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Injury Updates Week 7: Michael Vick, Jake Locker, Matt Schaub

Michael Vick

Michael Vick

While Philadelphia and Houston are a few of the teams that won’t have their starting quarterback under center in Week 7, Tennessee could get theirs back sooner than expected. Here’s the latest on the QB injury front.

Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Vick is officially Questionable, but he has already come out and said he needs another week for his hamstring to fully heal. While the final decision rests with Chip Kelly and his staff, for all intents and purposes it looks like it is Nick Foles’ gig for a second straight week. He was among the top fantasy scorers at his position last week after totaling four touchdowns (3 pass, 1 rush) against the Buccaneers, so I have no issue with throwing Foles out there against the Cowboys this week.

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers
After injuring his hip in Week 4, Locker was expected to be out anywhere between four to six weeks. Well, apparently someone didn’t tell Locker this, as he returned to practice and although he is listed as Questionable, reports have come out indicating he will start this afternoon’s game. Some of Locker’s speedy recovery can be attributed to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s poor play. Fitzpatrick has accounted for two touchdowns and four interceptions in his two starts, both losses. Still, even if Locker does play, he probably will be a dreaded game-time decision for a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff, and let’s not forget the Titans play the 49ers. San Francisco’s defense has been dominant over the past three games, taking its early-season frustrations out on Sam Bradford, Matt Schaub and Carson Palmer. If you are a Locker owner, you are no doubt very happy to hear that he’s coming back, but all you really want out of him in this game is to finish it healthy. Locker should be nowhere near your starting lineup this week.

Quarterbacks Already Ruled Out:

Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars – Gabbert will miss his second straight game because of a hamstring injury. Chad Henne will get the start against the Chargers and could be an option for 2-QB leagues. He threw for 303 yards against Denver last week, but tossed two interceptions and no touchdowns. Still with, Justin Blackmon (Probable, hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (Questionable, shoulder) at his disposal, Henne’s capable of posting some decent numbers.

EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills – The Bills’ first-round pick remains out with a LCL sprain in his knee. Thad Lewis (Probable, foot) is expected to start against Miami. Lewis wasn’t horrible (216-2-0, rushing TD) against the Bengals last week, but he’s probably still too risky and unproven to rely on in fantasy.

Matt Schaub, Houston Texans – Schaub won’t have to worry about being booed by the fans this week, as the Texans have ruled him out against Kansas City with an ankle injury. Case Keenum will make his first career NFL start on the road against the Chiefs, fantasy’s No. 1 DST. And that’s all you need to know about Keenum for this week.