Week 13 Injury News

 

Danny Amendola (knee) practiced on Thursday, but was limited. With New England running thin on receiving options, Amendola should be fed a heaping helping of targets on Sunday against Philadelphia. … Devonta Freeman (concussion) was a full participant in practice on Thursday and will be a top Week 13 fantasy option at the running back position. … Allen Hurns(concussion) is still not practicing and appears to be a long shot to play on Sunday. Marqise Lee is surprisingly healthy and would soak up some targets if Hurns does indeed sit. … Tyler Eifert (neck) missed practice on Thursday, and fantasy owners should not plan on having the services of this stud tight end in Week 13. Hopefully Andy Dalton’s red zone target is healthy for Week 14. … Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) practiced on Thursday and is ready to roll for a nice Week 13 matchup with Indianapolis after leaving Week 12 early with a concussion. … Karlos Williams (shoulder) did not practice on Thursday and was wearing a sling on his left arm. Williams will most likely miss Week 13 according to coach Rex Ryan, leaving LeSean McCoy with a large workload against Houston’s surging defense. … Carlos Hyde (foot) could potentially be placed on injured reserve, which would end his season and make Shaun Draughn’s fantasy stock rise for the final weeks of 2015. …Sam Bradford (shoulder) is practicing normally for the Eagles this week and will take back his starting job from Mark Sanchez on Sunday at New England. … Peyton Manning (foot) shed the cast on his injured foot and will begin rehabbing in hopes of playing again in 2015, which is no guarantee. …Marquess Wilson (foot) hurt his foot on Wednesday and missed Chicago’s Thursday practice session, leaving his Week 13 status in question. More news on Wilson’s status should surface on Friday. … Case Keenum(concussion) is still in the league’s concussion protocol, leaving Nick Foles to start this week against Arizona. … Ryan Mathews (concussion) won’t be seeing the field in Week 13 as he is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls News

Marshawn Lynch will reportedly undergo sports-hernia surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss the next 4-5 weeks at minimum. It’s the same procedure Arian Foster underwent over the summer that forced him to miss eight weeks. Lynch and Foster are both older running backs that likely require more time to recover than their younger teammates. In a best-case scenario, it sounds like Lynch could be back by Week 16. We’d consider than extremely unlikely at this point.

It’ll be the Thomas Rawls show at running back for the foreseeable future in Seattle. Even before this news came out about Lynch needing surgery, Rawls was the No. 1 waiver add of the week. Lynch needing surgery and likely to miss the rest of the re-draft fantasy season has solidified Rawls as the top add. After piling up 254 total yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers last Sunday, Rawls has serious high-end RB1 upside and should see 20-plus touches weekly. Lynch owners can probably cut bait without any regrets. It’s very possible he’s started his final game for the Seahawks.

Week 12 Injury Notes

Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) left Pittsburgh’s game on Sunday and is currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol. No news has surfaced yet regarding Roethlisberger’s status, but Landry Jones will likely start if he misses time. … Allen Hurns (concussion) was removed from the field on a stretcher on Sunday, but later tweeted that he will “be okay.” No word yet on the severity of Hurns’ injury, but more news will be announced in coming days. … Tyler Eifert suffered a stinger in the third quarter of Cincinnati’s game on Sunday and did not return, although Eifert does not appear to be in serious danger of missing time at this point. … Both Andre Ellington (foot) and Chris Johnson (knee) were forced from Arizona’s game on Sunday, leaving David Johnson to run the ball for the Cardinals. This will be a very interesting situation to monitor this week ahead of Arizona’s Week 13 game at St. Louis. … Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) departed early on Sunday and will be evaluated over the course of the week. Bradshaw had been more involved in Indianapolis’ offense in recent weeks behind Frank Gore. … Heath Millercaught five passes for 45 yards before leaving Sunday’s game with a rib injury. Jesse James replaced Miller at tight end.

Backup Running Backs

Week 11 unfortunately produced multiple running back injuries, providing opportunities for a few notable backups around the NFL in Week 12. Seattle’sThomas Rawls handled the rushing duties with Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) out, and ran for 81 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Rawls receiving 21 carries in an up-and-down game is encouraging for his weekly workloads heading down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs.

