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.

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.

Injury Updates Following Week 8

Keenan Allen had back issues on Sunday and departed San Diego’s game early. No news has been released regarding his status for Week 9. …Brandon Marshall was banged up on Sunday with ankle and toe issues, with further details likely to be released throughout the week. … Kendall Wrightwas dealt a sprained MCL on Sunday and more details on his status will surface in coming days. … Khiry Robinson suffered a leg injury on Sunday, in what looked like a serious situation. More news will be released this week. …Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tore ligaments in this thumb and missed most of New York’s Week 7 game. Geno Smith will start if Fitzpatrick’s Monday MRI delivers bad results. … Reggie Bush tore his ACL on Sunday in an unfortunate slip on the sideline in St. Louis. Until Carlos Hyde returns, Mike Davis and Kendall Gaskins will lead the way for the 49ers.

Andre Brown Breaks Leg


If you had any questions about the value of David Wilson, he just got a big boost after Andre Brown broke his leg in today’s last preseason game.  Simply put, this injury should put your mind at ease about drafting Wilson.  Some, if not all, of the question marks you had about Wilson should be erased.  Any reservations you had about picking David Wilson in the 3rd round have vanished.  He’s clearly going to be cemented inside the top 20 backs and more towards a ranking of 15.  He now has a chance to finish inside the top 13 running backs.  Feel confident when choosing David Wilson now.  It’s definitely not as much of a crap shoot at this point.  All those New York Giant’s fans that have been wanting Tom Coughlin to give David Wilson his opportunity, they finally have their chance.

Biggest Injury Concerns Heading into 2013

Percy HarvinRob Gronkowski recovering from back surgery in June and recently got his cast off his surgically repaired forearm.  Sounds like that back is going to hold him back a while (no pun intended).  And will he break the arm again?!  This article says Gronk’s previous back surgery at Arizona while in college cost him his entire senior season: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/09/gronkowski-making-progress-after-back-surgery/

*on a side note: Ryan Mathews clavicle reminds me of Gronkowski’s forearm.

Percy Harvin:  Even as a top 20 wide receiver with week to week top production, I still can’t handle his injury problem.  And from the sounds of it, he may already be in line for surgery. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22922540/pete-carroll-possible-percy-harvin-surgery-may-not-be-seasonending

(Update 7/30/13: It’s official, Harvin out awhile)

Darren McFadden: This dude is a headache.  Next….

** Quick question: Is DeMarco Murray the next Darren McFadden?

Maurice Jones-Drew: This guy has been a knucklehead lately.  Bar fights and simply been unusual.  But sounds like he has had some good news the last couple of days despite him losing my trust last year and over the off-season. http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/7/27/4562470/maurice-jones-drew-injury-jaguars-first-workout

Michael Crabtree out for year but could he come back.  Read: http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/7/23/4548938/michael-crabtree-injury-49ers-update

Jeremy Maclin is out for the year. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22914614/report-eagles-wr-jeremy-maclin-suffers-torn-acl

Dennis Pitta out for year (replaced by Shiancoe): http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22923764/ravens-sign-te-visanthe-shiancoe-to-one-year-deal

Hakeem Nicks: Coming back from foot and knee injuries and dealing with tightness in his groin, Giants wideout Hakeem Nicks participated in individual drills but not team drills or 7-on-7 passing drills Sunday, reports the New York Daily News. Nicks had a career-low 692 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last year.

Robert Griffin III: We all are aware of his current injury issues, so I won’t go into that.  But I just wanted to make a random prediction on his future.  I think it’s going to be an awfully brittle future for him unfortunately.  I’m just pre-judging based on the size of his little legs.  I think he will have problems.

Dan Koppen out for season.  Another ACL for an NFL player! Who does this hurt the most?  Peyton Manning.  They lost the leader of their line, and now they are on their fourth string center as the backups were already hurt.  http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22925474/nfl-training-camp-roundup-broncos-lose-c-koppen-for-season

Other Notes: Chris Ivory tight hamstring and Arian foster calf.  Health Miller who tore his ACL last December doesn’t have a brace or anything but the Steelers are being cautious and have him on the early PUP list. Jason Pierre-Paul had back surgery in June and said it was horrible.