Fantasy Football Week 17: Friday’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 final week of the fantasy football playoffs, it is important to know which players’ injuries are minor and which will be detrimental to their Week 17 performance.

Quarterbacks:

Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns

Weeden (shoulder) missed practice on Friday, along with backup QB Colt McCoy (shoulder). Look for coach Pat Shurmur to make the announcement Friday afternoon, but it appears that the Browns will turn to No. 3 QB Thad Lewis for Week 17 with newly signed QB Josh Johnson serving as his backup. Stay away from the the Browns offense in the final week of the season.

Greg McElroy, New York Jets

McElroy (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 17. QB Mark Sanchez has been named the Jets’ starter for the season finale against the Buffalo Bills. Either way, neither quarterback would be a good fantasy bet despite the plus matchup, especially for the championship round. The Jets will look to improve their quarterback situation during the off-season.

Running Backs:

Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

Richardson (ankle) missed Friday’s practice and reportedly has a “zero” percent chance of suiting up, per ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi. RB Montario Hardesty figures to fill-in as the Browns’ workhorse with Brandon Jackson contributing in a change of pace role. QB Thad Lewis is also expected to replace an injured QB Brandon Weeden for Week 17. The Browns’ offense doesn’t look like it’ll be going out with a bang in what appears to be coach Pat Shurmer’s last hurrah.

Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

Bradshaw (knee) put in his second consecutive practice on Friday. This is the first time in months the Giants running back has been able to put in back-to-back practices, his attendance in Friday’s practice is also telling considering Bradshaw usually takes Wednesdays and Thursdays off. Expect Bradshaw to carry the load against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Jones-Drew (foot) has been placed on injured-reserve, ending his season. Surprise, surprise. Jones-Drew was never even close to suiting up for any of the final ten games he’s missed this season. MJD wraps up an injury-plaqued 2012 season with 86 carries for 414 yards and one touchdown. He’ll enter 2013 on the last year of his contract

Wide Receivers:

Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

After tweaking his ankle in Wednesday’s practice and sitting out on Thursday, Maclin (ankle) returned to Friday’s practice and appears good to go for Sunday’s showdown against the Giants. With RB LeSean McCoy looking sharp in his return last week and QB Michael Vick expected to put in his first start since suffering a concussion back in Week 10, expect the Eagles to turn to a heavy dose of the ground game. Still, Maclin’s fantasy value gets a bump with a strong-armed, quick-footed Vick returning under center.

Tight Ends:

Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions

Pettigrew (ankle) returned to practice on Friday. This marks the tight end’s first practice of any kind since sustaining the injury back in Week 14, but it is a step in the right direction nonetheless. Still, putting in a lone practice this late in the week, and likely a limited one at that, doesn’t bode well for his chances of suiting up in Week 17.

Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

Davis (concussion) was limited in Thursday’s practice. He’s been medically cleared for non-contact drills and will have to emerge from Friday’s practice symptom-free to have a shot at suiting up on Sunday in a must-win matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Even if he does suit up, unless you’re extremely desperate, leave Davis on the bench this week. I lost faith in Davis a long time ago.

 


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