Fantasy Football Week 17 Injury Report: Gronk and Roll

By Charles Chan
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The Injury Report offers fantasy football owners with up-to-date information on notable injuries from around the NFL. Find out which injured players will be ready to suit up or will be warming the bench in Week 17.


Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

Palmer (ribs) has been ruled out for Week 17, as the Raiders have nothing left to fight for except pride. The versatile yet raw Terrelle Pryor will get the start over Matt Leinart, who will serve as his backup.

Running Backs:

Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Foster (irregular heartbeat) is fully expected to start on Sunday. His heartbeat is no longer an issue and he’ll be a full-go in a must-win for the Texans if they want to keep their first-round bye.

Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

Richardson (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 17. There’s no reason to rush a hobbled Richardson into the lineup with the Browns out of the playoff hunt (a long time ago). RB Montario Hardesty gets the nod.

Wide Receivers:

Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wallace (hip) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns. He failed to practice all week and is looking like he’s played his final game in black and yellow. Wallace is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season. He’ll finish the season with 64 catches for 836 yards and eight touchdowns. WR Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will man the aerial attack.

Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Nelson (hamstring) is set to return in Week 17. That leaves the Packers with a much easier decision to rest WR Randall Cobb (ankle) this week. Expect Nelson to get back in sync with his quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

White (knee) is not expected to play in Week 17 with the Falcons already locked-in with the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye.

Tight Ends:

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Gronkowski (forearm) is expected to play in Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins, per CSN New England’s Tom Curran. The big question is how much will coach Bill Belichick play his star tight end? I guess that depends on how the Houston Texans fair on Sunday, because if they lose, the Patriots will have a chance to earn a first-round bye with a win. Either way, with the inconsistencies at the tight end position this season, Gronk will be worth the risk even in a limited role.

Dustin Keller, New York Jets

Keller (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills. He hasn’t missed a game in his previous two seasons with the Jets but has been limited to just eight games in 2012. He’ll wrap up the season with 28 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season and is a candidate for the franchise tag.

Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

Daniels (hamstring) missed practice all week, but is fine and fully expected to start on Sunday.

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