What's The Prognosis? Week 14 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Andre Ellington: Ellington missed the Cardinals Week 13 matchup against the Eagles and he is still considered day-to-day with his knee issues. Ellington said he'll "be ready to go on Sunday", but he was not able to practice on Wednesday. He could still play in Week 14, but the Cardinals aren't rushing him back into action.
Update: Coach Bruce Arians said Ellington "looked like he was back to normal" after Friday's practice, but it's too difficult to fully trust how much he plans to use Ellington to warrant starting him in your lineups this week.
DeAngelo Williams: Williams has returned to practice after missing all of last week, including the Panthers win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Williams will still have to share the backfield duties with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, but he should be able to play against the Saints on Sunday night. Williams, Stewart, and Tolbert have all taken a bit of a back seat to Cam Newton as of late and with all three a bit banged up this week, it's tough to trust any of them fully.
Prognosis: Williams is a flex at best this week.
Le'Veon Bell: Bell was fully practicing on Wednesday, which is pretty substantial considering he was knocked unconscious on Thanksgiving against the Ravens. Bell is on the right track to play on Sunday against the Dolphins, barring any setbacks, that is.
Update: It looks like Bell will be able to play, and is listed as probable for Sunday's game agains the Dolphins.
Rashad Jennings: Jennings also suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving day and though he also was able to practice on Wednesday, it was under limited conditions. Jennings has yet to be fully cleared for contact, so it's a situation to continue to monitor going into Sunday's game against the Jets.
Update: Jennings has not been cleared for contact yet, and is questionable to play on Sunday. It is becoming more and more likely that he will be ruled out this week.
Darren McFadden: McFadden tried to fill in for the inured Jennings last week, but his ankle injury was worse than first thought and he was only able to rush five times for 13 yards. It is starting to look like this is the end for McFadden in a Raiders uniform, as he is likely to sit out of their Week 14 game in New York. McFadden was hoping for a healthy season going into free agency, but 2013 has been anything but a healthy season for him.
Prognosis: McFadden is droppable at this point.
Percy Harvin: Harvin had a setback with his surgically repaired hip and had to have a injection in it last week. The Seahawks are now contemplating on whether to sit Harvin for the remainder of the regular season, in order to get him healthy for their playoff run.
Prognosis: Harvin is droppable in re-draft leagues.
Julius Thomas: Thomas has now missed two straight games with his knee injury and though he was limited in Wednesday's practice session, he is still being considered day-to-day. Thomas was limited in practice all of last week and still was unable to make the start on Sunday in Kansas City.
Update: With Thomas making both Thursday and Friday's practices, it seems that he will be a full go this week against the Titans.
Jordan Reed: Reed was thought to be able to play last week against the Giants, but had suffered a headache prior to the game and was scratched at the last minute. Reed will have to be re-cleared by an independent neurologist before he can resume practice this week, and until then his outlook for Sunday is in doubt.
Update: Reed is questionalbe again this week as expected, but barring another setback he should be able to play.
Reggie Bush: Bush was held out of Wednesday and Thursday's sessions, but he did return on Friday, so he's questionable for Sunday. Bush was dealing with a calf muscle issue, but reports indicate he wasn't limited and should be able to play without issue in Philadelphia this week.
Prognosis: Bush is an RB1 this week agains the Eagles.
Vincent Jackson: Jackson was limited on consecutive days after missing Wednesday's practice, and is listed as questioanble for the Buccaneers game against the Bills on Sunday. Jackson is dealing with a hamstring issue, but appears he plans on playing through it this week.
Prognosis: Jackson is has a great matchup, and should be able to take full advantage on Sunday.
Dennis Pitta: Ravens coach John Harbaugh says there's a "reasonable" chance that Pitta will play this week. This is obviously good news for the Ravens to get thier top tight end back, but it can also help fantasy owners dealing with injuries trying to make a playoff run. Pitta had hip surgery in the preseason, so there are some definite questions about how he will be able to preform returning to a full game workload.
Prognosis: Pitta was Top 10 fantasy tight end last season, and as long as there are no setbacks he could be able to help out some desperate fantasy owners in the playoffs. That said I may wait a week on starting him.