Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury News: Adrian Peterson Inactive, Michael Vick Returns

We break down all the week 14 injury news to help you better prepare for week 14 fantasy football. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings Coach Believes AP Will Return For Week 15

A day after Toby Gerhart put together a solid 90 yard rushing effort for the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Leslie Frazier told the media he thinks Adrian Peterson should return this week against the New Orleans Saints. Peterson has been dealing with a high ankle sprain but was able to get in some limited workouts this past week. He made the trip to Detroit and did some pre-game workouts, but was unable to play.

Gerhart has been solid in relief of Peterson but it remains to be seen how much of a role he will have once AP is back on the field. The team could conceivably go with a bit of a running back by committee depending on how Peterson feels once he gets back in the action. Prior to Peterson's injury, Gerhart had one game with five carries and eight games with two or fewer carries. He never touched the ball more than five times in those games.

Whichever back is on the field, the Vikings will look to dominate time of possession this weekend against a tough Saints offense. The Saints can put up some filthy numbers inside domes, so even though this is a road game, they have some advantages in the Metrodome. A strong rushing attack is key if the Vikings want to pull the upset.

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DeMarco Murray Injury Update: Fantasy Impact Of Fractured Ankle, High Ankle Sprain

The Dallas Cowboys suffered a brutal loss to the New York Giants Sunday evening, but they suffered a bigger loss as running back DeMarco Murray was likely lost for the season with a broken right ankle and high ankle sprain. Murray suffered the injury in the first quarter after only five carries and was immediately taken back to the locker room where x-rays revealed the fracture.

Felix Jones, only recently back from his own high ankle sprain, took over the rushing duties and put together a strong performance in relief of Murray. Jones rushed 16 times for 106 yards an caught six passes for 31 yards. He will be the starting running back the rest of the way as the Cowboys are actually out of additional running backs right now. They will likely sign at least one and maybe two free agents, but Jones is the guy moving forward.

For Murray, it ends what had been turning into a fantastic rookie season. Murray dealt with injuries in college, so this is not shocking, but it doesn't make it any easier to swallow. The big question moving forward for fantasy owners is how the Cowboys plan on handling their running back situation in 2012. Will it be an open competition in camp for the number one job, or will it be a running back by committee that turns the situation into an untenable option in fantasy football?

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Greg Jennings Injury Update: Packers WR To Have MRI To Determine If MCL Is Torn

The Green Bay Packers suffered a fairly significant loss Sunday afternoon as wide receiver Greg Jennings went down with a knee injury in the third quarter of their blowout victory over the Oakland Raiders. Jennings is going to get an MRI on his knee on Monday to determine the full extent, but from the sounds of it, he could miss a bit of time.

Pro Football Talk heard some scuttlebutt that Jennings had torn his MCL. Aaron Rodgers reportedly told media that he hoped Jennings would be back in time for the playoffs. Head coach Mike McCarthy reported it as a knee sprain in his postgame press conference. Once the MRI is taken, information will either be officially released by the Packers or it will leak out to the media in some form or fashion. Accordingly, we'll have an update as soon as the information comes available.

Whatever the case, Jennings would seem likely to miss at least some time with the knee injury. For fantasy football purposes, it is likely that you will be without Jennings in your quest for fantasy glory. He could bounce back quickly, but you may need to be prepared to continue your playoff run without Jennings.

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Jimmy Graham Injury Update: Saints TE Could Be Limited Versus Titans

In a bit of tough last minute news, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was reportedly struggling in warmups. Twitter was all "atwitter" over this last minute news as the news came literally two minutes before morning kickoffs. There are reports he was catching some balls and had a heavily taped ankle.

It was too late to adjust lineups, but it will be interesting to see how involved Graham is in the Saints offense. He is reportedly not starting at tight end, leaving John Gilmore as the starter. Gilmore has one catch for nine yards in 2011 and 53 receptions for 533 yards and five touchdowns in nine season as an NFL tight end.

This is the second big name to cause problems just before kickoff. A month or so back, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a scratch literally five minutes before game time. Graham does not appear to be a complete scratch, but it is frustrating nonetheless.

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Dallas Clark Injury Status: Colts TE Returns To Action

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark will be active for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Clark suffered what is believed to be a fractured fibula in a November 7 game against the Atlanta Falcons, but will already be returning to active duty, according to the official NFL Inactives Report.

