Week 8 NFL Injury Report and Fantasy Football Impact

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Oct 20, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) reacts after sustaining an injury against the Denver Broncos in the 2nd half during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The fantasy football world has been hit hard by injuries over the last two weeks. Fantasy owners will have to go the rest of the season without the likes of Julio Jones, Randall Cobb, Sam Bradford, Reggie Wayne, and likely Doug Martin. As if that weren’t enough, there are plenty more names in this week’s injury report, so let’s take a look at who’s in and who’s out for Week 8.

Arizona:

Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring): Fitz is still dealing with a sore hammy but is in full practice and will play on Sunday against the Falcons.

Rashard Mendenhall (toe): Mendenhall remained out of practice on Thursday and is questionable for Sunday’s game. If he’s out, it could be a big one for Andre Ellington.

Atlanta:

Roddy White (hamstring): White missed practice again on Thursday and is highly questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

Steven Jackson (hamstring): Jackson is still slightly limited but he’s seeing more practice and is expected to get the start on Sunday for the first time since Week 1.

Jason Snelling (ankle): Snelling remained out of practice on Thursday and is highly questionable for Sunday’s game. If he’s out, Jacquizz Rodgers could see a good amount of time at running back with SJax fresh off an injury.

Buffalo:

C.J. Spiller (hamstring): Spiller has been banged up for weeks and hasn’t practiced at all this week. He’s listed as questionable and has a chance of missing Sunday’s game against the Saints to rest his sore hammy.

Fred Jackson (knee): After not practicing on Wednesday, Jackson returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to play on against New Orleans.

E.J. Manuel (knee): Manuel remains out and is expected to miss at least another four weeks.

Cincinnati:

Marvin Jones (shoulder): Jones missed practice once again on Thursday and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Dallas:

DeMarco Murray (knee): Murray is still limited in practice and listed as questionable but has a very good chance to play on Sunday against the Lions.

Dez Bryant (hamstring, wrist): Bryant was limited in practice on Thursday but is likely to play against Detroit.

Miles Austin (hamstring): After being limited on Wednesday, Austin missed practice on Thursday and is questionable for Sunday’s game. If he’s out, Terrance Williams could be in line for a big game.

Detroit:

Calvin Johnson (knee): Megatron remains limited in practice but is expected to play on Sunday after a monster game against the Bengals.

Green Bay:

Jermichael Finley (neck): Finley has been away from the team after suffering an ugly neck injury on Sunday and is expected to be placed on season-ending IR.

James Jones (knee): Jones was out of practice once again on Thursday and is highly questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

James Starks (knee): Starks is finally seeing full practice and is fully expected to suit up on Sunday.

Jacksonville:

Cecil Shorts (shoulder): After playing through the pain on Sunday, Shorts is expected to start once again this week against the 49ers.

Justin Blackmon (hamstring): Blackmon is still dealing with a sore hamstring but is expected to play through it once again against San Francisco.

Kansas City:

Anthony Fasano (knee, groin): Fasano is back in full practice and is expected to play on Sunday against the Browns.

Miami:

Ryan Tannehill (shoulder): Tannehill has been limited in practice this week but is expected to play on Sunday against the Pats.

Brandon Gibson (shoulder): Gibson has been limited as well but is also expected to play against New England.

Minnesota:

Adrian Peterson (hamstring): Peterson was limited in practice despite a sore hamstring. He’s expected to play on Sunday against the Packers.

Josh Freeman (concussion): Freeman is out with concussion symptoms and is likely to miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay. If he’s out, Christian Ponder is expected to get the nod over Matt Cassel.

New England:

Danny Amendola (concussion, groin): Amendola has been limited in practice after sitting out last week and is expected to play on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm): Gronk remains limited in practice but is expected to play on Sunday after returning in Week 7 against the Jets.

Julian Edelman (thigh): Edelman has been limited by a thigh injury but is expected to play against Miami.

Brandon Bolden (knee): Bolden has been limited with a knee injury but is expected to suit up on Sunday.

New Orleans:

Jimmy Graham (foot): Graham is still not practicing with a foot injury and has a high chance of missing Sunday’s game against the Bills. If he can’t suit up, Benjamin Watson will get the start.

Lance Moore (hand): Moore is back in full practice and is fully expected to play on Sunday.

New York Giants:

Brandon Jacobs (hamstring): Jacobs is still not practicing after missing Monday night’s game against the Vikes and is questionable once again for Week 8.

New York Jets:

Santonio Holmes (hamstring): Holmes remains out of practice and is highly questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bengals.

Oakland:

Terrelle Pryor (ankle): Pryor hasn’t been practicing to rest his ankle but is expected to start against the Steelers.

Philadelphia:

Michael Vick (hamstring): Vick is back in full practice and will start on Sunday against the Giants.

Nick Foles (concussion): Foles is out of practice after suffering a concussion on Sunday and is not expected to play this week.

San Francisco:

Frank Gore (ankle): Gore has been limited with an ankle injury but is expected to start on Sunday against the Jags.

Tampa Bay:

Doug Martin (shoulder): Martin is out indefinitely with a torn shoulder labrum and may not return this season.

Mike Williams (hamstring): Williams has been participating in practice all week and has a good chance to play on Sunday.

Washington:

Leonard Hankerson (foot): Hankerson returned to practice on Thursday and has a good chance to play on Sunday against the Broncos.

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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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