Pittsburgh Steelers and 10 Injury 411s To Know for Your Fantasy Draft
The hot injury rumor floating around football was a broken arm suffered by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.
Apparently the rumor got started thanks to radio talk show host Mark Madden. However, Ken Laird of ESPN 1250 spoke to Mendenhall and confirmed that the running back was fine.
Now that it seems Mendenhall will be good to go for the Steelers, who else is on the injury list that will affect your fantasy football draft?
Here are a list of 10 players to keep away from during your draft.
No. 10: Clinton Portis (Sprained Ankle)
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Though this might not be a lingering injury, Washington Redskins' running back Clinton Portis sprained his right ankle during Friday night's preseason game against the New York Jets.
While Portis isn't exactly someone you'd want to draft as a number one or number two running back, you want to steer clear of him as a backup as well until he can prove he's ready to go.
No. 9: Mark Clayton (Mild Concussion)
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Against the New York Giants on Saturday night, Baltimore Ravens' wide receiver Mark Clayton suffered what the team is calling a mild concussion.
While he may go undrafted in a lot of leagues, there will be some who will want to draft him simply because of his name. Clayton says he's fine, but his numbers aren't enough for me to draft with or without a clean bill of health.
No. 8: Donte Stallworth (Broken Foot)
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Wide receiver Donte Stallworth, now with the Baltimore Ravens, suffered a broken foot this past Saturday night and will undergo surgery which will take him out for at least two months.
No. 7: Joseph Addai (Minor Knee Injury)
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Indianapolis Colts' running back Joseph Addai suffered a concussion in Thursday night's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Addai is downplaying how bad the concussion was or is, but the team is being cautious about running him out there in their next preseason game.
No. 6: Percy Harvin (Migraines)
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Minnesota Vikings' wide receiver Percy Harvin was suffering from severe migraines and couldn't figure out what was causing them.
Now, it seems doctors have found out what the problem is, but it's not stopping the migraines all together. Harvin says that they are trying to at least slow them down.
Harvin will be a big target for returning quarterback Brett Favre, but keep an eye on these migraines. If they flare up again, he could be sidelined until they figure out how to stop them for good.
No. 5: Sidney Rice (Hip Surgery)
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Sidney Rice was one of Brett Favre's favorite targets last season, but after undergoing hip surgery, Rice is expected to miss at least half of the season, if not more than that, depending on his recovery.
Rice did say on his website that he's hoping to return within eight weeks.
No. 4: David Akers (Heel)
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Philadelphia Eagles' kicker David Akers is recovering from a heel injury and is expected to start kicking again in a preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
If you're wanting to draft a kicker, you might want to hold off on Akers unless he looks solid against the Chiefs.
No. 3: Vernon Davis (Right Knee Strain)
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San Francisco 49ers' tight end Vernon Davis is not only a fantasy tight end to watch, but he's also an injury to watch.
A right knee strain kept Davis out of practice this past Thursday. If you're looking at drafting Davis in a late round, or even in an early round, watch the injury sheets and make sure it's not something that will keep him out for a long period of time.
No. 2: Donovan McNabb (Ankle)
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Though it's not a serious injury, Washington Redskins' quarterback Donovan McNabb has been nursing an ankle injury that will keep him out of their final preseason game this coming Thursday night.
It's not something that should keep you from drafting him in late rounds as a backup quarterback, but it's something to watch carefully in case the injury keeps him from being 100 percent.
No. 1: Maurice Jones-Drew (Lateral Meniscus)
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Maurice Jones-Drew could be a running back that gets taken in the very first round of a lot of people's fantasy football drafts.
However, something you may want to watch is a lateral meniscus issue that he's been having through training camp. He did not make the trip to the team's preseason game this past Saturday, and it's unknown whether or not he'll play in the team's final preseason game.
If you are wanting to draft him, do so cautiously and at your own risk.