by Will Overton
It’s time again to take a look at the league’s injury report heading into this weekend’s games. Granted a lot can change in the next 24 hours, but it’s important to keep tabs on these guys status leading up to game time. You never know what will happen tomorrow morning that might prevent you from making changes so it’s best to stay on top of things now.
You also want to be able to know what positions you may need to pickup a guy as a just in case situation. This week is the super bye week, with six teams sitting out, and benches are getting more thin so you need to know what guys you are going to need to replace.
Here is the latest injury news on a handful of fantasy playmakers:
Trent Richardson – RB, Cleveland Browns: It’s becoming quite commonplace to see Trent Richardson’s name listed as questionable on the injury report going into Sunday. The last two weeks Richardson has played with the same rib injury that slows him now. Despite the fact that he has played he has only for 45 yards in these last two games, including 8 yards on 8 carries last week. The Charges are a decent team for Richardson to be going up against, but I just hope he’s come along a bit better with his injury this week.
Felix Jones – RB, Dallas Cowboys: With DeMarco Murray already ruled out for this week’s game against the Giants it’d be nice to see the questionable Felix Jones be in the lineup. As of right now it looks like that’ll be the case as Jones has practiced the last two days and reports are that the bruised knee hasn’t hampered him to greatly. Jones is probably only a flex play against the Giants, but he’s worth putting in.
Titus Young – WR, Detroit Lions: Going into this season Titus Young was quite the pick to be a breakout player. He hasn’t lived up to expectations as of yet. Right now Young is dealing with a knee injury that has kept him out of practice all week and is probably a game time decision. If he can go he might be in line for a big game with Nate Burleson now out for the rest of the season with a broken leg. He just caught 6 passes for 81 yards on Monday Night, his best game yet. Keep an eye on his availability going into Sunday.
Jordy Nelson – WR, Green Bay Packers: Things aren’t sounding all that great for Nelson. He hurt his hamstring on Wednesday, so it’s still a pretty fresh injury. And he hasn’t practiced at all since it happened. The Packers have already deemed Nelson to be a game time decision. If he can go it’s hard to pass on him with Greg Jennings out, but you’ll want to be very sure. James Jones and Randall Cobb could be very strong plays this week with Jennings out and Nelson questionable.
Aaron Hernandez – TE, New England Patriots: The trip to London was not made by Aaron Hernandez with the rest of the team yesterday which officially and quite clearly rules Hernandez out for this week’s game. It’s been a tough year for Hernandez who had played just two games after missing and now will miss at least one more. Just one less target to worry about for the Patriots recievers.
Jimmy Graham – TE, New Orleans Saints: After being a scratch last week fantasy owners of Graham must be on edge again this week with him being listed as questionable. Graham claims his ankle is good and that if it were up to him he’d play. Ultimately it’s not up to him completely though and the team is calling him a game time decision. Apparently it will depend on if the swelling in his ankle is down by game time. I’m betting that he plays, but you need to make sure to have a backup on your bench and watch the reports Sunday just in case.
Ahmad Bradshaw – RB, New York Giants: Just like the running backs who oppose him this week, Ahmad Bradshaw is banged up. It’s the same foot issue that has been hampering him the last few weeks. Bradshaw just participated in his first practice yesterday and was limited. Still Bradshaw is very confident that he’ll place and not be slowed. Tom Coughlin is also confident which makes me feel a lot better personally. I’d insert him in your lineup and just keep track things over the next 24 hours.
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