Each and every week players across the NFL suffer injuries. This weekly article will explore the injuries that affect your dynasty squads. We will briefly discuss both the injured players themselves and the players who stand to benefit or suffer as a result. In order to make them easier to follow we will break down the injuries by division. Leading up to week 3 of the preseason we had seen relatively few impactful dynasty injuries. Well, that was then and this is life in the NFL, without further ado let us examine the injuries from this past week’s action.
The AFC East made it through the week relatively healthy
Jaguars second-year WR DJ Chark was forced from the team’s third preseason contest with an apparent concussion. Chark does not have a lengthy history of head injuries but the injury is something to take note of nonetheless. Chark will likely be given the next week off to get him ready for the team’s regular season. If Chark is forced to miss time look for Chris Conley and Keelan Cole to pick up the slack alongside Dede Westbrook and Marquise Lee.
Texans RB Lamar Miller tore his MCL & ACL in the team’s 3rd preseason game. This is an absolutely devastating blow to both the Houston Texans and Miller’s dynasty owners. This was Miller’s last year under contract and his last best opportunity to get a 3rd contract, a rarity for modern-day RBs. It’s fair to wonder if this injury will be the end of Miller’s career from a fantasy-relevant point of view. The obvious benefactor will be newly acquired Duke Johnson. The University of Miami’s all-time leading rusher will finally be given a chance to be a full-time starter. I fully expect Houston to scour the RB landscape post roster cut downs for additional help. However, Duke should be the man going forward. Johnson had already signed an extension in Cleveland before being traded and Houston gave up a 3rd round pick for his services. We will finally see what Duke can do.
In the biggest shocker of the entire offseason, Colts QB Andrew Luck retired. The primary reason he sites is his continued health issues along with the lengthy and painful rehabs he has endured. We still do not know the specifics of the injury that led to Luck’s decision to quit on the verge of the 2019 season. We have heard everything from a calf injury to a broken bone. No matter the actual ailment, the result is the same, the loss of one of the most valuable QBs in dynasty. Look for Jacoby Brissett to take the reigns of the well-stocked Colts. It is a contract year for Brissett so look for him to put his best foot towards getting a lucrative extension of his own. Brissett will be a fine option in 2QB leagues but look for the Colts skill players to take a slight dive in overall production outlook. It is a sad day indeed to see such a talented player to walk away in the prime of his career.
The AFC North saw no substantial injuries this past week.
Chiefs backup QB Chad Henne broke his ankle in the team’s Week 3 exhibition tilt. The injury will likely keep Henne out for the season. The team has brought back David Moore from retirement to act as a backup to MVP Patrick Maholmes. This injury will only have ramifications in the deepest of Superflex leagues where Maholmes owners seek to handcuff their QB1.
Washington TE Jordan Reed was knocked out of his team’s regular-season dress rehearsal with yet another concussion. Sadly this is the seventh known head injury for the uber-talented TE going back to his days at Florida. Reed was in line for a potential monster season as the team’s most talented pass catcher. HIs likely absence would cause a ripple effect through the team. Look for the ageless wonder Vernon Davis to assume the mantle of starting TE and Trey Quinn to soak up additional targets underneath. Davis could provide sneaky consistent points if Reed misses any amount of time. This concussion could potentially throw Reed’s career into doubt depending on its severity.
Tampa RB Ronald Jones injured his knee in the team’s Week 2 exhibition contest. Photos emerged of the alleged hyperextension. The injury looked quite concerning and Jones has reportedly experienced swelling in his knee this past week. Jones was trying to rehab his career after a dismal rookie campaign. Jones missed some practice time but surprisingly was able to suit up for the team’s dress rehearsal. If Jones suffers any setbacks look for training camp riser Dare Ogunbowale to carve out a role on the team moving into the season.
Tampa backup QB Blaine Gabbert injured his non-throwing shoulder in the team’s 3rd preseason contest. Specifics on how much time the dislocation will force Gabbert to miss are not available at this time, but if he were to miss time look for third-string signal-caller Ryan Griffin to hold the clipboard on Sunday’s. The only real long term ramification of a lengthy Gabbert injury would be a longer leash for former number one overall pick Jameis Winston.
Carolina QB Cam Newton injured his left foot in the team’s Week 3 exhibition contest. The injury does not appear to be serious but Cam has been piling up the injuries the past couple years. I would not expect this to be a long term concern but keep in mind that the injuries are getting more frequent as Cam ages. If he is forced to miss any time look for rookie signal-caller Will Grier to pick up the slack.
Updating previous injury news. Bears WR Anthony Miller’s ankle injury seems to still be giving him some trouble. The team is now saying his week 1 ability may be in doubt. If Miller is forced to miss time look for Cordarrelle Patterson, Javon Wims, & Riley Ridley to pick up the slack behind entrenched starters Allen Robinson & Taylor Gabriel. The team insists this will not be a long term issue but ankle injuries have a tendency to linger so plan for the worst hope for the best.
Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown was forced from Green Bay’s third exhibition game with an apparent ankle injury. It was one of the more violent shots of the entire week and will likely cause ESB to miss 4 to 6 weeks according to the team. His absence will give Jake Kumerow a chance to shine in the team’s 4th and final preseason game as well early in the year. Kumerow has been a favorite of Aaron Rodgers for a couple of seasons now and could be given a chance to carve out a niche role with his size and chemistry with the QB. Monitor ESB for any extended absence.
Seattle WR David Moore injured his shoulder this past week in practice. He is reportedly seeking a second opinion which normally means surgery has been recommended. Moore was having somewhat of a disappointing camp thus far but his absence could be felt in an already depleted Seattle WR corps. With Moore and potentially rookie, DK Metcalf out to begin the year look for recently acquired Jaron Brown to draw starts opposite the newly minted top target Tyler Lockett.
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