 

Tevin Coleman was solid for Atlanta on Sunday while filling-in for Devonta Freeman (concussion). Coleman ran for 110 yards on 18 carries in what was a great performance outside of losing a fumble. The Atlanta offense struggled as a whole however, and with Freeman expected back in Week 13, Coleman will be fantasy bench material until further notice.

 

With Charcandrick West (hamstring) out on Sunday, Spencer Ware turned in another solid outing. Ware rumbled his way to 114 yards and a score on 19 carries, and now has 210 yards on 30 carries (7.0 ypc) over the last two weeks. Ware will be a high-end RB2 next week at Oakland if West misses more time, but will likely take a back seat to West if his troublesome hamstring is ready next Sunday.

Gronk Injured Again

The New England Patriots lost their first game of the 2015 season on Sunday night, as they fell to the Denver Broncos 30-24 in overtime. The Patriots went pass-heavy in this game, attempting just 16 running plays to 42 pass attempts for Tom Brady, as New England did not let the losses of Dion Lewis,Julian Edelman, and Danny Amendola impact their passing attack. The pass-heavy approach was working fine until the world’s best tight end, Rob Gronkowski, suffered a knee injury and was carted off the field near the end of the fourth quarter. Gronkowski was the target on 10 of Brady’s throws up to that point and had caught a team-high six passes for 88 yards and score. From that point, the Broncos walked/ran-off in overtime on a 48-yard C.J. Anderson touchdown, but the fantasy world was already consumed with the potential loss of the great “Gronk.”

 

What we know as of Sunday night is that Gronkowski suffered a right knee injury, and was carted off for X-rays. After the game, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe noted that Gronkowski “walked out of the Sports Authority Field at Mile High tonight without crutches or barely even a limp…” A Monday MRI is on the way, but the apparent positivity surrounding Gronk’s status is encouraging, although Tom Brady’s favorite target should still be considered an extremely dicey bet for Week 13 in even the best case scenario. Scott Chandler stands to gain the most fantasy juice if Gronk misses time, but stay tuned to Rotoworld for more Rob Gronkowski news this week.

Week 11 Injury Notes

Darren McFadden (groin) was limited in practice on Thursday, and will likely need a full showing on Friday to ease the minds of fantasy owners. Rod Smith would pick up the slack if McFadden is a surprise inactive. … Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) did not practice on Thursday and his Week 11 status is in jeopardy. This situation reeks of “game-time decision.” … DeAndre Hopkins (knee) has missed two practices this week, but no reports from Houston have stated that the stud wide receiver is actually in danger of missing Week 11. More news should surface regarding Hopkins’ status Friday. … Matt Forte (knee) did not practice on Thursday, and his Week 11 status is in serious doubt. Forte will likely return in Week 12 to some form of timeshare with Jeremy Langford. … Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) made it through practice on Thursday and is in no danger of missing Week 11. … Emmanuel Sanders (finger) was limited in practice on Thursday, but coach Gary Kubiak expects Sanders to be ready for Week 11. … Michael Floyd (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday and looking like a dicey bet to play on Sunday after injuring a hamstring in Week 10 at Seattle. … Vincent Jackson (knee) hasn’t played since Week 7, but is getting closer to returning to game action and was limited in practice on Thursday. Jackson’s status may require extra attention over the weekend for fantasy owners. … Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) practiced in full on Thursday and is good to go this week as the Jets take on Houston. … Brian Hoyer (concussion) reportedly suffered memory loss on Monday night against Cincinnati, leaving Houston backup QB T.J. Yates to handle the passing duties for the Texans this week. … Ryan Mathews (concussion) missed practice on Thursday and is a good bet to sit out this week, leaving DeMarco Murray with plenty of opportunities to carry the ball against the Bucs. … John Brown (hamstrings) got in a limited practice on Thursday and is tentatively looking like he may suit up this week. Brown hasn’t caught a pass since Week 7 and is a risky fantasy start at the moment. … Sam Bradford (shoulder, concussion) did not practice on Thursday and will likely miss Week 11 while going through the NFL’s concussion protocol. Mark Sanchez is in line to get the start against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Quarterback and Running Back Slants

