Week 1 Fantasy Football Injury Report

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Jets QB Mark Sanchez

Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) walks off the field with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter against New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. John Munson/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports

There aren’t too many names on the week one injury report but that will certainly change after the weekend. Let’s take a look at who’s in and who’s out of the lineup for this weekend’s slate.

Red indicates the player is out, orange indicates the player is questionable to play.

Cardinals:

Rashard Mendenhall: Mendenhall has dealt with some knee issues and was limited in practice on Wednesday but is fully expected to play against the Rams. As with any banged up running back, watch out for a limited workload with Ryan Williams ready to take on more carries.

Falcons:

Roddy White: White has missed the entire preseason and was limited in practice on Wednesday. He’s officially listed as questionable but is expected to play against the Saints’ shaky defense.

Ravens:

Ed Dickson: Dickson is listed as probable and fully expected to play on Thursday against the Broncos despite suffering a partial hamstring tear a month ago. He’s been a full participant in practice this week so it looks like he’s fully recovered.

Bills:

EJ Manuel: Manuel is going to start on Sunday after undergoing a minor knee surgery just a few weeks ago. He’s been practicing since Sunday so he looks good to go.

Panthers:

Mike Tolbert: Tolbert missed the entire preseason with a hamstring injury but has been a full participant in practice all week and will play on Sunday.

Bears:

Earl Bennett: Bennett will miss at least the first week of the season as he recovers from a concussion.

Bengals:

Tyler Eifert: Eifert has been dealing with a forearm injury but was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and will play in the Bengals’ week one matchup against the Bears.

Browns:

Davone Bess: Bess has been dealing with a knee injury but was a full participant in practice and is expected to start on Sunday.

Jordan Cameron: Cameron missed the Browns’ last preseason game and a few practices with a groin injury but he returned in full on Wednesday and is fully expected to go on Sunday.

Josh Gordon: Gordon is suspended for the first two games and will be eligible to return in week three.

Cowboys:

Lance Dunbar: Dunbar will miss the season opener against the Giants with a sprained foot though the injury isn’t expected to sideline him beyond week one.

Broncos:

Joel Dreessen: Dreessen will miss Thursday’s season opener with a knee injury after losing the starting job to Julius Thomas.

Wes Welker: Welker is listed as probable with an ankle sprain and is expected to play against the Ravens on Thursday.

Texans:

DeAndre Hopkins: The rookie receiver passed all his concussion tests and is expected to play on Monday against the Chargers.

Arian Foster: Foster is expected to play on Sunday in San Diego after missing the entire preseason with calf and back injuries. He’ll likely get limited touches in week one with Ben Tate ready to pick up some workload.

Colts:

Dwayne Allen: Allen has recovered from his knee injury and will suit up against Oakland on Sunday after beating out Coby Fleener for the starting tight end job.

Coby Fleener: Fleener has been dealing with a knee injury of his own but will also play on Sunday after practicing on Wednesday.

Jaguars:

Blaine Gabbert: Gabbert’s thumb has improved but he remains day-to-day as the Jags head into a week one matchup against the Chiefs. All indications are that he’ll play.

Marcedes Lewis: Lewis left Wednesday’s practice after reaggravating an existing calf injury. He’s questionable heading into the weekend so be sure to check his status before the game.

Justin Forsett: Forsett’s toe isn’t fully healed but he is expected to play through it after practicing on Wednesday.

Vikings:

Cordarrelle Patterson: Patterson was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday with a back injury but he’s expected to play on Sunday against the Lions.

Patriots:

Danny Amendola: Amendola is listed as questionable and was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice but is expected to start against the the Bills.

Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game but in all likelihood will probably miss week one.

Aaron Dobson: Dobson had a limited practice and is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury so be sure to check his game-time status before starting him.

Saints:

Marques Colston: After dealing with a foot injury through the preseason, Colston was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and will play against the Falcons on Sunday.

Nick Toon: Toon suffered a chest injury in the Saints’ final preseason game but had a full practice on Wednesday and is expected to go on Sunday.

Giants:

Victor Cruz: Cruz has been dealing with a heel injury but was a full participant on Wednesday and will start against the Cowboys this weekend.

Jets:

Santonio Holmes: Holmes missed the entire preseason with a foot injury and was limited in practice but will play in Sunday’s game against the Bucs – although his snaps will be limited.

Jeremy Kerley: Kerley has been dealing with a finger injury but was a full participant in practice and will start against the Bucs. With Holmes limited, Kerley will likely be the top receiving target.

Geno Smith: Smith will start on Sunday after dealing with an ankle injury for most of the preseason.

Mark Sanchez: Sanchez is expected to miss at least a few weeks with a shoulder injury but reports have cited a possible IR stint since the Jets front office wants nothing more to do with him.

Stephen Hill: Hill was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice despite a minor knee injury and will play against Tampa on Sunday.

Kellen Winslow: Winslow did not practice on Sunday and is questionable heading into the weekend. He’ll have to prove himself before he’s ownable so no loss here.

Steelers:

LeVeon Bell: Bell has been ruled out for week one but hopes to return by week two. His initial diagnosis, three weeks ago, called for him to miss 4-6 weeks with a partially torn ligament in his foot.

Heath Miller: Miller was limited in Wednesday’s practice and is questionable for week 1 against the Titans. It’s not clear how close Miller is to game-shape but he’s not likely to play on Sunday.

Chargers:

Malcom Floyd: Floyd has been dealing with a knee injury and is questionable heading into week one but all signs point to him starting on Monday.

Eddie Royal: Royal has been out with a bruised lung but returned to practice this week and will likely play on Monday.

Seahawks:

Sidney Rice: Rice had a full practice on Sunday and is no longer dealing with a knee injury so he’ll be ready to go for the weekend.

49ers:

LaMichael James: James is dealing with a sprained MCL and did not practice on Wednesday. Reports have him missing the first three weeks of the season.

Rams:

Isaiah Pead: Pead is suspended for the opener but will be eligible to return in week two.

Redskins:

Robert Griffin III: After missing the preseason as he recovered from a torn ACL, Griffin is a full go for Monday’s game against the Eagles.

Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.
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