December 2 2010 Last updated at 11:00 AM ET
Injury Spin Cycle: Will Adrian Peterson's Sprained Ankle Keep Him Out?
As of Thursday morning, he's a game-time decision. Also as of Thursday morning? His backup, Toby Gerhart, was probably scooped up off the waiver wire in your league. The only hope now for Peterson owners who didn't get Gerhart is that the ankle is fine and that Peterson will somehow get fired up to lead his 4-7 Vikings against the 2-9 Bills. In that classic Buffalo-Minnesota rivalry that everyone looks forward to every year. (In other words, Peterson owners shouldn't expect much from him, if anything). In other injury news...
(Update: Peterson says he expects to play Sunday)
Ben Roethlisberger - The image of anyone in a walking boot is always kind of weird and funny. Unless it's your fantasy quarterback, in which case it becomes angst-filled and stressful. Fortunately for Roethlisberger owners, he's out of the boot and into... a fortified shoe that has been retrofitted with two metal plates. If this alone wasn't enough to lift your spirits, Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he'll play on Sunday by offering the vague, "I'll find a way to make it happen," reassurance. It wouldn't be a terrible idea to have Byron Leftwich on your watch lists just in case a last-second add/drop is necessary.
Kerry Collins - We're not sure how he keeps sneaking back into fantasy relevance, but any quarterback with a bad calf who gets to throw to Randy Moss deserves at least a cursory mention in the Injury Spin Cycle. Collins is expected to start on Sunday against the Jaguars, and will most likely be focused, as the 5-6 Titans are just one game behind the 6-5 Jaguars for first in the AFC South.
Brian Westbrook - Just a few days after running wild as Frank Gore's replacement, Westbrook missed practice on Wednesday with a bum ankle. Anthony Dixon is the obvious replacement, but he's become a fashionable pickup and might not be available. There are two ways to look at this injury: 1) It's just a little pain and the 49ers decided to sit him out because they're already one running back down, or 2) He has reverted to the injured Westbrook of old and will now miss two weeks with a sprained ankle. There's a strong case for it being the former, but we'd be silly to wholly rule out the latter.
Mike Williams (SEA) - After putting up two consecutive 100-plus yard receiving games, Williams is now in danger of missing his second straight week with an injured foot. He did not practice on Wednesday and the team wasn't offering much up in terms of his status. Deon Butler stands to benefit the most from his absence, but teams in need of a deep gamble might want to take a look at rookie Golden Tate, who could be due for a late-season "coming into his own" run of games.
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