Week 15 NFL Injury Report: Robert Griffin III Out and More Player News
While he’s obviously not alone on the NFL injury report, Robert Griffin III ihas been declared out, while fellow rookie quarterback and backup Kirk Cousins will step up and start in his place against the Browns. We still have a ton more big names on the docket in regards to status reports, so let’s dive right into our week 15 injury report.
Here’s a game by game glance at the big names that could have big impact on your team:
Carolina at San Diego:
The Panthers are without RB Jonathan Stewart and wide out Brandon LaFell is questionable after limited practice. DE Charles Johnson (back) is probable; The Bolts’ Ronnie Brown is doubtful at RB; WR Eddie Royal is questionable.
Seattle at Buffalo:
RB Marshawn Lynch, limited in practice with a bad back, is listed as probable, as is WR Sidney Rice; CB Marcus Trufant is out with a hamstring injury on the other side of the football; Bills’ RB Fred Jackson is out but CJ Spiller is probable and practiced fully. TE Scott Chandler is probable with a groin injury.
Pittsburgh at Dallas
We may see WR Plaxico Burress in this game, he’s probable, as is WR Antonio Brown and WR Emmanuel Sanders for the Steelers. On defense, Troy Polamalu is expected to play. Cowboys’ WR Dez Bryant is questionable with a finger injury and RBs DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones are both probable.
Kansas City at Oakland
WR Dwayne Bowe is out for the Chiefs; Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden fully participated in practice and is probable to play.
San Francisco at New England
WR Mario Manningham is doubtful while RB Frank Gore and kicker David Akers are probable to appear, as is LB Patrick Willis with a shoulder ailment.; As usual the tea leaves on the Patriots’ injury list are difficult to read. “Questionable” is the label given TE Aaron Hernandez, WR Wes Welker, TE Rob Gronkowski, and WR Brandon Lloyd.
Green Bay at Chicago
The Packers are likely to welcome back LB Clay Matthews to this rivalry but they’ll be without WR Jordy Nelson and RB James Starks. WR Donald Driver is questionable; The Bears’ D must stop Aaron Rodgers without LB Brian Urlacher and CB Tim Jennings while WR Earl Bennett is out, RB Michael Bush is questionable and TE Kellen Davis and QB Jay Cutler were able to fully practice.
New York Giants at Atlanta
The Giants’ D must go without S Kenny Phillips and CB Prince Amukamara while Jason Pierre-Paul is probable and practiced fully. RB Ahmad Bradshaw is out while WR Hakeem Nicks and TE Travis Beckum are probable; The lone big name on the Falcons is Roddy White who is a game time decision with a bothersome knee.
Tampa Bay at New Orleans
Both teams are fairly healthy with the only notable name, RB Chris Ivory, is out.
Minnesota at St. Louis
Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson, P Chris Kluwe and TE Kyle Rudolph are all probable; WR Danny Amendola and RB Steven Jackson are probable.
Washington at Cleveland
WR Pierre Garcon and RB Alfred Morris are probable, while RG3 is out. Kirk Cousins will start in his place, but isn’t a suggested fantasy play against a better than advertised Browns defense; Trent Richardson, banged up for weeks with a chest, rib and finger injury, was also ill this week, is probable, as are WR Josh Cribbs and RB Montario Hardesty.
Jacksonville at Miami
The Jags continue to be short-handed, again without RBs Rashad Jennings and Maurice Jones-Drew while WR Cecil Shorts may return to the lineup this week after working through a concussion; Dolphins WR Davone Bess is out and WR Brian Hartline is probable
Denver at Baltimore
The Broncos’ lone big name, WR Demaryius Thomas is probable; The Ravens will not activate Ray Lewis this week, ESPN reports, while LB Terrell Suggs is questionable despite full practice, TE Ed Dickson is doubtful but RB Ray Rice and WR Jacoby Jones are probable.
Indianapolis at Houston
Rookie QB Andrew Luck is go with a bum knee while TE Coby Fleener and WR Donnie Avery are probable; a lengthy Texans’ injury report lists TE Owen Daniels (probable), RB Ben Tate (probable) and backup QB TJ Yates (probable).
Detroit at Arizona
Megatron is almost certainly a go with a knee injury, but TE Brandon Pettigrew and DT Nick Fairley are both doubtful; Cardinals WR Early Doucet is out with a concussion, while WR Andre Roberts RB “Beanie” Wells are probable.
New York Jets at Tennessee
Official status are not available yet for this (Monday night) game, but QB Tim Tebow was a full participant in practice and there is talk about him playing on the punt team and in the wild cat. TE Dustin Keller and WR Stephen Hill did not practice. Newly signed Braylon Edwards was limited in practice, so don’t expect him to be full-time on Monday. RBs Bilal Powel was limited but RB and return man Joe McKnight was not limited in practice. For the Titans, QB Jake Locker, WR Kenny Britt and RB Chris Johnson practiced fully.