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Week 4 Injury Questions

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Carnage is starting to set in as we enter the middle phase of the NFL season. The injury report is absolutely stuffed this week, with no less than eight matchup-altering game-time decisions.

As we get set for Week 4, we’ll keep you in the loop. The Rotoworld News Page will be humming all Sunday long to bring you the latest on who is in and who is out. We’ve 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
PATRIOTS at BILLS
* Rob Gronkowski (hip) was a late addition to the injury report on Friday and is “questionable.” No one around the Pats has expressed real concerns over Gronk’s availability, though.
* Shane Vereen (foot) is questionable, but he might be behind Danny Woodhead and Brandon Bolden on the depth chart anyway.
* Julian Edelman (hand) is out. Wes Welker gets a boost.
* Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is reportedly ahead of schedule, but don’t expect to see him on the field until Week 6.
* Fred Jackson (knee) has been cleared and is fully expected to play.
* C.J. Spiller (shoulder) is very questionable as original reports had him missing 1-2 weeks. If he does suit up, he could be looking at a limited role behind Jackson.

49ERS at JETS
* Brandon Jacobs (knee) is a game-time call. He likely isn’t a real part of the gameplan either way.
* Stephen Hill (hamstring) isn’t ready to play. Jeremy Kerley will start in this hands-off situation.
* Dustin Keller (hamstring) is still in doubt and far less than 100 percent. He’s not a fantasy option even if active.

SEAHAWKS at RAMS
* Steven Jackson (groin) has a soft-tissue injury, plays running back and has a ton of tread on his tires at age 29. Even if he plays through a questionable tag, it’s not a good situation for owners.
* Doug Baldwin (shoulder) will return to man the slot.

PANTHERS at FALCONS
* Jonathan Stewart (toe) is going to play. But he’s still in pain and will be part of a committee.  

VIKINGS at LIONS
* Matthew Stafford (hip) is ready to rock. He doesn’t need great mobility to light up the Vikings’ weak secondary anyway.
* Mikel Leshoure (groin) didn’t bounce back well from his 30-touch debut last week. He only practiced on a limited basis and looks like a true game-time call.
* Tony Scheffler (calf) is also headed for a game-time call. Stay away.

CHARGERS at CHIEFS
* Nate Kaeding (groin) is out. Nick Novak will handle kicking duties for the Chargers.
* Dwayne Bowe (groin) should be able to play through his questionable tag after getting a little work in Thursday and Friday.
* Peyton Hillis (ankle) is out, leaving Shaun Draughn as Jamaal Charles’ backup.
* Dexter McCluster (elbow) should be good to go, but is officially a game-time call.

TITANS at TEXANS
* Jared Cook (shoulder) got a full practice in Friday and will play his usual snaps.
* Kenny Britt (ankle) did not practice at all this week. Even if he suits up, he’ll be far less than 100 percent in a difficult matchup.

4PM GAMES
BENGALS at JAGUARS
* Bernard Scott (ankle) can’t stay healthy and is no threat to BenJarvus Green-Ellis right now.
* Rashad Jennings (knee) is back to serve as a handcuff for Maurice Jones-Drew.
* Laurent Robinson (concussion) has passed all his tests. He’ll be a go.

RAIDERS at BRONCOS
* Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) is out indefinitely. Look for Derek Hagan to start at flanker.
* Brandon Myers (concussion) is expected to play and is reportedly feeling fine.
* Jacob Tamme (groin) got in a full week of practice. He’s a TE2 option.
* Willis McGahee (ribs) is going to tough it out through a little pain. The matchup is certainly right.

DOLPHINS at CARDINALS
* Reggie Bush (knee) is tentatively expected to play. He looked good in practice all week, but owners should roster Daniel Thomas just in case.
* Todd Heap (knee) is out. Rob Housler gets the nod, but saw just two targets when Heap was out last week.
* Beanie Wells (toe) is out indefinitely. It’s the Ryan Williams show.
* LaRod Stephens-Howling (hip) is out. William Powell will back up Williams.

SAINTS at PACKERS
* James Starks (toe) is listed as probable, but might be a healthy scratch.
* Greg Jennings (groin) isn’t quite 100 percent but is safe to get in lineups for this projected shootout.

REDSKINS at BUCS
* Pierre Garcon (foot) is officially questionable, but it would be a mild surprise if he plays. Leonard Hankerson would start at X receiver if Garcon sits.
* Roy Helu (Achilles) is done for the season.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
GIANTS at EAGLES
* Hakeem Nicks (knee) gave him problems after Thursday’s practice. He now has a bum left knee and a bum right foot. He won’t play against the Eagles, giving Ramses Barden another start.
* Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) is back and will start. Expect a hot-hand situation with Andre Brown.
* Domenik Hixon (concussion) will return as the No. 3 wideout.
* Jeremy Maclin (hip) will be a full go.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
BEARS at COWBOYS
* Matt Forte (ankle) is shaping up as a true game-time call. Since it’s a Monday Night game, owners won’t be able to wait unless they own Michael Bush as well.

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

The Titans game starts at 1 pm, so if Britt (ankle) is active I’ll be starting him. But it’s not looking good, so I’ve penciled Hankerson into my lineup.

Mark Ingram just isn’t an option right now because he’s not even getting all the red-zone work. The Packers also threaten to take a big lead on the Saints, rendering Ingram useless.

Pierre Garcon (foot) is probably out again, giving Hankerson the nod at X. He saw seven targets in that spot last week and now figures to square off with weak Bucs CB Eric Wright.

SURVIVOR PICK OF THE WEEK
Hopefully you are all following me on Twitter, because I gave out the Ravens as my play for this week on Thursday afternoon.

If I hadn’t played the Ravens, I’d be using the Broncos. They are coming off two straight losses, are very healthy right now and are playing at home. The Raiders are coming off an emotional home win over the Steelers and will be without Darrius Heyward-Bey.



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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