Fantasy Football: Injury Preview Week 14

 

Fantasy football blogger Shane Taylor previews some of the most important injuries for fantasy owners leading into Week 14.

Aaron Rodgers
The good news here is that Rodgers has not yet been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Rodgers stated that it will probably be decided on Friday or Saturday whether he will play or not on Sunday. He practiced today, albeit with the reserve centers, and apparently looked good, although it would be a stretch to say that he will play on Sunday, as Matt Flynn is again expected to lead the Packers offense. Expect Rodgers to be on the bench Sunday, unless there is some major improvement with his collarbone before the game.
Rashad Jennings, Darren McFadden
Rashad Jennings, who suffered a concussion last Thursday, was at practice today while Darren McFadden sat out. Darren McFadden missed practice with an unspecified issue, but most people suspect it to be his nagging hamstring that has held him back for so long. If his issues continues through Sunday and Jennings continues to practice, it will most likely result in Jennings getting the starting nod on Sunday against the Jets. I would say it’s safe to say Jennings will get the start.
Peyton Manning
It would be extremely surprising for Manning to miss Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, although it is noteworthy that he was limited in practice today. The fantasy MVP took part in walkthroughs today and will likely playSunday, but be weary of any setbacks throughout the week. If for some crazy reason Manning can’t go, Josh McCown, and E.J. Manuel are decent spot starts at quarterback.
Jordan Reed
Reed, who missed Sunday’s contest against the New York Giants, is again in danger of missing this Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He must pass the league’s concussion protocol before taking the field Sunday, so check back with him again later in the week. If Reed can’t play Sunday, Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen will take his place on possibly split tight end duties as they did against the Giants. They both got an even number of targets  last week against the Giants, although Paulsen had a much better game than Davis, earning 41 yards and a touchdown to Davis’s 13 yards, so Paulsen might be the stronger play if Reed misses any time.
Tony Gonzalez 
Tony Gonzalez has had toe issues for a few weeks now and they will continue to nag him up until game time this week as well. He missed a portion of practice today, and although it would probably take a major setback to keep him out of the lineup Sunday, the playoffs are no time to disregard even the slightest of injuries. Expect him to start Sunday, but if for some reason he can’t, Levine Toilolo would probably start over Chase Coffman at tight end.
Jay Cutler 
The dreaded high ankle sprain’s most recent victim continues to be hindered heading into this week as Jay Cutler has yet to be cleared to practice and is not expected to start Sunday. He returned early from a groin injury weeks ago and was injured in his return so it might be wise for the Bears to hold off on getting Cutler back into the lineup, even if they are pushing for a playoff spot. McCown is expected to be the starter for the time being, but if Cutler is healthy, he is expected to start.
Percy Harvin
Harvin apparently had a “small procedure” on his hip injury that kept him out of the Seahawks lineup for the first 10 weeks of the season. It is unclear whether the “procedure” was injections Harvin had last week or if it was a small surgery, but regardless, it is not welcome news for Harvin owners. The Seahawks have a huge game against the 49ers on Sunday, but it wouldn’t be smart for the Seahawks to rush him back as they own a 3 game lead on the 49ers in the NFC West. Even if Harvin gets the start on Sunday, it might be wise to keep him out as it seems his hip injury isn’t 100% healed.
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