FANTASY: Week Four Injury Report

Justin HulseyCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots runs away from George Wilson #37 of the Buffalo Bills on September 14, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Here is what you need to know before setting your lineup for Sunday. Of course there are other players in jeopardy of missing their week four game, but these are the players who would likely start on your team if they were not injured. Check in next Friday for next weekend’s injury report.

Player: Felix Jones
Injury: Sprained PCL in left knee
Listed As: Out
Prediction: Out
Comments: Earlier reports suggested Jones may be out until week seven, but that remains to be seen. He will take at least two weeks off with Dallas having a bye during week five. Jones injured his knee in his first start of his career. He had a total of 104 yards on nine carries and one reception in the 21-7 win over Carolina.

Player: Marion Barber
Injury: Quad
Listed As: Probable
Prediction: In but limited
Comments: Barber suffered his injury in the New York Giants game in week two. He is healthy enough to play, but not ready for the entire workload. Dallas had the opportunity to sign Chauncey Washington from their practice squad, but passed. Meaning they fully expect Barber to play vs Denver.

Player: LaDainian Tomlinson
Injury: Sprained Ankle
Listed As: Probable
Prediction: In
Comments: LT practiced in full on Friday according to ESPN’s John Clayton. While he may not be 100%, he is certainly ready to play. Keep in mind, he splits time with Sproles even when healthy. So expect that to continue.

Player: Clinton Portis
Injury: Bruised Calf
Listed As: Questionable
Prediction: Out
Comments: Portis has not practiced yet since his injury, and that usually leads to a week off. He was kicked is last week’s loss to the Detroit Lions. Jim Zorn says the chances of Portis playing are “50-50″ and will be a “game-time decision”. Ladell Betts and Marcus Mason have been playing with the starters all week.

Player: Wes Welker
Injury: Knee Ailment
Listed As: Questionable
Prediction: Out
Comments: Considering Welker relies on his speed more than anything, I would expect the Patriots to keep him sidelined until he can contribute effectively. Wes did practice this week, but has been limited in the past three practices.