I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on the interwebs. But with the fantasy playoffs here, it's in our best interests to take a long look around as we consider the bumps and bruises of Week 14.
Disclaimer: No matter what teams tell us and what's written below, it's essential that you double-check the status of your players Sunday. Things can change out of nowhere with injuries, and it's not unusual for teams to mislead or flat-out lie to us about the health of their players.
• Vince Young(notes) (knee) didn't practice Friday and remains very questionable for Sunday's match with the Rams. Young says he's going to play, but unfortunately for our purposes it's a late start, one of the three 4 p.m. games Sunday. Kerry Collins(notes) gets the call if Young can't go. Chris Johnson (ankle) was back at it Friday and is listed as probable.
• Tom Brady(notes) (shoulder/finger) took some reps Friday after skipping the two previous days. He's listed as questionable but that might just be some Bill Belichick gamesmanship at play. Check Brady's status on Sunday, of course, but it would be a stunner if he's not on the field.
• Adrian Peterson (foot/ankle) had three straight days of limited practice but nonetheless he's listed as probable. Look for him to start and do his normal thing against Cincinnati. Percy Harvin(notes) (migraines) didn't practice all week and is questionable; check back before kickoff Sunday. Bernard Berrian(notes) (hamstring) is probable.
• Mike Sims-Walker(notes) (calf) missed the last two practice sessions and the Jags aren't expecting him to play against Miami; Sims-Walker is listed as doubtful on the injury report. Mike Thomas(notes) steps into the starting lineup if Sims-Walker can't go. Rashean Mathis(notes) (groin), Jacksonville's best corner, is also expected to sit.
• Matt Ryan(notes) (toe) and Michael Turner(notes) (ankle) are both listed as questionable but considering neither guy did any serious practice all week, it would be a stunner if they played against the Saints.
• Steven Jackson (back) didn't practice all week and is considered questionable for Sunday's game at Tennessee. He's been playing without practice time of late and he'll probably do so again here, but obviously make sure you verify his status before kickoff. It's been suggested that Jackson might not practice again this season, but he's been toughing it out on game day.
• Devin Hester(notes) (calf) didn't have any practice time this week and looks unlikely to go against the Packers, though he's being calling a game-time decision. Earl Bennett(notes) and Johnny Knox(notes) get a push forward with Hester either limited or out.
• Brian Westbrook(notes) (post concussion) did some things at practice this week but he's not expected to play against the Giants. Jeremy Maclin(notes) (foot) had a full day Friday after missing two days of work; he's listed as questionable and looks like an iffy play for our purposes.
• Ahmad Bradshaw(notes) (ankle) is listed as probable and should go against the Eagles, albeit it's a Sunday night game and very risky for fantasy purposes. Bradshaw looked pretty good last week against Dallas (seven carries, 47 yards), though he also lost a fumble.
• Gary Kubiak is ready to use three backs in the wake of the Steve Slaton(notes) IR move: get ready for Chris Brown, Ryan Moats(notes) and Arian Foster(notes). Consult your own psychic as we try to figure out the pattern here; the hot hand will probably be the guy who gets the key carries in the second half. Brown has been named the starter, for what it's worth.
• Mark Clayton(notes) (knee) picked the wrong week to be hurt, with the horrendous Detroit secondary on the schedule. Clayton isn't expected to play, which means intriguing Kelley Washington(notes) becomes a deep-league sleeper.DeAngelo Williams(notes) (ankle) and Jonathan Stewart(notes) (heel) had full sessions Friday and should get their regular workloads at New England.
• Mike Bell(notes) (knee) didn't practice on Thursday or Friday and is questionable for Sunday, though beat writer Jeff Duncan fully expects Bell to play. Reggie Bush(notes) (knee) also missed some of the Friday reps; he's listed as probable.
• Visanthe Shiancoe(notes) (ribs) was a full participant Friday and is listed as probable. He's become a very trusted fantasy tight end, caught up in the Brett Favre(notes) undertow, but he'll get a good test against the Bengals safeties.
• Kellen Winslow(notes) (knee) is listed as probable and did everything at Friday's workout. At least he won't be looking at Darrelle Revis(notes) Sunday; the Jets figure to put Revis on Antonio Bryant(notes). Michael Clayton(notes) (knee) is listed as doubtful, which means Maurice Stovall(notes) will start.
• Tim Hightower(notes) (thumb) had limited work the past two days, and keep in mind he only handled the ball seven times in last week's victory over Minnesota. Beanie Wells(notes) gets his chance to really take the gig and run with it this week, though we also have to note that Wells had a 13-28 line in the Minnesota game.
• Jeremy Shockey(notes) (hamstring) is listed as probable, if your tight end search goes that deep. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 6, and he's only managed 13 catches for 147 yards over his last five games.
• Sam Aiken(notes) (shoulder) missed some work Friday and is considered questionable for Sunday's home date with Carolina. Aiken's had a nice run of late, but in the fantasy playoffs we hope your receiver search doesn't go quite this deep.
• Kenny Britt(notes) (back) had a full day Friday and is considered probable for the weekend. Nate Washington(notes) (ankle) is also probable, while Justin Gage(notes) isn't on the injury report at all.
• Here's a break for the Oakland offense – the Redskins won't have Albert Haynesworth(notes) or DeAngelo Hall(notes) on game day. Louis Murphy(notes) and Chaz Schilens(notes) are set to start for Oakland; Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) (foot) is out again.
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