Injuries to Watch: Week 4

Every week when the dinner bell rings on Friday evening, we'll be here to provide you a comprehensive injury report for the NFL weekend to follow. For those injuries that go right down to the wire, drop by our live Fantasy Fanhouse experts live chat from 10 am to 1 pm every Sunday and we'll take care of you on those bloody game-time decisions. As always, please feel free to chime in with opinions, updates, and rumors in the comments.

The Atlanta Falcons

Michael Turner - After making the injury report last week with an ankle injury, Turner is now probable with a shoulder injury. He should be fine as he practiced full speed Thursday, but it might not be a bad time to start thinking about selling high on Turner.

The Baltimore Ravens

Willis McGahee - In a controversial development, the Ravens are speculating that the Browns pulled a "Sweep the leg Johnny" on McGahee and purposefully inflicted harm upon him. McGahee continues to struggle with his swollen, cut eye and although he is listed as probable, he has not made much progress. The game is Monday night though, so hopefully he'll be ready, but this is worse than it sounds.

The Buffalo Bills

Roscoe Parrish - Parrish is definitely out for four to six weeks with a thumb injury. While this is not material for many people, it may open the door for James Hardy to gain some playing time and for Lee Evans to put up a couple of his sporadic breakout games.

The Carolina Panthers

James Stewart - Stewart was limited in practice Thursday to rest his foot injury, but he should be there come Sunday.

The Chicago Bears

Devin Hester - Hester has some torn cartilage, but the Bears remain optimistic that he still might play on Sunday. He still remains a bad option.

Brandon Lloyd - This one comes as a bit of a surprise. After a great showing on Sunday and news that he is defining himself as the clear #1 WR in Chicago, Brandon Lloyd sat out of practice on Thursday with a sore hip. Hopefully, he's just resting it, because he could become a great fantasy story this season.

The Cincinnati Bengals

Ben Utrect - Utrect returned to practice this week and is listed as questionable for this weeks game against the Browns. He did participate fully on Friday, so if you are in need of a backup TE for upcoming bye weeks, this is a decent option.

Kenny Watson - Kenny was limited in practice on Thursday and sat out of Friday's.

Carson Palmer - Palmer was added to the injury report on Friday out of nowhere and is now Questionable with a sore throwing elbow. He is expected to play, but this is a bit disconcerting. Stay tuned.

The Cleveland Browns

Donte Stallworth - There is a lot of optimism and waiver wire shuffling over Stallworth given his improvement this week. It looks like he might be able to play Sunday in what many predict will be a repeat of shootout 2007. Still, don't expect to cash in the immediate wealth. The Browns are nearing a QB switch to the Man Casserole (Brady Quinn) and will likely try to get Braylon Edwards and Jamal Lewis on track before Stallworth.

Braylon Edwards - Bralyon had been limited in practice this week, but practiced full speed on Friday. The Browns need a big game out of him this week and he should deliver.

The Denver Broncos

Darrell Jackson - Jackson has been declared inactive. Stick a fork in that comeback.

The Detroit Lions

Jon Kitna - Kitna sprained his knee during the game against the embarrassment against the 49ers. While this is further devastating news for Detroit, this blowout loss led to the long overdue sacking of the dumbest person this side of Alaska, Matt Millen. Kitna is listed as questionable, but a sprained knee is serious. We might be seeing Dan Orlovsky this week.

The Green Bay Packers

Ryan Grant - Grant should be just about back to full speed, so we'll soon see if he will return to form or assume flash-in-the-pan status.

The Houston Texans

Ahman Green - Ahman Green practiced on Thursday. Wake me up when he retires.

The Indianapolis Colts

Dallas Clark - Clark took a big shot to the head last week, but should be fine.

The Jacksonville Jaguars

Fred Taylor - OK, I won't call him Fragile Fred this week, because he tore it up last week. He did miss practice Wednesday, but he was back in limited action on Thursday, so he should be ready.

