What's The Prognosis? Week 8 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Jay Cutler: Cutler left the game in the second quarter after being sacked on Sunday. He appeared to stretch his leg awkwardly coming down and an MRI later revealed that he had torn his groin. Cutler will be out of commission through Week 11 at the earliest, and at this point it's looking like it may be longer than that. Cutler has been a Top 15 fantasy quarterback up to this point, so replacing him will be difficult.
Prognosis: Some options that may still be available are Jake Locker, Geno Smith, and Joe Flacco. The Bears receivers will also feel the sting of Cutler's absence, but hopefully Josh McCown can step up his game after the bye week.
Sam Bradford: Bradford was another Top 15 fantasy quarterback that went down in Week 7. He was placed on the injured reserve list with a torn left ACL, which was the result of being shoved out of bounds against the Panthers. Kellen Clemens will be the Rams starter for now, but they did sign Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.
Prognosis: Bradford's loss will also impact the Rams receivers, much like that of the Bears and Cutler. Clemens is a desperation option at best right now.
Jermichael Finley: Finley needed to be carted off of the field after taking a devastating hit to the head, and had to be sent to the ICU with what was later determined to be a bruised spinal cord. Right now it's unknown whether Finley will be able to return to football at all, but hopefully he makes a full and speedy recovery from this terrifying injury.
Prognosis: Tight ends that may still be available are Charles Clay, Jordan Reed, Delanie Walker, and Joseph Fauria.
C.J. Spiller: Spiller was on the sideline working with trainers on Wednesday, but it looks like Coach Doug Marrone is contemplating shutting Spiller down for a bit. Spiller has been trying to play through an ankle injury for a few weeks now, but was used sparingly on Sunday in seeing only 14-of-68 offensive plays. It may be a good idea long-term for the Bills, but it's still up in the air for now. Update: Spiller is doubtful to play on Sunday and the Bills have made it all but certain he won’t be, by promoting Ronnie Wingo to the active roster from the practice squad
Prognosis: Spiller would benefit from some rest, but he's a RB3 at best if he does play in Week 8.
Fred Jackson: Jackson was also seen on the sideline with the training staff on Wednesday, as he re-aggravated his sprained MCL in last weeks win over Miami. Jackson played through the pain and swelling, so he should be able to play this week against the Saints. Update: Jackson is listed as probable, and should serve as the starter with Tashard Choice and Ronnie Wingo backing him up against the Saints.
Prognosis: Jackson is a high-end RB2 this week if Spiller doesn't play.
Doug Martin: Martin has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Panthers, and it may only be a matter of time before we know if he will be out longer. Martin has a torn labrum that came in the third quarter of the loss against the Falcons, but it appears he is going to try the rest and rehab approach for now. Update: News on Martin is murkier now than it was earlier in the week. Reports are coming out that Martin could miss anywhere from two weeks up to two months, but nothing definitive as of yet so stay in that holding pattern until more information is released.
Prognosis: Martin is on the shelf this week, and it could turn into a season-ending injury at some point.
Reggie Wayne: Wayne has been put on the injured reserve list with a torn ACL. Wayne had been Andrew Luck's favorite target since last season, and now the 35-year-old Wayne will have to fight to come back next season. Wayne will be missed and T.Y. Hilton will be Luck's new go-to receiver, but Darrius Heyward-Bey will need to step up in the outside receiver role.
Prognosis: Hilton and Heyward-Bey will get increases in targets, but LaVon Brazil is a sneaky add here.
DeMarco Murray: Murray may not be rushed along by the Cowboys, but a good sign came on Wednesday as Murray was able to take first team reps while in light gear. Murray has a Grade2 MCL sprain and is trying to make his way back into this week's starting lineup, but we won't know if he can go until later in the week. Update: Murray is listed as questionable, but he should be get the go ahead to start in Detroit. He may be on a carries limit, but he is still an RB1 this week.
Prognosis: Murray is a low-end RB1 if he plays. If not, Joseph Randle will be a nice RB2.
