We’ve spent a good chunk of our day musing about various broken bones and bruised muscles and other such maladies, because it was an unusually busy Friday for carnage. We’ve learned that Jordy Nelson will probably be doing something that doesn’t involve a football Sunday, while Darren Sproles could be out several weeks. Then there’s also Calvin Johnson, who will worry you, but please, lay your weary head to rest tonight. He’ll be fine.
So before we end our week prior to a quasi off day tomorrow in which we’ll wear pajamas backwards, let’s quickly catch up on a few other notable injuries, as is our regular week-end practice.
The most notable of the remaining notables is Jonathan Dwyer, the Steelers running back who didn’t practice all week due to a quad injury, making it highly unlikely that he plays against the Giants. With Rashard Mendenhall also still out while dealing with a lingering Achilles problem, that leaves only Isaac Redman to start Sunday. While he’s something far less than inspiring due to his own injury (ankle) and the fact that he’s a plodding also-ran after averaging only 2.5 yards per carry on 50 carries, those in leagues with moderate to deep depth may be forced to pick up Redman, and slot him in quickly.
He’s available in 70 percent of Yahoo leagues, while his ownership is a higher over at ESPN, but he’s still available in 43 percent of leagues there.
Look out, here comes more hurt…
- Jordy Nelson (hamstring): One more quick note on Jordy for those who crave false optimism. He’s officially listed as doubtful and he’ll test his injury out prior to the Packers’ game Sunday against Arizona. But be prepared with other options, because his chances of playing still remain slim. [Official Packers Twitter]
- Dez Bryant (hip): Bryant is still recovering from his descent back to earth at the end of he Cowboys’ loss to the Giants last week. You know, the one where his catch would have resulted in a last-second win if his two fingers didn’t creep over the boundary line. He’s officially listed as questionable, although there doesn’t seem to be much fear that he’ll miss Dallas’ Sunday night game against Atlanta. [Forth Worth Star-Telegram]
- Ryan Tannehill (leg): The rookie quarterback has practiced all week, and the Dolphins expect him to start. However, there’s still pain in his injured left leg that prompted a Matt Moore appearance last week, leading to at least a bit of lingering doubt. Officially, he’s a game-time decision, but Tannehill being inactive Sunday will still be a surprise. If you’re in either a deep-ish league or more likely a two-QB league and you’re considering using him, feel safe in that decision. [Miami Herald]
Godspeed, friends. We’ll check back in tomorrow with the usual contributions from Rob Pizzola, your friendly neighborhood betting man, along with some chalk talk from Alen Dumonjic, and at some point I’ll awaken from a Saturday slumber to look over the matchups and give my weekly fantasy predictions which are sure to fail horribly.
Until then, stay safe, and stay away from flying kittens.