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Injury Status: Week 14

2012-12-06 11:32:17
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

We are getting a few players back this week, which is good news, but the big concern is how much will they play. You just never know when it comes to a player that has missed a good amount of time. This makes using them a risk. You have to figure out if the possible reward is worth the risk. Plus, you need to evaluate your roster to make sure you don't have a better play on your bench. It is a tricky call for fantasy teams, especially at this point of the season when every point is so precious. So good luck in making those tough decisions this week. It isn't easy but do your homework and research, and feel confident in your final decision.

Brian Urlacher, LB, Bears. Urlacher suffered a hamstring strain and could be done the rest of the year, leaving a huge void at linebacker for the Bears. He is expected to be out at least two weeks of action but likely more. You can't bench the Bears' defense because of their upside but don't be surprised if their numbers suffer a bit with Urlacher out.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles. McCoy still hasn't been cleared to play from his concussion suffered a few weeks back. They aren't ruling him out to return this season but we wouldn't count on it. What is the point of rushing McCoy back with nothing to play for, especially with Bryce Brown playing so well in his place.

Donald Brown, RB, Colts. Brown has already been ruled out this week because of an ankle injury. Vick Ballard will handle about all the work at running back for the Colts in Week 14. Brown must have a pretty serious ankle sprain, which could keep him out multiple games.

Stevie Johnson, WR, Bills. Johnson had a tight hamstring during the game last week, which forced him to miss some time. He hasn't practiced yet this week but expects to play Week 14. The injury isn't supposed to be too serious. Keep an eye on the player notes to be safe but we would expect Johnson to be fine for Week 14.

Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars. Jennings suffered a concussion last week and hasn't been cleared to play at this point. It isn't looking good for him to play this week. Montell Owens is expected to start and carry most of the load at running back for the Jaguars.

Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings. Harvin is done for the season. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Wednesday because of his ankle injury, which is apparently a lot worse than first thought. There are reports tore a tendon in his ankle and could need surgery. Harvin leaves a huge void for fantasy teams to fill.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars. Shorts is another player that suffered a concussion last week. He apparently has already passed his concussion tests, though, and seems likely to play Week 14, barring a setback. He still hasn't practiced yet this week but if he gets some work in before the week is out, expect Shorts active for Week 14.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers. Nelson was knocked out of last week's game because of a hamstring strain. He is getting better but his status remains up in the air for Week 14. Consider him questionable to play and a game-time decision for the game. Get other options ready to be safe.

James Starks, RB, Packers. We aren't sure exactly what Starks is dealing with but he has some sort of knee injury that is going to keep him out multiple games. He hasn't been ruled out for the season but that could be the case at this point. Alex Green will carry the load at running back while Starks is out of action.

Dustin Keller, TE, Jets. Keller suffered a sprained ankle last week and isn't participating in practice yet. The Jets claim he doesn't have a high-ankle sprain but it still doesn't look great for Keller to play this week.

Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders. McFadden is practicing in full and finally expected to make his return from an ankle injury this week. He is listed as probable and should get the start for the Raiders. He still is a bit of a risk as you just don't know how much he'll play in his first game in several weeks but he certainly has high upside because of his big-play ability.

Titus Young, WR, Lions. Young hasn't been playing because of his conduct on and off the field but he apparently has a knee injury that is preventing him from playing as well. He needs surgery on the injury and was placed on Injured Reserve. Young is done for the season, leaving Mike Thomas the starting job opposite Calvin Johnson.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers. Roethlisberger is trending towards playing this week. He is practicing and making about all his normal throws. He apparently can't injure himself further by playing, which is a good sign. It is more of a pain tolerance thing at this point. The concern is Roethlisberger could start and not be able to make it through the game, making him a risky play for fantasy teams. We would proceed with caution on Big Ben. He is a risky proposition.

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars. Jones-Drew still isn't practicing on his foot injury and is looking likely to miss another week of action. At this point, we wouldn't count on Jones-Drew playing again this season. As mentioned, Montell Owens is expected to get the start for the Jaguars in Week 14.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers. Stewart missed last week with an ankle injury and still isn't practicing this week. It isn't looking good for a return. We expect DeAngelo Williams to get another start for the Panthers.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers. LaFell has a turf toe injury. It isn't supposed to be too serious but his availability is up in the air for Week 14. We wouldn't count on him playing. Plus, he isn't worth the risk based on his up and down play all season even when healthy.

Danny Amendola, WR, Rams. Amendola has shed his walking boot and is practicing some on the side. He is making some progress but still isn't a sure thing to play this week. His status is up in the air for Week 14. He'll be another game-time decision but it looks like the chances of him playing this week are a little better than last week.

