Several top players left Sunday’s games with injuries, but the biggest by far looks like Green Bay quarterback and defending QB-1, Aaron Rodgers. Here is what we know so far about a tough day for fantasy football.
QB Aaron Rodgers, GB
In a crushing blow for his owners, Aaron Rodgers broke his right collarbone and could be lost for the season. As linebacker Anthony Barr was falling down on top of Rodgers, the quarterback instinctively tried to break the fall by extending his arm under him. The elbow impacted the ground, but the shock wave was too much for the collarbone. In 2013, Rodgers made it back for the last game of the season with a fractured left collarbone. Because this is his throwing side, the team does not expect him to repeat that feat.
Third-year passer Brett Hundley saw his first game day action in relief. Green Bay does not give their backup quarterbacks practice snaps during the week. You should note that half of the Packers’ offensive line was also knocked out of this game. While owners of Green Bay players should be concerned about their fantasy value without Rodgers, it is impossible to judge Hundley’s potential on today’s game. His preseason statistics were much better and are probably closer to a realistic expectation, especially with the stars he has surrounding him.
QB Jameis Winston, TB
Tampa’s quarterback Jameis Winston also left his game after bearing the brunt of a tackle on his throwing shoulder. X-rays were negative and Winston said he wanted to go back into the game, but was ruled out pending an MRI on Monday. Winston did not appear to be in any distress after the game and told reporters he would be back soon. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick led a valiant comeback attempt in the second half and owns the sixth-best NFL fantasy quarterback score for Week 6 heading into Monday. Tampa would be in much better hands than Green Bay should their quarterback miss any more time.
RB Leonard Fournette, JAC
Leonard Fournette planted his foot for a cut and initially appeared to hyper-extend his knee. However, fears of a non-contact knee injury proved unwarranted. The team reported he has an ankle issue. Fournette was cleared to return to the game but did not as Chris Ivory handled things the rest of the day. Undoubtedly, Fournette will have a precautionary MRI on Monday.
WR Tyreek Hill, KC
Late in the game against Pittsburgh, Tyreek Hill took a shot to the head and was removed from the game to be evaluated for a concussion. Hill was visibly unsteady as he was led to the bench. After the game, coach Andy Reid confirmed that the receiver will be placed in the concussion protocol this week.
WR Golden Tate, DET
Golden Tate already had 96 yards and a touchdown when he was assisted to the locker room for shoulder x-rays. Originally, he was called questionable to return but was ruled out shortly thereafter. There was no specific diagnosis given by the team. Tate and the Lions have a Week 7 bye to help heal whatever it is.
WR Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
Just when it looked like their game against the Giants couldn’t get any worse, Emmanuel Sanders ran full speed into a diving Landon Collins who was trying for an interception. Sanders’ legs were taken out from under him after contact with Collins’ shoulder pads. He was assisted to the locker room before the team announced he was out with an ankle injury.
RB Benny Cunningham, CHI
Backup running back Benny Cunningham left the field in the first half. The Bears quickly ruled out a return, citing a hamstring injury. That gave Jordan Howard more carries, which worked out okay for Chicago. Howard finished with 167 rushing yards. Cunningham will need an MRI to see the extent of his injury.
WR Breshad Perriman, BAL
Baltimore announced that Perriman was ruled out due to a concussion. He will have to work his way through the protocol during the week.
TE Maxx Williams, BAL
Maxx Williams got hit in the head on the play before he was removed from the game. He fumbled the ball and appeared unsteady as he was assisted from the field. Baltimore announced that he was out of the game, however, due to an ankle injury.
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