Week 5 NFL Injury Report and Fantasy Football Impact

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Sep 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) is taken from the field after an injury during the game against the New York Jets during the first half at LP Field. Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

A quarter of the NFL season in, we have a quarter of an NFL season’s worth of injuries, including the entire Patriots offense. Let’s take a look at who’s in and who’s out for Week 5 and how it will affect your fantasy football lineup for the week.

Atlanta:

Steven Jackson (hamstring): Jackson hasn’t been ruled out for Monday’s game against the Jets but is not expected to play, leaving Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling in the backfield against the toughest run defense in the league.

Baltimore:

Marlon Brown (thigh): Brown hasn’t practiced for two straight days and is questionable for Week 5 against Miami.

Jacoby Jones (knee): Jones returned to practice for the first time since injuring his knee in Week 1 but was limited and is questionable for the game at Miami.

Buffalo:

C.J. Spiller (knee): Spiller will play on Thursday against the Browns.

Fred Jackson (knee): Jackson will play on Thursday against the Browns.

Stevie Johnson (hamstring): Johnson will play on Thursday against the Browns.

Chicago:

Martellus Bennett (shoulder): Bennett returned to full practice on Thursday and is expected to play against the Saints.

Brandon Marshall (foot): Marshall sat out practice on Thursday but is expected to play against the Saints.

Dallas:

Miles Austin (hamstring): Austin still hasn’t practiced this week and is questionable for Week 5 at Denver.

Denver:

Eric Decker (ankle): Decker returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to play against the Cowboys this week.

Detroit:

Calvin Johnson (knee): Johnson hasn’t practiced this week with a knee injury and is listed as questionable for this week’s game against Green Bay. If he does play, he remains a must-start against Green Bay, banged up or not.

Green Bay:

Eddie Lacy (concussion): Lacy is fully practicing and will play in Week 5 against Detroit.

Johnathan Franklin (foot): Franklin is also fully practicing and will suit up against the Lions.

Jermichael Finley (concussion): Finley is practicing and is fully expected to play on Sunday.

James Starks (knee): Starks remains sidelined with a knee injury and will miss Week 5.

Houston:

Arian Foster (thumb, back): Foster is practicing and will play on Sunday against the 49ers.

Ben Tate (shoulder): Tate is practicing in full and will join Foster in the backfield for Sunday’s game.

Indianapolis:

Ahmad Bradshaw (neck): Bradshaw still hasn’t returned to practice and is expected to miss at least Week 5. He will be reevaluated to see if he requires surgery.

Jaguars:

Cecil Shorts (groin): Shorts returned to practice on Thursday after hurting himself in practice earlier in the week and should play on Sunday against the Rams.

Marcedes Lewis (calf): Lewis hasn’t practiced all week and is highly questionable for this week’s game against St. Louis.

Kansas City:

Jamaal Charles (toe): Charles returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to play this week against the Titans.

Sean McGrath (knee): McGrath also returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to go against Tennessee.

New England:

Danny Amendola (groin): Amendola is still limited in practice and is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Bengals.

Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm): Gronk is still limited in practice but has a good chance to return this week against Cincy.

Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder): Thompkins has been limited in practice but is expected to play on Sunday.

Aaron Dobson (neck): Dobson has been limited in practice and is questionable for this week’s affair with the Bengals.

Stevan Ridley (knee): Ridley has been limited in practice and is questionable for Sunday.

Brandon Bolden (knee): Bolden has been limited but will likely play on Sunday.

New Orleans:

Lance Moore (hand): Moore hasn’t practiced this week and is highly questionable for Week 5.

Mark Ingram (toe): Ingram also hasn’t practiced and will likely miss his third straight week.

New York Jets:

Stephen Hill (concussion): Hill suffered a concussion in Week 4 and while he hasn’t been ruled out, he’s not likely to play against the Falcons on Monday.

Santonio Holmes (hamstring): Holmes is expected to miss at least two weeks with a hammy strain.

Chris Ivory (hamstring): Ivory hasn’t practiced this week but still has a chance to play on Monday. For now, he’s questionable.

Oakland:

Terrelle Pryor (concussion): Pryor has recovered from his concussion and will play on Sunday against the Chargers.

Darren McFadden (hamstring): McFadden hasn’t practiced all week and, while he hasn’t been ruled out, is unlikely to play on Sunday.

Marcel Reece (knee): Reece returned to practice on Thursday but remains questionable with a chance to play.

San Francisco:

Vernon Davis (hamstring): Davis has been limited in practice but has a good chance to play through his injury the second straight week.

Tennessee:

Kenny Britt (ribs): Britt returned to full practice this week and is expected to play against the Chiefs.

Jake Locker (hip): Locker has a sprained hip and is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Shonn Greene (knee): Greene is still not practicing and is not expected to play on Sunday against KC.

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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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