Some players are just known for certain things.  Dez Bryant’s “thing” is being passionate.  Whether it’s yelling at a teammate or celebrating a victory, he really gets into it, putting his feelings out there for everyone to see.  He’s been flagged for on field temper tantrums, often putting his foot in his mouth.  This time it was an exuberant celebration… on a broken foot (NSFW: language).  The NFL fantasy football season is brutal when it comes to injuries and as usual we’re off to a bad start.  Here’s the lowdown on Dez Bryant and the rest of your Week 2 Injury Report.

Dez Bryant has a Jones fracture of his right foot, prompting the Dallas Cowboys to say he’ll miss 4-6 weeks.  Let’s take some words from former NFL head team physician David J. Chao under advisement:

I think the smartest thing to do is value him as if he’s going to come back in Week 9, which leaves him to play nine more games.  Of course he’s worth holding onto through this injury, dropping him is not an option because it’s very possible that he will perform like a top-5 WR once he comes back.  Eight weeks (for leagues that end in week sixteen) of Dez Bryant is still a very good thing.  While he’s out, basically every Dallas wide receiver plus Jason Witten and Lance Dunbar get slight boosts, with Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley benefiting the most.  Tony Romo takes a slight hit.

Andre Ellington suffered a PCL sprain and will probably miss two weeks.  I think this is the type of injury that could affect a player’s performance upon his return and often players will wear a brace when they first return from a knee injury, although I can’t say if that necessarily applies to PCL injuries.  Chris Johnson is expected to be the lead back while Ellington is out, so he should probably be rostered everywhere.  David Johnson receives a boost as well, but speaking generally, without consideration of their schedule, I’ll have a hard time trusting either of them.

DeSean Jackson has suffered a hamstring strain/tear and there are reports that he will miss 3-4 weeks.  Seems about right.  Jackson needs to be held in 10+ team leagues.  I could see dropping him in shallower leagues.  I have no data, just anecdotal evidence, that these sorts of injuries are among the most likely to recur.  Pierre Garcon figures to be the biggest beneficiary of the injury but it also helps Jordan ReedAndre Roberts can now be considered for desperate owners in deep leagues.

T.Y. Hilton apparently has a “bone bruise” of his knee that could force him to miss 1-2 games.  I wouldn’t be completely surprised if he does not miss any games, but because he plays Monday night, unless you own another Colts wide receiver I would plan on leaving Hilton on the bench this week.  I’m inclined to say that he’ll be near 100% when he comes back, unless they bring him back earlier than expected (for example, for the Monday night game), in which case I could possibly see him being a decoy.

C.J. Anderson has a sprained toe, aka a turf toe injury, but he could be back in time to play this Thursday.  I’m hopeful that if there is any doubt about his health then he will sit out Thursday.  I mean, I don’t have any experience to draw upon, but if an injury is enough to keep an NFL player hobbled through the course of a game, can that same injury really be healed up four days later?  Turf toe injuries are known to linger and that’s a situation I hope Anderson can avoid.  So on the one hand it’s a good sign that he was able to make it through the game Sunday, but I’m not sure that trotting him out there Thursday is the best thing to do.

Other injuries from this past Sunday: Delanie Walker has suffered a bone bruise to his hand but might play this week.  Reggie Bush suffered a calf injury, it seems relatively minor but perhaps he misses 1-2 weeks.

Under the radar, minor, injuries which may or may not have taken place this past Sunday:  Golden Tate (quad), and Julio Jones (hamstring).  I don’t have much information on Tate but I’m guessing he’ll be fine for Sunday and Jones almost certainly will be.  Justin Forsett has a shoulder injury which caused him to be “limited” in practice Wednesday.  I think he’ll be good to go for Week 2.  Also noteworthy is that Forsett’s teammate Lorenzo Taliaferro came back and practiced in full.  And Jonathan Stewart had a day off to rest his sore knee but is expected to be fine for Sunday.

Going deep into San Diego’s depth chart we see an injury to Jacoby Jones.  Rotoworld reports that Branden Oliver and Keenan Allen are possibilities to take over for the vacated kick and punt return duties if Jones should miss time.

Here are the practice reports for Week 2 of the NFL season.  These are the same reports that each team is required to give the league after every day of practice.  Teams that play Thursday have a full injury report with the “Out/Doubtful/Questionable/Probable” designations due by Wednesday.  Teams that play Sunday (or Saturday) only have a practice report due Wednesday and teams that play Monday have nothing at all due by Wednesday.  The reason “by Wednesday” is important is because that’s when I collect the data and write this report.