Free agent RB Kendall Hunter worked out for the Seahawks. … The Texans are “hoping” Brian Hoyer (concussion) will be cleared in time for Week 11 against the Jets. On a short week, it’ll be a chore. … T.J. Yeldon (foot) has shed his walking boot and expects to be fine for Thursday night against the Titans. … Cowboys waived QB Brandon Weeden. With Tony Romo healthy, Matt Cassel beat out Weeden for the backup gig. … Ryan Mathews (concussion) didn’t practice Tuesday. Neither did Sam Bradford (shoulder, concussion). … Geno Smith is expected to take most of the first-team reps in practice this week after Ryan Fitzpatrick underwent thumb surgery last Friday. Fitzpatrick’s status will become cleared later in the week. … Coach Mike McCarthy thinks Aaron Rodgers may be “trying to do too much.” … Coach Jim Tomsula will go week-to-week with his quarterback situation. … Coach Jay Gruden said he wants the team to re-signed contract-year QB Kirk Cousins. … Andre Ellington will continue to be used in special packages. … The Rams still owe Nick Foles $7.75 million in guaranteed money. … The Colts want Andrew Luck to change his running style.

Wideout and Tight End Notes

Dolphins rookie WR DeVante Parker has resorted to watching his Louisville highlights to remind himself that he’s good and can make plays. He’s played just 110 snaps and seen seven total targets as the No. 5 receiver. … Lions signed former Giants WR Corey Washington to their practice squad. … Browns waived TE Rob Housler off injured reserve. The free-agent bust caught one pass for six yards before being placed on I.R. earlier this month. … Patriots promoted WR Chris Harper from the practice squad. … Kendall Wright (knee) is expected to miss Thursday night’s Week 11 game against the Jaguars. … Chiefs placed TE James O’Shaughnessy (foot) on I.R. … Ravens signed WR Kaelin Clay and TE Chase Ford. They waived WR Jeremy Ross. … Seahawks waived Super Bowl breakout WR Chris Matthews. He caught just four passes this season. His size should earn him another look. … Tom Brady hinted WR Keshawn Martin could have an increased role in the absence of Julian Edelman (foot). … Titans signed rookie WR Tre McBride off their practice squad. … There’s some belief Roddy White will be more involved on offense moving forward. … Coach Gus Bradley is unsure if WR Rashad Green (thumb) will be activated off I.R./recall this week. … Giants signed WR Hakeem Nicks, their 2009 first-round pick. He takes Victor Cruz’s (calf, I.R.) roster spot. … Julian Edelman underwent surgery on Monday to have a screw inserted into his broken foot.

Injury Notes

Michael Floyd was forced from Sunday night’s game with a hamstring injury after shredding Seattle for 113 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches. … Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) was active on Sunday night and turned in 50 total yards and a score on nine touches after concern was raised about his playing status over the weekend. … Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was active on Sunday but didn’t catch a single pass and was evaluated for a concussion during Denver’s loss to Kansas City. … John Brown (hamstring) was active on Sunday night but couldn’t haul in any of his three targets and has been ineffective since the hamstring issues popped up. … Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion on Sunday as Philadelphia played Miami. Look for updates on Mathews’ status this week. … Sam Bradford sprained his non-throwing shoulder and suffered a concussion on Sunday. Mark Sanchez could see action if Bradford misses time. … Justin Hunter fractured an ankle on Sunday and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

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Big Ben Hurt Again?

The Pittsburgh Steelers provided piles of fantasy intrigue on Sunday as they topped the Oakland Raiders 38-35. Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brownwent nuts in this game, hauling in 17 of 23 targets for 284 receiving yards. Brown was making plays all over the field in his usual fashion, but he capitalized on an enormous target total as Pittsburgh battled with the impressive young Oakland offense. The performance by Brown may be his last major contribution for a few weeks however, as Pittsburgh quarterbackBen Roethlisberger was diagnosed with a foot sprain late on Sunday and will likely miss one or two weeks. Landry Jones will attempt to keep the Steelers’ skill players fantasy-relevant with Roethlisberger on the shelf again, but expect Pittsburgh to use a healthy dose of DeAngelo Williams while Jones in under center.

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