What's The Prognosis? Week 9 Injury Report (Weekend Update)
By Rob Pallazola
Michael Vick: Vick has been ruled out of the Eagles Week 9 matchup against the Raiders. Vick tried to hurry himself back in Week 8, but the hamstring issue proved too much and he left the game in the first quarter. Nick Foles has cleared the NFL concussion protocol tests, and will be the starter in Oakland on Sunday.
Prognosis: Hold onto Vick for now, but his injury history is something to be concerned with.
Sidney Rice: Rice has been placed on the injured reserve list with a torn ACL, which ends his 2013 season. Rice had been playing with knee problems all year, but on Monday night it tore and he suffered a concussion.
Prognosis: The Seahawks lose a weapon, but regain another, as Percy Harvin is due back soon.
Percy Harvin: Speaking of Harvin, he hasn't been able to practice since last Thursday, as his hip “flared up." The Seahawks are not going to rush Harvin back, so he may be questionable this week against the Buccaneers. Update: Harvin will miss Week 9, but the good news is the most recent MRI showed “no complications“ to his hip. Barring any setbacks it looks like Harvin may be back in the Seattle lineup in the very near future.
Prognosis: Harvin will take Rice's spot when he does come back.
Robert Griffin III: Griffin was pulled form last weeks game against the Broncos in the fourth quarter, but it seems to have been a precautionary measure as he was back practicing on Wednesday. Griffin had offseason knee surgery, and it was speculated that the knee was ailing, which may have prompted the removal on Sunday.
Prognosis: Griffin should be fine for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Arian Foster: Foster is dealing with a hamstring issue, and though the Texans are coming off a bye week, it seems his availability for Sunday is still up in the air. Foster may return to practice later in the week, but he hasn't been able to go so far and will be a game time decision. Update: Foster was limited in practice on both Thursdayand Friday, but he will still be a game time decision for Sunday nights game. This put's owners in a tough situation due to the late game, unless of course you also have Matt Forte or Eddie Lacy going on Monday night.
Prognosis: Hopefully Foster can get a few practice sessions in during the rest of the week, otherwise the outlook is grim.
Ben Tate: Tate has four cracked ribs, but unlike Foster, he was able to practice on Wednesday. Tate will be a game time decision as well, but it looks like he has a little bit of a head start so far going into Week 9. Coach Garry Kubiak said he expects both Tate and Foster to be game time decisions this week, so it will be an interesting situation come Sunday morning. Update: Tate got the go ahead to play, but it may be on a limited basis while dealing with cracked ribs. This may drop Tate down to a high-end flex option if Foster can make the start.
Prognosis: Tate is at least participating, but this situation may come down to the last minute possible. Foster is a RB1 if he can go, but Tate would be a RB2 if Foster can't, and he starts instead.
Stevie Johnson: Johnson missed Wednesday's session after being diagnosed with a hip flexor, but he seems optimistic on being able to play Sunday. Johnson was scheduled to practice in a limited capacity, but the hip flexor proved to be too much for that to happen. Update: Johnson will continue to play through the injury to his hip, and is listed as probable for Sunday's game. Johnson will drop to a low-end WR3 with news that QB Thad Lewis is doubtful while dealing with a rib issue along with flu like symptoms, and Jeff Tuel may get his chance to start in Week 9.
Prognosis: As long as Johnson returns to practice this week, he will be able to play and will be a WR3 at best against the still undefeated Chiefs.
Zac Stacy: Stacy injured his ankle on the final drive against the Seahawks on Monday night, but luckily X-rays have come back negative and it appears to be a sprain but not of the high-ankle variety. Stacy was limited on Wednesday, and with the short week, it may turn out to be a game time decision for him as well. Update: The Rams are listing Stacy as questionable, but he has played under that tag already this season and should be able to again on Sunday.
Prognosis: Stacy will be a RB2 if he does play, and Daryl Richardson would e a flex option against the Titans this week.
Marshawn Lynch: Lynch was absent for wednesday's practice with a knee issue. Not much has been said about the injury, and Lynch has been regularly taking Wednesday's off as a rest day so it clouds things even further. Keep an eye on this situation as the week progresses. Update: Lynch returned to practice Friday, and will be good to play in Sunday's game.
Prognosis: If Lynch goes, he is a RB1.
C.J. Spiller: Spiller is in wait and see mode right now and has been limited so far this week. The high-ankle sprain has been holding Spiller back, and it seems it is not getting too much better lately. Spiller is probably going to be a game time decision, and it is not looking very good. Spiller's injury is clearly much more serious than first anticipated, and though he has tried to play through the pain, it may be time for the Bills to let him rest and heal fully. Update: Both Spiller and Fred Jackson are listed as probable this week, and we will likely see a more even workload split between them against the Chiefs.
Prognosis: Spiller would be a flex option this week if he does play.
DeMarco Murray: Murray was a scratch last week, but he is back practicing this week and should be a full go in Week 9. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Murray “could have gone” last week, and he should be able to do so this week against the Vikings.
Prognosis: Murray is an RB1.
DeAngelo Williams: Williams played through a quad strain last Thursday, but it is now costing him, as he has missed practice sessions this week. Williams could end up another of the game time decisions come Sunday morning if isn't able to participate this week. Jonathan Stewart is getting closer to making his return, so keep an eye on Williams this week. Update: Williams is probable to play this week, but Jonathan Stewart is being cleared to play this week as well. Right now Williams is the lead back for the Panthers, but he may be only one quad tweak away from Stewart taking that claim.
Prognosis: If Williams doesn't play it may be Mike Tolbert taking over this week, as Stewart is still questionable to play in Week 9.
Jimmy Graham: Graham scored two touchdowns last week with a low snap count, and though he may be limited all week, his chances of playing are still good. Graham may not be fully healthy, but he's still difficult to stop. Update: Graham has been listed as questionable, but that same label didn't stop him from scoring two touchdowns last week.
Prognosis: Graham is a Top Five tight end as long as he plays.
Roddy White: White is still dealing with ankle and hamstring issues and remains out of practices this week. The Falcons are not rushing White back, and with Harry Douglas and Drew Davis filling in admirably, there doesn't seem to be a necessary need to start doing so now. If White isn't able to return to the practice field, he will not be able to see the game field either. Update: White will be a game time decision for Sunday's game in Carolina, but he may only be a WR3 at best against a good Panthers secondary.
Prognosis: White has been frustrating fantasy owners this season, and it looks like it will continue for at least one more week.
Marques Colston: Colston was limited in practice this week, and is now questionable to play Sunday against the Jets. The knee that he has had multiple surgeries on is ailing him, and it may cause Colston to be a game time decision.
Prognosis: If Colston does play he should be a solid WR2.