Fantasy Football Injury News, Week 2: Latest Status Info For Banged Up Players

The first week of the 2011 NFL season saw several significant injuries to fantasy performers. We will provide news updates on all the essential injuries around the league as they will impact your fantasy football squad for Week 2. For more on all the latest fantasy information, check out Fake Teams.

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Arian Foster Questionable To Return

Texans running back Arian Foster is questionable to return to his team’s week two game against the Miami Dolphins. Foster aggravated his hamstring, the same injury that kept him sidelined last week. Ben Tate will pick up primary rushing duties, looking to repeat his performance from last week.

Foster injured his hamstring in the preseason. In his place last week, Ben Tate ran for 116 yards on 24 carries. He also scored a touchdown as the Texans walked past the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts by a 34-7 score. 

Anyone who is counting on last season's yards from scrimmage leader in fantasy football, should have already picked up Tate or another option. Texans fans and Foster owners alike will want to keep an eye on Foster's status this week. The Texans face the Saints in week three. 

The Texans lead 16-13 following a Dolphins field goal early in the fourth quarter. 

For more reaction to Foster’s injury, check out Battle Red Blog.


Stevie Johnson Injury Update: Groin Injury Remains Nagging

Through two weeks of the 2011 NFL season, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is off to a hot start, averaging six catches, 81 yards and a touchdown through two games. However, even as Johnson is emerging as a consistent fantasy performer, he is dealing with a nagging groin injury that could still derail his 2011 season.

On Monday, Johnson was walking gingerly in Buffalo and told reporters that he can feel the injury when he is walking, which is something that hadn't been an issue previously. Prior to Monday he felt the injury on the football field but not as much off the field. This would indicate the injury has gotten a little bit more serious. At the same time, Johnson has said he has no plans to miss any games.

As it currently stands, Johnson will likely miss one practice each week and end up on the injury report as a regular "probable." Until you hear otherwise, Johnson remains a starter every week. The Bills passing attack is looking pretty impressive and if they can maintain it, Johnson will be a huge beneficiary. Until the injury knocks him out of a game, stick with him.

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Arian Foster Injury News: Ben Tate Named Indefinite Starter

Monday afternoon, Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced to the media that Ben Tate is "probably going to carry most of the load right now." Arian Foster left Sunday's victory over the Texans and although Kubiak described it as a fatigue issue, Foster described it as a tightening up of balky hamstring. The decision to officially hand over much of the load to Tate would indicate Kubiak confirmation of Foster's issue.

The decision to hand over carries to Ben Tate for now is not surprising, primarily because Tate was already handling the load through the first two weeks. Tate is off to a fantastic start through two weeks and there's no need to rock the boat and aggravate Arian Foster's injury.

The decision might make Foster a little nervous given how quickly a great back can become yesterday's news (see Alexander, Shaun). For fantasy purposes, if you have Foster but not Tate, I wouldn't get too nervous yet. Once healthy, Foster will get back in the mix and would likely take over the load moving forward this season. If Tate stays hot, the Texans might have a decision to make in the offseason, but for 2011 fantasy football that is not your concern.

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Steven Jackson Injury Update: Status Uncertain For Monday Night Football

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson took to Twitter on Monday to announce that he remains uncertain for Monday Night Football against the New York GiantsJackson tweeted that he was headed to the stadium to test out his quad. At that point we'll likely get some sort of announcement from the St. Louis Rams.

If you've rolled the dice on Steven Jackson playing tonight, you'll basically just have to wait until the Rams and Giants announce their inactive lists at approximately 7:30pm eastern time. Of course, it is also possible the Rams keep Jackson active if he thinks he could go but not in a starting role. If you have both Jackson and Cadillac Williams that would leave you in a bit of a pickle.

If you've only got Cadillac he remains a start because even if Jackson decides he can play Cadillac will likely get a decent number of carries. Of course, given that it's Monday Night Football, you likely don't have a choice to make unless you have both Jackson and Cadillac. I'd imagine Cadillac will be the play, but we'll see what the Rams announce over the next hour and a half.

