Week 4 NFL Injury Updates: Sunday Morning Med Check
Welcome to the Week 3 edition of the Sunday Morning Med Check. There are a lot of game-time decisions today, including big names like Rob Gronkowski, Ray Rice, Matt Flynn, Le'Veon Bell, Miles Austin and Ahmad Bradshaw.
Tyler Brooke and I will be here right up to kickoff to give you the most up-to-date injury and fantasy info possible. Tyler will be watching the wires while I work the phones. We'll do our best to make sure you don't end up with any zeroes in your lineup, though what fun is it if there's not some risk?
A couple quick notes before we get into things. First, the NFL Inactives list will come out 90 minutes before game time, both before the early and late games. We will definitely be discussing them, but for a complete list, go to this link.
Second, we'll get to as many questions as we can. Use the #BRFantasy hashtag and we'll get to the best ones here or on Fantasy Live, which will air from noon to 1 p.m. ET right here on Bleacher Report.
Until then, read the game notes on each and every game today, which will be at the bottom of the liveblog. Thanks again for being part of the Med Check!
Alright everyone, that's going to do it for the Sunday Morning Med Check this week. Thanks to everyone for reading, asking questions and being involved in any way. We will do this again next Sunday, where we will likely be answering more questions about Gronkowski and any other injuries.
Tyler Brooke and Will Carroll
@TylerDBrooke Moreno vs Le veon bell as RB2 in ppr league?— Trey Harrod (@tharrod1) September 29, 2013
If you want to take a risk with big upside, go with Bell. We don't know what to expect, but we do know that Bell was explosive in college, and he that super high upside that Moreno likely just doesn't have. -TB
This is a gut-check thing more than anything, and my (Tyler) gut is saying Bowe. The Giants' defense is struggling, and Bowe is due for a big game. Andre is going to be shut down by that Seahawks' D.
Will likes Edleman. He thinks that he can put up points due to the volume of targets from Brady. -TB
The Terrelle Pryor situation is complicated and seems to have a lot of moving parts. If the reports are correct and Pryor cleared the concussion protocol and then had more symptoms, that is not uncommon. The Raiders would be doing the right thing by holding him out, though it's unclear if Pryor remains cleared. One source told me he has to go back into the protocol while another says it is the team doctor's choice and depends on severity.
Every concussion is unique, but this means that Matt Flynn should be a better option if there's no leash and no Pryor waiting to take over if he struggled. I also think Darren McFadden will have to be the first option, taking over the running that Pryor's taken on.
The Bears are going against a pass-happy Lions' offense that has weapons in Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson. The Ravens are going against E.J. Manuel and a solid run game.
Go with the Ravens. The Lions are going to put up some strong numbers against the Bears, while Manuel could have a tough game today. -TB
We have a disagreement on the liveblog! I (Tyler) am going with Bell. He's a big red zone threat, plus he gets plenty of catches in the passing game. CJ2K is going against the stingy run defense that the Jets have.
Will is going with Johnson, he likes the home run potential and his upside more than he's concerned about that run defense. It's just up to you to decide which opinion you like more. -TB
@injuryexpert MJD or G. Bernard as RB2 and Owen Daniels, Rudolph or Fleener as TE— Nick Surette (@Nick_Surette) September 29, 2013
Jones-Drew historically does well against the Colts, but I don't think he does it this week. Bernard has been a ton of fun to watch and has put up decent points so far, so go with him due to his big upside.
At tight end, go with Fleener. The Colts are going to be in the red zone frequently, and Fleener is going to get at least a couple of targets down there. -TB
My turn - fantasy football question: Flex play: Josh Gordon or Jordan Cameron?— Matt J Muenster (@MattJMuenster) September 29, 2013
Go with Cameron. Hoyer seems to really like Cameron so far, especially near the red zone.
Colts unactives: Griff Whalen, LaRon Landry, Ahmad Bradshaw, Samson Satele, Xavier Nixon, Montori Hughes and Ricky Jean Francois— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) September 29, 2013
Got a couple of starters on defense out for the Colts with RJF and Landry. Maurice Jones-Drew may not have played very well so far this season, but he historically tears it up against the Colts. -TB
Depending on how deep you're looking for receiver help, you might consider Kris Durham of the Lions. While Ryan Broyles takes over in the slot with Nate Burleson out, Durham will be opposite Calvin Johnson. It's a reach, but if you're desperate for someone to fill in, Durham has a decent matchup and a good opportunity today.
Vincent Jackson is active. Not sure if this means he is taking the painkilling injection or if he's playing without it. Either way, he's not the best play today in either scenario. Mike Glennon might have a lock on the starting QB slot now that Josh Freeman is doing everything he can to get himself out of town, but it's still a first time QB with two banged up receivers. Avoid.
#bengals inactives S Nelson, CB Kirkpatrick, CB Hall, RB Burkhead, G Pollak, OT Hawkinson, DE Hunt— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) September 29, 2013
Not very surprising, but big if you have Josh Gordon. With Leon Hall, who shut down Randall Cobb last week, inactive, you can expect a better game from Gordon this week. -TB
We were getting multiple reports about this, but Vic Tafur is saying Terrelle Pryor is going to be starting this week. For those that are really desperate at QB and were waiting for news on him, here it is. -TB
A reminder as always that the inactive lists come out 90 minutes before kickoff, which means we will be getting the 1 p.m. lists shortly. We will try to answer more questions throughout, but we're going to be focusing on finding any big names on these lists. -TB
Ray Rice, Reggie Bush and Moreno. Which two do I start? Not sure I trust Rice just yet.— Joel Henard (@JoelHenard) September 29, 2013
It's a toss-up between Bush and Rice, but Bush is coming off of the more serious injury. Go with Rice, because he was your go-to guy before, and he's going against the 30th-ranked Bills run defense. -TB
Cardinals S Rashad Johnson, who lost top portion of middle finger last week, will not play today vs. Tampa Bay. Doctors did not clear him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2013
For those wondering, Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson is not playing today. He lost the top part of his middle finger last week against the New Orleans Saints while trying to cover a punt return. -TB
While Rob Gronkowski has been cleared for contact, he hasn't done much of it in practice. The hits he'll take in a game are likely to be bigger, especially if he uses his wide body to "post up" in the end zone. Back injuries are tough to read in the simplest of circumstances, so seeing Gronkowski delayed a week beyond the normal range is no reason to panic.
Once again, the focus is going to be function. Gronkowski is going to have to convince both the medical and coaching staffs that his back is going to hold up under the workload and the hits. As yet, he hasn't done that and he's behind. The rest of the drama is just that and with Gronkowksi, it's likely to stick around. Focus on function and you'll get a much truer read.
A #Broncos Team Source informed me CB Champ Bailey will not play today vs. Philadelphia.— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) September 29, 2013
Looks like a no-go for Champ Bailey today. Neither defense is very strong against the pass, so expect some big fantasy points out of guys like DeSean Jackson, Michael Vick, and of course anyone named Peyton Manning or catches passes from a guy named Peyton Manning. -TB
@injuryexpert Rice, Powell or Stevie Johnson? Thanks.— Doug McKinney (@FPDougieFresh) September 29, 2013
You likely drafted Rice in the first or second round of your draft, you have to start him! He may not get as many carries as usual, but he's also going against a struggling Bills defense that ranks 30th against the run. -TB
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