News, Analysis & UpdatesSeptember 11, 2009


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The Injury Report: Week 1

By Matt Grant

Each Friday, I will take a look at how players on the injury report might affect your fantasy leagues. Remember, you always want to check the inactive lists that are released about an hour before game-time, to ensure one of your starters won’t be taking a zero by staying on the sidelines. Please, if you have extended news or more recent updates on a player’s status, please post it in the comments section along with a link. We’ll do our best to keep this list updated throughout kickoff on Sunday.

Arizona
Anquan Boldin, WR – Expected to play Sunday with a hamstring injury. Keep an eye on him though.
Beanie Wells, RB – Seen walking with a mild limp, but will play this week.

Atlanta
John Abraham, DE – Expected to play Sunday.
Jerious Norwood, RB – Virtually a lock to play on Sunday.

Baltimore
Haloti Ngata, NT – Doesn’t expect to be limited by a minor ankle injury.

Buffalo
No significant injuries to report.

Carolina
Chris Harris, S – Severity unknown, was kicked in the knee earlier in the week. Upgrade Westbrook if Harris can’t go Sunday. Carolina’s run D is already looking suspect without Kemoeatu and missing Harris would hurt.

Chicago
Charles Tillman, CB – Said to be about 50-50 to play. Bump up Donald Driver if he sees Vasher instead of Tillman.

Cincinnati
Carson Palmer, QB – Expected to play, has not shown any problems dealing with a high ankle sprain, but it is a situation to monitor as these injuries tend to linger and can be re-aggravated.
Andre Smith, T – Out for awhile with a broken foot. Might not contribute until late in the year.
David Jones, DB – The nickel back is out indefinitely. Upgrade your slot receiver matchups against the Bengals until he gets back.

Cleveland
No significant injuries to report.

Dallas
No significant injuries to report.

Denver
Knowshon Moreno, RB – Still questionable for Sunday, but he did go full contact on Wednesday. His role on offense is still unclear and is a shaky start.
Kyle Orton, QB – Reportedly isn’t bothered by his finger injury and should start Sunday.

Detroit
Jason Hanson, K – Expected to kick field goals but might pass on kickoffs.

Green Bay
Brandon Jackson, RB – Expected to miss Week 1. Deshawn Wynn will fill in on third downs.

Houston
Kevin Walter, WR – Missed practice with hamstring injury. Look for Andre Davis to fill in if Walter can’t go.
Matt Schaub, QB – Fully expected to play.
Eugene Wilson, S – Questionable, did not practice and is still feeling the effects of Brett Favre’s cheap shot on his knee.

Indianapolis
Bob Sanders, S – Very unlikely to play against the Jags, and will probably miss Week 2 as well. Melvin Bullitt isn’t Bob Sanders, but has proven to be reliable for Indy.

Jacksonville
No significant injuries.

Kansas City
Matt Cassel, QB – Questionable to play. Dealing with an MCL sprain and playing Baltimore probably will not help his recovery.

Miami
No significant injuries.

Minnesota
Bernard Berrian, WR – Limited in practice Thursday, he’s a questionable bet as a WR3 this week.

New England
No significant injuries to report.

New Orleans
Jammal Brown, LT – Expected to be out until at least Week 6 after sports hernia surgery. This hurts Brees’ value; he won’t have strong blindside protection like he usually does.
Pierre Thomas, RB – Not expected to play with a knee injury after limited participation in practice. Mike Bell is the fill in play here and is a nice start against the Lions.

New York Giants
Aaron Ross, DB – Likely out against the Redskins.
Kevin Dockery, DB – At least limited. Redskins receivers could have a nice day if Campbell and the offensive line can beat the pressure.

New York Jets
No significant injuries to report.

Oakland
Chaz Schilens, WR – Out for a while. The Raiders will start two rookies at wideout as a result.

Philadelphia
Todd Herremans, LG – Expected to miss a couple weeks. The Eagles line is in rough shape to start the season.

Pittsburgh
Lawrence Timmons, LB – Did not play against the Titans. Expected to return Week 2; a Pitt matchup is a little softer without Timmons, but still a difficult play.
Troy Polamalu, S – Left the game against the Titans with a knee injury. Severity unknown, but it didn’t look good. Initial estimates: 3-6 weeks.

San Diego
No significant injuries to report.

San Francisco
No significant injuries to report.

Seattle
Walter Jones, T – Not expected to play Week 1.
Chris Spencer, C – Not expected to play Week 1. The Seahawks offensive line is not in good shape and this does not bode well for the health of Matt Hasselbeck.

St. Louis
Marc Bulger, QB – Will play against Seattle with his injured pinkie finger taped up.
Leonard Little, DE – Should play against Seattle. Always dinged up, but will put plenty of pressure on opposing QBs.

Tampa Bay
Antonio Bryant/Michael Clayton, WR – Both expected to start against the Cowboys.

Tennessee
Jared Cook, TE – The rookie was ruled out for the matchup against the Steelers. His injury is not considered serious and is day to day.
Bo Scaife, TE – Injured his knee during the Steelers game and did not return.
Nate Washington, WR – Was limited in the Steelers game. Should return to the starting lineup next week, but might be a hard start as a WR3 with Britt coming off a good game against Pittsburgh.

Washington
Carlos Rogers, DB – All systems go for the Giants.

 
R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
 
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