Fantasy Football Week 6 Injury Report: Hakeem Nicks, Aaron Hernandez Could Play
Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season is underway, and for fantasy football players a routine has developed for checking their lineups every morning, but as the season drags on we start to run into more and more injuries. This article is a comprehensive list of every single offensive player who is listed as probable or worse on their team's injury report, so you can get an idea of who to start and who to bench Sunday morning.
Probably the biggest question mark on this list is Hakeem Nicks, who practiced Friday and made the trip to San Francisco but is listed as questionable for the New York Giants. My gut tells me he will play, especially considering Nike apparently emailed a couple of the Giants beat writers saying Nicks would be wearing some special Nike football cleats. I'm guessing they don't want to see him just stand on the sideline in them.
Another situation to keep your ears peeled for is the tight end position in New England. The New England Patriots are one of the most prolific offenses in football and could be getting a key weapon back this week. Both Aaron Hernandez, who has missed a couple of weeks, and Rob Gronkowski, who is playing through hip pain, are listed as questionable. Wes Welker joins them on the list of players questionable on Bill Belichick's infamous injury report. I assume Gronk will play, but Hernandez was supposed to miss up to six weeks with his injury. It's been four so we'll see.
Happy lineup setting, and check back tomorrow morning for concrete updates on every single player!
William Powell (knee, Probable), Larod Stephens-Howling(hip, probable, John Skelton (ankle, questionable)
Powell is expected to get the bulk of the carries on Sunday, but be mindful of his injury. Everyone here should be fine to start the game.
A.J. Green (knee, probable)
Green was limited Wednesday but it was just a precaution. He practiced Thursday and Friday and should play Sunday.
Mohammed Massaquoi (hamstring, out)
Massaquoi has been ruled out for Sunday's game and will not play.
Miles Austin (hamstring, probable)
Austin did not miss a practice all week and should play against the Baltimore Ravens.
Demaryius Thomas (hip, probable)
Thomas was limited on Thursday but is expected to play on Monday night. Do not hesitate to start him.
Brandon Pettigrew (knee, probable), Titus Young (knee, probable)
Both Pettigrew and Young should play. Pettigrew was limited all week in practice but the Lions listed him as probable and it would be shocking if he didn't play at this point.
Green Bay Packers
Jermichael Finley (shoulder, questionable), Greg Jennings (groin, out)
Jennings will miss another game, but expect Finley to play despite being listed as questionable. Finley told reporters he feels good about his chances, but maybe be careful since they play the late game on Sunday.
Arian Foster (knee, probable), Andre Johnson (groin, probable), Ben Tate (toe, probable)
These players have frequented the injury report so far this year, but nothing major has kept them out too long. Tate is the only one who has missed a game.
Donald Brown (knee, out)
Brown is expected to miss a couple of weeks with his knee injury. Vick Ballard is starting in his place.
Kansas City Chiefs
Jonathan Baldwin (hamstring, questionable), Shaun Draughn (ankle, probable) Matt Cassel (head, out)
You won't be affected by this unless you're in a deep league, but both of the skill position guys should play. Not that I would expect much given the state of the Kansas City Chiefs. Cassel is out, and if you were counting on him in a league, I'm sorry for you.
Reggie Bush (knee, probable), Brian Hartline (quad, probable), Daniel Thomas (concussion, out)
Lamar Miller should back up Bush with Thomas out, and I would be surprised if Hartline missed the game.
Percy Harvin (hamstring, probable), Adrian Peterson (ankle, probable), Christian Ponder (knee, probable) Jerome Simpson (back/foot, questionable)
A long list of names, but it is all precautions. Every one of these players are a go.
New England Patriots
Brandon Bolden (knee, questionable), Rob Gronkowski (hip, questionable), Aaron Hernandez (ankle, questionable), Shane Vareen (foot, questionable), Wes Welker (ankle, questionable)
The only player I would count out right now is Hernandez. Belichick likes to play mind games with the other team, but definitely be checking in the morning for updates on their status.
New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks (knee, questionable), Ramses Barden (concussion, probable), Martellus Bennett (knee, probable) Andre Brown (concussion, out)
Nicks made the trip to San Francisco and should play barring any setbacks. Bennett messed his knee up pretty bad last week but is listed as probable. I would hesitate starting Bennett, but if Nicks plays you should count on him.
New York Jets
Jeff Cumberland (ribs, probable), Stephen Hill (hamstring, probable) Dustin Keller (hamstring, probable), Jeremy Kerley (finger/illness, probable), Mark Sanchez (back, probable)
This team is getting moderately healthy, aside from the players they've already lost for the season. You could see the offense start moving the ball again with Keller back.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion, probable), Sebastian Janikowski (groin, probable), Taiwan Jones (shoulder, probable) Darren McFadden (shoulder, probable), Brandon Myers (shoulder, probable)
Mostly precautions here, but I'd be cautious of starting Heyward-Bey with that concussion.
Jason Avant (wrist, probable)
The Philadelphia Eagles are not missing that many players to injuries, at least to players that are not out for the year. If you're in a deeper league you can count on Avant to be out there as well.
Marshawn Lynch (back, probable)
I have to list him since he is such a huge name, but Lynch shouldn't have any problems Sunday.
San Diego Chargers
Malcom Floyd (groin, questionable), Nate Kaeding (groin, out), Ryan Matthews (ankle, probable), Eddie Royal (hamstring, probable)
Floyd was limited on Friday in practice, but Norv Turner believes he and Royal will play. I'd start someone else if you can since Floyd is playing on Monday night, but you should feel OK right now if you rolled the dice.
San Francisco 49ers
Brandon Jacobs (knee, questionable), Alex Smith (finger, probable)
Judging by what Jacobs has said this week, it does not appear like he will play, though he's likely the third option when healthy anyways. Smith should be fine.
St. Louis Rams
Danny Amendola (shoulder, out) Sam Bradford (knee, probable)
Amendola is expected to miss a couple of weeks with that nasty shoulder injury. Bradford is good to go.
Pierre Garcon (foot, questionable), Robert Griffin III (head, questionable), Evan Royster (knee, probable)
Garcon has played the last two weeks but is not producing much. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan believes he is not 100 percent yet. Griffin is expected to play Sunday, but they have not declared him completely ready to go yet. Look for something to change before they rule him out, otherwise he is a go.
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