If you have made it through the first six weeks of the season without having to read this article, you should thank your lucky stars. While there have been some quiet weeks on the injury front this season, it’s sad to say Week Six was not one of them. Take a look to make sure your players are not on the injury report.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson tweaked his left ankle on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens but should not miss any time. Head coach Brad Childress called the injury “overall body soreness” and has no concerns over any health issues. If the head coach isn’t worried about Peterson, you shouldn’t either.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Boldin left his game Sunday with an ankle injury that may sideline him in the near future. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt stated he took him out of the game mainly because the contest was out of control, thus giving Boldin extra rest. The ankle is said to be not broken and may simply be a sprain. We all know Boldin to be a tough player who hardly misses much time, but his play in the Sunday night game will likely be a game time decision. Have a backup ready and follow his status going into Sunday’s match-up against the New York Giants.
Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Harvin injured his left shoulder against the Ravens and although X-Rays were negative, he did leave the field with his arm in a sling. There is no word on if he may miss any time. Harvin will be another player you will want to monitor all week, and expect a game time decision. Luckily, he plays the early game, meaning you will have time to get a replacement in there if need be. However, with Harvin struggling of late and looking like an afterthought in the Minnesota Vikings offense, you might want to look elsewhere regardless of injury concern.
Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants: Another week on the injury report for Manningham, as he left the New Orleans Saints game early with a back/ribs injury. He has taken a beating this season, adding the latest injury to the chest and shoulder injuries already limiting him the last couple weeks. Manningham has played through all the small injuries, meaning he will likely do so again next week. All these little injuries could add up as the season could go on, meaning you may want to look to deal him while there is still value to his name. Plus the emergence of rookie wide out Hakeem Nicks is cause for concern if you are an Manningham owner.
Donnie Avery, WR, St. Louis Rams: Avery suffered a bruised hip on Sunday, adding to the list of problems he has had on the season. The Rams staff is concerned the hip injury could be a flair up of his stress fracture that kept him out of training camp last season. Avery’s X-Rays were negative and an MRI has been scheduled to be done. This injury may be the last straw for Avery owners who have been patient for him to get healthy and produce this season. Take the wait and see approach, but if he is forced to miss any significant time it is officially time to cut bait.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Odd that we wait this long to discuss the latest injury news to stud Calvin Johnson, but the fact that he has a bye this week gives you time to learn more. The Lions have been very secretive about their injury news all season long, meaning you likely won’t hear about Johnson until Halloween! He was close to playing this week, and should return to the field after the Week Seven bye.
Sammy Morris, RB, New England Patriots: Morris left the snowy tundra of New England in the first quarter with a knee injury. This was a big blow for a guy who was making a start against a terrible Tennessee Titans defense. There is no word on the severity of the injury at this point and if he will miss any action. Check back later in the week to see where Morris’s status rests.
Trent Edwards, QB, Buffalo Bills: Edwards started his game against the New York Jets going 5-of-5 for 43 yards before suffering a concussion that knocked him out for the rest of the game. He will likely be monitored very closely through this week and be a game time decision come Sunday. With how poorly he has played of late, and even with the good start this past week, you may want to look for another replacement if he was your spot starter for this week.
Kris Jenkins, DT, New York Jets: Jenkins will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. This is a huge blow to a Jets defense that needs his push inside to apply the pressure needed to have a successful defense. With the way the Jets defense has played in its last three games, their performance, plus the injury, has to give you pause for concern. Those in IDP leagues will need to find a replacement for the rest of the season.
Antwan Odom, DE, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals best pass rusher has officially been put in injured reserve, ending a good season by Antwan Odom. He tore his Achilles tendon and immediately underwent surgery to repair the injury. His eight sacks were near the top of the NFL and the injury now makes the Bengals defense a questionable start the rest of the season after finally becoming fantasy football worthy. If you have Odom in IDP leagues, you will need to look elsewhere.
Remember, injuries happen all the time. Even if it is your star that goes down, finding the replacements before the other owners in your fantasy football league may be the difference at the end of the year. With that being said, it will benefit you to check out our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire—Pick Them Up article to identify which player to pick up.
Have a guy on our injury list and not sure what to do with your roster? Contact our injury expert Greg Warnock for advice. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org