Clark has played in nine games this season. Entering Week 14, he has 287 receiving yards on 28 catches with five touchdowns. He's averaging 10.3 yards per catch. Although he's cleared to play, he may not see much action against the strong Baltimore team and their punishing defense.

The Colts are huge underdogs against the Ravens. They're still looking for their first win of the season and most experts believe they won't be able to pick it up on Sunday. It remains to be seen how much Clark will be able to contribute.

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Nate Washington Injury Status: Titans WR Active Against Saints

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington is officially active for the Week 14 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Washington missed practice all week with a high ankle sprain, but is suiting up on Sunday in a big game for the Titans.

Tennessee has quietly amassed a respectable 7-5 record that leaves them in the thick of the AFC Wildcard race, but they will need all the help they can get to knock off the 9-3 Saints. Washington has been a consistent receiving threat for quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck this year, as he leads the Titans with 53 receptions for 668 yards, and is second to Damian Williams on the team with four receiving touchdowns.

Some key inactives for the game include Saints running back Mark Ingram and linebacker Jonathan Casillas, while the Titans will be without linebacker Barrett Ruud.

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Christian Ponder Injury Status: Vikings QB Will Start Week 14

The Minnesota Vikings had two notable names on the questionable list for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Although the Vikings have officially announced that running back Adrian Peterson will miss his third straight game, quarterback Christian Ponder will start today.

Ponder was listed as questionable after suffering a hip pointer in last Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

Ponder is in his rookie season with the Vikings and has found himself in the starting quarterback role in Week 6 after the Donovan McNabb experiment did not pan out. The first-round draft pick is in search of his second career win, although the Vikings are currently in a skid, having dropped four straight games.

Entering Week 14, Ponder has nine touchdowns against eight interceptions. He has thrown for 1,522 passing yards and holds a 76.6 passer rating.

Minnesota's inactives for Sunday's game are RB Adrian Peterson, CB Chris Cook, LB Xavier Adibi, OL Brandon Fusco, OL DeMarcus Love, TE Allen Reisner and DE D’Aundre Reed.

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Josh Freeman Injury Status: Bucs QB Will Start Week 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is active and will start in Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguarsaccording to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Freeman missed last week's game against the Carolina Panthers with a right shoulder injury, but took his normal reps in Friday practice and is now good to go on Sunday.

Head coach Raheem Morris told The Tampa Tribune on Friday that Freeman "looked good" in practice on Friday and "threw the ball a lot more" than what occurred in practice last week, all of which is good news for Buccaneers fans and fantasy owners.

Freeman broke a 36-game consecutive starts streak by missing the action in Week 13, but he is ready to start a new streak today. In 11 starts in 2011, Freeman has completed 61.8 percent of 411 pass attempts for 2,715 yards with 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

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Adrian Peterson Injury Status: Vikings RB Inactive For Week 14

The Minnesota Vikings have officially announced that superstar running back Adrian Peterson will not be available for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Peterson has been out of action since suffering an ankle sprain on November 20 against the Oakland Raiders. Although head coach Leslie Frazier said that Peterson made encouraging progress during this week's practice sessions, he will miss his third straight game. Chances are good that he may make his return next Sunday, as the Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints.

Toby Gerhart will once again start in place of Peterson in Detroit on Sunday. The Vikings are big underdogs against the Lions. Peterson likely would have made the Vikings feel better about their chances in the game.

Peterson joins CB Chris Cook, LB Xavier Adibi, OL Brandon Fusco, OL DeMarcus Love, TE Allen Reisner, and DE D’Aundre Reed on the inactives list.

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Jeremy Maclin Injury Status: Eagles WR Active Against Dolphins

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is active and will play in Week 14 against the Miami Dolphinsaccording to Reuben Frank of Comcast Sportsnet Philly:

Maclin will play, I'm told. "He's fine."
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On Saturday, Maclin was downgraded from probable to questionable with a hamstring injury that he has dealt with the past few weeks, but now he is apparently ready to go and set to team up with Michael Vick once again. He missed the previous three games dealing with the injury, but is active and ready to help Vick get the passing attack jump-started again.

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Kevin Smith Injury Update: Lions RB Not Expected To Play

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith is not expected to play in Week 14 against the Minnesota Vikings due to an ankle injury, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

The Detroit Lions have had serious problems trying to keep their running backs healthy this season, and mid-season addition Kevin Smith has been no exception. Smith originally suffered a sprained ankle in the Lions' Thanksgiving day game against the Green Bay Packers. Although he played in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints, he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday and then pulled up while running a pass route during Friday's practice and immediately left the field.

