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October 13, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Injuries w/Stephania Bell

Stephania Bell
  (11:05 AM)

Good Morning everyone - Welcome to the Tuesday morning chat. As a way of disclaimer, since I get asked this every week, it's true - we don't know TONS of details on Tuesday - but we can at least discuss the things we're concerned about and keeping an eye on as the week goes on. That's why we also do the chat Friday to update the news - and Sunday right before kickoff.So with that in mind, let's take a look at what you are interested in at the top of Week 6...

Frank (Princeton, NJ)

Busy at work in the Merrill Lynch office but need to make time to find out about injuries. Although it didn't seem serious, is Peyton Manning's knee anything to be concerned about?

Jc (Buff)

Any updates on megatron?? on what type of injury?

Stephania Bell
  (11:07 AM)

Frank: Love that you're at work but making time for us. Love that you're in my college town. Coach Jim Caldwell did not offer much in terms of specifics - but he said that Manning was "sore" but not injured after Sunday's game. So I'm taking that as a good sign that he'll be just fine.

Stephania Bell
  (11:07 AM)

Jc: They're calling it a "knee' injury - Schwartz will not give specifics - but he did indicate that it was not serious. That's more than he usually says - so again, taking that as a good sign.

Mike (Austin)

Do your Niners get Gore back after the bye?

Stephania Bell
  (11:09 AM)

Mike: THis is the question 49ers fans and fantasy owners want to know. THere hasn't been much update on Gore b/c there hasn't needed to be. He's not practicing yet - so no way to gauge his health at this point. He is expected to return to practice this week though so we should be able to get some hints. They have a bye and they have projected Week 7 as his target return - they're still standing by it at this point.

Al (CHandler, AZ)

Stephania, the return of Jamal Lewis was expected but I was very surprised to see him dominate the carries on the ground. Was his workload justified after what appears to have been a serious hamsrting injury and what is the likelyhood that it will re-occur?

Stephania Bell
  (11:12 AM)

Al: You make a great point - and ask a question that I would want to ask. After doing next to nothing for 2 weeks and only one full day of practice before the game, I too was surprised at his workload. So the next question is how did he respond afterward? No word on that but Mangini was glowing about how Lewis ran and his fresh legs - so assume he's fine...for now.

Joel (Stanwood, WA)

Any news on Matt Hasselbeck? Are his ribs just a pain tolerance issue or does it affect his mechanics?

Stephania Bell
  (11:13 AM)

Joel: Pain issue - if it was affecting his mechanics they would not have let him go. And his performance proved that he was ready. He was still hurting, but he was ready. The healing should continue to progress with time so the worst appears to be behind him.

Derrell (Austin)

Hey Stephania- I'm wondering how bad Addai's head injury is and if it's something that could linger in the coming weeks? I was very surprised to see him back in the game after he was clearly knocked out for a few seconds in the 3rd quarter. I know the Colts have a bye this week but any chance he will miss any time? Thanks and keep up the great work!

Stephania Bell
  (11:16 AM)

Derrell: Thanks for mentioning this! I too thought Addai looked to be unconscious briefly - but the Indianapolis Star is reporting that he hurt his shoulder and stayed on the ground briefly but was well enough to return. Hmmm. Anyway, if that's the case, and with a bye this week, I would not expect him to miss any time.

Jason (Bethlehem, PA)

You can't tell me that JAX coaching staff didn't already know by 1200 Sun that they were going to deactivate Sims-Walker for disciplinary reasons. I, like many other owners, got royally hosed w/ that goose-egg. All my bench spots had either already started or were on bye, and I of course lost by 4 pts... Thanks for letting me rant.

Stephania Bell
  (11:17 AM)

Jason: On behalf of Sims-Walker fantasy owners everywhere, you're welcome.

Kyle (Miami)

Give us Knowshon Moreno owners some news about Buckhalter. That San Diego run D looks delicious for Knowshon if he has no competition in his own backfield.

Stephania Bell
  (11:19 AM)

Kyle: It's too early in the week to get a Buckhalter update when he didn't practice at all last week. I would not be surprised if Moreno maintains his starting role through this week though.

Al (CHandler, AZ)

Stephania, Justin Tuck played almost the entire game for the Giants on Sunday and word on how long he will need to wear the shoulder brace and before he is 100%?

Stephania Bell
  (11:20 AM)

Al: He probably will wear the brace throughout the season. A torn labrum will not heal on its own and he's probably looking at offseason surgery - but as he's showing he should be able to function throughout the season with the harness.

