NFC North Blog
The injury report heading into Week 3 was overwhelming simply due to the towering list of players who were dealing with ailments. The list isn't as long heading into Week 4, but the players who are worth tracking this morning are some of the league's best -- Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Arian Foster. Updates on those players and many others will start pouring in around 11:30 a.m. Eastern when the inactive reports come out. Keep refreshing this post until the early kickoffs for the latest on the this week's damaged fantasy commodities.
Calvin Johnson, who was limited in practice this week with an ankle injury, will be active in today's game versus the Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter via Twitter. Johnson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited Friday.
Apparently, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall doesn't need to practice to play. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Marshall is expected to play through his ankle injury against the Packers. Marshall has been nursing and playing through the injury since Week 1. He aggravated it during Monday's win over the Jets and was held out of the entire practice week.
Teddy Bridgewater performed very well in his first career start Sunday, picking apart the Falcons' defense on his way to a 317-yard passing day with 27 more yards on the ground and a rushing score. And it could have been even better if Bridgewater didn't miss most of the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury. X-rays were negative, but more will be known about his injury following an MRI, which is reportedly scheduled to take place tonight.
Bridgewater suffered the injury during a 1-yard run deep in Atlanta's territory with about 11 minutes left in the game. He stayed on the field to complete a two-point conversion to tight end Rhett Ellison. Bridgewater was then seen getting carted back to the locker room. However, Bridgewater returned to the sidelines for the last few minutes of the Vikings' 41-28 victory.
Christian Ponder was under center for the rest of the game and didn't attempt a pass. Bridgewater will need to heal quickly as Minnesota will travel to Green Bay to face the Packers on Thursday night.
Brandon Marshall missed practice again Thursday with an ankle issue. Marshall suffered the injury in Week 1 but managed to play through it for two consecutive weeks. In Week 2, he caught three touchdown passes, but in Week 3, Marshall aggravated the injury and managed just one catch for 6 yards. He will likely be listed as questionable on the Bears' final injury report tomorrow.
We're finding out again that the only thing that can stop Calvin Johnson is Calvin Johnson.
The all-everything wideout suffered an ankle during the Lions' Week 3 win over the Packers. While Johnson was able to finish the game and said Wednesday he is not concerned about his ankle, he may have his practice snaps scaled back in order to keep him as healthy as possible for game days.
The Lions travel to New York to face the Jets this weekend.
Bears WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) as well as Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) are all listed as questionable for Monday night. Marshall and Jeffery were both game-time decisions in Week 2 and both played on Sunday night. Marshall got his first practice of this week in on Saturday and was limited. Jeffery was a limited participant in practice all week. Decker didn't practice until Saturday either and was also limited. The two Bears wideouts are expected to play while Decker is considered a game-time decision.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel suffered what head coach Mike Zimmer called "several broken bones" in his foot Sunday. Cassel left the game in the second quarter of the team's 20-9 loss at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. Cassel was 5-of-10 for 53 yards at the time of the injury.
Earlier reports stating that the Vikings might 'reverse course' on letting RB Adrian Peterson play in Week 3 have now been founded. Peterson has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list by the organization. Peterson will be out indefinitely and "suspended from activities with the team effective immediately" until his legal proceedings are finished, which might not take place until the end of the season.
Adrian Peterson will be brought back by the Vikings after his legal case concludes, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schefter tweeted that the timing of Peterson's return will "depend on when legal case is resolved." After holding Peterson out Week 2, the Vikings announced plans to reinstate him, before changing course and deactivating him pending the resolution of the child abuse case against Peterson. Peterson is scheduled to have an initial hearing for the case on October 8.