Fantasy Football: 10 Biggest Injury Concerns at Running Back
Be wary of these ground-gainers making it through a full season
By: Athlon Sports | 8/22/12, 6:00 AM EDT
Injuries are certainly a part of football, and fantasy football, for that matter, but when it comes to the latter that doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't be prepared.
Here are the top injury concerns when it comes to running back. These ground-gainers are the eptiome of risk-reward when it comes to weighing potential opportunity versus their respective injury histories.
1. Jahvid Best, Detroit
Diminutive runner isn’t built for NFL workload and has paid the price with concussion problems. He has still yet to be cleared for practice and more than likely will start the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, meaning he will miss at minimum the Lions' first six games. Be VERY wary.
2. Darren McFadden, Oakland
Uber-talent has been brittle his entire pro and college career. Has never played more than 13 games in a season. Electric upside, but almost certain to miss a few games.
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
A completely destroyed knee is scary — even for someone as powerful as Peterson. Due to his violent running style, it is hard to see him ever playing completely injury-free.
4. Trent Richardson, Cleveland
This yearNo. 3 overall pick has yet to see any NFL action as he underwent arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 9 to remove a loose piece of cartilage from his left knee. While it's unrelated to the torn meniscus he suffered in the same knee in January's BCS National Championship game, it's still troubling when someone undergoes mutiple surgeries on the same body part in such a short time span. The team is hopeful Richardson will still make his debut in the Browns' season-opener, but that's the absolute best-case scenario right now.
5. Beanie Wells, Arizona
After his best season, Wells had to have knee surgery in January. Balky knees have been an issue dating back to Ohio State.
6. Mark Ingram, New Orleans
The early May arthroscopic knee surgery was his second in the past three offseasons. He also dealt with foot surgery at the end of last season.
7. Ryan Mathews, San Diego
The third-year pro has yet to play a full season in the NFL and it won't happen this season either. Mathews broke his collar bone on his first carry in the Chargers' first preseason game. It has been projected to be a four- to six-week recovery period, the former allowing him enough time to be ready for Week 1. The six-week range is probably the safer bet, which (hopefully) puts him back in the Bolts' backfield by Week 3.
8. DeMarco Murray, Dallas
Has dealt with serious injuries in each of his last three football seasons — hamstring and dislocated kneecap at Oklahoma and the broken ankle last fall.
9. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Constantly deals with nagging injuries, such as the banged up hand he suffered in a preseason game, but is explosive when in the lineup. A time-share with David Wilson might be the bigger concern.
10. Fred Jackson, Buffalo
Has played only five years and hasn't touched the ball 1,000 times yet. But he is 31 and recovering from a fractured fibula.
Two More to Watch
Reggie Bush, Miami
Last season was only the second time he has topped 10 starts in his six-year career. You have to doubt his ability to stay healthy.
Frank Gore, San Francisco
Played all 16 games last year but missed a total of 10 games in the previous four. Gore is only 29 but is approaching 2,000 career touches.
— Published on August 22, 2012
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