Fantasy Football Week 15: Friday’s Injury Report
The Injury Report offers readers up-to-date information on notable injuries from around the NFL. With owners preparing their lineups for the second round of the fantasy football playoffs, it’s important to know which players’ injuries are minor or will be detrimental to their Week 15 performance.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Griffin (knee) was practicing again on Friday on a limited basis. Despite participating in practice all week, Griffin has reportedly not taken any first-team reps, all of which have gone to backup Kirk Cousins, who the Redskins are preparing in the slight chance Griffin is unable to start. The Redskins plan to evaluate Griffin’s status again on Saturday, but we’ll likely not know his Week 15 availability until Sunday morning. The Redskins kickoff at 1 p.m.
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Bradshaw (knee) has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. As expected, explosive rookie RB David Wilson will draw the first start of his career, with Kregg Lumpkin likely to contribute in passing situations. Wilson will be a legitimate RB1 option and figures to be looking at 20-25 carries on Sunday.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant (finger) was seen playing catch with RB DeMarco Murray prior to Friday’s practice. He was able to catch a few passes in Thursday’s practice and is expected to do more on Friday. Bryant’s status for Week 15 remains uncertain, but all signs are looking positive. He says he’s ready to play and the coaches remain optimistic about his Week 15 availability. They’ll continue to evaluate him up until kickoff.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Amendola (heel) was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is listed as probable for Week 15 against the Minnesota Vikings. He’ll be a risky play after setbacks with his heel injury have limited him to just seven offensive snaps since mid-November. His return, however, negatively impacts the fantasy value of WR Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson for this week.
Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts (concussion) returned to a full practice on Friday. He’s listed as probable for Week 15 and will in-fact play on Sunday when the Jags face off against the Miami Dolphins‘ No. 25-ranked pass defense. Shorts’ fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Week 15. As expected, Randall Cobb, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Jermichael Finley will be Green Bay’s top options in the passing game. Taking into account Nelson’s slow progress, consider his status questionable for Week 16.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White (knee) has yet to practice this week after sitting out Friday’s practice. He remains questionable for Sunday’s prove-it game against the Giants; however, teammate WR Harry Douglas told reporters that he’s confident White will start in Week 15 — referring back to White’s perfect attendance record throughout his eight-year career.
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronkowski’s (arm) return to Friday’s practice was a positive sign for his fantasy owners. Unfortunately, he remains unlikely to play in Week 15. The Patriots’ plan all along was to get Gronk back for Week 17 in preparation for their playoff run.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
Pettigrew (ankle) missed his third straight practice on Friday. He’s reportedly dealing with a high-ankle sprain and his status for Week 15 isn’t look good. He wasn’t able to return in last week’s game and had a bunch of tests done on his ankle earlier this week. If I had to bet money on it, Pettigrew won’t be suiting up against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Tony Scheffler will be a strong TE2 option with upside this week.
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Coach Joe Vitt revealed that Graham (wrist) has been playing through a wrist injury all season. Graham has reportedly learned how to play through the nicks during the long NFL season; however, this may attribute to Graham’s career-high 11 drops through 12 games. He’s in no jeopardy of missing Week 15 and has a favorable matchup versus a weak Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary. Expect things to turnaround for the talented tight end this week.
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