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Miles Austin Injury Update: The Fantasy Impact

The Dallas Cowboys escaped San Francisco with a huge overtime 27-24 comeback win, but they lost one of their playmakers in the process. Prior to the overtime conclusion, Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin pulled his hamstring and had to leave the game. He finished the game with nine receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns but now the team is concerned he might miss the next two weeks leading into the team's bye week. Hamstring injuries are tricky so they may opt to play it conservatively.

If Dez Bryant is able to return for their Monday Night Football game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys would be able to swap back in a playmaker. Of course, they also may have a new playmaker on their hands. Reserve receiver Jesse Holley entered the game with one career reception. He left the game with three more plus 96 receiving yards. His stats total were a bit padded with a 77-yard overtime reception against blown coverage but it is an impressive performance nonetheless.

Holley is not really a guy you'll want to jump on right away on waivers unless you've got an end of the roster guy you really don't care about one way or the other. If Austin is unable to play the next two weeks, Holley does retain a little bit of value. One possible play with Holley is sit on him these next two weeks hoping for some strong performances and then try and convince a sucker in your league that he's worth acquiring via trade. Outside of winning a fantasy championship, there's nothing quite as fun as pulling the wool over another owner's eyes.

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Arian Foster Injury: Ben Tate Solid Again As Foster Hamstring Acts Up

The Houston Texans were forced to sit Arian Foster on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins as Foster's balky hamstring injury was re-aggravated. Head coach Gary Kubiak said after the game Foster was simply fatigued, by the Texans running back, but Foster told John McClain that he pulled himself out because the hamstring was getting a little tight.

The Texans were able to get by without Foster though as backup running back Ben Tate continued his strong start to the season. After rushing for 116 yards in the season opener, Tate rushed for 106 yards in the Texans 23-13 victory over the Dolphins. He added 32 receiving yards as well.

Hamstring pulls are a very tricky injury given how easy it is to aggravate them. It would not be surprising to see the Texans sit Foster for this coming week's practice and Sunday's game against the Saints. The Texans do not have a bye until week 11 so they'll have to play it by ear how long they plan on sitting Foster.

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Michael Vick Injury Update: The Fantasy Impact

The Philadelphia Eagles 35-31 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons came with further bad news as Michael Vick suffered a concussion in the third quarter. Initially described as a neck injury, news of a concussion complicates his return. With a neck injury, basic medical clearance gets him back on the field fairly easily. With a concussion, Vick will be required to pass a battery of tests to ensure he is over the symptoms.

If Vick is unable to go next week for the Eagles, either Mike Kafka or Vince Young would get the start. VY is getting over a hamstring injury, but no matter which of the two is starting, you're not going to have them in your lineup. While there is some upside to both Eagles QBs given the weapons at their disposal, you hopefully have a decent backup option. If not, Kafka or Young could provide some upside potential if you want to roll the dice.

The bigger fantasy impact is on guys like DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek. QB issues have not stopped Andy Reid from flinging the ball around like crazy in the past, so I wouldn't imagine much change now. DeSean Jackson dealt with his own forearm injury throughout the game but otherwise is a must-start every week. Jeremy Maclin followed up a quiet opener with a monster 13-catch effort against the Falcons. It's possible there will be struggles with a different QB, but I'd say Eagles skill position players remain safe starts.

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Jamaal Charles Injury: The Fantasy Impact

The Kansas City Chiefs early season struggles took a turn for the worse Sunday afternoon as running back Jamaal Charles suffered a knee injury early in their game with the Detroit Lions. The Chiefs struggled last week and were already struggling this week when Charles suffered his knee injury on their first offensive drive of the game.

Thomas Jones has taken over for the Chiefs and depending on the severity of the injury, Jones would be the starting running back moving forward. Rumors are flying about an extremely severe knee injury, but until we hear it from respected sources, we'll hold off on speculating as to the specific injury to Charles' knee.

If Jones were to take over the starting role, Dexter McCluster would assume greater value. To put that better, he would assume value as with a healthy Charles and Jones he is a fairly speculative play. Since Charles' injury, McCluster has shown some excellent burst with 39 yards on only six carries.

If Charles is going to miss significant time and you're looking for a guy at the bottom of your roster, McCluster might be worth a look. Of course, the Chiefs could be looking at season-long struggles, which would devalue much of the Chiefs offense at this point.

