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Fantasy Football: Week 4 Injury Report
Fantasy Football: Week 4 Injury Report
Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (DET)--The Lions are hoping to have their starting quarterback for this week’s matchup against the Vikings, but Stafford has been limited in practice all week with a hamstring injury. Odds are that he plays, but he will likely be considered questionable once the team releases their official injury report. Matt Schaub (HOU)--Schaub was really banged up following Sunday’s win over the Broncos, but he was able to practice this week, making him a lock to play this weekend against the Titans. He injured his left shoulder and his right elbow in the game, but neither were serious enough to make him miss time. Christian Ponder (MIN)--The Vikings are playing it safe with Ponder, who is dealing with a neck injury, and held him to limited duties in practice on Thursday. The injury does not appear to be anything to worry about, so expect him to be on the field on Sunday when the Vikings take on the Lions. Running Backs Ryan Williams (ARI)--As expected Williams was a full participant in practice on Thursday and his knee appeared to be a non-issue. With Beanie Wells placed on the Injured Reserve with turf toe, expect Williams to be the team’s No. 1 running back moving forward. Fred Jackson (BUF)--Jackson was limited in practice on Thursday and is going to be considered questionable when the Bills release their official in jury report with a knee injury. He has practiced on a limited basis all week, but it appears he is ready to play. C.J. Spiller (BUF)--Spiller was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and is considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. He exited last week’s game late in the first half after falling awkwardly on his shoulder. Jonathan Stewart (CAR)--The Panthers hope to have Stewart in the backfield for this week’s matchup against the Falcons, but he was once against limited in practice on Thursday with a toe injury. He missed last week’s game with the same injury and will be considered questionable on the team’s official injury report. Matt Forte (CHI)--Forte was a limited participant in practice for the Bears on Thursday and there is a chance that he will be ready to go for Week 4 against the Cowboys. Forte missed last week’s game against the Rams and will likely be a game-time decision this time around. Willis McGahee (DEN)--McGahee was able to practice for the second straight day on Thursday despite suffering from a rib injury he suffered in last week’s loss to the Texans. The team is deciding whether or not he should wear additional padding for protection, but either way he should be on the field on Sunday. Peyton Hillis (KC)-- Hillis did not practice once again on Thursday and is likely going to be held out of this week’s game against the Chargers. He suffered an ankle injury in last week’s win over the Saints and doesn’t look to be over it yet, so it would be no surprise if he didn’t play this weekend. Reggie Bush (MIA)--Bush was able to practice on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday, which is a good sign that he may be able to play this weekend. Bush suffered a knee injury last week and will likely be a game-time decision this week depending on how he feels after participating in practice on Thursday. Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG)--The Giants expected to have Bradshaw back in the backfield on Sunday when they take on the Eagles after he missed the Week 3 win over the Panthers with a neck injury. He was able to fully participate in practice for the second straight day on Thursday, so unless something unforeseen occurs he is going to play this week. Darren McFadden (OAK)--McFadden was limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday with a shoulder injury, which doesn’t appear to be serious. The Raiders are being cautious with him this week, but he has shown it the past he has a hard time shaking off injuries, so you never know what will happen by Sunday. Steven Jackson (STL)-- The Rams may be without their starting running back when they take on the Seahawks on Sunday after Jackson missed practice once again on Thursday. Even if he plays this weekend he will not see a full workload, so expect him to be less of a factor even if he does suit up for the Rams. Wide Receivers Julio Jones (ATL)--Although Jones was limited in practice on Thursday due to a hand injury, he is expected to play against the Panthers on Sunday. Jones injured his hand in last Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, but it wasn’t enough to keep him out of practice completely. Calvin Johnson (DET)--As expected, Johnson was a full participant in practice on Thursday guaranteeing that he will be on the field on Sunday. He has been bothered by a lingering ankle injury, but it just isn’t enough to slow him down and keep him out o the lineup. Greg Jennings (GB)--Jennings was once again limited in practice on Thursday, but it was for precautionary reasons and not because he want able to play. He is still suffering from a lingering groin injury, but is expected to be on the field on Sunday against the Saints so get him in your lineups. Andre Johnson (HOU)-- The Texans are not worried about the latest injury Johnson suffered in last week’s win, but he was limited in practice on Thursday due to the groin injury. He is a tough player, so expect him to be out their when the Texans take on the Titans on Sunday. Dwayne Bowe (KC)--Bowe was limited in practice on Thursday because of a groin injury and is considered questionable until the Chiefs release their official injury report. The injury doesn’t appear to be too serious so expect to see him on the field on Sunday. Julian Edelman (NE)--The Patriots will likely be without Edelman this weekend when they take on the Bills after he was unable to practice for the second straight day on Thursday. He is suffering from a hand injury that occurred in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens and if he doesn’t practice on Friday he will likely be held out, so be sure to keep an eye on the situation if you planned on using him this week. Hakeem Nicks (NYG)--The Giants are hopeful that they will have their stud wide receiver for this week’s game against the Eagles, but he was once again limited in practice making him questionable for Sunday. He was held out of last week’s game against the Panthers with the same foot injury, but keep track of his practice on Friday to get a better feel for his availability. Kenny Britt (TEN)--Britt did not participate in practice on Thursday for the second straight day due to an ankle injury and is considered questionable for this week’s matchup against the Texans. If he does play he will be limited, but he sure to remember that if he is ruled active for the game. Pierre Garcon (WAS)-- Garcon was limited in practice on Thursday and is considered questionable for Week 4 against the Buccaneers. He has missed the team’s last two games with the same foot injury, so it is a good sign to see him back in action, even if it is in limited duty. Tight Ends Kyle Rudolph (MIN)--Rudolph was limited in practice on Thursday with a quadriceps injury and is considered questionable until the team releases its official injury report. It would be a huge blow to the Vikings offense if he was unable to play this weekend as he continues to form into one of the better up-incoming tight ends in the league. Dustin Keller (NYJ)--Keller was limited in practice on Thursday with the same hamstring injury that forced him to miss the Jets last two games. For now he is considered questionable, but if he practices on Friday expect him to take the field with his teammates this weekend when they take on the 49ers. Brandon Myers (OAK)--The Raiders expect to have Myers on Sunday, but he was been limited in practice this week after suffering from a concussion. He suffered the injury in a big hit form the Steelers defense last week but he appears to have shaken off most of the symptoms that would have kept him off the field. Jared Cook (TEN)--Cook was limited in practice on Thursday with a shoulder injury but it was a good sign to see him out there since he missed practice on Wednesday. He is considered questionable for Sunday, but it would be hard to envision him not playing since the injury is not serious. Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at email@example.com. Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information.