Week 14 NFL Injury Report
By Russell Manalastas and Ken Zalis
Brandon LaFell, Carolina Receiver
Injury: Turf toe
What it means: Turf toe affects the big toe as it forcefully extends past its normal limits.
Timetable: LaFell did not practice Wednesday or
Thursday, which usually means that players will be less likely to play
on Sunday. LaFell also has a bone chip in his foot in addition to the
turf toe. LaFell has been in a boot since he suffered the injury, so it
doesn't seem likely that he will play this week.
Outlook: Look for LaFell to be a game-time decision
if the Panthers are holding out hope that he may be able to give it a
go. I think they will hold LaFell out this week, with him having a
better chance of playing next week.
Fantasy perspective from KZ: Louis Murphy becomes a sneaky play.
Percy Harvin, Minnesota Receiver
Injury: Grade 3 ankle sprain
What it means: General ankle sprains, unless
otherwise specified, involve the outer ligaments that help stabilize the
foot and ankle. Grade 3 sprains usually indicate a complete tear in
Timetable: Harvin was put on injured reserve because he just wasn't improving fast enough to keep him active.
Outlook: Reports are that Harvin will avoid surgery
on his ankle. My concern is that whenever a player has that severe of an
ankle sprain, the long-term limitations/hindrances he may have to deal
with include significant instability and the inability to make sharp
cuts/twists without the ankle giving way. He'll have plenty of time to
recover, so I expect Harvin to be fully healed come next season.
Fantasy perspective from KZ: It's a shame, because Harvin was special this year.
Julian Edelman, New England Receiver
Injury: Broken foot
What it means: A broken foot is a fracture to one of the many bones either in the rearfoot, midfoot or forefoot.
Timetable: The Patriots have put Edelman on injured reserve, ending his season.
Outlook: There weren't any specific details on where
the fracture occurred in Edelman's foot. Usually the foot will be
casted, or he will be in a boot for about 4-6 weeks with rehab following
that. I would expect him to make a full recovery by next season unless
he suffers setbacks during rehab.
Fantasy perspective from KZ: Wes Welker owners rejoice?
Brian Urlacher, Chicago Linebacker
Injury: Grade 2 hamstring strain
What it means: Hamstrings are muscles in the back of
the thigh, which help bend the knee and extend the hip. Hamstring
strains occur when attempting to run at full speed or when trying to
slow down and/or change direction.
Timetable: Grade 1 strains can take 2-3 weeks to
heal; Grade 2 can take four weeks; and Grade 3 can take 4-6 weeks,
depending on swelling.
Outlook: Whenever you hear a pop in the back of your
leg, that's never a good sign. It's looking more likely that Urlacher
might be held out for the rest of the regular season to see whether he
can get healthy for the playoffs. I would expect him to try to return
for the last week or so to test his hamstring and see whether he's able
to help the Bears during the playoff push.
Fantasy perspective from KZ: He needs to sit, so the Bears can win during the playoffs.
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Linebacker
Injury: Torn biceps
What it means: The bicep muscle is the muscle in the
front part of your upper arm. It helps bend/flex the elbow, rotate the
palm of the hand toward the sky (supination) and also aids in bringing
the arm overhead.
Timetable: It looks as if Suggs has avoided a
complete tear and suffered only a partial rupture of his biceps. Suggs
has been adamant about trying to do all he can to stay on the field and
not miss any time with this injury. He did return to practice on a
limited basis Thursday, but that does not mean he will be ready to play
Outlook: One wrong tackle and that's all it takes
for that partially torn bicep to become a complete tear. I would expect
Suggs to test his arm out in warm-ups this week and see how he feels.
Keep track of his status leading up to game time; my guess is that he's
going to try to play, but he might be severely limited. The Ravens need
to be concerned about his long-term ability to be able to be productive
on a weekly basis, especially with a tough schedule to close out the
Fantasy perspective from KZ: OK, this won't be popular, but he was not doing anything for the defense as it is.