Injuries to Edelman, Ware, Meredith shake up rankings

Can Kevin White overcome past injuries this season? (2:03)

Kevin White has missed most of the last two seasons with serious leg damage. Field Yates, Stephania Bell and Mike Clay hope this is the year White can make it back onto the field and defend the Bears' reasoning for taking him as the No. 7 pick in 2015. (2:03)

An NFL game that actually counts in the standings is scheduled for a week from Thursday, as the Kansas City Chiefs will travel to face the New England Patriots to open the 2017 regular season. It’s been a notably rough preseason weekend full of serious injuries and those AFC contenders were arguably affected the most, as Chiefs starting running back Spencer Ware and Patriots standout wide receiver Julian Edelman suffered season-ending knee injuries.

While these NFL teams have replacements lined up, fantasy owners who had already selected Ware and Edelman can’t be the least bit pleased. Truth be told, neither of these players were ending up on my teams, for different reasons, but nobody enjoys seeing significant injuries removing top players from the game. And to think, these games were simply meaningless. There’s one more week of preseason, but mercifully most fantasy relevant options will not be suiting up.