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What's The Prognosis? Week 17 Injury Report (Weekend Update)

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Will Randall Cobb make his return, and how much will he help? Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
Will Randall Cobb make his return, and how much will he help? Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Aaron Rodgers: The Packers have named Rodgers the starting quarterback for Week 17, and it will be the first time since the suffering the collarbone fracture that the Rodgers will take the field. Rodgers will be facing the Bears in a winner take all scenario in Week 17, which oddly enough wasthe same oponeent he was facing in Week 9. There are always risks in starting anyone coming back from a significant injury, but if the Packers think he's ready, then it's hard to argue that.

Update: Rodgers has been anounced as the Week 17 starter, and will return to his QB1 status.

Randall Cobb: Speculation is that Cobb will also return off of the injured reserved list in Week 17, but it has not been announced as a definite as of yet. The Packers are certainly in an all-hands-on-deck situation, and he had a very good practice on Thursday, which leads one to believe that announcement could come sooner than later.

Update: It looks like Cobb will also be making his return in the season finale. Cobb may be on a snap count, so he'll drop to a WR3.

Wes Welker: Welker has been practicing this week, but it's still looking bleek for him to get clearence from his concussion. The Broncos may hold off on playing Welker even if he were cleared, with the impending playoffs right around the corner.

Prognosis: Welker had a great first fantasy season in Denver, but didn't have much of an impact in the fantasy playoffs.

Adrian Peterson: Peterson is hoping to be able to play Sunday against the Lions, but that largely depneds on how he feels on Friday. With the playoffs well out of reach, the Vikings could sit their star running back, but Peterson isn't the type to sit out if he can go.

Update:Peterson is doubtful for Snday's game agains the Lions, and Matt Asiata has already been named the starter in his stead with Toby Gerhart ruled out. Asiata would be a bit of a long shot, even though he had that fluke game against the Eagles in Week 15.

Steve Smith: Smith is dealing with a sprained PCL and is trying to get ready for the first round of the NFL playoffs, which makes his doubtful tag for Sundays game agains the Falcons pretty much a no-go.

Prognosis: Smith will be replaced by Ted Ginn on Sunday, making ginn a low-end WR2.

Tony Romo: Romo is dealing with a herniated disc which will require surgery, but the Cowboys are refusing to rule him out. Romo has not been able to practice, and has received an epideral to aleviate the pain. Kyle Orton has taken all first team reps, and the Cowboys have signed retired former backup QB John Kitna. So the writing may be on the wall here despite wha the Cowboys have been saying.

Update: Romo had back surgery on his herniated disc, and will be out for until next season. Kyle Orton will start in his place.

Brandon Pettigrew: Pettigrew was placed on injured reserve, and his season is done. The Lions tight end suffered a high ankle sprain, and the only move was to try to go on without him.

Prognosis: With Pettigrew out, Joseph Fauria will be Matthew Stafford's safety valve.

Shane Vereen: Vereen's availabilty to play in the season final against the Bills is in jeopardy, and he will liekly be a game time decision. Vereen is dealing with a groin injury, and though he could play in Week 17 it's not a guarantee.

Prognosis: Vereen would be a RB2 if he can play, but make sure to check his status before game time.

Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski was dealt a tought blow when he tore both his ACL and MCL agains the Browns in Week 14. Gronkowski missed part of the beginning of this season while recovering from back and forearm surgeries, and he will certainly miss sometime in 2014 though sources say he could be back by September.

David Wilson: The Giants running back has stated his desire to return to football, despite suffering from spinal stenosis and a herniated disc. The risk of reinjury is greatly increased if Wilson does play football again, but others have played with the condition such as former Cowyboy Michael Irvin who played his whole career with said injury. Wilson could start the season on time if he comes back at all, but it's really up in the air right now.