Injury review: Turner’s practicing again

Did you take Jim Caldwell at his word? If so, then you rolled up a

huge effort from

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis passing game against


Reggie Wayne was quieted for the most of the game, but he

silenced those few Jaguars fans in attendance with a 65-yard

touchdown reception to ice the game. As we roll into the weekend,

there are a number of unresolved injury questions.

Michael Turner and

Matt Ryan have returned to the practice field to muddy the

picture, and

Vince Young’s expected to play against Miami. Adding

to the unpredictable nature of the dreaded “game-time

decisions” is the fact that winter storms are expected to hit

the east on Friday. The NFL’s already moved the

Chicago-Baltimore game to the second set of games, and weather may

certainly affect more than a few contests. You thought you had it

tough choosing between your tailback options? Try and gauge Mother

Nature while you’re at it. Let’s run down the latest

injury information and start to complete the Week 15 puzzle.

The New York Daily News reports that Jets quarterback

Mark Sanchez is expected to return to action in a solid spot

against the Falcons. His return opens things up for the Jets

passing game and perhaps makes you look slightly more favorably at

Braylon Edwards and

Dustin Keller. I’m still expecting a 25-carry

performance from

Thomas Jones.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that running back

Michael Turner returned to practice for the Falcons in preparation

of Sunday’s matchup against the Jets. He’s been listed

as questionable on the official injury report. Turner was joined on

the practice field by quarterback Matt Ryan, who’s trying to

come back from a turf toe injury. He’s tagged as questionable

as well. He’d be a mighty difficult start against the

top-ranked Jets pass defense even if cleared.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that receiver

Jeremy Maclin will be sidelined for the Eagles against the

49ers because he tore his left plantar fascia against the Giants.

He may be done for the duration of the regular season. Former

fantasy hero

Kevin Curtis may be activated in his absence. As expected,

Brian Westbrook was also declared out for Sunday’s

game against the tough San Francisco run defense.

Leonard Weaver and

LeSean McCoy will continue to split time.

The Chicago Sun-Times advises that wide receiver

Devin Hester continues to be sidelined because of a calf

injury. His absence would open more opportunities for

Johnny Knox and

Devin Aromashodu against the Baltimore secondary.

The Washington Times reports that

Albert Haynesworth’s been available to the Redskins at

practice this week and may return to the field against the Giants.

The extra day before the Week 15 matchup could help the

Redskins’ efforts to play spoiler in the NFC East race.


DeAngelo Hall (knee) may also return to action.

The Charlotte Observer reports that quarterback

Jake Delhomme will miss another game for the Panthers,

thereby putting

Matt Moore back under center against the Vikings. Moore will

have another reserve lineman checking into the mix in front of him,

as tackle

Jeff Otah’s out because of knee and shoulder injuries.

The running game could be in trouble against the stout Williams

wall. The Rams are struggling to get to the finish line, and now

there reports have surfaced that swine flu has run rampant in the


Kyle Boller’s been absent because of flu-like

symptoms, leaving rookie

Keith Null to take snaps with the first unit. Boller would

likely move back into the starting lineup if healthy, but owners

should probably shy away from

Donnie Avery regardless. Running back

Steven Jackson’s been slowed by a bad back in recent

weeks and was shut down by the Titans in Week 14. He’s

reportedly battling the flu as well. Owners may be tempted to look

another direction this weekend, regardless of his availability.

Check back on and for updated

notes at game-time approaches. I didn’t think an injury

report on

Bruce Gradkowski would be part of the equation this season,

but his knee injuries have thrust

Charlie Frye into the starting role for Week 15.

The Oakland Tribune reports that Frye leapfrogs

JaMarcus Russell and will open Sunday’s game against

Denver. Newly-signed quarterback

J.P. Losman could also see action.

Larry Fitzgerald’s been limited in practice, as

expected, after sustaining a right knee sprain and bone contusion

in the disastrous effort against San Francisco. According to

The Arizona Republic , his participation in practice is

encouraging and the star receiver insists he’ll be available.

Kevin Smith was officially placed on injured reserve with a

torn left ACL, an injury he sustained against the Ravens. Veteran


Maurice Morris assumes the lead role for this week’s

game against the Cardinals and will cede touches to rookie

Aaron Brown.

The Detroit Free-Press quoted coordinator Scott Linehan as

backing Morris as the top option. “I’d like to see Maurice be able

to get those carries.” Also in Detroit,

Calvin Johnson’s been limited in practice because of a

nagging knee injury. He’s officially a game-time decision.


Matthew Stafford remains out because of his shoulder injury.

Daunte Culpepper remains under center for the Lions against


The Minneapolis Star-Tribune advises that wide receiver

Percy Harvin returned to practice on Friday and has been

listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the

Panthers. He’ll be a game-time decision, so owners will have

to approach this one with caution. If you have any last-minute

injury questions or need help with a sit-start question, you have

plenty of options on Sunday morning and throughout the weekend.

Nate Lundy, Peter Burns and I are answering your calls, texts and

Tweets during the “FOX Fantasy Football” show on FOX

Sports Radio (XM 142 and between 10am-12pm

ET/7-9am PT on Sunday. Hit the Twitter-verse at or You can also

log in and chat with Roger Rotter on Sunday morning. He’ll be

breaking down all of the games and updating those pesky injury

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