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Week 3 NFL Injuries, Week 4 NFL Odds and Fantasy Football Tips
Sep 27th, 2010

Whether you play fantasy football or bet football, it’s always important to stay on top of injuries. Here’s an early look at who went down in Week 3.

Steven Jackson, Rs: GROIN

The St. Louis Rs were an NFL betting surprise this week, toppling Washington, but their success could be short-lived if Steven Jackson is out long-term. Their workhorse back injured his groin yesterday and will have an MRI today (no word on the results as of press time).

Ray Rice, Ravens: KNEE

Ray Rice was another outstanding all-purpose back to get dinged up on Sunday. He tweaked his knee but the Ravens are optimistic the injury isn’t serious. He’ll have some tests today. If he misses time, Wills McGahee will get the start in his place against Pittsburgh’s stout front seven next week.

Jahvid Best, Lions: TOE

A week after going crazy against the Philadelphia Eagles, super rookie runner Jahvid Best got grounded quickly against the Minnesota Vikings. He injured his big toe and had trouble putting weight on it afterwards. The early diagnosis is a ligent sprain. Don’t be surprised if he sits out Week 4 against Green Bay. Betting sharps shouldn’t be picking Detroit in that matchup anyway.

Cedric Benson, Bengals: LEG

What’s with all the feature backs getting hurt yesterday? Cedric Benson’s boo-boo hardly qualifies, however. He left the ge late and the Bengals had a very capable replacement in Bernard Scott. Early indications are that Benson will be just fine.

Andre Johnson, Texans: ANKLE

All-world Texans receiver Andre Johnson has the dreaded high ankle sprain but is playing through it for now. He tweaked it on Sunday but still managed four catches for 64 yards. The good news is that it doesn’t sound like Houston will lose his services; the bad news is that he may not be as dominant as normal until the injury heals.

Demaryius Thomas, Broncos: HAND/WRIST

The explosive rookie wideout Demaryius Thomas banged up his hand and wrist late in Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis. While the injury didn’t look too serious, the Broncos may err on the side of caution and sit Thomas in Week 4. Kyle Orton was spreading the wealth anyway, hooking up with nine different receivers against Indy, so Denver can probably afford to rest Thomas.

Brett Favre, Vikings: STINGER

It’s not often that guys return to ges after stingers, which are always scary injuries. But Brett Favre is football’s ultimate iron man for a reason. He played through it against Detroit and now gets a bye week to heal up. I’d bet at any sportsbook that he’s OK.

Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings: LEG

Just like Favre, Shiancoe should be good to go in two weeks. Shiancoe called the leg injury “a little tweak” but added that “I need the bye right now.”

Now here are the week 4 NFL odds

199 Denver Broncos +6.5 +102 +252 OVER 41.5 -105
10:00 200 Tennessee Titans -6.5 -110 -285 UNDER 41.5 -105
201 Baltimore Ravens +1 +107 +111 OVER 34.5 -107
10:00 202 Pittsburgh Steelers -1 -116 -123 UNDER 34.5 -103
203 Cincinnati Bengals -3 -117 -175 OVER 37.5 -105
10:00 204 Cleveland Browns +3 +108 +158 UNDER 37.5 -105
207 Carolina Panthers +13.5 -106 +555 OVER 45 -105
10:00 208 New Orleans Saints -13.5 -102 -680 UNDER 45 -105
209 San Francisco 49ers +7 -110 +264 OVER 41.5 -102
10:00 210 Atlanta Falcons -7 +102 -300 UNDER 41.5 -108
211 Seattle Seahawks -1.5 -110 -123 OVER 38.5 -105
10:00 212 St Louis Rs +1.5 +102 +111 UNDER 38.5 -105
213 New York Jets -4.5 -106 -220 OVER 37 -105
10:00 214 Buffalo Bills +4.5 -102 +197 UNDER 37 -105
215 Indianapolis Colts -9 +108 -400 OVER 46.5 +100
01:05 216 Jacksonville Jaguars +9 -117 +346 UNDER 46.5 -110
217 Houston Texans -3.5 -104 -190 OVER 44 -108
01:05 218 Oakland Raiders +3.5 -104 +171 UNDER 44 -102
219 Arizona Cardinals +9 -116 +334 OVER 46 -108
01:15 220 San Diego Chargers -9 +107 -385 UNDER 46 -102
221 Washington Redskins +6.5 +100 +244 OVER 43 -105
01:15 222 Philadelphia Eagles -6.5 -108 -275 UNDER 43 -105
Mon 10/4 225 New England Patriots -1 -101 OVER 46 -102
05:35 226 Miami Dolphins +1 -107 UNDER 46 -108

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