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Injury Rundown: Dayne derailed

Andy Behrens
Yahoo Sports

Here's the three-play sequence that basically ended the Colts-Ravens game in the first quarter Sunday night:

1) Willis McGahee rushed for six yards, then limped off the field with an injury.
2) Kyle Boller threw an interception to Gary Brackett, who returned it 49 yards to the Ravens 19.
3) Peyton Manning found Joseph Addai alone in the flat for a touchdown.

This all took 52 seconds of game time.

Then, after Baltimore gained five yards on three plays, a Sam Koch punt was blocked through the end zone for a safety. It was 23-0, Colts. There were still two minutes remaining in the first quarter. And it was pouring.

What a terrible night to be a Ravens fan. It was arguably worse than Monday night against the Patriots.

At least McGahee returned to the game, though it was clearly too late to affect the outcome. Things eventually got so bad in the 44-20 blowout that NBC showed McGahee's horrible Fiesta Bowl knee injury … repeatedly.

There really weren't many new injuries with obvious fantasy consequences from Sunday's games, however.

Justin Fargas bruised his ribs, but it doesn't sound serious enough to keep him out in Week 15; Trent Dilfer was concussed, but he doesn't really have fantasy relevance (he's 0.2 percent owned); Leonard Pope injured his right ankle, possibly severely, but he's also not owned in many leagues (8.2 percent); Ike Hilliard reportedly has a sore shoulder, though he downplayed its significance after the game; Vince Young and Philip Rivers both left the Titans-Chargers game, but both returned.

These are really the two Sunday injuries that might inconvenience you in Week 15:

Ron Dayne, ankle
Following the Texans win over the Buccaneers, Gary Kubiak told the media that Dayne's ankle injury was "not good, it's still sore." Houston has a short week ahead, as they face the Broncos on Thursday night. If you're relying on Dayne in the playoffs … well, consider yourself lucky to be there. Expect Darius Walker to be involved against Denver. Walker ran 16 times for only 46 yards in Week 14, though he caught six passes for 35.

You can also expect a bunch of pass attempts from Sage Rosenfels. He completed 27 of 36 passes against Tampa Bay for 209 yards and three TDs. Last Thursday, Kubiak said of Matt Schaub, "we're trying to shoot for maybe possibly next week, we'll see."

Trying … maybe … possibly … we'll see. That's not really a strong indication that Schaub is healthy.

L.J. Smith, knee
The Philadelphia Inquirer speculated on Sunday that Smith "may have played his final snap in an Eagles uniform." He injured his right knee after a short reception in the third quarter. There are probably more useful TE options on your waiver wire than Brent Celek.