This weekly series will provide you
with in-depth analysis of key injuries and their resultant implications
on fantasy football. This information comes straight from my perspective
as a Physical Therapist and collegiate Athletic Trainer of ten
years. Over that time, I have seen and treated almost every injury
that can occur in this violent sport. Hopefully this piece gives
you a little more insight into the anatomy of an injury.
Injury: Broken forearm
Healing Time: 12 weeks
Impact on the Field: Henry had surgery after the game to stabilize
the ulna and radius in his forearm, which will require at least
12 weeks to heal. I doubt many of you were using Henry consistently
in fantasy lineups anyway, but this injury does complicate matters
for the rest of the Bengals passing offense. Since Henry was used
as a deep threat to stretch the field, I think this may slow down
the offense a little--though it allows the emerging Andre Caldwell
to play a larger role. I would not think that Chad Ochocinco or
Cedric Benson lose any value; however, Carson Palmer loses a solid
weapon in Henry.
Player: Brandon Jacobs
Injury: Knee bruise
Healing Time: 1-3 weeks
Impact on the Field: I’m surprised that this is the first
time I've written about Jacobs this year, since he is usually
one of those repetitively banged-up running backs. He bruised
his knee this week but was able to return to finish the game,
which is a good sign that the injury is not serious. Jacob's running
style and size allow him to handle greater violence than the average
running back. He will be swollen and sore this week, but he has
a bye week to get healthy.
Player: Austin Collie
Injury: Neck injury/stinger
Healing Time: 1-3 weeks
Impact on the Field: Stingers occur when either a blow forcefully
drives the neck in the opposite direction of impact or when the
head is lowered and a blow is delivered to the top of the helmet.
In either scenario, there is a traction force and a compressive
force applied to the bundle of nerves exiting the spine at the
base of the skull. It causes pain, numbness, or tingling and,
in some cases, all three. This intense pain can often affect the
hand, since the nerves travel the whole way down the arm. However
intense, the pain usually subsides quickly. Collie has been a
nice pickup this year and has developed into a solid checkdown
target for Manning. Expect him to play this week, and to continue
to produce as a WR3, considering the Colts’ weak schedule
the rest of the way.
Player: Brian Westbrook
Injury: Ankle sprain/concussion
Healing Time: 1 week minimum
Impact on the Field: When a player is knocked unconscious, the
requirements say that he should refrain from activity for a minimum
of two weeks. The fact that Westbrook, who was cleared to play
earlier in the week, developed headaches is not surprising at
all. He was not expected to be symptom-free, and I was very surprised
to see him ready to go so soon. Not only does he have lingering
concussion symptoms, but his surgically repaired ankle swelled
up after practice last week. He may play this week, he may not;
you’d do just as well to flip a coin as to attempt a guess
on this one. If the headaches are gone, he will play. Unfortunately
in my case I just traded for him on the cheap, thinking he may
provide nice value the rest of the way. But, of course, this is
the Westbrook we have grown to know as a perennial injury list
candidate. I won’t make that mistake again.
Player: Clinton Portis
Clinton Portis "should" be out
at least two weeks.
Healing Time: 2 weeks minimum
Impact on the Field: Like Westbrook, Portis was also knocked unconscious,
meaning he should be out at least two weeks. Concussion diagnosis
is being taken much more seriously by the NFL now than it has been
in the past, and rightfully so. There have been numerous chronicles
of the serious damage concussions have caused to former players.
With the Redskins going nowhere and Portis showing signs of age,
there should be no rush to get him back out on the field. Ladell
Betts gets a boost in value, only because he will get the majority
of carries. He is no better than a RB3 until Portis returns.
Injury: Sprained shoulder
Healing Time: Day-to-day
Impact on the Field: Hasselbeck bruised his shoulder in Sunday’s
game while trying to make a tackle. He was able to return without
issue and tossed the ball a total of 51 times. I would not be
concerned at all about his status this week, and he is going to
be a sneaky play for the rest of the season. The Seahawks have
no rushing attack and they have numerous weapons at wide receiver.
Hasselbeck’s production should rise in the second half of the
season, assuming he can stay healthy.