Hurt: Relationships and NFL Injuries (Week 2)

“Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” -Bob Marley, Musician

I don’t totally agree with this quote, simply because of family. I was very fortunate to grow up in a loving, supporting family. They remind me that no matter how bad things get, they are always there to help me; They won’t hurt me (at least, not intentionally). Even when they unintentionally hurt me, Marley is right, they are worth suffering for. I’m actually fairly good at picking friends, too, so they don’t usually hurt me (I wish I was good at picking girlfriends, too :P). All jokes aside, though, I will say that I actually MOSTLY disagree with this quote. Most good relationships, of any kind, are supportive relationships, not hurtful ones. If you feel like you have to settle and find people who are worth suffering for: keep looking. You don’t have to be around people who hurt you. Now, love relationships (in my limited experience) are a little different because it seems like there is always a LITTLE bit of emotional hurting in those. But, again, I have VERY limited experience, so I may very well be wrong; I’m basing my opinion on ONE relationship. Anyway, don’t let that hurt into your life! There are good people in this world who don’t hurt others, you just have to find them.

So, I looked up ‘hurt’ today because of the rash of injuries that occurred in Week 2 of the NFL season. For the many injuries that have occurred, not all of them have had a duration reported, but here is the list, with some included durations, and fantasy football advice:

  1. Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson- Torn meniscus. This injury will likely keep him out for at least a couple of weeks, so add RB Matt Asiata to your team, as he will get the early down and goalline carries in Peterson’s absense. In deeper fantasy leagues, RB Jerrick McKinnon could be a solid addition as a pass-catching back.
  2. Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart- Hamstring, week or two. ADD FOZZY WHITAKER. Whitaker was doing GREAT filling in for Stewart after he went down on Sunday, and I don’t see any reason why that would change. He definitely has RB2 value until Stewart comes back.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin- Hamstring. ADD CHARLES SIMS. He was considered a decent fantasy option BEFORE the Martin injury. Now, he has starting fantasy value.
  4. Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls- Leg, reportedly not serious. RB Christine Michael has been playing well, though, and this only helps him out. Consider adding him in fantasy if you need some RB help.
  5. San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead- Torn ACL, OUT FOR SEASON. If RB Melvin Gordon is still available in your fantasy league, ADD HIM IMMEDIATELY. He was playing exceptionally well, even with Woodhead healthy. Now, his value only increases. Also, WR Tyrell Williams has HUGE fantasy upside. First, WR Keenan Allen tears his ACL, now it’s Woodhead. Those were QB Philip Rivers’ top targets in the passing game. WR Travis Benjamin is the new WR1, so he’ll be drawing the most coverage. Williams could EASILY be a fantasy WR2 option for the rest of the season. Rivers has been having a good season so far, and Williams will get the most opportunities in the passing game.
  6. Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah- X-rays came back negative on his foot injury, so it is suspected that he sustained a foot sprain. Consider adding RB Theo Riddick to your fantasy team, as he will likely be the main beneficiary from this injury. Also watch RB Dwayne Washington, but do NOT add him in fantasy, yet. He is still unproven.
  7. Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster- Groin, day-to-day.
  8. Detroit Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah- High-ankle sprain
  9. San Diego Chargers S Jahleel Addae- Fractured left clavicle
  10. New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo- Sprained AC Joint, out for Week 3 vs the Houston Texans, likely won’t return before the suspended QB Tom Brady, who has two weeks left in his suspension sentence.
  11. Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown- Shoulder, out Week 3. Rookie QB Cody Kessler will start in McCown’s place and may be worth a start in fantasy this week. That may sound crazy, but when he wasn’t pulling a Dan Orlovsky and running out the back of the endzone, Kessler actually looked pretty good in the preseason. I imagine he won’t be stupid enough to pull another Orlovsky in his first, official opportunity.
  12. New Orleans Saints CB PJ Williams- Concussion. Coach Peyton said he’d come back this afternoon, that hasn’t been confirmed one way or the other. It would SHOCK me if he didn’t miss any time. He sustained the injury in the team’s game against the New York Giants, and he was carted off the field. He was even, briefly, unconscious.
  13. Denver Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware- Broken bone in forearm, four to five weeks.
  14. Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin- Knee, expected to play on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
  15. Cleveland Browns DE Carl Nassib- Broken hand.
  16. Cleveland Browns OL Cameron Erving- Pulmonary contusion, week-to-week.
  17. Green Bay Packers DL Leroy Guion- MCL sprain, two weeks
  18. Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles- Knee, unclear.
  19. Denver Broncos OL Donald Stephenson- Calf, 2-3 weeks.
  20. New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall- Knee.
  21. New York Jets WR Eric Decker- Sore shoulder, shouldn’t miss any time.
  22. Washington Redskins DT Kedric Golston- Hamstring, placed on IR (out for season).
  23. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler- Thumb.
  24. Chicago Bears DE Lamarr Houston- “Substantial” knee.
  25. Chicago Bears S Adrian Amos- Concussion.
  26. Chicago Bears CB Bryce Callahan- Concussion.
  27. Chicago Bears DT Eddie Goldman- Ankle.
  28. Chicago Bears RB Ka’Deem Carey- Hamstring.

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