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Sidney Rice's Injury May Be Torn Labrum; Plans To Postpone Surgery

The Seattle Seahawks entered free agency last July and eyed WR Sidney Rice to complement WR Mike Williams in their passing game. The idea was good but, to this point, the results haven't. Rice has a shoulder injury that's kept him out of action to this point.

According to Jay Glazer, the injury is actually a torn labrum, which is serious and explains why Pete Carroll said Rice was a "longshot" to play against Pittsburgh in Week 2. 

Glazer also reports that Rice is trying to avoid surgery so he can play through the injury. This isn't a surprising move because a torn labrum normally has a fairly lengthy recovery process. If it's mostly a pain issue, then Rice will try to play through it.

It sounds like it'll be a tough season for Rice. If he gets healthy, it'll be interesting to see if he can actually produce. There's no use fighting through this if he's not going to be productive.


Calvin Johnson Injury Update: Megatron's Sprained Ankle "Good To Go"

Detroit Lions all-world receiver Calvin Johnson has been nursing an ankle injury this week, but it's not something that will keep him from taking the field today against the Kanas City Chiefs. That's good news for the Lions, and even better news for Matthew Stafford's fantasy owners. From ESPN's Josina Anderson: 


Just spoke to #Lions WR Calvin Johnson who's running around t/ field warming up his ankle now. He told me he feels, "Good to go." #NFL
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Santonio Holmes Injury Update: Holmes Active, Will Play Sunday

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is active and expected to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Holmes, listed as questionable with knee and quadriceps injuries, will indeed suit up Sunday after pulling his quad while running in practice Thursday. Jets head coach Rex Ryan was non-committal about his status Friday.

Holmes had six catches for 70 yards in the Jets' come-from-behind 27-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last week. Despite not being at 100 percent, Rotoworld believes starting Holmes would be a safe bet for fantasy owners:

Holmes may not be 100%, but his matchup versus Jacksonville is too good to pass up for fantasy leaguers. He comes in as our No. 14 ranked receiver for Week 2.

Yet, there are several inactives for the Jets, including quarterback Kevin O'Connell, wide receiver Logan Payne, safety Emanuel Cook, running back Bilal Powell, guard Caleb Schlauderaff, offensive lineman Rob Turner and defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis.


Dez Bryant Status Update: Dallas Cowboys Need Him, But He May Not Be There

It's looking more and more like the quad injury suffered by Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will keep him out of the Cowboys' Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Last week against the New York Jets, Bryant was slowed in the second half with the injury.

Bryant's absence will be big for fantasy football fans and the Cowboys, as well as those behind Bryant on the depth chart. The Star-Telegram in Dallas points to Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree as guys that could have a big day with Bryant out.

The Cowboys will have to test their receiving depth if Dez Bryant is unable to play because of the thigh contusion he suffered last week. It could mean more balls for Miles Austin, but then he's also going to get most of the attention from the 49ers. This might be a big chance for Kevin Ogletree.

His chances of playing? Not very good. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports he'll test the quad out in pregame, but it doesn't look good. ESPN's Chris Mortensen, as well as Peter King of, don't think he'll play.

So if you're wondering what to do with Bryant on your fantasy football team, strongly consider benching him.

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Marcedes Lewis Injury Update: Tight End Listed As Doubtful, Other Zach Miller Expected To Start

The Jacksonville Jaguars have listed tight end Marcedes Lewis as doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, which means he has no more than a 25% chance of playing in the game. The Jaguars have limited fantasy options but Lewis was looking to be one of the better ones for Luke McCown. Instead he's likely sitting out the week to rest up his calf strain.

In his place, the Jaguars are likely going to start Zach Miller. We will refer to him as the other Zach Miller as Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller is generally viewed as the much better fantasy option. So if you see Miller available on the waiver wire, double check the team. I suppose you could go with the Jaguars version of Miller as he has shown an ability to catch the ball. However, there are likely better options out there if you find yourself in the market for a tight end this week in place of Lewis.

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Steven Jackson Injury Update: Team Will Make Call Monday Night

The St. Louis Rams held running back Steven Jackson out of practice for a third straight day on Saturday and his status remains up in the air for Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. The team indicated the plan was to decide on Monday evening before the game, which means fantasy football owners are stuck in limbo waiting for official word.

