What's The Prognosis? Week 15 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Wes Welker: Welker suffered his second concussion this season in the Broncos Week 14 win over the Titans and has been ruled out for Thursday nights game against the Chargers. Welker could return in Week 16, but on a short turnaround from Sunday to Thursday, he was unable to clear the testing procedures to play this week. Jacob Tamme was used as the fill-in at the slot position after Welker left the game, and he should be in that role again on Thursday night.
Prognosis: Welker should be back next week against the Texans.
Eddie Lacy: Lacy is likely a game-time decision for the Packers Week 15 matchup against the Cowboys after suffering setbacks to his ankle injury on Sunday. Lacy has not practiced so far this week, and coach Mike McCarthy suggests Friday is the earliest he may be able to.
Update: Lacy made it through his rehab sessions, and was limited in Fridays practice. Lacy is listed as probable for Sunday's game agains the Cowboys where he should be a nice RB1.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Jones-Drew left in the fourth quarter of last weeks game with a hamstring injury, and he isn't expected to return to practice until Friday. Jones-Drew is probably going to end up a game-time decision for the Jaguars Week 15 game against the Bills.
Update: Jones-drew is listed as doubtful for Week 15, and Jordan Todman will likely be the starter for the Jaguars in his stead.
Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski suffered a torn MCL and ACL after taking a devastating hit in Sunday's win over the Browns. The patriots have put Gronowski on the injured reserved list, thus finishing his season.
Prognosis: The Patriots signed D.J. Williams, but it's a serious downgrade from Gronkowski. Delanie Walker of the Titans would be a better add if available.
Rashad Jennings: Jennings passed his concussion test, and returned to practice in full on Wednesday. Jennings missed last week's game against the Jets, but he should be a full go on Sunday against the Chiefs.
Prognosis: Jennings is a RB2 this week.
Adrian Peterson: Peterson left the game with a foot sprain on Sunday, and was in a walking boot at the begining of the week. Peterson is out of the boot now, and he will be able to test the foot at Friday's practice. Toby Gerhart filled in for Peterson last week, but he is dealing with a hamstring and won't be abel to test his injury until Friday as well.
Prognosis: We won't know more until Friday, but it looks like Gerhart is closer than Peterson right now.
Adrian Peterson: Peterson left the game with a foot sprain on Sunday, and was in a walking boot at the begining of the week. Peterson is out of the boot now, and he will be able to test the foot at Friday's practice. Toby Gerhart filled in for Peterson last week, but he is dealing with a hamstring injury as well.
Update: Peterson is listed as questionable for Suday, but he said that he's still experiencing pain in the foot after Friday's workout. That said Gerhart is also questioinable, while still dealng with his hamstring issue. The Vikings won't make a final decision until Saturday the earliest and most likely on Sunday to who will be able to play, and to what extent. Peterson did however appear to leap frog Gerhart after Friday's training session, but keep a close eye on this situation.
Cecil Shorts: Shorts has been dealing with his groin issue for much of the season and has been able to play through it without losing much value. On Friday, Shorts announced that the groin injury will need postseason surgery, and the latest flare-up has him as a game-time decision for Sunday.
Prognsis: Shorts will be a high-end WR3 if he does start, but it's not looking very good for this week.
Reggie Bush: Bush aggravated his calf injury during warm ups last week in Philadelphia, which had him miss the game leaving Joique Bell to take over his responsabilities. Bush did return to practice on a limited basis Friday, and the Lions are optomistic that he will be able to play on Monday night against the Ravens.
Prognosis: If Bush does play he's a clear RB1, but keep an eye on him just in case there's another setback.