It’s Friday, so in a matter of hours you’ll forget about how much your fantasy team is screwed because of injuries this week. But it’ll be there Sunday morning, along with the anvil hangover.
We begin our Friday injury roundup with the Andre Johnson update that’s surprising to no one.
1. That’s right, as expected life without Johnson will continue for one more week for the Texans, with the All-Pro wideout missing his sixth game. He worked out on a separate field again today while his teammates prepared for Sunday’s game against the Bucs, and head coach Gary Kubiak said Johnson is “very close” to returning from his hamstring injury, but he’s still not quite fully healed. With Ben Tate and Arian Foster rolling and a weak Tampa run defense teed up, holding Johnson out and giving him another week to rest during the Texans’ Week 11 bye was the safe and wise decision.
2. In New York, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has also been officially ruled out. Tom Coughlin said he hasn’t experienced a setback after breaking a bone in his right foot two weeks ago against the Dolphins. But then Coughlin said some scary words regarding the possibility of surgery in Bradshaw’s future.
3. There was good news for the Giants Friday, and it came in the form of a full day of practice for Hakeem Nicks. He’s officially listed as questionable, but most of the team’s beat writers are predicting that barring a setback he’ll be on the field Sunday.
4. After being a full participant Wednesday Julio Jones was limited for the second straight day. A lingering hamstring injury is always concerning for an explosive receiver who relies heavily on his burst and ability to cut quickly. Our crystal ball told us to ask it again later when we wanted to know how this will affect Jones long term, but he should be fine this week.
5. Mark Ingram is listed as probable, and he’ll likely return after missing two games with a heel injury.
6. Tracy Porter is also probable after a scary injury last week, but that’s where the good news ends for New Orleans. Jonathan Vilma will miss his second straight game with a left knee injury, and both Chris Ivory and Lance Moore are questionable.
7. Browns safety T.J. Ward will be out four-to-six weeks with a foot injury, which is a significant blow to Cleveland’s top-ranked pass defense.
8. Plaxico Burress missed practice Wednesday and Thursday due to back spasms, but he returned today and is listed as probable heading into the weekend.
9. Don’t let Kevin Kolb‘s questionable status fill you with gleeful optimism, although I have no idea why you’d be giddy about a Kolb start anyway. He’s not playing.
10. The severity of Devin Hester‘s ankle sprain is still unknown, but we know that he hasn’t practiced all week, and we known that he’s listed as doubtful and it’ll be a surprise if he’s out there Sunday in a major divisional game against Detroit.
11. Staying in Chicago, Julius Peppers practiced for the first time this week today, and Lovie Smith sounded confident about his status.
12. Beanie Wells says his knee still isn’t quite 100%, but it’s feeling pretty, pretty good.