NFL Week 12 Injury Roundup

By Jake 12:11am EST 11/23/14

It would take a minor miracle for Arian Foster to suit up against the Bengals

Arian Foster and Reggie Bush are NOT active at a time when their teams need them the most. Once again, running backs top this week’s Week 12 Injury Report.

Running Backs

Arian Foster OUT – Arian Foster has been named a game-time-decision, but that should not fool savvy fantasy owners. Foster didn’t practice once all week and has been in serious doubt since Wednesday. Foster will likely miss his second straight contest, leaving rookie Alfred Blue to fill the void against a very passive Bengals run defense.

Reggie Bush – OUT – Reggie Bush has been listed as questionable all week and was only able to practice on a very limited basis. He’s likely to sit out today’s road game against the New England Patriots. Expect a heavy dose of Joique Bell with some Theo Riddick sprinkled in for good luck.

Lamar Miller Questionable – Lamar Miller has been a limited participant in practice this week, but is still expected to tough it out today when the Dolphins travel to Denver. Miller was a warrior last week as he gutted it out against a very tough Buffalo Bills defense with a shoulder injury. Miller came out of that game with a new injury to his knee. Despite his health issues, he should be a decent start against a Broncos run defense that got gashed last week by Rams rookie Tre Mason who ran 29 times against them for 113 yards.

Gio Bernard – Starting – Gio Bernard is apparently back in business and ready to play, even though the Bengals will not name a starting running back for Week 12’s road game against Houston. Jeremy Hill has certainly earned a role in the offense, but it’s not clear how the team will split time between Bernard and Hill. This makes starting either one of these players a risky proposition.

Charles Sims – Questionable – The running back situation in Tampa Bay continues to be a mess and the injury to rookie Charles Sims is clouding the issue even further. A week after earning the starting role for the Bucs, Sims popped up on Thursday’s injury report with an ankle issue. He is listed as questionable, but is still expected to play. If he does suit up, he could be on a limited snap count.

Pierre Thomas – Probable – Apparently Pierre Thomas is ready to return to the Saints lineup, but his role in Monday night’s home game against the Ravens is still up in the air. Mark Ingram will draw the start for the Saints and Thomas should be able to regain his role as the primary pass-catching back.

Fred Jackson – Questionable – Bills running back Fred Jackson was limited in practice all week long, but is expected to make the trip to Detroit for Monday night’s game against the New York Jets. (TOO MUCH SNOW IN BUFFALO) Jackson is definitely less than 100% and could see very limited action against the Jets with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon getting the majority of the work.

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald – Questionable – Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is listed as questionable, but is not really expected to play against on the road against the Seahawks. He’s been struggling with a sprained MCL and is not anywhere close to being ready for this game.

Emmanuel Sanders – Probable – Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is on track to play Week 12 against the visiting Miami Dolphins just a week after suffering a concussion against the St. Louis Rams. He passed a full battery of tests and came through the NFL’s concussion protocol with flying colors. He can be safely plugged back into all fantasy lineups.

Tight Ends

Julius Thomas – Questionable – Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is a full-blown game time decision for the team’s Week 12 matchup against the visiting Dolphins. Thomas missed practice all week with an injured ankle and is not really expected to be a factor even if he can play. He needs another week before his ankle is ready for game time action.

Charles Clay – Doubtful – The Dolphins Charles Clay is battling a knee and hamstring issue that will likely keep him off the field against Denver during Week 12. This will make things extremely tough for the Miami passing attack, but Clay does not appear ready to play.

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