One more time: Just when it looked like Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had played his last game in green, the injury bug gives him one last opportunity. Coach Andy Reid announced Monday that rookie Nick Foles broke his right hand during the team’s 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins. The injury occurred on the second to last play of the first half. An MRI after the game revealed a hairline fracture. For owners playing in leagues which have yet to play their championship game, Vick could make for a decent sleeper play. The New York Giants rank 28th versus the pass, allowing an average of 257 yards passing per game and 25 touchdowns this season. Yes, it’s Mike Vick, but did anyone watch Joe Flacco carve up the Giants yesterday? He’s not the best start, but if you’re in a bind, he’s worth consideration.
Added pain: The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t just lose their chance at the playoffs on Sunday, they also lost Heath Miller. The veteran tight end suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and will require season-ending surgery, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Monday. Miller also injured his medial collateral ligament and possibly his posterior cruciate ligament, according to the team. “Unfortunately, his season comes to an end,” Tomlin said. “He has been rock solid for us, and we really appreciate his efforts.” Miller finishes his season as one of the bigger fantasy surprises at the position, currently ranking fourth with 131.60 points for the year.
Still a chance: Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden may still play in the Cleveland Browns’ final game. Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that Richardson’s sprained left ankle and Weeden’s sore right shoulder are being evaluated. He did not rule out either playing for the Browns (5-10) against the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) on Sunday. That said, for fantasy owners still awaiting the big game, temper expectations if forced to start either player. The Steelers will likely give their best effort despite being eliminated from playoff contention. For a defense which ranks first versus the pass and will have a chip on their shoulder, the Browns could bear the brunt of the Steelers’ frustrations.
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