On Friday, a lot of decisions where made on whether certain injured players would play or not. As well as some questions still remain. Here we will take a look at key gamechangers that will affect the outcome of their teams matchup based on their participation.
Carson Palmer (elbow) is a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against St. Louis, though coach Bruce Arians said he’s “sure” Palmer will be “ready to go.”
New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski (forearm) is Fantasy Football’s No. 1 overall tight end and is in no danger of missing Sunday’s game even though he is still recovering from, count them, FOUR forearm surgeries.
Julius Thomas (knee) has been practicing the last few days without limitation. Barring a setback, Thomas is now on track to return for Sunday’s game against the Titans. Thomas likely could have played in Week 13, but the Broncos decided to play things safe.
It was announced that Percy Harvin (hip) will be out for their NFC showdown with the San Francisco 49ers. They could (and should) hold Harvin out until the playoffs to avoid further issues with the hip. That would give Harvin an extra month to rehab the hip and come back stronger.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers (clavicle) has officially been ruled out of this weeks matchup against Atlanta. He will most likely play next week.
Christian Ponder (concussion) has been ruled out of this week’s game against Baltimore Ravens. Matt Cassell will start for the Vikings.
The Bears have ruled out Jay Cutler (ankle) for the MNF matchup with Dallas. Josh McCown will be ready and able.
Jason Campbell (concussion) has been cleared by doctors and will start against New England Patriots. Not many are starting Campbell, but Josh Gordon owners should be very happy that it will not be a second or third tier QB out there unable to get the ball into the playmaker’s hands. Even still, Gordon will need to face Aqib Talib who will limit Gordon’s damage. I do not see him putting up a third straight 200+ yard game, maybe 75 yards with a TD.