Well, they're finally here. The playoffs have arrived on the fantasy calendar, and for those owners lucky enough to be a part of the action, determining what to do about injured stars (and injuries to pertinent teammates of stars), is a key factor in how your postseason will play out. So let's lock arms and take a deeper look into at the injuries affecting Week 14.
In a "what, really?" moment, Westbrook was spotted on the practice field this week, albeit in a limited role. He's missed five of the past six games, and considering
According to Jackson, he's "definitely" going to play this weekend. His presence and full participation at practice on Wednesday is a good indication you can trust D-Jax's personal injury report, but if there's anything we've learned in "The Year of the Concussed" it's that fantasy owners simply can't trust mid-week status updates. Count on having Jackson available Sunday night, but make sure you keep your options open, because there's no telling when an ill-timed headache will spoil your plans.
The knock on Schaub has always been his durability, or more specifically, his lack of it. He missed all or part of 14 games in the two years prior to this season because of various ailments. While we can't remove the "injury prone" designation yet, after witnessing him separate his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the first half last week and then return to the game, we can certainly add "tough dude" to his growing list of positive attributes.
On the Texans' first offensive play, Schaub was driven into the turf hard and immediately taken to the locker room in obvious pain. Being a Schaub owner myself (and I'm sure I wasn't alone in this thinking), I wrote off my season right then and there. No way the brittle Schaub was returning from a sprained hangnail, let alone what appeared to be a significant shoulder injury. But then, to the surprise of everyone, he re-emerged from the locker room with the Texans trailing 17-0, and pumped full of enough drugs to make Jeremy Mayfield jealous (or so I'm guessing), nearly guided Houston to a comeback win.
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Slaton's disappointing season came to a premature end when the Texans placed him on injured reserve this week. After experiencing numbness in his right shoulder and hand -- a possible explanation for his fumbling problems -- Slaton visited with a spinal specialist, and while the exact cause of the numbness hasn't been revealed,
Ignoring vehement protests from Sanchez,
Despite evidence to the contrary (see: box score, last week), Clemens is not a terrible quarterback. In fact, at one time he was considered the future of the Jets franchise. He was thrust into action during his second season and led New York to three of their four wins on the year. He's most definitely a turnover machine, sporting 13 career turnovers against five touchdowns, but he's a scrambler who can get the ball downfield. Think
There has been no new update on Turner and his highly sprained ankle, but he wasn't at the mid-week practice, and based on the situation (two separate sprains in three weeks), I find it hard to fathom Turner being a useful fantasy option, regardless of his playing status.
Ryan tested out his injured toe in a team walk-through on Wednesday, but wasn't able to practice. There's no chance of him being fully healed by Sunday, but if he can tolerate the pain, the Falcons may activate him.
The NFL Network reported the ultimate decision to play Ryan may depend on the status of offensive lineman
Redman: "Ummmm ... isn't
In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter who's quarterbacking the team. You shouldn't be playing either, and both quarterbacks are smart enough to target
Attention all Clinton Portis Owners: He's done for the year (and possibly his career). You can go ahead and drop him. Thanks for reading.