As usual, it didn’t take long for the ‘injury bug’ to hook itself onto elite talent before Week 1 even started. Some injuries more serious than others and knowing who’s in and who’s out tomorrow will be key in determining which owners start out 1-0 or 0-1.
Here’s a quick summary of the guys who found themselves on the injury report before the season even started. Don’t just look for guys you own, but also look at the teammates of those you own as well because of the possible trickle-down effect.
Houston’s Arian Foster (knee) is on track to play Sunday and will be monitored now until kickoff against Miami. Ben Tate would be the back that takes his spot, if needed, but the chances of Foster missing the game are unlikely.
Like Foster, Arizona’s Beanie Wells (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday but will also need to be monitored.
Marshawn Lynch (back) is a game-time decision Sunday against Arizona but the fact that he practiced Friday is a good thing for Seattle and his fantasy owners. Leave Lynch in your lineup but be sure to check pre-game to see if there were any changes to his status. Young back-up, Ryan Turbin, would be the one to fill in for “Beast Mode” if the Seattle coaching staff decides to put Lynch in ‘sleep mode’.
Rookie running back Trent Richardson (knee) of the Browns is also a game-time decision. The only question for Richardson owners being the workload he’ll be given week one against Philadelphia.
Ryan Matthews (shoulder) will be inactive in San Diego’s season opener against Oakland on Monday night. Ronnie Brown will see the majority of the workload with Curtis Brinkley and Le’Ron McClain getting into the mix also.
Oakland receiver Denarius Moore was a limited participant in practice on Friday but is expected to play. However, Moore is questionable so it’s a risky play being that his game is on Monday. Adding an optional replacement to your bench, like Oakland’s Rod Streater, might be a good idea just in case he isn’t able to go Monday.
The status of Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (knee) and Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart(ankle) will be determined prior to their game Sunday morning and if they were to play, it would be with a lesser workload. Toby Gerhart will take the majority of the carries from AP and both DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert from Stewart. Both Peterson and Stewart should remain on your bench for at least one more week.
Rashard Mendenall (knee) is doubtful for Pittsburgh’s season opener against Denver.Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman will split the workload and the one who outplays the other may become the feature back even after Mendenhall returns. Keep an eye on this battle and don’t expect much from Mendenhall this season coming back from a torn ACL suffered only eight months ago.
Buffalo’s Steve Johnson (groin) practiced on Friday but remains questionable on the injury report. The expectation is that Johnson will be able to make the start, but those concerned about his situation will be able to alter their lineups accordingly on Sunday morning.
Marques Colston (foot) was a limited participant in Friday’s practice but he is expected to suit up for New Orleans on Sunday. Plan on starting him but be sure to check the Saints’ injury report before Sunday’s start just to be certain.
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