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

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

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Cincinnati Bengals

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Buffalo Bills

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Denver Broncos

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Cleveland Browns

Seneca Wallace (QB) – Questionable (ankle) – Wallace may be available to back up Colt McCoy in Week 9.

Jake Delhomme (QB) – Doubtful (ankle) – Delhomme will not be available for Week 9.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kellen Winslow (TE) – Probable (knee) – Winslow returned to full practice on Friday and will start in Week 9.

Earnest Graham (RB) – Out (hamstring) – Graham has been ruled out for Week 9. This means even more touches for LeGarrette Blount.

Arizona Cardinals

Chris “Beanie” Wells (RB) – Questionable (knee) – Wells took increased practice reps on Friday and says he’ll play in Week 9 against Minnesota. Coach Whisenhunt also thinks he’ll play, but I wouldn’t consider Wells better than a low-end RB2 in Week 9.

San Diego Chargers

Antonio Gates (TE) – Doubtful (toe) – No Charger, under Norv Turner, listed as Doubtful, has ever played on game day. Fantasy owners should plan on being without Gates in Week 9. Randy McMichael will take his place and will make an okay emergency back-up. However, guys like Todd Heap, Jacob Tamme, Ben Watson, and Tony Moeaki are available in most leagues and make a better play this week.

Malcolm Floyd (WR) – Doubtful (hamstring) – Floyd will not play in Week 9 and could be out at least until after their Week 10 bye. Back-up wide receiver, Seyi Ajirotutu makes an interesting sleeper pick this week.

Legedu Naanee (WR) – Doubtful (hamstring) – Naanee is unlikely to play in Week 9. This is a boost for Patrick Crayton’s temporary fantasy value.

Craig “Buster” Davis (WR) – Injured Reserve (groin) – Davis has been placed on Injured Reserve and will be out for the rest of the season.

Nate Kaeding (K) – Out (groin) – Kaeding will not kick in Week 9. Kris Brown will get the start again in a game that could produce a lot of points.

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 was limited in practice on Friday and is not expected to play in Week 9.

Indianapolis Colts

Anthony Gonzalez (WR) – Questionable (knee) – Gonzalez injured his PCL and may be out for the season. Austin Collie will return in Week 9 as the slot receiver.

Austin Collie (WR) – Questionable (hand) – Collie is expected to play in Week 9 despite the Questionable tag.

Mike Hart (RB) – Questionable (ankle) – Mike Hart is not expected to play in Week 9. Donald Brown and Jarvis James will carry the load against the Eagles. Donald Brown gets a nice fantasy value boost for this week.

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 9.

Dallas Cowboys

Felix Jones (RB) – Probable (ankle) – Jones returned to a full practice on Friday and will start in Week 9. Tashard Choice has been told to “be ready” for more action in Week 9, which could hurt Jones’ value.

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

Yeremiah Bell (DB) – Questionable (toe) – Bell will be a game-time decision in Week 9.

Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick (QB) – Probable (ribs) – Vick feels 100% and will be the starter in Week 9.

DeSean Jackson (WR) – Probable (concussion) – Jackson is expected to play in Week 9 and may even return punts, which shows that he is nearly back to 100%.

Atlanta Falcons

Seam Weatherspoon (LB) – Questionable (knee) – Weatherspoon will be a game-time decision in Week 9.

New York Giants

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Jacksonville Jaguars

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

New York Jets

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Detroit Lions

Brandon Pettigrew (TE) – Probable (ankle) – Pettigrew was limited in Friday’s practice, but should be ready to go for Week 9.

Kevin Smith (RB) – Questionable (knee) – Smith practiced on a limited basis on Friday, but should be okay to back-up Jahvid Best in Week 9. The knee injury could limit the number of snaps Smith can play, however, which would be a boost to Best’s fantasy value.

Green Bay Packers

Donald Driver (WR) – Out (quadriceps) – Driver has been ruled out for Week 9 and it is unknown if he will be ready to play in Week 11 after the bye. James Jones gets a nice boost in fantasy value.

Andrew Quarless (TE) – Questionable (shoulder) – Despite practicing with a shoulder harness, Quarless is expected to play in Week 9.

James Starks (RB) – Out (hamstring) – Starks is eligible to return, but won’t play in Week 9. The Packers have 2 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 be out Week 9 with the injury. Jonathan Stewart will get the start and has a good matchup against the Saints.

New England Patriots

Deion Branch (WR) – Questionable (hamstring) – Branch is expected to play in Week 9.

Pat Chung (DB) – Questionable (knee) – Chung was back at practice and should start in Week 9. He has been a nice IDP pick-up this season.

Fred Taylor (RB) – Out (toe) – Taylor has been ruled out for Week 9. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead will carry the load again this week.

Oakland Raiders

Zach Miller (TE) – Doubtful (foot) – Despite saying he would play, it looks like Miller will be out for Week 9.

Nnamdi Asomugha (DB) – Doubtful (ankle) – Asomugha will most likely not play in Week 9. This should give Dwayne Bowe a nice boost this week.

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.

Bruce Gradkowski (QB) – Questionable (shoulder) – Gradkowski did some light work on Friday, but is not expected to start in Week 9. Jason Campbell will get the start.

St. Louis Rams

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Baltimore Ravens

Donte’ Stallworth (WR) – Probable (foot) – Stallworth will play in Week 9 and will effectively kill what was left of T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s fantasy value.

Washington Indigenous People of North America

Chris Cooley (TE) – Questionable (foot) – Cooley should be fine for Week 10.

Ryan Torain (RB) – Questionable (hamstring) – It is not yet known if Torain will be available in Week 10. I hope you sold high.

