Darren Sproles (concussion): Sproles left Sunday’s loss after suffering a concussion. He does have a history of playing the week after suffering a concussion (2009), but every one is different, so that’s no indication that he will be able to play this Sunday. Sproles will have to pass league mandated ImPACT concussion protocol, so we won’t know about his availability until Friday at the absolute earliest. We’ll monitor his status this week, but we need symptom-free progression by the end of the week to have any chance of playing. Pierre Thomas would see an uptick in value if Sproles can’t go.
Marques Colston (knee): Colston missed the Saints’ Week 9 loss with a knee injury. Maybe this is the reason for his recent lack of production, but either way, we don’t know how severe the issue is and whether the week off allowed him to progress enough to be ready for Week 10. My guess is that he’ll have to at least get in a limited participation practice on Friday at the minimum to have a chance to play, so nothing’s set in stone quite yet.
What we do know is that Colston has been a shell of himself this year, and although he’s getting older, we wouldn’t expect such a drastic decrease in production from one season to the next if he’s fully healthy. So maybe this is a good time for the Saints to get Colston right for the stretch run and it sure would explain how slow and outmatched he’s looked all season. Stay tuned.
Robert Woods (left ankle): Woods left Sunday’s loss in the 3rd quarter with an apparent ankle injury. Reports came out that Woods has only a mild sprain of the ankle and that he is considered day-to-day at this point. The interesting part to me is that he was really having a lot of difficulty putting any weight on his ankle, and as someone who has sprained his ankle dozens of times, I’ve never had a minor ankle sprain that I wasn’t able to put weight on. And the fact that the team decided to do a precautionary X-ray on Sunday leads me to believe that maybe they were thinking more of a bony issue and less muscular. We’ll keep an eye on this and see how he progresses throughout the week, but I’d watch this situation unfold to see if any more information becomes available.
Percy Harvin (hip): All of those reports of Harvin being ready before November were a bit premature. Harvin returned to practice two weeks ago for two days and was then scaled back considerably after developing soreness in his surgically repaired hip. Harvin has not practiced since and, according to Coach Pete Carroll, is not planning on having Harvin for the Week 10 contest against the Atlanta Falcons.
Three months was a very optimistic time frame for a return from this type of injury, so it’s not surprising to see that he’s taking a bit longer to get back into the swing of things than reports initially stated. I still think it could be two weeks (Week 12) before he returns, which puts him right near that 4 month mark post operation. But again, his ability to practice at full speed and respond well to the increased activity will dictate how close he gets to returning to the field. Once he is able to practice on consecutive days without onset of soreness and/or inflammation, Harvin will be full speed ahead. This week doesn’t appear to be the week.
Giovani Bernard (rib): Bernard capped off his breakout performance on Thursday night with a bruised rib. Bernard had to leave the game, grimacing in pain on the way to locker room. He returned to the sideline after being checked out in the locker room in street clothes. The injury is not considered serious and it appears that Bernard is expected to be fine for this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Roddy White (ankle, hamstring): White was put through a workout prior to Sunday’s game and came out of it just not feeling right, so the decision was made to sit him for another week. White appears to be headed in the right direction, but isn’t quite 100% running routes just yet. The great news is that he felt good enough to at least go through a workout prior to the game to give it a shot, so at least we know he’s moving in the right direction. But when you’re dealing with two injuries to your lower extremities, it makes it that much more difficult to come back from. Keep in mind that White has two tough matchups coming up, with Seattle’s Legion of Boom this week and Revis Island in Week 11 (if that exists anymore).
Andre Brown (fibula fracture): Brown is slated to back in the Giants’ lineup this week as he’s officially eligible to play after being placed on the IR/Designated to return list earlier in the year. With only Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs to steal carries from, Brown should eventually slide into the Giants’ starting backfield. Look for him to relatively eased back into the lineup, but he’s a strong play for the rest of the season as this injury should not limit him much upon return as the fracture should be more than healed.
Shane Vereen (thumb): Vereen is back at practice as of last week and will be eligible to return to the New England Patriots’ lineup when they return to action for Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers. He was explosive in the only game he played this year, and will immediately slide back into his role as 3rd down back in addition to lining up wide and in the slot. This guy is a dynamic force and jack of all trades who will immediately make the Patriots offense even more potent. If he’s still out there, snatch him up now. I’d even make a low ball trade offer to get him as his value will be off the charts as a RB2 and Flex option.