Monday Morning Rehab: Michael Turner, Ryan Mathews Get Banged Up
There are no reprieves from injury for the fantasy football owner.
Injuries are indiscriminate. They strike anyone at any time. Running backs seem to be the most plagued position, and Week 2 was no different from week one in that regard.
Last week, the fantasy world saw Ryan Grant go down for the season. Beanie Wells has not played a game yet, same with Michael Bush. Cedric Benson and Steven Jackson got banged up, but both played in Week 2. Several other players had minor ailments as well.
It is a long season, yet the NFL wants to add two more games to that. Can you imagine the toll injuries would take on a NFL team if there were 18 games? Surely, the NFL would expand the rosters if that ever happened.
This week, two fantasy starting running backs found their way to the sidelines by way of injury. Michael Turner was off to a good day against the Cardinals before going down with a groin injury. The team, and Turner, called it a minor setback and noted that he could have returned to the game if needed. The Falcons, however, were running away with the game.
Similar situation in San Diego, where Ryan Mathews got a dreaded cart ride. Fortunately for fantasy owners, it was nothing major and he was able to trot back to the sidelines after a brief stay in the locker room.
More on these two players and the rest of the notable week two injuries below.
Michael Turner RB, Falcons
"Turner left with a groin injury and his return is being called questionable. He had been having his way with the Arizona defense in the first half with 75 yards on nine carries before being forced out of the game."
It does not sound too serious, but Jason Snelling performed too well in Turner's absence to not get consideration going forward. If Snelling is not owned in your league, he will be by the end of the week—regardless of Turner's status for Week 3.
Ryan Mathews RB, Chargers
"Mathews was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury in the first half of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He appeared to twist the ankle in a pile and had to be helped off the field."
Mathews got the dreaded cart ride but jogged back onto the field shortly thereafter. However, he was not allowed back in the game, which became a rout. Mathews most likely was benched for fumbling again. The coaching staff is trying to send a message. Take your finger off the panic button for now, but more fumbling could cost Mathews his job and valuable redzone touches.
Percy Harvin WR, Vikings
"Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was questionable for Sunday's game with a hip injury. He played, and he played well. Until he aggravated the injury.
"According to Tom Pelissero of 1500 espn.com, Harvin will have an MRI on Monday."
Injury prone. It is safe to give Harvin that label at this point in his career. Keep an eye on the results of the MRI, which should come out later today. For now, Harvin is a risky WR2 option until the Vikings get the passing game fixed.
Jason Witten TE, Cowboys
"Jason Witten has been diagnosed with a concussion after leaving Sunday's loss to the Bears due to a hard fourth-quarter hit."
Witten tried hard to get back into the game, but the coaching staff would not allow it. Martellus Bennett played well in his absence, but Witten still is Tony Romo's go-to-guy. Players usually miss at least one week after a concussion, so if you are looking for a sleeper tight end in a deep, deep league, Bennett would be a good option for Week 3.
Dennis Dixon QB, Steelers
"Steelers interim starter Dennis Dixon tore the ACL in his left knee during his final year at Oregon. And Dixon injured the same knee again on Sunday at Tennessee."
Pittsburgh is 2-0 now without Ben Roethlisberger. This is setting up to be a good season for the Steelers if they can keep winning without their main guy. Dixon may be out for a while depending on the severity, obviously, but it does not really seem to matter who lines up behind center right now for Pitt.
The MMR will continue to run every Monday morning as scheduled during the regular season. If you have an injury update or want an update on a certain player, please leave a note in the comments.
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