Stray Bird: Will Eagles' Westbrook Miss Significant NFL Action?

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 22, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -  JANUARY 11:  Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the New York Giants during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Eagles defeated the Giants 23 -11. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Every week in the NFL someone from your favorite team comes away on the injury report.  The same thing can be said with your fantasy football team, as injuries to some of your guys force you to look to your bench earlier than you thought.

Time to see which injuries from Week Two have the potential to make the biggest impact in the fantasy football world.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks:

Well it didn’t take long for Hasselbeck to land on the injury report.  He left Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with fractured rib after going 10-18 for 97 yards.  The worst part about it: he was diving for a touchdown.  Most owners who started him this week likely took a loss, as he did nothing to help in fantasy land.

Hasselbeck looks to be be questionable for Week Three against the Chicago Bears, and since you likely drafted him as either your backup or guy who will alternate with another quarterback, you should have a decent replacement on your bench.  His injury is similar to Donovan McNabb’s, so missing a couple games is not out of the question.  Even if he is healthy enough to play, try rolling with another guy this week to see how he rebounds.

Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles:

McNabb was not healthy enough to go for the Eagles and will likely not be again this week.  With the bye week coming up, there is no need to rush him back, especially considering the Eagles play a struggling Kansas City Chiefs team.

Plus, despite throwing three interceptions, Kevin Kolb looked decent under center.  Michael Vick is reinstated, and Jeff Garcia on the roster for added insurance. Don’t count on putting McNabb in your starting lineup until Week Five.

Brian Westbrook, RB, Philadelphia Eagles:

Another guy who is always an injury concern will once again play the wait-and-see game with owners.  Westbrook hurt his ankle against the New Orleans Saints.  However, he has said it is no where near as bad as last year and expects to play this week.

The Eagles have a bye coming up in Week Four, and with a matchup against the beleaguered Chiefs, expect Philadelphia to remain cautious with its stars.  He will be questionable, and for all you Westbrook owners, get on the Bruno Boys LIVE CHAT to find out his status on Sunday.

Marion Barber, RB, Dallas Cowboys:

Barber suffered a strained quad muscle in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants, but the injury is not deemed serious.  Watch his status for this week, but given how tough of a player he is, expect him to suit up for Week Three.

Mike Bell, RB, New Orleans Saints:

Bell had an MRI done on his knee which showed no structural damage.  Bell says he has full range of motion and thinks he can play this week, but for you fantasy football owners, don’t count on it. 

The injury is being compared to the one Pierre Thomas suffered, which knocked him out for two preseason games and one regular season game, and limited him this past week.

If Thomas can get near 100 percent, expect the Saints to be cautious with Bell, which may lead to Thomas getting his full fantasy football potential back and Bell sliding down the ranks.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles:

Did all of the Eagles players land on the injury report after the Saints game?  Maybe it was just the stars?  Jackson has a groin injury that has him listed as day-to-day.  While he will likely be questionable going into Week Three, expect a full workload for the speedster against the Chiefs.  Of the three Eagles injuries, this is the one to be the least worried about.

Antonio Bryant, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Bryant did not travel with the team to take on the Buffalo Bills due to a bone bruise on his surgically repaired knee.  It looks as though Bryant is going to sit on the sidelines until his knee is 100 percent to avoid further injury.

With that being said, you should not count on Bryant playing this week or possibly next week either.  Week Five seems like the best case scenario for him to return to the field, but we will keep you posted as updates become available.

Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints:

Moore suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.  He left the game with it being tight, and according to coach Sean Payton it doesn’t seem to be too serious.  Despite Payton's claims, hamstring injuries are tough to recover from as a receiver, and it may be a nagging problem all year.

Although Moore is in a high-powered offense, he is fighting to get touches with all the other play makers the Saints have on offense.  He will not put up the numbers he did a year ago, and if there are any lingering affects with this injury, he may not be worth a roster spot on your fantasy football team.

Troy Williamson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars:

Williamson will miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum.  While he was not owned in many leagues and would likely never be worth playing, it does open the door for other receivers.  Mike Sims-Walker, who had six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown in Week Two, will now likely start opposite Torry Holt and see added targets.

Domenik Hixon, WR, New York Giants:

Hixon left the Dallas Cowboys game with a knee sprain, and although he tried convincing the staff to let him play, he had to sit and watch from the sidelines as Mario Manningham and Steve Smith lit up the stat sheet.

He should be good enough to go in Week Three, but given the fact Manningham and Smith have done so well with Eli Manning on Sunday night, you have to wonder how many targets there are for Hixon the rest of the season.

Keep an eye out for not only the injury, but his targets the next few weeks.  After all, if he doesn’t do anything in that time, rookie Hakeem Nicks will return from injury, further diminishing Hixon’s role in the offense. 

Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots:

A surprise deactivation this past Sunday sent fantasy football owners scrambling for a replacement.  Welker will likely be questionable again this week, as well as most of the year, but he should play in Week Three.  Monitor if he practices during the week and get on the Bruno Boys LIVE CHAT starting at 11:30 AM Sunday morning to verify his status.

Tyrone Carter, S, Pittsburgh Steelers:

He may not be owned in IDP leagues but if his injured thigh doesn’t allow him to play, the top rated defense may take a big hit. Ryan Mundy, the second year player out of West Virginia, would be the replacement for Carter who took Polamalu’s spot in the lineup.

Mundy is nowhere near the player of Troy Polamalu’s caliber and is far from being able to play like Carter.  While Carter should be fine, there is concern back in Pittsburgh.

Lofa Tatupu, LB, Seattle Seahawks:

He left the San Francisco 49ers game due to an injured hamstring and the Seattle defense missed him dearly, as running back Frank Gore ran wild.  He is the centerpiece of the Seattle defense, and without him the Seahawks go from a sit-'em-down defense to a questionable start.

This is a big loss to those who own him in IDP leagues as well.  Check his status throughout the week though before making any kind of rash decisions.

Justin Tuck, DE, New York Giants:

Tuck injured his shoulder in the first half against the Cowboys and did not return to the game but came back to the sidelines in a sling.  X-Rays were negative but an MRI was scheduled for today.  If he does miss time, it will be a huge loss to the Giants defense.

Their book ends of Tuck and Osi Umenyiora provide a lot of pressure, which is the strength of their defense. If he is unable to go, the Giants defense will still be a good but not great, like they have been. Look for the results of the MRI, and if Tuck practices this week, expect him to be healthy enough to give it a go in Week Three.

Alex Brown, DE, Chicago Bears:

Another injury to the Bears defensive unit, but this one isn’t so bad.  Brown left late in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a sprained ankle.  He played well to that point with two sacks and  huge pressure that forced an interception.

If Brown misses any games, this would be a key loss that could again drop the Bears defense in the rankings. If it’s only a sprain, expect Brown to play in Week Three, but check back for more updates.



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