Fantasy injury notebook update - Week 3
September, 20, 2013
By Stephania Bell | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Ben MargotIt's been tough sledding for Maurice Jones-Drew thus far, and now he's battling an injury.There are some very fantasy-relevant players facing injury issues heading into Week 3. Let's dive in.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (ankle): Jones-Drew left Sunday's game early with a left ankle injury, the result of his ankle rolling inward with his foot planted as he was tackled around the shoulders. Watching the replay multiple times, he's fortunate he didn't end up with a knee injury, as well. Originally referred to in various reports as an ankle sprain, Jones-Drew's injury was later qualified as a tendon strain.
There has been no additional information offered by the team as to which tendon is involved, but it is worth noting that this injury is on the same side as his recent foot surgery. The two are not related, but it is still less than desirable to suffer another injury in such proximity to a recent surgically repaired area. It made sense that Jones-Drew was kept out of practice Wednesday, although he told The Florida Times-Union he expected to play in Seattle on Sunday. On Thursday, Jones-Drew was still not practicing and, according to the Jaguars' official website, coach Gus Bradley described his status as "up in the air," noting that Jones-Drew was still bothered by swelling in the ankle.
There's still another day for practice reports, and Jones-Drew, like the rest of the Jaguars, is still out on the West Coast (the team remained in California to practice between the two games against Oakland and Seattle). Friday should yield more clues.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers, (hamstring): Sunday night's game ended with Davis on the sideline with an ice bag wrapped around the back of his left thigh, visual evidence of his strained hamstring. Davis took to Twitter this week to reassure fans of his health: "No need to worry y'all. My leg is feeling great just need a little rest til kickoff according to the docs." Still, he has not practiced at all this week. Although resting is perhaps in his best interest for recovery, it is hard to gauge just how much (or how little) of an issue the hamstring is. All eyes will be on the Friday report.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears (back): Marshall left Thursday's practice early because of "tightness" in his back. Coach Marc Trestman said the team would be cautious and have Marshall "limited" Friday. According to ESPNChicago.com, the Bears are not concerned about his availability for Sunday.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, (foot) and Heath Miller, TE, (knee), Pittsburgh Steelers: Here's some quietly good news for the Steelers: Two players they could really use on offense bumped up their practice activity this week.
Bell, who suffered a foot sprain in the preseason, returned to practice for the first time Wednesday. He was listed as limited that day but was upgraded to full practice Thursday. Despite the full practice, Bell does not sound as if he plans to be on the field Sunday night. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Bell said of his return to practice, "I don't want to rush it. ... I'm still in the healing process." According to ESPN.com's Scott Brown, Felix Jones is likely to start Sunday night, but Bell could be in the mix if his foot responds well to the increased work across the week.
As for Miller -- who is coming off multiple-ligament knee reconstruction -- he has been steadily increasing his practice activity the past few weeks. This week, he turned in back-to-back full practices for the first time, and, as Brown notes, this increases his chances of being available Sunday night.