Fantasy Football 2010: Week 5 Injury Updates and Fantasy Impact

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

Finley was carted off the field.
Finley was carted off the field.Win McNamee/Getty Images

Another week down in the NFL and another slew of injuries for fantasy owners to manage. 

Although your favorite fantasy stud may not have gone down, there were plenty of injuries this week that are sure to affect fantasy rosters world-wide.

Let's take a look at some of the bigger names to go down on Sunday. 

Jermichael Finley, TE Green Bay Packers

Finley has become a major contributor this season, so his donut on Sunday undoubtedly made his owners cringe. After emerging from the locker room on crutches after halftime, he was originally diagnosed with the dreaded knee sprain that often turns out to be something more serious down the road.

Fortunately for the massive tight end and his owners, it looks like he's avoided serious injury as his displaced hamstring is only expected to sideline him for a couple of weeks. While nothing can be certain until his MRI Monday morning, the fact that his hamstring re-aligned naturally after dislocating really helps his chance of being back on the field sooner rather than later. 

Mark Clayton, WR St. Louis Rams

Unlike Finley, Clayton wasn't as lucky with the injury sustained Sunday. Non-contact injuries are never a good sign (just ask Wes Welker), and when Clayton's knee gave out on a deep route Sunday, his owners were holding their breath and simply hoping for the best.

Time to start looking for a replacement. Clayton tore his patella tendon in his knee and will require surgery that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. On pace for a career year, the 29-year old certainly won't get the multi-year deal he was hoping for, but someone should certainly show interest in him on the market so long as he proves healthy.

A tough blow for his fantasy owners; WR Danny Amendola becomes an immediate must-add as his replacement. 

Joseph Addai, RB Indianapolis Colts

Addai looked like a man on a mission early in Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs, achieving early success on the ground as KC looked to limit Manning's passing attack. However, after 17 carries, Addai abruptly left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. Given the fact that it was a close game that the Colts had to win, owners have to think Addai's injury is very real.

With his status heading into Week 6 looking very much up in the air, Addai's owners should look to RB Donald Brown as a replacement, but he isn't fully healthy himself. If Brown can't give it a go either, look for former Michigan standout Mike Hart to draw the start next week for the Colts. Hart put up a very respectable line (11 carries, 50 yards, TD) after Addai exited the game, so you could do a lot worse.

Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers

After an extremely disappointing loss overtime loss to the Redskins, the Packers find themselves in second place in the NFC North. The team's star quarterback will have to pass a battery of tests to be playing in Week 6, and his status is highly unknown considering the serious nature of concussions around the league these days.

While there is no adequate replacement for Rodgers' owners should he be forced to miss any time, it's never too early to start scouring the waiver wire for a possible one week fill-in. It's a very real possibility that he'll be forced to sit out, as the team certainly won't want to risk anything more serious happening to their main man.

Jason Peters, LT Philadelphia Eagles

While Peters is certainly not on any fantasy rosters, his injury Sunday night will have serious impact for anyone with Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, or LeSean McCoy on the roster.

Currently being called just a sprain, Peters' knee bent very awkwardly when he was forced to leave the game, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see an MRI reveal something more serious. JP is a Pro-bowl talent and is a big part of an already depleted offensive line. In addition, he makes life much easier for the aforementioned fantasy players to achieve success when they're on the field.


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