Fantasy Football: 20 Players Questionable for Week One

John MatheosContributor IISeptember 2, 2010

Fantasy Football: 20 Players Questionable for Week One

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    As the preseason finally comes to a conclusion, several teams have made a decision on who fits where.

    With that said, some teams have found themselves on the down side of things because of injuries that players have sustained.

    Injuries are part of the sport; today I'm here to give all fantasy football owners my insight on who may be questionable for Week 1.


20. Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 21:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Josh Freeman is questionable for Week 1. Freeman fractured his right thumb.

    Doctors are saying that he is healing quickly, but he might need some more time to heal. It looks like this second-year quarterback will be questionable for Week 1.

    You never want to rush a player back just because it's the start of the season. Nonetheless, Tampa's management is praying for a safe and healthy return for Freeman.

    To all fantasy owners, keep your thumbs crossed that Freeman makes a healthy return.

19. Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27:  Chauncey Davis #92 of the Atlanta Falcons tackles Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Fred Jackson is back practicing with the Buffalo Bills. His broken hand has seemed to heal. The Bills have reported that Jackson's cast has come off, but he is still questionable for Week 1.

18. Darren Sharper, Safety, New Orleans Saints

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:   Saftey Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints warms up on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty I
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    Darren Sharper's knee is not healing properly. He still has a swollen knee. The New Orleans Saints won't comment on his progress, which leads me to believe that his return is questionable.

    If any fantasy owner has Sharper's services, please hold out for Week 1.

17. Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 28:  Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers stops Michael Bush #20 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty
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    Michael Bush will undergo surgery for his broken thumb, which he sustained on Saturday night. His return is up in the air.

    Bush seemed to be the likely starter for Oakland this year. His Week 1 status is uncertain.

16. Mark Clayton, WR, Baltimore Ravens

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    INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16:  Mark Clayton #89 of the Baltimore Ravens is tackled by Melvin Bullitt #33 and Philip Wheeler #50 of the Indianapolis Colts after a catch in the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16
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    Mark Clayton seemed dazed and confused as he received a hit from Giants safety Antrel Rolle in preseason action.

    Clayton said that he felt a little dizzy the past few days but thinks he will be ready to play come regular season.

    I truly believe Clayton is still questionable, as NFL teams do take head injuries seriously.

15. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Buffalo Bills

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    Marshall Lynch has had an up and down career. The injury bug has kept him out of preseason action for the past few weeks.

    His ankle seems to be aggravating him still. The Buffalo Bills want to make sure he's ready to go for the regular season. With C.J Spiller and Fred Jackson leading the way, there's no reason for Lynch to rush his return.

    Check-mark Lynch as cryptic for Week 1.

14. Brandon Stokley, WR, Denver Broncos

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    SEATTLE - AUGUST 22: Quarterback Brandon Stokley #14 of the Denver Broncos is sacked during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on August 22, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Wide receiver Brandon Stokley is close to being cleared for Week 1. The only problem is that he still feels some tightness in his groin.

    Groin injuries are very tricky and if not taken seriously can lead to a long rehabilitation period.

    Stokley seems paradoxical for Week 1. Keep him out of your lineup for the beginning of the year.

13. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers

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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 20:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes against the Philadelpia Eagles defense at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Michael Crabtree's neck injury has San Francisco worried for many reasons. Crabtree was expected to be the No. 1 receiver come the start of the season. Moreover, Crabtree is in and out of practice.

    Week 1 seems like a long shot for Crabtree. If I was a fantasy owner that had his rights, I would hold off and await his healthy return.

12. Clinton Portis, RB, Washington Redskins

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 11:  Clinton Portis #26 of Washington Redskins waits through a timeout on the field against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    On Friday night Clinton Portis injured his ankle on a short-yardage run. He struggled to get up and make his way to the sideline.

    Even though he made his return in the second half, he did suffer a substantial amount of swelling. Mike Shanahan understands the severity of his injury and is taking it day by day.

    Coach Shanahan is a strong believer that a player's health comes first. With that said, look for Portis to be a game-time decision come Week 1.

11. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27:  Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Broncos 30-27.  (Photo by Jim McIsa
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    This young lad is in his second year and is experiencing a lot of difficulty with his health.

    Knowshon Moreno is struggling with his groin injury. He looks to be struggling during practice. My guess is that the Denver Broncos are keeping the severity of his injury extremely quiet.

    Moreno will be questionable for Week 1. Keep him out of your starting lineup until further notice.

10. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Demaryius Thomas from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets holds up a Denver Broncos jersey after he was drafted by the Broncos number 22 overall during the the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010
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    Continuing with the Denver Broncos, Demaryius Thomas has been favoring his left foot for six months. The break in his foot seems to be healing extremely slowly.

    When you watch Thomas practice, you can see that he's still uncomfortable with his cuts. I see Thomas missing a few games come the start of the season.

    On the whole, my guess is that Thomas will be controvertible come Week 1.

9. Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

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    ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers hauls in a pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Superstar Vernon Davis is giving the San Francisco 49ers something to worry about. In a win over the Indianapolis Colts in preseason action, Davis received a knee injury that had him hopping to the sidelines.

    This is huge for the 49ers. Every game that Davis misses will be crucial for his team.

    Davis is listed as questionable for Week 1.

8. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions

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    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 08:  Brandon Pettigrew #84 of the Detroit Lions stands on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Lions 32-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/
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    Brandon Pettigrew is still suffering from knee problems. Last year Pettigrew suffered an injury thath placed him on the bench.

    It looks like he's going to have another rough year with injuries. The Detroit Lions are expecting big things from Pettigrew.

    Pettigrew will most likely be a game-time decision come the first week of football.

7. Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings returns a punt against Randall Gay #20 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won
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    My heart goes out to this guy. No really, no joke.

    Percy Harvin has been inspirational to watch. He's extremely talented with a big heart. His injuries are starting to catch up with him.

    Every week he's complaining about headaches. This is a big burden for the Vikings. Harvin is being examined every day to make sure he is 100 percent healthy come the regular season.

    His status is problematic.

6. Montario Hardesty, RB, Cleveland Browns

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    BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Montario Hardesty #31 of the Cleveland Browns takes a hand off from Colt McCoy #12 during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Imag
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    While playing for the University of Tennessee, Montario Hardesty received three knee surgeries that caused him to suffer through his college football years.

    Well, Hardesty is back at it again. He suffered another tweak that has him riding the pine for a few weeks.

    Eric Mangini has said that he believes that surgery is out of the question. Mangini stated that he will take it slow with Hardesty's return. I truly believe that Hardesty will be questionable for Week 1.

5. Roy Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 12: Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys stands on the sidelines in the second half of the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/G
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    Ever since Roy Williams became a Dallas Cowboy, he has seen the dark side of football.

    The 2009 season is something that Williams wants to forget. He only had 596 yards receiving and became a ghost on the field. Moreover, the curse hasn't stopped there.

    He's got back problems now to say the least. He's been in and out of practice, and doctors have been examining him carefully. Back injuries should be taken seriously.

    The Cowboys front office is aware of this, and they will allow Williams to recuperate accordingly.

4. Michael Jenkins, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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    FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - JULY 30:  Michael Jenkins #12 of the Atlanta Falcons runs drills during opening day of training camp on July 30, 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Michael Jenkins is making a name for himself slowly in the NFL. Playing alongside Roddy White, Jenkins has seen the ball thrown to him a lot.

    Although his gameplay has improved, Jenkins received some bad news as he separated his shoulder.

    The Atlanta Falcons announced that his return for the start of the season seems questionable. I must agree; I can't see Jenkins ready to play Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

3. Brian Westbrook, RB, San Francisco 49ers

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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 28:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers hands the ball off to Brian Westbrook #20 against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by
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    Brian Westbrook was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers in late August. He was released by the Philadelphia Eagles because of multiple concussions and other injuries.

    Well, Westbrook is back to the drawing board with injuries again. He has a hamstring problem, and it will cause a major concern for 49ers management.

    If I had a say, my best bet is that he is a 50/50 game-time decision come the start of the season.

2. Kellen Winslow, TE, Tampa Bay Bucaneers

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    TAMPA - JULY 31:  Tightend Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a pass during training camp at One Buccaneer Place on July 31, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Kellen Winslow is probably the only great thing in Tampa Bay right now. He's has been struggling with his knee this offseason.

    When watching Winslow in practice, you could see him favoring his knee.

    His route running seemed off as well. It seemed to me that he doesn't trust his strength of his knee.

    Time will tell.

1. Donovan McNabb, QB, Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 21:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins is tackled during the preseason game by Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on August 21, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    Well, it seems like the Washington Redskins might have their hands full come the start of the season.

    Donovan McNabb sustained a major injury during a preseason match. McNabb hurt his ankle, which led him to be helped off the field.

    Coach Shanahan stated that McNabb's injury is to be taken seriously. I'm not sure how credible coach Shanahan is when it comes to stating his players' health. He has been known to play with the media's mind a bit.

    So for now, I would say that McNabb is questionable for the beginning of the season in Week 1.