HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans is tackled by cornerback Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.Texans won 17 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi discusses some of the most significant remaining injuries impacting this weekend’s games and how they might affect your fantasy rosters:
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (ankle - questionable)
StL (1-6) @ ARI (1-6), 4:15 p.m.
The Rams' second-year quarterback suffered a high ankle sprain in the team's Week 6 loss to Green Bay and missed the past two games. However, Bradford shared snaps with A.J. Feeley in practice yesterday, and will likely be a game-time decision for tomorrow's game against the Cardinals. The term "high ankle sprain" is usually used to describe an injury to the syndesmotic ligaments of the ankle, which hold the lower ends of the tibia and fibula (lower leg bones) together. Injuries to these ligaments are usually more severe than to other areas of the ankle, causing significant pain and difficulty bearing weight. With the Arizona secondary struggling the entire season, Bradford must be licking his chops to make a return to the field tomorrow.
Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals (toe - doubtful)
ARI (1-6) vs StL. (1-6), 4:15 p.m.
Kolb suffered turf toe early in the Cardinals' Week 8 loss to Baltimore and has been unable to practice the entire week. Turf toe refers to inflammation and stretching of the ligaments and/or tendons of the large toe, due to trauma and most commonly when the toe is suddenly bent upward, resulting in redness, swelling, and pain. This can result in difficulty bearing weight on the affected toe and can take days to weeks to resolve. Treatment is usually supportive, consisting of rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications. With Kolb unlikely to play tomorrow, second-year QB John Skelton would be in line for the start.
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts (hamstring - questionable)
IND (0-8) vs. ATL (4-3), 1 p.m.
Addai, who has been hobbled by a hamstring injury the past several weeks, missed practice yesterday and is listed as questionable to play against the Falcons. Despite being active last week, Addai did not get any carries, ceding carries to rookie Delone Carter and Donald Brown in the Colts' loss to the Titans. He may do the same tomorrow if he's able to suit up.
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants (foot - doubtful)
NYG (5-2) @ NE (5-2), 4:15 p.m.
The news this week out of New York regarding the cracked bone in Bradshaw's right foot, sustained in last week's win over the Dolphins, was confusing to say the least. After playing a "will he or won't he" game about his status for tomorrow's game with the Patriots, it appears the Giants are likely to err on the side of caution and give Bradshaw the day off, leaving the rushing duties in the hands of Brandon Jacobs and D.J. Ware. It appears likely that Bradshaw will be ready to go in Week 10 against the 49ers.
Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns (hamstring - questionable)
CLE (3-4) @ HOU (5-3), 1 p.m.
(Update: Hillis has been officially ruled out.) The strange 2011 saga of Hillis continued yesterday, as the Cleveland RB re-aggravated a hamstring strain in practice and left the field in significant discomfort. Hillis, who had already missed last week's loss to San Francisco with the injury, was being counted on to replace RB Montario Hardesty in the lineup after Hardesty suffered a calf injury against the 49ers. If Hillis is unable to play, the relatively untested Ben Ogbannaya would be in line for the start.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (groin - questionable)
Chargers (4-3) vs. GB (7-0), 4:15 p.m.
The oft-injured Mathews has been dealing with a groin strain that has kept him out of practice the entire week. Although he is officially listed as questionable, it appears he is unlikely to take the field tomorrow against the Packers. The good news for the Chargers is that RB Mike Tolbert, himself suffering from a hamstring strain, has been a full participant in practice and is primed to take the bulk of San Diego's carries tomorrow.
Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos (hand - probable)
DEN (2-5) @ OAK (4-3), 4:05 p.m.
McGahee, who missed last week's thrashing at the hands of the Detroit Lions with a broken right hand, is listed as probable for tomorrow's tilt with Oakland. McGahee, who broke the hand in the Broncos' Week 7 win over Miami, had screws and a plate surgically inserted to stabilize the bone a week ago but is expected to wear a protective padding tomorrow. Knowshon Moreno will handle some of the duties along with McGahee, who has been one of the rare bright spots for Denver this season.
Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins (hamstring - questionable)
MIA (0-7) @ KC (4-3), 1 p.m.
Thomas has been struggling with a hamstring injury the entire season, and he missed last week's loss to the New York Giants. Although he did participate in practice for the Dolphins yesterday, his status is up in the air for tomorrow's game against the Chiefs, with Reggie Bush likely to get more carries if Thomas can't suit up.
Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals (knee - questionable)
ARI (1-6) vs. StL (1-6), 4:15 p.m.
Wells has been hampered most of the season with a right knee injury, and although he toughed it out last week against the Ravens and has practiced in a limited fashion this week, he is listed as questionable on the Cardinals' depth chart. Although it is likely Wells will play, Arizona may have to rely to a greater degree on RB Alfonso Smith tomorrow, as backup LaRod Stephens-Howling is also questionable with a shoulder injury.
Plaxico Burress, New York Jets (back - questionable)
NYG (4-3) @ BUF (5-2), 1 p.m.
Burress has been limited in practice all week due to a lingering back injury and is listed as questionable for the Jets' showdown at Buffalo tomorrow. Early indications are that Burress, who has been a preferred target of Jets' QB Mark Sanchez in the red zone, will be ready to go by Sunday.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (hamstring - probable)
ATL (4-3) @ IND (0-8), 1 p.m.
The hamstring bug hit the Falcons' rookie WR during Atlanta's Week 5 loss to Green Bay, as he came up lame running a long sideline route and has not returned to action since. Although limited in practice this week through Thursday, Jones was a full participant yesterday and is listed on the Falcons' injury report as probable.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (hamstring - doubtful)
NYG (5-2) @ NE (5-2), 4:15 p.m.
The Giants' top receiving threat pulled his right hamstring late in the team's 20-17 come-from-behind win over the Miami Dolphins last week and has missed the entire week's worth of practices. Nicks had previously admitted that since suffering a mild right knee injury in Week 1, he had been compensating by placing additional stress on the hamstring, and it is possible this may have contributed to last week's injury. He is listed as doubtful for tomorrow's game against the Patriots, with Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz - each of whom caught a touchdown yesterday - ready to pick up the pace if he misses time.
Fred Davis, Washington Redskins (ankle - questionable)
WAS (3-4) vs. SF (6-1), 1 p.m.
Davis, one of the Redskins' lone bright spots on offense, suffered an ankle injury in the team's Week 8 loss at Buffalo and was in a walking boot early this week. The good news for a Washington offense desperately in need of a spark is that their third-year TE was a limited participant in practice yesterday and appears set to get the start tomorrow against San Francisco.
Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (hamstring - doubtful)
CIN (5-2) @ TEN (3-4), 4:05 p.m.
The up-and-coming Bengals TE suffered a hamstring injury the Friday before last week's victory over Seattle and missed the contest. Gresham has not returned to practice this week and has been listed as doubtful for tomorrow's contest with the Titans.
Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys (wrist - doubtful)
DAL (3-4) vs. SEA (2-5), 1 p.m.
The Cowboys' leading tackler suffered a dislocated left wrist in the first quarter of Dallas' loss at Philadelphia last night and did not return to action. He has missed the entire week of practice and is not expected to play tomorrow. Veterans Keith Brooking and Bradie James will see extra time in Lee's absence.