Alabama product T.J. Yeldon has been making a name for himself the past couple of weeks in the Jacksonville Jaguars backfield. After a milestone in week 4 where he surpassed 100 yards for the first time in his career, he reached another milestone against the Buccaneers in week 5 as he scored his first career touchdown and caught a career high 5 passes out of the backfield.
It wasn’t all fun and games as Yeldon left the game in the 2nd half with a groin injury. It doesn’t look like there is a cause for concern as he told reporters after the game the injury isn’t serious.
Yeldon says he’s fine and groin injury isn’t serious. House using a cane in locker room with hip contusion.
— Hays Carlyon (@HaysCarlyon) October 11, 2015
It looks like the prized rookie running back will be ready to go next week against the Texans. Should he miss time, of course, Toby Gerhart and Bernard Pierce could split work out of the backfield.
Yeldon telling reporters after the game the injury isn’t serious bodes well for fantasy owners. It’ll still be worth monitoring during the week if the injury remains at that state and doesn’t get worse. At any rate, Yeldon has emerged as a reliable RB2/FLEX the past two weeks, especially in PPR league due to his good pass catching ability out of the backfield.
If the injury pans out to be worse than originally perceived, that would likely bump Toby Gerhart and Bernard Pierce into expanded roles–the duo has combined for only 8 carries so far this season. A Yeldon absence would have the biggest impact on the passing game and would open things up even more for the terrific, young tandem of Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. The duo have come on in a big way the past couple weeks.