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Week 11 is in the books and the injury parade marches on.
The oddest one—and one which has raised a few eyebrows—was Wes Welker's concussion. What was odd about it?
Well, it looked like he sustained it and then went back into the game, for one. Ben Hochman of The Denver Post wrote a solid column on how the in-game concussion protocol failed Welker and certainly placed him in jeopardy of further injury because of it.
On the other hand, The Post's Mike Klis says the trainers thought his initial injury was a neck injury.
All that really matters is that we won't know for sure what his status is for Sunday (he didn't practice Wednesday)—continue to watch the injury updates at your site of choice and have a replacement ready.
Adrian Peterson is complaining of a strained groin according to Tom Powers of the Pioneer-Press.
From the article:
"Actually, it was bothering me a lot," Peterson said of the injury. "There were a couple plays in the first half, oh man, I knew if I was able to explode the way I normally do I could have gotten some big chunks, even taken it to the house."
That quote, along with being a concern going forward, explains a lot of what we saw Sunday, when Peterson got caught past the line of scrimmage a lot more frequently than he normally does.
It's also interesting because last year he played through a sports hernia, which required surgery and yet was just as effective as he always is.
It's another piece to the puzzle that has been a disappointing season for Vikings fans and, in some ways, Peterson owners. He should play this weekend, but as with Welker, have an alternative.
We move back to Denver for a minute to talk about surprising fantasy tight end (well, surprising if you didn't follow ESPN Denver's Cecil Lammey on Twitter during training camp) Julius Thomas.
Lindsay Jones of USA Today says that the knee injury Thomas sustained Sunday night is merely a sprain and his status is day-to-day.
As Jene Bramel of Footballguys pointed out in this week's "Monday Injury Rounds"column, the news is both comforting and concerning:
The "just a sprain" is reassuring only in that it likely means there's no damage to the ACL and no surgery planned. The hyperextension mechanism puts the other three ligaments -- MCL, LCL, PCL -- on the table. Even a low grade sprain of those ligaments may require a 1-4 week rehab and recovery. We'll know more later in the week.
Thomas and the Broncos are hopeful he will play against New England this week, but while he is a big weapon for the offense, it has Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker as well.
Where this becomes a rippling concern is if Welker and Thomas are both out. Then you have to be a little concerned for Peyton Manning's numbers. You'll still start him because of the tear he's on, but it might be a good week to be conservative in your other choices.
San Diego Chargers rookie Keenan Allen hyper-extended his knee, but ESPN.com's Eric Williams says he is expected to play at Kansas City this weekend. It's a tough matchup, but he's definitely still the No. 1 receiver in this offense.
He might have a mellow day this week and his upcoming schedule is a bit rough, but in Week 16, the matchup against Oakland is very nice if you make the fantasy championship.
And here is the winner for our "strangest injury of the day": Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy played through a hamstring injury last Sunday—or did he?
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman, McCoy thinks it may have been a cramp.
Cramps are pretty common, but I don't think I've ever heard of a player mistaking a hamstring pull for a cramp. I'd imagine the reverse is more common.
Either way, you can assume McCoy will be fine after this weekend's bye as long as he hydrates.
Here are a few updates on big names currently out.
Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune says Jay Cutler is worried about ligament issues with his ankle and his return against Minnesota Week 13 is in doubt. If there's ligament damage, that will pretty much kill his fantasy worth for the rest of the season.
It's on life support as it is.
Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that Aaron Rodgers was throwing the ball around MetLife Stadium Sunday without pain.
That's great, but it sounds like his chances of playing on Thanksgiving against Detroit are slim:
"For that to happen, I would have to be on the field two days before the game," Rodgers said. "So it would be Friday this week or Tuesday of next week [before the Thanksgiving game at Detroit], practicing. If that's the case, then there's a chance. If not, then I will be spectating."
There's a chance, but we always thought the Thanksgiving date was optimistic. Hold onto him, though—he'll be back for at least part of your fantasy playoffs.
Roddy White had an OK day, for being on Revis Island. Still he's not looking the same and using him this Thursday night as more than a flex or No. 3 receiver is risky.