With a few meaningless games and several players being shut down for the season, Week 17 is an extremely dicey week to predict. In lieu of our usual Sunday Night Injury Report, here's a quick injury recap along with our thoughts about each player's availability for Week 17.
- It's been a rough year for Vikings
fans. Adrian Peterson
(knee) tore both his ACL and MCL and faces a long (8-10 month) road to recovery. Toby Gerhart
is worth a look in Week 17, though the Bears
are a tough matchup. Gerhart is also worth stashing in keeper/dynasty leagues with Peterson iffy to start the 2012 season on the active list.
- LeSean McCoy
(ankle) indicated that he isn't likely to face the Redskins
this week. The game is meaningless for the Eagles
, so there's no reason to risk re-injury to the team's franchise RB. Ronnie Brown
and Dion Lewis
will likely split the work, so neither player has much upside.
- Tony Romo
(hand) is expected to play in the Cowboys' must-win game against the Giants
in Week 17. His hand is apparently swollen, but he was seen throwing on the sideline after the injury, so it probably isn't too serious. Felix Jones
(hamstring) played briefly against the Eagles
, but was pulled after the Giants' win over the Jets
made the game meaningless for Dallas. He should be a full go for Week 17.
- Reggie Bush
says his leg injury isn't serious and is expecting to play against the Jets
in Week 17. Bush has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his last four games and looks to be a solid start against a reeling Jets
defense. Daniel Thomas
(knee) was knocked out of the game against the Patriots
and did not return. He does not believe the injury to be serious, though it appears that Bush's RB1 job is still safe.
- Darren McFadden
(foot) and Jacoby Ford
(foot) may both play in Week 17. DMC's return is of greater concern to Michael Bush
owners, though he should still carry the load with McFadden working his way back into form. The Raiders
can still make the playoffs with a win and a little help (a Broncos' loss), so it makes sense to get McFadden a few carries if he's close to healthy.
- Marion Barber
(calf) may work his way back into the lineup this week, though Kahlil Bell
played very well against the Packers
and will likely start even if Barber is a go.
- Laurent Robinson
(shoulder) had a quiet game against the Eagles
, though he saw his usual complement of snaps. He's startable with Tony Romo
back under center in Week 17.
- James Starks
(ankle) bruised the same ankle that has been bothering him the last month. The Packers' Week 17 game is meaningless, so expect Starks to sit out. This means that Ryan Grant
and Brandon Saine
will see extra work to compensate.
- The Texans
are hopeful that Andre Johnson
(hamstring) can make his return this week against the Titans
, so his owners should keep an eye on his practice activity this week.
- Mario Manningham
(knee) is hoping to make it back for a must-win game against the Cowboys
this week. He had swelling in his knee and sat out against the Jets
in Week 16.