The Doctor of Physical Therapy is in!
Week 2 brought us a wide number of injuries. Whether the injury cost you a win or happened after you had the win sewn up, we don’t like to see the players go down. The new short-term IR rules have teams making use of the IR list at a seemingly higher rate as a way to manipulate roster spot. I’m not ready to call the short-term IR a good or a bad thing. It’s just something we have to get used to in fantasy.
Let’s examine these injuries, looking at short vs. long term implications.
Andy Dalton – Bone Bruise of the Left Knee
Bone bruises are generally slow healing. Pain, swelling, and loss of motion are the biggest limiting factors for Dalton. It does not take a lot of swelling to begin to inhibit the quadriceps muscle, so if he has some swelling when he returns he could be at risk for re-injury. I would expect Dalton to miss 2-4 weeks depending on the extent of the bruising. Long term there is very little concern. Aside from the fact that the longer Dalton is out the more opportunities Fields has to take the starting role.
Tua Tagovailoa – Bruised Ribs
X-rays did not reveal any broken ribs. This is great news for Tua. Expect this to be bothersome for Tua for 4-6 weeks. Head coach Brian Flores said the Dolphins would look into a flak jacket to protect the ribs. He can play through it without risk for further injury, as long as the pain isn’t too intense.
Tyrod Taylor – Hamstring Strain
Reports are that this is quite inflamed and painful. This makes me think this was more than your run-of-the-mill hamstring strain. I would expect him out 3-4 weeks, possibly 6 depending on how this progresses. Keep an eye on these first two weeks. That will be indicative of what we are looking at for a timetable of return. The Texans placed Taylor on IR. It might be a move to protect them from themselves and not rush Taylor back to quickly.
Carson Wentz – Bilateral Ankle Sprain
This injury didn’t look great on replay, but he escaped with what is currently reported as bilateral ankle sprains. Without knowing more details of the injury it’s difficult to project short and long-term impacts. Based on the information on hand, Wentz could possibly play this week but I wouldn’t expect him to be scrambling much. This might bode well for some shorter pass routes that are quicker to develop.
Darrell Henderson – Rib Cartilage Injury
This is something Henderson could play through, but it is potentially more painful than bruised ribs. I would expect this to be a very slow recovery also. Pain tolerance may be an issue for a good 4-6 weeks for Henderson. I would be mildly surprised if he played Week 3, and even Week 4.
Trey Sermon – Concussion
The short and long-term impact depends on how quickly his symptoms resolve and how fast he moves through the protocol. I would expect the 49ers to be conservative with him considering the state of the rest of their running back room. It’s also not out of the realm of possibility that he suits up this week and this is a non-issue. This all depends
Nico Collins – Unknown, Shoulder
At this time we don’t know what the specifics are of Nico Collins’ injury. Based on what I can find, there is a suggestion of an AC injury. The AC joint is important for reaching overhead. A timetable of 3-4 weeks has been given, which makes me think that this is likely a sprain. The lack of details has me concerned that this is worse and there is a possibility this could be a longer absence than 4 weeks. At the time of this writing, no details are known and he has been placed on IR.
Diontae Johnson – Right Knee Sprain
Johnson appears to have avoided serious injury to his knee. He may miss this week but I would expect him back in Week 4. He wants to make sure he can run, cut, and jump without compensation. If not, there is a risk for a more complicated injury.
Jarvis Landry – Left MCL Sprain
Another Wide Receiver who avoided a major knee injury. Missed time depends on the extent of damage to the MCL. I would anticipate a 3-4 week absence. The Browns placed Landry on IR, he will be out a minimum of three weeks.
That’s it for the Week 2 Rehab and Recovery report! Check out Next Man Up for injury replacements.
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