Week 4 NFL Injury Report and Fantasy Football Impact

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Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) reacts during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-21. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Three weeks of football can compound into a lot of injuries. The injury report continues to grow every week and Week 4 features more than a few key stars unlikely to play on Sunday. Let’s take a look at the latest injury updates and how that will affect your fantasy football lineup.

Red indicates out, orange indicates questionable.

Arizona:

Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring): Fitz is back practicing fully and is fully expected to go against the Revis Island and the Bucs this week.

Rashard Mendenhall (toe): Mendenhall has been limited in practice and is listed as questionable but he played through it in Week 3 so there’s a good chance he does again this week. How effective he will be is another story.

Atlanta:

Steven Jackson (hamstring): SJax is still out with a hammy injury meaning Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will split time in the backfield.

Roddy White (ankle): White is still limited in practice but he’s played every week so this week shouldn’t be different. High ankle sprains usually take six-to-eight weeks to fully heal and Roddy is on week six.

Julio Jones (knee): Jones was limited in practice once again and is listed as questionable but he’s played through the injury each week and, in all likelihood, will once again.

Baltimore:

Marlon Brown (neck): Brown returned to practice on Thursday and while he’s listed as questionable he’ll likely play against the Bills.

Ray Rice (hip):Rice returned to practice on Thursday as well but remains listed as questionable. If he does play, he’ll likely get limited snaps against Buffalo.

Buffalo:

C.J. Spiller (quadriceps): Spiller has been in full practice all week after leaving Sunday’s game against the Jets with a leg injury. He’s fully expected to go on Sunday against a tough Ravens D.

Stevie Johnson (hamstring): Johnson returned to practice on Thursday but remained limited. He’s listed as questionable but will likely be able to play on Sunday against Baltimore.

Cincinnati:

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (ankle): The Law Firm has been limited in practice with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Cleveland.

Browns:

Brandon Weeden (thumb): Weeden is still out with a thumb injury, leaving Brian Hoyer as the Week 4 starter against the tough Bengals D.

Dallas

Miles Austin (hamstring): Austin still hasn’t practiced this week and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chargers so be sure to check his status if you intend to start him.

Detroit:

Nate Burleson (forearm): Burleson is out indefinitely with a broken arm but hopes to return in November.

Calvin Johnson (knee): Johnson returned to practice on Thursday and is fully expected to play against the Bears.

Reggie Bush (knee): Bush has seen full practices this week and will return on Sunday to face Chicago.

Houston:

Andre Johnson (shin): Johnson only ran drills on Thursday and will be a gametime decision for the Texans’ tough game against the Seahawks. If he does play, he’s sure to see plenty of Richard Sherman…Island.

Indianapolis:

Ahmad Bradshaw (neck): Bradshaw still hasn’t practiced this week with a neck injury but is currently expected to play on Sunday. If he’s out, Trent Richardson should see a huge bump in value.

Jacksonville:

Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle): Jones-Drew isn’t practicing but is expected to play through his ankle injury once again as the Jags face Indy.

Marcedes Lewis (calf): Lewis is back on the practice field and is expected to make his season debut against the Colts this week.

Blaine Gabbert (hand): Gabbert is back in practice and will start against the Colts, sending Chad Henne back to the sidelines.

Minnesota:

Christian Ponder (ribs): Ponder practiced in Thursday and will likely be able to go on Sunday against the Steelers. Matt Cassell figures to get the start if he can’t.

New England:

Danny Amendola (groin): Amendola has been seeing limited practices but is not expected to play in Week 4.

Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back): Gronk has a good chance to make his season debut on Sunday against the Falcons, assuming no setbacks between now and then.

New Orleans:

Mark Ingram (toe): Ingram missed Week 3 and continues to recover from a toe injury and is optimistic about going in Week 4. Either way, he’s not startable in any league format.

Lance Moore (wrist): Moore left Sunday’s game with a wrist injury and is listed as questionable for Week 4.

New York Jets:

Santonio Holmes (foot): Holmes continues to see limited practices but has looked much better on the field and will certainly play against the Titans.

Kellen Winslow (knee): Winslow has been limited in practice but will likely play on Sunday against Tennessee.

Chris Ivory (hamstring): Ivory missed practice once again on Thursday and will likely miss Week 4 and possibly more.

Oakland:

Terrelle Pryor (concussion): Pryor is still not practicing but could start on Sunday against the Redskins if he passes his concussion tests. If not, Matt Flynn will get the nod.

Pittsburgh:

Le’Veon Bell (foot): Bell is practicing in full and is expected to play against the Vikings this week.

San Diego:

Malcom Floyd (neck): Floyd hasn’t practiced since taking that vicious hit in Week 2 and is not expected to play against the Cowboys.

San Francisco:

Vernon Davis (hamstring): Davis will attempt to go through warm ups before tonight’s game and will be a gametime call. My guess is he’ll play but keep an eye on the ol’ Twitter before starting him.

Frank Gore (knee): Gore is a go for Thursday’s game against the Rams.

St. Louis:

Chris Givens (knee): Givens is listed as probable and is expected to go on Thursday against the Niners.

Daryl Richardson (foot): DRich is listed as probable and is expected to go against San Francisco.

Tampa Bay:

Vincent Jackson (ribs): VJax still hasn’t practiced this week and is seriously questionable for this week’s game against the Cards.

Mike Williams (hamstring): Williams also hasn’t practiced this week and is listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game.

Tennessee:
Kenny Britt (ribs): Britt is back in practice and is expected to play on Sunday against the Jets. Whether he’ll actually produce is another question.

Delanie Walker (foot): Walker returned to practice on Wednesday and is expected to go against Gang Green.

Washington:

Fred Davis (ankle): Davis remains limited in practice and will likely be a gametime call as the Redskins prepare to face Oakland.

Jordan Reed (thigh): Unfortunately, Davis’ backup hasn’t practiced all week and will also be a gametime decision which means you should probably look elsewhere for TE help.

Kai Forbath (groin): Forbath will test his groin on Friday and Saturday to see if he can play. Until he’s 100%, fantasy owners should stay away.

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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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