Dez Bryant, Cowboys
Bryant broke his ankle and will miss the remainder of the season. Bad news for Bryant owners makes good news for Miles Austin and Roy Williams owners as Bryant has been a bit of a target hog since Kitna took over under center accounting for roughly seven targets per game before Week 13.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Big Ben had his nose broken on Sunday night by DL Haloti Ngata (great name) and is set for surgery this week. He is not expected to miss any time, but I’ll take this opportunity to bring light to another potentially impactful injury to the Steelers' offense; RT Flozell Adams, who has been a key addition to this already banged offensive line, has what is now being called a high ankle sprain and will likely miss at least a week or more because of it.
Mike Wallace, Rashard Mendenhall, and Ben owners should consider this when making tight roster decisions as the fantasy playoffs approach.
Brett "Cash-for-Clunkers" Favre, Vikings
Favre was knocked out of the game after one play with (another) shoulder injury and did not return. If you are starting Favre these days, your season is over anyways because fantasy playoffs are starting next week and he isn't likely head navigator of a playoff-bound squad. Tarvaris Jackson stepped in to throw a couple of TDs and a few INTs to go along with that. The Vikings blew out the Bills thanks largely to the efforts of Adrian Peterson.
I hear rookie QB Joe Webb will be given a long look in practice this week. Poor Tarvaris. Even a break isn’t in his case.
Mike Goodson, Panthers
Goodson left Sunday’s game momentarily with a sprained shoulder but did return. He’s been a nice late-season addition and has seemingly breathed life into the Carolina backfield, but Jonathan Stewart has looked better in the last two games.
If this injury hangs Goodson up at all this week, it could open the door for Stewart to do what he did last year, which is shoulder fantasy teams to and through the playoffs. It’s a long-shot, given the QB woes, but I sure wouldn’t mind having him on my roster.
My buddy, Shut, refused to trade him to me earlier this year after investing a sixth-round draft pick on him! He will probably get the last laugh on that one, but I had fun at his expense on draft night.
Mike Hart, Colts
Holt re-aggravated his ankle injury which paved the way for rookie Javarris James to assume goal-line duties for Week 13. James ended the day with only six carries for 18 yards but two of those hit pay dirt. The Colts’ backfield is a fantasy mess and should be avoided. Joseph Addai has been threatening to return for a month now. Donald Brown can’t seem to figure out how to block in protection; the list goes on.
Darren Sproles, Chargers
Sproles suffered a concussion in the Chargers Sunday afternoon loss to the Oakland Raiders. This injury is important only to the extent that Mike Tolbert appears ensconced as the primary RB on this team. Rookie Ryan Mathews didn’t sniff the field once, and it was not due to injury; Norv Turner doesn’t trust him.
Julius Jones, Saints
Jones suffered a leg injury early in the Saints-Bengals barn-burner but did eventually return. This gave rookie Chris Ivory another opportunity to demonstrate to Coach Peyton that there is no point in playing Jones; Ivory rattled off 117 yards and two TDs on 15 carries including a 55-yarder.
Mike Williams, Seahawks
Williams will miss at least Week 14 due to re-injuring his foot/ankle this past Sunday. Ben Obomanu also suffered a nasty laceration on his right hand in the win over the Panthers. Obomanu maintains that he should be able to play this week, but Pete Carroll hedged. Owners of either of these two guys should look into either Golden Tate or Deon Butler if they are truly desperate for a WR3 of flex option.
Legedu Naane, Chargers
Naane re-injured his hamstring on Sunday. I hear the Chargers have reached out to Grey’s Anatomy producers to inquire if McSteamer (or whatever his name is) would be available to run the hospital they are planning to open to help streamline some of the medical costs associated with running an NFL franchise.
Patrick Crayton and Vincent Jackson are both still on the mend, and Antonio Gates suffered a major setback this weekend. That leaves Malcom Floyd and his hamstring that could again pop at any time, and rookie Seyi Ajirotutu. Check out Rivers’ recent stats; he’s clearly feeling the effects of this mess.
Nate Washington, Titans
Washington left the game briefly with an injury to his right arm—er wait—this doesn’t actually matter.
Antonio Gates, Chargers
Gates finished the game with a TD on six catches and 73 yards, proving my hypothesis that he is better than pretty much every TE even on just one leg. The only issue with this is that he was in severe pain after the game. His owners can take this bit of bad news much as they would an email from the love of their life telling them that she/he just want to be friends.
Heath Miller, Steelers
Miller got himself a little yippy-kai-yay-mother- (eh, you know the rest) on Sunday night at the hands of LB J. McClain (Jameel, that is). Miller was concussed and shown the sidelines. J. McClain will be shown what it’s like to be fined $75 large to light up a defenseless opponent with a helmet to helmet hit. It was shocking that the refs missed it. Roger Goodell won’t, though.
Todd Heap, Ravens
Heap suffered a “moons-over-his-hammy” injury in the first series of the inter-division matchup with the Steelers last night and rookie Ed Dickson stepped in and didn’t do much in relief. Heap owners might want to make alternative plans for Week 14 or at least stay glued to the injury filter on FFArmory.com.
Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
He suffered a minor ankle injury on Sunday but was playing as of the fourth quarter (sorry, I didn’t watch this one).
Delanie Walker, 49ers
Walker suffered what looked like a very painful ankle injury on Sunday in the loss to the Packers. Walker probably isn’t on too many fantasy rosters, but he has been cutting into Vernon Davis' fantasy stats in a big bad way. VD owners listen up; this isn’t the cure for the herp, but it could be a cure for your starting tight end’s lack-luster stats since Troy Smith took over.