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Next Man Up: Players Stepping up due to Injury

Photo by Pat Pryor

Written By: Roy Countryman

Week 2 is in the books, and there are some really beaten and bruised players coming off hard fought games this week. Let's delve into some of the key injuries.

Cam Robinson-OT-Jaguars (Torn ACL-Will be Placed on IR)

Replacement: Josh Wells

Bottom Line: A great utility type OL for the Jaguars in the last few years will get his chance to put a foot down and establish himself as a Starting OT in this league. Blessed with Great Height at 6’6”, good arm length, and just enough foot quickness to not embarrass himself at LT. He has been able to garner 32 games experience, and 4 starts prior to this extended audition. Wells was praised by Head Coach Doug Marrone for buoying the loss of Robinson and helping the Jaguars not give up a sack to New England.

Joe Mixon-RB-Bengals (Knee Surgery to Remove Loose Particles-Return in 2-4 weeks)

Replacements: Gio Bernard/Mark Walton

Bottom Line: As you might expect Marvin Lewis and co. will likely lean on the veteran Bernard, but don’t sleep on Carson getting double-digit carries on a week to week basis while Mixon is out. This Bengals OL is improving with the addition of Cordy Glenn up front, and the Bengals firmly believe in a two-back system. Walton is an interesting case, being that he struggled in the preseason, and was injured as well, but came from Miami (Fl.) as a very explosive and all-around threat that could get a chance to get some looks when Bernard needs a blow.

LeSean McCoy-RB-Bills (Cracked Rib Cartilage-Day to Day)

Replacements: Chris Ivory/Marcus Murphy

Bottom Line: Echoing the same sentiment as in Cincinnati, if McCoy is forced to miss a game or two I am sure the young coaching staff will initially lean on the veteran power RB, Chris Ivory, but don’t lose sight of one of the GM, Brandon Beane’s sleepers. Murphy is a vastly improved player who really started to come on since training camp. He possesses great acceleration once he finds a running lane, and has just enough bulk to withstand some punishment for a smaller statured RB in between the tackles. Where he is a real asset though is a pass catching threat out of the backfield.

Mike Wallace-WR-Eagles (Fractured Fibula-Could be Placed on IR)

Replacement: Shelton Gibson

Bottom Line: Although Wallace was initially replaced by Kamar Aiken on Sunday, the real WR who should get an opportunity to start is Gibson. After really coming on in training camp he should get the chance to put his playmaking skills on display. Blessed with tremendous game speed, good leaping ability, and a knack for breaking big gains. He has all the tools to be able to get behind defenses a la young Mike Wallace.

Andy Levitre-LG-Falcons (Torn Triceps-Will be Placed on IR)

Replacement: Wes Schweitzer

Bottom Line: Boy the hits just keep on coming for the Falcons. After losing two key defensive contributors Week 1, on comes the blow to the offense. With a very stoic QB who likes to throw in timing and rhythm like Matt Ryan, any type of hiccup in front of him will cause great distress. Luckily for Ryan, the replacement for Levitre has some starting experience, by way of being the Starting RG last season. Schweitzer is a phone booth G, who is smart, but lacking in foot quickness to be able to shut down quicker DT penetrating.



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