Fantasy Football 2012: Latest Updates on 5 Injured Stars
It's the 10th week of the 2012 NFL season, and if there's one thing that's constant in the NFL besides that nothing is ever is ever constant, it's that injuries continue to take a toll on rosters across the league.
Those injuries make a significant impact on the fantasy football landscape. As we ready for the stretch run of another fantasy football campaign, let's take a look at the latest news on the most significant injuries from around the NFL from a fantasy perspective.
Antonio Brown Doubtful for Monday Night Football
It appears that the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be short-handed when they face the Kansas City Chiefs next Monday night.
Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that third-year wide receiver Antonio Brown, who has 42 catches for 499 yards and a touchdown this season, is doubtful to play in Week 10 due to the ankle sprain he suffered in the Steelers' Week 9 win over the New York Giants.
Fellow third-year pro Emmanuel Sanders will likely draw the start in Brown's stead, making him a hot commodity on fantasy waiver wires this week.
Michel Vick Will Start for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10
Granted, the only thing that's officially bruised on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is his ego, but given the beating he's taking under center and the controversy surrounding the 32-year-old, he's worth a mention here.
Despite mounting losses and increased calls for rookie Nick Foles to be given a shot as the starter, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted Tuesday that it will be Vick at quarterback for the Eagles in Week 10.
Reid reaffirms that Michael Vick will remain his starting QB.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) November 6, 2012
However, fantasy owners should explore other options, as the Dallas Cowboys, who the Eagles face Sunday, have been very stingy to opposing quarterbacks from a fantasy perspective in 2012.
DeMarco Murray Expected to Be out at Least One More Week
Speaking of this Sunday's tilt between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, it appears that the Cowboys will once again be without the services of their starting tailback for this crucial NFC East showdown.
According to Evan Silva of NBC Sports, ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Dallas does not expect running back DeMarco Murray, who injured his foot in Week 6, to be ready to practice this week, much less take the field in Philadelphia.
ESPN's Ed Werder reported on SportsCenter that the #Cowboys do not expect DeMarco Murray (foot) to play in Week 10.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) November 6, 2012
Felix Jones will once again start at running back for the Cowboys. Given that Murray has now gone more than a month without practicing, the second-year pro's status for the rest of the season is becoming a real concern, especially should the Cowboys' skid continue.
Jamaal Charles Limited in Practice but Expected to Play
The Kansas City Chiefs appear to be on a collision course with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The wicked helmet-to-helmet collision in last week's loss to the San Diego Chargers cast doubt over running back Jamaal Charles' availability for Week 10.
However, Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star reports that the fifth-year pro practiced in a limited fashion on Monday, which would seem to indicate that Charles dodged a concussion and will be available for Monday night's tilt in Pittsburgh.
Given his strained neck, an unfavorable fantasy matchup with the Steelers and the putrid state of the Chiefs offense, Charles is a risky fantasy play at best this week.
Darren McFadden Not Ruled out for Week 10
Finally, we'll conclude our trip through the M.A.S.H. ward with a look at a running back who visits it so often that by now he's probably racked up a free sub sandwich.
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden, who at this point in his NFL career has never made it through a season without missing time due to injury, suffered a high ankle sprain in last week's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, according to Jerry McDonald of The San Jose Mercury News, head coach Dennis Allen hasn't ruled out the fifth-year pro making a return to the field in Week 10.
Look elsewhere fantasy owners. If it really is a high ankle sprain, then there's next to no chance McFadden actually plays, especially given his injury history.