Fantasy Football: Sunday Breakdown of NFL's Injury Report for Week 4

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterSeptember 30, 2012

Ailing Lions QB Matthew Stafford (863 yards passing, 3 TD) will most likely start his team's early-season clash with the 2-1 Vikings on Sunday.
Ailing Lions QB Matthew Stafford (863 yards passing, 3 TD) will most likely start his team's early-season clash with the 2-1 Vikings on Sunday.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

For most NFL Sundays, I'll provide an updated breakdown of the league's injury report, an official listing that undergoes substantial changes from Wednesday to Sunday.

In other words, always take Wednesday's listing with a grain of salt.

I'm not one to overreact to a star player listed as "questionable" prior to kickoff. My rationale: If a player can practice twice over the three-day period of Wednesday through Friday, I assume he'll play and garner roughly 70 percent of his standard touches, targets or pass attempts. 

New England vs. Buffalo (1 p.m. ET) 


RB Shane Vereen—Questionable (Foot)
WR Julian Edelman—Out (Hand)
TE Aaron Hernandez—Out (Ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski—Questionable (Hip)
Logan Mankins—Questionable (Hip) 


RB Fred Jackson—Questionable (Knee)
RB C.J. Spiller—Questionable (Shoulder) 


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For Week 4, I'm putting all my fantasy trust into the highly capable hands of Bills running back Tashard Choice...while assuming that either Fred Jackson or C.J. Spiller won't dress for Sunday's clash against the Patriots. Maybe Jackson, maybe Spiller...but not both stars. 

Tennessee vs. Houston (1 p.m. ET) 


TE Jared Cook—Questionable (Shoulder)
WR Kenny Britt—Questionable (Ankle) 


RB Arian Foster—Probable (Knee)
WR Andre Johnson—Probable (Groin)
CB Johnathan Joseph—Probable (Groin)
WR Lestar Jean—Out (Knee) 


Kenny Britt is a game-time decision against the Texans, despite not practicing for the entire week. In other words, be ready to promote Nate Washington or Kendall Wright as Britt replacements. QB Jake Locker could attempt 35 passes against Houston.  

San Diego vs. Kansas City (1 p.m. ET) 


K Nate Kaeding—Questionable (Groin)
OT Jared Gaither—Questionable (Back) 


RB Peyton Hillis—Doubtful (Ankle)
TE Kevin Boss—Out (Head)
WR Dwayne Bowe—Questionable (Groin)
RB/WR Dexter McCluster—Questionable (Elbow)
WR Steve Breaston—Questionable (Knee)
WR Devon Wylie—Questionable (Hamstring) 

Minnesota vs. Detroit (1 p.m. ET) 


QB Christian Ponder—Probable (Neck)
DE Jared Allen—Probable (Neck)
TE Kyle Rudolph—Probable (Quad) 


QB Matthew Stafford—Probable (Hip)
WR Calvin Johnson—Probable (Ankle)
WR Titus Young—Probable (Knee)
RB Mikel Leshoure—Questionable (Groin)
TE Tony Scheffler—Questionable (Calf)
Rob Sims—Probable (Knee)
S Amari Spievey—Questionable (Groin)
|S Louis Delmas—Doubtful (Knee) 


Personally, I thought the Lions would rest Matthew Stafford for this game, since the club's bye week comes next Sunday. But Stafford practiced twice, without incident, leading me to believe his leg strain (or whatever) was nothing more than a 72-hour annoyance.  

Carolina vs. Atlanta (1 p.m. ET) 


RB Jonathan Stewart—Probable (Toe
)LB Jon Beason—Questionable (Shoulder)
CB Chris Gamble—Probable (Shoulder) 


CB Christopher Owens—Out (Head)
WR Julio Jones—Probable (Hand) 

Seattle vs. St. Louis (1 p.m. ET) 


WR Doug Baldwin—Probable (Shoulder) 


OT Rodger Saffold—Out (Knee)
RB Steven Jackson—Questionable (Groin) 
DT Michael Brockers—Questionable (Ankle) 

San Francisco vs. N.Y. Jets (1 p.m. ET) 


LB Patrick Willis—Probable (Ankle)
TE Vernon Davis—Probable (Back) 


WR Stephen Hill—Doubtful (Hamstring)
S LaRon Landry—Probable (Heel)
TE Dustin Keller—Questionable (Hamstring)

CB Darrelle Revis—Out (Knee) 


Darrelle Revis' absence hardly paves the way for 49ers QB Alex Smith racking up 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Jets. I hope people realize that he's still Alex Smith.  

Miami vs. Arizona (4:05 p.m. ET) 


DT Randy Starks—Probable (Knee)
CB Richard Marshall—Questionable (Back)
RB Reggie Bush—Questionable (Knee) 


TE Todd Heap—Doubtful (Knee)
RB LaRod Stephens-Howling—Doubtful (Hip) 

Oakland vs. Denver (4:05 p.m. ET) 


RB Darren McFadden—Probable (Shoulder)
K Sebastian Janikowski—Probable (Groin)
WR Rod Streater—Questionable (Eye)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey—Doubtful (Concussion)
TE Brandon Myers—Questionable (Concussion)
DT Richard Seymour—Probable (Knee) 


RB Willis McGahee—Probable (Ribs)
CB Tracy Porter—Probable (Knee)
TE Jacob Tamme—Probable (Groin) 

Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville (4:05 p.m. ET) 


RB Bernard Scott—Questionable (Ankle)
CB Dre Kirkpatrick—Out (Knee)
CB Leon Hall—Questionable (Hamstring) 


RB Rashad Jennings—Probable (Knee)
WR Laurent Robinson—Probable (Concussion) 

New Orleans vs. Green Bay (4:25 p.m. ET) 


LB David Hawthorne—Out (Hamstring) 


OT Bryan Bulaga—Probable (Knee)
RB James Starks—Probable (Toe)
WR Greg Jennings—Probable (Groin) 

Washington vs. Tampa Bay (4:25 p.m. ET) 


WR Pierre Garcon—Questionable (Foot)
OT Trent Williams—Questionable (Knee)
RB Evan Royster—Probable (Knee)
WR Leonard Hankerson—Probable (Back)

S Brandon Meriweather—Probable (Knee) 


Carl Nicks—Probable (Toe) 


I'm starting to get an uncomfortable feeling about Pierre Garcon's capacity for big numbers in 2012, even if he returns to the Redskins lineup this week or next. At this rate, he'll be on the short list of "tradable assets" the second he comes back and performs well in a game.  

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia (8:30 p.m. ET) 


WR Hakeem Nicks—Out (Foot)
WR Domenik Hixon—Probable (Concussion)
RB Ahmad Bradshaw—Probable (Neck)

OT David Diehl—Out (Knee) 


RB LeSean McCoy—Probable (Ribs)
WR Rley Cooper—Questionable (Collarbone)
DE Trent Cole—Probable (Shoulder)
WR Jeremy Maclin—Probable (Hip) 


I hereby pledge to never take Hakeem Nicks at his word during midweek interviews. By extension, I won't list him as a "WR Lock" at any point, either...even if he partakes in three straight games.

Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.