NFL Injury Report: Week 9
Other than losing one of fantasy's best tight ends to an unfortunate "turf grabbing" incident, it was a relatively quiet week on the injury front. Again. That's the third week in the last month things have been a little light, and you know what that means, right? It's time to pay up in full, plus the juice. Call it a hunch, but this week I fully expect an injury so fantasy-altering that owners of the player(s) will be left feeling like they just went four rounds with an aluminum softball bat. Enjoy!
It's not certain yet, but it looks as if "Captain Questionable" is headed for a probable designation when the injury reports are released. He practiced fully on Wednesday, and as long as he shows no ill effects from the activity, Westbrook should be, as
If he's at full strength, don't hesitate to start him as usual.
After missing nearly all of last week's practice, Boldin left midway through the Carolina game after aggravating his injured right ankle. It's hampered his production for two weeks now (six catches for 98 yards combined), and he's not expected to practice until Friday at the earliest.
For his part, Boldin says "If I'm able to run, I'm going to play football." While that's admirable,
Anyone else smell a good old fashioned Mexican standoff in the making?
Keep close tabs on the situation, but even if Boldin's able to outlast Whisenhunt, he's not someone you want to count on if he's still stumbling out of his breaks like your drunken uncle at the family "Turkey Bowl" game.
Rodgers sprained the big toe on his left foot late in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. He was already suffering from a sore right foot, and the combination has left him gimpier than a retail store employee the day after Black Friday. Rodgers isn't expected to practice until Friday, but the Packers don't seem to be concerned in the least. They only have two QBs on the roster (Rodgers and
Hester's ankle rolled up on him during his seven-catch, 81-yard effort on Sunday. He was a precautionary scratch from practice on Wednesday, but indicated he'll be ready this week by saying: "I'll be ready this week."
Hester has 21 catches for 265 yards over his past three games (a total surpassed only by
After ascending to the top of the tight end food chain (he was leading the league in fantasy points at the position), the turf monster reared its ugly head, ending Daniels' season in the process.
Long snapper/tight end
At least we know that if Smith plays he still has a starting job. Following some speculation after the second-year running back split carries with
In fact, Smith was pulled from the game because of an aggravation to the shoulder issue he's been dealing with much of this season. He missed practice early in the week, and it's already been determined that he'll be a game-time decision. Seattle's a mid-level defense at best, so if he's cleared, Smith needs to be used in his normal role. Not so fast on Morris though. If he's the primary ball carrier, a brave soul might use him in an RB3/Flex spot, but that's as far as you should take it.
The exact nature of the Johnson's knee injury is still unclear, but he took part in individual drills, worked with the first-team offense, and was reportedly "running smoothly" on Wednesday.
Like last week, owners won't know "Megatron's" status until Sunday morning, but if he continues to participate as did on Wednesday with no setbacks, I'd place his odds at 75 percent he plays, a 20 percent chance he sits, and a 5 percent chance that Schwartz's been waiting on back-ordered parts from planet Cybertron for three weeks now, and there's literally no way to predict if they'll be in by Sunday.
When asked about Gonzalez's status this week, the normally quiet
Caldwell must have been referring to his rehab progress, because we know his physical location. Gonzo's body was in an examination room this week in Birmingham, Ala., receiving a second opinion on his partially torn PCL from Dr. Death himself,
I'm not recommending you divorce yourself from Gonzalez just yet, but it wouldn't hurt to start flirting with some of the available talents.
I saw White listed as missing practice on Wednesday because of a knee injury he suffered on