The number of injuries that caused NFL players to leave games on Sunday was probably the lowest of the season. But the damage those injuries will cause to fantasy squads may well be nigh immeasurable.
Donovan McNabb, Brett Favre, Kevin Jones, Marques Colston … heck, even LaMont Jordan and DeShaun Foster. These are some huge names who without a doubt currently reside on some of the best teams in your fantasy league. They all went down on Sunday, and at least McNabb and Jordan aren't coming back. Colston, a controversial figure in Yahoo! leagues because of his tight-end eligibility, has a confirmed high-ankle sprain, and will almost assuredly miss multiple weeks. The franchises that center around Favre and Jones don't yet know how long those stars will be gone.
Think of it: going into yesterday, McNabb was still the highest-scoring fantasy quarterback in the league, and through Week 10, Colston was leading the NFL in receiving yards (he posted zero on Sunday, which dropped him back to fifth). Jones' season was accelerating, and he was on pace for possibly the best year of his career. Favre looked nothing like his 2005 self, logging a 347-yard, zero-pick passing day as recently as last weekend against Minnesota. Now their seasons are all either over or in doubt. Wow.
Let's take a look around the league at Week 11's big injury stories:
Donovan McNabb, Phi – McNabb suffered a second-straight season-ending injury; last year, it was a sports hernia, this year, it's a torn right ACL. Andy Reid will go with either Jeff Garcia or A.J. Feeley, either of whom would certainly represent a major comedown. Don't panic; the other Eagles' players aren't suddenly worthless. It's a blow to guys like Brian Westbrook, Donte' Stallworth, Reggie Brown and L.J. Smith, but it's not automatically terminal.
Brett Favre, GB – Favre left late in the first half of Green Bay's drubbing by New England with a smacked funny bone, and couldn't grip a football thereafter. He was replaced by Aaron Rodgers (who played badly); Favre's status for next Monday night against old friend Mike Holmgren and the Seahawks is up in the air.
Aaron Rodgers, GB – Rodgers didn't come out of Sunday's game, but the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Rodgers "limped out of the locker room after the game with what appeared to be a serious foot or ankle injury."
Kevin Jones, Det – Jones, who's been one of the most valuable fantasy backs of the last six weeks, carried only four times for just eight yards against the Cardinals on Sunday before spraining his ankle. Jones didn't return, and now the speculation begins about whether he'll be able to play against the Dolphins on Thursday.
LaMont Jordan, Oak – Jordan's disappointing season turned disastrous, as he tore the MCL in his left knee, and will undergo what will almost certainly be season-ending surgery.
DeShaun Foster, Car – Foster hyper-extended his elbow in the second quarter and didn't return. The Charlotte Observer reports that John Fox wouldn't say whether Foster would miss additional time, though Foster himself told reporters he didn't think it was serious, and that he could play next week. However, DeAngelo Williams rushed for a career-best 114 yards in Foster's absence, so it's hard to say what'll happen in the Panthers' backfield.
Najeh Davenport, Pit – Davenport pulled a groin muscle in the third quarter in Cleveland, and couldn't return.
Marques Colston, NO – The presumptive Rookie of the Year went down on New Orleans's third offensive play Sunday with what Saints' officials called a "high-ankle sprain." According to the Times-Picayune, Colston's left ankle was fitted with a walking boot. X-rays were negative.
Andre Johnson, Hou – The Associated Press reported that Johnson left Sunday's loss against Buffalo very late with some kind of foot injury that had him limping off the field, but that Johnson told reporters it wasn't serious.
Keenan McCardell, SD – McCardell left the fourth quarter of the Chargers' win in Denver with a strained calf and didn't come back into the game.
Eddie Drummond, Det – Special-teams ace Drummond suffered a concussion; it's unknown whether he'll be available for the Lions' Thanksgiving game.
Devale Ellis, Det – Special-teamer Ellis also left Sunday's contest, with a shoulder injury.
Alex Smith, TB – Smith injured his ankle on the first play of the second quarter, and couldn't return. According to the Tampa Tribune, his status for Thursday's game in Dallas is very much in question.
