After running a route to the back of the end zone in the first quarter of the Redskins’ divisional game against the Giants, Fred Davis crumbled, and suffered an apparent knee injury.
He was doing the ol’ one-leg dance while hobbling to the sideline, which means two things:
- He looked like me in da club, between glasses of gin and juice.
- The injury definitely isn’t a minor one.
He was briefly examined on the sideline, where he still wasn’t able to put any weight on his right leg. A cart was then required to take him to the locker room, and that’s still the worst form of football transportation. The Fox broadcast reported that he’s being evaluated for an Achilles’ injury, and Davis won’t return. So many ughs, so much awful.
Davis’ 312 receiving yards prior to today made him the sixth best at his position, a total much better than the likes of Jason Witten (276), and even Jimmy Graham (252), although he’s struggled with an ankle injury recently. Even with that yardage total, Davis’ fantasy production has been lacking simply due to the Redskins looking elsewhere in the red zone, and often handing off to the pounding Alfred Morris, or calling a quarterback keeper for Robert Griffin III. RG3 already has six rushing touchdowns through only six weeks.
Still, this would be a serious blow to fantasy owners, especially since Davis was typically bought at a discounted rate on draft day, with an ADP of 108 overall in ESPN leagues. Those who were patient enough to wait that long to draft their starting tight end likely didn’t turn around and draft another reliable TE2 shortly after (like, say, Brent Celek), so a serious knee injury could result in being forced to trot out high upside but inconsistent options like Coby Fleener every week.
UPDATE: When you imagined the worst possible scenario, you were right. Davis is reportedly done for the season after tearing his left Achilles’ tendon.