Week 16 Fantasy Football: Thursday’s Injury Report

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The Injury Report offers readers up-to-date information on notable injuries from around the NFL. With owners preparing their lineups for the championship round of the fantasy football playoffs, it is important to know which players’ injuries are minor or which will be detrimental to their performance in Week 16.

Quarterbacks:

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Griffin (knee) was reportedly moving fine in Thursday’s practice and is fully expected to suit up on Sunday barring a setback, per coach Mike Shanahan. “Doctors feel he’ll be ready to go,” Shanahan added. In his last meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles, Griffin was nearly perfect through the air as he completed 14-of-15 passes for 200 yards and four scores with no interceptions. He also added 84 yards on 12 rushing attempts on the ground. Start him as a high-end QB1 this week.

Running Backs:

Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

Bradshaw was absent from Thursday’s practice once again. His status remains murky for Week 16 though coach Tom Coughlin hopes his lead back can get in some work on Friday. Coughlin has also noted in the past that Bradshaw is the kind of player that doesn’t need the practice reps to be effective on game day. Check back tomorrow, but as of right now his status could very well be determined right before the Giants kickoff on Sunday.

Wide Receivers:

Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Smith (concussion) was participating in Thursday’s practice. At the very least, Smith has been medically cleared to exercise and appears likely to suit up for Sunday’s matchup with the Giants. It’s safe to send WR Jacoby Jones back to the waiver wire. TE Dennis Pitta also becomes a less attractive option for the fantasy finals. Roll with Smith as a WR3 with upside in Week 16.

Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks

Rice (knee) missed Thursday’s practice with a knee issue. This new injury comes as a surprise as we haven’t seen Rice on the injury report with a knee ailment since Week 3. This could just be a reason to give the oft-injured player some rest so take this news with a grain of salt. Check back tomorrow to see if he returns to practice.

Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

Marshall (hamstring) was a late-addition to the Bears’ injury report on Thursday with a hamstring issue. He was able to get in a limited practice, which is good news for his fantasy owners. ESPN Chicago also reports that the injury is nothing serious, so expect he’ll be out there, so start him as you normally would  against CB Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

White (knee) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He probably won’t have a full practice for the rest of the season, but White’s never missed a game in his eight-year career, so expect him to start in Week 16. He may not be 100 percent, but he’s more than capable of being effective, especially in a favorable matchup versus the Detroit Lions‘ battered secondary.

Tight Ends:

Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions

Pettigrew (ankle) has yet to return to practice on Thursday. He hasn’t practiced since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Week 14 and his chances for starting Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons appears unlikely. WR Calvin Johnson will once again be susceptible to double -and  triple-teams, while TE Tony Scheffler will once again be the primary beneficiary, serving as QB Matthew Stafford’s No. 2 option in the passing game. Scheffler has seen 17 targets over the past two weeks, but has only caught six balls for 56 yards and one touchdown. He’ll be a shaky TE2 with upside for Week 16.

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Gronkowski (forearm) was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice once again. There’s nothing else available with regard to Gronk’s status but we’d expect him to put in another limited workout on Friday and draw a questionable tag for Week 16. Many people believe this has been the Pats plan all along, and that they’re preparing him for a Week 17 return. However, don’t count on Gronk for the fantasy finals.


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