Jonathan Stewart Out for 1-2 Weeks
Carolina coach Ron Rivera has revealed that RB Jonathan Stewart will be out for at least 1-2 weeks. Stewart is currently suffering from a hamstring injury and definitely won’t play in the Panthers’ next game against the Vikings. If the medical scans reveal further damage, Stewart may even miss several games. Fozzy Whittaker replaced Stewart against the 49ers and did a decent job, ending the game with 100 yards. Whittaker is therefore expected to play against the Vikings, but we can also expect Cameron Artis-Payne to be given an opportunity to step up.
Lions Place Ameer Abdullah on IR
The Detroit Lions will probably have to cope without running back Ameer Abdullah for the remainder of the 2016 season. Abdullah suffered the first major injury of his football career in week 2, and while it was initially thought to just be a sprain, it must be significant because they shut the RB down for the season. The Lions will be looking to Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington to step up and fill Abdullah’s shoes. Riddick proved himself as a reliable option in the 2015 season, while Washington has plenty of potential. The breakdown is fairly simple here, Riddick will get 70% of snaps, but 50% or less of the carries. Washington will get all goal line and short yardage work, as well as 1-2 series per half.
Raiders to Spread Play Around Running Backs
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has revealed that all of his running backs will be given opportunities to show what they can do this season. The Oakland squad is currently stacked in the RB department, with Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard all having the ability to influence the outcome of games. Murray is the biggest name on the list, but Washington and Richard are clearly part of Del Rio’s plans as well. We expect Murray to keep on being the most productive back, but his ceiling will be lowered by this new development.
Rashad Jennings’ Hand Injury Could Be Serious
Rashad Jennings has been pictured leaving the locker rooms with a heavily bandaged left hand. Specifically, the running back’s wrist and thumb were covered with bandages and fantasy owners will need to be careful with Jennings in the weeks to come. The 31-year old was sitting on the bench for the Giants’ latest game while Shane Vereen took charge. Orleans Darkwa and young Paul Perkins could step up if Rashad has to spend some time in the medical room.
Brandon Marshall Absent from Monday Training Session
Brandon Marshall has been struggling with a knee injury and didn’t take part in the Jets’ latest practice sessions on Monday. Updates should arrive on Wednesday regarding the extent of Marshall’s injury, but coach Todd Bowles seems optimistic, stating that the wide receiver is doing fine. We can’t be sure whether or not Marshall will make an appearance in Week 3, so fantasy owners would be wise to exercise caution.
Bills Allowing Sammy Watkins to Take is Slow
Head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan, has revealed that Sammy Watkins will only have limited involvement in upcoming practice sessions. Watkins is suffering from a foot injury and the team needs to be smart about bringing him back gradually, rather than rushing things and making the problem even worse. Despite these limitations, experts are still expecting Watkins to make an appearance in the team’s upcoming clash with the Cardinals. He should also be able to take advantage of the Bills’ new offensive plan and could be a good pick for fantasy players.
Kirk Cousins Can’t Cut it in the Red Zone
The statistics don’t lie. Kirk Cousins may have had a great 2015 season and still remains a solid quarterback, but he’s really been struggling with red zone passes so far this season. The stats show that Cousins has failed 12 of his 17 pass attempts, with just 5 targets for 34 yards and a single touchdown. He’s also suffered a pair of interceptions in the red zone already and needs to find some more consistency if he wants to help his team enjoy a decent season. Last year, Cousins managed to pull off a whopping 64% off his red zone passes, so he does have the ability and just needs to rediscover his form.
Signs of Improvement for Tony Romo
Cowboys’ fans are still going to have to wait a while to see Tony Romo back in action, but things are looking good for the 36-year old signal caller. Romo is currently struggling with a spinal injury but the latest exam results have been very positive, with Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones hoping that Romo could start training within a couple of weeks. We still don’t expect to see Romo until after the halfway stage of the season, but it’s good to hear that he’s getting better.
Russell Wilson Feeling Confident About the Status of His Ankle
Russell Wilson may be struggling with an ankle problem right now, but that hasn’t stopped him staying optimistic about his situation. Wilson has revealed that he’s feeling strong and working hard in order to overcome his injury and get back to his best on the field. He had a rough time in Week 2 and was clearly being hampered by his ankle, and the simple fact is that if Wilson doesn’t play well, the Seahawks will struggle as a result. The team needs him back and he’ll have a good chance to prove his fitness in Seattle’s next match against San Francisco.
Bad News for Josh McCown
If the latest reports are to be believed, Josh McCown’s latest shoulder injury could be quite a big one. The veteran quarterback is a huge loss to the Browns, leaving rookie Cody Kessler and new addition Charlie Whitehurst as the two options to fill McCown’s role. Experts estimate that Kessler isn’t really ready to be starting games in the NFL, while Whitehurst has had a pretty sketchy career since entering the big leagues way back in 2006. Naturally, this is a big blow to the Browns and other players on the roster will suffer as a result.
Garoppolo Gone for a Month
The latest news suggests that Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo could be out of action for almost a month due to his latest shoulder injury. Prior to this information, fans had hoped to see Jimmy back on the field by Week 4, but that now appears to be quite unlikely. The Patriots recently confirmed that Garoppolo would definitely miss the next clash against the Texans, and the team might need to add another signal caller in order to deal with this big loss.
Victor Cruz is the Star Man for the Giants
Victor Cruz was the man to watch in the Giants’ latest victory over the Saints. He played 74 of 79 snaps and finished the game with 91 yards for 8 catches. The highlight of his performance was a big catch in the final quarter to help seal the win. Cruz is a guy that has struggled with injury and inconsistency for a couple of years now, but if he can stay fit then he could be a huge player for this New York squad and your fantasy rosters.