Welcome back to my weekly Injury Round Up. If you want the absolute latest updates, follow me on Twitter. For now, here’s the latest injury updates for the guys that matter most for Week 7.
- The week that you’ve all been waiting for is finally here ladies and gentlemen: Rob Gronkowski is back. He’s been medically cleared to play this upcoming Sunday against the Jets, and has reportedly looked great in practice. Despite this, I don’t think starting Gronk this week is a complete slam dunk. I tend to take anything I hear out of the Patriot organization with a grain of salt, meaning I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s on a snap count. Would you be that surprised if he played 20-30 snaps? The dude hasn’t played an NFL game in almost a whole year, and while I don’t doubt his ability to play well, if you have another option that’s done well thus far (like a Jordan Cameron, Heath Miller, etc.), I would lean to having a “wait-and-see” approach with Gronk, and start him in full confidence next week.
- First DMC, and now Demarco Murray. The question to start this season was not if they’d get hurt, but when. Murray hurt his knee last week against the Redskins and is doubtful for at least this week, perhaps more. While Joseph Randle didn’t look great last year, he did punch in a short TD, and will likely lift a heavy load with the other back-up RB Lance Dunbar out this Sunday as well. Randle is a middle to low-end flex play this week.
- A new week but nothing new from Falcons camp: Steven Jackson is gonna miss Week 7 and Roddy White is still hurt. While White should have sat games out previously to heal up, better late than never. I really did think that this week would be his coming out party, but then he injured his hamstring two Sundays ago. It’s looking like a lot season for Roddy and the Falcons.
- In case you missed it, Randall Cobb was placed on IR/designated to return. At the earliest, he’ll be back Week 15, but even then he’s not likely to be thrown into the fire as the Packers would like to have him 100% healthy for the playoffs. He’s droppable at this point. James Jones will also probably miss this week’s match up against the Browns, so rookie WR Jarrett Boykin is a name to know. He’s worth at least a stash.
- Quick hits: Case Keenum is making his NFL debut for the Texans against the NFL’s number 1 defense because of injuries to Schaub and because TJ Yates sucks. That’ll turn out well…Thad Lewis‘s foot is good enough for him to play for the Bills…Mike Vick is sitting out another week due to a sore hamstring. If Foles continues to play well, it won’t matter how healthy Vick is…Chad Henne will start for the Jaguars this week with Blaine Gabbert being limited by his hamstring, Blackmon owners rejoice…Adrian Peterson was a surprise add to the Viking’s injury report Friday, as he took the day off due to a “hamstring” problem. It’s something to keep an eye on, but I wouldn’t be too concerned…Joique Bell (ribs) is very iffy this week, keep him on your bench…Cecil Shorts will be a game time decision Sunday. Even if he plays, I wouldn’t start him, he might not play the whole game…Danny Amendola is out with a concussion…If you still have Eddie Royal on your roster due to his fast start, feel free to drop him. He’ll miss this week’s game against the Jaguars because of a toe injury, but he’s already fallen behind the Chargers’ stand out young WRs…