Well that Jets/Broncos game was a fantasy nightmare even though Willis McGahee owners got the news that he would play after being questionable. You know it’s a bad night when Tim Tebow leads the scoring. In any event, that’s a diatribe for another column. Today we’re talking about injuries heading into Week 11 and how they will likely affect your fantasy football team. As always, we’ll start with the notable casualties from Week 10 and go on from there. And don’t forget to check back early Saturday morning for the official NFL Week 11 injury report.
Michael Vick, QB PHI -- He’s listed as questionable with two broken ribs, but suddenly there is talk from Andy Reid that he could actually suit up for this week’s game against the Giants even without practicing this week. Do you trust that? Neither do we. Sounds a lot like what happened in Week 3 when Vick came back too soon from a concussion and looked terrible on the field. You should probably make alternative QB plans here. Mike Kafka and Vince Young split first team reps in practice, so there’s no telling how long Young will last if he gets the start. Probably best to stay away from the Eagles QBs this week.
Frank Gore, RB SF – Ask the man himself and he’ll tell you he’s ready to go. Gore missed practice on Wednesday and said that was more rest-related than injury-related. He was back in limited fashion on Thursday. He’s got a great matchup with Arizona this week and, if he starts, should put up some decent first half numbers barring any setback. But if the 49ers go up early, you should probably expect to see a lot more of Kendall Hunter in the second half. At 8-1 and heading to the playoffs, the team will not take any chances with their star running back.
Sidney Rice, WR SEA – After suffering a mild concussion last week, Rice is back and ready to go this weekend against the Rams. He has gone through all of the concussion protocol and was cleared to return, which he did on Wednesday – full practice. He might be worth a look if you’re having bye week issues.
Doug Baldwin, WR SEA – Everything that you just read about Rice can be echoed for Baldwin.
Jeremy Maclin, WR PHI – Another missed practice Friday and no practice all week, yet Andy Reid is saying the same things about Maclin that he said about Vick. He is listed as questionable right now and will likely be a game time decision. However, with a shoulder injury, a hamstring issue AND the prospect of either Young or Kafka under center, even if he does play, he should be treated as a low-end WR2 at most.
A.J. Green, WR CIN – After hyperextending his knee last week, Green has sat out practice all week long, including Friday. Coach Marvin Lewis has listed Green as doubtful for this week’s matchup against the Ravens and called his chances of playing “iffy”. Hopefully you have a sufficient replacement for the week.
Julio Jones, WR ATL – Jones missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with his re-aggravated hamstring injury and it doesn’t look good for Friday either. He is officially listed as questionable, but the chances of him suiting up this week don’t look good. Check on the inactives prior to game time, but have a back-up ready to go.
And now for the other relevant injuries….
Josh Freeman, TB – The thumb was an issue earlier in the week but apparently no more. Freeman has been upgraded to probable and will likely be asked to air it out as the Bucs will be playing catch-up with Green Bay all day long.
Montario Hardesty, CLE – the Chris Yobogoya Obgonnaya era could be coming to an end as there is now a possibility that Hardesty returns from his calf injury this week. For the first time since getting hurt, Hardesty returned to a limited practice on Friday. His chances to play this week aren’t huge, but there is a shot. Keep an eye on the inactives this week, especially if you’re desperate for a running back.
Darren McFadden, OAK – Although he’s still technically questionable for this week, there is almost no chance of seeing DMC on the field Sunday. Michael Bush will take the reins again.
Felix Jones, DAL – He’s been listed as questionable but has been practicing on a limited basis all week. He will probably suit up for the game this week, but DeMarco Murray has a pretty strong grip on the job right now.
Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG – He’s already been officially declared out for this week. Brandon Jacobs will continue to get the start with D.J. Ware backing him up.
Steve Johnson, BUF – The shoulder injury still seems to be a concern as Johnson was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday. He’s got the questionable tag on him right now and it looks like a game time decision. If he plays, he shouldn’t really be considered anything more than a WR3 right now.
Mohammed Massaquoi, CLE – He’s been out with a concussion, but Massaquoi sounded real optimistic about his chances to play this weekend. He has been cleared via NFL concussion protocol and coach Pat Shurmur seems to think he’ll be active despite the questionable tag.
Jacoby Ford, OAK – While he hasn’t officially been declared out for this week, Ford hasn’t practiced at all since getting hurt and doesn’t seem to be able to play. Make sure he is stashed away on your bench.
Michael Jenkins, MIN – He’s listed as questionable with a knee injury, but Jenkins returned to practice Thursday and looks like he’ll be ready to go this weekend barring any setbacks. He should be considered a low-end WR3 at best.
