What's The Prognosis? Week 2 Injury Report (Friday Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Tony Romo: Romo took a big hit in the game against the Giants that took him out of the game for a few plays, but did return to finish the game. He has been listed as probable due to his ribs, but was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
Prognosis: Romo is likely to start in Kansas City on Sunday and should be fine in your starting lineup as well.
Reggie Bush: The Lions running back is listed as probable this week, but is a lock to play in Arizona this week. Head Coach Jim Schwartz had said he isn't planning on limiting Bush's workload going forward and Bush was also a full participant at practice despite his thumb and groin injuries.
Prognosis: Bush has played through minor nagging injuries before and coach Schwartz is no stranger to running players into the ground. Bush should be a good RB2 and a great flex play this week, but temper expectations against a stout Cardinals defense.
Jamaal Charles: Charles injured his quad on Sunday against the Jaguars and returned for only one play before heading back to the sideline with the Chiefs leading 28-2 at the half. Head coach Andy Reid thinks his best offensive weapon will be OK for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, but Charles was held out of practice earlier this week. Update: Charles said he is ready to play, and I believe him so start him as normal.
Prognosis: Charles sat the rest of the game because the Chiefs were so far ahead and is a good RB1 this week. If you’re still worried Knile Davis is the hand-cuff option to own.
Daryl Richardson: He got a day off Wednesday while resting what is being called a minor foot ailment, but it appears that he should be good to make the start against the Falcons Sunday. Richardson played well last week, and if he can keep that momentum going this week he could end up having a very good season.
Prognosis: Richardson returned to practice on Thursday, and seemed fine so go ahead and use him as your RB2 or in your flex spot.
Vick Ballard: He has an ACL tear, and is being sent to the IR after having surgery. This is unfortunate as Ballard had played well in Week 1, and looked too be a nice compliment to Ahmad Bradshaw in the Colts offense.
Prognosis: Ballard is done for the year, but if you want to have a hand-cuff for Bradshaw it's Donald Brown.
Bernard Pierce: Pierce is considered a top handcuff in fantasy football, but this could turn into a running back by committee if the workload splits continue to be as close as they were in Week 1. The Ravens second-year back is listed as probable and was limited in practice yesterday, but he should be able to play on Sunday. Update: Pierce has been downgraded to questionable and is now being considered a game time decision after being limited at practice again on Friday.
Prognosis: Pierce is only a low-end flex option for now, but watch the carries split as that could change in the future.
Larry Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald is questionable with an ailing hamstring , and reports are saying it could end up a game time decision if he will play against the Lions. Fitzgerald tweaked the hamstring in Wednesdays practice, and was limited at Fridays session.
Prognosis: Fitzgerald is a WR1 when healthy, but right now he may only be a high-end flex option if he plays at all.
Roddy White: The veteran wide receiver was a bit of a disappointment last Sunday, as White only had two receptions for 19 yards against the Saints. We also found out that White is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, and that he is listed day-to-day (which unfortunately could prove to be the case for the foreseeable future). Update: White will play this week, but I still am not to comfortable with calling him a clear WR2.
Prognosis: White hurt many fantasy owners last week and could do so again this week. His high-end is as a flex and his low-end is as a WR4 this week.
Julio Jones: Jones also appeared on the injury list on Wednesday, but he was only listed as probable so he should be good to start against the Rams on Sunday. The problem here is that the injury is in his knee, and leg injuries for wide receivers and running backs can end up causing problems down the road. Update: Jones was limited again on Friday, so keep an eye on the injury list on Sunday prior to game time.
Prognosis: Continue to monitor Jones in case the knee becomes worse. If it doesn't he's a good WR2 against a tough Rams secondary.
Dez Bryant: Bryant was limited at practice while dealing with foot issues and is listed as questionable (though the Cowboys expect him to play on Sunday). Bryant was not happy when he came out of the game in the fourth quarter last week with a foot sprain and should be champing at the bit to get back on the field this week.
Prognosis: Bryant should be fine and is a WR1 this week.
Wes Welker: He was another wide receiver that was limited all week during practice, but this is something Welker was doing in New England so he should be a go this week. After speculation in the preseason of how Welker would mesh with QB Peyton Manning , his performance in week 1 put that to rest.
Prognosis: Welker is will be a go despite the probable tag, and Manning seems to be finding him just fine. Welker will be a nice WR2 in most formats, but his high-end is as a WR3 this week.
Eric Decker: Decker is also listed as probable for Denver this week after dealing with shoulder issues, but that's not going to stop him from playing against the Giants on Sunday. Decker is still a good receiver, but with all the weapons around Manning he has to make the most of his targets
Prognosis: Decker is a high-end WR4 this week, and should get into the mix more than he did last Sunday.
Cecil Shorts: He had been limited in practices for most of the week, but coach Gus Bradley said Shorts will play against the Oakland Raiders. Shorts could be in line for a decent game with the return of QB Chad Henne to the starting lineup.
Prognosis: Shorts is a nice PPR wide receiver, and should be a good flex option this week.
Jermichael Finley: The Packers tight end is listed as questionable due to an ailing toe, but it seems they are being cautious with Finley and he should be fine to play against the visiting Redskins. Finley didn't practice on Tuesday, but he was on the field and seemed to be mobile enough to practice Wednesday. Update: Finley was limited at practice today, and should be ready to go on Sunday.
Prognosis: Finley has been inconsistent over his career, but he is a nice TE1 this week.
Owen Daniels: Daniels had a nice five-catch, two-touchdown game on Monday, but showed up with an ailing back and groin and was limited at practice on Wednesday. Early speculation is that Daniels should be able to play through the pain, but that's not to say he's in the clear just yet. We need to keep an eye on this heading into Sunday.
Prognosis: Daniels is fine when healthy. As long as he is playing he is a good TE2.