Injury Rundown: Down Goes Brown
By Andy Behrens
October 22, 2007
Sunday was another cruel day, injury-wise. Here are the tweaks, aggravations and sprains that we'll be monitoring all week …
Ronnie Brown, knee
The answer, of course, is nobody. Not LaDainian Tomlinson, not Larry Johnson, not Adrian Peterson … nobody. Brown's 125 fantasy points lead all running backs. He was injured while trying to make a tackle on an interception return in the second half of a 42-7 game. "I didn't feel anything pop and I just got it twisted up," he later told reporters. Fears of an ACL injury were expressed following the game, however.
The Miami Herald's Jeff Darlington, citing unnamed sources, has reported that Brown will miss the remainder of the season. We're awaiting official confirmation from the team. If this were "Deal or No Deal" and you were offered four weeks and a sprain, you'd really have to take it right now. Jesse Chatman is available in over 99 percent of Yahoo! leagues; he would clearly be the fantasy beneficiary if Brown is done.
Entering the season, you would have never guessed that we'd all pretty much hate the Denver running back situation entering Week 8. But we do.
Henry left the Broncos' Week 7 win over Pittsburgh with what the Denver Post calls "badly bruised ribs." There are multiple reasons to get off the Henry bus – which you have to imagine is a lot like Ken Kesey's bus – but it's not like you can really jettison the Broncos' starting RB. Any competitive fantasy owner with Henry on their roster should have added Selvin Young by now, but he remains available in over 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Frank Gore, ankle
Brandon Jacobs, ankle
That's what Tom Coughlin called Jacobs on Monday: "Fine." Jacobs figures to be limited this week, but it sounds as though he'll play against the Dolphins in Week 8. That, obviously, is a great match-up. Miami allows 156.4 rushing yards per game.
Matt Schaub, hip
Sage Rosenfels was positively Jim Everett-like in Schaub's absence, throwing four touchdown passes and three interceptions. The Texans face the Chargers in Week 8, and – unless you're Jay Cutler – you can actually throw productively against San Diego. They allow 238.0 passing yards per game.
Matt Hasselbeck, oblique
Byron Leftwich, ankle
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 22, 2007 3:41 pm, EDT