Week 1 is in the books and as with every season there is frantic activity to pick up this years’ difference maker. We want to highlight the injury history and risk of some of the players who shone in week 1 so that you know what you are getting into as you think about picking them up over the next day or so. Whilst the upside of hitting it big may exceed the downside of injury for some of these players, there are more injury risk free players out there to pick who can add to your roster and depth.
Edelman shone this last week with 2 touchdowns. Everyone is pointing out how he was the golden boy for the Pats last year even out touching Welker for the first few weeks. Until he got injured. He has never finished a full season since he entered the league in 2009. He has fractured his forearm (2009), hand (2011, 2012) and foot (2012). He has also had several concussions. He will not last long with increased attention on him now that Amendola is looking like he is going to miss time.
Anyone who has been following football for the last 7 years or so will know about the train wreck that is Kellen Winslow. He has had several knee surgeries and has never been fully healthy since 2005. He is being recommended in some circles as a waiver wire pick up but he is not going to last long as one of the Jets “premier” passing options.
Thomas is not an injury risk but it’s worth noticing he had a severe high ankle sprain in 2011 that kept him out the entire season as well as slowed him down in 2012. Whilst he appears healthy most athletes recover from a high ankle sprain in 4-6 weeks. This was the mother of all ankle sprains and is something to keep in mind.
Moreno carried the mail for the Broncos last year until he went down with a torn ACL. It was his second ACL surgery which leaves him very exposed for a repeat injury this year as revision ACL’s have statistically less chance of succeeding. He has also suffered from a wide range of other injuries including rib, head and hamstring.