FANTASY: Week Three Injury Report

Justin HulseyCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 20:  Running back Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Bruce Johnson #25 of the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Here is what you need to know before setting your lineup for Sunday. Of course there are other players in jeopardy of missing the week two game, but these are the players who would likely start on your team if they were not injured. Check in next Friday for next weekend’s injury report.

Donovan McNabb (PREDICTION: OUT)
The cracked rib that has been killing McNabb since first injuring it in Philadelphia’s Week One matchup is still lingering. He has yet to practice since being crushed in the endzone by about five Panther defenders and is listed as doubtful.

With Week Four being the Eagles’ bye week, I would expect Andy Reid to just give Donovan another week off. They are playing a team (Kansas City Chiefs) that Kevin Kolb can most certainly handle. Michael Vick and Jeff Garcia are finally available, but Vick is expected to be the first backup.

McNabb went 10-for-18 for 79 yards and two touchdowns before being injured, but Kolb (and the new additions) should have no problem against the Chiefs.

Marion Barber (PREDICTION: OUT)
Barber, literally, ran until he couldn’t run any more last Sunday night against the Giants. The former Golden Gopher rushed for nearly 130 yards on only 18 carries.

He will not do that this week.

An earlier report suggested Barber would be out for at least three weeks. That is not the case. In fact, Jerry Jones tells reporters that the team hasn’t ruled out playing Barber in Week Three. Although, he did say that they were leaning towards NOT playing him. I’m not sure what he is getting at, but there ya go.

The Cowboys’ site said Barber has a “strained left quadriceps muscle” but he did participate in practice beginning on Wednesday.

With two capable backups (Felix Jones / Tashard Choice), you would think Dallas would just play it safe. Especially since this type of injury is one notoriously known for worsening if pushed to the limit.

Granted the game isn’t until Monday night, but I just do not think it is worth the risk. His thigh is not 100%. If you push your luck hard enough…it will push back.

LaDainian Tomlinson (PREDICTION: OUT)
LT was limited in his Week One game due to this very injury, and it has yet to go away. Tomlinson will likely do exactly what he did last week. Sit on the bench.

The once fantasy football superstar has not practiced since before Week One. He rushed for a mere 55 yards on 13 carries before officially being pulled from the game.

Similar to the situation in Dallas, San Diego does not and should not push it. Darren Sproles along with Michael Bennett have done it before, and will do it again. Considering LT is a 30 year old running back, I would suggest giving him just one more week off if at all possible.

Brian Westbrook is hurt. It snows in Canada. I mean seriously! Haven’t I read this book already???

This is exactly why I have NEVER drafted Brain Westbrook in my eight years of fantasy football. However, that is for another time.

Ya know that “surgically repaired” ankle that was “surgically repaired” in the offseason? Yeah, that’s the one. It is banged up yet again.

This time it’s being called a sprained right ankle and Westbrook hasn’t practiced on it in a week. Nevertheless, Westbrook is expected to play on Sunday. He only ran for 58 yards when heathly, so I’m not sure what they are hoping for by playing him when he is not healthy.

Anquan Boldin (PREDICTION: IN)
Boldin is “close to 100%” according to Arizona reporters and should be able to play without limitations this weekend.

The nagging hamstring injury suffered earlier in preseason has been steadily improving over the past couple weeks.

The Cardinal coaching staff may have made a mistake by playing him in the season opener (2 receptions, 19 yards), but Boldin was back to his old self  in Week Two when he recorded eight receptions and 70 yards.

That’s it for this week. If you have any questions at all, contact me at

As always, take it easy.