Damage Report: Joe Blow
By Christopher Harris
September 11, 2006
Sunday's games were strange. A lot of first halves filled by field goals. A lot of second halves featuring comeback attempts that fell short. No one other than Arizona really exploded offensively, and several defenses were extremely good (or their opposing offenses were atrocious).
To this equation, add the fact that not all that many players were injured. Trent Green was probably the injury with the farthest-reaching fantasy implications, and on Sunday night the Chiefs were saying that Green had an "outside chance" of playing in Week 2. Fortunately for all us fantasy players, no other crucial footballers seem like they'll be inhibited come next weekend. Let's take a first pass at Monday's injury news, with an eye toward fantasy implications.
Willis McGahee, Buf – McGahee twisted an ankle, which gave Anthony Thomas a chance to get a series, whereupon Thomas (naturally) scored a rushing touchdown. However, McGahee returned, and should be fine.
Cedric Benson, Chi – Benson was questionable with his separated shoulder, and didn't take a snap in anger while the game was still in question. All of his 11 carries in Green Bay came in the second half, when the Bears had the game well in hand. However, the fact that he played and was decent (11 carries, 34 yards) could mean Lovie Smith might be tempted to lean back toward a platoon with Thomas Jones.
Darrell Jackson, Sea – D-Jax didn't practice for about a month, but played just about the entire game in Detroit on Sunday, though he only caught five passes for 47 yards. If he played in this one, you can assume he'll play next week at home against Arizona.
Steve Smith, Car – Hopefully you listened to the Yahoo! pre-game advice and benched Smith, who missed Week 1 with two bad hammies. I wouldn't be surprised if he misses Week 2 as well; Carolina travels to Minnesota where the both the turf and the secondary are tough.
Chris Snee, NYG – Snee is one of the league's best young guards, but he badly twisted his ankle on Sunday night and didn't return. Tom Coughlin was quoted Monday morning saying that it "doesn't look good."
Travelle Wharton, Car – Wharton hurt his knee and exited Sunday's game against the Falcons, causing Carolina to shuffle their offensive line (Jordan Gross, the other starting tackle, switched sides to try and cover for Wharton). Nothing the Panthers tried worked, as Atlanta's defense ran wild. This one bears watching, as the Panther o-line was expected to be solid.
Andy McCollum, StL – The Rams center has been an anchor for seven years in St. Louis (and four in New Orleans before that), having never missed a game for St. Louis. That streak appears done, as McCollum is getting an MRI on his left knee, which "doesn't look good."
John Abraham, Atl – If Abraham doesn't earn Defensive Player of the Week honors, there's something wrong with the system. He was just awesome, registering two sacks, pressuring Jake Delhomme several more times, forcing two fumbles and making five tackles. Unfortunately, this major offseason acquisition also tweaked a groin that kept him out of the Jets lineup for just about all of 2003. He'll get an MRI this week.
Trevor Pryce, Bal – Another major d-line acquisition, Pryce suffered a concussion in Tampa, but should be okay for Week 2.
Takeo Spikes, Buf – Spikes made the season's first huge play, sacking Tom Brady on the Patriots' first play from scrimmage and causing a fumble that London Fletcher returned for a touchdown. Later in the game, Spikes hurt his hamstring and didn't return, though he claims he'll be all right next week.
Troy Vincent, Buf – Vincent (the guy Sheppard replaced in Philly) made a single tackle on which he hurt a hamstring, and left the game for good in Foxboro. His status, too, is unknown just now.
Christopher Harris is a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award-winning columnist and beagle-owner who has written about fantasy sports for SportsIllustrated.com, NBA.com, and TalentedMrRoto.com. Send Christopher a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated on Monday, Sep 11, 2006 2:24 pm, EDT