Injury watch: Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai 

October, 21, 2010
Fantasy owners will not be relying on any Indianapolis Colts in Week 7; the team has its bye week. Unfortunately for the Colts, and fantasy owners, that time off might extend a little longer for a few of the team's higher-profile options, and we're not talking about their problematic punter. Tight end Dallas Clark is out indefinitely with a hand/wrist injury, and that word "indefinitely" scares me. If it were "day to day" or "week to week," the Colts would have noted that. As it is, though, this sounds like a harbinger of doom. Meanwhile, running back Joseph Addai has a shoulder problem, and his absence, also significant, certainly would affect the Colts and fantasy owners, as well.

Regarding Clark, the full extent of his injury should become clearer later today; at this point, the team either doesn't know or isn't sharing. As AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky wrote, the loss of Clark would be felt across the passing game, affecting Peyton Manning and others. Clark was the top tight end in ESPN average live drafts, a solid fourth-round pick living up to his value. He's ranked fifth at the position in standard scoring.

Dallas Clark
Mitch Stringer/US PresswireDallas Clark sits fifth among tight ends in fantasy scoring this season.
A month ago, fantasy owners could have overcome the loss of Clark a bit more easily -- if his absence is indeed a long-term issue. The tight end spot felt deeper then in terms of health and production. Today, that's far from the case. Future stud Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers is out for the season, top-10 locks Brent Celek and Jason Witten are playing below that level, and Kellen Winslow, Visanthe Shiancoe and Owen Daniels have combined for one touchdown and as many fantasy points as New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller.