2013-10-04 11:00:00 EDT
We’ve finally reached the weekend, and that means it’s time once again to check in on some of the injury concerns heading into the weekend action around the NFL. As usual, there are plenty of important players out there who will be question marks on your fantasy roster tomorrow, so let’s take a closer look at some of the notable names and see what we can determine about their availabilities. Here’s the latest.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: There’s a report floating around out there that says Gronkowski will miss his fifth consecutive game tomorrow against the Bengals. We’ll get a more concrete confirmation on that if he doesn’t travel with the team this weekend to Cincinnati, as he failed to do last week against Atlanta.
This should be a familiar feeling for Gronkowski owners by now. The good news is that Week 6 was reportedly the spot he’d been targeting all along, so there’s a good chance he could see his first action against New Orleans.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans: It looks like all systems are go for Britt heading into tomorrow’s big game at home against the Chiefs. He’ll be active for the game after fighting off issues stemming from a fractured rib, which caused him to miss last week against the Jets.
Fantasy-wise, Britt has been quite a disappointment. He’s got just 43 yards thus far, and has reportedly been at odds with the team at times this year. The really bad news is that he’s facing three tough defenses in a row the next few weeks: KC, Seattle and San Francisco. Better leave him on the shelf.
Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Austin has missed another week of practice, which pretty much rules him out for tomorrow’s game against the Broncos. He’s been dealing with a hamstring injury and in all likelihood will miss his second week in a row. That’s unfortunate, since there’s bound to be plenty of passing in a potentially high-scoring matchup against Denver.
On the year, Austin has yet to equal his 10-catch, 72-yard performance from Week 1, and he still hasn’t found the end zone. Hopefully he’ll return to form when he’s healthy again.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Let’s check in on Johnson for a moment, as there’s some good news to pass along here. After missing Wednesday and Thursday’s sessions, he was back in practice on Friday, which bodes well for his availability tomorrow against the Packers. He’s maintained all along that he’d be okay for the game, but owners will want to err on the cautious side and check in on him before kickoff anyway. Johnson has 21 grabs for 312 yards and four touchdowns thus far.
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Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns: The big news on the injury front yesterday concerned Browns QB Brian Hoyer’s diagnosis of a torn ACL in his knee. The injury will end his season, and frustrates fantasy owners who were counting on him as a bye-week fill-in. Brandon Weeden will regain his starting job as a result.
Furthermore, this situation complicates matters for owners of Browns TE Jordan Cameron, who is coming off his first major disappointment of the season. He tallied just five targets against the Bills, and may not be able to maintain the sort of chemistry he had with Hoyer now that Weeden is behind center. Only time will tell.
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