It seems like everyone in the NFL nowadays are listed on their team’s injury reports as “Questionable”, which either means that everyone in the NFL is truly questionable at any given moment in time… or a lot of this is noise created by the fact that we no longer have the “Probable” tag anymore. I’d bet that most of this falls under the latter, rather than the former.
Let’s talk about some of the biggest names in the league who landed on the injury report this week.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit (Hip/Back)
Stafford missed his first game since 2010 last week against the Bears thanks to a back and hip injury. Speaking on Monday, coach Matt Patricia stated that Stafford is “truly week-to-week” with his back injury, and after not practicing on Wednesday, he remains a 50-50 shot to play this week against the Cowboys. It’s something to keep our eye on as we move forward in the week.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis (Knee)
After missing last week, Brissett practiced in full on Wednesday, and therefore, is on track to start for the Colts in Week 11 against the Jaguars. Barring a last-minute setback, Brissett will play this Sunday, and will be a much-needed boost to this offense and team after coming off of an ugly loss at home to the Dolphins.
Nick Foles, QB, Jacksonville (Collarbone)
Foles is expected to make his first start since his injury suffered against the Chiefs all the way back in Week 1 of the NFL season. Time flies, huh?
Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona (Hamstring)
Edmonds wasn’t able to go last Sunday against Tampa Bay, and so far, hasn’t practiced this week. He’s likely going to be out through Arizona’s Week 11 bye, which isn’t good news for most re-draft owners. He’s only a handcuff to David Johnson at this point. Speaking of DJ…
David Johnson, RB, Arizona (Ankle/Back)
Yesterday was shocking news to us fantasy owners who have Johnson, as even though coach Cliff Kingsbury stated that the back was clearly hampered by ankle and back injuries, Johnson was not listed at all on Wednesday’s practice report. This backfield still is too congested for fantasy right now, but it’s a positive sign for DJ and his owners. We’ll see how he feels and looks heading into Week 12 against the 49ers.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta (Foot)
On Monday, Ian Rapoport reported that Freeman could miss about two weeks, which what is believed to be a foot sprain. With his injury, and the injury suffered to Ito Smith, which landed him on the IR, the Falcons backfield duties are now down to Brian Hill, who got 20 carries last Sunday against New Orleans. He’s obviously worth a roster spot until Freeman comes back, which will be Week 13 at the very earliest.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh (Shoulder)
Conner has been left off of the Steeler’s Week 11 practice report, and will officially play tonight against the Browns. Three cheers!
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati (Ankle)
He didn’t practice on Wednesday, and is currently listed and viewed as “day-to-day”… It’s been a frustrating season for Green and his fantasy owners, and only time will tell when he can finally get back on the field.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston (Hamstring)
After returning to practice on Monday, and practicing in a limited fashion on Wednesday, Fuller might have a serious shot to play in his first game since his Week 7 injury. It’ll be interested to see if he can practice later today and on Friday, but for now, it’s looking good for the receiver.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis (Calf)
According to coach Frank Reich, Hilton is being treated as “day-to-day”, and wouldn’t make a decision on whether or not he’d be able to suit up on Sunday. He’s remained sidelined during practice this week, so it’ll be up to his practice status later in the week to determine whether or not he’d be able to go.
Cooks has already been ruled out for Week 11 a few days ago, which doesn’t even bode well for his Week 12 availability. It remains to be seen when he’ll make it back out on the field.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota (Hamstring)
Thielen remains without a timetable for his return, although coach Mike Zimmer has stated before that he doesn’t believe Thielen will be out long-term. He’s remained sidelined at practice this week, and I don’t think it’s a good sign that he’ll play this week. We could see him next week, however. Only time will tell.
Well, Herndon has officially been placed on IR, effectively ending his season, and all the high hopes we had for him this year. He finishes with 1 total catch for 7 yards in one total game. Fun stuff!
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta (Knee)
After being diagnosed with a sprained MCL, Hooper is reportedly expected to be out for about a month, which would put his return at Week 15, for the second week of the fantasy playoffs. It’s not a guarantee he’ll be back this year, but it is something to keep our eye on in a few week’s time. It’s a big blow to many after such an impressive season.
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco (Knee)
Kittle remains day-to-day with a knee injury, while Kyle Shanahan is reportedly optimistic that he’ll be able to play in Week 11. It’s something to keep our eye on later in the week.
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