johnjuhasz | Tags: Brandon Weeden, Chicago Bears, Doug Martin, Jay Cutler, Jermichael Finley, Reggie Wayne, Sam Bradford, Brandon Weeden, Chicago Bears, Doug Martin, Jay Cutler, Jermichael Finley, Reggie Wayne, Sam Bradford
Cutler among those injured in Week 7: What a rough week for a number of fantasy staples, if not superstars. Sam Bradford and Reggie Wayne both had torn ACLs. Brian Cushing had disgusting and unimaginable injuries to his knee. Jermichael Finley suffered a concussion and was in ICU through most of Monday. Doug Martin may or may not be out for the year depending on whether you believe Greg Schiano. And as long as we’re at it, let’s just add Jay Cutler to the list.
Bears head coach Marc Trestman told reporterson Monday that Cutler will miss “a minimum” of four weeks with a torn groin muscle and will be “week to week” after that point. Trestman said Cutler told him he heard a “pop” on the play he was injured. None of that sounds very good from a Bears fan perspective, but his replacement Josh McCown may not be as much of a sacrificial lamb as you think. McCown went 14 for 20 with 204 yards and a TD pass in just over a half of action against the Skins. And Chicago’s next two opponents are Green Bay and Detroit, which means the Bears are going to need to throw the ball to keep pace in both contests. McCown is as solid of a two-week plug-in as you’ll find.
Browns considering QB change: Brandon Weeden’s entire day may have been summed up on what happened on the third play from scrimmage for the Browns. Third and nine, pass rush comes, Weeden steps up to avoid it, has all the time he could possibly need to hit a wide-open Greg Little — except Weeden not only overthrew Little, he may have overthrown the entire Browns bench. The Browns have all the pieces they need on offense to minimally perform at a mediocre level. Weeden is not the guy to lead that offense, though. And that’s why Rob Chudzinski had this to say about the situation: ”at all positions we’re considering (a change)” and “we’ll basically put the guys at all positions who give us the best opportunity to win.” Translation: You’re going to see Jason Campbell play soon — like, maybe even this week in Kansas City. If Campbell does play, I have to believe the fantasy value of a handful of Browns (Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon in particular) will get a boost. Their frustration with Weeden was evident yesterday.
WR Douglas explodes against Buccaneers: So, let me guess. You’re psyched about Harry Douglas getting seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs, right? You’re hoping no one else gets injured in the stampede to the waiver wire so you can claim him, right? Well, guess what — count me out. I’m not buying in.
I’ve tried the Douglas experiment before, and it’s failed spectacularly every time. I don’t see much changing during this go-around. Douglas un-impressively has one touchdown in each of his five seasons in the league, and he’s only topped 400 receiving yards once (498 in 2011). Even though Julio Jones is done for the year and Roddy White is finally finding out how it feels to be human and miss games, Douglas simply sneaked up on the Bucs, and now that defenses realize he is someone worth gameplanning for, he will be taken out of games pretty easily. Let someone else buy into the Douglas fool’s gold in your league. There are better options at WR on your waiver wire.