There weren’t any earth-shattering fantasy injuries in the first week of the season, but there were a few fantasy scares. One of the scariest for his owners and his wife was when Tony Romo became the fixin’s of a Giants' sandwich, but even though it looked like he must have ruptured a checklist of internal organs he kept keepin’ on and ended up pulling out the win. He plans to have x-rays in the morning so we should know more when they let us know more. Romo has played with broken ribs before, but it did hamper him some. We'll keep you updated. UPDATE: X-rays came back negative. He may have bruised ribs, but Tony Romo's ribs are intact.
UPDATE: Shane Vereen just made Stevan Ridley owners' lives a little easier by making his and his fantasy owners' lives a little harder. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting that Vereen broke a bone in his wrist during the game (and kept playing well) and will need surgery. The time table for his return is 2-3 weeks, so Ridley owners better hope he doesn't go on a fumbling spree.
UPDATE: Dez Bryant has a sprained ankle, but the x-rays were negative. We should know more after he receives an MRI, but for now he should be considered questionable for week 2.
In other Patriots injury news, tight end Zach Sudfeld pulled a hamstring on Sunday and didn't see the field in the fourth quarter. He didn't do much before then, so with Rob Gronkowski coming back sooner thatn later he's most likely expendable for fantasy.
The streak of never missing a start continues for Roddy White, but his ankle was a problem against the Saints as he was used mainly as a decoy and saw only two targets. The fact that he didn’t aggravate the injury and that he was moving well is promising, but he did admit he had a high ankle sprain after the game, which does leave his week 2 status up in the air.
Jamaal Charles took a big hit and landed on his neck, but his injury from that collision ended up being a thigh injury, which he had checked out and then returned to the game for a play which got him to 100 total yards and then he sat for the rest of the game with a big lead. It made sense to rest him with the lead since the Jaguars couldn't muster any offense at all. Pro Football Talk reports that he is fine.
The Patriots didn’t have much consistency on offense on Sunday, but Danny Amendola played through a groin injury and caught 10 passes for 104 yards. He and Shane Vereen were the keepers of the Patriots flame so to speak. But it didn’t look good when Amendola gingerly limped off the field in the second quarter. After he stretched and received treatment (Mr. Miyagi?) he came back and played well. This is something to monitor, but the fact he continued to play is promising.
C.J. Spiller took a shot to the head and left the game for a bit. Fred Jackson did see more touches after that, but it’s all speculation until they give us more information, which may not be forthcoming. The fact that he finished the game is a good sign.
A dislocated finger and groin injury couldn’t deter Reggie Bush from 191 total yards and a touchdown against Minnesota on Sunday. He may get some much-needed rest during the week, but he played through the injuries and showed why he is a perfect fit for the Lions offense.
An epidemic of injuries hit the Pittsburgh Steelers as they lost four key players. Linebacker Larry Foote tore his bicep, center Maurkice Pouncey tore his ACL and MCL and LaRod Stephens-Howling tore his ACL, knocking all three out for the season, while kicker Shaun Suisham injured his hamstring. Add in losing to the Titans at home for their opener and the Steelers couldn’t be further down on the optimism scale.
Other Injury Notes:
Dwayne Allen injured his hip, but did not reinjure his foot, which was at first a concern. His status has yet to be updated. . . . Shonn Greene hurt his knee in the second quarter against the Steelers, but says he will be ready for week 2. . . . Mark Sanchez may have a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. That would most likely end his season if a second opinion confirms. . . . Ryan Broyles was inactive for week 2. His surgically repaired knee is being eased back into the lineup, as well as the rest of him. . . . Percy Harvin’s surgeon was reportedly “wowed” by his progress. The week 7 return he tweeted is still overly optimistic, but week 10 seems possible now. . . . Aaron Dobson was ruled out before the game with a hamstring injury. . . . Marquise Goodwin was spotted with a cast on his right hand after the game. . . . Jacoby Jones sprained his MCL on Thursday night and will be out 4-6 weeks.
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