Anthony Fasano, MIA – He’s listed as questionable for this week, but after missing practice on Wednesday, Fasano returned to a limited practice on Thursday. If he can go this week, he makes for an interesting bye week replacement given his recent connections with Matt Moore.
Jeremy Shockey, CAR – It looks like the rib injury Shockey suffered last week will keep him out of this week’s game against the Lions. He hasn’t been able to practice all week and is currently listed as doubtful. Not that he was a big fantasy option to begin with , but you should hopefully have an alternative ready.
Dan Carpenter, MIA – He’s listed as questionable with a groin injury and the Dolphins are working out kickers right now. His chances of playing are probably 50/50 at this point, so you’ll want to pick up someone else for this week.
And now for the official NFL Week 11 injury report…
PROBABLE RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (shoulder), LB Stewart Bradley (ribs)
QUESTIONABLE QB Kevin Kolb (toe), RB Beanie Wells (knee), FB Anthony Sherman (ankle), TE Todd Heap (hamstring), TE Rob Housler (groin), OG Brandon Keith (knee), OL Jeremy Bridges (back), LB Paris Lenon (groin), CB Michael Adams (hamstring)
OUT LB Joey Porter (knee), FS Kerry Rhodes (foot)
INJURED RESERVE RB Ryan Williams (knee), CB Crezdon Butler (ankle)
PROBABLE RB Antone Smith (knee), RB Jason Snelling (hamstring), WR Harry Douglas (thigh), C Todd McClure, DL John Abraham, DL Ray Edwards (knee), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), CB Brent Grimes (knee)
QUESTIONABLE WR Julio Jones (hamstring), OT Sam Baker (back)
OUT SS William Moore (quadriceps)
INJURED RESERVE FB Ovie Mughelli (knee), OL Mike P. Johnson (foot)
QUESTIONABLE WR Lee Evans (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), LB Ray Lewis (foot)
OUT RB Anthony Allen (thigh), DL Arthur Jones (head)
INJURED RESERVE RB Matt Lawrence (undisclosed), OT Ramon Harewood (ankle), LB Prescott Burgess (thigh), CB Domonique Foxworth (knee)
PROBABLE WR David Nelson (ankle), OT Erik Pears (groin), LB Chris Kelsay (calf)
QUESTIONABLE WR Stevie Johnson (shoulder), OT Demetrius Bell (shoulder), LB Spencer Johnson (calf)
DOUBTFUL SS George Wilson (neck)
OUT PK Rian Lindell (shoulder), C Eric Wood (knee), LB Chris White (knee)
INJURED RESERVE WR Marcus Easley (illness), WR Roscoe Parrish (ankle), DL Kyle Williams (foot), LB Robert Eddins, LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles'), LB Reggie Torbor (undisclosed)
PROBABLE LB James Anderson (ankle), CB Captain Munnerlyn (quadriceps)
QUESTIONABLE LB Dan Connor (shoulder), CB Brandon Hogan (knee)
DOUBTFUL TE Jeremy Shockey (ribs)
OUT LB Jason Phillips (calf)
INJURED RESERVE RB Mike Goodson (hamstring), WR David Gettis (ACL), TE Gary Barnidge (undisclosed), OT Jeff Otah (knee), DL Ron Edwards (biceps), LB Jon Beason (Achilles'), LB Thomas Williams (neck), CB Cletis Gordon (undisclosed)
PROBABLE RB Matt Forte (shoulder), WR Devin Hester (ankle), DL Julius Peppers (knee), DL Matt Toeaina (knee), LB Lance Briggs (neck)
DOUBTFUL CB D.J. Moore (ankle)
INJURED RESERVE TE Kyle Adams (hamstring), OT Gabe Carimi (knee), OG Chris Williams (wrist), LB J.T. Thomas (undisclosed), FS Anthony Walters (hamstring)
PROBABLE RB Brian Leonard (knee), WR Andrew Hawkins (hamstring), C Kyle Cook (foot), DL Jonathan Fanene (illness), DL Dontay Moch (illness), DL Frostee Rucker (knee), CB Nate Clements (knee), CB Adam Jones (groin), FS Chris Crocker (knee), FS Gibril Wilson (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE DL Carlos Dunlap (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL WR A.J. Green (knee), TE Donald Lee (foot)
INJURED RESERVE WR Jordan Shipley (knee), TE Bo Scaife (undisclosed), LB Roddrick Muckelroy (undisclosed), CB Leon Hall (Achilles')
PROBABLE WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head), DL Jayme Mitchell (chest), DL Jabaal Sheard (thigh), FS Usama Young (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE RB Montario Hardesty (calf), OT Tony Pashos (ankle), LB Auston English (knee), CB Dimitri Patterson (knee)
