Julio Jones WR, Falcons: turf toe
Jones has been dealing with a “toe sprain” for much of the season, but it wasn’t until Week 13 that we really heard about it. Some reports have said turf toe, others have said a toe sprain; they could be saying the same thing, as turf toe is a specific type of toe sprain. Either way, the Falcons may choose to rest Jones another week as they take on the 49ers. He did not practice Wednesday and they won’t test him out until later in the week.
A.J. Green WR, Bengals: hamstring strain
When Green was carted off in Week 11 because of a hamstring injury, it looked like his season was over. But an MRI showed that the damage wasn’t as serious as they initially thought; it was just a partial tear (grade 2 strain). He has been a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday and has a chance to play this weekend, if he can be a full participant on Friday. I think it will be at least another week until he is effective, so he’s a cautious start for now.
Matthew Stafford QB, Lions: dislocated middle finger
Stafford dislocated the top joint of his middle finger on Sunday but played the rest of the game with a glove on. He’s since been testing different options that only cover the injured finger and will be a full practice participant all week. Stafford will be a much riskier fantasy start this week even though he will play through the injury. His accuracy will be something to watch, plus he may be hesitant to take snaps under center, just like Derek Carr who has been playing through an injury to his pinkie.
Aaron Rodgers QB, Packers: calf strain
For the last few weeks Rodgers has been playing through a hamstring strain, and now he also has a calf injury to deal with because he was overcompensating. Rodgers is going to take a few days off of practice to focus on rehab but fully plans to suit up on Sunday. It’s not as bad as his 2011 calf injury, but his mobility may still be affected. The biggest concern will be his ability to set his feet before making a throw and moving within the pocket.
Matt Forte RB, Jets: torn meniscus
Forte underwent an MRI after experiencing cracking and popping in his right knee, and it showed a meniscus tear. Forte has been dealing with pain in his knee for much of the season and thinks he has been playing through the tear for some time. He will eventually need to undergo surgery to either trim or repair the meniscus, but for now it’s something he can try to play through. He’s expected to be a game-time call on Saturday night, but I don’t see him suiting up this week.
Randall Cobb WR, Packers: ankle sprain
Cobb tweaked his ankle on Sunday and was carted off of the field but returned after halftime. He has been a touchdown-dependent Fantasy option in recent weeks, and that shouldn’t change. While his ankle injury isn’t very serious, he was still limited at practice on Wednesday and his injury risk is elevated.
Andrew Luck QB, Colts: shoulder injury
Luck has been managing his practice reps all season because of a lingering shoulder injury. Playing behind such a weak offensive line makes it difficult for him to ever get healthy because Luck can’t avoid the big hits. He did not practice on Wednesday and was listed with shoulder and elbow injuries, but he’s back at practice today. Luck will suit up on Sunday but expect the mediocre play to continue in Minnesota.
Graham Gano K, Panthers: foot fracture
Gano will play through a broken bone in the heel of his plant foot. He started to feel some pain in their last game but still made all six of his kicks. He later underwent scans that revealed the fracture. There are plenty of better Fantasy options out there, and this foot fracture will add even more unpredictability to the Panthers offense.