What's The Prognosis? Week 3 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Ryan Tannehill: Tannehill hurt the shoulder on a play in which he fumbled the ball on the first drive of the second half, but he did return to finish the game. Tannehill is dealing with soreness in his right shoulder, and is listed as probable for this weekend's match up against the Falcons.
Prognosis: Tannehill should be good to go in Week 3 if you need him, and the Falcons have been a pass-friendly defense so far this season.
Reggie Bush: Bush may end up a game-time decision this week after taking a helmet to the knee in the second quarter in the Lions Week 2 loss to the Cardinals. He did not practice Wednesday, and may sit most of the week leading into Sunday's game against the Redskins. Joique Bell played the majority of the game after the hit, and he may be leaned on heavily this week if Bush is unable to go. Update: It looks like Bush will be able to play, and against a poor run defense too. Even so, it will likely be workload split between Bush RB2 and Bell RB3/flex.
Prognosis: It's not looking good for Bush right now, so if you can still grab Bell now is the time.
Rashard Mendenhall: Mendenhall is listed as probable while is nursing a toe injury, but was able to ride the stationary bike on the sidelines at Wednesday's practice. Mendenhall has been ailing coming into the season and hasn't been able to stay healthy, which is allowing rookie Andre Ellington to make a bid for the starting job. Update: Mendenhall will be able to play on Sunday, but it's still a good idea to grab Ellington though.
Prognosis: Mendenhall's job security is in serious jeopardy and if you can get Ellington to shore up your roster, he could be a good flex against the Saints this week.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Jones-Drew suffered a sprained tendon in his left ankle during the first half of the game on Sunday, and was unable to return after the initial reports of him being probable were downgraded to questionable. Jones-Drew is being listed as questionable going into Week 3, and may end up a game-time decision against a tough Seahawks defense. Update: Jones-Drew is still being listed as questionable, but it appears he won't play this week.
Prognosis: Jones-Drew may be worth sitting this week based on the match up alone, but if he can go, he may only be a low-end flex play.
Steven Jackson: Jackson scored a touchdown against his former team last weekend, but was then seen walking toward the locker room while his defense was on the field. Jackson is being ruled out for at least this week, and the thigh injury may delay his return for a few weeks.
Prognosis: Jackson will be on bench duty until we learn more. Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will split the workload, but they are only flex options this week (at best) against a good Miami run defense.
Eddie Lacy: The Packers rookie left Sunday's game after suffering a helmet-to-helmet collision that resulted in a concussion, and will be out of the lineup for this week's game against the Bengals. Lacy will have to wait until he is cleared by the league to return and until then, fantasy owners will need to look elsewhere. James Starks took the job after Lacy left the game, and played well in his absence.
Prognosis: The Packers took a large lead in the first half, and ran Starks to kill the clock. I don't see that being the case this week against the Bengals, and only like him as a low-end RB2.
Ray Rice: Rice left Sunday's game after falling untouched and didn't return, while Bernard Pierce played the remainder of the game in a 14-6 win against the Browns. Rice is listed as day-to-day with an injured hip flexor, and may become another running back that will be a game-time decision this week. Update: Rice is now doubtful for the week, and that mean Pierce will get the start against Houston. With no Rice, Pierce is a good RB2 this week.
Prognosis: Pierce has been touted as a high-end handcuff this season, and we may just see how that plays out if Rice can't go. Rice is a RB2 if he goes, and Pierce a high-end flex.
Giovani Bernard: He was limited during Thursdays practice, but it turns out to have been just precautionary. Bernard showed flashes of why fantasy folks think he will be the offensive rookie of the year last week, and hopefully, it was a wakeup call to the Bengals coaching staff to get him involved in the games more going forward.
Prognosis: Bernard is a great talent, but his fantasy usefulness depends on his carries. So for now Bernard is a high-end flex with RB2-RB1 potential.
Le’Veon Bell: A bit of good news coming out of Pittsburgh, as Bell has been practicing and is now questionable for this week. Bell probably won't play and if he does it will be a limited amount, but it certainly opens the door for a week 4 start.
Prognosis: Bell is on his way back, but may still be a week away. We will need to see what he can do before going crazy with predictions, but he can't be worse than what the Steelers have been dealing with thus far.