Tommy F. (Edwardsville, Illinois)

Starphania, I never miss your chats and love your participation in the podcasts. Keep up the great work! So, what's up with Glen Coffee? Is it now safe to drop him for a late-season flier, such as Shonn Greene? I already own Leon Washington.

Stephania Bell
  (11:21 AM)

Tommy: Thanks for coming. I wouldn't dump Coffee just yet. Yes, they expect Gore to return to practice and hopefully play in Week 7 - but he hasn't done any of that yet - and it's too soon to assume he'll be fine. Coffee suffered a contusion of his own, but I don't think that's a huge injury and he should be fine to fill in in two weeks if needed.

Mike (Albany, NY)

Hi Stephania! Any word on how Saints' RB Mike Bell is progressing through his knee injury? How much do you think the Saints will use him going forward? Thanks!

Stephania Bell
  (11:23 AM)

Mike: Bell has already said that his knee will be 100% when they return to practice this week. Now comes the moment of truth - we don't really know how the Saints will split up the carries amongst their RBs. Their preseason plan was to get Bell the 3rd down and some goal line carries. Not sure just yet how that will play out.

Philip (Dallas)

You answered about Frank Gore earlier. What about Felix Jones?

Stephania Bell
  (11:28 AM)

Philip: Dallas has maintained that Jones would be targeting the week after the bye (so Week 7) to return. But a word of caution with these PCL sprains. They are tough to return from b/c guys usually still feel a little unstable in the knee. Recievers and running backs who return after this injury often don't look quite like themselves for the remainder of the season. When Bush suffered this injury a couple years ago, he aggravated it and then ended up getting shut down early. So I would not only not bank on the timeline, I would want to see how he looks in his first game back before I put him in my lineup.

Ben (Boston)

Antonio Bryant has seen more and more of the field every week and this week he got 11 targets as well (I believe). Any word on how his knee reacted to the increased workload?

Stephania Bell
  (11:30 AM)

Ben: I think he's hurt more with the drops than the knee. But you're right. His workload has gone up progressively over the last couple weeks and I think he is on the upswing from the knee surgery.

Tracy (Petaluma)

Hi, Stephania. Do you think Willie Parker will play against the Browns? He said he's iffy. How long does turf toe last?

Stephania Bell
  (11:32 AM)

Tracy: I think he's finding out firsthand that this is not a quick injury. Many times it will linger throughout the season - and the Steelers are trying to avoid that. He has already been unwilling to commit to this weekend as you say, taking it day-by-day and unfortunately that is the way you approach treatment of this condition.

Scott (Cincinnati Ohio)

Some dropped McFadden in my league, is there something more to his injury I don't know about or will he be back in two weeks like everyone is saying?

Stephania Bell
  (11:34 AM)

Scott: The original timeline was 2-4 weeks (out with meniscus surgery) but I will tell you that rarely do these guys come back at 2 weeks. Most guys are just starting to run at that point. I would not count on him before then.

zach (norman )

Any insight on Wes Welker. Is this a season long concern or is it the type of injury that will be off the radar come November

Stephania Bell
  (11:37 AM)

Zach: With the team not offering any specifics as to his injury, we have to guess a bit. But the fact that Welker had a setback in Week 1 is what resulted in the very conservative approach to his play afterward. The fact that he's been able to get in the game more each of the last 2 weeks I take as encouraging -but would not be prepared to call him 100% just yet. I expect they'll continue to limit him in practice for a while.

Daniel (NY)

How many colleges did you go to? I feel like you have claimed allegiance to Miami, Kansas and now Princeton? Please settle this. Thanks.

Stephania Bell
  (11:38 AM)

I do have allegiance to all. Princeton undergrad, Miami grad school and taught at KU for 5 years.

Haden (Memphis)

None of my players are injured. I just thought I would let you know so you won't worry.

Stephania Bell
  (11:38 AM)

Haden: How in the world did you get so lucky?

Bud Light Golden Wheat (Awful, undrinkable)

Jonathan Stewart looked OK on Sunday. How has he been progressing w/ his Achilles issues, and will he remain on the injury report all season?

Stephania Bell
  (11:41 AM)

Stewart is plodding along exactly as expected based on the preseason. I think he continues to gradually improve, but naturally at a slower rate than if he had 4-5 months to rest completely. I expect we'll see him on the injury report most if not all of this season b/c they will limit his practice reps routinely to help prevent flare-ups.

Mike (Orlando)

Can you please answer a question on Megatron!!!!!!!

Stephania Bell
  (11:42 AM)

Mike: I did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scroll to the start of the chat.

