Fantasy Football Week 13: Ben Roethlisberger and the Saturday Injury Updates

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 13: Ben Roethlisberger and the Saturday Injury Updates

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    This year in the NFL, there has been an abundance of injuries which have hurt fantasy owners all over, as well as raised questions throughout the league about the brutality of the game of football.

    In Week 13, there might be some key players on your roster that you will have to sit due to injury.  If this is the case, adjust accordingly and consider adding a sleeper off of the waiver wires, such as Ben Obomanu, Earl Bennett or Sam Bradford, to make up for your loss.

    With the fantasy football playoffs right around the corner, Week 13 will prove to be crucial in the hunt for a league championship.  

    The following players are a bit roughed up and may not participate this weekend.

RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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    Adrian Peterson has been listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Buffalo Bills with a sprained right ankle.

    Peterson injured his ankle during the second quarter of Minnesota's 17-13 win over the Washington Redskins.

    Coach Leslie Frazier told the press he was optimistic that Peterson would be ready to play against the Bills after practicing on a limited basis this past Friday.

RB Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

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    Pierre Thomas has missed eight games so far this season with a sprained left ankle.  

    He is now listed as a game-time decision for New Orleans' Week 13 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Although, it is likely that he will sit out one more game after being limited in practice all week, reportedly jogging with a limp at times.

WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings

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    Percy Harvin has been haunted by severe migraines his entire football playing career and is currently being bothered by the problem once again.  

    Head coach Leslie Frazier told the Associated Press that Harvin got a migraine during practice on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated on Saturday.  

    "I don't know if it's any worse than what it has been in the past," said Frazier.  "We had episodes along the way over the course of his time here.  We just have to continue to deal with it and hopefully manage it as we go forward."

RB Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys

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    Marion Barber has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, due to a calf strain which he suffered during the Thanksgiving Day loss to the New Orleans Saints.  Felix Jones will take over the starting job, seeing an increased role in Barber's absence.  

    This is the third consecutive season that Barber has suffered an injury to his leg.  

WR Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Friday that Mike Sims-Walker will be sidelined with a badly sprained right ankle for this Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

    Sims-Walker told the Associated Press, "I'm very frustrated, especially this time of the year.  We're trying to make a big playoff push and I can't be out there to help this team.  I'm frustrated, very frustrated.  Trying to gut it out, trying to act like I can play.  I probably can, but they know and I know that I'm not normal.  I'm not me.  I'm not moving like I was earlier.  I'm not running the same kind of routes I was.  Even though I'm trying my hardest to show that I'm not in pain, I'm in pain and it shows.  It's hard to hide it."

    Sims-Walker's return is not set in stone, but he told the press, "I'll know when I'm back.  When I can tolerate the pain that I'm in, when I can tolerate making the cuts, when I can tolerate that, I'll be ready to go."

WR Mike Williams, Seattle Seahawks

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    Wide receiver Mike Williams has been listed as questionable by the Seattle Seahawks for this Sunday's outing against the Carolina Panthers.

    In the first 11 games of this season, the Seahawks had listed 22 players as questionable.  Only four out of those 22 players wound up playing for the team that week.  

    Initially you would want to sit a player from your starting fantasy roster after hearing that, but Pete Carroll seems pretty confident in Williams' return for Sunday.

    Pete Carroll told the Seattle Times, "At this point, we're counting on him to play.  We've got to get him through the warm-ups and see what happens.  But if he can run in presume than he'll play."

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Ben Roethlisberger aggravated a small fracture in his right foot in Pittsburgh's Week 12 overtime win against the Buffalo Bills.  

    Roethlisberger originally had his foot in a boot, but now has a special designed cleat that provides the same type of stability.  However, this special cleat is not approved for games.  

    Big Ben was limited in practice Thursday and Friday, but expects to play in the crucial AFC North battle against the Baltimore Ravens.  

    The Steelers told ESPN that the injury was nothing but "an aggravation of an old injury where scar tissue is present."