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My injury report will cover both offensive and defensive players. I will focus only on those players relevant to fantasy football. If you have a player on your fantasy roster that you know to be hurt, but they do not show up on this list, then you should probably consider making a move. I will go team-by-team and do my best to make sure you have the most accurate injury information each week so you know who to start and who to bench. For injury information right up to kick-off, follow me on Twitter at @thefantasydick or visit www.thefantasydick.com.

Probable: 75% chance of playing

Questionable: 50% chance of playing

Doubtful: 25% chance of playing

Out: 0% chance of playing

San Francisco 49ers

Vernon Davis (TE) – Questionable (ankle) – Davis was limited at practice on Friday, but, barring a set-back, he will be starting on Sunday against the Broncos. An inexperienced Troy Smith will probably rely heavily on his tight end, making Davis a top option this week.

Alex Smith (QB) – Out (shoulder) – Smith is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury. The 49ers will go with Troy Smith, not David Carr, in Week 8 (I guess the 49ers only feel comfortable with a “Smith” running the offense). Even though he hasn’t played well, it is unlikely that Troy Smith will steal his starting job.

Chicago Bears

Lance Briggs (LB) – Out (ankle) – Briggs is expected to be ready for Week 9 following the bye.

Cincinnati Bengals

Carson Palmer (QB) – Probable (hip) – Palmer had a full practice on Friday and will start this weekend.

Terrell Owens (WR) – Probable (hand) – Owens had a full practice on Friday and will start this weekend.

Jonathan Joseph (DB) – Questionable (ankle) – Joseph will be a game-time decision in Week 8.

Buffalo Bills

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Denver Broncos

Eddie Royal (WR) – Probable (groin) – Royal practice without limitations on Friday and will play in Week 8. His upside is limited due to the poor weather conditions expected in London for the game.

Demaryius Thomas (WR) – Questionable (thumb) – Thomas aggravated an old thumb injury last week and is questionable for Week 8. Thomas makes a poor fantasy start this week even if he can play.

Cleveland Browns

Mohamed Massaquoi (WR) – Out (concussion) – Massaquoi seems on track to return in Week 9 after the bye.

Seneca Wallace (QB) – Doubtful (ankle) – Wallace has shed his walking boot during the Week 8 bye and he feels he has earned the starting job when he returns. The Browns have not made it known which way they will go in Week 9.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Earnest Graham (RB) – Probable (hamstring) – Graham practiced in full this week and will play in Week 8. He is not a fantasy option. LeGarrette Blount is the running back to own in Tampa.

Arizona Cardinals

Steve Breaston (WR) – Questionable (knee) – Breaston will play in Week 8.

Early Doucet (WR) – Questionable (groin) – Doucet will play in Week 8.

San Diego Chargers

Malcolm Floyd (WR) – Doubtful (hamstring) – Floyd will not play in Week 8 and could be out at least until after their Week 10 bye.

Legedu Naanee (WR) – Doubtful (hamstring) – Naanee is unlikely to play in Week 8. This is a boost for Patrick Crayton’s temporary fantasy value.

Craig “Buster” Davis (WR) – Questionable (ribs) – Davis was limited in practice on Friday, but is expected to play in Week 8.

Antonio Gates (TE) – Questionable (toe) – Gates practiced on Friday, which is already better than last week, and needs to be in all fantasy lineups for Week 8.

Kris Brown (K) – Questionable (ankle) – Brown should be fine to kick in Week 8.

Nate Kaeding (K) – Out (groin) – Kaeding will not kick in Week 7 and could be out for another couple of weeks. Fantasy owners should cut Kaeding and grab another kicking option. He will be replaced by Kris Brown.

Larry English (LB) – Out (foot) – English will be out 4-6 weeks after surgery on his foot. He can be dropped in IDP leagues and his replacements are not recommended since it will be a rotation.

Kansas City Chiefs

Dexter McCluster (RB/WR) – Questionable (ankle) – McCluster has a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss Week 8 and Week 9.

Indianapolis Colts

Austin Collie (WR) – Out (hand) – Collie is expected to miss at least a few weeks and the Colts are denying the rumors that his surgery is season-ending. Fantasy owners cannot cut him and will have to be patient. Anthony Gonzalez and Blair White will fill in as the slot receivers.

