After what seemed like a long off season, Week One of the NFL season is in the books.
Hopefully all of your hard work studying projections, player rankings, mock drafts, and cheat sheets has paid off, leading to a 1-0 record after the first week of fantasy football. Whether you won or lost your first game, you can’t get overly excited as one game does not make or break a fantasy football season.
Fantasy football is not a sprint, it’s a marathon and whether you won or lost Week One, you need to remain focused and put the best lineup together to secure a victory in Week Two. So as you ponder your best potential starting lineup for the upcoming week, the Bruno Boys will take a look at some news around the NFL and study it’s potential fantasy football impact.
Donovan McNabb Injures Ribs, Misses Practice on Wednesday
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb missed practice on Wednesday with fractured ribs, which he injured during the Eagles' 38-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers last week. The injury happened on what appeared to be a late hit after McNabb scored on a three-yard run in the third quarter.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid has declined to rule McNabb out for this Sunday's contest at home against the New Orleans Saints, but missing Wednesday’s practice is a pretty good sign that McNabb will rest the injury during Week Two.
Backup quarterback Kevin Kolb has taken most of the snaps at practice with the Eagles' starting offense and he would appear to have the lead over recently signed journeyman Jeff Garcia. McNabb owners should keep an eye on this situation, if he does not practice by Friday; there is a minimal chance he will play in the Week Two contest.
Neither a healthy Kolb nor an injured McNabb are recommended starting options this week.
Pierre Thomas Returns to Practice on Wednesday, Could Split Carries with Mike Bell
According to New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Peyton, Pierre Thomas practiced in full on Wednesday and he has a chance to play in Week Two when the team travels to Philadelphia to play the Eagles. Thomas missed the Saints' Week One victory over the Detroit Lions with a sprained MCL on his left knee.
He practiced with a brace on the injured knee and according to Peyton, he has looked good. The coach also added that he needs to get into the flow of things with the conditioning level and everything that goes with it. Peyton also said that if Thomas is able to return this week, he will likely split carries with Mike Bell.
Bell filled in admirably for Thomas Week One, gaining 143 yards on 28 carries. Keep an eye on this situation heading into Sunday, but if Thomas and Bell do split carries, they will cut into each other’s production making neither back more then a RB3 heading into a tough defensive matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week Two.
Tomlinson Wears Boot on His Left Foot, Misses Practice on Wednesday
San Diego Chargers' running back LaDainian Tomlinson missed practice on Wednesday with an apparent sprained right ankle. He injured the ankle during a first quarter touchdown run on Monday night when the Chargers beat the Oakland Raiders. He continued to play off and on during the game, before the Chargers turned almost exclusively to backup Darren Sproles in the fourth quarter. Tomlinson appeared at the team's weekly news conference with a protective boot on the injured ankle.
Tomlinson missed quite a bit of time last season with toe and groin injuries and is officially listed as questionable for the Chargers' home opener on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. If Tomlinson is unable to go against the Ravens, the Chargers will turn to Sproles as the primary back, with San Diego’s No. 3 running back Michael Bennett also likely seeing action.
Tomlinson had 55 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown during the Chargers Week One victory, but injuries are starting to take a toll on the former Pro-Bowl running back and if he does play, he shouldn’t be considered more than a low-end RB2 this week.
Greg Jennings Limited in Practice on Wednesday with Wrist Injury
Green Bay Packers' wide receiver Greg Jennings was limited at practice on Wednesday with an apparent wrist injury. This is a new injury, as Jennings did not appear on the injury report before the Packers Week One victory over the Chicago Bears. Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t believe the injury will limit Jennings during the team's Week Two matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. McCarthy added that they are just being cautious with him during practice this week.
It appears that Jennings will be ready to go this week without limitation. This is good news for the Packers and fantasy owners alike. After a slow start in Week One, Jennings finished the game with six receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown. Keep an eye on this situation, but if he does not have any setbacks consider Jennings a must-start WR1 this week at home against the Bengals.
Tony Romo Injures Ankle, Expects To Play without Limitation in Week Two
Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo played through the pain of an ankle injury during the team's Week One victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, Romo said that he is not concerned with the injury. He also added that he will tape it and not worry about it.
Romo does not expect to miss any practice time this week as he looks to build off the career high 353 passing yards with three touchdowns he posted last week. The Cowboys face a tougher defense though, as they host the New York Giants in the opening of the Cowboys' new stadium. The Giants do possess a good pass rush and they will look to put pressure on Romo and force him to make some poor decisions.
The injury does not appear to be a concern at this time and Romo should be considered a must-start this week even against a solid defense.
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