By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports
We are in the last week of the regular season in most leagues and this injury list is pretty long, which isn't great news for fantasy owners. There are a lot of players battling concussion issues, putting many players status in doubt for Week 14. The good news that the status of most players with concussions is known before the weekend. This should give owners enough time to find a replacement if needed. Either way, here are all the injuries that could impact fantasy teams this last week of the regular season.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills. Taylor avoided a serious knee injury but is still pretty banged up. He is yet to practice this week and is looking pretty iffy to play Week 14. He has not been ruled out, but things don't look great for him right now. The Bills will likely do everything they can to get Taylor ready to start but if he can't good, look for rookie Nathan Peterman to get another chance.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Bills. Benjamin has missed the last few games because of a torn meniscus. He is making progress, though, and practicing some this week. He has a chance to return Week 14. We will have a better idea later in the week, but things are trending up for Benjamin at the moment.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions. Stafford banged up his hand pretty good last week. The good news is he didn't suffer a break. The bad news is his hand is pretty swollen and he is not throwing the ball yet in practice. Stafford is a pretty tough cookie, but he will need to show he can throw the ball later in the week before he is cleared to play. Keep an eye on the notes for his status. He is up in the air right now. Jake Rudock will start for the Lions if Stafford can't play.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Cardinals. Peterson missed last week because of a neck injury and remains out of practice. The Cardinals are being pretty vague about his injury, so we aren't sure the seriousness of the issue. We think Peterson will miss another week of action but don't rule him out just yet. Kerwynn Williams would start for the Cardinals if Peterson can't play.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard returned last week after missing two games because of migraine issues. Well, he has another injury to deal with now. He missed practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury. We aren't sure how serious the injury is, but get other options ready. He will need to get some practice in before the week is out if he hopes to suit up this weekend.
Chris Hogan, WR, Patriots. Hogan is finally practicing again. He out of his sling for his shoulder injury and back on the practice field. It is looking good for him to suit up for Week 14, especially since the Patriots will be down an option in the passing game because of the suspension to Rob Gronkowski.
Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles. Ertz was forced from last week's game because of a concussion and is currently in the concussion protocol. He will need to be cleared before the week is out if he hopes to play Week 14. Get other options but don't rule him out. We should have an idea about his status before the week is out. Trey Burton starts for the Eagles if Ertz is out of action.
Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Reed has already been ruled out for Week 14 because of his hamstring injury. He has missed the last several weeks because of the injury. Vernon Davis will continue to start for the Redskins.
Doug Martin, RB, Bucs. Martin missed last week because of a concussion but is back practicing this week, which is a good sign for Martin. He is trending towards being cleared to play, barring a late-week setback. Expect Martin to return to the starting lineup as long as he is healthy.
Greg Olsen, TE, Bucs. Olsen is practicing in full this week, which is a good sign for the Week 14 game. He apparently sat out the game last week is a precaution. Olsen seems right on track to play and should return to the starting lineup for the Panthers.
Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals. Mixon was knocked from the game last week because of a concussion. He is not practicing yet to start the week, which isn't a great sign. He is in the concussion protocol and seems really iffy to play right now. Gio Bernard is likely to start if Mixon can't play, which seems likely.
Mark Ingram, RB, Saints. Ingram's status is staring to become a concern. He has not been able to practice this week because of a toe injury. He might not need to practice at all to be active for the game, but his role could be limited because of the injury. At this point, we would get other options ready. Ingram in a concern for Week 14.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions. Abduallah was unable to play last week because of a neck injury. He is practicing some this week but has been limited because of the injury. He is looking like a game-time decision for Week 14. Theo Riddick would get another start for the Lions if Abdullah remains out.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Titans. Matthews has missed the last few games because of a hamstring injury. He is practicing some this week, though, which is promising. He is optimistic he returns this week, so things are finally trending the right way for him right now. He seems to have a good shot to return.
Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders. Cooper missed last week because of his ankle and concussion injuries. He has cleared the concussion protocol, but is missing practiced because of his ankle injury. He seems likely to miss another week of action. Cooper is not looking good to play.
Will Fuller, WR, Texans. Fuller is finally practicing some. His rib injury is making progress. He has a chance to return to the lineup for Week 14. We would consider him a true game-time decision, though. He is no sure thing to play at the moment.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @email@example.com