As it currently stands, due to the late nature of the game your best bet is to simply bench him for the week and go with your next best option. If you have Cadillac Williams you're in a bit of luck, but otherwise, you're just going to have to roll the dice without Jackson this week. He could very well play as he has battled through injuries in the past but odds do not seem good for an appearance on MNF. It's simply not worth the risk of taking a goose egg if you have another running back you know will play.

For more on the Rams, check out Turf Show Times.


Dez Bryant Injury Update: Game-Time Decision But Peter King Thinks He'll Be Inactive

The Dallas Cowboys listed Dez Bryant as questionable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers and he is apparently a game-time decision for the team. If you're unsure how to handle this and are looking for every last bit of information out there regarding the status of Dez Bryant, Sports Illustrated's Peter King threw in his two cents on the issue. King told Evan Silva that he does not think Bryant will play against the 49ers.

How you use that information likely depends on your opinion of Peter King. Some view King as one of the more connected people in the NFL. If you believe that then feel confident benching Bryant. Other people are not quite as sure what to make of King, in which case it becomes your own game-time decision.

My own opinion is that even if a guy is well connected, that does not mean his sources are always giving him the best information. King has been around long enough to have plenty of sources so I don't doubt he has heard information that would make him think Bryant will sit. I simply choose to take it with a grain of salt. As it currently stands, if you're deciding between Bryant and a 1:00pm ET receiver or flex play, I'd pull the plug on Bryant for the week. If you can wait until 4:00pm ET, sit on it for a few hours.

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NFL Week 2 Injury Report: Arian Foster, Knowshon Moreno Likely Limited

With just hours to go before today’s NFL games kick off, SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi looks at key injuries affecting this weekend’s games and how they might impact your fantasy rosters.


Arian Foster Injury Update: Gary Kubiak Projects Reduced Carries

Just as quickly as John Clayton muddied the waters with regards to Arian Foster's status for Sunday, Texans head coach Gary Kubiask has further crossed up the situation. According to Kubiak, he does not think Foster will play his normal 60 snap workload. He did make it sound like Foster would in fact get the start on Sunday as he said that Ben Tate would be next in line and was "definitely going to play."

This is probably as close as you'll come to official word on Foster's status before active/inactive information comes out on Sunday. As it currently stands, you'll want to start Foster, but don't expect monster numbers from the Texans running back. If he blows up that would be great. If the Texans end up with a bit of a running back by committee situation for one week, it's not the end of the world. While you may be uncomfortable with an RBBC, Foster's considerable upside means you are almost obligated to start him. That is of course, pending new information.

For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog.


Arian Foster Injury Update: John Clayton Muddies The Water

Just as it sounded like Arian Foster was going to be officially good to go for the Houston Texans this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, ESPN's John Clayton managed to muddy the water on Sportscenter. During his injury report, Clayton indicated it appeared likely that Ben Tate would get the start on Sunday and the team would "mix in" Arian Foster. The general concern being that they don't want to risk a quick re-injury and would rather work him in slowly.

Kubiask has said he would be his guy if healthy, but this does raise concerns about whether to start Foster on Sunday. I've got to think even if Foster comes off the bench, he'll end up with more carries than Tate. At the same time, we're going to need to wait and see what Gary Kubiak has to say after practice today. We'll have at least one more update on this situation before you have to make your start/sit decision with Foster.

For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog.


Dez Bryant Injury Update: Jerry Jones Unsure Of Bryant's Status For Sunday

Since Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant injured his quad on Sunday against the New York Jets, he has remained mostly positive about his chances of playing on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. He has been backed up by Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones who has repeatedly said Bryant will be ready to play on Sunday. Good news, right?

Well, in a sign that Bryant could be looking at sitting out the game, Jones admitted Bryant's status for Sunday is iffy (that's a medical term). Bryant was absent at the start of practice on Friday, which means he has missed all three days of practice this week. He is an explosive talent who likely doesn't need a ton of practice, but given the optimism we had previously heard, this is a bit concerning.

The 49ers and Cowboys play a 4:05pm ET game, which means if you're loaded with early games you may have to roll the dice on Bryant. As it currently stands, if your roster dictates a decision before the early games, bench Dez Bryant. We'll update this situation as game day approaches.

For more on the Cowboys, check out Blogging The Boys.