Joseph Addai (RB) – Out (shoulder) – Addai has nerve damage in his shoulder and says he might not regain his strength for “4-5 weeks”. There is no timetable on his return and fantasy owners will just have to wait for more news. Donald Brown will start in Week 8 in a nice matchup.

Donald Brown (RB) – Probable (hamstring) – Brown returned to limited practice on Friday and is expected to start in Week 8. He has a great matchup this week.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo (QB) – Out (shoulder) – Romo is expected to be out at least 8 weeks and could be placed on season-ending Injured Reserve if it looks like the Cowboys will not make the playoffs. Romo can be waived in most leagues. He will be replaced by Jon Kitna who also makes a decent fantasy replacement.

Miami Dolphins

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick (QB) – Questionable (ribs) – Vick will most likely be the Eagles’ starting quarterback in Week 9.

DeSean Jackson (WR) – Out (concussion) – Jackson is still questionable for Week 9 after the bye.

Atlanta Falcons

Seam Weatherspoon (LB) – Out (ankle) – Weatherspoon will miss Week 7. With a bye in Week 8, IDP leaguers may want to look for better options.

Dunta Robinson (DB) – Out (concussion) – Robinson will be out Week 7 and is also appealing the fine he received for his hit on DeSean Jackson.

New York Giants

Mathias Kiwanuka (DL) – Out for Season (Neck) – Kiwanuka has been placed on Injured Reserve, ending his season.

Jacksonville Jaguars

David Garrard (QB) – Probable (concussion) – Garrard will start in Week 8 for the Jaguars.

Trent Edwards (QB) – Probable (thumb) – Edwards is competing with Todd Bouman to be David Garrard’s back-up.

New York Jets

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford (QB) – Probable (shoulder) – Stafford will start in Week 8 for the Lions.

Green Bay Packers

Donald Driver (WR) – Probable (quadriceps) – Driver had a full practice on Friday and should start in Week 8.

James Starks (RB) – Out (hamstring) – Starks is eligible to return, but won’t play in Week 8. The Packers have 3 weeks to decide if they want to activate him for the rest of the season.

Carolina Panthers

DeAngelo Williams (RB) – Doubtful (foot) – Williams has a sprained foot and is expected to miss at least Week 8 with the injury. Jonathan Stewart will get the start and has a great matchup against the Rams.

New England Patriots

Deion Branch (WR) – Questionable (hamstring) – Branch was limited in practice on Friday and will be a game-time decision this weekend. Since he has the afternoon game on Sunday, owners should probably not wait on him.

Pat Chung (DB) – Questionable (knee) – Chung was back at practice and should start in Week 8. He has been a nice IDP pick-up this season.

Fred Taylor (RB) – Out (toe) – Taylor has been ruled out for Week 8. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead will carry the load again this week.

Oakland Raiders

Zach Miller (TE) – Questionable (foot) – Miller was limited in practice on Friday but is in no danger of not starting in Week 8.

Louis Murphy (WR) – Out (chest) – Murphy will miss at least 2 weeks with a chest contusion near his lung. Murphy is droppable in 10 and 12 team leagues. Rookie Jacoby Ford will replace him, but is not a recommended pick-up. This just means more action for Zach Miller.

Bruce Gradkowski (QB) – Questionable (shoulder) – Gradkowski did some light work on Friday, but is not expected to start in Week 8. Jason Campbell will get the start.

St. Louis Rams

Steven Jackson (RB) – Questionable (finger) – Jackson returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday but is expected to be the starter in Week 8.

Danario Alexander (WR) – Out (knee) – Alexander had his knee scoped on Friday and is expected to be out at least 2-4 weeks. He should be dropped in all fantasy leagues.

Baltimore Ravens

Derrick Mason (WR) – Out (ankle) – Mason will be fine for Week 9 after the bye.

Donte’ Stallworth (WR) – Out (foot) – Stallworth is on track to return the Ravens during their Week 8 bye. He will be the 4th receiver and will not have any fantasy value unless a receiver gets injured.

Washington Indigenous People of North America

Chris Cooley (TE) – Questionable (foot) – Cooley had a full practice on Friday and is ready to go for Week 8.

