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Nate Washington Injury: Updates on Titans WR's Week 2 Status and Fantasy Value

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09:  Nate Washington #85 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during their season opener at LP Field on September 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2012

Will Nate Washington be good to go in Week 2 for the Tennessee Titans?

 

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3:37 p.m. ET

Nate Washington is reportedly going to be on the field for the Titans; however, it looks like he will be used sparingly. 

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt drops this bit of knowledge. 

WR Nate Washington is active, but is expected to be limited for #Titans

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 16, 2012

This news does not mean he has to be dropped out of fantasy lineups. He should be considered a decent WR No. 2 as he will still get his share of targets when he is on the field. 

 

UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 14 at 3:05 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Washington's leg contusion is perhaps more serious than originally thought. It now looks like a possibility that he won't play at all this weekend. 

From Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:

Wide receiver Nate Washington (leg contusion) is questionable. He did not practice this week but ran on a side field on Friday. Even if Washington plays against the Chargers, he will be limited, Munchak said.

Fantasy owners, you'll probably want to avoid Washington this week given this latest news. What looked like a sure-bet start earlier in the week is now a must-bench scenario.

---End of update---

 

Washington left the game on Sunday afternoon in the fourth quarter on the same play that Jake Locker hurt his shoulder. The play in question was called on the field as a Washington fumble after a catch. Locker was injured tackling safety Patrick Chung on the return.

As it turned out, the play should have been blown dead, as replays showed Washington never had complete possession of the ball. However, he would not return to the game. 

The wideout's injury was said to be a leg contusion (via Terry McCormick of Titans Insider):

Officially Nate Washington injury a leg contusion.

— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) September 9, 2012

That prognosis was confirmed by head coach Mike Munchak (via the Titans official Twitter account) on Monday:

Munchak also said Nate Washington (leg bruise) should be ready to play Sunday. #Titans

— Tennessee Titans (@tennesseetitans) September 10, 2012

I would guess he was kept out of the remainder of the game as a precaution, since it was pretty much decided at that point. Still, he did miss practice on Thursday (via Terry McCormick of Titans Insider):

Nate Washington still out but ran on side, expected to practice Friday.

— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) September 13, 2012

I expect Washington will be good to go for Week 2. No need to strain anything in practice, right?

 

Week 2 Fantasy Value 

Even with the return of Kenny Britt, Washington isn't a terrible flex play in deeper leagues against the San Diego Chargers.

While Britt is the guy you want if you're adamant about starting a Titans wide receiver, Washington did manage two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in a lackluster performance on Sunday. He's clearly a vital part of this offense.

Plus, in those three games that Britt was healthy last year, Washington was good for 6.7, 9.9 and 15.2 fantasy points. Therefore, it's not as though his value automatically diminishes upon his teammate's return. Britt is likely to be a bit rusty, too.

Washington is by no means a great fantasy option next week, but you could do worse with your flex spot if your options are limited or your other options have tough matchups. Reasonably, he should offer somewhere in the vicinity of 7-12 fantasy points for your team next week.

 

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