What's The Prognosis? Week 10 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers left Monday night's game after suffering a broken left collarbone, and will be out of action for at least 4-6 weeks. The Packers are moving forward as though Rodgers is week-to-week, and are hopeful that the star quarterback will return for their Week 13 matchup against the Lions.
Prognosis: Seneca Wallace will start in place of Rodgers, but his fantasy value will be limited. Eli Manning and Alex Smith have favorable schedules going forward, but neither are going to completely replace Rodgers production.
Michael Crabtree: Crabtree was cleared to begin practicing, and could be back in action by Week 13. Crabtree is coming back after tearing his Achilles tendon this past spring, and the 49ers will have to make sure the receiver doesn't suffer any setbacks before clearing him to play in a game.
Prognosis: A healthy Crabtree would be a welcome addition to a banged up 49ers receiving corps, but he is still a few weeks away form helping them or his fantasy owners.
Jay Cutler: Cutler will test his groin injury later this week to see if he will be able to play on Sunday, but it doesn't appear he will be hurried back. Josh McCown's performance last week may be attributed to Cutler's willingness to take his time returning to the lineup.
Prognosis: Cutler's status for Sunday's matchup will become clearer later in the week.
Update: The Bears have announced that Cutler will be starting against the Lions, and our own Jake Ciely has him ranked as the No. 12 quarterback this week.
Giovani Bernard: Bernard scored two touchdowns last Thursday, but left the game in the fourth quarter with bruised ribs. Bernard was limited during Wednesday's practice, but he is likely to be able to play against the rival Ravens on Sunday.
Prognosis: Bernard is a mid-level RB2 as long as he plays.
Update: Bernard is being listed as questionable, and though the expectation is that he will play, he may be limited in his playing time. Make sure he is active Sunday morning, as this could end up becoming a game-time decision.
E.J. Manuel: Manuel has been sidelined with a sprained LCL since Week 5, but the Bills have announced that Manuel will be the starting quarterback against the Steelers on Sunday.
Prognosis: Manuel's return should help the Bills receivers production going forward.
Roddy White: White was limited during Wednesday's session, but the fact he was able to practice at all is a step in the right direction. White was one on-field workout away from being able to play in last week's loss to the Panthers.
Prognosis: White has a tough matchup against the Seahawks if he actually plays, but the Falcons schedule get's a bit better after Week 10.
Update: White is questionable, but he should be able to play Sunday. White may be a low-end WR2 this week, but that should jump to a WR2 if he proves he's healthy against the Seahawks.
Andre Brown: Brown will be making his 2013 debut in the Giants Week 10 matchup against the Raiders. Brown's return will hopefully give the Giants a boost in their rushing attack, but Peyton Hillis is still expected to be the lead back Sunday.
Prognosis: Brown is a talented rusher and could end up taken the starters role in the future, but is a flex option for this week.
Darren McFadden: McFadden re-injured his hamstring in last week's loss to the Eagles, and may miss Sunday's game against the Giants. The oft-injured McFadden injured the hamstring in Week 4, and it kept him from playing in Week 5.
Prognosis: Rashard Jennings came in for McFadden, and rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown. Jennings is a decent flex option this week.
Darren Sproles: Sproles suffered a concussion last week against the Jets, but he was able to practice fully on Wednesday. Sproles has passed the NFL concussion protocol tests, and will be playing in Week 10.
Prognosis: Sproles has not been the PPR running back of the past this season, but he should be a good flex against the Cowboys.
Arian Foster: Foster met with doctors on Wednesday, making the back injury more worrisome than first thought. No diagnosis has been announced as of yet, but signs are pointing to Foster sitting out Sunday's game.
Prognosis: Ben Tate will get the start if Foster does miss the game, and would be an RB2.
Update: Foster will be missing some time, and though it has yet to be determined, it may be the remainder of the season. The Texans star running back is seeking multiple opinions on his back injuries, but the potential for surgery has come up which is not a good sign. We will learn what is to come soon, but preparing for the worst now is the best option for his fantasy owners.
New: Marques Colston:Colston is questionable for the Saints Week 10 game Sundaynight, as he was limmited in every practice session over the past week. Colston's knee issues have been hindering him all season, and he should be viewed as a game-time decision after missing last weeks game in New Jersey.
Prognosis:Colston is a WR3 if he can play.
New: Trent Richardson: Richardson had missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday but was back on Friday and is questionable for Week 10. Richardson's season has been a bit disappointing after having a strong rookie season last year, and he continues to split the workload with Donald Brown.
Prognosis: Richardson has dropped down to a flex role.
New: Doug Martin: Martin was sent to the injured reserve list , which ends any chance of him returning this season. Martin had been under preforming prior to the injury, and now is only worth holding onto in dynasty formats.
Prognosis: Martin much like Richardson had a great first year, and had been a shadow of what we had seen during this season. Hopefully he can get the torn labrum taken care of, and return next season like the Martin of 2012.