2020 Season: Week 2 Injury Mega-Article

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer


So... that happened.

Despite not having the time to comb through decades of historical data, it would be tough to find a crazier, more injury-plagued week than Week 2 of the 2020 season. Normally, this would be a quick piece where The Lateral finds five of the biggest injuries and briefly touches on their fantasy impact. Heck, David Njoku made the piece last week because there were so few major injuries.

Not this week though.

So many people were injured this past week that the format had to be retooled. Below you will find all the major injuries from this past week, sorted into a couple of categories based on the impact of the injury. Each player will be accompanied by a couple of sentences discussing the fantasy impact of their potential absence going forward.


Week 2 Injury Mega-Article


Their Season is Over


Saquon Barkley (NYG/RB): Barkley was feared to be out for the season, and that is now confirmed per the New York Football Giants. Next men up are Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman, but Devonta Freeman has to be considered a candidate to replace Barkley going forward.

Courtland Sutton (DEN/WR): Already nursing an injury going into Week 2, Courtland Sutton is officially out with an ACL tear. Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler should see their roles significantly increase, though it may be rough going at first with Jeff Driskel under center.

Nick Bosa/Solomon Thomas (SF/DST): Not officially confirmed yet, but both defensive stars are expected to miss the rest of the season with ACL tears. Combined with Richard Sherman still on IR, those who drafted the San Francisco DST as DST1 may need to look elsewhere for a viable starter.

C.J. Uzomah (CIN/TE): Uzomah was riding high Thursday until his Achilles tendon decided the party was over. This opens up the door for Drew Sample, who also had a good Thursday night and is unlikely to face competition at the TE position.

Anthony Barr (MIN/DST): I was optimistic about Minnesota going into the season. With Barr out for the year with a torn pectoral, even the most proud Purple People Eaters' fans should be out on this struggling DST.


Long-Term, But Not Season-Long


Christian McCaffrey (CAR/RB): As if Saquon Barkley being out was not bad enough, fellow RB1 contender Christian McCaffrey is out with a high ankle sprain for the next 4-6 weeks. Those Notorious C.M.C. owners who did not already have Mike Davis need to target him in waivers, and others should at least consider it given the lack of competition in Carolina.

Tevin Coleman (SF/RB): Initially it seemed Raheem Mostert would be the most injured San Francisco RB, but Coleman now gets that honor with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out several weeks. If you trust Jerick McKinnon to be healthy by the end of Week 3's match-up against the New York Football Giants he could provide good value, but otherwise avoid this backfield until at least Week 4.

Parris Campbell (IND/WR): While it is good news that Campbell avoided an ACL tear in Week 2, it is not impossible that he will still miss the entire-season. Fellow WR Michael Pittman Jr. is worth a look, as is Mo Alie-Cox, who could use Campbell and Jack Doyle's absences to cement his spot in the Indianapolis Colts' offense.

Drew Lock (DEN/QB): Out 3-5 weeks with a rotator cuff injury. Jerry Jeudy and Noah Fant seem to have talent that should overcome 3-5 weeks of Jeff Driskel and the rest of the season with an injured Drew Lock, but the other receivers should be considered a risky investment.


Short-Term, But Still Concerning


Davante Adams (GB/WR): The latest is that the hamstring injury from Week 2 is not serious, but follow this as the week goes on. Still, it is a good sign that the WR1 candidate is not in line to miss Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.

Julio Jones (ATL/WR): Seems that Julio is still nursing a hamstring injury that had him on the injury report for parts of last week. Definitely continue to monitor this and Russell Gage should now be rostered everywhere given this and another good performance in Week 2.

Raheem Mostert (SF/RB): Mostert sprained his MCL in the Niners Week 2 match-up, and is likely out for Week 3. See the bit above on Tevin Coleman regarding my thoughts on a potential Jerick McKinnon fill-in, but do not expect Mostert to be available regardless. 

Malcolm Brown (LAR/RB): Brown suffered a finger injury late at the end of Week 2's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but more people were concerned about the back seat he took to Darrell Henderson towards the end of the game. Do not panic drop Brown yet, and monitor this situation as the Week goes on, especially given Cam Akers was also injured.

Cam Akers (LAR/RB): Before Malcolm Brown went down, the Rams lost another RB as Akers went out with a rib injury. No further information at this time, but while I would not drop either Akers or Brown, adding Henderson is likely a top waiver priority for Week 3.

Sammy Watkins (KC/WR): A helmet-to-helmet hit knocked Watkins out of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers, but unless he has a concussion, he should be good to go going forward. Currently the outlook is good.

Sterling Shepard (NYG/WR): Not sure what is more concerning: Shepard likely suffering from turf toe and being out for several weeks, or how bad Daniel Jones has looked? Either way, Shepard is now a serious question mark going forward. Only reason he was not marked as long-term is the lack of a conclusive diagnosis at this time.

Breshad Perriman (NYJ/WR): Perriman was basically the last Jets receiver anyone felt comfortable taking a chance on, so after he went down probably nobody reaped the rewards of starting Braxton Berrios. Perriman is "week-to-week" with a sprained ankle, and probably will be a risky play Week 3 regardless.

Tyrod Taylor (LAC/QB): Los Angeles stunned everyone when announcing Taylor would be out and Justin Herbert would be in to start against Kansas City. Anthony Lynn also stunned everyone by announcing Taylor would still be the Chargers starter once Taylor is no longer "week-to-week" with a chest injury. Nobody is buying this, and it would not be a surprise if Taylor never starts again.

Jimmy Garoppolo (SF/QB): Not the biggest fantasy impact given you probably were not starting James "Jimothy" Garoppolo, but like the rest of the San Francisco 49ers, the QB did pick up a knock against the New York Jets and is currently "week-to-week." Expect him out for Week 3 and if you are desperate, maybe stream Nick Mullens against the New York Football Giants.

Darrel Williams (KC/RB): Not relevant to anyone but fantasy managers who drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but Williams picked up an ankle injury Week 2 against the Chargers. Until a timeline is known, those rostering CEH should not panic-add Darwin Thompson as a handcuff, and even then it may not be worth the roster spot.



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