Monday Morning Rehab: Running Backs, Dropping Like It's Hot

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Monday Morning Rehab: Running Backs, Dropping Like It's Hot
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Nothing sticks with fantasy owners quite like injury-prone running backs.

The propensity of a running back to get injured is a plague upon his owners. It's the type of frustrating problem that lends itself to nicknames, like the one Fred Taylor has carried around all these years (“Fragile” Freddy).

For example: It will not be long until Beanie Wells has a new nickname. That is, if he does not already have an injury-related one.

Wells, however, did manage to make his debut yesterday and finish the game injury-free. Or so we think.

Other running backs—important ones, too—did not fare as well as Wells in Week 3. Fantasy owners will need to monitor these situations closely this week.

Steven Jackson; RB, Rams

From RotoWorld:

"S-Jax was pulled in different directions by Redskins defenders during a pile-up in the second quarter. His return is questionable, meaning Kenneth Darby and Keith Toston will have to fill in."

Kenneth Darby replaced Jackson in the lineup and scored a touchdown en route to St. Louis’ big win against Washington. If Jackson were to miss any time, it looks like Darby would be in line for most of his duties.

Ray Rice; RB, Ravens

From RotoWorld:

"Ravens coach John Harbaugh revealed in his postgame press conference Sunday that Ray Rice injured his knee against the Browns."

The Ravens will do some testing of Rice’s knee today, but it's not believed to be a tear of anything. Perhaps just a sprain. Still, that could sideline Rice for a week if not more. Now is a good time to check on Willis McGahee’s status in your fantasy league.

Jahvid Best; RB, Lions

From RotoWorld:

"Jahvid Best sat out nearly the entire second half of Week 3 against the Vikings with a toe injury."

The rookie running back, who was the best fantasy rusher after the first two weeks of the season, hit a wall yesterday in Minnesota. No telling if he would have been able to hold onto the No. 1 ranking had he finished this game.

This seems like a minor concern for now, though his small stature does give me pause about his durability over the course of a NFL season.

Jerome Harrison; RB, Browns

From ProFootballTalk:

"A thigh injury will sideline Browns running back Jerome Harrison for Sunday’s game, so Peyton Hillis is likely to receive the start at tailback. James Davis will take Harrison’s role as the change of pace back behind Hillis."

Harrison missed Peyton Hillis’ breakout performance for Cleveland. He now has an uphill battle to wrestle playing time away from Hillis, who was able to make plays both on the ground and in the passing game.

Pierre Garcon; WR, Colts

From FFToolBox:

"Garcon injured his hamstring, and there is no timetable for his return."

Austin Collie > Pierre Garcon. Based on the early returns, Collie appears to have passed Garcon in the pecking order. And on this offense with Peyton Manning at the helm, that is a pretty big deal.

Knowshon Moreno; RB, Broncos

From ProFootballTalk:

"Jay Glazer of reports Moreno pulled his hamstring and should miss 1-2 weeks of action.  Moreno has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game.  It’s believed this is not the same hamstring that Moreno tore back in training camp."

Fantasy owners were lucky enough to learn of this news Friday, giving them ample time to prepare yesterday’s rosters. Seems like Moreno is spending a lot of time nursing injuries during his short career.

Andre Johnson; WR, Texans

From ProFootballTalk:

"Against the Redskins, Texans wideout Andre Johnson injured an ankle.  He returned to make an overtime-forcing 34-yard touchdown reception.

"Against the Cowboys, he injured it again in a 27-13 loss.  For the game, Johnson caught only four passes for 64 yards."

Sounds like Johnson is going to do his best to battle through the injury. Do not expect him to practice much, if at all, this week. Fantasy owners will have to make the tough decision of starting or sitting Johnson on game days for the foreseeable future.

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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