Donovan McNabb (QB) – Questionable (hamstring) – McNabb is fine for Week 8 and has a great matchup against the Lions.

Clinton Portis (RB) – Out (Groin) – Portis will miss 4-6 weeks with a groin injury and there are rumblings that his time in Washington might be done. Ryan Torain will be the feature back and needs to be added in all leagues if he hasn’t been already.

New Orleans Saints

Pierre Thomas (RB) – Out (knee) – Thomas back in a walking boot and back on crutches. He is almost certainly out until at least Week 10.

Reggie Bush (RB) – Out (leg) – Bush could be back in Week 9.

Seattle Seahawks

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Pittsburgh Steelers

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Houston Texans

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Tennessee Titans

Justin Gage (WR) – Questionable (hamstring) – Gage will be a game-time decision in Week 8 and probably won’t be fantasy relevant unless Kenny Britt is suspended for his role in a bar brawl last week.

Vince Young (QB) – Probable (knee) – Young practiced on Friday and is expected to start in Week 8.

Minnesota Vikings

Brett Favre (QB) – Questionable (ankle, elbow, text messages) – Favre practiced Friday on a limited basis with Tarvaris Jackson taking first team reps. Favre is expected to start in Week 8 against New England.

Sidney Rice (WR) – Out (hip) – Rice has been jogging around. The Vikings have 2 weeks to activate him or lose him for the season.

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  1. Chet "The Rocket" Steadman says:
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    My opponent has Steve Johnson, which frankly terrifies me. Would you start Fitzpatrick over Big Ben to mitigate risk? Y! projections has me winning by 25, so I’m leaning towards the hedge.

  2. Greg says:
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    Doc,

    I bought you a shot of whiskey for this. My Keeper league is balls to the wall. I’m 4-3 and I need this W to be in first place in my division.

    SIMPLE QUESTION- Its your team. A gun is to your head. Who do you start? Jon Kitna or Josh Freeman? PPR league. It’s a neck and neck choice and I need the win in a bad way. Can I trust a washed up vet? Do I gamble with my QB of the future Josh Freeman? Doc gimme a solid!

  3. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Greg: I feel good about Kitna compared to Freeman. I really like Freeman as a player, but Arizona’s D is better than advertised and Tampa is a long way from home. Kitna will be shaky at times and may throw some picks, but he faces a horrible pass D, is at home, and has very strong outlets. He could throw screens to Jones all day and still have a decent fantasy game. Thanks for the whiskey!

    @Chet “The Rocket” Steadman: Interesting idea, but I’m going with Ben.

  4. Joel says:
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    Doc, both Mike Williams and Legarrette for 2 spots — wr2 and flex. which should I bench this week? (justtraded SJax, Hines W. and Brandon LL. for CJ, so I’m short wrs this week!)

  5. LMack says:
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    I needed Alex Smith as my backup for Rodgers’ bye week on week 10. Is he going to miss his week vs StL start? I’m in a 14 team league where 30 QBs are owned, so I want to have my backup lined-up. The only starting QB’s that are available are the Carolina starters (Moore/Clausen) or the Arizona duo (Anderson/Hall)

    Should I assume Alex Smith will be out week 10, and dump him for Moore? Moore has a week 10 start @ TB, who have been playing pretty good pass D. Or try Hall/Anderson against the Seahawks?

  6. IgnatiusJReilly says:
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    non PPR keeper league,should I drop Woodhead and p/u Blount?

    also,Dez Bryant or Mike Williams-TB at flex spot?

  7. Mrhappytime says:
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    Doc,

    Would you drop Ryan Matthews to pickup Beanie Wells? He was just dropped a day ago and I could have him by Sunday. I like his matchup for this week better and Matthews has done nothing. What say you?

  8. IgnatiusJReilly says:
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    doc:I know the matchups favor Wells this wk ahead of T. Jones,but Beanie has been crapping all over my season,while Jones has treated me surprisingly well.

    so,how confident should I be starting Beanie ahead of T.Jones?

  9. Rookie Season says:
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    You still like Santonio Holmes (v.GB) to start over Patrick Crayton (v.Tenn) and David Gettis (@StL)? I guess they are all sharing targets and are not the main guys.

