With fantasy football playoffs in full swing, today's NFL injury report takes on added significance, with Adrian Peterson (foot) highlighting the list. Here are some key injuries, and their impact, for Week 15.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, foot
MIN (3-9-1) vs. PHI (8-5), 1:00 p.m.
Peterson returned to practice on Friday, but will not play on Sunday. He suffered a foot injury last week and was originally expected to miss Week 15. There was some optimism after he practiced on a limited basis on Friday. The Vikings, however, ruled him out Saturday night. To make matters worse for Minnesota, backup Toby Gerhart (hamstring) is also expected to be out today against the Eagles. This leaves the Vikings with unknowns Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard expected to take the bulk of the carries this afternoon.
Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions, calf
DET (7-6) vs. BAL (7-6), Monday Night
Bush missed last week's game with Philadelphia after aggravating a calf injury in pregame warmups and is officially listed as questionable for tomorrow night's pivotal showdown with the Ravens. All signs are that Bush will be a game-time decision, making him a very risky play for fantasy owners with championship aspirations. If he is unable to take the field against Baltimore, Joique Bell would get the majority of carries at RB for Detroit.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals, elbow
ARI (8-5) @ TEN (5-8), 4:25 p.m.
Palmer has been listed as questionable on the Cardinals' injury report the past two weeks, after suffering an elbow injury in Arizona's Week 13 loss to Philadelphia, but he made the start in the team's win against St. Louis and seems ready to go today against Tennessee. Palmer has been limited in practice all week, which by all indications has been a precautionary measure by Head Coach Bruce Arians. Indications are that Palmer will get the nod as the Cardinals continue to vie for a wild card playoff spot this afternoon; if not, backup Drew Stanton would get the nod at QB.
Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars, groin
JAC (4-9) vs. BUF (4-9), 1:00 p.m.
The Jaguars have been playing better of late, in large part due to an improved passing game, of which Shorts is an important part. Shorts has been playing through a groin injury for several weeks running, but he aggravated the injury in practice this week and is listed as questionable for today's contest with the Bills. Early reports are that Shorts is unlikely to suit up, and he would have been a risky play anyway, given the high incidence of re-injury with groin injuries when tested before the athlete has fully recovered.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons, knee
ATL (3-10) vs. WAS (3-10), 1pm
White, who until this season had not missed a game in his career, was shelved earlier in the season due to an ankle injury and now appears on the Falcons' injury report as questionable for today's game with Washington due to a knee injury. Given White's penchant for playing through injuries, it's hard to write him off for this week, but even against a porous Washington defense, his effectiveness may be limited.