Brandon Stokley, WR, Broncos. Stokley continues to battle a hip injury and seems likely to miss his second straight game. He is listed as questionable and could test his injury in warmups, but the chances of him playing don't look great. Jacob Tamme could get more work out of the slot if Stokley misses another game.

jeff@rtsports.com

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Dennis KellyDec 20 03:32p

The Philadelphia Eagles have declared OT Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl, S Jerome Couplin III, OG Julian Vandervelde, QB Nick Foles, DE Taylor Hart, LB Trent Cole inactive for Week 16.

Leonard HankersonDec 20 03:12p

The Washington Redskins have declared CB Chibuikem Okoro, LB Gabe Miller, DL Jason Hatcher, OG Josh LeRibeus, LB Keenan Robinson, WR Leonard Hankerson inactive for Week 16.

Roy HeluDec 20 03:02p

Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) is inactive Saturday, Dec. 20, against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Peyton ManningDec 19 07:42p

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) was officially limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, but he threw more than he did than the day prior, [ More ]

Frank GoreDec 19 05:42p

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is questionable for Week 16.

Keenan AllenDec 19 04:42p

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) and WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) have been ruled out for Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Cam NewtonDec 19 04:12p

Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) has yet to officially be cleared to play in Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns, but head coach Ron Rivera [ More ]

T Y HiltonDec 19 02:32p

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) missed practice all week but is questionable for Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Peyton ManningDec 19 02:22p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) was back to a full practice Friday, Dec. 19, after being limited Thursday, Dec. 18. Manning made several strong throws in the portion open to the media.

T Y HiltonDec 19 02:12p

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) missed practice again Friday, Dec. 19, and RTV6's Mike Chappell is convinced that Hilton will not play in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys.

C.J. SpillerDec 19 12:53p

Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder) has been added to the active roster and is probable for Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders.

Cam NewtonDec 19 12:52p

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns.

Blake BortlesDec 19 12:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (foot) completed only 13 passes for 115 yards in the win over the Tennessee Titans Thursday, Dec. 18, but he didn't show any signs [ More ]

T Y HiltonDec 19 11:52a

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is not participating in the portion of practice open to the media Friday, Dec. 19.

Julio JonesDec 19 11:22a

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is not participating in portion of practice open to the media Friday, Dec. 19.

DeMarco MurrayDec 19 10:52a

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) is likely to play in Week 16, according to a source. Murray has a high threshold for pain, and according to the source, [ More ]

Eddie LacyDec 19 10:12a

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (eye) said he wasn't able to read a teammate's nameplate a few feet away in the locker room Thursday, Dec. 18. Lacy said [ More ]

Leon WashingtonDec 18 11:32p

Tennessee Titans RB Leon Washington caught a team-high seven passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in the team's 21-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Dec. 18. He [ More ]

Philip RiversDec 18 11:22p

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) looked good throwing the ball in the practice Thursday, Dec. 18, according to head coach Mike McCoy. 'Philip had an outstanding day,' [ More ]

Peyton ManningDec 18 07:22p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh, illness) said his illness is behind him, and he was receiving treatment for his thigh Thursday, Dec. 18. Head coach John Fox called Manning day-to-day.

Roy MillerDec 18 07:12p

The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared DL Andre Branch, CB Jeremy Harris, SS Matt Daniels, DL Roy Miller, CB Teddy Williams, WR Tommy Streeter, OG Tyler Shatley inactive for Week 16.

Tommy StreeterDec 18 07:12p

The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared DL Andre Branch, CB Jeremy Harris, SS Matt Daniels, DL Roy Miller, CB Teddy Williams, WR Tommy Streeter, OG Tyler Shatley inactive for Week 16.

Kendall WrightDec 18 07:12p

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) is active for Week 16 after being limited in practice all week.

Frank GoreDec 18 07:02p

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) continues through the concussion protocol this week, but head coach Jim Harbaugh anticipates Gore suiting up in Week 16 against the San [ More ]

Julius ThomasDec 18 06:52p

Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) played just 29 snaps in Week 15; only ten of them were pass routes, according to Pro Football Focus.

Rashad JenningsDec 18 06:12p

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Carlos HydeDec 18 05:52p

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

DeAndre HopkinsDec 18 05:42p

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 18.

Blake BortlesDec 18 04:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has earned positive reviews from the team in his rookie season after being thrust into the spotlight early this year. 'That is not the [ More ]

Jay CutlerDec 18 04:12p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was benched just for this week against the Detroit Lions, according to head coach Marc Trestman. Cutler will be active and serve as the [ More ]

DeAngelo WilliamsDec 18 04:02p

Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) will be fitted cast that he can play with on his injured hand. Williams still has not caught a pass with the injured [ More ]

Rashad JenningsDec 18 04:02p

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) has not been able to do any running this week, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

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