As I always say, another week and another filled up injury report. The NFL’s new injury designation system makes it a lot tougher for us to see where a player is truly at. The league decided to trash the “probable” designation in favor of “questionable.” A player is eligible to be questionable if he is limited in any way at practice. Knowing this can go a long way when constructing your fantasy lineup from week to week.
If you have a team that is struggling with injuries (as many of mine are) be sure to keep active on the waiver wire. While it may seem as though your season is already over, injuries open plenty of opportunities for other players to step up. Just look at what Ty Montgomery did on Thursday night for the most recent example.
Now, let’s jump into week 7’s injury report.
Carson Palmer (QB) – Palmer was a limited participant in Friday’s practice as he deals with a hamstring injury. Palmer sat out Wednesday’s practice before returning on Thursday. He is expected to suit up as mobility has never been part of the quarterback’s game, but he could be missing two of his deep play threats as both John and Jaron Brown are dealing with injuries of their own.
Joe Flacco (QB) – Flacco missed both Wednesday and Thursday’s practices with a right shoulder issue, but returned for full participation on Friday. Typically this is a sign that he will play, but Head Coach John Harbaugh told the press they’ll see where he is at on Sunday. If you were planning on using Flacco as a streaming option, you should probably begin to look elsewhere as he might not be 100 percent even if he does play.
LeSean McCoy (RB) – It seems as though McCoy likes to scare his owners this season with seemingly serious injuries. After a report surfaced earlier this week saying McCoy had been ruled out for Sunday’s game with a hamstring issue, he is now listed as questionable after returning to practice on a limited basis Friday. Bills’ Head Coach Rex Ryan told reporters yesterday that McCoy will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Dolphins. If McCoy is unable to go, Mike Gillislee is expected to be the primary ball carrier.
Arian Foster (RB) – Foster logged just five touches in his return last week as Jay Ajayi was all over the place. Foster is currently listed as questionable as he continues to nurse his hamstring back to health despite fully practicing on Friday. If Foster is listed as questionable, owners should suspect he is not yet 100 percent. He is expected to be active but should surrender carries to Ajayi after last week’s 200 rushing yard performance.
Jamaal Charles (RB) – Charles sat out Thursday’s practice with swelling in his knee. Yesterday, Head Coach Andy Reid seemed to downplay the issue by saying that the team thinks everything is fine with Charles. If the former-superstar does play Sunday, owners should expect to have him play second fiddle behind teammate Spencer Ware.
Theo Riddick (RB) – After missing practice for the second consecutive week, Riddick has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Redskins with an ankle injury. This will be the second game that Riddick will sit out with the same injury. The Lions are expected to go with some sort of committee between Dwayne Washington, Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett making it hard to trust any of them for fantasy purposes.
Latavius Murray (RB) – Despite Murray’s questionable designation he is expected to be available for Sunday’s match up against the Jaguars. Murray has been out the last two weeks with turf toe. Last season Murray was the epitome of serviceable, but now he ranks third on the team in rushing yards and has seen his touches decrease each week he has played. While owners’ rosters are certainly boosted by the return of the Raiders’ running back, he can only be trusted as a touchdown reliant flex option until he shows us some separation from DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard in terms of touches.
Stefon Diggs (WR) – After missing the Vikings’ last game with a groin injury, the bye week seemed to give Diggs plenty of time to heal. He logged limited practices on both Wednesday and Thursday before fully returning on Friday. This should be seen as a fantastic sign for his owners as Diggs should be good to go Sunday against the Eagles.
Julian Edelman (WR) – Edelman is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Steelers with a foot injury. There has been no word out of Patriots’ practices to suggest that Edelman’s status is in question. Owners should expect to see him suit up Sunday as he looks to get his season back on track.
Terrelle Pryor (WR) – Pryor was limited at practice on Friday after missing both Wednesday and Thursday’s practice with a hamstring injury. In the midst of a breakout campaign, he was used heavily last Sunday against the Titans playing all but three snaps. Cleveland Head Coach Hue Jackson essentially said Pryor was going to be a game-time decision as they want to see how his hamstring is feeling on Sunday. If Pryor is unable to go, owners should expect to see an increased role from Andrew Hawkins while a slew of Browns rookie receivers would fill the second wideout spot.
DeSean Jackson (WR) – Jackson returned to practice on a limited basis Friday while dealing with a shoulder issue. This is a good sign for the speedy play maker after he missed both Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. With teammate Jordan Reed already ruled out owners should expect to see Jackson suit up against a Lions defense that has been susceptible to big plays this year.
Martellus Bennett (TE) – Bennett is currently listed as questionable with an ankle ailment. He is expected to suit up against the Steelers as the Patriots continue to use their match up nightmare of Gronk and Bennett.
Jordan Reed (TE) – Reed has officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Lions. After suffering his fifth concussion since 2011, Reed will take longer than most players to clear the league’s concussion protocol. If you’re really desperate for a streaming option with Reed out, teammate Vernon Davis could find the endzone Sunday against a shaky Detroit defense.
Julius Thomas (TE) – Thomas was a new addition to the Jaguars’ injury report Thursday with an ankle injury. While he will continued to be monitored over the weekend, this designation seems precautionary as Head Coach Gus Bradley said Thomas should be good to go come Sunday.
Tyler Eifert (TE) – Despite fully participating at practice on Friday Eifert is listed as questionable with ankle and back injuries for Sunday’s match up against Cleveland. The Bengals have plenty of reasons to be overly cautious with their young tight end after the back injury he suffered in practice a few weeks ago. If activated, Eifert is an instant plug and play against the Browns defense.
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