Heath Miller: Miller had a great year in 2012, but started this year off with an injury. Miller has been working his way back and is now listed as probable to play on Sunday night, but how many snaps he will get is unknown.
Prognosis: Miller is a good option to go stash if you have an injured tight end, but not for this week.
Daryl Richardson: Richardson was held out of practice on Wednesday with a foot issue, but was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. Richardson will be starting again this week, and it looks like Wednesday was just a day off to rest the foot.
Prognosis: Richardson is a good RB2 and a better flex this week against the Cowboys.
Larry Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald did play on Sunday against Detroit, but only caught two passes for 33 yards. He came into Week 2 nursing the hamstring problem, and that transfers over to Week 3. He may sit the entire week of practice just to rest the injury, but should be able to play against the Saints this week. Update: Fitzgerald is going to start on Sunday, and has a good match up against the Saints.
Prognosis: Fitzgerald was a bit disappointing last week, and that could end up being a similar situation this week. He's a high-end WR2 and low-end WR3.
Dez Bryant: Bryant has some back tightness and sat out of practice, but is only listed as probable so the day off may have been precautionary. Update: As expected the day of rest for the back was just that, and Bryant will be out on the field come game time.
Prognosis: He's still WR1 every week as long as he plays.
Julio Jones: Jones worried owners last week, but showed there was no reason for concern after catching 11 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. Jones is listed as probable right now, but it shouldn't stop him from playing again in Week 3.
Prognosis: I'm not worried about a day off. He's still a top WR1.
Roddy White: White's ankle has killed his season so far and that seems to be a continuing them this week. White has only five receptions for 40 yards this season, and is questionable again for Sunday's matchup against the Dolphins.
Prognosis: White needs to play through the pain and if he can, he may bounce back. He's a low-end WR3 right now, but he could be a great buy-low option for teams in need of wide receiver help.
Andre Johnson: Johnson suffered a concussion against the Titans last week, but was cleared to resume physical activity on Monday. He may be taking it slow right now, but Johnson is expected to play against the Ravens in Week 3. Update: Johnson will play against the Ravens, so all systems go for fantasy owners as well.
Prognosis: Johnson should be good-to-go and will be a WR1 if he does. If you're worried still and DeAndre Hopkins is gone, grab Keshawn Martin (who played while Johnson was out last Sunday).
Malcom Floyd: Floyd is out for the foreseeable future after suffering a neck injury against the Eagles last Sunday. Hopefully, Floyd is able to recover and can comeback at some point, but it may take some time before that starts to happen. Update: Floyd will be able to return and that's good news, but the bad news is he may miss at least a four games.
Prognosis: With Floyd out, Eddie Royal is a nice WR3 for PPR formats, but Vincent Brown may be a WR4 at best right now.
Mike Wallace: Wallace was limited on Friday with a groin injury, and is being labeled as questionable for this week’s game against the Falcons. He was added to the list on Thursday, but was a full participant in that session.
Prognosis: Keep an eye on the situation come Sunday morning, but I think he'll play and be a good WR2 option.
Vernon Davis: Davis tweeted that there is “No need to worry y'all” on Tuesday night, but he did miss practice Wednesday after straining his hamstring in Sunday's game. Hopefully, he is right and we don't need to worry, but Davis is questionable to go this week so I'm a little concerned. Update: Well it looks like Davis hasn't been cleared to play yet, and that is a bad sign that he likely won't go on Sunday.
Prognosis: Davis is a top tight end, but make sure you have a backup plan ready if he can't go. Garrett Graham may be a useful backup plan, even though he splits time with Owen Daniels, since they are going against a Ravens defense that struggles against tight ends.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett was limited in practice and is probable for this week, but Bennett will likely play considering that he finished the game on Sunday after the initial injury to his shoulder occurred. Bennett has been Jay Cutler's favorite goal line target so far, and is in line for another good game in Week 3 against the Steelers in primetime.
Prognosis: Start Bennett as you normally would.
Rob Gronkowski: After much speculation, it appears that Gronkowski will not be playing this week, but is closer to being able to play in week 4. The Patriots are playing it safe with Gronkowski especially after last season’s mishaps, and that can only benefit his you in the future.
Prognosis: Hopefully, it's only one week away before we get to see a “Gronk spike.”