Arian Foster Injury Update: Limited In Practice But Gary Kubiak Likes His Progress

The Houston Texans limited running back Arian Foster's work in practice on Thursday, but head coach Gary Kubiak is encouraged by his progress this week. According to Kubiak, as long as everything runs smoothly on Friday for Foster, he should be ready to start on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. We'll make sure and have an update after Texans practice on Friday, along with any late breaking news over the weekend.

While hamstring injuries can be tricky due to potential aggravation, the Texans have taken their time with Foster, which will hopefully put him in a position for a strong return to action. While Ben Tate will likely get a decent amount of carries, Arian Foster is the no-doubt number one running back in Houston. A strong performance last week by Tate is not likely to put too much of a dent in Foster's fantasy value. For now, Tate will be best served as a handcuff to Foster.


Brandon Lloyd, Knowshon Moreno Injury Update: Both Sit Out Second Day Of Practice

The Denver Broncos sat out several veteran players for a second straight day as they continue to try and recover from a physical loss to the Oakland Raiders. The players sat included Knowshon Moreno, Brandon Lloyd, Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil, and D.J. Williams. The Broncos have a short week following the MNF loss as they face the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday in Denver.

Moreno and Lloyd both have been dealing with some nagging injuries this week, but the Broncos have yet to make any roster moves. They have some practice squad options they could later in the week, but the lack of a move would seem to indicate a somewhat positive status for both Moreno and Lloyd.

At the same time, given the Broncos struggles, Knowshon Moreno is not what I would qualify as a strong start for the time being. He is going to lose a decent amount of carries to Willis McGahee and the Broncos are in a bit of trouble while they try and figure out their identity and where they are at in their rebuilding process.

Brandon Lloyd on the other hand, if healthy remains a solid enough start. He had a monster breakout season in 2010 and put together a solid effort on Monday against the Raiders. Kyle Orton is not a fantastic QB but he appears set to target Lloyd fairly consistently.

For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report.


Fantasy Injury Update: Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Hakeem Nicks All Sit Out Practice

One of the more pertinent fantasy football stories this week surrounds injury updates with some of the big name wide receivers in the league. Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant and Hakeem Nicks all put up impressive numbers in week one but also got banged up to a certain extent.

Johnson tweaked his ankle, Bryant has a bruise and cramps in his quad and Nicks bruised/hyperextended his knee and it has cost all three practice time this week. All three have sat out both Wednesday and Thursday practice sessions, but to a certain extent all three are guys that could play even with extremely limited practice time.

Calvin Johnson seems to be the most likely to play as he finished the Lions game on Sunday and seems more to just be taking precautions. The injuries to Dez Bryant and Hakeem Nicks seem a bit more concerning to their respective coaching staffs. Nicks gets an extra day to prepare for Monday Night Football, which is likely enough time to heal up. Bryant is the only one who missed significant time during the game, so he is probably lowest on the confidence list. The key will be what their coaches have to say later tomorrow when the final injury reports are starting to come out.

We'll have updates on all three tomorrow and possibly Saturday if anything changes.


Lance Moore Injury Update: Saints Receiver May Be Available Sunday

A few days after losing Marques Colston for at least a month, the New Orleans Saints received some good news on Wednesday as wide receiver Lance Moore was able to get in a full practice for the first time in several weeks. Moore suffered a groin injury and was unable to recover in time for the team's season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Moore's return would be a huge offset to the loss of Colston as Moore has been one of the most consistent threats for the Saints when healthy. He is not going to put together many monstrous games, but he is a safe flex receiver option week in and week out when healthy. Add in the absence of Colston and Moore suddenly becomes a great option for the short term. The Saints running game still has some question marks and Drew Brees is as consistent a quarterback as there is in fantasy football.

We'll know more about Lance Moore's health on Thursday and Friday as he tests out the groin on back-to-back workouts. If there are any question marks he's likely to shut it down for the day given how tricky groin injuries can be. But if he is able to get in a full practice on Thursday and Friday, he could be worth inserting into your lineup.

For more on the Saints, check out Canal Street Chronicles.


Arian Foster Injury Update: Texans Running Back Expects To Play Sunday

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster returned to practice on Wednesday and more importantly, handled his normal practice workload without any setbacks. After practice, Foster indicated he expected to play this Sunday against the Houston Texans.

