NFL Injury Report: Week 7
For the second straight week, it was a relatively clean weekend in terms of significant fantasy injuries, which means, of course, that next Sunday is sure to be a bloodbath. It's Murphy's Law. Here's a look at the ailments concerning owners heading into Week 7.
Boldin left Sunday's trouncing of the Seahawks with an ankle injury, and he was a no-show at practice on Wednesday. X-Rays came back negative, but when asked about his status for the upcoming tussle with the Giants, Boldin offered up a grim "It's up in the air right now."
His lack of practice participation is very worrisome, especially considering Boldin has played all 16 games twice in his seven-year career. If he's unable to go,
Edwards couldn't even make it to the team facility on Wednesday after sustaining his second concussion in as many years this past Sunday.
When Edwards left early in the second quarter last week,
The duo combined for 15 targets (8 to Evans and 7 to Owens), which is much more than they were receiving prior to ol' Big Head's appearance. Anyway, don't go crazy with your projections, but in any league where you're allowed to start three wideouts, I'd be playing both Evans and Owens if Fitzy's behind center.
Morris "was not present for the media portion of Wednesday's practice," which is the Patriots' way of saying that he probably injured something significantly. When asked if he was confident Morris would return this year, Belichick responded in typical smarmy fashion, "Sure. If the player wasn't going to be back during the season, we'd place him on IR."
Whatever. He's not going to play this week; that much is obvious. Consequently,
Harvin entered last week with a shoulder issue and appeared to re-injure it in Minnesota's win over the Ravens. The scintillating rookie was seen exiting the Metrodome with his arm in a sling, but
I hate to knock a guy for trying to play through an injury, but suiting up against the Dolphins after injuring his hamstring four days earlier was not one of Jerricho's better ideas. He missed last weekend's debacle in the Meadowlands and was held out of team drills on Wednesday, casting doubt on his availability. Keep your telescope trained on Cotchery's progress throughout the week, because a game against Oakland is still something fantasy owners should want to be a part of (regardless of the shenanigans they pulled against Philadelphia).
After partially tearing his PCL nearly a month ago, Jones has returned to practice, although not at 100-percent:
"It's still there," Jones said about the pain in his knee. "One day at a time is all I can do."
With the return of
If you're not catching the drift, I'm recommending you keep Jones benched for at least one more week. If he somehow ends up with three touches for 150 yards and two scores, I apologize in advance. Jones does more with less than any player in recent memory.
Gore spent the 49ers' bye week at the team facility working out alongside newly minted starting receiver
On the surface, Portis' numbers looked very serviceable last week, but take away his 78 yard scamper, and the stats don't look so appealing (14 carries for 31 yards). Throw in the fact that he sprained one of his bothersome ankles (he's been dealing with bone spurs all year), and it's obvious that Portis isn't necessarily a must-start against an angry Philadelphia defense.
The outspoken back was held out of practice on Wednesday, but according to
Much to the dismay of Cowboys fans, Williams practiced fully this week and managed to retain his starting status despite