Week 5 Injury Wrap: Questionable tag for Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson

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There are a few big names we have to sort through, but overall it's a reasonable injury landscape this week. Get your copay ready and let's sort it out, starting with the wide receivers and tight ends. 

• Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable after a light week. He had a partial practice on Thursday and sat out the other two main days. Even if he goes at Dallas, he won't be 100 percent. DeAndre Hopkins looks like Houston's best receiver

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Calvin Johnson (knee) is listed as questionable. He took some Friday reps after sitting out the previous two days. Megatron was active for the Week 4 victory over the Jets, but was mostly limited to decoy work. The list of "must-start studs" is fairly small in my estimation, but I still consider Johnson on that list, at least in standard formats. 

• Marqise Lee (hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (hamstring) won't play against Pittsburgh, which tidies up the Jacksonville passing options nicely. Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and tight end Clay Harbor are all worth considering in medium and deeper pools. 

• Eric Decker (hamstring) had a dodgy week and is considered a game-day call at San Diego. With the late start on tap, I can't see risking anything with him. I have a few Decker shares and I'm not going to use any of them.  

• Vernon Davis (back) missed the full week of practice and doesn't seem likely to play against Kansas City. 

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• Marvin Jones was hoping to return this week, but he tweaked a hamstring in practice. He's now considered doubtful for the Sunday nighter at New England. 

• Odell Beckham (hamstring) is listed as questionable, but I wouldn't risk a thing until he shows us something in an actual game. The Giants have been doing just fine of late, anyway. 

• Delanie Walker (shoulder) is listed as probable, so keep doing what you're doing. Cleveland's tight end coverage has been so-so. 

• Niles Paul (post concussion) had a full practice Friday and seems on track for Week 5, though you worry a bit with the Monday night slot. Jordan Reed (hamstring) is closer to questionable. You also worry about the Seahawks defense, though it did allow three touchdowns to Antonio Gates in Week 2 (and a pair of Denver tight-end scores the following week). 

• Mike Evans (groin) is out for 2-3 weeks, which pushes Louis Murphy into the deep-league argument at New Orleans. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) had two limited days of practice and is listed as questionable. 

• Zach Miller (ankle) won't go for Seattle, which might push you to Luke Willson in some formats. 

Running Backs 

• Although Ben Tate (knee) is listed as probable on the injury report, he's concerned about weekend swelling. This might come down to a game-time decision. Cleveland has solid alternatives if Tate can't play or is limited, headlined by uber-talented Isaiah Crowell. The Browns have an early start at Tennessee, so we'll know the story ahead of the deadline. 

• Reggie Bush better be ready for a healthy share of work, as the Lions won't have Joique Bell (concussion) or Theo Riddick (hamstring) against Buffalo. The Bills are stingy against the run (2.9 YPC), but volume is a wonderful fake-football thing. And Bush is still a handy pass-catcher, of course. 

• Bernard Pierce (thigh) is listed as probable, though he had that designation last week but wasn't used in the romp over Carolina. The Ravens are getting good work from all of their backs, and outstanding blocking as well. 

• The Texans gave Arian Foster partial reps the final two days of the week and list him as probable for Sunday's game at Dallas. 

• With Jonathan Stewart (knee) and DeAngelo Williams (ankle) out for the Panthers, they'll mix and match with Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya. To make things more complicated, Cam Newton is still playing through nagging ankle and rib discomfort. 

Other Positions

• Carson Palmer (shoulder) remains week-to-week, so Drew Stanton will start at Denver. One thing to like about Stanton: he leads the NFL in percentage of deep passes attempted (per Pro Football Focus), which is good news for anyone tied to emerging star Michael Floyd. The Broncos have a strong secondary, of course, but Stanton has played better than initially expected. 

• The Rams have given their starting QB job to Austin Davis. He's off to a strong start, completing 72.3 percent of his passes with an 8.0 YPA. He has some deeper-streamer value in Week 5, against Philly's snap-heavy offense and giveaway defense. 

• Looks like we'll see Jake Locker (wrist) back in the saddle. He's listed as probable. Is this the week Ken Whisenhunt finally gets Bishop Sankey and Justin Hunter the opportunities they deserve? Although Sankey doesn't have a run over 20 yards this season, he's carrying a snappy 5.1 YPC (albeit in a limited sample). 

• The Broncos decided to release kicker Matt Prater, which means Brandon McManus will hold onto the Denver gig. There's a solid chance Prater will hook on with a new club; his NFL suspension ends next week. 

• The Falcons are missing four-fifths of the offensive line they started the season with, so wish Matt Ryan & Company good luck at the Giants. 

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