I was listening to the MNF Recap of ESPN’s Fantasy Focus Football podcast yesterday on a flight back home. As I was listening to Stephania Bell and Matthew Berry personify “information” being a creep, hitting on girls in sleazy nightclubs, I thought of you, dear readers. I thought of this column and how I needed to get it out to you so you could now have information. It’s up to you how you choose to use information. My suggestion: use it to win. Be the winner I know you can be.
So, after that wonderful introduction, let’s get to this week’s injury report:
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
It’s looking very unlikely that Green will take the field Sunday against the Ravens. His turf toe will likely keep him on the bench this week, and probably hindered for the rest of the season as well.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions
Bush has been downgraded to doubtful this week after his ankle failed to progress to the requisite level for him to practice. Even if he is on the field, expect Joique Bell to see the vast majority of touches.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
Megatron is no doubt the biggest question mark heading into week 8. The good news is that he practiced on Friday, the bad news is that the team has been taking a pretty hard line on when they’ll let him in play, in the press at least. CJ’s status will likely be a game-time decision, but keep in mind that the start time of the Lions/Falcons game is 9:30am EST (the game is in London). So for you West-coasters, either make the call the sit or start Johnson Saturday night or be prepared to rise early for a status update. If I were making the call Saturday night, I would sit him.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Coming off his best game of the season, Richardson is questionable with a hamstring injury. He’ll be a game time decision, but his lack of performance thus far would lead me to just sit him regardless. There are a ton of other running back options better than Richardson likely available in your league like Jerick McKinnon, Tre Mason, or even Denard Robinson.
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots
Vereen has been out of practice with an illness this week. He’s still listed as questionable, but I would expect him to be out on the field given it’s not an injury. He should have a great game against Chicago.
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints
Graham hasn’t practiced all week with a shoulder injury but all signs point to him playing on Sunday against Green Bay. Whether he’ll perform or not is another story after putting up a shocking goose egg last week.
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Sproles is questionable for Sunday’s game against Arizona with a knee injury. Given his uncertainty, the decent Arizona run defense, and his overall lack of production on the season, Sproles is a low FLEX option at best. Get someone else ready this week.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jackson is still listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Minnesota with a rib injury, but expect him to play. V-Jax is one of the toughest guys in the league and he rarely misses games.
Robert Griffin, QB, Washington Redskins
RGIII’s name has been swirling around this week for a potential return to the field, but don’t expect that to happen. This is Colt McCoy’s week.
PROBABLE: Andre Ellington, Julio Jones, Sammy Watkins, Martellus Bennett, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch
OUT: Fred Jackson, DeAngelo Williams, Reggie Wayne, Ryan Mathews