If Smith is unable to go, the Lions will likely have to split reps between Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams. Morris has produced 268 rushing yards to go with  24 receptions for 217 yards in spot duty this season.

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Percy Harvin Status Update: Vikings WR To Play With Finger Injury

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is officially listed as probable on the injury report this week, but is expected to play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Harvin is dealing with a finger injury, but it is not believed to have any effect on him as far as availability for the game. There were also conflicting reports earlier in the week that Harvin's migraines had returned, but nothing was ever confirmed.

Harvin should be a good play as a WR2 this week, but the reports of his migraines return and dealing with a finger injury could make him a bit of gamble. Harvin has developed a nice rapport with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, however. Harvin has gone over 70 yards receiving in the past three weeks, with four total touchdowns in the same span.

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Shonn Greene Fantasy Status: Jets RB Will Start On Sunday

New York Jets running back Shonn Greene is set to play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and is coming off one of his better games. Last week against the Washington Redskins, Greene had only 88 rushing yards but got into the endzone three different times. With LaDainian Tomlinson's knee banged up, Greene figures to get a lot more touches in the offense.

If Greene is in your fantasy line up, it should be as an RB2 in touchdown heavy leagues, similar to Brandon Jacobs. With Tomlinson getting dinged up late in games now, Greene will get even more carries in garbage time while still maintaining his role as the short yardage and goal line back.  For the season, Green has just 739 rushing yards with five touchdowns, three of which came in last weeks game.

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Wes Welker Status Update: Patriots WR Will Start

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was limited all week in practice with a soft cast on his wrist, but is listed as probable for the match up with the Washington Redskins and is expected to play. The cast is not a concern to the team and is more of a precautionary measure than anything else. Welker will start and be involved in the game plan like he is normally.

If Welker is on your roster, he should be in the starting line up. He is just 7 receptions away from becoming only the third receiver in NFL history to post four 100-reception seasons. As it stands, Wes Welker is on pace to catch 124 receptions with 1,670 yards and 11 touchdowns for the season. Welker has had seven games this season of at least 100 receiving yards.

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Brandon Jacobs Status Update: Giants RB To Play Despite Missing Two Days Of Practice

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is officially listed as probable against the Dallas Cowboys in an important NFC East match up, but is expected to play. Jacobs is dealing with a hamstring injury, but he should still get his typical amount of short yardage and goal line carries. The team held Jacobs out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a precautionary measure and is expected to be active.

If Jennings is in your line up, it should be as a RB2 in a touchdown heavy league. His role as of now is the back up running back and short yardage guy for the Giants offense. When Ahmad Bradshaw returned from injury last week, Jacobs touches took a serious dive, getting only 8 touches and played significantly less than the still hobbled Bradshaw.

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Beanie Wells Status Update: Cardinals RB Expected To Start

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells is listed as probable on the injury report, dealing with a thumb injury. Despite having the thumb issue, Wells is expected to start and get the lion's share of carriers against the San Francisco 49ers. The injury shouldn't scare you off Wells from your starting line up, but the match up might. The 49ers defense is the best in the NFL and is on a historic pace.

Wells has been a solid fantasy play all season long, at times exploding for yardage like he did two weeks ago when he railed off 228 yards and a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams. It's highly unlikely Wells produces anything close to that against the 49ers. Most weeks, playing wells against a tough defense is fine, but against the 49ers he's one of the lower ranked running back plays this week.

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Jeremy Maclin Status Update: Eagles WR Downgraded To Questionable

The Philadelphia Eagles could be without wide receiver Jeremy Maclin against the Miami Dolphins. On Saturday, Maclin was downgraded from probable to questionable with a hamstring injury that he has dealt with the past few weeks. It was reported that Maclin suffered a setback with his hamsting and will likely be a game-time decision. Maclin has missed the previous three games dealing with the injury. It's probably best to sit Maclin, even if he is active.

Maclin was set to have a good day against the Miami secondary with the return of Michael Vick. With Maclin out of the line up however, it means that wide receiver Riley Cooper could make his fourth straight start this week against the Dolphins. This also means it's likely that DeSean Jackson should get more looks at the position as well.

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Nate Washington Questionable With Ankle Injury

An ankle injury kept Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington out of this week's practice and has him listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Washington characterized the injury as a high ankle sprain and said he would play if the decision were solely up to him, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.

