Fantasy Football Week 14 Friday Injury Update

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) before the game against the Detroit Lions during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

As you set your lineups for this 14th week of the NFL season most leagues are into the postseason making every lineup spot and injury that much more critical. Make sure you plan ahead and have backups in place if you have players that have been banged up over the past few weeks. Here’s the latest on fantasy relevant players battling injuries this week:

Quarterback

Aaron Rodgers-Green Bay Packers: Rodgers is looking less and less likely to play this week and doesn’t have any further tests lined up to get the necessary clearance to start against the Falcons. Rodgers looks like a long shot to play this week.

Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Cutler-Chicago Bears: Cutler is out again this week meaning that Josh McCown will be under center for the Bears as they play the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. McCown is a QB2 consideration, but Chicago may be reconsidering their potential Jay Cutler investment.

Jason Campbell-Cleveland Browns: Campbell returned to Browns practice Thursday and took the first team reps which probably means he’ll start Sunday in New England. It’s good news for Josh Gordon owners, but Campbell isn’t much of a fantasy option himself outside of the very deepest formats.

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson-Minnesota Vikings: Peterson hasn’t practiced this week but is expected to play Sunday so use him as your normal top RB.

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) receives an award after the game against the Green Bay Packers during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Detroit won 40-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Bush-Detroit Lions: Bush hasn’t practiced the last two days due to his still-sore calf. It looks like he’ll be a gametime decision this week and continue to share the load with Joique Bell.

Knowshon Moreno-Denver Broncos: Moreno has been practicing in full this week and should be all systems go on Sunday against the Titans.

Darren McFadden-Oakland Raiders: McFadden looks like he’ll be sidelined again this week after an ankle injury was added to his list of maladies.

Le’Veon Bell-Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell is probable despite the brutal hit on the goalline on Thanksgiving Night. He’ll suit up for the Steelers this week as the Steelers take on the Dolphins.

Rashad Jennings-Oakland Raiders: Jennings is questionable but looks like he’ll be ready to play despite suffering a concussion on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys.

Andre Ellington-Arizona Cardinals: Ellington is questionable for Sunday but did return to practice Thursday which should put him on track to return Sunday against St. Louis. How large of a role he’ll play is definitely still uncertain, so proceed with caution if you own Ellington. It does look like he’ll be active, though.

DeAngelo Williams-Carolina Panthers: Williams should return to the field this week as well after being inactive last week. He will share carries to the point where he’s not a great fantasy option, but he should be active this week for Carolina.

Dec 1, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) catches a pass before the start of the game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receivers

Michael Crabtree-San Francisco 49ers: Crabtree didn’t experience any setbacks in his 2013 season debut and should be good to go for the coming weeks.

Percy Harvin-Seattle Seahawks: Harving didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, so it doesn’t look likely that he’ll return this week against the 49ers. He may not even get back before the postseason or the last week of the regular season which gives him very little fantasy value.

Eddie Royal-San Diego Chargers: Royal hasn’t practiced this week and most likely will not play Sunday.

Jeremy Kerley-New York Jets: Kerley is expected to return to action Sunday after some solid practices this week. The Jets offense is much better when he plays a key role, but Geno Smith is expected to start making him a risky fantasy play this week.

Kenbrell Thompkins-New England Patriots: Thompkins has been limited in practice all week so no one really knows how likely he is to play or how limited he will be.

Aaron Dobson-New England Patriots: Dobson hasn’t practiced this week and will most likely miss this week’s game. He’s considered week-to-week with a sprained foot.

Tight Ends

Julius Thomas-Denver Broncos: Thomas was upgraded to a full practice Thursday and is expected to return to action this week after missing the last two.

Jordan Reed-Washington Redskins: Reed was back in practice for Washington Thursday, but he still hasn’t been cleared from his concussion to play this week.

Nov 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) is unable to make a catch against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Delanie Walker-Tennessee Titans: Walker hasn’t been cleared yet but Coach Mike Munchak hinted that he could be Friday. If he’s cleared he has crazy good matchups for the coming weeks, so make sure to monitor any news on Walker if you own him or could add him.

Tony Gonzalez-Atlanta Falcons: Gonzalez is expected to play despite his nagging toe injury.

Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Delanie Walker, Fantasy Football, Injury Report, Injury Update, Jay Cutler, Julius Thomas, Michael Crabtree, Percy Harvin, Week 14

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