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The Injury Report – Week 9 - 1 comments

By Michael Stephens

Green Bay Packers v St. Louis Rams

With a combination of stars on the mend and season-ending injuries, coupled with six more teams on byes, Week 9’s fantasy meat wagon offers information for fantasy owners looking to make all the right starts on Sunday. Although there aren’t any notable quarterbacks injured this week, we have plenty of nicked-up receivers and individual defensive players to make up for that! Headlined by Roddy White and Donald Driver, there are four top-25 caliber wide receivers who find their way onto the injury report this week, and they are joined by some big-named Lions and pretty much the whole Colts defensive secondary! This is the time in the season when it can really hurt to start a guy who played but should be on the mend, and you can also get killed on Sunday be plugging in a game-time decision who can’t make a go of it, so be sure to check out the Fantasy Football Cafe’s injury report before setting your lineups for this week!

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    No notable injuries
Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers


    Kevin Smith (shoulder) – Q, but did practice Thursday and should be ready to start at Seattle this Sunday.
    Brian Westbrook (concussion) – Q, has practiced each of the last two days and should play Sunday against the Cowboys.
    Darren McFadden (knee) – Q, but expected to play against the Chiefs in Week 10 (after the Raiders are on bye this week).
    Sammy Morris (knee) – “not spotted during media portion of last three practices”, which doesn’t speak to his ability to play this week. Don’t count on him this Sunday against the Dolphins though…


    Roddy White (knee) – P, but did not practice last two days – keep an eye on his situation going into the weekend.
Niners vs. Falcons
    Calvin Johnson (knee) – Q, continues to practice on limited basis, but will be a game-time decision at Seattle on Sunday.
    Donald Driver (neck) – Q, missed Thursday’s practice with a stinger and his status remains up in the air – be sure to check on him Sunday morning.
    Anquan Boldin (ankle) – Q, missed practice last two days and will likely sit out Sunday, which is the best decision for his long-term health.
    Devin Hester (ankle) – Q, missed two straight practices with sprained right ankle and his status should be monitored over the weekend.
    Antonio Bryant (quad) – Q, missed practice Friday and is moving wrong way on injury report (from probable earlier in the week, to questionable).
    Lance Moore (ankle) – Q, did not practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision Sunday.
    Anthony Gonzalez (knee) – O, will miss at least 2-3 more weeks after “cleanup” procedure on his surgically-repaired right knee.
Oakland Raiders v Houston Texans


    Owen Daniels (knee) – IR, torn his ACL Sunday versus Buffalo, will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the 2009 season.
    Chris Cooley (ankle/leg) – O, will not see the field Sunday at Atlanta. Cooley will have follow up on Monday to re-evaluate his status going forward.
    Todd Heap (ankle) – Q, practiced Thursday after being limited in practice Wednesday. Moving the right direction on the report is always a good sign.
    Jermichael Finley (knee) – O, has been ruled out and will not play this Sunday against Tampa Bay.


    Ed Reed (arm) – Q, wore brace on his arm at Wednesday’s practice, but should be good-to-go Sunday.
    Haloti Ngata (ankle) – Q, missed practice Thursday for second consecutive day. His absence would surely weaken the Ravens’ rush defense (and consequently its D/ST).
Indianapolis Colts v Carolina Panthers
    Marlin Jackson (knee) – IR, tore ACL in Wednesday’s practice and will miss rest of season for the Colts.
    Bob Sanders (elbow) – O, will have surgery on injured elbow and miss another significant chunk of time according to Indianapolis Star.
    Kelvin Hayden (knee) – O, will miss up to four weeks with an unspecified knee injury.
    David Thornton (hip) – Q, but did return to practice Thursday and is moving in right direction on the injury report.
    Lawrence Timmons (ankle) – Q, did not practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision on Sunday.
    Nate Clements (shoulder) – O, broken shoulder will keep him out 6-8 weeks, effectively ending his chances of playing at full strength/pain free in 2009.
    Roy L. Williams (forearm) – Q, limited participant in Wednesday’s practice and will be a game-time decision Sunday.
Michael Stephens is an avid fantasy sports enthusiast who writes for the Cafe. He hails from the Pacific Northwest and is a die-hard Seahawk and Mariner fan to the core! You can find Michael in the Cafe's forums where he actively posts under the name WaCougMBS.
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One Response to “The Injury Report – Week 9”

  1. jameeman says:

    Solid, useful information.

    But what do we know of G-Man Ahmad Bradshaw’s status? He’s nursing an ankle injury, does he amount to a dicey start.. or is his ankle sound enough to trot him out against the ‘Bolts without concern?
    How about Colt RB Donald Brown? What of his status? Indy squares-off against a solid Houston ground defense, will Joseph Addai be 1-hand clapping?


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