What's The Prognosis? Week 11 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Arian Foster: Foster has been shut down for the remainder of the season after being placed on the injured reserve list. The 27-year-old running back had been dealing with injury issues in his lower body for most of the year, but the back injury that will require surgery is what ended the 2013 season for Foster. Ben Tate (who is playing playing with broken ribs) will take over Foster's duties, and Dennis Johnson will be Tate's backup.
Prognosis: Tate is RB2 this week.
Stevie Johnson: Johnson is dealing with another groin injury, only now it is in his right leg, where earlier in the year it had been in the left. Johnson has said he is “unsure” if he will play in Week 11, but will be receiving extra treatment in an effort to do so. This is shaping up to be a game-time decision.
Update: Johnson has been ruled out for Sunday, as he was unable to practice all week. Robert Woods is also going to miss this week's game, leaving the Bills with T.J. Graham, and Marquise Goodwin as the top receiving options against the Jets.
Vernon Davis: Davis has been cleared for non-contact activity, and could be fully cleared by the NFL in time for Sunday. Davis suffered a concussion in the 49ers loss to the Panthers last week, but he is apparently no longer experiencing any symptoms.
Update: Davis was seen in a no-contact jersey at practice on Friday, which makes his status going into Sunday very dismal. Davis could still clear the NFL protocol before game time, but it would behoove his owners to have a backup plan in place.
Shane Vereen: Vereen is eligible to return to the Patriots active roster this week, but there has been no confirmation that he has been as of yet. Vereen has practiced over the past few weeks which is a positive sign, but Rob Gronkowski had practiced multiple weeks before his activation, so it is very much in the Patriots hands if Vereen will see action against the Panthers.
Update: The Patriots have yet to activate Vereen from the short-term injured reserve list, and though it could still happen prior to Monday night's game it is anything but certain that they will. Vereen hasn't played since Week 1, and he may show some rust even if he does play.
Percy Harvin: Harvin has been activated from his short-term injured reserve designation, and should be able to make his Seahawks debut against his former team the Minnesota Vikings. Harvin will likely be tagged as questionable for Week 11, as he was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Update: Harvin is listed as probable for Sunday, and he should play albeit in a limited role against the Vikings. Coach Pete Carroll said of Harvin “He feels 100 percent, he feels like he’s ready to go and go for it," which is encouraging but the limited snap count is something to be mindful of.
Mike James: Doug Martin is lost for the season, and now Mike James is as well. James suffered a broken ankle in the first quarter of the Buccaneers first win of the 2013 season, and now they will turn to Bobby Rainey and Brian Leonard to take over the backfield duties.
Prognosis: Rainey will be the lead back while Leonard serves as the third down option. Rainey will be a flex option at best.
Jay Cutler: Cutler has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain, and has been ruled out for Sunday's game. Cutler was already dealing with a groin injury going into last week's game against the Lions, and now with the ankle injury, he is listed as week-to-week.
Prognosis: Cutler's injury may have him miss more than just one game, so it could be time to cut him in re-draft leagues.
Terrelle Pryor: Pryor's sprained MCL is bad enough that he has asked to rest the injured leg. He is still expected to play on Sunday, but that is starting to appear in serious doubt. Matt McGloin was taking the first team reps at Wednesday's practice, which is a very telling sign.
Update: Pryor is listed as questionable, but Matt McGloin continued to take first-team snaps at Friday's practice. This suggests the Raiders are prepared to sit Pryor for Week 11, and so should his fantasy owners.
Tony Gonzalez: Gonzalez has a toe injury, and the Falcons have not said much else. Gonzalez had been seen limping around the locker room after the loss to the Seahawks, but there has been little information coming from the Falcons making it a very murky situation.
Update: Gonzalez was limited on Friday, and has been listed as questionable for the Falcons Week 11 matchup against the Buccaneers. Gonzalez is likely to be a game-time decision, be advised to have another option ready this week.