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Week 2 Injury Questions

Saturday, September 15, 2012


It’s only Week 2, but we have a lot of guys expected to play through pain this week.

Owners of Hakeem Nicks, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Sidney Rice, Jonathan Stewart and Steve Smith will have to gauge how their players will fare at less than 100 percent. It’s never an exact science.

As we get set for kickoff, we’ll look for clues on those hobbled folks and post it on our relentless News Page. We’ve also got rankings from Chris Wesseling/Mike Clay here and Evan Silva’s ridiculously mind-blowing Matchup Column here. Inside the Season Pass, you’ll find flex rankings and exact projections for every player.

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OK, let’s get to the hurt folks:

1PM GAMES
RAIDERS at DOLPHINS
* Denarius Moore (hamstring) practiced in full all week, looked good and is listed as probable. The risk is that he could be on a snap count.
* Daniel Thomas (concussion) is out. Reggie Bush will be a workhorse and rookie Lamar Miller is expected to be active as the backup.

BUCS at GIANTS
* Hakeem Nicks (foot) is going to play, but it’s obvious he’s in pain. Getting separation could be an issue.
* LeGarrette Blount (neck) got a scare last week when he lost some feeling in his leg, but is fine now. He’s a strict backup to Doug Martin.

SAINTS at PANTHERS
* Devery Henderson (concussion) is out. Joseph Morgan will be the No. 3 wideout.
* Jonathan Stewart (ankle) practiced in full on Friday and is expected to play. Effectiveness and workload are question marks.
* Steve Smith (knee) is fully expected to play through a questionable tag. Get him active in this plus matchup.

CARDINALS at PATRIOTS
* John Skelton (ankle) is out. Kevin Kolb draws the start.
* Beanie Wells (knee) and Ryan Williams (knee) will both play in a “hot hand” committee.

VIKINGS at COLTS
* Adrian Peterson (knee) says he’s at 95 percent. Expect a big workload.
* Austin Collie (concussions) isn’t going to play after encountering a setback this week. He’s just a stash for now.

RAVENS at EAGLES
* Jeremy Maclin (hip) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) are both expected to play. Maclin often creates injury drama, but usually performs well through it. Jackson’s strain was never considered as serious as Maclin’s.

CHIEFS at BILLS
* Brandon Flowers (foot) is ready to go. Bad news for Stevie Johnson.
* Fred Jackson (knee) is out for at least three weeks. It’s C.J. Spiller’s turn to shine.

BROWNS at BENGALS
* Bernard Scott (hand) is questionable, but he won’t threaten BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ workload right now anyway.

TEXANS at JAGUARS
* Rashad Jennings (knee) isn’t close to playing. Maurice Jones-Drew is set for a monster workload and Montell Owens will act as the backup.   

4PM GAMES

COWBOYS at SEAHAWKS
* Marshawn Lynch (back) practiced on a limited basis this week. Back spasms are scary because they can crop up at any time, but he appears ready to go.
* Sidney Rice (knee) will play in this tough matchup.
* Golden Tate (knee) returns to the starting split end spot, sending Braylon Edwards back to the bench.

TITANS at CHARGERS
* Kenny Britt (knee) is expected to play roughly 15-25 snaps.
* Nate Washington (calf) didn’t practice at all this week and is a game-time call. If you’re going to wait for him, you need Kendall Wright at the ready.
* Jake Locker (shoulder) is fully ready to start in this plus matchup.
* Javon Ringer (elbow) is out. Good news for Chris Johnson’s passing-game role.
* Ryan Mathews (collarbone) is tentatively expected to sit out this week before returning in Week 3.
*Antonio Gates (ribs) will almost certainly play through a questionable tag.

REDSKINS at RAMS
* Pierre Garcon (foot) is a true game-time call. It’s expected to come down to an issue of pain tolerance.

JETS at STEELERS
* Darrelle Revis (concussion) is out. Look for Antonio Cromartie to match up with Mike Wallace and Kyle Wilson to stick with Antonio Brown.
* Dustin Keller (hamstring) is out.
* Rashard Mendenhall (knee) still isn’t expected back until October. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman will carry the load once again.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
LIONS at 49ERS
* Calvin Johnson (foot) took Wednesday off as a maintenance day. He’s ready to go.
* Brandon Jacobs (knee) remains sidelined. Kendall Hunter is the clear backup.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
BRONCOS at FALCONS
* Roddy White (groin) isn’t in any real danger of missing this one.


MY TOUGHEST DECISION OF THE WEEK
In a 12-team half-PPR league, my flex spot came down to Mark Ingram or Sidney Rice.

In reality, this decision comes down to how we think the Saints will fare this week. If they get a lead and grind some drives into the red zone, Ingram is going to score points. If they fall behind – as they did last week – then Ingram is barely going to play.

It’s a big risk with the Saints only one-point favorites in Carolina, but I decided to roll with Ingram. Rice is at less than 100 percent and facing an elite corner duo. The Saints should be ready to play after last week’s loss.

SURVIVOR PICK OF THE WEEK
Last week, I (barely) survived when the Lions squeezed out a win over the Rams. The good news is that I didn’t burn the Texans.

This week, the most likely winner is the Patriots, who are facing Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals in their home opener. However, I’m going to save those Pats and use the Bengals this week.

Cincy was humiliated on national television Monday night. Now they get to come home and take on a Browns team that is absolutely inept. During Week 1, Brandon Weeden looked like a deer in headlights, Trent Richardson couldn’t make anyone miss, the receivers couldn’t get open and their defensive line was abused in the run game by a weak Eagles’ offensive line. Now their secondary will be playing without top CB Joe Haden (suspension).



Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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