What's The Prognosis? Week 6 Injury Report
By Rob Pallazola
Michael Vick: Vick pulled a hamstring on Sunday's win over the Giants, but has been doing limited work this week in individual drills. Vick has been ruled out for the Eagles Week 6 game against the Buccaneers, but it is a good sign he is moving around and may be back sooner than first anticipated at the beginning of the week.
Prognosis: Vick is a Top 10 fantasy quarterback and losing him for even a week is tough. Nick Foles will fill in and may be a decent option, and some other options are Sam Bradford or Terrelle Pryor
David Wilson: Wilson injured his neck in the first half last week and is going to be out for Thursday's game in Chicago. Wilson is going to get a second opinion on his neck, but that won't be until next Monday. It's a wait and see situation with Wilson right now. There's hope he will be able to miss just one or two games, but it is dwindling.
Prognosis: Brandon Jacobs will start Thursday with Da'Rel Scott backing him up, and Jacobs is a RB4 this week.
C.J. Spiller: Spiller was spotted limping at practice on Wednesday, and it may be some lingering issue from the ankle sprain he suffered in Week 4. Spiller was a game-time decision last Thursday against the Browns, and did end up running well and scoring a touchdown while playing on a limited basis. Update: Spiller is listed as questionable for Sunday, but he has been able to practice all week. Be prepared to see a rotation of Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice along with Spiller, making him a low-end RB2 this week.
Prognosis: Spiller will likely be able to play against the Bengals, but he'll split the load with Fred Jackson again.
Stevan Ridley: Ridley has returned to the field on Wednesday, but he was limited during the practice session. It is good news that the knee injury that held Ridley out last week isn't too serious, but it's still not definite that he will be able to play against the Saints this week just yet.
Prognosis: LeGarrette Blount did fumble last week, so if Ridley is ready to play this week he may get a couple extra carries and would be a decent RB3.
Darren McFadden: McFadden did participate in some individual drills, but so far he is expected to sit his second game of the season heading into the Raiders bye week. Though it is promising to hear McFadden is back in practice, another week of rest may be more beneficial to him to make it through the remainder of the season. Rashad Jennings also returned to practice after leaving the game with a hamstring issue, and should get the start while splitting carries with Marcel Reece. Update: McFadden is questionable and unlikely to play this week, and it looks like the Raiders will wait until after their Week 7 bye to get him back into full-time action.
Prognosis: As long as McFadden isn't pushed back into the fire this week, both Jennings and Reece will be decent flex options this week.
Alfred Morris: Morris is coming back after leaving the game in the Redskins Week 4 win over the Raiders. Morris ended up having bruised ribs, but after the bye week he has said “all is well with me.” He has been a full participant this week, and will play Sunday night in Dallas.
Prognosis: Morris is an RB1 this week.
Alshon Jeffery: Jeffery had an ankle issue that had him limited all week but is now beinglisted as probable, and will be able to play against the Giants on Thursday.
Prognosis: Jeffery is a WR3 this week.
Stevie Johnson: Johnson was not on the field Wednesday, but it may have been just a day off for the Bills wide receiver. Johnson left last Thursday's game with pain in his back, but he should be able to make the start this week against the Bengals. Update: Bills coach Doug Marrone named Johnson as a game-time decision against the Bengals. It looks like he may end up missing the game, but even if he doesn't he may be taken out of the game at a moments notice. Relegate him to your bench for this week.
Prognosis: Johnson is a WR3 at best this week going against a tough defense, and with Thaddeus Lewis getting the start.
Julio Jones: More bad news for the Falcons, as Julio Jones is now done for the season. Jones will undergo surgery on his foot next week, and will not be able to play the remainder of the year.
Prognosis: This is an terrible blow to the Falcons as well as fantasy owners of Jones. There really is no replacement for a guy Jones skill, but that load will fall on the shoulders of Roddy White now.
Roddy White: White has been dealing with a high ankle sprain all year and is now dealing with a pulled hamstring as well. The Falcons are on a bye this week, but the hamstring may actually keep White from playing next week if not longer.
Prognosis: The injuries are starting to pileup in Atlanta, and right now the best receiveing option that is healthy is Harry Douglas.
Miles Austin: Austin is back at practice in limited action, but he still may end up a game-time decision for the Sunday night game this week. Austin has had his troubles with hamstring injuries so it is promising that he has returned to practicing, but it may be worth it to hold onto your backup option for now. Update: Austin is listed as probable and should be able to play Sunday, and may be on a snap count making him a WR3 this week.
Prognosis: Austin would be a low-end WR2 if he does play, but keep a close eye on his status going forward.
Calvin Johnson: Johnson did not end up playing in last weeks loss to the Packers, and it is still unclear whether or not he will be able to play in Cleveland this weekend. Johnson did say he was “real close” to playing last week, but this week he may end up another game-time decision. Update: Johnson is listed as questionable, but there is still a good chance he will be able to start come Sunday. Make sure to keep track of injury reports on Sunday morning.
Prognosis: Johnson is a WR1 if he does play.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett will be a game time call for Thursday night's game. Bennett suggested that he is fine, but he did miss some plays against the Saints last week and was limited going into Thursday.
Prognosis: Bennett is a good option going against his former team this week, but only if he can play.
Rob Gronkowski: All things are pointing to Gronkowski making his return this week, but he still has to get the okay from Dr. James Andrews first. Gronkowski will be a huge upgrade for the Patriots red-zone offense upon his return, and if he can get over that one last hurdle that could be against the Saints this week. Update: Well it looks like Gronkowski may miss yet another game this season, as he is being listed as questionable again this week. The situation with Gronkowski keeps getting more frustrating by the week, but holding onto him is the best option right now.
Prognosis: If Gronkowski does play it may be on a limited basis, but that should probably be inside the red zone where he can help in fantasy. He is a TE1 whenever he does play.
Owen Daniels: Daniels was diagnosed with a non-displaced fibula fracture, and has landed on the injured reserve list with a designation to return. The injury will keep Daniels out until Week 10 at least.
Prognosis: Garrett Graham will fill in as the Texans top tight end, and is a TE1 against the Rams this week.