The fantasy football playoffs are starting this week, so this a huge week for getting updated injury information on your players. Here is thursday’s fantasy football injury report:
QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and is expected to start in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers barring a setback. He can be counted on as a low-end QB1. The fantasy value of WR Mike Wallace and TE Heath Miller just went up.
WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings placed Harvin (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season. Harvin’s absence leaves the Vikings extremely thin at wide receiver the rest of the way. Despite RB Adrian Peterson’s success in 2012, expect opposing defenses to put their full attention on stopping the run game.
WR Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts (concussion) was not in practice on Thursday and his status for Week 14 is now in doubt. Despite reportedly passing the league’s protocols, Shorts is still likely feeling symptoms four days after suffering a concussion. If he’s unable to go on Sunday, WR Kevin Elliott figures to step in opposite WR Justin Blackmon, with WR Jordan Shipley playing out of the slot. With talented CB Antonio Cromartie expected to shadow Blackmon all game, QB Chad Henne’s fantasy value just went down.
WR Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers
LaFell (foot) was held out of practice again on Thursday and is expected to miss Sunday’s tilt versus the Atlanta Falcons. In addition to turf toe, it was reported that LaFell also suffered a chipped bone in his foot, and is limping “noticeably” at Panthers headquarters.
WR Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Britt didn’t suffer any type of serious injury, but he was excused from the team after reporting late to Thursday’s practice. There has been no indication that his latest incident will cost him for Sunday’s matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, but it is certainly a situation to monitor.
WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson (hamstring) was absent from Thursday’s practice, and although the Packers have yet to officially rule him out, all signs point to him being unavailable when his team squares off against the Lions on Sunday. WR Greg Jennings is expected to start in his place. Leading WR Randall Cobb and WR James Jones should see an uptick in targets.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw (ankle) did not practice Wednesday and was absent again on Thursday. Coming off a Monday night game in which he carried the rock 26 times, the Giants are probably just giving him all the rest he can get before Sunday’s matchup with the New Orleans Saints. The coaching staff has yet to show any kind of trust in rookie RB David Wilson, so Bradshaw will continue to see the lion’s share of carries. He will be a borderline RB1 this weekend.
WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks (knee) was not practicing on Thursday due to a sore knee. It’s important to note that this is the same knee that’s been causing him problems the past two months. Considering his pattern of injuries this season, he should be viewed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup with the Saints until further notice.
WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Amendola (heel) was not “officially” practicing on Wednesday, but was able to get in some individual work on the side. It’s a sign of progress that he’s been able to shed his walking boot and participate in some drills. Continue to monitor his situation as he could be in for a true game-time call for Sunday’s 1 p.m. matchup in Buffalo.