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Every week Dr. Roto, takes a look at the relevant NFL injuries that most affect Fantasy owners. Just like the NFL injury report, the following chart will be used to analyze the player’s ability to play this week:
OUT: This player will miss significant time
Doubtful: This player’s chances to play are about 25 percent for the week
Questionable: This player has about a 50-50 chance to play
Probable: This player’s injury should allow him to play this week
Ben Roethlisberger (ankle): The Steelers are calling Roethlisberger a true game time decision this week with his sore ankle. Roethlisberger pushed the ankle on Monday night against the 49ers, and with the short week, it may be too much to ask him to be effective this Saturday. With the Steelers in a relatively easy matchup against the Rams this week, they may be inclined to start veteran, Charlie Batch. Regardless, the Steelers should win this game at home with a strong defense. Questionable
Sam Bradford (ankle) and A.J. Feeley (thumb): Both Bradford and Feeley missed practice this week and are doubtful to play against the Steelers. Expect to see Kellen Clemens under center once again for the Rams. Avoid him at all costs, as the Rams will struggle mightily on the road. Doubtful
Kevin Kolb (concussion): Kolb practiced on Thursday but is still very questionable for Saturday’s game against the Bengals. Backup QB John Skelton has been very effective in recent weeks, so the Cardinals are in no rush to bring Kolb back, and will wait until he is 100 percent healthy. Questionable
Matt Hasselbeck (calf): Titans coach, Mike Munchak, has already said that Hasselbeck is ready to go and expected to start on Saturday. It is a bit of a shame, as Fantasy owners are excited to see young rookie Jake Locker begin his ascent into NFL stardom. Look for Locker to be on speed dial if Hasselbeck has any problems with his calf during the game. Probable
Colt McCoy (concussion): McCoy has still not yet practiced since taking the huge helmet-to-helmet hit from James Harrison. He will be out this week, and backup Seneca Wallace will once again start against the Ravens. Avoid Wallace this week, as the Ravens will be hungry for a victory after last week’s debacle. Out
Chris Johnson (ankle): CJ2K returned to practice on Thursday, but he is still not 100 percent, as he is struggling with making cuts. Look for rookie backup, Jamie Harper to get a fair share of carries to keep Johnson well rested. Probable
Felix Jones (hamstring): The brittle Jones is struggling with a hamstring injury and has not practiced with the team all week. The Cowboys called RB Chauncey Washington up from the practice squad in anticipation of the game, which tells me that Sammy Morris will get the bulk of the carries against the Eagles. Questionable
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