Fantasy Football Week 7: Friday Injury Update

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 7: Friday Injury Update

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles is laid out by Dunta Robinson #23 of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Both players were injured o
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    This year in the NFL, there has been an abundance of injuries which have hurt fantasy owners all over, as well as raised questions throughout the league about the brutality of the game of football.

    In Week 7, there are some key players on your roster that you will have to sit due to injury.  But on the brighter side of things, there are also some players returning from injury that will have a big impact this week.

WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles is helped off the field after being  laid out by Dunta Robinson #23 of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylv
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    DeSean Jackson suffered a concussion last week against the Atlanta Falcons and is highly unlikely to play in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans.  

    Jackson did not practice on Thursday, and even if for some reason he is to play, you can't expect much from the guy.  Sit Jackson on the bench for Week 7, expecting a big game from him in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.  The Eagles have a bye next week, so he'll receive some much needed time off.

    Jason Avant is expected to receive increased time with Jackson's absence.

TE Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 41-10.
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    Antonio Gates did not practice on Thursday due to a toe injury, but take the risk and start the 6'4'' beast of a tight end in Week 7.  

    How he feels today will determine how much action, if any, he will see on Sunday.

    Going up against the tough defense of the New England Patriots, Gates will be a primary target for quarterback Phillip Rivers.  Take the chance in starting Gates, because if he plays he will have an outstanding game with a couple of touchdowns.

TE Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 12:  Chris Cooley #47 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball during the NFL season opener against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on September 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Chris Cooley suffered a concussion in Week 6 when facing the Indianapolis Colts.  He participated in drills on Wednesday and practiced fully on Thursday.  

    Cooley told the Washington Post that he's fine and expects to play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

    This is good news for you fantasy owners that have Cooley on your roster.  Expect his first 100-yard receiving performance of the season in Week 7.

RB Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 17:  Running back Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts is helped off the field after being injured against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 17, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Colts won the game 27-24.  (Photo
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    Addai has suffered an injury which the doctors think is just a nerve, but he will be receiving a second opinion on his injured shoulder.

    Team president Bill Polian talked about Addai's injury on his weekly radio show, saying, "It's not a separated shoulder or anything like that.  That's kind of the good news.  They're doing more tests and we'll know more later in the week."

    But, Addai has a little more to say on the injury telling the Indianapolis Star: "Nothing is torn or anything.  It's just the nerve.  That's the biggest thing, that and getting the strength back.  It could come back any time between now and four or five weeks."

    If Addai is on your roster he should be sat for the next couple of weeks.  You might even want to release him and add a "sleeper" running back to your team, such as Chris Ivory.  Sure, Addai had his best game of the season last week carrying the football 17 times for 128 yards and a touchdown, but if he does end up sitting out four to five weeks, he really isn't worth the wait.

WR Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21:  Wide receiver Malcolm Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers catches a pass against Terence Newman #41 of the Dallas Cowboys during their pre-season NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (
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    Malcolm Floyd suffered a hamstring injury last week against the St. Louis Rams and will definitely miss Week 7 because the Chargers do not want to risk any further injury.

    Place Floyd on the bench for this week and expect him to be back to producing his league-leading numbers when he returns in Week 8.