Week One Injury Report
(BUF)--The Bills will have their first-round pick under center on Sunday after Manuel was named the starter over Jeff Tuel. Manuel recovered nicely from a minor knee surgery during the preseason and has been a full participant in practice over the last few days. He is likely not a starter in most fantasy formats, but by season's end could be a top 15 quarterback, exceeding most individual expectations.
(NYJ)--The Jets have made Smith the starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Buccaneers after battling back from an ankle injury he sustained in August. He has been a full participant in practice and appears to be 100 percent, but that doesn't mean he shoudl be anywhere near your starting lineups come Sunday.
Arian Foster (HOU)--After being a full participant in practice on Thursday, the Texans are confident that Foster will be active for Week 1 against the Chargers. Foster missed the entire preseason with both calf and back injuries was will likely be used on a limited basis in the season opener, but either way, it will be nice to see him back in the Texans backfield.
(IND)--Despite dealing with a nagging foot injury, Bradshaw showed no issues at practice, making him probable for Week 1 against the Raiders. Bradshaw missed the entire preseason with the same injury, but this is nothing new, after dealing with the same injury during his tenure with the Giants. He will likely be on the injury report each week, as he was over the last few seasons, but he is a true warrior who knows how to play through pain.
Rashard Mendenhall (ARI)--Despite being limited in practice over the last few days the Cardinals expect Mendenhall to be ready for Sunday's game against the Rams. Although he was limited, it is a step in the right direction after being a non-participant as late as Monday. If for some reason he is inactive, Ryan Williams will be next in line to carry the workload for the Cardinals.
(PIT)--Despite being ruled out for Week 1 against the Titans, Bell has made significacnt strides in his recovery from a foot injury, and could return as early as Week 3. Bell is expected to return to the practice field next week and if that is the case his lofty return date is not out of the question. Once healthy, Bell is epxected to take over the No. 1 running back spot in the Steelers backfield.
(NE)--After being a limited participant in practice again on Thursday, Amendola's status for Week 1 is still unknown. Amendola continues to be limited by a groin injury and the Patriots continue to cover up whether or not he will be able to give it a go on Sunday. We will know more after the team releases their official injury report later on today, but until then fantasy owners should have a backup plan ready.
(NO)--There is no doubt that the Saints will have their top receiving option on the Sunday, after Colston was able to be a full participant in practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Colston has been hampered by a foot injury this preseason, but the injury never escalated into something more serious that would've limited his playing time.
(NYG)--As a precaution, the Giants continued to limit Cruz's activity during practice this week in a effort to keep him healthy for Sunday night's showdown with the Cowboys. Despite being limited in practice, his workload has increased leading up to the season opener, which indicates he will be active for Week 1, ending any speculation about his availability.
(ATL)--It appears the Falcons will have White on the field in time for their Week 1 matchup with the Saints after he was a limited participant in practice on Thursday. White is nursing a low-ankle sprain he sustained mid-preseason, and was quoted saying, "Come Sunday, I'll be ready to go," according to the team's official website.
Sidney Rice (SEA)--The Seahawks expect to have Rice on the field on Sunday after being a full participant in practice on Thursday. Rice was limited throughout the preseason with a knee injury, but coach Pete Carroll said Rice, "has fresh legs" and is "ready to go" for their season opener against the Panthers according to The News Tribune. Rice has dealt with many injuries over his young career, so hopefully he can find a way to stay healthy enough to have a bounce back year.
Malcolm Floyd (SD)--After being a full participant in practice Thursday, the Chargers consider Floyd probable for Week 1 against the Titans. The Chargers are going to need Floyd to stay healthy this season after a few key losses in the receiving core, so expect Floyd's participation in practice to be be up and down for the majority of the season.
(NYJ)--Despite missing practice on Thursday, the Jets plan to have Holmes active for their season opener against the Buccaneers as he continues to recover from a Lisfranc injury. Holmes would actually elevate their passing game despite at around 50 percent, as the Jets passing game may be the worst in the league.
Jacoby Jones (BAL)--After a teammate came crashing into Jones while waiting to return a punt, he sustained a sprained right knee removing him from the game. Once we know more on the extent of the injury it will be easier to assess just how long he will be sidelined for in the upcoming weeks.
(HOU)--After passing all the levels of the leagues concussion tests, the Texans were able to have Hopkins back in practice, making him probable for Week 1 against the Chargers. Hopkins is slated to have a big year opposite Andre Johnson as the team has yet to have an established No. 2 option in their passing game over the last few seasons.
(MIN)--After being a limited participant in practice on Thursday due to a back injury, the Vikings will likely list Patterson has questionable for this week's game against the Lions. If he is able to suit up, it will likely be in limited duties, making him a very risky start for fantasy purposes.
(NE)--Entering Week 1, there isn't a bigger question mark than the Patriots start tight end. Gronkowksi was able to participate in offensive drills with quarterback Tom Brady on Thursday, which was the first time that the two have practiced together this season. However, he has still been limited in practice and questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, so a backup plan should in store unless something changed over the next few days.
(ARI)--The Cardinals may be without their top option at tight end on Sunday after Housler was a non-participant at practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Housler is dealing with an ankle injury, and if he doesn't suit up for practice on Friday that would almost guarantee he will be inactive for the season opener.
(CLE)--It appears the Browns will have the services of their top tight end option on Sunday, considering Cameron was a full participant in practice yet again on Thursday. Cameron has been dealing with a minor groin injury through the preseason, but has suffered no setbacks to date, so he is in line to begin what many are considering his breakout season.
(IND)--There is no doubt that the Colts will have both of their tight ends suiting up for their Week 1 matchup against the Raiders after being full participants in practice on Thursday. Fleener has the most upside out of the two options (Dwayne Allen the other), but has yet to establish himself as a go-to guy in the Colts passing game.
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