Friday Injury Wrap: Fitzgerald, Harvin on the improve

It's playoff time, settle in. Friday's practice reports are the most important ones of the week.

Larry Fitzgerald(notes) (knee) increased his workload Friday and insists he'll be a go at Detroit, though he's officially listed as questionable. Barring a last-second setback, there's no reason not to use him this week.

Calvin Johnson(notes) (knee) was able to practice Friday, though he's still considered a game-time decision. It's an early start, so you'll know his status around noon eastern on Sunday. Johnson's passes will be coming from Daunte Culpepper(notes), for what it's worth; Matthew Stafford(notes) (shoulder) isn't going to play.

The Vikings got a full practice from Bernard Berrian(notes) (hamstring) and Visanthe Shiancoe(notes) (ribs/foot), so we can relax with those guys. Percy Harvin(notes) (migraines) had a limited practice but the team seems encouraged by his chances to play (Harvin sounds encouraged too, though he didn‘t offer any guarantees). Things look less optimistic for Sidney Rice(notes) (illness), who didn't get on the practice field the past two days. Minnesota has the Sunday night game at Carolina, just to make this as complicated as possible.

Vince Young(notes) (hamstring) practiced in full Friday but you know how Jeff Fisher rolls, he still listed Young as questionable for Sunday's game with Miami. We'll have to wait until game time for the call on Young, but at least the Titans and Dolphins have an early start.

Steven Jackson (flu/back) missed practice Friday and is listed as questionable. It's possible that Jackson is one of the Rams dealing with the H1N1 virus, though that has not been confirmed. Brandon Gibson(notes) (flu-like symptoms) has already been ruled out, while quarterback Kyle Boller(notes) (flu-like symptoms) is questionable. Add all of this up and it sounds like a good time to give the Texans defense a shot for fantasy purposes.

Correll Buckhalter(notes) (ankle) didn't practice Friday and is considered doubtful for the Raiders this weekend. The setup looks very appetizing for Knowshon Moreno(notes), in line for plenty of work against that sieve-like Oakland rushing defense.

Pierre Thomas(notes) (hip) is listed as probable for the Saturday nighter with Dallas. Look for him to take his normal role, which will probably be 10-15 touches less than what fantasy owners think he deserves. Mike Bell(notes) (knee) is also listed as probable, while Jeremy Shockey(notes) (toe) is questionable. I'd steer away from Shockey, who's been invisible for about two months now.

Derrick Mason(notes) (finger) is listed as probable and should be on the field against the Bears. Otherwise, it's a mixed bag for the Baltimore receivers, with Mark Clayton(notes) (knee) doubtful and Kelley Washington(notes) (ankle) questionable. There's also weather concerns here – the snow forecast is serious enough that the start of the game has been pushed back three hours – and you get the sense that the Ravens will be focusing on the ground game this week. We'll see what Mother Nature offers us Sunday morning.

Matt Ryan(notes) (toe) and Michael Turner(notes) (ankle) both had another limited day of practice and remain questionable for the road game at the Jets. I can't see how anyone would risk their fantasy life on these guys this week; the New York pass defense is excellent and even if Turner gets on the field, who knows if he'll finish? Roddy White(notes) (knee) is listed as probable but it's hard to like his chances against cover ace Darrelle Revis(notes).

Frank Gore(notes) (toe) is probable for the Eagles. It's not a tasty matchup but you're probably going to start him anyway, barring an embarrassment of riches in your backfield.

The Eagles have already ruled out Jeremy Maclin(notes) and Brian Westbrook(notes), so be ready with other options. Reggie Brown(notes) will pick up the start for Maclin but the Eagles will also give reps to Jason Avant(notes) and Kevin Curtis; in the backfield, it's going to be the LeSean McCoy(notes) and Leonard Weaver(notes) show. Also give the Philly weather a look before you make your final calls Sunday morning; there's snow and wind in the forecast.

Mark Sanchez(notes) (knee) did enough in practice to earn the Week 15 start against Atlanta. It doesn't mean you want to dial him up, but I suppose it helps Braylon Edwards(notes) and Jerricho Cotchery(notes) a little bit.

Jonathan Stewart(notes) (toe) had a full practice and is listed as probable for Sunday night.

Nate Washington(notes) (ankle) probably wasn't your Week 15 savior to begin with, but you can just about cross him off your list now. He's listed as doubtful for Sunday. Perhaps that will skim some extra attempts to surging rookie Kenny Britt(notes).

There's been a positive Dwayne Bowe(notes) buzz in Kansas City this week but the team has yet to confirm that he'll start (or even be active) against the Browns. Unfortunately all we can do is wait and see what Todd Haley gives us Sunday around noon.

Ahmad Bradshaw(notes) (ankle/foot) was held out of another practice, though the Giants are still expecting him to go Monday at Washington. Hopefully you have safer options. As for receiver Mario Manningham(notes) (illness), he worked Friday and is no longer on the injury report.

It was a limited practice week for Joshua Cribbs(notes) (ankle) but nonetheless the Browns are listing him as probable. Use him as you normally would.

Tim Hightower(notes) (thumb) is listed as probable and didn't miss any practice time. He's only had eight carries the last two weeks, in part because of two lost fumbles.

Benjamin Watson(notes) (knee) is listed as questionable for the Buffalo game, a shame given how he carved up these safeties in the previous meeting. And so it goes. Sam Aiken(notes) (shoulder) is also questionable.

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