Week 8 was another exciting week in the NFL, but unfortunately it was also another week full of injuries. At the half way point of the NFL season and well into the second half of the fantasy football season, here’s a look at the impact this week’s injuries may have going forward:
Spencer Ware and Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
The two most important men in the Kansas City backfield this year, running back Spencer Ware and quarterback Alex Smith, both suffered concussions on Sunday and will need to pass the NFL’s concussion protocol before being cleared to practice or play. Smith was notable because he took a blow to the head, exited the game, then came back in, presumably cleared by the independent concussion experts on the sidelines. Another blow to the head not much later though, and Smith was out for the remainder of the contest. Charcandrick West took over for Spencer Ware and Nick Foles took over for Alex Smith. West and Foles are in line to start Week 9 if Ware and Smith can’t get cleared. Early reports seem to put Ware more likely to play than Smith, but both players are highly questionable and fantasy owners should watch practice reports closely.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs running back Jacquizz Rodgers has taken on a key role in the backfield due to injuries to starter Doug Martin and backup Charles Sims. Martin is slowly recovering from a hamstring injury but has no timeline for return and Sims is on IR. Now, “Quizz” joins them on the shelf with a sprained foot. The backfield for Week 9’s Thursday Night Football game belongs to a split of Peyton Barber and Antone Smith. It could get ugly fast for the Bucs.
The Doc’s Take: Sprained foot, 2-4 weeks return to play if stable; if unstable it would require surgery and a much longer absence.
Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons
Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme had to leave Sunday’s game due to a shoulder injury and has already been ruled out for Week 9. The shoulder injury is not believed to be overly serious however, and Tamme may have had a chance to play if the Falcons weren’t on a quick Sunday-Thursday turn around. Rookie Austin Hooper will take Tamme’s spot on Thursday night and with a good showing, may never give it back.
Will Fuller, Houston Texans
Texans rookie wide receiver Will Fuller was forced out of Sunday’s game with a leg injury and did not return. It is unclear still just what the injury was, but Fuller had a hamstring injury earlier in the year that kept him out of games, so it may be a flare up of that same issue. He will have the Texans Week 9 bye to heal up and hopefully be ready to go for Week 10.
DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson was forced to exit the game on Sunday after taking a huge hit while making a catch. He was sent to the locker room for concussion testing, but was soon after seen back on the sidelines, albeit with his arm wrapped up. He seemingly passed concussion tests, but was unable to return to the game. Heading into a bye week, Jackson will have time to heal before Week 10’s game.