Week 2 might not have had as many extremely brutal injuries, but that doesn’t mean RBs jogged away unscathed. What players and injuries do we need to monitor heading into Week 3 fantasy football clashes?
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Injury Updates for Top Fantasy Football RBs
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
Saquon Barkley injured his ankle in the closing minutes of the Giants’ massive comeback over the Arizona Cardinals. He finished the game with 63 yards on the ground, 29 yards receiving, and two total TDs.
Barkley was unable to walk off the field and had both his arms draped over trainers. He had an X-ray immediately, which was negative, and underwent an MRI on Monday. It revealed what they are calling an “ordinary sprain,” which looks much less severe than it could have been. Sources are saying that Barkley could miss three weeks, but on Monday, it was reported that he is week-to-week.
Saquan Barkley has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle. pic.twitter.com/d3Ks5NMuPr
— Lucky (@TheMagaHulk) September 18, 2023
The Giants have a short week, playing San Francisco on Thursday, and it should be Matt Breida time. Breida would not be the best start against a strong 49ers run defense.
Salvon Ahmed, RB, Miami Dolphins
Raheem Mostert carried the RB load on Sunday for the Dolphins, especially after backup RB Salvon Ahmed went down. He was limping on the sideline, and it was diagnosed as a groin injury. Head coach Mike McDaniel stated it was not a groin tear, which is good news and means that Ahmed could return soon to allow Mostert some rest.
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Ahmed ended Sunday with three attempts, which turned into 13 yards. If Ahmed misses some time, we might see rookie De’Von Achane getting more work.
David Montgomery, RB, Detroit Lions
David Montgomery suffered a quad injury in the second half of the Lions’ loss to Seattle, leaving with 67 yards rushing on 16 carries. They are calling it a thigh bruise, and it could take a couple of weeks to heal, so it is hard to guess when Detroit will have him back.
As soon as Montgomery left, backup Craig Reynolds slid right into the same role. It was expected that Jahmyr Gibbs would see an uptick in work for the rest of the game, but the plan did not seem to change. If it is known that Montgomery will be out on Sunday, Dan Campbell will surely scheme some ways to get the rookie Gibbs more involved.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chase Edmonds exited the game Sunday with what is being called a Grade 2 MCL sprain and should miss 4-6 weeks. He will be getting an MRI on Monday. Edmonds has done very little fantasy-wise so far this season, but losing him should add more work to Rachaad White and could open the door for rookie Sean Tucker to be worked in.