NFL Injury News: Fantasy Implications From Week 10 Injuries

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty (32) forces Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) to fumble on the one yard line during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE
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You never like to see someone go down with an injury, regardless of what team they play for. It hurts a bit more when it's a player from your favorite team, and it stings even worse when it's a player that your fantasy team relies on each and every week.

Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game, and there were plenty of them in Week 10—and they could all have an impact on your fantasy plans for Week 11.

 

Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

While he fumbled twice, Fred Jackson had a solid day for fantasy owners in the Bills 37-31 loss to the Patriots, picking up 80 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and adding four receptions for 35 yards as well.

Late in the fourth quarter, Jackson was hit hard by Patriots LB Brandon Spikes and dropped to the ground. While he walked off under his own power, trainers appeared to be checking him for a possible head injury on the telecast. (h/t CBS Sports)

Keep an eye on Jackson's status throughout the next few days; if it's a concussion, he may not be able to play against the Miami Dolphins next week.

 

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Falcons WR Julio Jones missed a large chunk of the first half of Atlanta's 31-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, per NFL.com:

RT @nfl_atl: Falcons WR Julio Jones limps to locker room with leg injury. Questionable. nfl.com/news/story/0ap…

— NFL (@nfl) November 11, 2012

Jones returned to the game in the third quarter and caught two passes for 61 yards in the second half, finishing the day with four receptions for 75 yards on five targets.

The fact that Jones returned to action is a great sign, but how he practices—if he practices—leading up to the Falcons Week 12 tilt with the Arizona Cardinals is something fantasy owners should keep an eye on.

 

Domenik Hixon, WR, New York Giants

The oft-injured Domenik Hixon is injured once again, as noted by Newsday's Tom Rock:

Domenik Hixon will not return to the game. Ankle.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) November 11, 2012

According to the Fox telecast, X-rays on his ankle were negative, but this is yet another setback for the Giants' talented third receiver who seemingly cannot stay healthy for more than a few games before missing significant time with injury.

If you own him in fantasy, it may be time to consider moving in another direction with his roster spot.

 

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Demaryius Thomas returned to action after being shaken up and having his knee looked at, but whenever a knee is involved for a wide receiver—especially one as fantasy relevant as Thomas—it's worth making note of.

Demaryius Thomas helped off the field after hurting his right knee.

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 11, 2012

Thomas returned to action and finished the day with nine receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown.

Gray Caldwell from Broncos.com says that Thomas was not injured, but as with Julio Jones, how he fares in practice during the week leading up to their Week 11 game against the Arizona Cardinals is something fantasy owners should keep an eye on.

 

Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit Lions

The Lions defense has been somewhat disappointing for much of the season in fantasy, and the unit could now be without DE Cliff Avril, who was injured early in the third quarter of the team's 34-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings:

RT @nfl_atl: Lions Cliff Avril being evaluated for a concussion nfl.com/news/story/0ap…

— NFL (@nfl) November 11, 2012

Deroit's defense/special teams was a questionable start in Week 11 against the high-powered Green Bay Packers offense anyway, but going into that game without Avril makes them even less appealing of an option for your fantasy squad.

 

Elvis Dumervil, DE, Denver Broncos

Disruptive Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil was knocked out of the team's 36-14 victory over Carolina in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return, as noted by CBS Sports:

Elvis Dumervil has officially been ruled out, per #Broncos PR (shoulder).

— Broncos RapidReports (@CBSBroncos) November 11, 2012

Whether you play with team defense/special teams units or individual defensive players, losing Dumervil and his six sacks on the season for an extended period of time could be a blow for a defensive unit that has been a solid fantasy start all season long.