What's The Prognosis? Week 13 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Michael Crabtree: Crabtree has been activated off the injured reserved list, and is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the visiting Rams. Crabtree has been practicing over the past few weeks in preparation for his return, so he should be able to make a difference even with a snap count limitation. Crabtree’s return comes at a great time, as both most fantasy owners and the 49ers are trying to lockdown a playoff spot.
Prognosis: Crabtree is returning from a torn achilles tendon and considering the snap count factor, I think he'll be a low-end WR2.
Zac Stacy: Stacy suffered a concussion late in the second quarter of last week’s win over the Bears, but still ended up with 87 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries before that happened. The 22-year-old rookie running back was unable to practice on Wednesday, and will still have to pass a battery of NFL protocol tests before he's allowed to play this Sunday in San Francisco.
Update: Stacy has been cleared to play on Sunday, and is being listed as probable. Consider Stacy a high-end RB2.
Stevie Johnson: Johnson has returned to practice this week, and it appears the groin problem is much improved after last week's bye. Johnson and Robert Woods ended up sitting out of the Bills Week 11 victory over the Jets, but both look ready to to return to action this week against the Falcons.
Prognosis: Johnson is a WR3, and Woods is a WR4 this week.
Julius Thomas: Thomas was sidelined in New England Sunday night with a knee sprain he suffered against the Chiefs in Week 11, but he has been practicing this week and is on schedule to face the Chiefs again in Kansas City on Sunday. Thomas has become a top-tier tight end this season, and his presence in the Broncos offense was greatly missed during their loss to the Patriots.
Update: Thomas is listed as questionable, but he is going to be able to start on Sunday and is a TE1.
Knowshon Moreno: Moreno injured his ankle during overtime in New England on Sunday night and has not been able to practice yet this week. The injury is being called a bone bruise and Moreno was also seen wearing a walking boot while using crutches after Sunday night's loss.
Update: Moreno is probable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, after being able to practice on both Thursdayand Friday.
Ryan Mathews: Mathews re-injured his hamstring during the third quarter last week, and was not able to practice as of yet going into the Chargers Week 13 matchup against the Bengals. Mathews injured the hamstring originally in Week 10 and though he is still expected to play on Sunday, hamstring injuries can be a very tricky issue (for running backs especially).
Update: Mathews was able to practice the past two days, and he will be able to play through the hamstring issue this week. Mathews may not be quite 100 percent, so he may drop down from an RB2 to a high-end flex.
Chris Ivory: Ivory was limited in Wednesday's practice session, and dealing with a sprained ankle that he has stated is both upper and lower. Ivory injured the ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the Ravens, but was able to remain in the game. That may be a decent sign that he could play in Week 13, but it is not a guarantee.
Update: Ivory's ankle injuries are not as severe as first thought, and he will be able to start against the Dolphins.
Darren McFadden: McFadden is listed as questionable for the Raiders Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas after missing time with a hamstring injury. McFadden should be able to play, but will likely be serving as Rashard Jennings' back-up.
Prognosis: McFadden is a flex option at best for the time being.
Jordan Reed: Reed has returned to practice on a limited basis after missing Monday night's game against the 49ers. Reed still has some tests to pass before he is cleared for contact , but it's a step in the right direction to see him on the practice field after suffering a concussion in Week 11.
Update: Reed is expected to start on Sunday, but he still needs to pass the last few tests before that can happen. Reed may be a game time decision against the Giants on Sunday night, so be prepared for the worse.
Andre Ellington: Ellington is listed as questionable going into the Cardinals Week 13 matchup against the Eagles and will be a gametime decision. Ellington injured his knee in Thursday's practice session. It was not believed to be serious, but he did miss Friday's sessions.
Prognosis: Ellington is now a low-end flex at best, if he is able to play at all.
DeAngelo Williams: Williams is dealing with a quad injury, and it is not looking very good for the veteran running back this week. Williams has been dealing with the quad injury for a few weeks, but he's been able to play through it up until now. Williams is likely a game time decision, after missing multiple practices this week.
Prognosis: Jonathan Stewart will be the starter in Williams place, and Mike Tolbert will have his usual goal line carries as well. Stewart is a solid flex, but that could bump up if Williams is unable to play.