New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson suffered a head injury during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, and will be out against the Carolina Panthers, according to New Orleans Times-Picayune's Mike Triplett.
Henderson was diagnosed with a concussion earlier in the week, which put his status in doubt, and Triplett confirmed the news via Twitter early Friday morning.
#Saints injuries: D.Henderson, T.McBride, J.Patrick all ruled out. Shanle and Greer questionable after fully participating in practice Fri.— Mike Triplett (@TripTP) September 14, 2012
Henderson left the field against the Redskins after suffering a hit from DeAngelo Hall and Madieu Williams. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes before exiting the field with the aid of Saints trainers.
He has no concussion history, so Henderson could be back as early as Week 3.
Henderson can be a valuable fantasy player because he plays in a fantastic passing attack led by All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees, but this week likely wasn't a great play to use his services on your team.
The Panthers allowed just 198 passing yards in Week 1, which was the second fewest through Sunday. If the Saints want to have success against an improved Panthers defense, they will need to establish the run early.
Even if Brees was passing the ball more than usual against the Panthers, he has quite a few targets that are more reliable than Henderson.
New Orleans had seven players catch at least one pass against the Redskins on Sunday, and four of them had at least four receptions. Henderson was not one of these four players. In fact, Henderson had just one catch for the entire game, which came in the third quarter.
Henderson is not the first, second, third, or even fourth option in the Saints passing game, and cannot be expected to have a fine performance against the Panthers.
Even if Henderson was fully healthy going into Week 2, he still wouldn't be worthy of starting on your fantasy football team. Lance Moore is a better option right now, even if Henderson hadn't gone down against the Redskins.
Unless you are desperate for a wide receiver because a starter is hurt or has a bye week, there won't be many weeks where Henderson is worth starting.