A couple big injuries came to the forefront in Week Eight, which will lead to you moving from this article to the Bruno Boys Pick ‘Em Up section. Continually check back to the Bruno Boys for the latest news in fantasy football.
A lot of injuries this week will need to be wait-and-see, and with that in mind let's take a look at some of the biggest breaks, bumps, and bruises from Week Eight.
Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans
The biggest injury of the day went to the Houston Texans tight end, as he suffered a torn ACL, ending his 2009 season. Daniels was off to an impressive season, coming into Week Eight as the highest scoring tight end in fantasy football points.
This will be a big blow for your team if you own Daniels, because at this point in the year there is no way you will find a replacement that can rival his production at the tight end position. See what is available in your league's waiver wire and even in terms of a trade.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Boldin left a second game early in a row, as he re-injured the sprained ankle that has been giving him fits the last three weeks. With Boldin unable to make it all the way through games, it seems as though the Cardinals will try to hold him out for a week to let him rest up and be at 100 percent for Week 10.
With the way Boldin heals and plays through pain, it would not be surprising to see him on the field. All reports say he will not play against the Bears though, and even if he did, it’s hard to say whether he could play an entire game.
Kevin Smith, RB, Detroit Lions
Smith injured his shoulder against the St. Louis Rams and was held out for part of the game. Head coach Jim Schwartz claims Smith could have returned if necessary but decided to lean on the side of caution. Instead, Smith’s back-up, Maurice Morris, got to take advantage of the favorable matchup, leaving many fantasy football owners rather frustrated.
Even with Morris doing well, it’s hard imagining the Lions keeping Smith (their best playmaker with Calvin Johnson out) on the bench when they were trailing in the game. There may be something more to this injury than what is being presented, and with the way the Lions cover up injuries, you may want to check back with the Bruno Boys to see if any new reports surface.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
Johnson practiced both Thursday and Friday with all signs pointing to him being out on the field for Week Eight. Apparently warm-ups did not treat him well, as he was made inactive before kickoff. Johnson was very close to playing this week and there are no reports of any kind of setback. This means you should be safe to deploy him next week.
In any case, check back with the Bruno Boys for reassurance.
Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants
Manningham said throughout the week that he would play in the Giants' game against the Philadelphia Eagles, took part in pre-game workouts, but was made inactive before the game.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said Manningham wasn’t comfortable going through the warm-ups and isn’t exactly sure what the problem is with his shoulder. Manningham will likely be questionable this week and may have some lingering effects all season long. If you can get some value for him, you may want to pull the trigger now, because with the emergence of Hakeem Nicks it looks like his best days for the season are behind him.
Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Gonzalez, who has yet to return to practice and after missing yet another game, may still be a couple weeks away from returning. With most of the bye weeks over, if you’ve held on to him at this point there is no real reason to drop him.
He may miss the next game or two but should return in time for the fantasy football playoffs. With the Colts at 7-0, Indianapolis will likely ease him into action slowly and get him ready for their Super Bowl run.
Continue to monitor the situation but keep him out of your lineup until you see him in at least one game, maybe two.
Brian Westbrook, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Westbrook did work-out without any problems from his concussion on Friday before being deactivated from Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Head coach Andy Reid decided to be cautious towards Westbrook, and instead turned to rookie running back LeSean McCoy to carry the workload on the ground for the Eagles. Westbrook should play this week but may see a limited role, considering the strong play of McCoy and the fact that the team wants their star back fully healthy at the end of the season.
Steve Slaton, RB, Houston Texans
No, Slaton is not injured. Many may see his low production totals of one carry for one yard and think he must have went down with an injury. Another lost fumble planted Slaton’s butt on the bench while backup Ryan Moats turned in a big day.
There is no word on how the Texans will handle the running back situation for next week, but when your backup goes for 100 plus rushing yards and three scores there is cause for concern.
Make sure to check back with us during the week for more information regarding the Houston backfield.
Jake Delhomme, QB, Carolina Panthers
Considering how poorly Delhomme has played all season, you likely haven’t been using the Carolina quarterback in your lineup. With another six teams on bye this week, it’s worth noting the status of Delhomme. He left the Panthers' game against the Arizona Cardinals with a chest injury.
He got a CT scan, which came back negative, meaning he has a good chance he may be able to heal in time for their game next week against the New Orleans Saints. With a banged-up Delhomme (who isn’t playing well this year) and a bad matchup for next week, it’s best to look in another direction.
Chris Cooley, TE, Washington Redskins
Last week it was being reported that Cooley would miss the rest of the season. A wrong diagnoses and a successful surgery on his injured right tibia means Cooley could see game action in about four weeks.
If you are able to do so, stash him away, as you likely will not find an ample replacement this time of year. Cooley’s stats may not be up to par when he does come back, but what other options could you really have that will be much better?
Nate Clements, CB, San Francisco 49ers
Clements suffered a fractured right scapula in the 49ers' loss to the Indianapolis Colts and there is no word on how much time he will miss. Clements will miss some games, but the question remains whether it’s for a short time or if he will be out for the year. If the injury isn’t enough for you to dump him in your IDP league then the fact that he lost his starting job prior to Week Eight should be.
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 be 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