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September 19, 2013

Fantasy forecast: Rough days for running backs

Week 2 of the NFL season was not a good week for running backs or their fantasy owners. A number of keys backs suffered injuries and thus their status for Week 3 is in doubt.

Whatever you do, however, don’t send your fantasy concerns and/or questions to Baltimore running back Ray Rice. After suffering a strained left hip flexor last week, Rice took to Twitter to say how he now hated fantasy football after apparently becoming the recipient of less than well wishes following his injury.

First, don’t be that guy or girl. No matter how much a player hurt your fantasy team by getting hurt, it’s no license to go spewing invectives at them on social media. I’m sure they would prefer they did not get hurt as well. It’s football, there’s nothing that can be done about the occasional injury. Grow up and move on. It makes all of us fantasy faithful look bad when people behave obnoxiously.

Now, as far as Rice’s prognosis for this week against Houston, it’s cloudy. Rice did not practice yesterday and coach John Harbaugh indicated that he would likely be a game-time decision. Bernard Pierce has already been breathing down Rice’s neck, so perhaps it would be best to look elsewhere for production if you can. At the very least keep a close eye on the pregame shows before making a final decision.

Meanwhile, Reggie Bush also suffered an injury in Week 2 and his prognosis is also uncertain. He also did not practice on Wednesday and coach Jim Schwartz declined to get into specifics beyond what was already provided in the injury report, but Bush was seen receiving treatment during practice. Schwartz had said on Monday that he didn’t see the injury as being a long-term situation and that tests were encouraging.

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