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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 1 Injury Fallout

I’m back this season with the weekly injury report. Here’s a list of all the fantasy-relevant Week 1 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Nick Foles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Foles left Sunday’s game against the Chiefs with a broken left clavicle in the first quarter. He suffered the injury when defensive tackle Chris Jones brought him down immediately after a touchdown pass. Foles will undergo surgery on Monday, and he is out indefinitely.

Impact

Although there is no timetable for Foles’ return, he will obviously miss significant time. That leaves sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew as the only healthy quarterback on the roster, although the Jaguars will undoubtedly sign someone to back him up. Minshew completed 22 of 25 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception after Foles left the game, but some of that was in garbage time against a soft Chiefs secondary. Nevertheless, he looked capable of leading the offense, so there’s reason to believe that Jacksonville can maintain multiple fantasy-relevant players. Leonard Fournette should still be considered a high-end RB2, and he’ll likely exceed the 13 carries he received on Sunday in games with a more favorable game script. As for the receivers, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, and Chris Conley all had nice games against the Chiefs, as each of them caught a touchdown and had at least four receptions. It’s difficult to project how each wideout will fare long-term with Minshew under center, but Westbrook is probably still the team’s best receiver. For now, consider Westbrook a flex option, while Chark and Conley are worth stashing on your bench in deep leagues.

 

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Hill left Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. He suffered the injury when he was tackled by cornerback Jalen Ramsey, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment soon after. Kansas City’s chief athletic trainer stated that Hill injured a sternoclavicular joint (where the collarbone meets the sternum), and ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that Hill does not need surgery but will miss a few weeks.

Impact

The loss of Hill is a big blow to the Chiefs offense, but the team showed no signs of slowing down after he left the game. Sammy Watkins had an absolutely incredible game — nine receptions for 198 yards and three touchdowns — and he should be considered a top-15 receiver as long as Hill is out. Patrick Mahomes should remain the top quarterback in fantasy, while Hill’s absence only further cements Travis Kelce as the No. 1 tight end in all leagues. Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman are the only other Chiefs receivers worth monitoring, but neither of them is expected to get enough work to be a consistent fantasy option.

 

Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Coleman left Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a left ankle injury in the second quarter, and he did not return to the game. He was spotted in a walking boot after the game, and head coach Kyle Shanahan said in the postgame press conference that he was concerned about the injury. Coleman will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Impact

We’ll have to wait for the MRI results before we know if Coleman will miss time, but if he does, then Matt Breida will be the next man up. Breida had a tough outing on Sunday, gaining only 37 yards on 15 carries and also leaving the game to receive an IV before returning in the third quarter. Nevertheless, he proved in 2018 that he can be the team’s lead back, and he should be considered a top-25 option at the position for as long as Coleman is sidelined. Raheem Mostert, who carried the ball nine times for 40 yards on Sunday, will also get significant work if Coleman can’t play, but he should only be considered as a desperation flex. Shanahan also mentioned the possibility of adding another running back to the mix, which could mean promoting Jeffery Wilson from the practice squad or looking at running backs outside of the organization. Wilson wouldn’t be fantasy relevant if he gets called up, but this is a situation worth tracking.

About Jay Devineni

A journalist by trade, Jay is in St. Louis and still a loyal Rams fan. He earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is a published sports writer.