"If this was an individual decision, of course I would say I’m playing," Washington said. "But it is not just my decision. If I have to be a cheerleader, I am going to be the best cheerleader. But if I am cleared to play I am going to give it everything I’ve got."

Washington has emerged as a preferred target for quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck, leading the Titans with 53 receptions for 668 yards. Washington's four touchdowns rank second on the team behind Damian Williams for the team lead.

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Kevin Walter Ill, But Expected To Play Against Former Team

Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals after being unable to practice on Friday due to an illness.

Despite the illness, Walter is expected to start against the Bengals, who have the league's 10th-ranked pass defense despite having lost shutdown cornerback Jonathan Joseph to the Texans in free agency after the lockout ended.

With Andre Johnson out with a left hamstring injury, the Texans will need Walter on Sunday. The veteran has 28 receptions, second-most among Texans wide receivers behind Johnson, for 325 yards and two touchdowns this season. Walter caught 30 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown in 43 games over three seasons with the Bengals before signing with the Texans in 2006.

Jacoby Jones will start opposite Walter on Sunday. In 12 games, Jones has 22 receptions for 387 yards and two touchdowns.

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Michael Vick Expected To Return To Starting Lineup

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick participated fully in all three of this week's practices and is expected to start on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Vick is officially listed as "Probable" on the team's final injury report of the week.

The Eagles have gone 1-2 without Vick, who injured his ribs during a loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. Vick has completed over 60 percent of his 300 pass attempts for 2,193 yards with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, adding 535 yards rushing, which has been an important aspect of his game. His most recent injury, however, has reminded Vick about the importance of self-preservation.

"I've made my mind up. There's going to be times when I can't get the extra yards. I gotta get down," Vick said last week according to Philly.com. "I get too caught up in the game sometimes, but that leads to me being sidelined, not being accountable for the team on Sunday .. I don't want to continue to put the team through that."

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Kyle Orton Doubtful With Finger Injury

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton shed the cast on his right index finger this week, but was limited in practice and is listed as "Doubtful" for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos, Orton appeared on one play in his debut with the Chiefs, but injured the finger on his throwing hand and was done for the day.

If Orton is unable to play, and that appears to be the case this week, the starting assignment goes to journeyman Tyler Palko, who completed 17-of-30 pass attempts and had his first NFL touchdown pass on a Hail Mary in the team's 10-3 win over the Bears last Sunday. Since replacing the injury Matt Cassel, Palko has completed nearly 63 percent of his pass attempts for 601 yards with the one touchdown and seven turnovers, including six interceptions.

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Kevin Smith Questionable With Ankle Injury

After missing the first two practices of the week, Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith tested his sprained ankle on Friday and is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Smith suffered a high ankle sprain during a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Green Bay Packers, but was able to play in last Sunday night's loss to the New Orleans Saints, carrying the ball six times for 34 yards and a touchdown and catching six passes for 46 yards out of the backfield.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Smith pulled up while running a pass route during Friday's practice and immediately left the field. The inability to complete a full practice puts Smith's availability for Sunday in doubt, meaning Maurice Morris could see more playing time against the Vikings.

Morris is second on the  Lions with 268 rushing yards and has added 24 receptions for 217 yards out of the backfield. The 32-year-old has one touchdown rushing and receiving this season, his third with the Lions after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Laurent Robinson Expected To Play Vs Giants

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Laurent Robinson missed the team's first two practices of the week with a shoulder injury before returning on Friday and being listed as "Questionable" for Sunday night's game against the New York Giants.

Robinson injured his shoulder during last Sunday's overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Signed off the scrap heap following his release from the San Diego Chargers, Robinson has taken advantage of Miles Austin's injuries to catch 42 passes for 626 yards, both career highs, and is tied for the team lead with seven touchdown receptions this season. A 2007 third-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons who spent 2009 and 2010 with the St. Louis Rams before going to training camp this season with the Chargers, Robinson had just 89 receptions for 1,000 yards and four touchdowns in 38 games before his breakout season with the Cowboys.

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Miles Austin Status Update

After missing the last month with a hamstring injury, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin was able to practice on a limited basis throughout the week and appears on target to return to the starting lineup on Sunday night against the New York Giants.