OUT RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), FS T.J. Ward (foot)
INJURED RESERVE RB Brandon Jackson (toe), P Reggie Hodges (Achilles'), P Richmond McGee (back)
PROBABLE P Mat McBriar (foot), LB Sean Lee (wrist)
QUESTIONABLE RB Felix Jones (ankle), OG Kyle Kosier (foot)
DOUBTFUL QB Jon Kitna (back)
OUT FB Tony Fiammetta (illness), WR Miles Austin (hamstring), CB Mike Jenkins (hamstring)
INJURED RESERVE WR Raymond Radway (undisclosed), PK David Buehler (groin), C Bill Nagy (ankle)
PROBABLE QB Matthew Stafford (finger), SS Amari Spievey (toe)
QUESTIONABLE DL Lawrence Jackson (thigh), DL Willie Young (ankle)
OUT RB Jahvid Best (concussion), P Ryan Donahue (quadriceps)
INJURED RESERVE RB James Davis (undisclosed), RB Mikel Leshoure (Achilles'), OT Jason Fox (foot), LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (shoulder), SS Erik Coleman (foot), SS Vincent Fuller (forearm), SS Randy Phillips (undisclosed)
NFI RB Jerome Harrison (head)
Green Bay Packers
PROBABLE RB Ryan Grant (knee), OG Josh Sitton (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), FS Morgan Burnett (hand)
QUESTIONABLE DL Mike Neal (knee)
OUT OT Chad Clifton (hamstring), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)
INJURED RESERVE RB Alex Green (knee), WR Shaky Smithson (undisclosed), DL Lawrence Guy (undisclosed), FS Nick Collins (neck)
PROBABLE WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring), DL John Chick (abdomen)
QUESTIONABLE FB Brock Bolen (calf), WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL DL Aaron Kampman (hamstring)
OUT DL Terrance Knighton (ankle)
INJURED RESERVE RB Rashad Jennings (knee), RB Richard Murphy (undisclosed), WR Mike Sims-Walker (knee), TE Zach X. Miller (shoulder), TE Martin Rucker (undisclosed), OT Eben Britton (back), OG Kevin Haslam (knee), DL Austen Lane (shoulder), DL Aaron Morgan (undisclosed), DL D'Anthony Smith (undisclosed), LB Kyle Bosworth (hand), CB David Jones (undisclosed), CB Rashean Mathis (knee), SS Rod Issac (hamstring)
PROBABLE CB Nolan Carroll (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE TE Anthony Fasano (ankle), PK Dan Carpenter (groin)
INJURED RESERVE QB Chad Henne (shoulder), WR Marlon Moore (undisclosed), WR Roberto Wallace (quadriceps)
NFI QB Sage Rosenfels (illness)
PROBABLE QB Christian Ponder (hand), WR Michael Jenkins (knee), OT Cullen Loeffler (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring), LB Erin Henderson (hamstring)
OUT OG Anthony Herrera (knee), CB Chris Cook (undisclosed), SS Husain Abdullah (concussion)
INJURED RESERVE LB Jasper Brinkley (undisclosed), CB Antoine Winfield (clavicle)
New York Giants
PROBABLE WR Jerrel Jernigan (hip), WR Mario Manningham (knee), OT William Beatty (back), DL Osi Umenyiora (knee), CB Aaron Ross (quadriceps)
QUESTIONABLE DL Justin Tuck (ankle), CB Prince Amukamara (foot)
DOUBTFUL LB Michael Boley (hamstring)
OUT RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot)
INJURED RESERVE QB Sage Rosenfels (undisclosed), WR Domenik Hixon (knee), DL Marvin Austin (undisclosed), LB Jonathan Goff (ACL), LB Clint Sintim (undisclosed), CB Terrell Thomas (undisclosed), CB Justin Tryon (arm)
PUP OT Adam Koets (undisclosed)
PROBABLE TE Kevin Boss (knee), PK Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring), C Samson Satele (knee), FS Matt Giordano (quadriceps)
QUESTIONABLE FB Manase Tonga (knee), DL Richard Seymour (knee), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (hamstring), SS Michael Mitchell (ankle), FS Michael Huff (ankle)
OUT QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), CB Chris X. Johnson (hamstring/groin)
INJURED RESERVE DL Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), LB Ricky Brown (concussion), LB Travis Goethel (undisclosed), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), FS Hiram Eugene (undisclosed)
PROBABLE OG Evan Mathis (toe), FS Nate Allen (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE QB Michael Vick (ribs), WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring/shoulder), DL Brandon Graham (knee)
