What's The Prognosis? Week 1 Injury Report
By Rob Pallazola
EJ Manuel: Manuel was named the starting quarterback this week after he returned to practice on Sunday. The rookie had a minor knee surgery in August and wasn’t expected to be ready until Week 2, but Manuel has shown enough this week to let the coaching staff make the move now.
Prognosis: You can play him if you need to, but the Patriots pass rush could cause problems forcing the Jets to turn to fellow rookie Jeff Tuel.
Blaine Gabbert: He is still listed as questionable for Sunday’s opener against the Chiefs, though he will likely make the start. Gabbert has been dealing with a hairline fracture in his thumb, but has taken most of the reps during practice this week.
Prognosis: Sit him this week, as the Jaguars are likely to lean on the running game, and the Chiefs defense are better than expected.
Arian Foster: He is going to be on the field against the Chargers, but how long and what Foster does in that time are the real questions. The Texans are expected to limit Foster's touches this week, but if you drafted him, you have to start him even with that in mind.
Prognosis: High-end RB2 with Ben Tate having flex value with higher potential
Ahmad Bradshaw: He seems ready to start week one, as Bradshaw has been a full participant at practice so far this week. There are still concerns that he may not be able get through the entire season, making Vick Ballard worth keeping a keen eye on.
Prognosis: Low- end RB 2 high-end flex position this week, and make sure to pay attention to the carries splits with Ballard.
Rashard Mendenhall: Mendenhall is listed as probable to start against the St. Louis Rams. There is no reason to worry about starting Mendenhall if you need to this week, but that's only if you NEED to start him against a tough Rams defense.
Prognosis: Low-end RB2 would be a better suited as a flex option this week.
Roddy White: The veteran receiver is expected to make the start against division rival New Orleans Saints, after dealing with an ankle injury. There doesn't seem to be any reason to sit White for this week especially against a poor Saints secondary.
Prognosis: Low-end WR1 option in a match up of two poor pass defenses.
DeAndre Hopkins: The rookie is listed as probable but has passed his final concussion protocol test, and should be ready to go on Monday night. Hopkins is a nice option against the Chargers defense now that he has been cleared to play, you can start him without concern if needed.
Prognosis: Hopkins is a nice WR3 or flex option this week.
Santonio Holmes: Holmes has been listed as questionable and was limited in practice on Friday, but he should be able to start against the Buccaneers on Sunday. Holmes has been sidelined with the dreaded Lisfranc fracture since last September, but is hoping to comeback this season starting with Week 1.
Prognosis: WR5 at best this week. Jeremy Kerley is a much better option this week especially in PPR formats.
Danny Amendola: is questionable on the injury list, but we're talking about the Patriots here so take that with a grain of salt. The issue Amendola has been dealing with is in the groin region, but he is expected to play against the Bills and should be fine to start in fantasy leagues for now.
Prognosis: A nice WR2 play this week against the Bills.
Victor Cruz: He is still listed as probable, but he will start against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Cruz's heel has limited him in practice, but that's likely just to keep him fresh for the season opener against a longtime rival.
Prognosis: Go ahead and start him as your WR1 against a weak Dallas secondary.
Rob Gronkowski: He has been practicing all week which is a good sign, but Gronkowski is still a few weeks away from starting after multiple back surgeries in the offseason. Gronkowski should prove to be worth the wait when he does come back.
Prognosis: He’s on bench duty for a few weeks, but Zach Sudfeld is a very good option this week against a poor Bills defense.