If Foster is active on Sunday he will likely get a sufficiently full load of carries, particularly with backup Derrick Ward not practicing due to ankle and shoulder ailments. Ward had said after Sunday's game that he left the game as a precaution but missing a Wednesday practice would indicate the injuries are a little bit more serious.

We'll have Foster updates through the weekend as his participation in practice over the next two days will be worth watching. Foster didn't have a setback today but you'll want to see how he reacts tomorrow to back-to-back practices. If all's well, odds will be high that he will start on Sunday. If you have Ben Tate right now (and not Foster), you'll still want to hold onto him. He's not a guy you'd start if Foster is healthy, but he's worth hanging onto in case this hamstring injury creeps back up.


Knowshon Moreno Injury Update: Broncos RB Misses Practice, Listed As Day-To-Day

The Denver Broncos sat several players Wednesday as they look to get healthy following a tough, physical 23-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. One player who might be especially banged up is running back Knowshon Moreno, who left Monday's game with a hamstring injury early in the fourth quarter. He did some jogging on the sideline but never returned.

Moreno underwent an MRI on Tuesday but coach John Fox has not released the results of the MRI. Fox is calling Moreno day-to-day, although if it is the same as the Rams day-to-day on Steven Jackson, Moreno will not play this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Even if healthy, the Broncos running game faces an uphill battle in the questionable offense. Under Fox, Moreno is likely to see plenty of carries when healthy. However, Fox also enjoyed splitting carries in Carolina, which could bode well for backup Willis McGahee. For now, if Moreno is unable to go on Sunday, McGahee is likely to get most of the carries against the Bengals. Although Cincinnati is coming off a win over Cleveland, they are still likely to compete at the bottom of the pack and look to be a decent matchup for Moreno or McGahee.

For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report.


Hakeem Nicks Injury Update: Giants WR Believes He'll Play Monday Night

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks told the media on Wednesday that he believes he'll be sufficiently recovered from his knee injury to play on Monday Night Football against the St. Louis Rams. Nicks banged up his knee in the Giants Sunday loss to the Redskins, although he still managed to put together a strong 122 receiving yard afternoon.

The injury was initially described as a bone bruise but Nicks apparently also hyperextended the knee a bit. Nicks did not practice on Wednesday but he did some jogging, which is a positive sign for a knee injury. Nicks claims to feel better than he did on Tuesday and will hopefully practice by the end of the week. The team will release practice participation reports Thursday and Friday, followed by a final injury report.

I would argue the two practice participation reports are more significant in your assessment of Nicks' availability for Monday. If he misses the entire week of practice, the safe play would be sitting Nicks, particularly since it's the MNF game. If he gets into practice tomorrow or the next day, it's still a little tricky, but we'll see what Tom Coughlin has to say each day.

For more on the Giants, check out Big Blue View.


Arian Foster Injury Update: Texans RB Returns To Practice Wednesday

In big fantasy news, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster returned to practice on Wednesday. Coach Gary Kubiak has not indicated whether he is likely to play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but the fact that he is practicing would be a strong indication he'll play this weekend. We'll have to have to wait and see how he does in practice and how he feels tomorrow.

The return to practice is significant for a couple reasons. The first is just the fact that he has missed practice with the hamstring injury and getting back on the field is a huge step towards getting back on the field in a game. The second reason is that Kubiak said on Monday the running back is not a position where a player can miss the entire week of practice and then play on Sunday. The inference being that if Foster did not practice this week, he would not play on Sunday.

If Foster is a go for Sunday, he becomes a must start. There's always the chance he could tweak the hamstring, but it's generally a risk you have to live with each week. If he practices Thursday and Friday and there are no issues with the hamstring, the only concern is Ben Tate taking some of his carries following a strong opening week performance. We'll update the start status though later this weekend.


Sam Bradford Injury Update: Hoping To Play But Not A Good Start

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sportscenter that Sam Bradford is going to hit the practice field Wednesday afternoon to see if he can handle the throws in spite of his bruised right index finger. Bradford injured the finger when he brushed his throwing hand against a pass rusher. Schefter reported the Rams expect him to be able to play, but this practice will give them a better idea.

