We're a day away from the start of Week 16 of the 2010 NFL season, where the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers will face off on Thursday Night Football.
While this game will likely have little impact on your fantasy football playoffs or the real NFL Playoffs, there are plenty of other players this week that could change the way your season ends.
Players are going on injured reserve left and right, while several players are possibly returning from missing a week of action. For all the major injury updates on your players heading into the biggest fantasy football showdown of the year, read on:
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Two things here: One, if you have Jon Kitna and no other quarterback, you can rest easy. Secondly, if you were holding onto Romo all season in hopes he could return and save your season, you might be in trouble.
With Romo finally put on injured reserve with a broken clavicle, Kitna owners can relax, while Romo owners may be in a frenzy.
If you're truly concerned, check out NFL Soup's Week 16 waiver wire for some pickup advice.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers told the media on Tuesday that he had been medically cleared to resume playing and should get the start at home against the New York Giants on Sunday, barring any setbacks.
With Rodgers back to full health, the Packers have a good shot of winning their final two home games and reaching the postseason.
More importantly, for some fantasy owners, it means he's back just in time for an important fantasy playoff game.
Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Both Brett Favre and head coach Leslie Frazier admitted to the media that Favre had suffered a concussion against the Chicago Bears in Week 15, but neither would confirm whether or not he'd be playing in Week 16.
While many assume Favre has thrown his last pass, there have been murmurs that the legendary quarterback would like to finish the season on a high note, if possible. If he starts again, he's still a viable fantasy option, as his next two opponents (Eagles and Lions) aren't especially elite against the pass.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
After sitting out of Week 15 with a sore thigh and knee, Peterson has declared himself ready to play in Week 16, saying he expects to play.
Peterson gets an Eagles defense that gave up 31 points to the Giants and then an inconsistent Lions defense to end the season. If Peterson didn't kill your fantasy playoff run by missing last week, he might be able to redeem himself this week.
Troy Polamalu, S, Pittsburgh Steelers
Polamalu is expected to sit out for the second straight week to rest his injured ankle, and with the Steelers battling the lowly Panthers, it's not expected to hurt the team.
Pittsburgh's pass defense surely felt the absence of Polamalu against the Jets, so the team is resting him as much as possible for the playoffs.
Nate Allen, S, Philadelphia Eagles
Less than a week after losing Stewart Bradley and Brandon Graham, the Eagles lost another key part of their once stout defense.
Allen, a rookie, was lost for the season with a patellar tendon tear and was placed on injured reserve. The rookie struggled in coverage, but was an impact player, recording two sacks, three interceptions and one forced fumble along with 49 tackles.
Kurt Coleman is his expected replacement in the starting lineup.
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