Austin injured his hamstring during a Week 9 win over the Seattle Seahawks. In six games this season, Austin has 28 receptions for 403 yards and four touchdowns. The veteran was able to practice last week and does not expect his prolonged absence to affect his timing with quarterback Tony Romo.

"I’m just saying in the way of the actual fundamentals of running routes, we have a good feel," Austin said on Friday according to ESPN Dallas.

Austin's return should help the Cowboys against the Giants, who have the NFL's 29th-ranked pass defense, allowing 260.3 yards per game.

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Adrian Peterson Questionable With Sprained Ankle

Three weeks after sustaining a high ankle sprain against the Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice on a limited basis this week and is "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Peterson declared himself 80 percent on Friday, but hopes to play against a Lions defense that will is allowing 125 rushing yards per game and will be playing without Ndamukong Suh and possibly Nick Fairley on Sunday.

"I feel like I'm still kind of moving fast, but then again, it's a little gallop. I don't mind. If I'm feeling good, I don't mind running down the field Sunday, galloping, as long as I get to the end zone."

Missing two games has dropped Peterson to 11th in the NFL in rushing yards with 872 yards, but his 11 touchdowns still rank third behind Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (13) and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (12).

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Christian Ponder A Game-Time Decision On Sunday

Minnesota Vikings first-round quarterback Christian Ponder was able to practice on Friday and is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Ponder is regarded as a game-time decision.

"(Ponder) still has some soreness," Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said on Friday according to 1500ESPN.com "But being able to see him drop back, deliver the ball, have his accuracy, moving around a little bit -- that was encouraging, because (Thursday), he was pretty stiff, but his movement was much better (Friday). So, we'll see how he feels (during Saturday's walk-through practice) as well when we're throwing the ball around."

Ponder injured his hip during last Sunday's 35-32 loss to the Denver Broncos. The 12th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft has passed for 1,522 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions since replacing Donovan McNabb in the third quarter of the team's Week 6 loss to the Chicago Bears.

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Willis McGahee Questionable With Knee Injury

Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee returned to practice on Friday and is "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

McGahee was injured during the team's game-tying drive against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday and was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. McGahee has played through a broken hand and a hamstring this season, making it likely that he'll tough it out against the Bears on Sunday.

Signed to a four-year deal after being released by the Baltimore Ravens when the lockout ended, the 30-year-old McGahee has six 100-yard games this season, including a streak of two straight, and ranks 10th in the NFL with 886 rushing yards this season. As he own play belies his age, McGahee has noticed that the Bears linebackers are not playing at a level commensurate with their ages.

"They're fast to the ball and they're not showing a step like they're old," McGahee said according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "I played some good linebackers this season, but not like (the Bears group)."

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Josh Freeman Questionable With Shoulder Injury

After missing last week's 38-19 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was limited during this week's practice and is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a right shoulder injury.

Freeman took his normal reps on Friday and appears good to go.

"No. 5 went out there today and proceeded with caution,'' coach Raheem Morris said Friday according to The Tampa Tribune. "He practiced and looked good. We've seen him throw the ball a lot more this week and he took his usual amount of snaps today.''

Freeman had started 36 consecutive games prior to missing the Panthers game. In 11 starts in 2011, Freeman has completed 61.8 percent of 411 pass attempts for 2,715 yards with 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

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Week 14 NFL Injury Report: Fantasy Football Implications

We break down the final injury report for week 14 of the 2011 NFL season. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings RB Limited In Practice Friday

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got in another day of practice on Friday, but it was fairly limited as he did not participate in any group drills. He is likely going to be a game-time decision, but it would be a bit of a surprise if he played on Sunday, in my opinion. He is working his way back from a high ankle sprain and given the current state of the 2011 Vikings, it would be foolish to risk further long term injury if he is not 100%.

Toby Gerhart likely will get the start on Sunday with Percy Harvin operating as the change-of-pace back. They face a Detroit Lions defense that has been middle of the road against the run. The Vikings will be looking to control the clock against the explosive Lions offense. Additionally, Minnesota could be without starting QB Christian Ponder, which could mean even further reliance on the run.

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Michael Vick Injury Update: Eagles QB Takes First Team Reps All Week

The Philadelphia Eagles expect to welcome Michael Vick back into the lineup this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins after missing three straight games with broken ribs. Vick was able to take every first team snap this week, which should guarantee him the starting nod on Sunday.

