Week 13: Game Time Decisions - Injury Update
We let you know the playing chances of the big name players who are injured. This week's picks include Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Forte, Darren McFadden, DeMarco Murray, and Miles Austin.
The 3rd year WR from Central Michigan has missed three games after he suffered an ankle injury during the week 9 win over the Giants. On the season, Brown is averaging 62 YPG with just one TD. Brown has returned to full practice and is expected to return to the starting lineup for a must win game against the division leading Ravens. With Charlie Batch likely under center, it is difficult to recommend any members of the Steeler passing attack (Wallace, Brown, Sanders, or Heath Miller). Baltimore's defense is ranked 23rd against the pass (244 YPG), but the Ravens have allowed the fewest TDs through the air (9).
Harvin suffered an ankle injury in the week 9 loss to Seattle and was unable to suit up for the past two games. In his absence, rookie Jarius Wright has filled in and TE Kyle Rudolph has scored in back to back weeks. Harvin returned to a limited Wednesday practice, but apparently had problems cutting and is listed as questionable for week 13. Harvin is viewed as one of the tougher WR in the game, so we are betting that he finds a way to get on the field for the crucial divisional battle in Lambeau Field against Green Bay's 22nd ranked pass defense (but he's looking like a game time decision). The 4th year WR from Florida is averaging 75 YPG with 4 TDs. Kyle Rudolph (also battling a shoulder injury) would be the likely beneficiary of more targets if Harvin can't go, but with Ponder under center, Rudolph will be hard pressed to crack TE1 status.
Remember to read all our columns for this week and use our Who To Start Rankings
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