Clinton Portis (RB) – Out (Groin) – Portis may be available for Week 10. The Washington backfield is about to get messy. Stay tuned.

New Orleans Saints

Chris Ivory (RB) – Probable (concussion) – Ivory has been practicing in full and should be ready to go for Week 9.

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) – Doubtful (leg) – Bush will most likely be inactive for Week 9.

Seattle Seahawks

Matt Hasselbeck (QB) – Out (concussion) – Hasselbeck has been ruled out for Week 9 and will be replaced by Charlie Whitehurst against the Giants. If you have the Giants defense, make sure you start them this week.

Golden Tate (WR) – Out (ankle) – Tate will not play in Week 9.

Pittsburgh Steelers

No fantasy-relevant injuries.

Houston Texans

Owen Daniels (TE) – Questionable (knee) – Daniels will be a game-time decision for Week 9. You may want to go check if Jacob Tamme is still available in your league.

Tennessee Titans

Kenny Britt (WR) – Out (hamstring) – Britt is out at least 4 weeks, and it could be as long as 8 weeks, with a hamstring injury. He’s worth dropping in all leagues except Dynasty and Keeper leagues at this point.

Justin Gage (WR) – Out (hamstring) – Gage is expected to return in Week 10 and will line up opposite Randy Moss.

Minnesota Vikings

Brett Favre (QB) – Probable (ankle, elbow, text messages) – Favre practiced in full on Friday and will be ready start in Week 9.

Sidney Rice (WR) – Out (hip) – Rice has been increasing his activity and may be ready to go as soon as next week. Stay tuned.

Percy Harvin (WR) – Questionable (ankle) – Harvin will be a game-time decision in Week 9, but Coach Childress said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Harvin was able to play. He makes a risky start.

The Fantasy Dick is the brains behind www.thefantasydick.com and can be followed on Twitter at @thefantasydick. Feel free to ask any fantasy sports related questions or just questions about life in general, The Fantasy Dick is an expert at both.

  1. Hennessey says:
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    Why are people in ESPN leagues dropping Zach Miller? He’s only going to be out for a week as far as what we know right now, or no?

  2. DDT says:
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    Pierre Thomas…. time to cut bait? At this point, I’m only holding on to him to prevent my competitors from picking him up and realizing whatever possible upside he might have during playoff time.

  3. Leroy says:
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    who would you drop out of tashard choice, mike hart , chris ivory? its a ppr league

  4. Black Beard says:
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    Brown or Wells (assuming he goes)?

  5. Brent

    Brent says:
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    @Hennessey – I think people are dropping Miller because there are other tight ends available putting up just as many, if not more, points as him. I think he is worth hanging on to, but if you need someone for this week and you don’t want to drop a WR or RB, you drop Miller.

    @DDT – If you need the roster spot or there is someone good available on the waiver wire, then go ahead and let him go. If not, then you might as well hang on to him and see what happens. Ivory hasn’t been setting the world on fire, so PT could have some value for the fantasy playoffs.

    @Leroy – I’d drop Tashard Choice at this point. Hart and Ivory have shown that they have value now, Choice is all speculation.

    @Black Beard – Ronnie Brown or Donald Brown? I’ll assume Ronnie and say go with Beanie. I’d go with Beanie over Donald Brown too this week (assuming Beanie plays of course, which he probably will)

  6. romosahomo says:
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    In a ppr league…. who to start.. Charles or forte

  7. Matt Leinart says:
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    Would you rather have Sims-Walker or Sidney Rice for the stretch? I have Megatron, Marshall, Wallace and TB Williams, so I’m just looking for depth in case of injuries. If I’m looking ahead to the playoffs, MSW seems to have the juicier schedule (Oak, @IND, WAS) compared to Rice (NYG, CHI, @PHI).

    What do you think?

  8. trevor says:
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    I got a trade offer in a dynasty league. Anquan Boldin and Matt moore for Danny Woodhead and jerod Mayo. I feel like its a no brainer and at the same time i feel like Woodhead is nearly as valuable as Boldin while Mayo will be a superstar on the defensive side of the ball pretty soon if he isn’t already. What do you think about this offer?

  9. PB&J says:
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    I need to pick up a TE to spot start for Zach Miller. My options are slim, who should I pick up between Shockey, Fasano, Gresham, Fells, Carlson & Gronowski?

  10. Steve Mc says:
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    Need 2 flex spots in a PPR league. Who would you go with?

    Meachem
    James Jones
    J Stewart
    Jacoby Jones
    Burleson

  11. D.A. says:
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    pick 2 out of: Felix, C. Taylor, Ivory (slim pickins, i know)

    pick 3 out of: Megatron, Carolina Smith, Ochocinco, Meachem

    .5 ppr for all positions.

  12. Nonstoptalk says:
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    Need to start one RB and one flex. (.5 PPR) My options are as follows:

    S. Smith (CAR) vs NO
    F. Jackson (BUF) vs CHI
    B. Jacobs (NYG) @ SEA
    D. Brown (IND) @ PHI

    I’m leaning Jacobs and Brown just wondering what your thoughts are?

    Thanks in advance…

  13. Brent

    Brent says:
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    @romosahomo – Charles

    @Matt Leinart – I’d rather have MSW. Who knows how Rice will perform coming back from injury

    @trevor – I’d take Boldin and Moore. I feel that Woodhead could be one of those 1 year Pats wonders. Boldin has a great future.

    @PB&J – Shockey

    @Steve MC – James Jones, Jonathan Stewart

    @D.A. – Felix/Ivory and Megatron, Smith, Ochocinco

    @Nonstoptalk – Donald Brown and Steve Smith (since it’s PPR)

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