There were a couple of ugly scenes in Week 9 games that could cost a few NFL fantasy stars paychecks. Here is a list of the injured and other players whose status bear watching in Week 10.
WR Dez Bryant, DAL- ankle
Dez Bryant left Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury after taking a hard hit. The team said he could probably return, but he did not. The game was in hand by the time Bryant got hurt, so that could be why he did not take the field again. Coach Jason Garrett said after the game that Bryant had an ankle sprain that would be re-evaluated Monday.
QB Jameis Winston, TB- shoulder
Jameis Winston landed on his previously sprained throwing shoulder at least once in the first half of Sunday’s game in New Orleans. He threw only 13 passes, completing seven for 67 yards and no scores. Ryan Fitzpatrick wound up quarterbacking the team in the second half. The Buccaneers said Winston was questionable to return, but Fitzpatrick finished the game.
RB Eddie Lacy, SEA- groin
Seattle’s plan to use Eddie Lacy as a workhorse lasted seven touches before a groin injury ended his day. Thomas Rawls took the majority of snaps after Lacy went down, with JD McKissic grabbing some relief touches. Lacy is day-to-day pending further evaluation.
TE Ryan Griffin, HOU- concussion
Houston tight end Ryan Griffin came out of the game in the third quarter and was ruled out after being evaluated for a concussion. He will enter the concussion protocol this week.
Old news: WR Chris Hogan, NE-shoulder
Chris Hogan and the Patriots were on a bye this week, but don’t forget that he left the Week 8 game with a shoulder injury. The latest update was that Hogan would not need surgery, but could miss several weeks. However, Golden Tate of Detroit had a similar injury and returned after resting over his bye week. Hogan has also played through several injuries already this season and could surprise with a return in Week 10.
WR AJ Green, CIN- feeling punchy
Jalen Ramsey was really getting on AJ Green’s nerves. The two players were jawing at each other all game. The officials already warned each player to calm down, but they also told Green they would call a penalty if Ramsey kept improperly using hands to Green’s face. They didn’t. Green touched Ramsey’s shoulder to get his attention after a play and Ramsey pushed Green. Then Green, normally one of the quietest players on the field, lost it. A chokehold and several punches later, Green and Ramsey were both ejected. Watch for the league announcements on fines because it is very possible Green will be suspended for a game for the punching.
WR Mike Evans, TB- feeling pushy
Tampa Bay could be without their star wide receiver for a week, too after Mike Evans came to the aid of his quarterback with a hard push from behind on Saints’ rookie Marshon Lattimore, followed by several punches directed toward the rookie. It didn’t matter that Jameis Winston came off the bench and poked Lattimore to start the initial incident. Evans drew the personal foul but somehow was not ejected. The punches could cost him some playing time though. We’ll have to watch for that league announcement, too.
RB Carlos Hyde, SF- feeling pushed out
When former 49er Antoine Bethea hit a sliding CJ Beathard in the helmet, a large crowd of Cardinals and 49ers congregated to push and shout it out. After throwing a few punches, Carlos Hyde got shoved hard by Cardinal tackle Frostee Rucker and flew out of the pile onto his backside. He jumped up to retaliate and was among three players ejected from the game. Again, punches thrown puts Hyde at risk of missing Week 10.
RB Ezekiel Elliott, DAL- tough courtship
In this week’s episode of “His he or isn’t he suspended?”, Ezekiel Elliott should find out from whatever judge unexpectedly let him play in Week 9 if he is indeed suspended for the rest of the NFL fantasy season. Odds are reportedly not in his favor, but the odds of playing last Sunday were also not in his favor, so stay tuned…
RB Leonard Fournette, JAC- growing pains
Jacksonville made Leonard Fournette inactive for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati for violation of team rules. Multiple outlets reported Fournette missed a team photo, skipped a treatment session for his ankle, and a was late for a meeting. Jacksonville won Sunday and can probably win more games without their rookie running back. Hopefully, the youngster understands the message from Doug Marrone and will get back to business for Week 10.
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