OUT OT King Dunlap (concussion), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle)
INJURED RESERVE DL Victor Abiamiri (undisclosed), DL Antonio Dixon (triceps)
San Diego Chargers
PROBABLE TE Antonio Gates (undisclosed), LB Takeo Spikes (concussion), SS Steve Gregory (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE DL Antonio Garay (hip), FS Darrell Stuckey (thigh)
DOUBTFUL OG Tyronne Green (hand), OG Louis Vasquez (ankle), CB Marcus Gilchrist (hamstring)
OUT WR Malcom Floyd (hip), OT Marcus McNeill (neck), DL Luis A. Castillo (leg), LB Shaun Phillips (foot)
INJURED RESERVE PK Nate Kaeding (knee), OG Kris Dielman (concussion), DL Damik Scafe (undisclosed), LB Larry English (foot), LB Jonas Mouton (shoulder), SS Bob Sanders (knee), FS Nick Polk (undisclosed)
San Francisco 49ers
PROBABLE WR Michael Crabtree (foot), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), LB Navorro Bowman (neck), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe)
QUESTIONABLE RB Frank Gore (knee), DL Ray McDonald (hamstring), CB Tarell Brown (knee)
INJURED RESERVE WR Joshua Morgan (leg), TE Nate Byham (knee), DL Will Tukuafu (wrist), CB Curtis Holcomb (undisclosed)
PROBABLE QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), WR Doug Baldwin (head), WR Sidney Rice (head), TE Cameron Morrah (knee/toe), LB David Vobora (head), SS Kam Chancellor (head)
QUESTIONABLE DL Anthony Hargrove (hamstring), SS Atari Bigby (hamstring)
OUT OT James Carpenter (knee)
INJURED RESERVE WR Kris Durham (shoulder), WR Isaiah Stanback (undisclosed), TE John Carlson (shoulder), TE Jameson Konz (knee), OG John Moffitt (knee), DL Jimmy Wilkerson (undisclosed), LB Matt McCoy (knee), CB Walter Thurmond (leg), CB Marcus Trufant (back)
PUP CB Roy Lewis (undisclosed)
St. Louis Rams
PROBABLE RB Jerious Norwood (hamstring), WR Brandon Gibson (groin), TE Lance Kendricks (foot), DL Eugene Sims (shoulder), LB Josh Hull (hamstring), LB Bryan Kehl (ankle), FS Darian Stewart (neck)
QUESTIONABLE OT Rodger Saffold (head), CB Justin King (head)
DOUBTFUL WR Danario Alexander (hamstring)
OUT RB Cadillac Williams (calf), OT Jason Smith (head)
INJURED RESERVE WR Danny Amendola (elbow), WR Greg Salas (leg), DL Jermelle Cudjo (back), CB Timothy Atchison (hamstring), CB Al Harris (knee), CB Brian Jackson (knee), CB Jerome Murphy (undisclosed)
PUP CB Marquis Johnson (undisclosed)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
PROBABLE QB Josh Freeman (thumb), OT Donald Penn (foot), C Jeff Faine (illness), DL Michael X. Bennett (groin), DL Albert Haynesworth (knee), DL Frank Okam (calf)
QUESTIONABLE LB Dekoda Watson (groin), FS Tanard Jackson (hamstring)
INJURED RESERVE RB Earnest Graham (Achilles'), WR Raymond Webber (undisclosed), DL George Johnson (undisclosed), DL Gerald McCoy (biceps), FS Cody Grimm (knee), FS Devin Holland (back)
PROBABLE WR Nate Washington (illness)
QUESTIONABLE LB Colin McCarthy (knee), LB Gerald McRath (hamstring), LB Barrett Ruud (groin)
OUT DL Dave Ball (concussion)
INJURED RESERVE WR Kenny Britt (knee), WR Kevin Curtis (undisclosed), CB Ryan Mouton (Achilles')
PROBABLE RB Tashard Choice (hamstring), TE Logan Paulsen (shoulder), LB London Fletcher (ankle), SS Oshiomogho Atogwe (knee/toe), FS Reed Doughty (chest)
QUESTIONABLE OT Jammal Brown (groin), OT Sean Locklear (ankle), OL Maurice Hurt (knee), FS LaRon Landry (Achilles')
OUT WR Santana Moss (hand), WR Niles Paul (toe), LB Keyaron Fox (infection)
INJURED RESERVE RB Tim Hightower (knee), WR Leonard Hankerson (hip), TE Chris Cooley (hand), OL Kory Lichtensteiger (knee), DL Kedric Golston (knee), CB Phillip Buchanon (neck/knee)
PUP FS Kareem Moore (knee)
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over 10 years on a variety of websites. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or for questions, thoughts or comments you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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