The Injury Report offers readers up-to-date information on notable injuries happening around the NFL. With owners preparing their lineups for the second round of the fantasy football playoffs, it’s important to know which player’s injuries are minor or will be detrimental to their performance in Week 15.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Griffin (knee) was officially limited in Wednesday’s practice. Following the team’s workout, he told reporters that he was able to get in “enough” work to feel confident about practicing again on Thursday and Friday. He said that he was able to plant and throw without any issues, but admitted that if he were to start against the Browns, he’d be sporting a knee brace. Continue to monitor the situation, but all signs point to RG3 being under center on game day.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Cutler (neck) reiterated on Wednesday that he fully intends to start against the Packers this week. He told reporters that he felt “good” and that he’ll “be ready” for Sunday. Despite being on the wrong end of one of the more brutal hits of the season, expect Cutler to be a full participant when the Bears return to practice on Thursday, and barring any setbacks, should be under center for Sunday’s division showdown.
Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals placed Kolb (ribs) on injured reserve, ending his season. He’ll wrap up the year with a 3-2 record as starter while throwing eight touchdowns versus three interceptions. His inability to stay healthy remains a concern for a team that is likely to enter a rebuilding phase during the off-season. For now, the Cardinals will continue to roll with the ineffective John Skelton and the even more ineffective Ryan Lindley at quarterback. Larry Fitzgerald remains fantasy’s most miserable receiver of 2012.
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained knee and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup against the Falcons. Coach Tom Coughlin has yet to rule out his starting running back for Week 15, but according to reports, the injury appears to be of the Grade 1 variety, similar to what Robert Griffin III is currently dealing with. If Bradshaw is ruled out, explosive rookie RB David Wilson could be looking at 15-20 touches after finally coming out of the coach’s doghouse in Week 14. If Bradshaw decides to toughen it out, he’ll figure to be working in an even timeshare.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray (foot) was not practicing on Wednesday. The Cowboys are just taking it easy with their feature back this week. Murray came out of Week 14 unscathed. He has 177 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in two games since returning from his foot injury, as Murray has reemerged as a weekly RB2.
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy (concussion) is currently in the final phase of his recovery, but has been ruled out for Thursday’s matchup against the Bengals. He was able to participate in Wednesday’s non-contact walk through, but has yet to be medically cleared for contact drills. The Eagles will roll with Bryce Brown for the fourth straight week. McCoy’s status remains uncertain for the final two games of a lost season .
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant (finger) was absent from Wednesday’s practice because he was meeting with a doctor to seek another opinion on his fractured finger. Bryant has made it clear that he wants to play through the injury, and the Cowboys have left the decision in his hands. However, reportedly if he does choose to play through the injury, his finger might be compromised for the remainder of his career in terms of flexibility. While Bryant owners pray that he starts in what appears to be a favorable matchup against an Ike Taylor-less Steelers’ secondary, it’s definitely a tough decision for the Cowboys’ star and a situation to monitor for his fantasy owners.
Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts (concussion) has been cleared to resume practicing and is expected to start Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Without Shorts in Week 14, the Jags were depressing on offense, racking up a measly 168 net passing yards. Shorts will return as the No. 1 option in the passing game and be a strong WR3 against the Dolphins’ 24th-ranked defense against receivers.
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson (hamstring) was absent from Wednesday’s practice and coach Mike McCarthy is calling Nelson’s status for Sunday a longshot. The Packers will continue to roll with Randall Cobb and Greg Jennings as their starting receivers in Chicago, with James Jones in on three-receiver sets.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White (knee) was held out of Wednesday’s practice and reportedly underwent an MRI. This is surprising news considering no injury was mentioned following White’s 9/177/1 performance in Week 14 against the Panthers. There is little information available regarding this situation, but it’s important to note that White has never missed a game in his eight-year career. If White is unable to go, expect Harry Douglas to get the nod opposite Julio Jones against the New York Giants.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
Pettigrew (ankle) was held out of practice on Wednesday though the Lions usually rest their players that are dealing with minor injuries on Wednesday’s. It is important to note, however, that Pettigrew was only available for 16 snaps against the Packers in Week 14. Check back tomorrow to see if Pettigrew returns to Thursday’s practice.