Two elite quarterbacks were surprise additions to the Week 8 injury report, while another fantasy favorite appears ready to return to the field. Here are the quarterback injuries you need to know to get your team ready for today’s action.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos vs. Washington Redskins
Don’t get alarmed, even though Manning missed practice on Wednesday because of an ankle injury, he was back at it on Thursday and Friday and was reported to be showing no ill effects. He is Probable for today’s game and you better believe he wants his shot at the Redskins, who are giving up nearly 400 yards of offense and more than 30 points per game, not to mention Manning is still probably seething over last week’s loss. It should be another rewarding day for those fortunate enough to have Manning on their team.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
Anytime an elite quarterback like Peyton Manning, or in this case, Brady shows up on the injury report, it’s news. Brady was a limited practice participant on Thursday because of an apparent shoulder injury, which certainly made headlines. He was a full go on Friday and is Probable for today’s game, so it looks like it was much ado about nothing. If anything, it’s a sigh of relief for Brady owners, especially in a week where six teams are on bye. They and NFL fans and analysts alike are anxious to see what the Patriots’ quarterback can do with tight end Rob Gronkowski in the lineup for a second straight game as well as the possible return of wide receiver Danny Amendola.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
Last week, Vick said he needed another week for his hamstring to heal and it looks like he was telling the truth. Vick practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is Probable to face the Giants. He will reclaim his starting job from Nick Foles, who has already been ruled Out because of a concussion he sustained last week. Besides starting for the Eagles, Vick needs to be starting for your fantasy team again, and you just have to hope he can stay healthy, especially in an appealing matchup like this one.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Tannehill was limited on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, but was a full go in practice on Friday and is Probable. While he’s certainly in the fantasy starting conversation, probably more for 2-QB leagues than standard, Tannehill has struggled recently. He’s thrown as many interceptions as touchdown passes (5 each) over his last three games and is on the road facing a New England defense that’s 11th in passing defense and should get cornerback Aqib Talib back this week. I don’t think there’s any doubt Tannehill will play today, but there’s plenty of doubt as it relates to what sort of numbers to expect from him.
Josh Freeman, QB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Freeman has been ruled Out because of a concussion, but after his disastrous Viking debut on “Monday Night Football” (20-of-53, 190-0-1), you weren’t planning on starting him in the first place were you? Christian Ponder will get the nod instead, but unless you’re feeling lucky, you probably don’t want to take your chances with him either.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Francisco 49ers (London)
After missing the past two games with a hamstring injury, Gabbert is Probable this week. It doesn’t really matter, however, as Chad Henne will get the start against the 49ers. Henne is an option for 2-QB leagues while the only way Gabbert will probably get on the field is because of injury or mop-up duty.
Already Ruled Out:
EJ Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills – The Bills’ first-round pick has yet to even return to practice as he’s still recovering from a LCL sprain in his knee. Thad Lewis will continue to start in Manuel’s place and faces a tough test this week on the road against New Orleans. The Saints are ninth in the league in passing defense, love to get after the quarterback and are a very difficult team to play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. I would analyze all of my options before relying on Lewis this week.