By: Adrian Gutierriez (Twitter: @KitchenIsDads)
Frank Gore – RB, New York Jets
We now know that Frank Gore is not entirely made of steel. Early on in the 1st quarter matchup between the Jets and the Las Vegas Raiders, 35-year-old Gore put his head down seeking yardage and violently collided with CB Damon Arnette in a helmet to helmet collision.
Thankfully, both men were able to leave the field on their own strength but did not return. Ty Johnson readily took over the running back position and pounded the rock against the Raiders for 22 carries, 104 yards, and 1 TD, plus 2 receptions for 13 yards! Where has Ty been hiding? The discounted Jets travel to Seattle next Sunday.
Brandon Allen – QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati has a problem, it may have a lack of players willing to play Quarterback. In yesterday’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins, Brandon Allen completed 11 for 19, 153 yards and a touchdown to WR Tyler Boyd before he was hit in the chest and could not return to the game.
Before he was forced out, he was sacked five times as the woes continued for the underperforming offensive line. The third-string Quarterback, Ryan Finley, will be the next courageous candidate to play behind the O-line against the Dallas Cowboys if Brandon Allens’ injury is severe, and his return is questionable.
Philip Rivers – QB, Indianapolis Colts
Rivers makes the injury report only as a commendable footnote. It was revealed that he has a plantar plate rupture, which is like saying a super bad turf toe injury that requires surgery. Did that stop him yesterday from taking on the Houston Texans and completing 27 of 35 pass attempts for 285 yards, two touchdowns, AND scrambling twice for -2 yards? No.
Say what you will about the old gunslinger, but weak he is not. The eternal competitor comes to play every Sunday and will have surgery on his foot after the season ends. After two games, he has finally developed a rapport with T.Y. Hilton and looks to take on the iffy Raiders in Sin City.
Joshua Kelley – RB, Los Angeles Chargers
In Los Angeles yesterday, garbage time started in the 2nd quarter. By the 4th quarter the white towel was already thrown and that is when UCLA standout Joshua Kelley injured his ankle and did not return.
Joshua Kelley merely had 2 catches for 3 yards and zero carries, as the once hyped running back at the season start, is now the third tier running back to Austin Ekeler and Kalen Ballage.
Chris Boswell – PK, Pittsburgh Steelers
Chris Boswell was downgraded from questionable to doubtful for Monday Night’s game versus the Washington Football Team due to a hip injury sustained in practice last week.
In 2020 Boswell has a 94.7% field goal accuracy rating but averages only 7.9 fantasy points per game because the undefeated Steelers prefer to score touchdowns than field goals.
Boswell hasn’t missed a game since 2018, so expect Matthew Wright from the practice squad to replace him.
Terry McLaurin – WR, Washington Football Team
Nursing an ankle injury, Terry McLaurin is questionable going in for the Monday Night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did practice this past Saturday so he should be a go, but as always keep an eye on F1.
McLaurin is a high ranking, second-year Wide Receiver that ranks in the top 5 (4th) among wide receivers in terms of respective team target shares (27.3 percent).
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