  10. Brent

    Brent says:
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    @Chet – Start Ben

    @Greg – Go with Kitna

    @Joel – Bench Mike Williams (SEA)

    @LMack – It doesn’t look like Smith will be able to play in Week 10. I’d go with Matt Moore as your bye week replacement

    @IgnatiusJReilly – I’d take Blount over Woodhead. I’d start Mike Williams (TB) over Dez

    @MrHappyTime – I like Wells better this week, but I like Mathews for the rest of the season (but it’s close). You won’t be hurting yourself by grabbing Beanie for this week and using him for the remainder

    @IgnatiusJReilly – I have Jones ranked ahead of Wells this week.

    @Rookie Season – I have Crayton ranked the highest out of those 3 this week.

  11. Matt says:
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    Would you start Brandon Jackson @ Jets or drop him and take a chance with Donald Brown at home against Houston?
    My other running back is Matthews so I need production there.

  12. Isles Guru says:
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    In PPR would you still start Charles (vs. BUF) over Stewart (vs. STL)?

  13. Howie says:
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    @Doc: I have four RBs in a non-PPR which are clustered together in your weekly rankings: RunDMC, Best, JStew, and Beanie. Any thoughts on the one which should find the pine as we close in on Fantasy Sunday? Whomever I select will go off for about 40 pts. (as evidenced by Best early in the season and RunDMC last week when I had both sitting on their respective career days).

  14. Brent

    Brent says:
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    @Matt – I’d go with Brown

    @Isles Guru – Yes, I’d start Charles

    @Howie – I’d sit Beanie out those 4.

  15. paul says:
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    I need to pick 3 out of Ronnie Brown, Donald Brown, Mike Hart and Blount to fill my RB + Flex. thoughts? Thanks

  16. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hey doc,or anyone,keeper league,ive been offered gates and turner for chris johnson,i had dallas clark till recent injury,now i have tammes

  17. Brent

    Brent says:
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    @paul – Ronnie Brown, Donald Brown, Blount – Mike Hart is just Donald’s back up

    @AL KOHOLIC – I’d hang on to Chris Johnson, you’ll be glad you did next season. Tamme should be fine for a fill-in TE.

  18. Dingo says:
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    So who do I start, torain, Charles, or Stewart? Need 2 rbs.

  19. So So says:
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    dez bryant or crayton for my bye week flex ppr league

  20. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    thank you sir

  21. mooseknuckles says:
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    kellen winslow, donald driver or santonio holmes at flex in a 1 ppr league?

  22. Leroy says:
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    who would u flex this week in ppr league… crayton or woodhead?

  23. Brent

    Brent says:
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    @Dingo – Torain and Charles

    @So So – I have Dez Bryant ranked 1 spot higher

    @Leroy – Crayton

  24. Greg says:
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    @doc – you were wrong bout Kitna…Freeman lit it up…. I hope you enjoyed the whiskey :) It’s all good I pulled out the win anyway so I’m 5-3…. I can breathe a little at least..

    Gotta be honest. I’m gonna role w. Freeman the rest of the way. He has been pretty consistent 15-20 points a week in PPR play…

  25. Deanopolis says:
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    Brent, thanks for the advice.

    Should I drop Ronnie Brown to pick up Blount? Brown has been a huge disappointment and my other RBS are Gore, Hillis and Addai for 2 RB spots. Brown is definitely be the 4th (assumign healthy Addai) and only a plugin if either Gore/Hillis do not play and Addai is injured/bad matchup. Think Blount would be a more reliable 4th RB in these circumstances going forward, but it’s hard to drop a guy of Brown’s pedigree for a relatively unproven Blount.

  26. Brent

    Brent says:
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    @Deanopolis – I wouldn’t drop Ronnie Brown for Blount at this point. I’d drop Addai before I dropped Brown just because this shoulder injury seems like something that could linger. You might have to live without Blount, though, since you only need 2 RBs and Brown/Addai are more reliable. Gore/Hillis should be good to go for the rest of the year (barring injury).

    What’s your WR situation? Can you drop one of them for Blount? or a back up Kicker or Defense or Quarterback?

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