NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Aaron Hernandez, Blaine Gabbert, Dallas Cowboys, Felix Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars, Luke McCown, Marcedes Lewis, Maurice Jones-Drew, Miles Austin, New England Patriots, Tony Romo
Austin may be out five weeks: Tony Romo’s ribs got most of the pub on Sunday, but WR Miles Austin’s hamstring injury may be the bigger story. With Dez Bryant hobbled, Austin gave the Cowboys a much needed boost in the passing game. He’ll be re-evaluated on Monday, but even with Romo’s uncertain status and worries about RB Felix Jones’ separated shoulder, losing Austin would be big for Dallas. It could also mean more targets for Kevin Ogletree and Sunday’s hero, Jesse Holley.
Hernandez has sprained MCL: New England’s dual tight end attack is going to be one tight end short for the next week or two. Aaron Hernandez has been a bigger part of the Patriots’ offense this season than the much ballyhooed WR Chad Ochocinco, catching 14 passes for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first two games. But with the second-year tight end out of the lineup, it means a potentially an even bigger role for TE Rob Gronkowski — which is hard to imagine considering the way he has already contributed this year.
Jags yet to name Week 3 QB: After awful quarterback play on Sunday, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is left to mull over whether Luke McCown or rookie Blaine Gabbert will be under center for next week’s game at Carolina. For fantasy owners, the call is easy since neither has any value to speak of. But it will have an effect on the value of RB Maurice Jones-Drew and TE Marcedes Lewis. If McCown and Gabbert can’t earn a little respect from opposing defenses, neither MJD nor Lewis will be of much use for fantasy owners. And unless one or both of those fantasy contributors takes Snoop Dogg’s advice, it’s going to be difficult for fantasy owners to get any value for them on the trade market.