Injury review: Turner's practicing again

BY foxsports • December 19, 2009

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 Jacksonville. 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. Cornerback 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 clubhouse. 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 FOXSports.com and FOXSportsradio.com 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 backup 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. Finally, Matthew Stafford remains out because of his shoulder injury. Daunte Culpepper remains under center for the Lions against Arizona. 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 FOXSportsradio.com) between 10am-12pm ET/7-9am PT on Sunday. Hit the Twitter-verse at Twitter.com/fantasyfreaks or Twitter.com/swollendome. 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 reports with his sit-start thoughts from 11am-1pm ET/8-10am PT on FOXSports.com.


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