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The Injury Report: Week 3

By Matt Grant

The injuries are starting to pile up and the depth of your team is only beginning to be tested. LT is still on the shelf, Marion Barber was hit by a sniper, and the Saints running back situation gets even more muddled. The defensive side of the ball is taking a beating as well with several teams including the Panthers and Giants losing players to IR. Let’s take a spin around the league and see who is hurting this week.

Steve Breaston, WR – Likely to play.
Chike Okeafor, LB – Did not play last week and was limited in practice. Status unknown.

Jason Elam, K – Limited in practice but expected to play. Should not be limited in game situations.
Jerious Norwood, RB – Dealing with concussion. Questionable to play.

Fabian Washington, CB – Practiced fully Thursday after missing time due to a concussion. Baltimore’s pass defense has not been living up to standards and should be a situation to watch.

Paul Posluszny, LB – Unlikely to play this week.
Leodis McKelvin, CB – Questionable.

Chris Harris, S – Unlikely to play.
Louis Leonard, DT – The Carolina defensive line/run defense is officially a hot mess. Expect the Dallas running backs to have a productive Monday night.
Jonathan Stewart, RB – Coach Fox has said he is resting Stewart and isn’t in any danger of missing this week’s game against Atlanta.
Jeff Otah, T – Limited participant in practice, but is expected to play.

Alex Brown, DE – Expected to play.
Desmond Clark, TE – Out this week. Expect an uptick in yardage from Olsen this week.
Pisa Tinoisamoa, LB – Expected to be out a month.
Brian Urlacher, LB – Out for the season.

Brian Leonard, RB – Limited in practice but should be fine. Might see more Bernard Scott this Sunday.
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.
Cedric Benson, RB – Limited in practice with ankle injury. Expected to play against the Steelers. This will be a good test to see if Benson is for real or not.
Chris Henry, WR – Missed practice with quad issue. Claims to have been dealing with it for the last month. If owners haven’t pushed the Panic Button on Henry yet, they should have their finger on it. Game time status is questionable.
Johnathan Joseph, DB – Limited in practice. Questionable to play.

James Davis, RB – Full participant, expected to play, might draw the start.
Jerome Harrison, RB – Expected to play.
Jamal Lewis, RB – Now he’s missing practice with a hammy issue. Looking like a game time decision. None of these running backs should be in your starting lineup against the Ravens.

Marion Barber, RB – Probably going to be a game time decision. If he plays, he will probably give up a larger number of carries than normal to Jones and Choice. You should consider other options and not wait to see what happens Monday night.

Brandon Marshall, WR – Did not participate in practice with an “illness”. I suspect it is mental in nature.


Cliff Avril, DE – Avril is looking unlikely to play. He is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Ernie Sims, LB – Out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. This defense is falling apart, if it even was together at some point this decade. Which lucky Redskin will have a career day on Sunday? I’ll go with Chris Cooley.
Philip Buchanon, CB – Limited in practice, questionable to play.
Eric King, CB – Buchanon’s practice squad-material replacement was limited in practice also. Hopefully one of these guys will be able to go Sunday. Santana Moss is notorious for disappearing weeks at a time then exploding. He will probably go off this week.
Grady Jackson, DT – Dinged up but expected to play. Sammie Lee Hill is dinged up also.

Green Bay
Chad Clifton, T – Will not be playing Week 3 and isn’t expected to be back until Week 6 at the earliest. Probably won’t matter much against the Rams, but Jared Allen could wreck Aaron Rodgers next week.
Atari Bigby, S – Out with knee injury. Rouse is a decent backup and won’t downgrade the Packers D too much.

Kevin Walter, WR – Expected to play but will probably be limited with Jacoby Jones getting work.
Andre Davis, WR – Probably won’t play. He is still a bit concussed.
Shaun Cody, DT – Limited in practice. Expected to play but someone will probably break a long one on this suspect line.

Anthony Gonzalez, WR – Out.
Dwight Freeney, DE – Missing practice with back injury. Status is unclear.
Kelvin Hayden, CB – Also missed practice, status unknown.

No significant injuries to report.

Kansas City
Matt Cassel, QB – Expected to play, but still limited in practice. Start Cassel only if you are desperate.
Dwayne Bowe, WR – Missed some practice. Check his practice status on Friday to see if he goes.
Derrick Johnson, LB – Will not play against the Eagles. The KC defense will be even more porous than usual without their starting ILB.

