What's The Prognosis? Week 12 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Wes Welker: Welker was concussed in last week's win over the previously undefeated Chiefs, and he will have to pass the NFL protocol tests before returning to practice. Welker's status is a bit up in the air until he is cleared (or not) for this week, but if he is allowed to play in Week 12, he has the extra motivation of playing his former team the Patriots.
Prognosis: If Welker does play, I expect him to do so with a chip on his shoulder, making him a very good WR2.
Update: Welker has been listed as probable forSunday, after practicing fully in Friday's session. Welker should be able to start against his former team, as long as he gets the final clearance to do so before gametime Sunday night.
Julius Thomas: Thomas has what the Broncos are calling a "sprain" in his knee, and is being called day-to-day. Thomas has yet to practice so far this week, which doesn't look good for one of the top fantasy tight ends going into Week 12. It could very well be a mild sprain, but Thomas not practicing coupled with the lack of information from the Broncos is something to be concerned about.
Prognosis: If Thomas can go he's a TE1 against the Patriots.
Update:Thomas is liekly to be a game-time decision, as the Broncos are listing him as questionable after being limited all week. Owners should have a backup lined up in the event Thomas sits out Week 12.
Miles Austin: Austin has missed the past few weeks while resting an ailing hamstring, but he is back and practicing fully this week as the Cowboys get ready to face off against the inter divisional rival Giants. Austin will resume his number two receiver role this Sunday, pushing rookie receiver Terrance Williams to the number three spot on the depth chart.
Prognosis: Austin is a WR3 coming off the hamstring injury.
Jay Cutler: Cutler is still being designated as week-to-week, but he also said that "the ankle is the problem" and that "there's a couple ligaments that we're a little bit worried about." The remainder of Cutler's season and possibly career as a Bear is in jeopardy, but the Bears continue to state that when healthy, Cutler is the starter (though that will not be this week as he has already been ruled out).
Prognosis: If no doctor is willing to clear Cutler, that is a pretty clear sign that the damage to the ligaments in the ankle are pretty severe. It's time to cut bait in re-draft leagues.
Santonio Holmes: Holmes was not practicing on Wednesday, but it appears to have been a rest day for the veteran receiver. Holmes is coming back from a hamstring injury last week after a multiple weeks off, but coach Rex Ryan said that "it wasn't really a setback" to that injury that had Holmes off on Wednesday.
Prognosis: Holmes should be fine for Sunday's game in Baltimore, and will be a mid-level WR3.
Jordan Reed: Reed suffered a concussion in a loss to the Eagles last Sunday, and will has yet to get the NFL clearance to play in Week 12. Reed is a much needed part in the Washington offense, after the news that Leonard Hankerson will require surgery to repair an LCL injury leaving only Pierre Garcon, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, and a disgruntled Josh Morgan as the other receiving threats for QB Robert Griffin III.
Prognosis: Reed will need to pass the NFL protocol before stepping onto the practice field nevermind the game field on Monday night. Be sure to have a backup ready, as we won't know more until later in the week.
Update: Reed was not present at Friday's session, and it looks very doubtful that he will be able to play on Monday night. Reed could still clear the concussion tests in time to start this week, but with such a late game, it would behoove owners to find an alternate option, possibly Delanie Walker.
Denarius Moore: After missing three consecutive practices Moore will miss the Raiders Week 12 game against the Titans. Moore is dealing with a shoulder injury that will likely require surgery at some point, but the Raiders and Moore are still hoping to have that time come after the season.
Prognosis: Moore may return in Week 13, but the shoulder injury may prove too much for the reciever to handle .
Adrian Peterson: Peterson is questionable for Week 12, after missing a few practices this week . Peterson has been playing through the groin injury, and he should be able to make the start against the Packers.
Prognosis: Peterson should ba a a full go on Sunday, and will be a his usual RB1.