What's The Prognosis? Week 5 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Terrelle Pryor: Pryor was unable to play last week and the Raiders struggled without him. He has been cleared to play against the Chargers this week, and has been symptom-free from his concussion that was suffered in Week Three.
Prognosis: Pryor is a good fantasy quarterback. Start him this week against the Chargers defense, for sure.
Jake Locker: Locker will be out four-to-six weeks with an MCL sprain and a hip injury. Locker was taken off the field last week, and was brought to a hospital for MRI on his hip, but there appeared to be no major damage.
Prognosis: This could have been much worse, so hopefully he will be back to play soon.
C.J. Spiller: Spiller left the game on Sunday with a sprained ankle and will be a game-time decision for Thursday night. The severity of the ankle sprain was never announced, but it is obviously hurting him more than expected.
Prognosis: Have a backup plan ready if Spiller can't play on Thursday. LeGarrette Blount is one option if you need a pickup.
Fred Jackson: Jackson suffered an MCL sprain in the win over the Ravens, but is probable for Thursday night's game against the Browns this week. The Bills are going to bring Ronnie Wingo from the practice squad to Cleveland with them, but Jackson will be the workhorse in the backfield if Spiller can't go.
Prognosis: Jackson could be in line for a good game even if Spiller does play, but the Browns are tough against the run so don't expect a huge performance.
Eddie Lacy: Lacy has been able to practice this week and is likely play in the divisional clash against the Lions. With James Starks out, Lacy will get a good portion of the workload, but Johnathan Franklin will be get his touches as well.
Update: Both Lacy and Franklin are listed as probable, and should be good to go on Sunday.
Prognosis: Lacy is a good RB2 this week, and Franklin a solid flex.
Darren McFadden: McFadden left the game in the first quarter against the Redskins on Sunday and hasn't returned to the practice field as of yet.
Prognosis: It's hard to say with no official word yet, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Oakland has a late game on Sunday night, so keep in eye on the situation and form a backup plan now.
Brandon Marshall: Marshall had a day of rest on Wednesday and is expected to be fine to play come Sunday. Marshall has an issue with his foot, but it's not considered to be too serious. Marshall and the Bears offense had a rough game last week and face another tough challenge in the Saints this weekend.
Update: Marshall missed both Wednesday and Thursday practices, but he should still be able to play this week regardless.
Prognosis: High-end WR2 this week.
Danny Amendola: Amendola appears to be moving around better and could actually be a game-time decisions (for real) this week. There isn't a report from the Patriots themselves on this, but that could just be because they are very tight-lipped about injuries in general.
Update: Amendola is still questionable , but there is speculation that he will actually play this week. If he does go he will be a nice WR2, as he should return to be Brady's top target.
Prognosis: Don't get too excited just yet, but if Amendola does suit up on Sunday he could be a nice WR2.
Miles Austin: Austin's status for this week is a bit up in the air right now, but he had a setback with the hamstring injury so it's not looking too god. Austin was in and out much of last season with an injury to the same hamstring and this could be an unfortunate case of deja vu for the Cowboys receiver.
Update:Austin is being listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Broncos, and this could be a lingering issue for much of the season. Terrance Williams is the next guy in line, and is a WR4 this week.
Prognosis: If Austin can go he won't be close to full strength. He's a WR4 even if he plays.
Cecil Shorts: Shorts left the practice field on Wednesday after tweaking his groin, but he has been playing through the issue since Week Two so he should be fine to play on Sunday. Shorts may get a few less targets this week, but it will only be because of Justin Blackmon's return from suspension.
Update: Shorts has been out of practice all week, but is still being listed as questionable. It appears he will give it a go on Sunday, but he may only be a WR3 or flex this week with the ailing groin issue.
Prognosis: Shorts is still a good flex option this week.
Stephen Hill: Hill suffered a concussion on the opening drive of the game last weekend., and he hasn't been cleared by the NFL yet. Hill is doubtful for the Monday night game in Atlanta.
Update: Hill was at practice in a red jersey which is a good sign, but he still hasn't been cleared for contact. If he gets clearance from the NFL to play expect him to be on the field Monday night, but he may only be a WR3.
Prognosis: Hill looked good in Week 3, and hopefully he can make a quick recovery.
Santonio Holmes: Holmes will miss a few weeks with a pretty significant hamstring pull. No exact date has been given, but it may be three weeks considering the severe limp he has right now.
Prognosis: Holmes shut down for at least two weeks and if you have Geno Smith, this doesn't help him in the slightest.
Jermichael Finley: Finley was cleared to practice following the concussion he received in Week 3, which was pretty scary considering he had loss of memory, consciousness, and impaired vision after the initial hit. As long as he can make it through the rest of the week, Finley should be able to play on Sunday.
Prognosis: Finley is a TE1 so if he plays, start him.