Torn apart: So last night, I’m sitting at home watching the Panthers take on the Saints. Jonathan Stewart takes a play near the sidelines and gets hit low as he goes out of bounds. I swear to you on my soul that my very first thought was “Oh, no … for a guy who has suffered a ridiculous amount of foot injuries, that hit looked like a dangerous one to take. I hope he’s OK.” Nope. Wrong. Stewart limped off the field, and it turns out he has a torn MCL in his right knee. I feel badly for Stewart owners who took a chance on him, but I wouldn’t trust this guy to order a pizza without picking up some major injury in the process. Dump him, and I wouldn’t even bother putting him anywhere on my draft board for 2014. He’s just too much of an injury risk.
Gronk’s future: So, Rob Gronkowski tears his ACL and MCL in the same knee in Week 14? This coming after back problems that date back to his college days as well as multiple forearm surgeries? It might be time to start thinking about retiring his fantasy value for good. The torn ACL happened so late in the season that, even though no official medical prognosis has been released, I seriously doubt he’ll be ready to go by Week 1 of 2014. Let someone else spend a high pick on him in next year’s drafts. Like Stewart, Gronk is a walking injury … and also part of the reason I wanted to unload him from America’s Team’s roster and fleece someone in a deal. But alas, we’ll move forward. You’ve got shoes to fill, Martellus Bennett.
Show me something: If you heard Bills coach Doug Marrone say he hopes to get WR Marquise Goodwin more involved in the offense for the final three games of the season, you might think you’ve found a flyer. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but don’t get too excited — he pretty much said the same thing about WR T.J. Graham (Marrone is starting to sound like one of those guys who buys Valentine’s Day cards that say ‘You are the only one for me’ and send them out to a dozen different women). The Bills are in all-too-familiar “We’re not going anywhere this year, so let’s evaluate personnel for next season” mode. Those scenarios rarely produce breakout stars, but it’s still worth keeping an eye on to see which of the two aforementioned wideouts outplays the other.