Fantasy Football Week 4 Injury Report: Ben Roethlisberger and 3 Biggest Injuries
Just as injuries can demoralize teams in the NFL, they can make fantasy football owners pull their hair out.
Every week, at least one NFL star tweaks a hamstring, or cracks a rib or suffers a concussion. With each passing injury, agonizing screams fill the air, while fantasy owners wonder what just happened to their own personal "Dream Team."
Here are three of the biggest injuries in Week 4.
And, no, Michael Vick won't be included in this list...for once.
3. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
It's not like Rashard Mendenhall has given fantasy owners a whole lot to cheer about this season, with whole 20 points to his name headed into Week 4.
But he has recorded two straight 1,000-yard seasons and had 13 rushing touchdowns last season so you figured he'd get going at some point.
Well, it may take even longer for him to get going now. Mendenhall suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday against the Houston Texans, but he did add a rushing touchdown before leaving the game. There is no update from the Steelers yet, but fantasy owners may want to start scouring the waiver wire.
2. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger was wearing a protective boot on his left foot after the Steelers' 17-10 loss on Sunday. He was sacked five times behind a battered offensive line.
He was mum about his availability for next week.
Said Roethlisberger, via Yahoo! Sports:
“I don’t know. I’m still worrying about this game. It’s still too fresh in my mind to worry about next week yet.”
Roethlisberger came into the game underachieving, as well, but he was nonetheless depended on by man fantasy owners.
1. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
It just so happens the three biggest injuries of Week 4 came in the same game. Star wideout Andre Johnson left in the second quarter against the Steelers after a short reception, suffering a right hamstring injury.
Johnson was expected to undergo an MRI Sunday night to determine the severity of the injury. Obviously, it would be a big blow to the Texans and fantasy owners if he was out for a while.
Said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, via NFL.com:
"It was very difficult. He's the leader of this team, the leader of this franchise. If we have to go without him for a period of time, we'll have to have some guys step to the plate."
Andre Johnson is one of the best receivers in the NFL, if not the best. He had 1,200 yards receiving and eight touchdowns last season in 13 games and had 316 yards and two touchdowns through the first three weeks of this season. His loss would clearly be a big hit to fantasy football lineups.
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