Category: Sports - Original Published on Monday, 29 July 2013 16:34 Written by Nick Hopson
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Other injured Lions include offensive guard Leroy Harris and receiver Devin Thomas on the physically unable to perform list and defensive end Ronnell Lewis on the non-football illness list.
Injuries routinely derail a team's plan for the season. It seems like every year we see great players fall at some point in the season. However, in certain situations this gives birth to a new star. What would Tom Brady be if Drew Bledsoe had never gotten injured? More recently, the Lions discovered Joique Bell due to injuries. It's a sure bet that there will be more injuries in the league but the question is will we see any new players step up.
Fantasy Football Impact: Replacing Maclin and Pitta
Pitta was getting a lot of hype this year at the tight end position and will be greatly missed. The Ravens immediately responded to the injury of Pitta by going out and signing Visanthe Shiancoe.
Shiancoe is far removed from his eleven touchdown season with the Vikings in 2009. Last year he played in four games for the New England Patriots and had no catches. The early favorite for most of the targets has to be Ed Dickson.
The Maclin injury poses a much tougher problem for the Eagles. They need someone opposite DeSean Jackson to prevent double coverage. Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and Arrelious Benn will be fighting for Maclin's starting spot.
The safest bet for the starting job would be Avant as he has the most experience and has had at least 50 receptions and 500 receiving yards the last three years. Benn was a second round pick in 2010 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but injuries have limited his play.
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