Arizona Cardinals
Andre Ellington – RB – No Participation
Michael Floyd – WR – Full Participation
Jermaine Gresham – TE – Full Participation
Troy Niklas – TE – Full Participation

Atlanta Falcons
Devin Hester – WR – No Participation
Julio Jones – WR – No Participation

Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett – RB – Limited Participation
Breshad Perriman – WR – No Participation
Lorenzo Taliaferro – RB – Full Participation

Buffalo Bills
Marquise Goodwin – WR – No Participation
Percy Harvin – WR – No Participation

Carolina Panthers
Richie Brockel – TE – No Participation
Jonathan Stewart – RB – No Participation

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns
Dwayne Bowe – WR – Limited Participation
Johnny Manziel – QB – Limited Participation
Josh McCown – QB – No Participation
Robert Turbin – RB – No Participation

Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant – WR – No Participation
Tony Romo – QB – No Participation (He never practices on Wednesday)

Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson – RB – Limited Participation (Questionable for Thursday)
Peyton Manning – QB – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday)
Demaryius Thomas – WR – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday)

Detroit Lions
Brandon Pettigrew – TE – No Participation
Matthew Stafford – QB – Full Participation
Golden Tate – WR – No Participation

Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb – WR – Limited Participation

Houston Texans
Arian Foster – RB – No Participation
Nate Washington – WR – Limited Participation

Indianapolis Colts
No Practice Information Reported (they play Monday)

Jacksonville Jaguars
Toby Gerhart – RB – No Participation
Rashad Greene – WR – Limited Participation
Marqise Lee – WR – Limited Participation
Allen Robinson – WR – Full Participation
Julius Thomas – TE – Limited Participation
T.J. Yeldon – RB – Full Participation

Kansas City Chiefs
Demetrius Harris – TE – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday)
Travis Kelce – TE – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday)
Jeremy Maclin – WR – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday)
De’Anthony Thomas – WR – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday)
Charcandrick West – RB – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday)
Albert Wilson – WR – Full Participation (Probable for Thursday)

Miami Dolphins
Dion Sims – TE – No Participation

Minnesota Vikings
Jerick McKinnon – RB – Full Participation

New England Patriots
Travaris Cadet – RB – Full Participation

New Orleans Saints
C.J. Spiller – RB – Limited Participation

New York Giants
Victor Cruz – WR – No Participation
Daniel Fells – TE – No Participation

New York Jets
No Practice Information Reported (they play Monday)

Oakland Raiders
Derek Carr – QB – Full Participation
Jamize Olawale – RB – No Participation

Philadelphia Eagles
Seyi Ajirotutu – WR – No Participation

Pittsburgh Steelers
Landry Jones – QB – Full Participation

San Diego Chargers
Jacoby Jones – WR – No Participation

Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch – RB – No Participation
Will Tukuafu – RB – Limited Participation

San Francisco 49ers
Reggie Bush – RB – No Participation

St. Louis Rams
Todd Gurley – RB – Full Participation
Tre Mason – RB – Full Participation
Chase Reynolds – RB – No Participation

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans – WR – Limited Participation

Tennessee Titans
Antonio Andrews – RB – No Participation
Delanie Walker – TE – No Participation

Washington Football Team
DeSean Jackson – WR – No Participation

That’s it for this week’s injury report.  Hit me up with your questions, comments, concerns, criticisms, whatever.



Lance is also on Twitter @RotoLance.

  1. Woba the hutt says:

    So it looks like CJ Anderson will play, but how much is the question. Would you advise starting any of these backs over him?


    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Woba the hutt: It’s too early to tell. I’m an Anderson owner as well. I’d try to get some last minute word before deciding as there might be a better indication of how the carries will be split by tonight but if you want to make the decision now I think the safest thing to do is leave him on the bench because you do have adequate alternatives.

      I’d probably rank them something like Jonathan Stewart > Alfred Morris > Tevin Coleman > Isaiah Crowell

      • Woba the hutt says:

        @RotoLance: Thanks for the input!

  2. Rudy says:


    I have 3 tight ends and need to get rid of one.

    I have Tyler eifert from the bengals, Heath miller and Jordan reed. I’m thinking Miller is the one I drop, considering there will be no touches for him once bell and bryant are back. Who do I bail on? Miller?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Rudy: Yeah bail on Miller, he’s a solid under looked guy, but that’s not enough to be in the company of Eifert and Reed.

  3. Barker says:

    10 team 1/2 ppr

    I give graham marshall i get cooks davante adams ryan mathews

    Would need to drop crowell

    My rbs murray gore crowell coleman blount
    My wrs dez marshall robinson garcon agholor
    My tes olsen graham asj

    Line up after trade
    Qb rivers wr cooks adams garcon rb murray gore te olsen qbflex newton k ? Def baltimore
    Bn coleman blount dez robinson agholor ASJ mathews

    And i would still need to drop someone i guess agholor or ASJ for a kicker

    I suppose it is decent — cooks can hopefully hold it down as # 1 until dez gets back and adams is a viable marshall replacement — plus this dude is really the only match for graham on the trade front in the league — he has no TE and russ wilson is his # 1 qb

    Do this trade or try to win this week and continue to try to trade graham next week ?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Barker: Ok let’s try to get on the same page here. For .5 PPR I would probably rank these players Cooks, Graham, Marshall, Adams, Mathews. So you are giving up the 2nd and 3rd best players to get the 1st, 4th, and 5th best players although it might be debatable whether Marshall is better than Adams. Dropping Crowell is almost a non-issue because I’m fairly down on him, I think that’s fine.

