Biggest Injuries from Around the League
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson may be the biggest name highlighting NFL Week 5's injury report—he will be unavailable following a procedure to mend his hamstring—but the dynamic wideout is hardly the only marquee name surfacing on this week's list of medical concerns.
New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs, Arizona Cardinals RB Beanie Wells and TE Todd Heap, New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall and QB Ben Roethlisberger, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson and Johnson's Texan teammate Ben Tate, among others, join the Houston wide receiver on a list of huge injury question marks for NFL Week 5.
Who will be announced inactive?
Who will play?
Who will play well?
Be sure to stick with Bleacher Report as we sift through injury reports and cover the latest breaking NFL injury news related to your favorite players and teams, as well as your highly-valued fantasy football roster.
Because you don't want to be that guy who ends up starting Andre Johnson today. That's just a bad look.
Buffalo Bills WR Donald Jones unfortunately appears to be done for the day, as he was carted off the field with a leg injury in the first half.
Perhaps the biggest question surrounding this injury is whether or not the Bills will reach out to free agent WR Terrell Owens if Jones projects to miss any significant amount of times. Owens knows the offense and has at least a basic rapport with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Arguably, this is Owens' best free agent fit, and the Bills won't find many more attractive options on the free agent market.
Look for the Bills to at least kick the tires on T.O. if Jones is deemed to have suffered a significant injury.
Joseph Addai's hamstring injury is already paying off for Indianapolis Colts RB Delone Carter. With 1:09 left in the second quarter, Carter barreled into the endzone for a three-yard touchdown run.
Carter is a must-add on the fantasy football wire if Addai should miss any time. Due to Donald Brown's inconsistent pass-blocking, Carter is likely to receive the lion's share of runningback carries moving forward.
Indianapolis Colts RB Joseph Addai left the field, favoring his right leg, late in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. Per Rotoworld, the Colts' starting RB is done for the day.
Look for Delone Carter to replace Addai for the rest of the day vs the Kansas City Chiefs. More than likely, Indianapolis will turn to Donald Brown for some carries as well.
Two teams suffered early injury scares today. The Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans both held their breaths as starting RBs Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster (respectively) limped off the field.
Both returned to action in the next series, and neither appears to have suffered any sort of serious injury. Still, fantasy football owners have to be holding their collective breath, especially Foster owners.
One of today's bigger fantasy football concerns revolves around the health of New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez.
While Adam Schefter insists that there is no official word on Hernandez's status, fantasy owners will still want to know whether or not they should wait for definitive news one of Tom Brady's favorite targets.
Even if healthy, Hernandez is likely a bad bet. The Patriots TE will like be limited if in the lineup, and fellow TE Rob Gronkowski should see the majority of targets from the position.
New England takes on the New York Jets at 4:15 p.m. Look for more news to develop prior to kickoff.
Good news for Arizona Cardinals fans, via ESPN's Chris Mortensen: RB Beanie Wells is active and will play against the Minnesota Vikings.
Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb will certainly welcome this news, and the Arizona triggerman—received in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason—has struggled mightily in recent weeks. A little help on the ground should open up big-play WR Larry Fitzgerald up top.
This news certainly boosts Wells' stock, but look for it to help Kolb as well.
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate is active today, according to Adam Schefter, but does that necessarily bode well for Arian Foster's backup?
Look for Gary Kubiak to continue working Foster into the mix as he distances himself from a hamstring injury that slowed him to begin the season. Foster should get the majority of carries this afternoon, as Houston seeks to defend their home turf against the Oakland Raiders.
Tate will likely get some snaps, and is a decent flex play, but will not see a featured role in this contest. Expect his fantasy value to continue diminishing as Foster grows healthier and more involved in the Texans' offense.
ESPN's John Clayton answered one of the biggest questions of fantasy football week 5—should fantasy owners start Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall?
The answer: a resounding no.
According to Clayton, even though Mendenhall is dressed, he may not play a single snap vs the Tennessee Titans:
RashardMendenhall is active but he may not play. Isaac Redman will start
Fantasy owners who invested in Steelers RB Isaac Redman as a handcuff would be wise to play Redman instead, though given the performance and health of Pittsburgh's offensive line in recent weeks, neither back is a good play against the Titans.
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