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Injury Wrap: Here comes Tim Tebow to ruin everything

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You're playing for a make-believe date in the finals, so let's take a good look at what we learned over the past 24 hours.

Quarterbacks

Kyle Orton(notes) (ribs) didn't do any throwing all week and it seems likely that Tim Tebow(notes) will get the call against Oakland. This is terrible news for anyone who needs a Broncos receiver in Week 15 – adjust your projections downward for Brandon Lloyd(notes), Jabar Gaffney(notes) and Eddie Royal(notes). It's a cruel thing, gamers.

Aaron Rodgers(notes) (post concussion) has officially been ruled out for the Packers, which means Matt Flynn(notes) gets the start at New England. You can still use Greg Jennings(notes) as your second or third receiver, we suppose, but forget about the rest of the Green Bay offense.

Matt Cassel(notes) (appendectomy) did some work this week and has a shot to play at St. Louis. It's a critical game for the Chiefs and context clues point to Cassel starting, though we won't know until 90 minutes before gametime Sunday. For the love of all things holy, let's hope we don't have to watch Brodie Croyle(notes) play again.

Tom Brady(notes) (foot) missed some reps this week but he's fully expected to start Sunday night against the Packers.

Colt McCoy(notes) (ankle) is listed as probable and should start the final three games for the Browns. This helps everyone in the offense.

David Garrard(notes) (hamstring) isn't 100 percent entering this week's critical game at Indianapolis, and the concerned Jags signed Todd Bouman(notes) as insurance.

Shaun Hill(notes) (finger) probably won't be ready for another week, so look for Drew Stanton(notes) at Tampa Bay.

Running Backs

Arian Foster(notes) (hip) missed some reps this week but remains probable for Sunday's game at Tennessee. Roll with him.

Maurice Jones-Drew(notes) (knee) had a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable, not that anyone expects him to sit out against the Colts.

The Vikings held Adrian Peterson (ankle) out of practice Thursday and Friday as a precaution. He's fully expected to play (and outdoors, at that) against Chicago on Monday night.

Marion Barber(notes) (calf) took some reps Friday and has a chance to play against the Redskins, just to mess up the good time we're having with Felix Jones(notes) and Tashard Choice(notes).

Jahvid Best(notes) (toe) took some reps and should go at Tampa Bay. The Bucs rushing defense is a mess right now – Ryan Torain(notes) showed this last week – so there's some sleeper upside with Best.

Speaking of Torain (hamstring), he had a full practice week but remains questionable on the injury report because Mike Shanahan is tricky. Torain looks like a reasonable flex option to me, even with Rex Grossman(notes) starting at Dallas.

Christopher Ivory(notes) (hamstring) was out of Friday's practice and looks very iffy for Sunday's match at Baltimore. Look for something safer.

Jason Snelling(notes) (hamstring) took some reps Friday and should get on the field at Seattle, though the offense obviously runs through Michael Turner(notes).

Joseph Addai(notes) (neck) did some work this week but probably won't play against the Jaguars. Get ready for the Javarris James(notes) and Donald Brown(notes) show.

Beanie Wells(notes) (flu) had a full day Friday and should be on the field at Carolina, not that your playoff hopes have anything to do with him. Tim Hightower(notes) looks like a solid play.

Wide Receivers

Brandon Lloyd (calf) had a full practice Friday but he's hard to trust given what the Broncos have rolling at quarterback this week.

Roddy White(notes) (ankle) remains probable on the injury report but he didn't miss any time this week. Keep using him.

Andre Johnson(notes) (ankle) missed some Friday reps but he'll be ready for the Cortland Finnegan(notes) grudge match Sunday.

Seattle's Mike Williams (ankle) had a strong week and is listed as probable for Sunday. The club is also optimistic about Ben Obomanu(notes) (hand, probable).

DeSean Jackson(notes) (foot) is listed as questionable on the injury report but no major concerns here; Andy Reid is saying all the right things. Jackson should play against the Giants.

Roy Williams (groin) had a limited Friday session after sitting out the previous day. You can't risk him against the Redskins this week.

Deion Branch(notes) (knee) had a limited Friday but should play Sunday night against Green Bay. He's been locked in with Tom Brady of late.

Percy Harvin(notes) (migraines) has been practicing this week and says he'll play Monday against Chicago. But can Joe Webb(notes) get him the ball?

Derrick Mason(notes) (ankle) is listed as probable and will play against the Saints. He's been in fine form of late.

Austin Collie(notes) (post concussion) had a strong practice week and is set to move ahead of Blair White(notes) on the depth chart.

Terrell Owens(notes) (knee) didn't practice Friday, though context clues point to him starting against the Browns. Double check before you commit to anything Sunday.

Steve Breaston(notes) (knee) had a full Friday and will play against Carolina.

Other Positions

Kellen Winslow(notes) (knee) had a good week of practice and is listed as probable for Week 15.

Jacob Tamme(notes) (illness) remains questionable on the injury report, though he had a good week of practice. He should be fine to play against Jacksonville.

Heath Miller(notes) (post concussion) isn't expected to play against the Jets.

Aaron Hernandez(notes) (flu) should go Sunday against the Pack, though he's listed as questionable.

Todd Heap(notes) (hamstring) is out for another week. Ed Dickson(notes) did little to help us Monday at Houston.

Troy Polamalu(notes) (ankle) isn't expected to play against the Jets, a boost to the New York passing game.

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