The Walking Wounded
It was a tough week to be a Packers’ receiver not named Jordy Nelson. If you ask me, every day is a bad day to be named Jordy, but that’s a different story. Randall Cobb and James Jones were bit by the injury bug, but the prognosis for the two wideouts is very different. Early reports Monday suggested that Cobb might only be sidelined for two games, but the story changed as the day went on. Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that Cobb has a broken fibula in his right leg. There is some dispute about the timetable for his return, but similar injuries have generally sidelined players for 6-8 weeks.
The prognosis for Jones is a bit more optimistic. Jones limped away with a sprained PCL in the Pack’s victory over the Ravens Sunday. His recovery through the week will determine his availability, but the team is suggesting that he may be able to suit up in Week 7 against the Browns. If Jones can nurse his gimpy knee and get back on the field, he stands to see an up tick in targets as long as Cobb is out. Eddie Lacy has lead a reemergence of the Pack’s running game, so the injuries are not as damaging as they might have been in year’s past.
Durability has always been the concern when it comes to DeMarco Murray. Murray again proved why he carries the “fragile” moniker on Sunday night when he left the game against the Redskins with a knee injury. The Cowboys are calling the injury a sprained MCL and are leaning against sitting him this week against the Eagles. Murray’s reputation and this type of injury generally mean a multiple week absence.
The waters are muddy in Big D, so this situation will have to be monitored closely. Lance Dunbar would be a must-start if he could be counted on to go in Week 7 against the Eagles, but he has missed the last two weeks with injuries. Rookie Joseph Randle was unimpressive filling in for Murray, plodding for only nineteen yards on eleven carries. A one-yard touchdown plunge made the numbers look a little more respectable. Randle has the talent to contribute and he looked strong in the preseason but you can’t reasonably plug him in to your lineup on the heels of his Week 6 performance.
Even though David Wilson wasn’t injured in Week 6, the week has shed additional light on his injury situation. Monday the Giants announced that Wilson had avoided potential season ending neck surgery. Wilson hopes to be back on the field sooner than later, but spinal stenosis is a serious injury that has prematurely ended the careers of players in the past. Brandon Jacobs is a little banged up himself nursing a sore hamstring after eclipsing the 100-yard mark while finding the end zone twice in Week 6 for the winless Giants. Jacobs has the luxury of a Monday night game following a Thursday night game, so he will have additional time to heal. Neither Jacobs nor Michael Cox is ready to be a full-time fill-in, but desperate owners might want to put Andre Brown on their watch list. Brown is still a few weeks from coming back himself, but if Wilson does miss an extended amount of time, the Giants will likely insert him directly in to the starting lineup.
A week after returning from missing three weeks with a groin injury, Danny Amendola was pulled from Sunday’s game after taking a hard hit and appearing to be knocked out on the field. Amendola looked woozy on the sideline after the play and likely was concussed. The tight-lipped Patriots will likely conceal his status late in to the week. But, the shifty slot receiver is looking like a bust at this point in the season. You are likely stuck with Amendola, since his value couldn’t get much lower, so you are going to have to ride this one out until he can show some consistency.