Vince Young had been starting in place of Vick and put up some solid fantasy numbers. Where it got interesting was how wide receiver Riley Cooper benefited from having VY in the lineup. Cooper could take the biggest hit this weekend as Vick returns, but also because Jeremy Maclin could be returning on Sunday. In three games, Cooper put up 13 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles face a Miami Dolphins team that has quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league in recent weeks having won four of their last five games. Given the Eagles struggles in recent weeks, it is hard to tell what to expect out of them this weekend in Miami.

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Ben Roethlisberger Injury Update: Steelers QB Sustains High Ankle Sprain

The Pittsburgh Steelers held on Thursday night to defeat the Cleveland Browns 14-3, but they may have suffered a tough loss in the process. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went down with an ankle injury in the first half but managed to come back in the third quarter and finish out the game. Roethlisberger was limping the entire time and could barely get back to his running backs to hand off the ball.

After the game, head coach Mike Tomlin described the injury as a high ankle sprain. Recovery from a high ankle sprain can take anywhere from two to six weeks, which makes Big Ben's return to the field for the second half all the more impressive. Peter King was in the Steelers locker room after the game and he said Roethlisberger could only put about 20 ounces of weight on his left foot. I'm not really sure how exactly he knew it was 20 ounces, but that is a question for another day.

The Steelers travel to face the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football in week 15, which gives Roethlisberger eleven days to get his ankle healed up if he wants to play. If he is unable to go, Charlie Batch would get the start in his place.

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Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings RB Returns To Practice

The Minnesota Vikings received some good news on Thursday as running back Adrian Peterson returned to the practice field for the first time since injuring his ankle against the Oakland Raiders. Peterson was limited in his participation, but Leslie Frazier thought his workout was encouraging.

No decision has been made as to Peterson's status for Sunday. He will likely be listed as questionable and be a game-time decision on Sunday. If Peterson cannot go Toby Gerhart gets the start again. If Peterson does go, it will be interesting to see if he splits the work with Gerhart or gets right back in as the primary back. My guess is that AP sits out another week. He could still get back in, but given the Vikings current 2-10 record, it seems foolish to try and rush Peterson back from his injury.

The Vikings face a Detroit Lions rush defense that isn't bad, but isn't particularly great. The Vikings will potentially be without Christian Ponder who has missed two straight days of practice. If Joe Webb gets the start, the team could rely even more on the run against the Detroit Lions. If AP can't go, Toby Gerhart remains a decent start.

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Steelers Vs. Browns Inactives: Peyton Hillis Active, Emmanuel Sanders Inactive

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers released their inactive lists for Thursday Night Football as they square off in an old-fashioned rivalry game. There are no surprises from either side as they prepare to kick off on the NFL Network.

The Browns will have running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty active. Both were active last week against the Baltimore Ravens, but Hardesty received no touches for the game. Hillis will likely get most of the carries again as he seems fine following his hip injury. It is not a particularly good matchup for Hillis as he faces a stout Steelers defense.

The Steelers will be without Emmanuel Sanders, as expected. He is recovering from some knee and foot issues and is getting the week off. Antonio Brown will look to step up opposite Mike Wallace in Thursday's game. The Steelers will also give Lamarr Woodley the game off as they hope to have him ready in time for their Week 15 Monday Night Football showdown with the 49ers.

Browns Inactives: QB Thad Lewis, SS T.J. Ward, OG Steve Vallos, OT Oniel Cousins, TE Jordan Cameron, LB Quinton Spears, and DE Auston English.

Steelers Inactives: LB LaMarr Woodley, WR Emmanuel Sanders, LB Chris Carter, DE Al Woods, OT Jamon Meredith, WR Arnaz Battle and QB Dennis Dixon.

For more on the Browns head over to Dawgs By Nature. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. Follow the rest of the Week 14 NFL action at SB Nation NFL.

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Laurent Robinson Injury Update: Cowboys WR Misses Second Straight Practice

The Dallas Cowboys released their Thursday injury report and wide receiver Laurent Robinson remained on the sideline with a shoulder issue. He missed Wednesday's practice as well and is in danger of missing Sunday Night Football against the New York Giants.

The injury only adds to a troubling fantasy situation for Robinson. The Cowboys have seen wide receiver Miles Austin get in some limited participation this week, and he is expected to be available this Sunday. Even if Robinson plays, that limits his fantasy upside. Robinson has come out of nowhere to put up some of the best fantasy numbers in the league, thanks primarily to huge touchdown numbers. He was a huge waiver wire pickup with the belief that once Austin returned, Robinson's value would go by the wayside.

