Week 9 Injury Updates And Game Inactives
49ers Inactives - QB Josh Johnson, WR Quinton Patton, TE Demarcus Dobbs, C Dillon Farrell, DE Tank Carradine, LB Patrick Willis, CB Tramaine Brock
Broncos Inactives - RB Montee Ball, RB Kapri Bibbs, TE Virgil Green, T Michael Schofield, G Ben Garland, LB Steven Johnson, SS Quinton Carter
Patriots Inactives - RB James White, WR Aaron Dobson, G Jordan Devey, G Cameron Fleming, DE Zach Moore, DE Chandler Jones, CB Alfonzo Dennard
No James White could mean we see more of Jonas Gray today…or not. You simply cannot trust Bill Belichick. The Patriots depth chart lists James Develin and Brandon Bolden ahead of Gray, which is ludicrous when you consider that Develin is a blocking fullback and Bolden a special teams player. Even funnier is that the RB1 is listed as Shane Vereen with the inactive James White as his backup. Go figure!.
The weather, which was a real concern as of this morning in New England, has calmed considerably. The winds have died down and it has stopped raining throughout most of the New England area. That’s good news for those concerned about the passing game for both the Broncos and the Patriots. Start all of the players from both teams as you normally would, as the weather is no longer a major factor.
Seahawks Inactives - TE Zach Miller, T Russell Okung, DT Jordan Hill, LB Malcolm Smith, LB Bobby Wagner, SS Jeron Johnson, CB Byron Maxwell
Raiders Inactives - QB Matt McGloin, WR Vincent Brown, TE David Ausberry, G Tony Bergstrom, DB Chimdi Chekwa, CB Keith McGill, CB Carlos Rogers
Rams Inactives - TE Alex Bayer, CB Janoris Jenkins, S Maurice Alexander, S Cody Davis, DL Ethan Westbrooks, LB Korey Toomer, OT Brandon Washington
Jets Inactives – QB Geno Smith, CB Darrin Walls, WR Walt Powell, C Wesley Johnson, LB IK Enemkpali, T Dakota Dozier, DT T.J. Barnes
Michael Vick will be the starting QB and Matt Simms was activated from the practice squad to be the backup QB. Things could get very interesting and/or very ugly if Vick is injured in this game. Since Geno Smith is inactive and unavailable, the Jets might have to put the young and inexperienced practice squad QB Simms in there if Vick gets hurt. Then again, can he really be any worse than Smith and Vick have been this season?
Redskins Inactives – QB, Kirk Cousins, RB Silas Redd, T Tyler Polumbus, WR Aldrick Robinson, CB Greg Druce, LB Jackson Jeffcoat, G Spencer Long
We will be back prior to the afternoon games once the six teams playing the late afternoon games make their inactive lists available, usually right around 3:15. Until then, enjoy today’s games, and good luck to your Fantasy teams!
Cowboys Inactives - QB Tony Romo, T Doug Free, T Donald Hawkins, G Ronald Leary, DE Jack Crawford, LB Tim Dobbins, DB Jakar Hamilton
We’ve already covered Romo’s injury and absence at length (below), so we’ll just remind you that Brandon Weedon will be the starter today.
Vikings Inactives - FB Zach Line, TE Kyle Rudolph, T Austin Wentworth, G David Yankey, LB Brandon Watts, CB Jabari Price, S Antone Exum
Buccaneers Inactives - RB Doug Martin, RB Charles Sims, T Anthony Collins, G Kadeem Edwards, LB Brandon Magee, CB Brandon Dixon
Interesting decision by the Bucs to activate Sims on Saturday but sit him down today. Mike James will be the backup to Bobby Rainey, who suddenly becomes a recommended starter in all formats today.
It appears there was one casualty as a result of the Washington Redskins’ bus accident this morning on the way to their meeting with the Vikings. Silas Redd will not play today, reportedly because of an injury related to the accident. We’ll have a bit more information after 12 noon, when the Redskins release their injury/inactives list, which was delayed until then by the team following the accident.
Eagles Inactives - T Dennis Kelly, C Julian Vandervelde, DE Taylor Hart, LB Marcus Smith, S Nate Allen, QB Matt Barkley, WR Brad Smith
Cardinals Inactives - NT Alameda Ta'amu, LB Thomas Keiser, LB Glenn Carson, QB Logan Thomas, RB Stepfan Taylor, TE Darren Fells, G Earl Watford
Dolphins Inactives - TE Dion Sims, T Jason Fox, G Daryn Colledge , G Billy Turner, DT Anthony Johnson, LB Chris McCain, CB Lowell Rose
Chiefs Inactives – WR Donnie Avery, T Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff, DB Jamell Fleming, C Eric Kush, LB Josh Martin, QB Aaron Murray, CB Chris Owens
Chargers Inactives - RB Ryan Mathews, DT Ryan Carrethers, LB Manti Te’o, LB Jerry Attaochu, CB Jason Verrett, CB Richard Crawford, S Jahleel Addae
Notable here is that Donald Brown is active and will play today. That’s actually bad news for owners of Branden Oliver because Brown will be stealing touches from him, which reduces both players’ value from a Fantasy standpoint. The matchup with the Dolphins isn’t the greatest to begin with, so it may not be a very productive day for either Brown or Oliver.
