Week 12 Fantasy Football Injury Report: Around the NFL

Ziad Dahdul, PT, DPT, OCS Fantasy Injury Report

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Peyton Manning (ankles): He did well on Sunday and came out of it without any reported setbacks. He really didn’t look too limited out there, but I did notice 1 or 2 times where he couldn’t plant and push off his back foot well enough to get some juice on his throws. Despite that, he seemed like his old self and will only get better as each week without a setback goes by.

Darren Sproles (ankle): Sproles temporarily left Sunday’s game with an ankle sprain, but returned and finished the game post injury. The Saints play the Falcons on a short week, so expect him to be limited or sit out practice completely this week as a way to keep him as fresh as possible for Thursday. No word yet on the likelihood of him playing Thursday, but I haven’t seen anything saying there’s a risk of him missing the game.

Jordan Reed (concussion): Reed suffered a concussion during Sunday’s loss and will go through concussion protocol this week. Reed has an extra day (Redskins play on Monday) to get through the entire protocol symptom-free, so expect him to be out there barring a setback.

Leonard Hankerson (LCL sprain): Hankerson left Sunday’s game after spraining the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) of his left knee. There is some speculation that surgery is being considered, which would mean he probably suffered a mid to high grade 2 tear, if not a full tear, of the ligament. MRI confirmed there was damage to the knee, but no specifics on the extent of the damage were given. Expect word to come out in the next few days about whether or not surgery is indicated in Hankerson’s case. If he needs surgery, it would end his 2013 season.

Pierre Garcon (ankle): Garcon reportedly had significant “ankle pain” after Sunday’s loss. No word on what exactly happened to his ankle (I’d guess sprain or bone bruise), so keep an eye on this as it progresses this week.

Emmanuel Sanders (foot): Sanders left Sunday’s win with an unspecified foot injury. Word is he will not require even a precautionary MRI and will be ready to go on Sunday. Sanders did leave the game and not return, so we still have to watch and monitor the situation to see what his practice participation levels are like. But it appears that he avoided serious injury.

Joique Bell (ankle): Bell had to leave the game Sunday with a foot injury, but could have returned had he needed to, according to Coach Jim Schwartz. Bell himself said that he has been dealing with tendonitis in his right leg for weeks now, so it’s no surprise that he’s either developed a cascade injury to another region of his leg or to the same area where the tendonitis is (no word on exactly where the tendonitis is). Bell and the team seem confident he will be ready for Week 12, so expect him to be out there at this point.

Percy Harvin (hip): Harvin looked solid out there on Sunday, easing back into the lineup and playing 19 offensive snaps. He had moments where he looked dynamic, but I’d say he wasn’t quite back to his pre-injury level quite yet, which is more than expected. Barring any setbacks this week and during the bye, expect Harvin to hit the ground running for Week 13.

Shane Vereen (wrist): He didn’t play a ton of snaps on Monday night (34 snaps), but he looked like his old dynamic self on his 9 touches, catching 8 passes for 65 yards and rushing 1 time for 7 yards. Look for that snap count number to continue to rise with each passing week as Tom Brady loves to check down to Vereen time after time. His value will continue to sky rocket each week.

Stevan Ridley (fumblitis): Ya, I’m just bitter. Hold onto the ball please!

Aaron Rodgers (fractured clavicle): Despite what Rodgers has been bandying about on his weekly radio show and him trying to push a return to play when he’s pain-free, there’s only so much we can do to speed up the healing process. I can’t see him safely coming back for at least 2-3 more weeks, especially since a too-early return could predispose him to a re-fracture and definite end to his 2013 season. He’s not going to play in Week 12 (Scott Tolzien has already been named starter), so sit tight.