Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 7


Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 7

I don't like the fact that there are only two late-afternoon games today, but that does mean a lot of this week's injuries are front-loaded. So, this should be a busy morning as we track the playing statuses of Ahmad Bradshaw @AhmadBradshaw, Trent Richardson, Dez Bryant @DezBryant and many others. This post will be updated until the early kickoffs with all of the latest news regarding today's nicked-up players.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 7 include Jimmy Graham, Greg Jennings, Rashard Medenhall, Isaac Redman, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Kolb and Brandon Bolden. For a full list of injuries, click on the link below to the league's official injury report for all teams.


-- NFL Network's Kimberly Jones has confirmed that Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks will be active for the Giants. Nicks is a must-start against that burnable Redskins secondary. Bradshaw didn't practice Friday, but he has played with pain often in his career, and I think he'll get his normal workload today or close to it. Get him in your lineups. Andre Brown and David Wilson will be brought in just to give him a short break.
-- Jones has also confirmed that Pierre Garcon @PierreGarcon is officially out for the Redskins. No surprise; Garcon is out indefinitely because of his nagging foot/toe injury. As for which receiver steps up in his place, your guess is as good as mine. Nobody there -- Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Fred Davis -- is a strong fantasy play.
-- Dez Bryant will start for the Cowboys today. There was legit concern about his availability for today's game after he sat out Friday's practice because of a groin injury. But then we learned that he has been dealing with the soreness for a while and has continued to play through it. And lately, he has played very well. He should be in your lineups against the Panthers.
-- On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Terrell Suggs is active for the Ravens. Obviously, Baltimore needs all the help they can get on defense, but Suggs will likely be very limited during the game. I still expect the Texans' offense to have a big day.
-- Trent Richardson is active for the Browns. He'll wear some padding over his injured ribs, but he is a high-quality play against the Colts.
-- Lance Moore, as expected, is active for the Saints. I like him today as a WR3 today versus Tampa Bay with Jimmy Graham out.
-- Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is active for the Saints. Suspended for the entire season back in the spring, he is still appealing. And his knee seems to be healthy enough give the Saints 20-30 plays today. Like Suggs, what difference will he make in his first week back? I don't think much.
-- Josh Gordon is in the Browns' starting lineup today versus the Colts. He landed on the injury report late in the week because of a knee injury, but he should be fine. If you are looking for a high-risk, high-reward WR3, he's a good guy to get.
-- Wide receiver Jerome Simpson is active for the Vikings. He missed a couple of games due to a back issue that caused leg weakness and numbness. I think he'll have fantasy value before long, but he shouldn't be in any lineups until he does something.
-- Cardinals tight end Todd Heap is inactive. Rob Housler ... no, I don't care much about this situation.
-- As expected, Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley and Alex Green are all active for the Packers. In order: Rodgers is an obvious must start; Finley can't be trusted; Green is a nice flex option after getting 23 touches last week.
-- Vincent Jackson is active for the Bucs. He has a calf injury that required some rest during the practice week, but he's a very solid start against the Saints.
-- Texans defensive back Johnathan Joseph is active but will reportedly be limited against the Ravens. He had been listed as questionable with a groin injury and has struggled in coverage lately. Torrey Smith should be able to take advantage today.
-- Fred Davis is active for the Redskins. I have more faith in him than any other Redskins receiver today against the Giants, but that's not saying much. He's a low-end TE1.
-- Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson is active for the Vikings. He is fighting through a right ankle injury, but it's gonna take a lot more than some nagging pain to stop him. Get him in there against Arizona.

Fantasy Analysis:

A high ankle sprain hasn't been confirmed for Graham, but he must be dealing with something more than just a normal sprain. Let's hope one more week off gives him enough time to get ready for Week 8.
Jennings remains out for the Packers because of his groin injury. James Jones, who has scored two touchdowns in each of the past three games, is in WR2 territory this week. Randall Cobb is a nice WR3.
With Mendenhall and Redman out, Jonathan Dwyer is expected to get the start and the majority of the carries for the Steelers tonight against the Bengals. Thus, he is a flex option. But he has been far from impressive in limited duty this year, and he will share some carries with Baron Batch and Chris Rainey.
It has been reported that Murray thinks he'll be back for Week 8, but with a sprained foot, I doubt that. Felix Jones will get the start today against the Panthers' 23rd-ranked run defense. He is a low-end RB2, and I think Phillip Tanner is worth a look as a flex if bye weeks and injuries have decimated your roster.
Kolb is expected to miss at least six weeks after a hit last week against the Bills left some of his ribs detached from his sternum. John Skelton is back under center for the Cardinals. He is not a decent fantasy play, obviously. He'll be under pressure all day in Minnesota, but Larry Fitzgerald should remain in all lineups.
With Bolden out with an unspecified knee injury, Stevan Ridley should see a full boat of carries against the Jets' below-average run defense. Danny Woodhead will contribute on passing downs.


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