Miles Austin: Austin is facing similar rumors to those of C. J. Spiller in Buffalo, but nothing definitive has been announced yet. Austin had dealt with similar hamstring issues most of last season and though his injury is in a different location, the problems of playing through it remain. Update: Austin is questionable going into Week 8, but people close to the Cowboys aren't so sure he will see the field come game time, so Austin is in the dreaded game time decision zone.
Prognosis: We'll have to play the waiting game here, but Austin is a flex option at best if he does play this week.
Michael Vick: Vick was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and took all of the first team reps. Nick Foles suffered a concussion in last week's loss to the Cowboys, and Matt Barkley came in and threw three interceptions. It may be that Vick is rushing back from his hamstring injury a bit, but it may be necessary for the Eagles to start him in order to keep up in the NFC East.
Prognosis: Vick was a QB1 before the injury and still should be if he's healthy, but the rushing numbers may take a dip.
Danny Amendola: Amendola was active but limited at practice Wednesday, and that's good news considering the concussion he suffered against the Saints in Week 6. It's still unknown if Amendola will be ready to play in Week 8, but it will become clearer closer to game day. Update: Amendola passed the battery of tests to return from his concussion, and is questionable to play Sunday. Amendola said “I'm healthy, and I'm ready to play," so it's likely he will be on the field as a WR2 in Week 8.
Prognosis: Amendola is a WR2 if he can return, but that is still a pretty big if.
Roddy White: White has missed practice sessions all week, and it is looking like he may sit again in Week 8 against the Cardinals. White was mostly a decoy early in the season, but with the loss of Julio Jones for the season he will be looked upon to fill the Falcons main receiving role when healthy. The Falcons looked good without him last week, but White will only improve the offense when he does come back. Update: White has been ruled out for the matchup against the Cardinals as suspected. This may be the last buy low chance of the season to get White, but know there is certain risk involved there.
Prognosis: Harry Douglas played well against the Buccaneers and is a WR3 against the Cardinals.
Jimmy Graham: Graham has been nursing a foot injury since the Saints Week 6 loss to the Patriots, and he was missing from the field during Wednesday's practice session. There is no clear outlook on Graham's status for Week 8 just yet, but he appears to be doubtful right now. Update: Graham was limited at practice on Friday, and is questionable for Week 8. Graham is likely a game time decision, so keep that backup on the roster.
Prognosis: Graham may need another week of rest and if that is the case, Ben Watson will be a low-end TE2.
Percy Harvin: Harvin returned to practice on Monday, and still could be activated off the physically unable to preform list prior to the Seahawks matchup against the Rams. Harvin had offseason hip surgery and will be a welcomed addition to the Seahawks offense when he does come back. Update: Harvin had a good week of practice, but the Seahawks aren't in a hurry to rush him back. Harvin may be a game time decision on Monday, but it may be one more week until he is starting again.
Prognosis: Harvin is a high-end WR2 if he does play this week.
Steven Jackson: Jackson may be able to return this week and was limited in Wednesday's session. Jackson has been out since Week 2, but recent reports are saying that he plans on playing against the Cardinals. Update: Jackson is probable, and will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Prognosis: Jackson would be a RB2 if he does, in fact ,make the start on Sunday.
Dwayne Bowe: Bowe is listed as questionable after missing Friday's practice, and being limited earlier in the week. Bowe has a groin issue that popped up on Thursday, and may end up missing the game against the Browns.
Prognosis: Bowe has had a rough first season in the new offense so far, so this may be a blessing in disguise for owners that had been having a hard time leaving him in their lineups.
Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs is still dealing with a hamstring issue, and is doubtful to play this week. Jacobs suffered the injury in his return performance against the Bears in Week 6, and it has lead the Giants to the subsequent signing of Peyton Hillis.
Prognosis: Jacobs will get more rest as Hillis will be a RB3 this week, but the Giants are on the bye Week 9 and Andre Brown could be back in Week 10.