NFL Fantasy Football: Week one’s impactful injuries

Will these injuries force us to juggle our fantasy lineups for Week 2?

MRI machines will be buzzing today as various bumps and bruises get carefully analyzed. Some of the test results are more anticipated… or feared… than others. 

David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

Johnson was not having a very impressive game to begin with, but now he might miss some time with a sprained wrist. The consensus RB1 in the draft, Johnson fumbled on his last play. There were conflicting reports about whether he injured his wrist on the play before the fumble or if he injured it making the tackle on the player who recovered it. 

Either way, there were sighs of relief when x-rays came back negative. But when word came out that an MRI would determine how many weeks Johnson might miss with the injury, owners were scrambling to find out who to target on the waiver wire. 

Kerwynn Williams is Arizona’s next running back. He scored a three-yard touchdown after Johnson’s injury but did not see much action after that in a passing-heavy comeback attempt. The Cardinals’ passing game does not look like it can carry the team, so expect Williams to see plenty of touches next week. 

Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens

Woodhead suffered a non-contact hamstring injury, reportedly in a different part of the same hamstring that limited his training camp activities. Coming off major knee surgery, this does not sound good. His MRI will try to clarify his week-to-week status. 

Javorius Allen ran for 71 yards on 21 carries and did not catch his only pass target. He was on the field for more snaps than starter Terrance West. Allen can run inside and catch passes. At worst, he can take the third-down role of Woodhead. He could also take the primary back role if West fails to impress. 

Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Robinson appears to be done for the season with a torn ACL after going down on his first catch of the season. Marqise Lee is the clear number two receiver. The question is whether Allen Hurns is out of the Jaguar doghouse enough to take a top role or not. Aurelius Benn is the only other veteran receiver on the roster, but the coaching staff was very high on undrafted rookie Keelan Cole. Cole could be in line for a major role in the weeks ahead. 

Jacksonville will be a run-first, (and often second and third) offense. But they still might need more help at the receiver spot. Right now, Hurns is likely the second wideout, with Benn and Cole operating from the slot. The tight ends could also see more targets next week. 

Kevin White, Chicago Bears

It looks like Kevin White will end up on season-ending IR for the third time in three years after breaking a collar bone in Sunday’s game. The Bears only have three healthy wide receivers left in Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, and Deonte Thompson. Wright was already a popular sleeper choice and will likely become the WR1 on the Bear roster. Markus Wheaton was inactive Sunday with a broken pinky that required surgery. He could miss more time.

In the meantime, Chicago unveiled Tarik Cohen, a rookie running back nicknamed “the Human Joystick”. All he did was account for 113 yards on 13 touches, including eight catches. I am sure Jordan Howard wouldn’t mind letting Cohen line up outside so he can recover his lost backfield snaps. Tight ends Zach Miller and Dion Sims accounted for six catches and 70 yards, mostly before White went down. they could play a bigger receiving role, too. 

Ronald Darby, Philadelphia Eagles

Darby was signed to shore up the Philadelphia defensive backfield. He reportedly dislocated an ankle. There are no fractures, but his MRI will find out if any ligaments or tendons are damaged. That could make the difference between a couple of weeks or the season. 

We mention this because if Alex Smith decides to keep throwing 75-yard passes, the Eagles could be in a tough spot without Darby this week. 

CJ Fiedorowicz and Bruce Ellington, Houston Texans

The Texan tight end and wide receiver both left the game against Jacksonville with concussions and will enter the protocol. We’ll have to monitor that situation. 

Orlando Scandrick, Dallas Cowboys

Dallas’ maligned defensive backfield shut down the Odell Beckham-less Giants Sunday night. Next week, they get to go against the Denver Broncos receivers, a task that might be tougher since cornerback Orlando Scandrick suffered a broken hand. The Cowboys are hopeful that Scandrick can play with the injury. 

We’ll keep tabs on updates coming from all teams and update the impact on NFL fantasy rosters as we can. Check back often at RealSport to make sure your roster is always at its best.

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Pat Opperman

Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.