Wait, each team has only played once and there are already enough injuries to create an entire Infirmary Report/Fantasy Doctors column? That’s right, folks. Welcome to today’s NFL. So let’s take a careful, padded, and doctor-supervised jump into the major injuries of Week 1:
Keenan Allen- San Diego Chargers
Undoubtedly the biggest injury of the week, Chargers top target Keenan Allen tore his ACL and will miss the whole season. It was his first regular season game action since suffering a lacerated kidney in Week 8 of 2015. Allen looked sharp and was on track for a huge game before going down in a heap after a non-contact injury. He was carted off the field and soon after confirmed as having an ACL tear. The only bright side here is that there was no further damage, so number 13 should be ready for the start of the 2017 season. The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh examined the Keenan Allen injury below and gave his expectations for his recovery and return to the field:
Robert Griffin III- Cleveland Browns
“IR GIII” is back on the shelf and will most likely not play again in 2016. While his injury history may have caused fans and probably his own team to expect Griffin to miss starts this season, surely no one was pessimistic enough to expect this. Backup Josh McCown will take over and might even be a slight upgrade to the offense. Griffin suffered a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder and will be fully evaluated in three to four weeks. From there, he may need to undergo surgery which would end his season. Even if surgery is not the recommended option, Griffin would require a lengthy rehab stint before taking the field and may not have time to get through it before the end of the season. It’s more than likely we’ve seen the end of RG3 in 2016 and he may have a hard time finding more than “camp arm” work next season as well. The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh examines the RG3 injury below and gives his expectations for his recovery and return to the field:
Sammy Watkins- Buffalo Bills
All-universe receiver calf strain Watkins has yet to reach his lofty potential for one reason- injuries. This time, it’s a foot injury that brings Watkins to the injury report. He had surgery on the foot in the offseason and has reportedly been bothered by pain since training camp. It seems like there is no structural damage, so Watkins’ availability will be based on pain management. He will likely be on the injury report and listed as questionable almost every week this season. This week, however, due to the Bills playing on Thursday night, Watkins is truly questionable and shouldn’t be considered anything close to a sure thing on a short week.
Zach Ertz- Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz suffered a rib displacement and will miss several weeks. Ertz’s main issue with the comparably minor injury is that it puts him at risk of major injury due to the presence of critical blood vessels in the area. He won’t be cleared to suit up again until that risk has passed, and that won’t be until the rib has healed. Ertz could be in for an extended period of missed games.
Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots
“Gronk” makes up the entire top tier of tight ends in fantasy football, so his not playing in Week 1 likely threw a bunch of lineups out of whack. He seems much more likely to play this week, however, so fans and fantasy owners alike can breathe easy. Gronk has an injured hamstring but got in a limited practice on Wednesday and seems more on track to play this week than he did last week at this time. The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh examines the Gronk injury below and gives his expectations for his recovery and return to the field:
Chris Ivory- Jacksonville Jaguars
Jags running back Chris Ivory was already suffering from a calf strain when news broke that he had been hospitalized for a “non football” reason. He was discharged about 48 hours later, and the team has yet to announce the reason for his hospitalization. He has not yet practiced this week after sitting out Week 1 and looks like he may be out for Week 2 as well.
Jamaal Charles- Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles missed Week 1 and looks likely to miss Week 2 as well. He ruined his knee last season and hasn’t played since. He was expected to be ready for Week 1, however a setback gave Spencer Ware a chance to start and embarrass the Chargers defense. With Ware playing so well, head coach Andy Reid has no reason to rush Charles back and can give him time to fully heal instead of risking any further injury or setbacks. If Charles misses Week 2, he should be on track for a Week 3 appearance.