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Romo's Shoulder

The sad/bad news for Dallas Cowboys fans is also bad news for Tony Romo owners in fantasy football. Tony Romo’s broken clavicle not only breaks the rest of the Cowboys’ season — more than likely, anyway — he’s also caused a massive trend with the fantasy waiver. As of this posting, according to Yahoo Sports’ fantasy football page, there have already been 9404 adds of John Kitna and 12702 drops of Romo.

Clearly, even when their most recognizable player gets hurt, the Cowboys still move the needle. Of course, a major injury to a popular fantasy football starter has that effect.

As a non-Cowboy hater (not a fan, though), I’m not interested in kicking the franchise while its down. The same goes for Romo. Injuries in sports suck, even if it’s for a team people are currently loving to hate. Currently, Romo is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, and his teammates fully expect him to play again this season:

“Anybody who knows what kind of work ethic this guy has there’s no question,” Witten said. “People doubt him in many ways … but that guy is a fighter. He’ll bounce back.”

Granted, that could be a teammate who’s trying to make the best of a crappy situation, but it would be surprising if Romo doesn’t find his way back onto the field before the season ends. The question is, will the Cowboys have anything to play for by then?

Frank Gore Hurts the Fantasy Football Soul

Frank Gore

Dig, if you will, a picture: You and I engaged in a fantasy football contest. Down by two with Frank Gore going against Arizona’s defense — it increased the heat between me and my opponent.

/When Doves Cry

Down by two but one of my best players is still in the game going against the defense my fantasy opponent is starting. Those bad interceptions gave said opponent a two-point lead, but you can’t give up hope as long as Frank Gore is still in play, right? And so, I didn’t. Now the game gets is getting tight: San Fran is driving and manages to get the ball down to the goal line — about a yard or so short — and immediately, I’m thinking Gore’s going to punch it in and I am going to snatch fantasy victory from the jaws of defeat.

More Frank Gore blues after the jump >>

Thanks For Nothing, Ronnie Brown

Ronnie Brown

After posting one of the better individual afternoons in the NFL in a while, I have one thing to say to Ronnie Brown, he of the four rushing touchdowns (and one passing!!!!) against the not-so-stout Patriots defense: I hate you. Not really and all that but come on, no one started you in their fantasy league yesterday — only 22 percent in all of Yahoo — so what do you do to pay them back? You decide to give your best LaDainian Tomlinson impression and lo and behold, it was probably better than the real thing.

At least this season, anyway.

Ronnie Brown hates fantasy football after the jump >>

Chiefs Ruin Fantasy Football Teams Everywhere

Tom Brady

Now, this is in no way an attempt to make light of Tom Brady’s knee injury; however, if that thought didn’t enter the mind of every non-Patriots-fan fantasy football player after Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard hit Brady near his left knee while he was releasing a pass to Randy Moss.

The play was eerily similar to the one that tore Carson Palmer’s knee up a few years ago when Kimo Van Oelhoffen came crashing into Palmer lower leg after he released a pass to Chris Henry.

Indications are Brady will miss significant time as he’s scheduled to undergo an MRI later today. Rumor has it Brady tore his left ACL, at least. Considering how his leg buckled after he was hit, Brady could be entering the Daunte Culpepper injury zone when Culpepper damaged three of the four major knee ligaments. Culpepper, after trying to make a couple of comebacks, retired just last week.

The effect of Brady’s knee will be felt far and wide. The outlook on the Patriots season, which once looked Super Bowl bound, obviously changes — as does the predicted order of the AFC East. Will the New York B-R-E-T-T-S be able to capitalize on New England’s misfortune? Can the Patriots rebound and make something good happen out of their misfortune?

One thing’s for sure: The Matt Cassel era — one, where up until Brady’s injury, had only seen 22 completed passes in its time — has begun in earnest. I’m left wondering if the fantasy players who are actively dropping Brady from their roster will be picking up his back-up? I doubt there’s little choice in the deeper leagues.

The next question is was the play dirty? According to Randy Moss — who is obviously broke-up about losing his All World quarterback — it is. According to everyone else who saw the replay, it was not, including me. Pollard was making a hustle play with a New England offensive lineman running back on his back. It’s not like he could have hit Brady high if he wanted to.

Now, should he have gone in the way he did, even with the excess weight on his back? Yes. You play until the whistle is over and EVERY opposing defensive player in the league would jump at a chance to sack Tom Brady.