The good news about week 6 of the NFL season is that there are no serious injuries that will truly affect fantasy teams outside of Packers WR Greg Jennings being out. The Patriots and Giants get back stars Aaron Hernandez and Hakeem Nicks on a limited basis.
Now that we’ve covered the stars of the league, let’s look at how the rest of the NFL is fairing on the injury front. And, as always, check back before the games as I will be updating the article in the comment section with any important news.
William Powell (head) and La’Rod Stephens-Howling (hip) are both listed as probable for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. Word is that LSH will start and handle the 3rd down carries, while Powell will take over soon after kick-off and handle the early down touches.
The Altanta Falcons placed CB Brent Grimes on injured reserve with a torn Achilles’ tendon, ending his season. This is a big blow to the Falcons defense as Grimes was is franchise player, but I still like them as a week 6 fantasy defense.
Cleveland Browns MLB D’Qwell Jackson (concussion) is listed as probable and practiced fully on Friday. He is a solid play for those in IDP leagues.
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) practiced fully on Saturday and is listed as probable for Monday night’s game against the Chargers.
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) was limited in Lions practice for the third straight day Friday, but is officially listed as probable.
Jermichael Finley (shoulder) was limited in Green Bay Packers practice Friday and is listed as questionable. WR Greg Jennings has already been ruled out for week 6, and is in danger of missing Week 7, as well.
Houston Texans’ RBs Ben Tate (toe)and Arian Foster (knee) are both listed as probable for Week 6 and will play. The Texans placed ILB Brian Cushing (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown underwent knee surgery on Tuesday, and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Rookie RB Vick Ballard is going to start in Brown’s place, and makes for a low-end RB2/flex play this week. LB Robert Mathis is out this week, so the Colts defense will again suffer.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jon Baldwin (hamstring) was upgraded to full participation in Friday’s practice, and is listed as questionable. Although with Brady Quinn starting at QB, no Chiefs WR is a fantasy option.
Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush (knee) is listed as probable against the Rams after practicing in full on Friday.
WR Percy Harvin (hamstring) and QB Christian Ponder both practiced fully on Friday is expected to play against the Redskins. WR Jerome Simpson is questionable (back), and is going to be a game-time decision.
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is expected to play on Sunday against the Seahawks in a “limited stint.” He is a low-end TE1 play this week. TE Rob Gronkowski has a questionable tag (hip), but is fully expected to play.
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham was spotted wearing a walking boot (ankle) after Sunday night’s game. So far there has been no updates from Saints coaches and his status is uncertain.
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks has made the trip with the team to San Francisco, and is likely to play; TE Martellus Bennett (knee) is listed as probable; WR Ramses Barden (concussion) is listed as probable.
New York Jets TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), WR Stephen Hill (hamstring) and WR Jeremy Kerley (illness, finger) are all probable against the Colts.
Oakland Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) participated in practice again on Friday and remains on track to play against the Falcons.
Even though they already played, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall‘s Achilles’ injury is not expected to be serious and shouldn’t cause him to miss any time.
San Diego Chargers WRs Malcom Floyd (groin) and Eddie Royal (hamstring), as well as RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) are expected to play on Monday Night Football.
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) is listed as probable against the Patriots, but RG John Moffitt (knee) has been declared out.
San Francisco 49ers ILB Patrick Willis (ankle) is practicing in full this week, and is listed as day-to-day. The 49ers defense suffers if Willis is out, but they are still a great fantasy play.
The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers LCB Aqib Talib four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Tennessee Titan RB Javon Ringer will miss 4-6 weeks with a torn MCL in his left knee. He is not a fantasy option in any format. QB Jake Locker (shoulder) will practice next week and start in Week 7 if all goes well.
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) WILL start against the Vikings, and is a top 5 fantasy play.
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