In June every year the football season really starts to heat up. The draft has been completed, mini camps are finished and training camps are almost completely swing. The summer is when football experts begin to produce strong projections about player value and team performance. Injuries are one of the most mentioned topics during this time period, while final trades are manufactured and contracts signed. Injuries in the NFL and football generally speaking are common. In a report titled “Players’Positions, Not Prior Injuries, Predict NFL Career Length” (May 28, 2009) from MedicalNewsToday.com, a new study on NFL injuries and career longevity is highlighted.
The study was primarily authored by, former Rookie-of-the-Year, All Pro defensive back and NFL scout for over 30 years, Milt Davis, Ph.D. Unfortunately, Davis died in September of 2008 before he could present the findings. Pat Lombardi, Ph.D., another composer of the study stated, “Throughout the span of the study, Milt demonstrated that nearly three-fourths of all players had significantly more than two significant injuries, and that 1 of 2 had a significant surgery ahead of entering the NFL.” (Source: American College of Sports Medicine) Although injuries don’t have to shorten a player’s career, they have a dramatic impact on fantasy football value. Now that the 2009 draft is over, let’s review some of the newest NFL injury reports.
Dallas Cowboys Handle Common Knee and Hamstring Injuries
CBSSports.com recently reported that wide receivers Miles Austin and Isaiah Stanback are unlikely to be present from the beginning of the Cowboys’training camp. In line with the Dallas Morning News Austin’s hamstring injury has cost him three weeks of practice, but he is hoping to be ready and healthy by the start of the 2009 season. CBSSports.com confirms Austin’s sleeper value increases if he returns on the field healthy ข่าวฟุตบอล . CowboysBlog.DallasNews.com reported in May that Stanback did have “arthroscopic surgery to fix a meniscus tear in his right knee.” It’s doubtful he is likely to be ready from the beginning of training camp, but Jerry Jones is quoted as saying, “I understand that that’s frustrating for him, but he’s got enough time. He works hard, and he’ll return out there.” The bodes well for Cowboys fans.
Knee Injuries Cause Different Outcomes for Patriots WR Tate and QB Brady
Pat’s wide receiver Brandon Tate could very possible end on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list due to his slow recovery from knee surgery based on CBSSports.com. Even though the surgery took devote October, his rehab has been slow. On an improved note, CBSSports.com reported on June 9, 2009 that Patriots’quarterback Tom Brady had been practicing on the field in the rain. Brady completely practice is an excellent sign after his surgery for a torn ACL and MCL. Brady will continue being a dream football favorite if he proves his reconstructed knee can go the distance.
Raiders WR Javon Walker Chooses to Keep Surgery on the Down Low
On May 9, 2009 Nfl.Fanhouse.com revealed that Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker had knee surgery in April and didn’t notify the team. Coach Tom Cable is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle saying he believes Walker “did the proper thing by having the surgery.” It’s still unclear what the season holds for Walker.
Eagles RB Brian Westbrook’s Ankle Surgery
In accordance with writer Michael Davis Smith of NFL.Fanhouse.com, “the Philadelphia Eagles have confirmed that running back Brian Westbrook may have surgery to get rid of bone spurs in his right ankle.” Recovery time because of this procedure is usually 2 or 3 months so Westbrook may miss training camp and the preseason. Smith wonders if Westbrook’s time as at the very top running back is arriving at an end.
Seattle Seahawks WR Deion Branch Says “His Knee Will Never Feel Normal Again”
Wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks Deion Branch underwent reconstructive knee surgery this year. Branch was recently quoted by the Associated Press as saying, “You’ll never be back to normal after you have this kind of procedure done.” If his recovery goes well Branch is likely to make a decent fantasy receiver, but his performance may flunk of previous years.
Additional Fantasy Football Considerations
There are endless stories involving NFL injuries and potential fantasy problems. Keep these facts in your mind when selecting you fantasy draft this season.
1. Pittsburg Steelers’quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a small knee injury in early June, but was back at practice a day later based on the Associated Press.
2. Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Buffalo Bills, skipped minicamp due to a swollen foot. Xrays and tests show the injury is minor based on BuffaloBills.com. Fantasy leagues must look into Fred Jackson as a necessary backup.
3. An HBO interview with Brett Favre confirmed his shoulder surgery. Decisions regarding Favre and the Vikings is likely to be made at the conclusion of July once his health has been evaluated.