Usual Suspects To Keep An Eye On For Week 13 Injuries
Brian Westbrook- He’s officially called “Questionable” for tomorrow night’s home game against the Cardinals., but he fully practiced today and it sounds like there’s a good chance he’ll play. How successful he’ll be is a whole different issue, as this nagging knee injury is clearly bothering him on the field. He hasn’t cracked double-digit points in his last 4 games. Still, it’s hard to bench this guy because we know what he’s capable of. Make sure to keep a very close eye on his status in the coming hours. With his usual backup running back in Correll Buckhalter being “Doubtful” for this one, Lorenzo Booker will be the backup and he’s surely available in most leagues.
Steven Jackson- The Rams running back was limited in practice with his thigh injury Wednesday, but head coach Jim Haslett made it sound like Jackson’s progressing well and could be ready for Sunday versus Miami. He’s been labeled “Questionable”, but since he’s missed the last 3 weeks, he’ll need a full practice to show he’s ready to go before the lowly Rams trot him out there. So we’ll have a much better idea by Friday if he could play.
Willie Parker- Fast Willie missed Wednesday’s practice with his bothersome knee injury, and is listed as “Questionable” to face the Patriots in New England on Sunday. With the success Mewelde Moore’s had in replacement of Parker, the Steelers won’t play the 2-time Pro Bowl selection unless he’s close to 100%. If you’re going to be traveling all weekend because of the Thanksgiving holiday and need to do your lineups right now, I’d probably keep Parker out unless you’re very thin on options at running back.
Reggie Bush- He says, “I’m definitely a go this week”, but we’ll see about that. He was limited in practice again with his sore knee, that’s kept him out of the last 4 games. Not an ideal matchup anyway at Tampa Bay, and you’d think the Saints would try to keep Pierre Thomas at least a little bit involved until Reggie shows he’s completely back.
Jonathan Stewart- The rookie out of Oregon left Sunday’s game at Atlanta with a heel injury after just 5 carries for 15 yards, and wore a protective boot for it after the game. However, he’s apparently fine as he fully practice today and should be a go Sunday at Green Bay. DeAngelo Williams is the clear #1 back right now, but it’s also tempting to play Stewart against a bad Green Bay run defense if he’s indeed healthy.
Selvin Young- Listed as “Questionable“, it sounds like the Broncos running back will play after having only 1 carry in the Broncos’ last 6 games. You shouldn’t be playing him yet though, and he didn’t even record a double-digit fantasy performance when he was healthy weeks 1-5.
Plaxico Burress- He had an MRI and officially has a strained hamstring. He should probably be considered "Questionable" at this point., not much has been said about his status.
Eddie Royal- Sat out Wednesday’s practice with an injured toe. It’s not know to be a serious issue and it’s assumed he’ll play Sunday at the Jets.
Kellen Winslow- He was limited in practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury that caused him to miss some practice last week as well, and he followed it up with only 1 catch for 14 yards against the Texans. He should play Sunday versus the Colts, but his shoulder may hamper his play.
You can read more of my fantasy analysis, as well as get links to great fantasy rankings, projections, and much more on my Week 13 Fantasy Football Roundup. Feel free to comment or ask any questions, and you can always e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.