Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews Played Last Season With Broken Leg

For several weeks last season, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was listed on the Packers injury report with a shin injury. It turns out, Matthews was playing with a broken leg. Technically it was a stress fracture in his lower leg according to a report in the
Green Bay Press-Gazette.

That report says Matthews was listed on every injury report from Week 9 through the NFC championship game as probable with a shin injury. Matthews said of the injury, “(It happened) some time in the middle of the season. You can’t do anything about it. I was just taking practices off and showing up on game day and giving it my all.”

The injury didn't slow Matthews last season, who finished the regular-season with 13 1/2 sacks and finished runner-up for the NFL’s defensive player of the year award.

Matthews' stress fracture has healed and he's 100% healthy entering this season.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ricky Williams Signs With Baltimore Ravens

Running back Ricky Williams is moving north after signing a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Williams will now be the main back-up to running back Ray Rice.

Williams will move into a role left vacant by Willis McGahee and Le'Ron McClain, who left for Denver and Kansas City respectively.

The 34-year-old Williams rushed for 673 yards and three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving) last season with the Miami Dolphins.

Fantasy football impact: This hurts Rice's value slightly. Williams will likely play a similar role to the one McGahee played last year. McGahee sniped five touchdowns from Rice and accounted for 380 rushing yards. According to The Source's TOP 200, Rice is still a solid first-round pick, but be prepared to watch him lose some goalline touches to Williams.

Detroit Lions Rookie Mikel Leshoure Out For Season

The momentum in Motown is slowing down after running back Mikel Leshoure tore his Achilles tendon on Monday, ending the rookie's season. Leshoure, who the Lions drafted in the second-round out of Illinois, was projected to be the power and short yardage back in Detroit's backfield, as a compliment to the faster Jahvid Best.

Fantasy Football impact: The Source had Leshoure ranked as the 70th overall player on our TOP 200 list. Look for the Lions to bring in another running back to replace him. Names being tossed around include: Jerome Harrison, Tiki Barber and Tashard Choice, who is currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster. As for Best, his fantasy value doesn't change much -- mostly because he's proven already he isn't an every down back.