Breaks, Bumps, and Bruises: Week Seven Injury Report
Now, the stretch run begins. With seven weeks in the books, you should have a good inkling as to whether or not your fantasy football team is good enough to win your league championship. And, the good news is, there weren’t too many injuries in Week Seven that could dramatically change that.
Though, we must caution those out there in Bruno Boys Nation: While the majority of injuries suffered in Week Seven were of the bump or bruise type, a couple season-ending injuries also occurred.
To see who the unlucky players were, continue reading the Bruno Boys Week Seven injury report.
Trent Edwards, QB, Buffalo Bills
Edwards was held out of the game Sunday against the Panthers, and Bills head coach Dick Jauron has already decided he will not play this week against the Texans.
With the bye week coming for Buffalo after the Houston game, it should not come as a surprise that the Bills will give Edwards two full weeks to get back to normal after suffering a concussion. Keep an eye out and see if anyone drops Edwards, as he has a great matchup against the terrible Tennessee Titans' secondary in Week 10.
Leon Washington, RB, New York Jets
Washington will miss the rest of the season with a fractured fibula—a tough blow to a talented running back who was capable of being a spot starter for you from time to time.
This will increase the value of Thomas Jones a bit and should also give rookie Shonn Green some touches as well. If you are desperate for a back, Greene is worth a flier this late in the year, especially following his 144-yard, two-TD performance this past Sunday, but be aware, Jones will still be the main guy in New York.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Brown left the Rams game Sunday in the second quarter with a shoulder injury, but considers it to be minor. Apparently, Brown says he has had the injury since college and knows how to handle it.
The Colts didn’t need to rush him back into the game with their big lead and the game out of hand. Brown should be good to go if the injury is only something minor and will likely play next week.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
Johnson was taken to the hospital for chest X-Rays after his game Sunday and was determined to have a chest contusion.
While it is unknown if this will keep him out of next week’s action, you can expect Johnson to try to give it a go this coming Sunday. Regardless, you will want to check back with the Bruno Boys on Sunday to make sure one of your best players will be on the field.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne went out of his game against St. Louis briefly on Sunday with a slight groin injury. There is no word on how bad the injury was, but he got back into the game, meaning he should be OK with a week of rest.
The Colts may hold him out of practice this week if he is still aching, but don’t be alarmed. Wayne should be on the field Sunday against the 49ers.
Bernard Berrian, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Berrian suffered yet another hamstring injury against the Steelers, missing a good part of the game. Considering Berrian also had a hamstring injury to start the season, you have to be concerned about his health for the rest of the year.
New quarterback Brett Favre seems to have a strong connection with young receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, so Berrian can’t afford to miss any more time. He also needs his legs fully healthy to make a difference, since his bread and butter is his deep play ability.
Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Indianapolis Colts
The belief was that Gonzalez would return from his Week One injury after the team’s bye week, but that certainly wasn’t the case as he didn’t even practice prior to the Colts’ Week Seven matchup with the Rams, let alone make it onto the field.
Head coach Jim Caldwell thinks Gonzalez will be back to practice this week, but has no word on whether he will play. Gonzalez will likely go into the Cotls’ game with the 49ers as questionable, and if he does play, it will only be a few snaps. Keep him on the bench for at least one more week.
Terrell Owens, WR, Buffalo Bills
Owens claimed on his Twitter account that he got his knee banged up a little bit in the game on Sunday. Considering he wasn’t on the Bills' postgame injury report, you have to think this may be no more than an excuse for a poor game/season for Owens.
If you own him you likely aren’t starting him, and if he is banged up, he may not even be worth owning.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers
Finley suffered a sprained knee on Sunday and will miss at least one game. The good thing is Finley avoided any kind of serious injury to his knee. The shame is Finley had a big game last time versus the Vikings, going for six catches, 128 yards, and a touchdown.
If you were banking on him for this week, you better look elsewhere because he’s all but been ruled out by head coach Mike McCarthy.
Will Allen, CB, Miami Dolphins
Allen hurt his knee against the Saints and will have season-ending surgery, further depleting an already weak secondary. The Miami Dolphins will now have to start two rookies at cornerback, Vontae Davis and Sean Smith.
With the secondary being the big reason Miami’s defense isn’t the greatest of starts in fantasy football, it’s hard trusting them now that two rookies will be playing the majority of snaps. Be leery of the Miami defense moving forward.
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 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
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