Week 8 Injury Wrap: Sweating Jimmy Graham and Calvin Johnson, yet again

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is recovering from an injury, prepares to throw a ball during a training session at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, England, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Johnson still a doubt for Lions game in London

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is recovering from an injury, prepares to throw a ball during a training session at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, England, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Hard to believe the fantasy regular season is already more than halfway done in many leagues. Get the clipboards and copays, let's figure out the injury landscape. We'll start with the wideouts and tight ends, then hit the other main positions. 

-- Calvin Johnson (ankle) had a limited practice week and is listed as questionable for the London game against Atlanta. One positive to Megatron's status: we'll know it super early. Keep in mind the Lions and Falcons are playing at 9:30 AM ET (6:30 am PST). Both teams get a bye in Week 9 after the overseas matchup; I wouldn't be surprised if the Lions decided to wait two more weeks on Johnson, then regroup for Week 10. We'll know in less than 24 hours. (Sunday AM update: Johnson is out, Reggie Bush is out, and every good Detroit tight end is out.)

-- Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday night against Green Bay. He was limited during each day of the practice week. It's tricky to know the call here - Graham obviously was little more than a decoy last week at Detroit (and didn't have any catches), but he's obviously an immense talent, and this week's matchup is considerably better. Do you feel lucky?

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-- Reggie Wayne (elbow) won't play against Pittsburgh. Figure on T.Y. Hilton seeing an extra look or two, and perhaps Hakeem Nicks or Donte Moncrief will collect some extra opportunities. I have no problem cutting Wayne in a standard format; he's been ordinary all season, despite Andrew Luck's stellar play.

-- All signs point to A.J. Green (toe) missing another game. He didn't do any work this week. The Ravens defense is a nasty matchup for the rest of the Cincinnati passing game; the Ravens are allowing one touchdown pass on average per week.

-- Owen Daniels had a knee scope Friday and is expected to miss multiple games. We know for sure he won't play against Cincinnati (a shame, it's a cushy matchup). Crockett Gillmore (three career catches) steps in as the new starter.

-- Harry Douglas (foot) might be able to go at London, which could help Matt Ryan a little bit. You don't need Douglas in any standard format. Julio Jones (ankle) is listed as probable.

-- Kyle Rudolph (hernia surgery) is working out again, but hasn't resumed practicing. His target for a return looks like Week 11, immediately after Minnesota's bye.

-- The Bucs are taking it easy with Vincent Jackson (ribs), but it doesn't sound like he'll miss the home game against Minnesota. He is listed as questionable, but at least it's a 1 pm ET start.

-- Donnie Avery (groin) won't play against the Rams. Amazingly, Kansas City doesn't have a single touchdown catch from a wide receiver in 2014.

Running Back

-- Shane Vereen (illness) missed all of Friday's practice and is listed as questionable. At least we get a break with the game time, as New England hosts Chicago in the 1 pm ET wave.

-- Reggie Bush (ankle) missed the final two days of work and is unlikely to play against the Falcons. Saddle up, Joique Bell.

-- Toby Gerhart (ankle) had two good days of work and is expected to get some run against Miami, messing up the Denard Robinson story somewhat. You also have to wonder how much of Robinson's big game was the residual of Cleveland's leaky defense.

-- Trent Richardson (hamstring) looks like a game-time decision for Sunday after an empty practice week. The Colts and Steelers play a second-wave game, making it extra-dicey for fantasy owners. Ahmad Bradshaw could see some extra work, not that the Colts want to run him into the ground. Dan Herron is the next running back on the depth chart.

-- Jonathan Stewart looks like the last back standing in Carolina, as DeAngelo Williams (ankle), Fozzy Whittaker (thigh), and Chris Ogbonnaya (groin) are all out for Week 8. But don't misunderstand the Seattle matchup; while the Seahawks are struggling with their pass rush and secondary play, the run defense has actually been strong.

-- Khiry Robinson (forearm) and Pierre Thomas (shoulder) won't go Sunday night, leaving Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet as the main New Orleans backs. Ingram should get double-digit carries, easy, and I suspect Cadet will get another handful of catches, continuing his fine play of the past three games.

-- Darren Sproles (knee) has a chance to play after a full Friday practice. He was limited the two prior days. Philadelphia plays at Arizona in one of the most intriguing games of the week.

-- Shonn Greene (hamstring) is listed as probable. Bishop Sankey hasn't taken advantage of Greene's absence the last two weeks. (But wait, there's more: Greene was arrested Friday, and released, in an odd parking incident. It's not clear if he'll play Sunday.)

-- Gio Bernard (ribs) had a full practice Friday and is listed as probable.

-- With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both out indefinitely, the Bills will use Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown as their primary backs, in some combination.

-- Andre Ellington (foot) is listed as probable, so plug and play as you normally would.

-- Charles Sims (ankle) has returned to practice and might be less than a week away from playing. Given how the other Tampa Bay runners are struggling, this is something to keep an eye on.

Quarterback

-- Zach Mettenberger steps in as the new Titans quarterback. Jake Locker is expected to back him up against Houston. You get worried about the prospect of the inexperienced Mettenberger negotiating the pocket against J.J. Watt and company, but it's not like the other Tennessee QBs were doing anything great. If you need Justin Hunter in a deeper league, I see the QB change as a welcome development (even if nothing happens in Week 8).

-- Josh McCown (thumb) did some work in the practice week, but all signs point to Mike Glennon starting against Minnesota. If the Bucs go back to McCown at any point this year, they're colossal morons. Then again, they're the guys who signed him in the first place.

-- Robert Griffin (ankle) has returned to practice and figures to get his job back fairly soon, though it's not expected to be Monday night at Dallas. Colt McCoy looks like the Week 8 starter, fresh off his relief victory over Tennessee.

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