Recapping the Injuries week 2 2016

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal If Week 1 appeared bad for some fantasy owners, Week 2 was probably a nightmare for some fantasy owners. A lot of notable players went down with injuries, some of which were unable to return to the game and could lead to missed games in the foreseeable future. One thing is for sure, there will be a lot of MRI’s and tests done early this week. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the injuries that occurred this week.

Danny Woodhead – Chargers: Woodhead left Sunday’s game after suffering what appeared to be a knee injury. His leg got caught underneath him on a hard tackle and he was unable to put any weight on his right leg. We will know more once an MRI is done, but it certainly does not look good for Woodhead. Fantasy owners should begin preparing to be without Woodhead this upcoming week.

Doug Martin – Buccaneers: Martin suffered a hamstring injury, but initial reports are that it is not serious. However, these soft tissue injuries tend to linger. Martin’s Week 3 status is unknown, but Charles Sims is a must own running back in all formats. He will get the start should Martin miss any time due to the injury.

Jonathan Stewart – Panthers: Stewart exited Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and was never able to return. After the game, Coach Ron Rivera said that there was concern with Stewart’s injury. He dealt with a knee injury heading into Week 2 and now this injury occurring puts his Week 3 status up in the air. Fozzy Whitaker and Mike Tolbert stepped in during his absence. Fantasy owners who depended on Stewart should have a backup plan as there is a chance he could miss Week 3.

Thomas Rawls – Seahawks: Rawls suffered a leg contusion in Sunday’s loss to the Rams. He was off to a terrible start with seven carries for negative seven yards and never returned to the game after the injury. Initial reports suggest that this is not a serious injury, but it is definitely something fantasy owners should keep a close eye on.

Arian Foster – Dolphins: Foster exited Week 2 game against the Patriots with a groin injury and was unable to return. Jay Ajayi took over the running back duties in Foster’s absence. At this time, it is unknown whether Foster will be ready to go Week 3. It is something worth monitoring throughout the week. If he can’t go, Ajayi will likely get the start. He is someone worth claiming off of waivers.

Ameer Abdullah – Lions: The Lions running back was seen in a walking boot after the game and had a noticeable limp. The team said he was dealing with a foot injury. He rushed for 38 yards on six carries in Week 2. This is a situation fantasy owners need to keep an eye on throughout the week.

Adrian Peterson – Vikings: Peterson left Sunday night’s game with a knee injury. He was carried into the locker room and was unable to return. Jerick McKinnon will likely get the start if Peterson misses any time and Matt Asiata will likely serve as McKinnon’s backup. It is something to keep an eye on throughout the week.

Jimmy Garoppolo – Patriots: Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in Sunday’s win against the Dolphins. He was off to a hot start before suffering the injury. He did not to return to the game after the injury. Reports after the game suggest that Garoppolo will likely miss Week 3. With Tom Brady set to return after Week 4, there is a chance Garoppolo will not play anymore this season unless an injury occurs to Brady. His best shot would be Week 4, but these types of injuries usually take a couple of weeks to heel.

Josh McCown – Browns: McCown suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2 against the Ravens. He was off to a great start before suffering the injury. He is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday. At this time the team does not appear optimistic regarding the potential results of the MRI. With Robert Griffin III on IR, the Browns will have to turn to Cody Kessler if McCown misses any time.

Doug Baldwin – Seahawks: Baldwin will undergo an MRI on his knee Monday and was also dealing with back spasms following the Seahawks loss to the Rams. The good news is that he was able to play through the injuries. We should know more regarding the severity of the injury once the MRI results are in. There is no need to panic right now as it does not appear to be serious.

Julio Jones – Falcons: Jones did not play in the Falcons final drive due to a leg injury, but reports are that it is not a serious injury. This has nothing to do with the injury he suffered in the preseason and aggravated last week. For now, fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief. He faces the Saints next week and could be in for a huge game so long as he is healthy.

Virgil Green – Broncos: Green limped out of the locker room with a walking boot on after Sunday’s win against the Colts. It is unknown how severe the injury is at this time, but he will likely undergo tests early in the week. Jeff Heuerman is the next man up if Green is forced to miss any time.