What's The Prognosis? Week 7 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
DeMarco Murray: Murray hobbled off the field in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game with a MCL sprain in his left knee, and he is unlikely going to be able to make this weeks clash against the Eagles. Though it has yet to be announced how severe Murray's sprain is, injuries of this nature generally have a 2-4 week recovery time. Murray is still preparing for the game as if he is going to play on Sunday, but unless he gets clearance from team doctors by Saturday it's probably not going to happen.
Update: As expected Murray sat all week in practice sessions, and Randle will be the lead back for at least this week.
Prognosis: For now it appears rookie Joseph Randle will be the lead back with Philip Tanner as his backup. Randle has been unimpressive so far in a small sample size, but he could have RB3 potential as long as Murray is out this week.
Cecil Shorts: Shorts was diagnosed with a sprained sternoclavicular joint, and though he hasn't ruled out playing this week, it is not looking good. It is still painful for Shorts to raise his arm right now, and that is a very significant sign against him being able to play against the Chargers on Sunday.
Update: Shorts told reporters on Friday of the injury “It's something I have to fight through.” It looks like Shorts will try to play through the discomfort this week, but make sure he is a go on Sunday morning before setting lineups.
Prognosis: Shorts may miss at least this week, but it could end up to being more than just the one game.
Randall Cobb: Cobb was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a broken fibula, but if he does come back at all it won't be until Week 15, thus effectively ending a majority of his fantasy season. Cobb is a big loss to the Packers as well as fantasy owners of him, but hopefully he can fully recover and return to action quickly.
Prognosis: Cobb is droppable in redraft leagues.
James Jones: Cobb's teammate Jones is dealing with a sprained PCL, and has not been able to practice so far this week. It looks as though Jones will miss the Week 7 matchup against the Browns, but the Packers have yet to rule him out completely as of yet.
Update: Jones is being listed as questionable for the game against the Browns, but it may just be a bit of smoke and mirrors to throw the opposition off their game plan. It's unlikely Jones will play for a few weeks, but keep an eye on his situation Sunday afternoon.
Prognosis: Assuming Jones can play he will be a low-end WR2 at best. Jarrett Boykin will get the start as well, but he is only a WR5 right now.
Matt Schaub: Schaub left the game last week with an ankle injury, and has been abscent in practice so far this week. The Texans aren't going to announce Schaub's status until late this week, but T.J. Yates and Case Keenum have been taking first team reps, so it doesn't look good for Schaub right now.
Update: Schaub will sit this week, but the big news is that it is Keenum and not Yates that got the nod to start against the Chiefs this week. I still stand by the desperation statement below.
Prognosis: Schaub is unlikely to play this week, but it is still unknown how long he will need to recover from his injury.
Yates Keenum would be a desperation play at best against the Chiefs this week.
Danny Amendola: Amendola suffered a concussion in Sunday night's win over Saints, but that is all the Patriots have been willing to divulge so far. The Patriots are known for their tight lipped approach to injuries, but have been particularly mum this week after all of the Rob Gronkowski leaks. Injury history has nothing to do with this one, and it's unknown how long Amendola will be out.
Update: Amendola was ruled out for Sunday's game, and is being billed as week-to-week going forward. Concussion recovery is nowhere near an exact science, so there is no way to predict ho long he will be out.
Prognosis: Hopefully he can fully recover, but he's on the bench for what could be awile.
Rob Gronkowski: Some exciting news here as Gronkowski was finally cleared to play this week, but no updates on if he will actually play have come through as of yet. It's hard to imagine that Gronkowski would be cleared to play just to sit, but coach Bill Belichick has done stranger things in the past.
Prognosis: Gronkowski is a top-tier tight end, and assuming he plays against the Jets this week he will be a TE1.
Roddy White: White's hamstring and ankle issues are still affecting him, and it is highly likely he will be out this week. White was not able to practice this week and had been seen limping around the locker room on Tuesday.
Update: White was ruled out for Week 7, so it's time to implement the backup plan.
Prognosis: White will become the go-to receiver upon his return with the loss of Julio Jones, but he won't be returning this week.
Stevie Johnson: Johnson is still working through his back issues and was limited at Wednesday's session. Johnson is expected to be ready to go for Sunday's game, but he will make his return against a good Dolphins secondary.
Prognosis: Johnson is a low-end WR3 this week.
Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs came out of his vintage performance with a slight pull in his hamstring, but he is expected to return to practice later this week before getting the start on Monday night. He looked like the Jacobs of old last Thursday night, but it may prove difficult for the 31-year-old to repeat that performance on a weekly basis over the remainder of the season.
Prognosis: Jacobs is a low-end RB2 this week against a terrible Vikings run defense.
David Wilson: The good news for Wilson is that he won't need surgery on his neck, but the bad news is that he is still going to possibly miss up to 3-4 weeks. Wilson will have to battle Brandon Jacobs, Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis and possibly Andre Brown for the starting job upon his return, and he has pretty pedestrian numbers to this point.
Prognosis: Hold onto Wilson for now.
Michael Vick: Vick was limited in Wednesday's session, and is probably going to be on the sideline as the backup again this week. It is still uncertain exactly how long Vick will need to rehab the hamstring before being able to start again.
Update: Vick has been ruled out of the Eagles matchup against the Cowboys for Week 7.
Prognosis: Hold on to Vick for the time being. Nick Foles is a low-end QB1 this week.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett pushed through the pain in his knee during last week's win over the Giants, and he should be able to do that again this week. Bennett was not practicing on Wednesday, and may be limited over the course of the week to give him some rest before game time on Sunday.
Prognosis: Barring any setbacks, Bennett should be a TE1 against the Redskins this week.
Steven Jackson: Jackson has not been able to start participating at practices yet, and the odds are against him being able to return to his starting roll this week. Jackson will need at least another week before he can return to the field, and hopefully it is only one more week.
Prognosis: Jason Snelling returned from his concussion, so he and Jacquizz Rodgers will split the carries again this week. Both are low-end flex options against a tough Buccaneers run defense.
Justin Blackmon: Blackmon is dealing with minor injuries to his groin and hamstring, but the Jaguars gave him a day of rest midweek and expect him to start as normal on Sunday.
Prognosis: Blackmon will be the go to guy with Shorts out, and is a WR2 this week.
C.J. Spiller: Spiller was seen in full gear at Wednesday's session, but it seems he did not participate in any activities as he was designated did not practice. Spiller's ankle injury was visibly affecting him against the Bengals on Sunday, even though he did run for 55 yards on 10 carries. The Bills are probably trying to keep Spiller from re-aggravating the injury in practices, but he should be able to play in Miami this week.
Prognosis: Spiller is a low-end RB2 this week.