The NFL Week 8 Injury Report has been released and, once again, many key offensive players are listed with some nagging injuries. Fantasy football owners will have some difficult decisions to make, especially when it relates to whether or not they can start players such as New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw. All three are going to be game time decisions.
Of the three, Bradshaw appears to be on track to play the most. He has played the past two games after being listed as questionable with a bone bruise in his foot, and he is expected to give it a go once again on Sunday when the Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys in a pivotal NFC East battle between two of the top teams.
Nelson injured his hamstring in practice on Wednesday, and has been held out even since. He may test it today, or he could wait until just prior to the start of Green Bay’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be tough to make a call on Nelson’s availability. Even if he is deemed fit to start, with a hamstring issue, the injury could always flare up at any point, making him an extremely risky play. The Packers will already continue to be without Greg Jennings, so they may play things extra cautious when it comes to Nelson.
Graham missed last week’s game for the Saints after spraining his ankle three weeks ago. He laid low during the bye week and was held out of last week’s win. Against the Denver Broncos, the Saints will need every weapon they have at their disposal. While many said that Graham was making strides this week, he is still listed as a game time decision. With New Orleans playing the Sunday night game, it will be a big risk to start him. Wait until you hear a bit more before making a final decision.
In other news…
Jake Locker has been ruled out once again for the Tennessee Titans, meaning that Matt Hasselbeck will get the start against the Indianapolis Colts. Kenny Britt is also expected to play and is listed as probable.
For the Jaguars, Blaine Gabbert is probable to start against the Packers, while Maurice Jones-Drew is out. Rashad Jennings will get the bulk of the carries out of the backfield.
When the New England Patriots face the St. Louis Rams in London, Aaron Hernandez has already been ruled out for the Patriots. Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski are both questionable, but both are likely to play. The Rams have not yet ruled out Danny Amendola, but I would expect him to sit out at least one more game.