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NFL Injury Analysis: Defenses in Trouble

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Richard Sherman and Sean Lee

I don’t normally highlight injuries on the defensive side of the ball, but two notable injuries could have significant fantasy implications. In Seattle, Sherman is lost for the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon on Thursday night. Sherman’s absence in the secondary will be beneficial for opposing team’s wideouts, with Atlanta’s Julio Jones getting the first crack at the depleted unit. Former Seahawk Byron Maxwell was signed to fill Sherman’s spot on the roster, though he’s battled hamstring injuries with Miami prior to his release.

Sherman’s injury also could have long-term ramifications....

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