Maurice Jones-Drew - MJD missed practice entirely on Thursday. Keep an eye on this as it might be a game time decision.

Jerry Porter - Porter has not played in a game yet, but he practiced all week, so this might be the return game. With the light WR corps, he's worth keeping an eye on.

The Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson - Adrian Peterson was still limited in practice with a sore hammy. He should be good to go, however.

Chester Taylor - Chester also practiced light this week, so neither of the handcuffs are 100%. This also doesn't look serious.

The New England Patriots

Laurence Maroney - Maroney is still questionable, but looks ready to return to action.

The New Orleans Saints

Deuce McAllister - Deuce is back in playing condition this week, but doesn't appear to be too integral in the offense anymore.

Marques Colston - Colston will be out another 3 or 4 weeks. Start thinking about a trade?

The New York Giants

Plaxico Burress - Slack-ass Burress missed practiced for two straight days and earned a two-game holiday from Coach Coughlin. Something fishy going on here, so stay tuned.

The New York Jets

Laveranues Coles - Coles is in playable condition, but did not practice full speed this week. Seems like this is gonna be the weekly story for Coles this season.

Brett Favre - Favre is looking better everyday and practicing with increasing workloads. If he plays, he might be on Vicodin, which would mean lights-out numbers.

The Oakland Raiders

Darren McFadden - McFadden was limited in practice, but he played last week, so we see no reason to doubt his abilities this week.

Justin Fargas - Fargas is also questionable and missed practice with a groin injury. This does not look very promising.

The Philadelphia Eagles

Kevin Curtis - Curtis practiced for two straight days after missing the first 3 games with a sports hernia. He's probably a good waiver wire snag at this point.

Brian Westbrook - While Westbrook is listed as questionable, he just started walking on the high ankle sprain. I would doubt if he plays this week.

Donovan McNabb - After sitting out on Thursday, McNabb was back in action on Friday despite a chest contusion (i.e., bruise, wuss). McNabb is Questionable.

L.J. Smith - Smith missed three practices straight, so it's not looking promising for Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - Big Ben is now nursing a hand injury, but he is expected to play against the Ravens.

Willie Parker - Parker is officially Out and "week-to-week" according to Coach Tomlin. Enter the Mendenhall era.

The San Diego Chargers

Antonio Gates - Gates toe seemed fine, but he missed practice on Wednesday with a hip injury. He did return on Thursday, so he should be fine.

LaDainian Tomlinson - LT did not practice again Wednesday with his toe pain, but returned Thursday. After last week's showing, there is no reason to doubt him this week.

The San Francisco 49ers

Bryant Johnson - Johnson was held out of practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. He is listed as probable, but not too much is known about his status at this point. Stay tuned.

The Seattle Seahawks

Deion Branch - The surgically repaired knee is still a work in progress, but continues to increase his practice workload.

Bobby Engram - Engram looks about ready to return. This is a bye week, so we won't learn anything, but there's waiver wire potential here.

Maurice Morris - Morris is expected to return in week 5. Might be a good time to trade Juice Jones while his stock is up.

The St. Louis Rams

Steven Jackson - Jackson assured fans that his groin injury is fine and he is practicing hard. The real question is what Torry Holt addressed, "Is this line ever gonna block anyone long enough for this offense to run a play?"

Antonio Pittman - Backup to Steven Jackson, Antonio Pittman will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken leg.

The Tampa Bay Bucs

Joey Galloway - Galloway sprained his foot and did not practice this week. It's probably best to start a safer option as Gruden called him a "long shot.".

The Tennessee Titans

Vince Young - Vince Young resumed throwing this week, but Kerry Collins will remain the starter this week. Jeff Fisher still seems detached from Young after his tantrum.
Lendale White - White injured his shoulder and is listed as Questionable. He's not the best option at this point, so look elsewhere at least until he is full speed.

The Washington Redskins

Justin Gage - Gage returned to practice and upgraded to Probable after being listed as Questionable earlier in the week. He looks like he will be out on the field come Sunday.

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