THE INJURY FILES: WEEK 3
What is going on Rush Nation? Back again with the week 3 injury news you need to know before setting those line-ups. As always focusing on new injuries from this weekends action, lingering issues from previous weeks and the little ones we need to keep an eye on. Your one stop, injury spot. Let’s go!
Justin Herbert got hurt against the Chiefs on Thursday night last week. Brandon Staley has said the third year signal caller is currently “day to day”. It has come to fruition that he has fractured rib cartilage after some pretty menacing hits he endured in the game. Something to keep an eye on as the week progresses. Dak Prescott got hurt in week two. He’s undergone hand surgery but has not been placed on the Injured Reserve list. Somewhat annoying for our rosters as we can’t pick up a free temporary replacement but also means he should be back within the shorter time frame of 4-6 weeks.
The big and devastating news at Quarterback this week is the third overall pick from 2021, Trey Lance. Handed the keys to the franchise this season having surpassed Jimmy Garoppolo, Lance’s year is over. He suffered a fibula fracture and damaged ligament’s in his ankle this past weekend. His surgery on Monday was successful. We will have to wait another year to potentially reap the rewards of the exciting, dual threat prospects Fantasy production. Jimmy G is likely available on waivers.
Also for the San Francisco 49ers, Rookie Tyrion Davis-Price will miss a few weeks with a high ankle sprain. That’s two RBs down at Levi’s Stadium now. Expect Jordan Mason to back up Jeff Wilson the next few games. James Conner also did not return to the Cardinals overtime win against the Raiders. He left the game in third quarter but it’s thought he will not be sidelined long term. Kliff Kingsbury has labelled him “day to day” at present.
J.K. Dobbins logged full practices last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Major news for Fantasy shareholders around the world. He still missed week two which is a clear indication the Ravens are not rushing him back. Expect a shared role initially when he does return. Alvin Kamara was another week two absentee. He injured his ribs week one against division rivals the Atlanta Falcons. He also missed practise the back end of last week and would be beneficial to have a back up plan in place for week three.
Mike Williams had a monster TNF game this past week in the absence of Keenan Allen. A short week definitely didn’t help Allen returning. Tests revealed it isn’t a long term injury to his hamstring and after a longer rest period, he could well return for week three. Michael Pittman Jr. was another wideout who missed week two. Ashton Dulin stood forward as the WR1 in his absence for the Colts as they got drummed by the Jaguars. Frank Reich said on Monday that Pittman “made good progress” over the weekend. If he’s good to go Sunday, fire him up.
Gabe Davis was a game time decision for Monday Night Football after exploding for our Fantasy teams in week one. He missed the game with the Titans after suffering an ankle injury in practice Sunday. Stefon Diggs is the bonafide WR1 in Buffalo but Josh Allen would love his number two option back this week. If he doesn’t play, a likely uptick again for Isaiah McKenzie and Dawson Knox in the passing game.
The Broncos lost their star from week one Jerry Jeudy, in the first quarter against the Texans on Sunday. Jeudy hurt his ribs and they face a difficult week three match up against San Francisco. Courtland Sutton aside it’s hard to look beyond Jeudy for Fantasy relevant pass catchers in Denver. With KJ Hamler dealing with a knee and hip issues and Tim Patrick unfortunately on IR before his season began.
Starting off with George Kittle again. He’s missed the first two weeks of the season with a groin injury. Kyle Shanahan is yet again, optimistic that Kittle will be available for week three. He was apparently close to playing week two so here’s hoping he makes his season debut this Sunday. Another Tight End banged up is Dalton Schultz. Schultz initially tried to return to action after hurting his knee but left the game 2 snaps later. Although his MRI scan revealed no structural damage he’s likely going to miss some time. I’ll update you on this next week if he does indeed miss week three.
Stacey’s waiver wire article for this week should give you some solid back up options for if these guy’s do miss this week. Don’t forget to check team’s injury reports from practice as the week goes on. And, as always tune in to Murf’s match up’s show and Fast Action Friday where both give updates before the weekend.