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Spencer Ware, RB KC
Ware was removed from the game with a concussion. It’s not clear when the injury occurred, although on his last carry, he did hit the turf hard after taking a screen pass for a big gain. He will need resolution of neurological symptoms and clearance by medical providers before retuning to play. Charcandrick West took over, and had an unremarkable performance (52 yards rushing, two receptions for eight yards.)
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Jamaal Charles, RB KC
Charles is visiting with Dr. James Andrews, and that’s never a good sign. Charles can’t seem to get back on the field without a setback. At this point, one has to wonder if Charles may be out an extended period of time. Whether he will be useful for fantasy in 2016 depends on the visit with Dr. Andrews and, in particular, whether he needs surgery or not.
Alex Smith, QB KC
Smith sustained head injuries at two different times in the game. The first one occurred as he slid and he hit the side of his helmet on the turf. He was evaluated for a concussion but returned to the game. Not long after, he again scrambled, slid and a Colts defender appeared to push Smith’s head into the turf. Players with concussions are at a higher risk of a second concussion, and it is an interesting question how Smith ended up back in the game, only to leave with what looked like an aggravation of the first head injury. Regardless, he will need resolution of his symptoms and clearance by medical providers before returning to play.
Nick Foles had a respectable line filling in for Smith (223 yards passing, 2 touchdowns), and may be worth a grab in superflex leagues. On Monday, reports are the Chiefs aren’t committing to Smith having a concussion, and that seems hard to believe after watching Smith’s head bounce off the turf twice. Monitor his practice participation as that will be an indicator whether Smith is good for week nine or not.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB TAM
Rodgers sustained a foot injury and was removed from the game. Rodgers led the Buccaneers with 69 yards rushing (3.6 YPC), one touchdown and one reception for nine yards. Dynasty implications may be to grab Peyton Barber if he is still available. With Doug Martin still out, Barber may get a shot to step up. Barber had a meager one yard on the day, but he flashed the previous week (84 yards rushing and one touchdown). Rodgers was spotted with a walking boot on Monday, and could be looking at a multi-week absence.
Jacob Tamme, TE ATL
Tamme injured his shoulder and was unable to return. He had an uneventful day (two receptions for 19 yards). Dynasty impact is with Austin Hooper getting more touches. Hooper had a decent day with five receptions for 41 yards. If Tamme misses time, Hooper should get more touches.
Will Fuller, WR HOU
Fuller left the game with a leg injury. I couldn’t see a clear injury mechanism. Fuller had been dealing with a hamstring injury. Hopefully he didn’t aggravate it but we’ll see. No updates yet as of Monday.
DeSean Jackson, WR WAS
Jackson sustained a head injury and was removed from the game with a possible concussion. He will need resolution of symptoms and clearance from medical providers before he can return to play. Jordan Reed returned from a concussion with a big game (nine receptions, 99 yards and a touchdown). Jackson had a decent day (four receptions for 48 yards).