Joey Porter, LB – “Tweaked” his hamstring but should be ready for Sunday.


Adrian Peterson, RB – Minor back injury, expect him to do plenty of heavy lifting against the Niners.
Percy Harvin, WR – Missed practice with undisclosed illness. Keep on eye on his practice status Friday.
EJ Henderson, LB – Questionable to play Week 3.

New England

Jerod Mayo, LB – Will not play this week. Expected to miss at least a month.
Wes Welker, WR – Practiced on Thursday. A surprise scratch last week, this is a situation to monitor. Belichick is not going to give any reliable information until an hour before gametime.
Julian Edelman, WR – Wes Welker’s apparent clone was limited in practice. Would make a decent spot play if Welker doesn’t go, especially in PPR leagues.

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 – Questionable to play. Lynell Hamilton will probably share the load with Thomas if he plays.
Mike Bell, RB – Probably won’t play this week with a MCL injury. He is currently the lead back, but this is a murky situation.
Lance Moore, WR – Not expected to play Week 3. The Saints are deep at receiver, Moore is going to find himself in a huge hole when he comes back.

New York Giants

Kenny Phillips, S – Headed to IR. The NYG secondary is in trouble.
Justin Tuck, DE – Very doubtful to play this week.
Hakeem Nicks, WR – Expected to miss several weeks with foot injury.
Domenik Hixon, WR – Very unlikely to play Sunday. Manningham, Steve Smith and upcoming return of Hakeem Nicks will push Hixon down the depth chart.
Mario Manningham, WR – Dinged up shoulder, expected to play.
Kevin Dockery, DB – Questionable to play.
Aaron Ross, DB – Questionable to play.

New York Jets

Lito Sheppard, CB – Expected to play.


Chaz Schilens, WR – Out.
Robert Gallery, G – He’s out four to six weeks. Downgrade the running game a bit until he gets back.

Donovan McNabb, QB – Not expected to play this week with rib injury.
Brian Westbrook, RB – Did not practice, but Westbrook owners should be familiar with this scenario. He will probably play and has a nice matchup.
Todd Herremans, LG – Expected to miss a couple weeks. The Eagles’ line is in rough shape to start the season.
DeSean Jackson, WR – Limited with groin injury. Will probably end up as a game time decision. Explore other options.


Lawrence Timmons, LB – Will probably play but is expected to split duties.
Troy Polamalu, S – Not expected to play.

San Diego
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB – Unlikely to play. Speculation says he will miss next week also in order to let him rest during the bye then come back Week 6.
Nick Hardwick, C – Out.
Louis Vasquez, G – Likely to be out with knee sprain.

San Francisco
Frank Gore, RB – Sprained his ankle after running wild repeatedly during Week 2. Expected to play.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB – Looking very unlikely to play this week after taking a rib breaking hit from Patrick Willis at the goal line last week. Guy was in some serious looking pain.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR – Missed several practices with back spasms. Not expected to miss the game, but check to be sure before kickoff.
LeRoy Hill, LB – Expected to be out at least six weeks. Seattle is strong at LB so his absence shouldn’t hurt too much.
Lofa Tatupu, LB – Not expected to play. The Seahawks defense is banged up after Frank Gore ran all over them. Expect a big game out of Forte to get his season on track.
Josh Wilson, CB – Out.

St. Louis
Jason Smith, T – Expected to miss a couple weeks with a knee injury. Marc Bulger will get some practice this week counting to one and a half instead of two before he has to get rid of the ball.
Jason Brown, C – Expected to play Sunday.

Tampa Bay

Antonio Bryant, WR – Still having knee issues. Probably won’t play this week.
Jeff Faine, C – Expected to be out 4-6 weeks, possibly longer if his triceps muscle is torn. His absence will be significant.
Maurice Stovall, WR – Not expected to play with knee injury. Expect a heavy dose of the Soldier.


Bo Scaife, TE – Not expected to play.


Jason Campbell, QB – Limited in practice after rolling his ankle in Week 2. Expected to play and has a good matchup against Detroit.
Clinton Portis, RB – Also limited in practice with an ankle issue. Expected to play and should have a good day courtesy of the lowly Lions.

Matt is a graduate student at the University of Michigan (GO BLUE). He spends entirely too much time on fantasy football and his wife reminds him of this on a regular basis. You can catch up with Matt in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of mattUTD20.
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