Fantasy Football Injuries
2008 Fantasy Football Injury Report
Fantasy football injuries can have a huge impact on your team. Whether itís a high ankle sprain or torn ACL, injuries in the NFL are frustratingly common. While such injuries can be countered with patience and depth, lingering effects from the previous fantasy football season should also be taken into account.
For this reason, we present a list of 2008 fantasy football injuries which may have an impact on the coming season.
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Tom Brady (Patriots) – When the Patriots lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl, Brady was slightly hampered by a high ankle sprain. Even though the Patriots lost the game, every fantasy football owner is expecting big things from Brady in 2008.
Marc Bulger (Rams) – Due to numerous offensive line injuries, Bulger took a pounding last season. He played through rib injuries and a concussion, but he still managed to finish the season. Heís now fully healed and hoping for more consistent line play in 2008.
Jason Campbell (Redskins) – He missed the last month of the 2007 season after dislocating his left kneecap. While that has healed, he also suffered a strained hamstring in May. Neither injury is expected to hamper him in 2008.
Jake Delhomme (Panthers) – Delhomme went down last year with a right elbow injury, and his team never recovered. Heís since had Tommy John surgery and claims that his throwing arm feels fine.
Rex Grossman (Bears) – Since the Bears re-signed Grossman to a one-year deal for 2008, his left knee must not be an issue. Last season, he sprained his MCL and rode the bench at the end of the season.
Matt Leinart (Cardinals) – Suffered a broken collarbone and missed most of the 2007 season. Heís expected to be fine for the 2008 season, and heíll compete with Kurt Warner for the starting job.
Donovan McNabb (Eagles) – McNabb was still bothered in 2007 by his surgically reconstructed knee. However, reports out of Philadelphia indicate that McNabb is feeling much better heading into the 2008 NFL season.
Philip Rivers (Chargers) – He suffered a torn ACL in 2007, but he managed to tough it out and play in the AFC Championship game. Heís expected to be 100 percent by the start of 2008 training camp.
Aaron Rodgers (Packers) – After filling in briefly for Brett Favre in 2007, Rodgers battled hamstring problems down the stretch. While they appear to be healed, Favreís possible return looms large as of this writing.
Tony Romo (Cowboys) – A sore right thumb on his throwing arm bothered Romo at the end of the 2007 season. According to all reports, the injury is completely healed, and Jessica Simpsonís better half will be ready for the 2008 fantasy football season.
Matt Schaub (Texans) – Expected to be ready by the regular season, Schaub missed a large part of 2007 with a left shoulder injury. He underwent surgery in the offseason on his non-throwing shoulder and should be fine by the start of training camp.
Alex Smith (Niners) – Had shoulder surgery in the offseason, but reports indicate that heíll be ready to go for 2008 with no restrictions.
Kurt Warner (Cardinals) – Last season, Warner played much of the season with a torn ligament in his left elbow. According to reports, heíll be fine for the Cardinalsí 2008 training camp, and heíll compete for the starting job with Matt Leinart.
Fantasy Running Backs
Cedric Benson (Free Agent) – Benson broke his leg late in the season, but thatís been the least of his problems in the offseason. Numerous clashes with the law led the Bears to release the running back, and heís currently looking for a new home.
Ronnie Brown (Dolphins) – In October of 2007, Brown suffered the worst of fantasy football injuries – the dreaded torn ACL. Heíll be ready for training camp, but this injury generally hampers most runners in their first year back from surgery.
Michael Bush (Raiders) – After being drafted in 2007, Bush sat on the sidelines and worked on rehabbing his broken leg. Now that heís recovered, heíll compete for time in a crowded Raidersí backfield.
Reggie Bush (Saints) – After tearing his PCL, Bush missed the last month of the season. The injury is nowhere near as serious as an ACL, and Bush is expected to be back at full speed for the upcoming 2008 fantasy football season.
Ahman Green (Texans) – Green was in and out of the Texansí lineup thanks to an injured knee. He expects to be at full strength for 2008, but heís at the age where injuries begin to pile up.
Larry Johnson (Chiefs) – After breaking a bone in his foot, Johnson was put on the shelf for much of last season. Heís fully recovered now, but have all the carries the last few years taken their toll?
Rudi Johnson (Bengals) – Johnson was hindered by a bad hamstring throughout much of last season. He should be fine for 2008, and itís expected that heíll focus on more of a power style this season.
Kevin Jones (Bears) – Coming off of surgery on his torn ACL, Jones will compete for playing time against rookie Matt Forte.