Michael (Ann Arbor)

Hi Stephania, love your stuff! I'm wondering what to do with LT. He's supposedly "back" now, but I think he's past his prime and that his previous injuries have slowed him down a step. I know he has some nice matchups in the coming weeks. Do you think he's over the injury issues and will play well enough in a few of these matchups to hike his value up so I can trade him? (I'm in a keeper league and probably won't keep him next year.)

Stephania Bell
  (11:43 AM)

Michael: Thanks - and thanks for coming. I do like his upcoming matchups and I also think he has not yet shown what he can do this season. I expect him to perform better in the next few weeks- and yes, I see the comments re: his projection at 1 point. I, for one, am willing to say that I expect him to do more.

Greg (DC)

I love that you have general fantasy knowledge too--any thoughts on the Miles Austin/Roy Williams/Crayton playing time trilemma?

Stephania Bell
  (11:47 AM)

Greg: Thanks - I try. But if only I could see into the future. Look, I think Austin did enough to prove that he's probably a better option than Williams. But the Cowboys (Phillips) are already saying that Williams is the guy although Austin will get "more work" Really? Williams has not done anything substantial for them and it's hard to believe he gets more work just because of his big $$ contract. But it sounds like that's the plan. I will say this though. Cartilage injuries are very tough to recover from and if Williams struggles to return as I think he might, it could force them to open it up for Austin (and I think Crayton hangs out in the same role for now).

Chris (Arizona)

INJURY!! How bad is Chris Samuels hurt and how much does it hinder Chris Cooleys value?

Stephania Bell
  (11:52 AM)

Chris: Samuels has stenosis ( a narrowing of the spinal canal) and wears a protective pad to rpotect his neck, but the collision he suffered this week brought the symptoms (very serious - numbness/tingling into hands) to the forefront again. For now the Redskins are saying he'll be out at least this week to let the symptoms quiet down, but this could be a serious blow. Samuels said he felt better after the game, but I don't like the long-term ramifications after the injury.Cooley obviously was hurt fantasy-wise as he had to block more - what remains to be seen is whether that remains an issue going forward.

Mike (NYC)

Any word on Cotchery after last nights disaster showing by the JETS? Seems like he wasn't on the field enough

Stephania Bell
  (11:55 AM)

Mike: Yes, he aggravated the hamstring when he had to up his play after Brad Smith hurt his foot. Looks like he might not play this week (it's a short week too) - this latest update courtesy of Newsday. Cotchery is saying what we medical folks often say about these injuries- they are so easy to aggravate and then suffer more serious injuries that result in major setback, that they want to be smart for the season going forward. I would not be at all surprised if he rests.

Stephania Bell
  (11:56 AM)

Steve: Then why are you here? And I don't think the people who post the questions think they're of no relevance...why not ask a question if you're so grumpy.

Eric (Indy)

What's the deal with Adam V's leg? His kicks have looked awful this season! Have we seen the end of AV?

Stephania Bell
  (11:59 AM)

Eric: I don't think it's time to write him off just yet - but I do think he struggled back after offseason hip/knee surgery. I see him doing better of late.

Heather (College Park, MD)

Stephania, not sure what chat Steve is reading, but your answers always help me set my roster. Any updates on the Stafford knee injury? If it was a dislocation, how tough is that to come back from and is it in danger of being an injury that happens over and over again?

Stephania Bell
  (12:01 PM)

Heather: Thank you Heather. It was reportedly a subluxation - where it pops out and pops back in quickly. There is generally some pain and swelling afterward which affects the ability of the quadriceps muscle (which also holds the kneecap) to function normally. Once Stafford whos he has adequate muscle strength back, he'll be able to return. While it's true that these episodes can become more frequent after they happen more than once, it's not especially concerning for the remainder of the season.

teev (NYC)

Time to panic if you own Westbrook?

Stephania Bell
  (12:03 PM)

Teev: No - not panic - but this is what we projected at the start of the season - the Eagles are going to split him and McCoy. Seemed like the plan all along and it's playing itself out. Westbrook may end up with a couple memorable games - but I think he plays more like a flex going forward.

calling out grumpy (relevenceville)

um, anyone notice that the guy complaining about asking Qs w/o fantasy relevence...asked a Q that committed exactly that sin?

Stephania Bell
  (12:05 PM)

And on that note - I agree "calling out" I appreciate all the wonderful Sports Nation injury-related questions that come in each session. And in case anyone hasn't noticed, injuries have just about the single biggest effect on fantasy playing time across the board. So thanks to all of you for the great questions once again...and we do this every Friday as well after practice reports are in, and on Sundays before gametime. See you then - have a great week!