Donnie Avery Injures Knee

26 August 2010

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St. Louis Ram WR Donnie Avery was injured in tonight’s preseason game against the Patriots. More details to come, but this could be a serious blow to the young WR. If you drafted him, give it some time until you hear the extent of his injury before doing anything drastic. If you are drafting before word comes out, you probably want to pass on him. I would also pass on any Ram other than Steven Jackson.

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Donnie Avery, who many fantasy football owners are counting on as their #3 Wide Receiver, will miss the next four to six weeks with a foot injury that occured in the Rams’ Friday scrimmage.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an X-Ray on the foot revealed no fracture, but an MRI “showed more than we thought,” according to coach Steve Spagnuolo.  He went on to add that “it’s probably a four-to-six-week injury.”

Avery was the #1 WR on the Rams depth chart following Torry Holt’s departure to Jacksonville.  The second round pick out of Houston had 53 receptions for 674 and 3 TDs in his rookie season last  year, including a six reception, 163 yard effort against the Patriots. 

Avery could miss the first couple weeks of the regular season , which should bump him down a few notches in fantasy drafts.  Considering this is an injury that could linger all year, I would have a hard time taking him as anything more than my 5th WR at this point.  I obviously don’t want him as a starter, and am leery of him as my top backup as well.  Laurent Robinson and Keenan Burton will likely start in any game Avery misses, and newcomer Ronald Curry should see some reps as well.  If you can downgrade Marc Bulger any further, I would do so.  I don’t trust anyone in the Rams’ passing attack now.

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