Texans Inactives - QB Tom Savage, WR DeVier Posey, T Jeff Adams, LB Brian Cushing, LB Jadeveon Clowney, LB Jeff Tarpinian, CB Darryl Morris
Browns Inactives – TE Jordan Cameron, CB Pierre Destr, WR Rodney Smith
Jaguars Inactives - RB Storm Johnson, WR Mike Brown, T Sam Young, G Tyler Shatley, DE Andre Branch, LB Dekoda Watson, CB Will Blackmon
Denard Robinson will have the majority of the carries to himself again for the Jags. He’ll have his work cut out for him against the Bengals but he should gain decent yardage if he gets the kind of volume he’s gotten over the past few weeks.
Bengals Inactives - RB Giovanni Bernard, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, G Kevin Zeitler, DE Will Clarke, LB Vontaze Burfict, LB Rey Maualuga, CB Darqueze Dennard
Jeremy Hill will be the primary ball carrier for the Bengals today in a great matchup against the Jaguars. He should be active in all leagues and makes a great play in Daily/Weekly formats as well.
Adam Schefter is reporting that RB Charles Sims will NOT play in today’s game despite being activated on Saturday. Mike James will be the backup to Bobby Rainey. James is not recommended for use outside of the very deepest of leagues, but Rainey is an interesting start as a flex play since he’ll be getting the majority of the RB touches.
It’s been all over Twitter and the various news outlets: The Washington Redskins’ team buses were involved in an accident on the way to the game today. The second bus collided with the first bus when their police escort missed the exit to the stadium. All players are reported to be OK and able to play today, as there were no serious injuries.
Adam Levitan is reporting that A.J. Green may be on a limited snap count today depending on the flow of the game. This doesn’t matter – if Green is playing you must have him active, as he will undoubtedly be the go-to receiver when he’s on the field.
We begin this Sunday edition of the Xpert Eye with some breaking news about Tony Romo. The Cowboys have revealed that he has two transverse process fractures in his lower back as a result of the hit that briefly knocked him out of last week’s game. He will not be playing in today’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Granted, once you see or hear the word “fracture” you immediately think the worst, but in this case it’s actually something he might be able to play through. The transverse process neither bears weight nor does it connect to another bone; it’s kind of like a twig that sticks out from a tree trunk, in this case, the spine is the tree trunk. However, it is painful because muscles and nerve endings are all around the transverse process, so movement, especially rotational movement, can be limited and quite painful.
The bottom line here is that Romo would only be able to play with pain medication, likely an injection of some sort. However, there is little that can be done to protect him from further injury and it would be surprising if he was able to play a whole game without aggravating the current injury further. So, get ready for Brandon Weedon to lead the Cowboys offense today and bench Tony Romo in all formats.
As always, we will update this document periodically throughout the morning, but especially once the NFL teams announce their inactive lists shortly after 11:30. The latest updates will appear at the top.
Players Already Declared OUT Today
Tony Romo, Kyle Rudolph, Giovani Bernard, Stepfan Taylor, Ryan Mathews, Montee Ball, Jordan Cameron, Rashad Jennings,
Game Time Decisions – Players We’re Watching
Robert Griffin III – Griffin practiced all week and Jay Gruden seems hell bent on starting him today. This is not a great matchup, though, as I outlined in my Matchups column on Friday. With six teams on bye this week, one might be tempted to go with Griffin today, but this is not a good idea; in fact, it is very possible that we see Colt McCoy on the field if Griffin struggles even just a little. Don’t do it.
Ronnie Hillman – Hillman’s shoulder has been bothering him and limiting him in practice. However, he was a full go in Friday’s practice and is expected to play today. Keep him active and expect good things, as the Patriots’ run defense hasn’t been the same without Jerod Mayo.
A.J Green – We’re already seeing reports from Adam Schefter that Green is going to play today, which is really good news for Andy Dalton owners.
Alex Smith – Smith injured his shoulder last week but was able to practice and will definitely start today. In fact, he’s a great sneaky play in a matchup against the Jets.
Doug Martin – Martin injured his ankle and is probably not going to play. The Bucs are happy to have an excuse to give Charles Sims a chance to show his stuff, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Martin scratched today.
Donald Brown – It looks like he’s ready to return from concussion. If so, he’ll be taking touches away from Branden Oliver, who has looked quite human the last week or two and hasn’t been the revelation he was when he first got his big shot. Temper expectations for both backs.
Owen Daniels – Daniels had arthroscopic knee surgery a little more than a week ago. He actually practiced a bit this week and was declared a game time decision by Coach John Harbaugh. Daniels is probably a longshot to play today, but we’ll let you know for sure when the inactive lists are available.
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