it was Robert Geathers. This year it's Travis Johnson. The Houston defensive tackle has bravely chosen to speak out against Green's aggression:
"At 12:01, I had a lot of respect for Trent Green. At about 12:20, I said (expletive) Trent Green."
At about 12:20 on Sunday, Green suffered a concussion attempting to block Johnson on a completely chaotic play. While Green was motionless and unconscious, Johnson left us with this heroic image. If the NFL gives out a sportsmanship award, someone should really sculpt that scene for the trophy.
Green will likely miss several weeks after sustaining his second serious concussion within the past 13 months. "When I saw him down on the field," Ronnie Brown told the Miami Herald, "I just started to pray." And Travis Johnson started to taunt. We all deal with adversity in our own way.
Cleo Lemon will likely start for the Dolphins in Week 6, and keeper candidate John Beck will back him up. Neither should be owned in public leagues. Green's concussion was the scariest of the Week 5 injuries, but it wasn't the only one with fantasy implications …
Matt Leinart, broken collarbone
So ends the platoon. You can drop Leinart in non-keeper leagues, as he likely won't be available until the fantasy playoffs. Kurt Warner, who's owned in only 3 percent of Yahoo! leagues, is obviously the appropriate QB add. He threw for 190 yards and one touchdown in Week 5 against St. Louis, and he somewhat improbably ran for another TD. Don't forget, when you add Kurt, you also get Brenda. She has some thoughts on how you're using that flex position. And if you're not going to start her husband, she would welcome a trade to the Smithfield Zombie Dogs. Or to any other team that might appreciate Kurt.
Jake Delhomme, elbow
According to multiple reports, Delhomme will have season-ending elbow surgery. For better or worse, the oft-sacked David Carr (1.8 percent owned) is your Carolina Panthers quarterback. Carr showed some life in Week 5, returning from an early back injury to lead the Panthers to a 16-13 win over the woeful Saints. "Every bone in my back popped all the way up to my neck," Carr told the Associated Press, describing a first-quarter hit by Will Smith. Still, Carr is not to be added in 10-team public leagues, and this doesn't really help Steve Smith.
Jamal Lewis, unspecified right foot injury
Lewis was injured early against the Patriots. He returned to the sidelines, but not to the field, and we're awaiting results of Monday's MRI. The Browns' website reported that X-rays were negative. They're calling the foot "sprained." Cleveland faces Miami in Week 6, and the Dolphins defense doesn't do much to impede running backs (174.2 rushing yards per game allowed), so Jason Wright is a reasonable waiver flier for this week. He ran 15 times for 59 yards against New England, and added 43 receiving yards on four catches.
Joe Jurevicius, knee
As with Lewis' foot, X-rays on Jurevicius' swollen knee were negative. But you'll clearly want a better WR3 option in Week 6.
Deion Branch, sprained foot
After getting shutout in Week 1, Branch has been great for fantasy purposes: 20 receptions, 329 yards and a touchdown in Weeks 2 through 4. He picked a lousy time to injure his foot, what with New Orleans and St. Louis on the Seahawks' upcoming schedule. This didn't really look like a one-week injury when it occurred. Bobby Engram might become the most trustworthy Seattle WR if Branch misses significant time.
Damon Huard, shoulder
Another Monday MRI. In Huard's case, we already know that he won't start in Week 6. Brodie Croyle will start against Cincinnati, and basically any quarterback facing the Bengals is a reasonable play. They've allowed 251 passing yards per game and 11 passing touchdowns thus far. If Croyle is relatively successful in Week 6, he's likely to keep the job.
Michael Pittman, broken fibula
Last week's waiver add is this week's drop. Pittman will likely miss six to eight weeks, effectively ending his fantasy season. Earnest Graham gets a temporary bump in value, but it really seems likely that a trade will follow. Mewelde Moore is a nice speculative fantasy add here.
Champ Bailey, quadriceps strain
The Broncos entered Week 5 allowing only 114.5 passing yards per game. Thanks in part to Bailey's quad injury, Philip Rivers threw for 270 yards against the Broncos on only 18 pass attempts. The Broncos have a bye in Week 6, so Bailey will have a week to recuperate. Still, there's a scary KFFL note on his player page: "Bailey said his injury does not feel good and is concerned he may miss some time." Sometimes, one player really can make a significant difference to a team defense. Bailey is such a player. If he misses significant time, it's going to affect the way we rank any QB or WR facing Denver.
Travis Henry, (puff) … (puff) … polygraph!
The Broncos running back will reportedly take a polygraph test during the bye week as part of his ongoing effort to convince anyone that, in fact, it was totally not his weed. So stay tuned. It's not clear at all whether passing the test would impact his legal filing or his looming one-year suspension. Selvin Young remains a necessary add.
In other news that affects the Denver offense, Tom Nalen tore his right biceps in Week 5 against San Diego. He's apparently done for the season. "Tom, I believe, is the best center to ever play the game," Mike Shanahan told the AP.
Andy Behrens has written for ESPN.com, the Chicago Sports Review, NBA.com, the Chicago Reader and various other publications. In all likelihood, Andy owns more Artis Gilmore memorabilia than you. Follow him on Twitter. Send Andy a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated on Monday, Oct 8, 2007 5:53 pm, EDT
Email to a Friend | View Popular