Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 10/19/13
Fantasy Football Injury News: Gronkowski, Shorts and More
October 19, 2013
It’s Saturday, which means it’s time once again to check in on some of the noteworthy injury situations around the NFL and see what kind of effect they’ll have on your fantasy team this week. We’ve got our usual mix of big-name players and varying prognoses this weekend, so let’s get right to it and see what the outlooks will be. Here’s the latest.
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: You can count Jackson out (again) for tomorrow’s game against Tampa Bay. He’s still not over that nagging hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since Week 2. This will be the fourth game he’s missed this year, which is more than he’s ever missed in his career.
Taking Jackson’s reps once again will be the 1-2 punch of Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling. Rodgers seems to have more of a fantasy upside there, but it’s difficult telling what will happen since the Falcons are banged up pretty much everywhere.
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Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns: After a planned rest on Thursday, it’s looking like McGahee is good to go for tomorrow against the Packers. He sat out to rest his knee, and was back at practice yesterday. He’s listed as probable on the team’s report.
McGahee is coming off a disappointing effort last week (10 attempts for 37 yards), but should get some better stats posted in Week 7.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: It’s been a rollercoaster week for Shorts owners. He was out of practice Thursday, a woeful situation alongside rumors that he was in danger of missing this week’s game, but then made a surprise appearance at practice on Friday.
Shorts is still questionable for the Chargers game with a shoulder injury, and will likely come down to a pre-kickoff decision. This is just one of those things fantasy owners will have to watch in the late morning hours; if he plays, slot him into your lineup.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: As per usual, Pats coach Bill Belichick wasn’t much help yesterday when it came to determining Gronkowski’s status this week. So, we’ll just go on what we know here. He’s listed as questionable (once again) for tomorrow’s road game against the Jets, but the change this week is that he’s reportedly been cleared by all his doctors. Adding to the overall hope were reports that surfaced all over the place later on in the day yesterday that he would be playing.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that Gronkowski will definitely play, but it does bring a certain level of optimism that hasn’t been there yet this season. We’d say watch for the announcements before kickoff tomorrow. If Gronk is out there, you pretty much have to start him.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Good news on Johnson. He’s listed as probable for the team’s Week 7 game against Cincinnati. The knee injury that’s been plaguing him over the past couple of weeks kept him limited in practice, but he’s been able to solider through it.
Matchup-wise, we’ll reportedly be seeing an up-tick in activity from the beastly Detroit WR. He didn’t get on the field as much as usual in Week 6, but Johnson should be able to handle a heavier workload tomorrow.
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