Sunday is almost among us, and with a week full of byes, players’ injury statuses are even more important to address. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know when it comes to Week 5 injuries.
- NE RB Stevan Ridley has already been ruled OUT for Sunday’s matchup against the Bengals. Ridley was a surprising addition to the injury report earlier in the week, and his thigh injury is enough to force him to miss this week. Add this news to Brandon Bolden being QUESTIONABLE for Sunday’s game, and LeGarratte Blount enters the low RB2/FLEX conversation. While Cincinnatti’s defense is no slouch, the Patriots have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and they should make holes that even Blount can rumble through.
- Personally, I don’t expect Rob Gronkowski to play. He’s almost there, but there’s really no rush for him to come back with the Patriots 4-0. He’s officially listed as QUESITONABLE, but don’t expect him to be active. His teammate Danny Amendola however is tentatively expected to play. I would only start him in the deepest of leagues.
- It’s been 4 weeks and ATL WR Roddy White has 84 receiving yards on the season. 84. I still don’t understand why White plays: he’s not helping his team and he’s not allowing himself to recover fully. While he showed bursts of being back last week against New England, he still had problems with his cuts. He did look a lot better than he has all season, and there have been reports that he suffered a “set back,” which I don’t believe because 1. he’s been limited in practice all season and 2. he looked the same the entire game. That being said, I wouldn’t play him until after his week 6 bye. “Hot Roddy” should be parked on all benches until then.
- Miles Austin is not expected to play Sunday, so Terrance Williams will likely need to pick up the slack. While Williams did fumble at a crucial time last week against the Chargers, the Cowboys have no choice but to throw him back out there. I don’t see Williams as having much value though as he goes up against a tough Denver defense.
- It’s only been 4 weeks and Darren McFadden is already going to miss a game. What seemed like a relatively minor injury has flared up for DMC, so back-up Rashard Jennings is going to carry the load for the Raiders Sunday night. FB Marcel Reece will also contribute in the run game, but the coaching staff has verbally committed to making Jennings the workhorse, if that gives you any confidence…Jennings struggled as the starter last year in Jacksonville, though he didn’t have a dynamic QB like Terrelle Pryor who can open up running lanes for him. Speaking of Pryor, he practiced all this week (concussion) and should be good to go Sunday night. He’s a borderline QB1.
- Ravens RB Ray Rice should be 100% this week. He had a strained hip flexor and was barely used in the offense last week (mostly due to the Ravens playing from behind) and the Ravens have already emphasized that they need to utilize their best offensive weapon more. Rice is again an RB1 this week against the Dolphins who just got burned last week by Darren Sproles.
QUICK HITS: Packers RB James Starks has already been ruled out for Week 5. Look for the Packers to rely on the two rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin…Chargers WR Malcom Floyd is done for the season…Neither Reggie Bush nor Larry Fitzgerald were on the injury report this week for the first time since Week 1…Fitzgerald’s teammate Rashard Mendenhall is also not on the injury list anymore…Steven Jackson is still targeting a Week 7 return after the Falcons’ bye…Julio Jones is limited in practice every day, but is not in any danger of missing anytime…Brandon Marshall missed Wednesday and Thursday due to a foot injury but is officially listed as PROBABLE…Calvin Johnson showed up as QUESTIONABLE on the Lions’ injury report, but there is nothing that makes me think he’ll be hindered, he will play…Jermichael Finley is PROBABLE for Sunday’s game in a favorable matchup against the Bears…Ahmad Bradshaw hurt his neck after gashing the 49ers two weeks ago, but is now looking at a potential season ending neck surgery…Cecil Shorts is not 100%, but is going to play, keep your expectations in check…The Saints RB Mark Ingram and WR Lance Moore will not play…Ryan Mathews was a late week addition to the injury report, stay tuned as late additions are not a good sign…Vernon Davis is QUESTIONABLE for Sunday night’s game against Houston, but being on 10 days rest, he should play…Jake Locker will miss a few weeks with an injured groin…2013 sensation Brian Hoyer is unfortunately done for the season with a torn ACL, Brandon Weeden has new life…EJ Manuel is also out 6-8 weeks, rookie FA Jeff Tuel will get the starts in Buffalo…Both Marlon Brown and Jacoby Jones are QUESTIONABLE for Sunday’s game, if both play then Jones will be the starter…