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Fantasy football aftermath: The injuries of Week 2

All the injury alerts! Sunday saw player after player go down with something-or-other. We break down the fantasy implications.

We've never done an end-of-the-weekend injury postmortem before, but there haven't been many weeks with as many big names dropping as there were Sunday. So here it is.

In many of the cases here, the answer for a prognosis is going to be "we aren't sure yet." A lot of these injury problems are issues that will get further testing Monday. Still, fantasy owners need to know what knowledge there is to know:

Quarterback injuries in Week 2

  • Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III left early in the first quarter Sunday with a dislocated ankle. It is the type of injury that could end the quarterback's season, and while we'll need to wait for more information Monday, at the very least it seems clear Griffin will be gone for a while. Kirk Cousins performed well in his stead, though he's not someone you want to count on in single-quarterback leagues.
  • Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer didn't even make it to Sunday's game, announced as inactive because of a bum shoulder. Drew Stanton won the game as the replacement, though he didn't do much himself. Palmer sounded like he was close enough to playing Sunday that the smart money is on him suiting back up in Week 3.

Running back injuries in Week 2

  • Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left early in the game Sunday with a sprained ankle. Reports say he's scheduled for an MRI Monday, when we'll find out more. Knile Davis had a heck of a game replacing Charles, but whenever he's back, he's still Jamaal Charles.
  • At least it wasn't until late in the game for him, but San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was carted off with what initial prognoses are calling a sprained MCL. That would have him out for a few weeks, maybe more than a month, but it is far better than the ACL tear it could have been. While he's out, expect Donald Brown to get more work, but Danny Woodhead's workload will increase as well.
  • Most of the week, it looks like Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin would be more likely than not to play despite a knee injury, but his chances fell off sharply late in the week, and he was deactivated early Sunday afternoon. Bobby Rainey put up big numbers in his absence, and considering Martin's struggles, he might have a tough time getting his full-time job back, even if he does return in Week 3 as expected.

Wide receiver injuries in Week 2

  • Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green wasn't even on the field long enough to be targeted Sunday before leaving with a toe injury. Mohamed Sanu had a nice game without Green, but Sanu is no Green. Green said after the game that he hopes to play in Week 3, but with the Bengals having a bye in Week 4, it seems like the team might hold off on bringing him back.
  • Washington lost wide receiver DeSean Jackson after only one catch Sunday, leaving with a bruised shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint. We'll learn more going forward, but this is an injury he's had to deal with before.
  • The Week 1 sleeper everyone loved, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns, caught only two passes for 13 yards in Sunday's game, dropping what should have been a touchdown early in the game. Then near the end of the game, he twisted his ankle, and ended up on crutches after the game. We'll see what his status is later, but if you picked Hurns up after Week 1, you can probably drop him.

Tight end injuries in Week 2

  • San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis left after three catches and 39 yards Sunday night with a sprained ankle. It's far too early to have a prognosis on a player in the Sunday night game, but a sprained ankle could be something that bothers Davis for the next few games. Tread lightly.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis caught a touchdown pass early, but then sprained his ankle late, and it's a high ankle sprain. Expect him to be gone for a little while at least.