MRI shows Garcon battling inflamed 2nd toe – Pierre Garcon | WAS
Ben Tate (toe) inactive for MNF against Jets – Ben Tate | HOU
Ben Tate, Dustin Keller headline Texans-Jets inactive lists
The Houston Texans will not have backup running back Ben Tate for Monday night's game against the New York Jets. Tate, who has 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns with nine receptions for 48 yards in four games this season, was listed as "questionable" with a toe injury.
For the Jets, they'll once again be without All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis (knee), tight end Dustin Keller and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill, the latter two have hamstring injuries. On the defensive side, nose tackle Sione Po'uha continues to be sidelined with a back injury.
Houston: RB Ben Tate, WR Lestar Jean, OT Andrew Gardner, G Brandon Brooks, CB Brandon Harris, CB Roc Carmichael, S Quintin Demps
NY Jets: QB Greg McElroy, FB John Conner, WR Stephen Hill, TE Dustin Keller, G Caleb Schlauderaff, NT Sione Po'uha, CB Darrelle Revis
Ben Tate (toe) unlikely to play versus Jets – Ben Tate | HOU
Ryan Howard suffers broken toe in on-deck circle mishap, done for season
For the second year in a row, Ryan Howard's season will end on what would have to be termed a fluky, bordering on bizarre lower body injury.
Of course everybody remembers the torn left Achilles tendon the Philadelphia Phillies slugger suffered while leaving the batter's box on the final play of their disappointing first round loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last October. That led to a long offseason recovery that ended up extending deep into the 2012 regular season after Howard's incision wound developed an infection that required a second procedure to clean it on Feb. 27.
Not surprisingly, Howard suffered career lows across the board after finally returning on July 6, finishing the season with a .219 batting average, 14 homers and 56 RBIs, while appearing in only 77 games.
As for this year's season-ending injury though. Well, I'll let Todd Zolecki of MLB.com explain it:
Ryan Howard broke a toe when he dropped that led pipe he swings in the on deck circle on his foot. Manuel said he won't play again this year
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) September 29, 2012
Like I said, fluky, bordering on bizarre.
According to Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia, the mishap happened on Thursday and the Philadelphia Inquirer reports it happened during their 7-3 loss to the Nationals, although it's still unclear at what point it occurred. Howard was able to play all nine innings that evening, and was able to take one at-bat in their 2-1 loss to the Marlins in Miami on Friday, so it's possible he played several innings with the injury on Thursday.
But seriously, the bottom line here is Ryan Howard was done in a by a lead pipe. This one has endless Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan jokes written all over it.
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Gone till November: Beanie Wells sidelined by turf toe
No one should ever be blindsided by an injury to Beanie Wells, so I'm assuming most of his owners are already prepared to cover an extended absence. You knew what you were getting into when you drafted him.
That's Beanie pictured over on the right in happier times, when only his surgically repaired knees were bothering him. On Sunday, we learned that Wells was dealing with turf toe, a killer injury for any running back. On Wednesday, the Cardinals placed him on the IR-designated-to-return list, which means that he cannot return to the active roster for eight weeks. You won't get any production from Beanie until November 25 at the earliest, in a Week 12 match-up with the Rams.
Can you afford to wait that long for a damaged Beanie Wells? No, probably not. And even if Wells makes it back late in the season, he'll face a murderous schedule down the stretch, beginning in Week 13: at the Jets, at Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, at San Francisco.
So yeah, you can drop him.
Go take care of business, then return for the obligatory Ryan Williams recommendation.
Williams is a player we've discussed a few times this week — here, here (video) and here — yet he's still available in 53 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He's coming off a decent day against Philly (14 touches, 95 yards, finally no fumbles), and he'll get a handful of friendly match-ups before the terrible end-of-year slate, including the Rams (twice), Bills, Packers and Falcons. He was already something more than a handcuff before Wells suffered this latest injury. Add as needed.
Do it. Shoo.
Beanie sent to ‘designated for return’ I.R. – Beanie Wells | ARZ