The real question is whether you should be starting Sam Bradford this week. While Bradford had a strong rookie season, even before the season started he was likely a better bye-week fill-in more than anything else. Now that he has lost Danny Amendola for an indefinite period and Steven Jackson is going to miss Monday night's game against the Giants, Bradford is a guy you should stash on your bench for the time being. He's got great long term potential, but for now the Rams have numerous question marks.

For more on the Rams, check out Turf Show Times.


Calvin Johnson Sits Out Practice, No Word On Injury Update

The Detroit Lions elected to hold Calvin Johnson out from Wednesday's first practice of the week. There is no word yet on whether it's an actual injury or simply a case of Johnson resting up from a physical first game of the season. The Lions held off a late Buccaneers rally to win 27-20 and Johnson was pivotal to that. Johnson finished the game with six catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns and had to get fairly physical as Megatron is wont to do.

More than likely Johnson is simply getting some veterans preference, which he has earned with hard work and dominant play early in his career. Teams will often give veterans a light day on Wednesday and work them in a bit more on Thursday. While some veterans will practice through the soreness, it is a smart idea to not get too banged up. And after all, when the easiest play in your play book is throw it up and I'll catch it, a little rest could do Megatron some good. We'll check back on Thursday with the next practice participation report.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit.


Daniel Thomas Injury Update: Was Not Close To Playing Monday Night

Miami Dolphins rookie running back Daniel Thomas was inactive Monday Night against the Patriots and according to coach Tony Sparano, Thomas was not particularly close to being able to go for the game. Thomas was inactive due to a hamstring injury suffered last Wednesday during practice. Thomas was able to practice over the weekend but was listed as questionable on the final injury report before being shut down for the game.

The Miami Dolphins likely stood little chance of beating the Patriots given Tom Brady's record-setting evening. The game did provide a glimpse into a Dolphins rushing attack led by Reggie Bush and it is not pretty. Bush will put together solid games over the course of a season, but he has proven time and again that he is not an every down back. He has one career 100+ yard rushing game in his career and is much better when playing alongside a more traditional every down running back.

Thus far today they have worked out Brian Westbrook, Julius Jones and at least two other backs. This could be due to questions about Thomas' health or just an overall displeasure with their rushing attack. It's a messy situation right now in Miami. Thomas could earn the starting job once healthy, but until he is 100% it is tough to tell what their plan is going to be.


Hakeem Nicks Injury Update: Tom Coughlin Unsure About Nicks Availability For Monday Night Football

Following the New York Giants Sunday loss to the Washington Redskins, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had x-rays on his knee after getting banged up at some point during the game. The x-rays came back negative and a further evaluation indicates the injury is likely no worse than a bone bruise.

Nicks put together a huge game with seven receptions for 122 yards so it remains to be seen how bad the injury is. However, the Giants are proceeding with caution when it comes to their number one receiver. His knee is showing some signs of swelling and Tom Coughlin seems a bit unsure of the extent of the injury at this point. The Giants have an extra day before their Monday Night Football game with the St. Louis Rams, which might prove key for the receiver.

For now, NIcks' status for Monday is uncertain. He'll appear in practice reports as missing time, but hold off on benching him for Monday. Ideally we'll hear word before Sunday about his status for Monday so you're not stuck benching him and then seeing him blow up, or worse starting him and then seeing him sit out.


Steven Jackson Injury Update: Steve Spagnuolo Says He Is Likely Out For Week Two

St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo announced Monday afternoon that running back Steven Jackson is probably not going to play week two against the New York Giants. This follows Jackson suffering a quad injury in the first quarter of the Rams 31-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dr. Ali Mohamadi discussed the injury briefly and described his return in week two as questionable. As Dr. Mohamadi stated, if you're short at running back, Cadillac Williams would appear to be a smart addition for this week and as a general handcuff moving forward. Cadillac had a strong performance in place of Jackson and will get the start next Monday if Jackson has to sit.

The Giants defense struggled against the Redskins, although they did hold Tim Hightower to a low yard per carry total. If the Giants defense is going to continue struggling, Cadillac could prove to be a very solid option this weekend. As for the rest of the season, Jackson gets banged up a decent amount but usually battles through it. Cadillac will remain the handcuff to Jackson and is probably worth a pick-up as the quad strain does not leave a definite time-table for return at this point.

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