The NFL Injury Report for week 5 of the 2012 NFL season has been released, and we already know of a few key inactives. As was reported here yesterday, the Green Bay Packers will be without Greg Jennings once again, as he continues to fight through a nagging groin injury. The New York Giants announced they will be without Hakeem Nicks for the third consecutive game as well, as he has been unable to play through the pain of foot and knee injuries early this season.
But many more key players could miss their team’s week 5 game, and they will effect how you play your fantasy football matchup this week. Here is a look at some of the early headlines.
The Giants will be without Nicks again, but that is not the only player who will miss Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. New York will also be without Ramses Barden, and could also have to play without Rocky Bernard, Kenny Phillips and David Diehl. The Giants may actually struggle more than people think against the Browns.
Jake Locker will miss this week’s game for the Tennessee Titans and will be replaced with Matt Hasselbeck.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expecting Rashard Mendenhall, Troy Polamalu and James Harrison all to suit up and start when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Pittsburgh has been horrible on the ground and hope that Mendenhall can get things going, although his touches may still be limited.
The New England Patriots have listed Aaron Hernandez as questionable, although I do not see him playing against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. He is very close to returning, but I see him as still being a week or so away. New England will not rush him back into action.
Lance Moore will miss the New Orleans Saints game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night, meaning he will not be on the receiving end when Drew Brees goes for history. He will be a big loss to Brees and the Saints’ passing game.
Dwight Freeney will be a game time decision for the Indianapolis Colts. This is nothing new, and fantasy football owners who use individual defensive players should plan on rolling without Freeney, if he is still on your roster in the first place.
Julio Jones is probable for the Atlanta Falcons, and there is more or less absolutely no chance that he misses this week’s game against the Washington Redskins. How well he plays, however, will remain to be seen. He has been hindered by this hand injury for more than a week now.
Reggie Bush played for the Miami Dolphins last week and came out unscathed, and should be fine for this week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Miami will need every offensive weapon they can at their disposal.
The same is said for Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears.
Make sure to check back throughout this weekend for all of the latest NFL injury updates for week 5.