      I think this trade probably does favor you slightly. It’s certainly not lopsided. I’m fine with you waiting for a better offer as well.

      I’d drop ASJ for a kicker rather than Agholor.

  4. Mike says:

    Cheifs DST or TENN DST this week??
    Need to stream

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Mike: Using a streaming D against Peyton, is this what it has come to?

      I actually think Chiefs are the way to go and that’s not even an indictment against Peyton. I just trust them more than I do Tennessee. It’s a close call.

  5. Steve Stevenson says:

    Does David Chao really tweet as @ProFootballDoc (sorry, don’t have access from here to check for myself)? That is fantastic. I feel like even using “Doc” in his Twitter handle should be a violation of some sort of court order.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Steve Stevenson: So, the above tweets are supposed to look just like they do on Twitter but for some reason they aren’t, at least not for me.

      I wasn’t aware of his controversy… OMG. I don’t think that means it’s not credible. He correctly diagnosed the Randall Cobb injury from video at basically the time it happened, which was useful for people drafting that weekend.

  6. OldMilwaukeePounders says:


    Any more word on CJ Anderson? I am attempting to scour the internet for reports but haven’t seen anything new.


    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @OldMilwaukeePounders: I was just checking Twitter 5 minutes ago and I couldn’t find anything useful.

      What I’m hoping for is that within 30-60 minutes of the game starting there will be a report regarding who will be used the most between Anderson and Hillman.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:

        @RotoLance: So would you recommend Flexing CJ as of right now? I can plug Abdullah in at RB at least.

        I also own Mike Evans, so he is throwing another wrench in to the plans…If he doesn’t go I can throw in T. Williams, Wheaton, or Garcon. I may end up using 2 of those guys…

        • RotoLance

          RotoLance says:

          @OldMilwaukeePounders: I’m deciding between 2 or 3 of Anderson, Abdullah, Martin and L Murray in my home league so I’ve got the same issues the rest of you do.

          I think getting Anderson out of our lineups is the safest thing to do, unless we hear a report prior to game time assuring us he will be significantly involved.

          I don’t have a whole lot of answers here. These are the toughest situations. In addition to worrying about the KC Defense we’ve also got to consider a guy’s health.. too many variables.

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:

            @RotoLance: I hear you. I’m rolling with him in the league that I mentioned above. Pulled him in another in favor of Sankey vs. CLE.

            If I had a more reliable extra option in both leagues, I probably would have not played him in either. Mike Evans being up in the air really put me in a tough spot for that one lineup.

            • RotoLance

              RotoLance says:

              @OldMilwaukeePounders: Apparently CJ Anderson recently said he’s “close to 100%”. It was a close call anyway, that’s enough to make me want to go with Anderson as well.

  7. Big League Choo says:

    12 team ppr keep league 0-1 to start bridgewater is my qb win winston at backup

    Lacy or forte plus bridgewater


    CJ Anderson/Big Ben

    Lacy and forte will be 36$ out of 200 and anderson 3$

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Big League Choo: Big Ben has the making of a top 3-4 QB for next year, if not this year. I guess I’d have to favor CJ + Big Ben if Ben is keep-able. Maybe even if he’s not. Otherwise I guess it’s Lacy + Bridgewater. Forte’s less valuable in keeper because that cliff could come this year, although it doesn’t look so far like it’s going to, does it. I guess it also depends on how long they can be kept.

  8. I love You Wong Time says:

    With Anderson nicked up tonight, are you flexing Andre Johnson, Harvin or Woodhead instead in a PPR league or holding tight with Johnson?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @I love You Wong Time: It’s safer to go with one of the others. Possibly Woodhead, I’m skeptical on Andre Johnson. He’d need to prove it to me first.

      • I love You Wong Time says:

        Thinking the same thing too

  9. Bobbo says:

    PPR league. Spiller bs. TB or Gurley @ WSH? Spiller is questionable and Gurley is probable. Neither is a super reliable option I know, but which way would you go given the current state of things for both?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Bobbo: Spiller, but it will be easier to tell by Sunday. Also, I’m not assuming in this case that “Full practice” from Gurley means he is going to play.

  10. RotoLance

    RotoLance says:

    CJ ANDERSON UPDATE <— Trent Dilfer impression

    "@BobHoltzmanESPN 1h1 hour ago

    Talked to CJ Anderson…said he's not 100%, but pretty close. Looked to be moving well. He'll definitely play, but so will Hillman."

  11. Murray Craven says:

    Will welcome advice from anyone. I was offered Dez Bryant and RJennings for my Arian Foster. My team is strong at the moment, but the thought of having Bryant for the playoffs is very appealing.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Murray Craven: The thought of having Foster for the playoffs must also be very appealing. I would think Foster side wins, Dez side possibly wins in PPR but I think the Foster side might be the safest.

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