While there were no teams on a bye for week 12, the injury report will be a little shorter this week due to three Thanksgiving day games already being in the books. Even with those games, the number of offensive injuries of any relevance are few and far between – consider yourself lucky and take a big sigh of relief. Injuries are the last thing you want to hear about with the fantasy playoffs quickly approaching.
The good news is that with almost all the bye weeks in the books (two teams off next week), and a number of fantasy owners with losing records checking out, you will have a (somewhat) easier time finding an injury replacement on waivers.
As always, all of the information below comes from after Friday’s practices so monitoring these injuries before Sunday is important.
Tom Brady (QB) – After missing two practices this week Brady is officially listed as questionable for New England’s Sunday match up with the Jets. With some sort of knee ailment bothering Brady there doesn’t seem to be too much concern for his status come Sunday. Reporters noted that the star quarterback appeared to be moving without hesitation in Friday’s practice which is another good sign. With official word likely to come before the 4:25 p.m. kickoff, owners can expect Brady to be ready to go.
Jay Cutler (QB) – Cutler missed practice again on Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. matchup against the Titans. Initially it was feared that Cutler’s season might be over, but the shoulder injury was less severe than earlier reports led us to believe. Still, with only a month left in the season and the Bears with just two wins, it would not surprise me if we have seen the last of Cutler for 2016. Brian Hoyer will take his place as he did earlier in the year when Cutler went down.
Cody Kessler (QB) – Kessler remains out due to concussion protocols and will not suit up against the Giants on Sunday. Josh McCown will continue to fill-in during his absence. Considering how bad the Browns offense has been this year it really makes no difference who is under center.
LeSean McCoy (RB) – McCoy is currently listed as questionable as he makes his way back from a dislocated thumb that forced him to miss the second half of last week’s game. After practicing all week and catching passes without any issue, McCoy is expected to suit up for the Bills’ Sunday game against the Jaguars. Owners should confirm this before the game’s 1 o’clock start time.
Mark Ingram (RB) – Ingram remains in the thick of the NFL’s concussion protocol and carries a questionable designation after Friday’s practice. The Saints are reportedly waiting to hear back from an independent neurologist on whether Ingram can go or not. If he is held out, Tim Hightower should receive the majority of the workload. His status is worth monitoring before kickoff on Sunday.
Latavius Murray (RB) – After practicing in a limited fashion all week, Murray is expected to be able to suit up for Sunday’s match up against the Panthers. Although he struggled with a toe injury earlier this year, it does not appear as though he will miss any time from it this time around. Owners should confirm Oakland’s top running back’s status before kickoff.
A.J. Green (WR) – After being carted off the field on the second play of the game against the Bills Green won’t be available Sunday in Baltimore. While the star wideout isn’t expected to be out the rest of the season, the Bengals are prepared to be without Green for a couple of weeks as he attempts to come back from a hamstring strain.
Sammy Watkins (WR) – After missing the last eight games, Watkins is listed as questionable for the Bill’s Sunday match up against the Jaguars. Yesterday head coach Rex Ryan indicated Watkins will be “good to go” come Sunday. Owners should tamper their expectations, however, as Watkins is expected to be on some kind of limited snap count seeing as he has now missed a significant amount of time.
Julian Edelman (WR) – Edelman continues his string of injury report appearances for a seventh straight week. With no reported setbacks on his foot ailment, it does not appear that Edelman is in any sort of danger to miss Sunday’s match up against the Jets.
Jarvis Landry (WR) – Landry practiced in limited fashion throughout the week with a shoulder ailment. The Dolphins top target even wore a red non-contact jersey as a precaution, but head coach Adam Gase told reporters yesterday he still expects Landry to be ready to go come Sunday. Teammate Kenny Stills is also listed as questionable but is expected to play through his calf injury.
Travis Benjamin (WR) – After practicing fully all week Benjamin is listed as questionable with a knee injury. This knee ailment forced Benjamin to miss the Chargers’ last game, but it appears coming off the bye that Benjamin will suit up Sunday. Although he is expected to play, the questionable designation makes it worth monitoring before kickoff.
Michael Crabtree (WR) – After being limited in practice the past three days with an ankle injury, Crabtree is currently listed as questionable. The Raiders reportedly expect Crabtree to be ready to go for Sunday’s match up against the Panthers.
Rob Gronkowski / Martellus Bennett (TE) – Earlier this week it was reported that Gronk will not be available for Sunday’s match up against the Jets. Currently, however, the Patriots’ star tight end is listed as questionable (after puncturing his lung) and has been able to participate in limited practice throughout the week. In yesterday’s practice Gronk was wearing a red non-contact jersey which indicates less than full confidence in his chest/lung area. He is now expected to be a game-time decision which puts owners in a tough spot with New England’s 4:25 kickoff time. Teammate Martellus Bennett is also listed as questionable with ankle and shoulder injuries but appears to have a better chance of playing. Both of their injuries should be monitored before kickoff Sunday.
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