This is it, the culmination of what you’ve been playing for all season. Playoffs should be in full swing in every league, which means there is no tomorrow. The good news is that the injury list is rather thin this week. Most of the questionable players have been so for at least a week so you should already have an alternate in place. Good luck to all of you in week 14, and I hope to see you remaining few here next week as we head into either another playoff round or the championship.
As usual, the information below is updated through Friday’s practices so every player’s status is worth confirming before kickoff on Sunday.
Theo Riddick (RB) – Riddick was able to log limited practices on both Thursday and Friday and is currently listed as questionable with a wrist injury. This is the sixth week in a row where Riddick has carried the questionable tag into the weekend, but rather than his ankle bothering him it is now his wrist. There have not been any reports from the Lions indicating that Riddick won’t be able to go come Sunday, but his status is worth confirming before kickoff.
Mark Ingram (RB) – After resting during Thursday’s practice, Ingram was limited for the second week in a row with knee and toe injuries. While he is listed as questionable Ingram was able to play through the same designation last week. There has yet to be any confirmation for Ingram’s status for Sunday so owners will have to check his status before kickoff.
Ryan Mathews (RB) – Mathews, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, has been able to fully participate in practices throughout the week. Earlier this week, Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson told the media that Mathews should be ready to go this weekend, and after Friday’s practice that is still the case. He could provide modest numbers this week against an average Redskins defense.
Julio Jones (WR) – Jones’ turf toe has held him out of practice for most of the week as he carries the questionable tag into the weekend. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn did say he anticipates Jones being cleared during pregame activities before Sunday’s game against the Rams. With Jones being a game-time decision, his status is certainly worth confirming.
Sammy Watkins (WR) – After participating in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, Watkins is listed as questionable. The Bills continue to be cautious when it comes to their young receiver’s foot at practice, but Watkins is expected to play. Based on the percentage of snaps Watkins has played the last two weeks, he could head into Sunday with no limitations as the Bills take on the Steelers.
A.J. Green (WR) – Green, who was spotted on the practice field earlier this week, has been ruled out of this week’s match up against the Browns. The Bengals have yet to rule Green out for the season as he works his way back from a grade two hamstring tear. A timetable for his return has yet to be established.
Jordan Matthews (WR) – Matthews participated fully in Thursday’s practice and said he will definitely play Sunday against the Redskins despite his questionable tag. After missing last week’s game with an ankle injury, it’s very encouraging to see Matthews ready to go. His status will need to be confirmed before kickoff Sunday.
Michael Thomas (WR) – Thomas returned to practice on Friday after a foot issue caused him to sit out before that. He is currently listed as questionable and was only able to participate in a limited fashion upon his return to practice. While his status should be confirmed before kickoff, owners should have a back up plan in place based on the way Thomas’ week has gone.
Marvin Jones (WR) – Jones was able to participate in limited practices throughout the week as he works his way back from a quadriceps injury. After missing his first game of the season last week with the thigh issue, it has yet to be seen if Jones will be able to suit up against the Bears.
DeVante Parker (WR) – After fully participating in practice on Friday, Parker is expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals. Although he is still nursing a back issue, which he played through last week, it seems Parker is healthy enough to give things a go come Sunday.
Jordan Reed (TE) – Reed’s shoulder caused him to sit out last week’s game against the Cardinals but was able to practice fully on Friday. After practice yesterday Reed said he almost has full range back in his shoulder after separating it on Thanksgiving and he expects to play Sunday. This is big news for a lot of owners as one of the top tight ends in all of football will return for week one of the fantasy playoffs. His status is worth confirming before kickoff Sunday to be on the safe side.
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