Ben Troupe, Ten – Troupe scored a touchdown in Sunday's upset win over Philadelphia, but the Nashville Tennessean reports that Troupe also suffered a "sprained ankle," and that Jeff Fisher said "further studies" would be done on Troupe.
David Martin, GB – Martin needed X-rays on injured ribs after he came out of Sunday's game, but coach Mike McCarthy told the Green Bay Press Gazette that the X-rays were negative.
Daniel Wilcox, Bal – Wilcox, a sometimes red-zone threat who's scored twice this season, left the Atlanta game with a pulled hamstring and didn't return.
Jonas Jennings, SF – Jennings suffered a sprained ankle against the Seahawks on Sunday, and didn't return. Coach Mike Nolan indicated to the San Francisco Chronicle that Jennings would be evaluated further on Monday.
Robert Gallery, Oak – The disappointing Gallery is probably out for the year with a dislocated elbow he suffered Sunday against the Chiefs.
Artis Hicks, Min – Hicks left in the second quarter with a left ankle sprain. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Hicks was seen leaving the stadium in a walking boot, though X-rays were reportedly negative.
Marcus Johnson, Min – There was some question about whether Johnson left because of injury or ineffectiveness, as the right side of Minnesota's offensive line (Hicks, mentioned above, included) has been dreadful of late. Brad Childress said Johnson, like Hicks, hurt his ankle, but didn't list him on the team's post-game injury report.
Tommie Harris, Chi – The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Harris missed time Sunday due to dehydration. He went to the Chicago locker room to get intravenous fluids, and didn't come back into the game.
Adewale Ogunleye, Chi – Ogunleye took a "shot to the midsection," according to the Sun-Times, which is polite talk for a hammer to the manhood, which Ogunleye suffered at the hands of teammate Brian Urlacher. It happened late in the game, so Ogunleye didn't return, but told reporters afterward he was all right. No word on whether the voice he used to speak to reporters was several octaves higher than usual.
Jay Ratliff, Dal – Ratliff, who recovered a huge fumble against the Colts, also had to leave the game with a left shoulder injury and didn't return.
Shaun Cody, Det – Cody tried to return from an injured toe, but according to the Detroit Free-Press lasted only one series before having to leave Sunday's game for good.
Shawn Barber, Phi – According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Barber suffered a sprained right MCL "just before the end of the first half." While Barber did return to the sidelines in the second half, he couldn't play.
Channing Crowder, Mia – The Miami Herald reports that Crowder suffered a hip pointer, and that his status for the Dolphins' Thanksgiving game in Detroit is very much in question.
Nick Barnett, GB – Barnett reportedly injured a hand in Sunday's game; Mike McCarthy told the Green Bay Press Gazette the hand was "swollen" after the game, but that he had no more information available.
Shawntae Spencer, SF – Spencer, who's been a terrific surprise for the 49ers during their resurgence, sprained his ankle Sunday, and according to the San Francisco Chronicle will be evaluated further on Monday.
Keiwan Ratliff, Cin – The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Ratliff fell on the football, and injured his ribs on Sunday. He left the game and didn't return.
Will Allen, Mia – Allen pulled his groin and couldn't return to the game.
Andre Woolfolk, Ten – The Nashville Tennesseean reports that Woolfolk injured his ankle, and Jeff Fisher says "further studies" will be done.
Juran Bolden, TB – Bolden missed time in the fourth quarter this week after suffering a sprained ankle. Bolden recovered an important fumble earlier in the game, and told the Tampa Tribune he was probably going to be okay to play in Dallas on Thursday.
Travares Tillman, Mia – Tillman, who lost his starting safety job earlier in the season, hurt his hand in Sunday's win over Minnesota, and didn't return.
Cedric Griffin, Min – Griffin suffered a shoulder stinger on Sunday. He returned briefly, but couldn't go in the second half.
- Brett Favre
- Kevin Jones
- Marques Colston
- Aaron Rodgers