Each week, Dr. Mark Adickes shares his analysis of the key injuries in each the NFL weekend’s upcoming games.
Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers
Redskins TE Chris Cooley (finger)
Jock to Doc Take: The reliable veteran underwent surgery on his broken finger on Wednesday after suffering the injury Sunday, the Washington Post reports. Cooley is out for the time being, and the Redskins have issued no time table on his return.
Health Rating: Chris Cooley @ 0%
Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
Browns RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring)
Jock to Doc Take: Hillis was limited in both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Browns head coach Pat Shurmur described Hillis as “day-to-day,” and it will most likely boil to a game time decision.
Health Rating: Peyton Hillis @ 60%
Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions
Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion)
Jock to Doc Take: Because of concerns about Best’s concussion, Maurice Morris will start for the Lions against Atlanta. And reports are coming out that his injury situation could be more serious than originally thought.
Health Rating: Jahvid Best @ 0%
Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins
Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall (quadriceps)
Jock to Doc Take: Marshall rejoined the Dolphins on Thursday after sitting out of Wednesday’s practice, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. It hasn’t been specified whether or not he is limited, but his participation marked a positive sign for Sunday’s game against Denver. I expect to see him get some action on Sunday.
Health Rating: Brandon Marshall @ 75%
San Diego Chargers at New York Jets
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (foot)
Jock to Doc Take: Gates did not practice all week, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The veteran has been struggling and unable to play because of a broken foot, but he was hoping to play this week. It is possible, however, that Thursday was a designated rest day for him. San Diego fans and Antonio Gates fans certainly hope so.
Health Rating: Antonio Gates @ 50%
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount (knee)
Jock to Doc Take: Tampa Bay’s starting running back is a long shot to play on Sunday. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, the Buccaneers’ official website reports. He is currently listed as “questionable,” but he most likely won’t play too much on Sunday.
Health Rating: LeGarrette Blount @ 40%
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring)
Jock to Doc Take: The star wideout hasn’t practiced all week, the Texans’ official website reports. Luckily for Cortland Finnegan, he will most likely be sidelined throughout the game. Fans are hoping for a better report next week against Jacksonville.
Health Rating: Andre Johnson @ 35%
Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals TE Todd Heap (hamstring)
Jock to Doc Take: Heap did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, The Arizona Republic reports. This hamstring injury has really been bothering Heap, and he is highly unlikely to make any sort of impact on Sunday. He is not a good fantasy option right now.
Health Rating: Todd Heap @ 45%
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring)
Jock to Doc Take: It’s not every day you see a hurt kicker, but this seasoned veteran was dealing with hamstring troubles on Thursday, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. His status is up in the air, but he played fine a couple weeks ago with an ailing foot.
Health Rating: Sebastian Janikowski @ 65%
St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle)
Jock to Doc Take: A.J. Feeley will start in Sunday’s game against Dallas, ESPN reports, after Bradford went down with a high ankle sprain last Sunday. He is facing an uphill battle to play, and he wouldn’t be my fantasy starter this week. High ankle sprains typically take a few weeks to heal, so the 0-5 Rams have just run into yet another problem.
Health Rating: Sam Bradford @ 25%
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Vikings WR Percy Harvin (ribs)
Jock to Doc Take: Harvin played through his ailing ribs last week despite not practicing. This week, he returned to practice on Thursday but was limited, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports. However, I expect to see him, for the Vikings are going to need to give their best to beat the Packers.
Health Rating: Percy Harvin @ 80%
Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars (Monday)
Ravens WR David Reed (shoulder)
Jock to Doc Take: Reed has been inactive due to a shoulder injury, but played last week against Houston. The Ravens’ official Twitter reports that Reed will, again, be active on Monday night in Jacksonville.
Health Rating: David Reed @ 75%
Health Ratings: So what do the numbers mean?
100-85% = NFL players are tough and despite injuries still perform at a high level. Let’s be honest, when is an NFL athlete really physically 100 percent … practically never. With a rating in this range expect players to perform at peak levels.
70-85% = In this range a player’s performance will be affected but they can still get the job done.
55-70% = Players with a rating this low will require assistance to do their jobs. The team might be better served by placing these warriors on the inactive list. Only some All-Pro’s can get the job done when rated this poorly.
40-55% = These players need some more time to heal. Unlikely to be active unless miraculous healing occurs or my rating was based on erroneous information.
25-40% = Players will not play but show signs of recovery opening the door for a return to the active roster the following week.
< 25% = Players will not play and there is concern that additional games may be missed.