Deuce McAllister (Saints) – Coming back from a torn ACL, Deuce will again split time with Reggie Bush. Although heís reportedly been cutting and planting without pain, ACL surgery can reduce a runnerís effectiveness for quite some time.
Willis McGahee (Ravens) – Towards the end of the 2007 regular season, McGahee had a few fractured ribs. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers) – During the Steelersí first minicamp, Mendenhall tweaked his hamstring and was held out as a precautionary measure. This is not expected to effect him in training camp.
Willie Parker (Steelers) – In the latter stages of December, Parker broke his right fibula. Heís since had surgery and is expected to be back at full strength.
Adrian Peterson (Vikings) – A minor knee problem caused some concern late in the season, and the team reduced his workload as a result. Expect Peterson to be 100% for the start of the regular season.
Jonathan Stewart (Panthers) – He had toe surgery in the offseason, and Stewart is expected to be fully recovered by training camp. Heíll compete with DeAngelo Williams for playing time in 2008.
LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers) – He sprained his MCL in the playoffs, but heís fully healed for the upcoming year.
Michael Turner (Falcons) -In the offseason, Turner had shoulder surgery, but heís expected to be fine for his first season as a starting running back.
LenDale White (Titans) – White had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason, but heís expected to be ready by the start of training camp. Just in case, however, the Titans picked up another runner in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Cadillac Williams (Buccaneers) – Williams tore his patellar tendon last season, and itís debatable whether or not heíll play in 2008. For this reason, Earnest Grahamís name keeps showing up on fantasy football rankings in the #10 to #15 range.
Fantasy Wide Receivers
Anquan Boldin (Cardinals) – Boldin dislocated his toe late in the year, but he chose to let it heal naturally during the offseason. Heíll be ready for the 2008 season.
Deion Branch (Seahawks) – Branch tore his ACL and may miss the entire 2008 season.
Plaxico Burress (Giants) – Sprained an MCL late in the year, and he battled through knee and ankle pain all season.
Laveranues Coles (Jets) – Finished the season on the IR due to a left ankle injury. However, the injury is fully healed, and the Jets guaranteed the last two years of his contract.
Terry Glenn (Cowboys) – Chronic knee pain continues to bother Glenn, but reports say that heíll put off further surgery until after heís retired. Still, this is a very unstable situation.
D.J. Hackett (Panthers) – While playing for the Seahawks in 2007, Hackett battled a high ankle sprain. After signing with the Panthers, Hackett is said to be fully recovered.
Marvin Harrison (Colts) – Harrison had his right knee cleaned out in January, and he continues to rehabilitate. Harrison, one of the best fantasy receivers in NFL history, will be ready by the start of the regular season.
Torry Holt (Rams) – During the 2007, Holt suffered from knee pain but toughed it out. Heíll be ready for the upcoming season, but he may have to continue to deal with the pain.
Calvin Johnson (Lions) – The teamís #1 draft pick had some back issues last year, but he appears free of fantasy football injuries moving into 2008.
Brandon Marshall (Broncos) – Expected to be ready for the regular season, Marshall was involved in a March accident which severed an artery, vein and nerve in his arm.
Sidney Rice (Vikings) – Suffered a high ankle sprain at the end of 2007, but the injury is fully healed.
Roy Williams (Lions) – In December, the Lionsí #1 receiver sprained his knee and ended up on the IR. Heíll be ready for training camp.
Roydell Williams (Titans) – Williams broke his right ankle last season. While the team hopes heíll be able to participate in training camp, it looks as though he wonít be. Reports have Justin McCareins passing him on the teamís depth chart.
Fantasy Tight Ends
Antonio Gates (Chargers) – In February, Gates had surgery on his left big toe, and the team is monitoring the situation carefully. Gates is expected to be ready by the start of the regular season.
Daniel Graham (Broncos) – Back in December, he played through an ankle injury, but this should be fine.
Todd Heap (Ravens) – Heap battled through a hamstring injury last season, and heís had problems with nagging injuries throughout his NFL career.
Leonard Pope (Cardinals) – In December, Pope dislocated his right ankle and finished the year on the IR. He is now fully recovered for the 2008 fantasy football season.
Jeremy Shockey (Giants) – Shockey broke his leg late in the year, but heís expected to participate in training camp.
L.J. Smith (Eagles) – Now fully recovered, Smith played through rib, groin and knee injuries in 2007.
Ben Watson (Patriots) – Had ankle surgery in March. Should be ready to go by September, but the Patriots are always very tight-lipped about injuries.
Kellen Winslow Jr. (Browns) – During the offseason, the younger Winslow had both his knee and shoulder scoped to clean out scar tissue.