Week 2 of the NFL season has come and gone, but not without leaving a devastating wake to starting running backs throughout the league.
This is a crushing blow to fantasy owners league-wide as seven starting backs left games with injuries.
Miami Dolphins starter Arian Foster and Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls both left games, but seem to be set to return to action this weekend. For the other five running backs, the diagnosis wasn’t as kind.
First, Carolina Panthers starter Jonathan Stewart and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin each have been suffering hamstring sprains which will keep them out for at least three to six games.
For the Panthers, Fozzy Whittaker has been announced as the starter for in the absence of Stewart.
Whittaker had 100 rushing yards last Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers after Stewart’s early exit.
For the Buccaneers backfield third year pro Charles Sims, who is already owned in most leagues for his great pass-catching skills and ranked in the top 25 of running backs last year in fantasy.
He has been a very solid backup, but he will be counted on now more than ever to be the guy in Tampa. It will be intriguing to see if he shines or fails with his first opportunity in the NFL as being the featured back.
All three running backs remaining appear to have had their season end this past week.
First in San Diego, the Chargers suffered a crushing blow as they lost the most well-known pass-catching back in the game when Danny Woodhead tore his ACL. He will miss the rest of the year.
For the Chargers, it is the second time they have had an elite talent go down . As of Week 1, its top wide receiver is Keenan Allen.
In the absence of Woodhead, expect second year running back Melvin Gordon to even improve more on his early success in 2016. They have also taken a flier by signing veteran running back Dexter McCluster, who may play a part in the passing game.
The next is the second-year pro and Detriot Lion Ameer Abdullah, who was placed on the IR after undergoing foot surgery Tuesday.
Theo Riddick, who has been the team’s primary third down back, will now become the starting back, but also expect rookie Dwayne Washington to play a role in Detroit’s running game.
The last and certainly biggest injury during Week 2 of the NFL season was Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who tore his meniscus in his knee and will be out three or four months.
Peterson was a lock as a first-round pick in fantasy leagues this season, and the big blow could be a devastating one for any team, but if you were lucky enough to nag his back up Jerick Mckinnon, you may have some hope left for your team as he has been named as Peterson’s replacement.
With all the injury woes in Week 2, here’s to hoping Week 3 is injury free.