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Arian Foster, RB, Texans - Foster was lost for the season after tearing his Achilles on Sunday. Foster has entered the last 3 seasons as one of the highest risk injury players in the league. The true definition of high risk, high reward Foster was in the process of finally making his way back after a devastating groin injury derailed his preseason and caused him to miss the first four games of the year. It’s a sad end for one of the games real heroes, who was constantly told he couldn’t be the superstar he became. It looks like his body is finally saying enough after 5 years in the NFL playing at a super elite level. This will be the second time he is placed on IR in the last 3 years and he will be undergoing his second surgery in 8 weeks to a different part of his body.
Achilles injuries are notorious for sapping a players burst and ability to jump and push off the line. Andre Brown (2009) and Demaryius Thomas (2011) are some recent examples we have of skill position players making it back to top performance levels after tearing their Achilles. Michael Crabtree is a work in progress and is playing at a good enough level right now but it has taken him two years to get back into things and he is definitely not the player he was before he went down.
Although is he should be fully rehabbed by the start of the 2016 season it’s looking increasingly likely that Foster’s time in the NFL is up.
Josh McCown, QB, Browns - McCown got hit on attempting a deep pass in the fourth quarter and had to exit the game. He appeared to be in a lot of pain in the post-game interview and is being sent for tests today. If he can’t go it’s unsure of whether Manziel will be the next man up as he has a pending conversation with the league of a domestic violence incident that could result in suspension.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions - Stafford took 7 sacks and needed X-Rays on his hand after the week 7 loss against the Vikings. After the game he said his hand was fine. Stafford has the look of a QB who is beaten up and it’s no mystery as to why as the Lions offensive line rolls out the red carpet to anyone looking to rush the passer.
Stay tuned on how he holds up during practice this week as his availability will impact any kind of value Megatron still has.
Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys - Randle had two good runs of 11 and 13 yards before having to sit with a back issue. His status of lead back was further undermined by a resurgent Darren McFadden who lit up the G-Men for the Cowboys first 100 yard rushing performance of the year. Even if Randle is good to go in week 8 against the Seahawks he could be a complementary piece in the Cowboys moving sand rushing attack.
Chris Ivory, RB, Jets - Ivory tweaked his hamstring early in the game and played sparingly in the loss against the Patriots. He salvaged his day with a receiving TD but did not receive the volume workload he has been accustomed to. He said after the game that his hamstring felt fine but obviously this is a concern with a player who has a severe history of hamstring issues. Keep tabs on how many full sessions he gets this week in training as a clue to his availability for this coming week’s tasty matchup with the Raiders.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Colts - Exciting Colts rookie Phillip Dorsett was forced out of the week 7 game against the Saints with a fractured ankle. Return to play is estimated at 4-6 weeks but we will know more in the coming few days. Depending on how the next few weeks go for what is looking like a lost season for the Colts there is a chance he is placed on IR with a view to not risking further injury on this year’s first round draft pick.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers - V-Jax was quiet in the first half of the game but had to leave in the third quarter with a knee injury. There have been no updates but this is something to keep track of heading into week 8.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Falcons - Hanktime was troubled with a hamstring issue all week and it caused him to leave the game against the Titans as a result. He has now left two games due to injury and while we haven’t had any news on his availability for week 8 he should be seen as questionable at best.