For now, if you have Robinson you do not want to unload him. However, he is now a risky play as fantasy playoffs are getting underway. Barring any changes in Robinson and Austin's status, Robinson should be benched for this weekend. If Robinson and Austin both play alongside Dez Bryant, I personally would sit Robinson. The situation is too fluid right now to be sure of anything.

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Week 14 NFL Injury Report, Wednesday: Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, Kevin Smith Sit Out Practice

We break down the Wednesday practice participation report for week 14 of the 2011 NFL season, including final injury reports for Thursday's Steelers-Browns game. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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James Starks Injury Update: Packers RB Misses Wednesday Practice

The Green Bay Packers look to continue their undefeated run as they host the Oakland Raiders this Sunday. Although the Packers are heavy favorites, they may need to win this one without their starting running back. James Starks sat out practice on Wednesday as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury he suffered during Sunday's win over the New York Giants. Starks was not expected to practice on Wednesday, so this more confirms what we already knew.

Barring a quick recovery, Ryan Grant will likely get the start on Sunday with Brandon Saine as his technical backup. Although Saine might see some carries, John Kuhn will be the guy who gets a lot of goal line and short yardage work. Grant entered the season as the Packers starting running back, but Starks has shown more explosiveness and in turn has taken on a larger workload. Starks will likely be back for Week 15.

For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Beanie Wells Injury Update: Cardinals Running Back Sits Out Wednesday Practice

The Arizona Cardinals sat Beanie Wells on Wednesday as they prepare for Sunday's divisional tilt with the San Francisco 49ers. Wells has been dealing with knee, thumb and hamstring issues all season long, and the odds are high that the Cardinals are simply managing the running back. Keep an eye on the Thursday and Friday injury reports. If he remains a DNP, the odds decrease dramatically, but I would expect him to get on the practice field Thursday and Friday.

Of course, even if he plays and is 100%, Wells faces a 49ers rush defense that has been tops in the league. They have not given up a 100-yard rusher in two years and have not given up a rushing touchdown thus far this season. They will look to continue those streaks on Sunday against the Cardinals. Wells is generally a guy you start each week, but if you have alternatives on your bench, it might be worth sitting Wells this weekend. If you are in a playoff battle, Wells' upside is fairly limited on Sunday.

For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: Texans WR Sits Wednesday, Taking Conservative Approach

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson sat out Thursday's practice as he continues to recover from a left hamstring strain suffered this past weekend against the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson had recently recovered from a right hamstring strain before suffering this current ailment.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak addressed the injury during his Wednesday press conference and did not sound optimistic that Johnson would be able to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals:

"Is there a chance this weekend?" Kubiak said after practice. "I probably can answer that better in a couple days. There's always a chance. I feel very fortunate. I know we're going to get Andre back. The key here right now is that when we get him back, we need to make sure we get him back for the long haul.

"Hopefully, we can get him back here real quick. He's upbeat. He felt good today, but like I said, until he gets back out here, we'll have to wait and see."

These comments come a couple days after Texans owner Bob McNair stated that he hoped Johnson could be back in a couple weeks. McNair was speaking right after the game, so it remains to be seen how much new information there was at that point.

For now, this is a situation to monitor as injury reports are released Thursday and Friday. If Johnson is unable to go, Jacoby Jones would move back into the starting lineup opposite Kevin Walter. It remains to be seen how much action any of the receivers will see given the QB situation in Houston.

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James Starks Injury Update: Mike McCarthy Believes Packers RB Will be Challenged To Practice On Wednesday

A day after the Green Bay Packers edged out the New York Giants, head coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media and said that running back James Starks would be challenged to practice on Wednesday. This would likely make him fairly questionable to play this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Starks was forced out of Sunday's win over the New York Giants in the second quarter as he aggravated his right ankle sprain. Starks injured the ankle on Thanksgiving and appeared to reinjure against the Giants. He finished the game with three carries for five yards. Ryan Grant replaced him in the backfield, rushing 13 times for 29 yards.

Starks had emerged as the busier of the two running backs, but this will slow him down for the near future. If Starks is unable to go on Sunday, or is even limited in his participation, Grant will be the primary workhorse back with Kuhn continuing his goal line work. Of course, given how the Packers generally use the run versus the pass, it might not really matter who is back there handling the carries in their 29th ranked rushing "attack."

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