Fantasy Football 2012: Monitoring Running Back Injuries

By Adam Pfeifer


As Week 13 kicks off tonight in the Georgia Dome, many fantasy owners are stressed. Why are they stressed?


There are a few very significant injuries to running backs that need to be zeroed in on. Let’s take a look, shall we?

 Darren McFadden, Oakland RaidersThe last time we saw McFadden in action was November 4th, when he suffered (wait for it), another injury! Run DMC went down with a high ankle sprain, a very tough injury for running backs. Filling in for McFadden was Marcel Reece, who really pleased fantasy owners. In the four games without McFadden, Reece posted 225 rushing yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. However, Reece’s time may be up, as McFadden returned to practice on Wednesday, but in a limited role. He also saw the practice field again on Thursday, continuing to improve his chances of returning on Sunday. Regardless, Reece will still be heavily involved, especially on passing downs.

Matt Forte, Chicago BearsForte, though hardly productive this year, went down with an ankle injury in the first half of last Sunday’s game and did not return. In his place, Michael Bush put together a nice fantasy day, finding the end zone twice. Forte was limited in practice on Wednesday and head coach Lovie Smith stated that he “looked fine.”  Even if Forte does suit up on Sunday, I expect Bush to still see some work, especially inside the five.

DeMarco Murray, Dallas CowboysThis situation is complicated. On Wednesday, Murray practiced for the first time in over six weeks. Head coach Jason Garrett states that Murray will be questionable for Sunday’s contest. He also practiced on Thursday, which is certainly a good sign. However, it may also just be to prepare for a possible and more realistic Week 14 return. He will most likely remain questionable throughout the week, although rumblings out of Dallas infer that Murray has a strong shot at playing.. It should also be noted that Felix Jones (knee) returned to practice on Thursday as well.

Mikel Leshoure, Detroit LionsMany fantasy owners began to panic once they saw Leshoure sitting out of Wednesday’s practice. However, it may have just been a precaution, as Leshoure returned to practice on Thursday. We’ll have to wait and see, but if Leshoure practices on Friday, you can expect him to play his usual role on Sunday. Leshoure has scored five touchdowns over the last four games and could have a great shot at scoring more against the Colts.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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