UPDATE: Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy are INACTIVE – Get them out of your lineups !!!

As you all know things can change before Sunday kickoff so be sure to check back as we will be updating Injury status throughout the weekend and then every 10 minutes starting at 11:30 Sunday morning up until the 1pm kickoffs. We will then check back in with updates starting at 3pm for the late games.

As we approach the final week of the regular season, fantasy owners will have to monitor the injuries as well as each team’s motivation to ensure that you don’t have a player that is riding the pine in your starting lineups.

Houston is locked into the #3 seed in the AFC and Green Bay has clinched home field throughout the playoffs in the NFC so expect alot of reserves to see significant time for the Packers and Texans.

The AFC North and #2 seed (first round BYE) are up for grabs so Baltimore and Pittsburgh will be motivated to win (both have 4pm games). Cincy hosts the Ravens and a win gets them in. In the NFC East its winner take all on Sunday night as the injured riddled Cowboys look to avenge their week 14 home collapse against Eli and the Giants.

You can see all the week 17 playoff scenarios here.

Here is our take on the varying degrees of motivation for teams in the playoff hunt.

AFC

1. Patriots: clinch the No. 1 seed with a win.
2. Ravens: AFC North and bye on the line.
3. Texans: Nothing to play. AJ, Yates and Foster should at least play a half.
4. Broncos / Oakland -  Denver wins division with victory.
5. Steelers: 4pm kickoff and need a win and Ravens loss in Cincy for division.
6. Final wildcard – Cincinnati holds one game lead – Oakland, NY Jets, Tennessee also alive.

NFC

1. Packers: Homefield secured – expect alot of Matt Flynn under center.
2. San Francisco – holds tiebreaker on Saints and clinches first round bye with a win – should throttle St Louis.
3. Saints: Expect all Saints to play to win
4. Cowboys-Giants: winner takes NFC East division and loser packs bags.
5. Lions: A win against Green Bay’s backups clinches 5th seed.
6. Falcons: If Detroit wins at 1 p.m., the Falcons get No. 6 seed and likely face the Saints. If Lions lose – Falcons will go all out to win at 4pm against Tampa.

Many backfields have been decimated by injuries. DeMarco Murray’s week 14 broken ankle opened the door Fragile Felix Jones to garner a week 15 start but a hamstring injury sidelined him in the 2nd half. Jones only saw 4 carries in a meaningless week 16 game but is expected to start Sunday night in a must win game (Sammy Morris could split carries). The Bears Khalil Bell posted yet another solid performance in week 16 and should get the start in Minnesota (heir apparent to Matt Forte ?). CJ2K is battling an ankle injury but should start against an unmotivated Texans team that could have the B-team starting. Jamie Harper is worth stashing if you have the roster space. Rookie Roy Helu laid an egg last week in week 15 and sat out week 16 (battling toe and ankle injuries). He’s expected back but a timeshare is likely with Evan Royster against Philly.

There are multiple injuries to monitor at the WR position. Vincent Jackson was limited by a groin injury  in week 16 and with the Chargers eliminated from playoff contention – VJax could pack it in for the season.  Anquan Boldin required minor surgery and will miss week 17 but is expected back for the playoffs.

Tom Brady (shoulder) and Big Ben (ankle) vow to play but its unclear how long either player will remain under center as their respective teams playoff hopes hinge on their health. Tony Romo’s swollen hand has healed enough that it appears all systems go for the game of the week on Sunday night as he looks to dispel the choke artist label (for his sake let’s just hope the game doesn’t come down to a Dallas field goal).

PlayerPOSTEAMStatusInjuryExpected Return
CAR @ NO - 1pm
Mark IngramRBNOOUTToeRookie could miss playoffs after setback this week
Lance MooreWRNOOUTHamstringUpgrade Robert Meachem
BUF @ NE - 1pm
Tom BradyQBNEACTIVEShoulderBrian Hoyer could see some playing time
Wes WelkerWRNEACTIVEKneeHad 16 catches for 217 yards with TDs in week 3 meeting with Bills. Must start.
Deion BranchWRNEACTIVEGroinAveraging 50 YPG with 5 TDs.
CHI @ MIN - 1pm
Devin HesterWRCHIACTIVEAnkleFull practice. Has just 3 catches over last 7 games. Avg 24 YPG receiving.
Marion BarberRBCHIOUTCalfHeavy dose of Khalil Bell this week
Christian PonderQBMINACTIVEConcussionFull practice. Bears 28th ranked pass defense (256 YPG).
NYJ @ MIA - 1pm
Shonn GreeneRBNYJACTIVERib, shoulderHad 21 carries for 74 yards in week 6 meeting with Miami
LaDainian TomlinsonRBNYJACTIVEQuadricepscould be final game of his career
Joe McKnightRBNYJACTIVEElbow, shoulderFull practice. Probable for Week 17 at Miami
Brandon MarshallWRMIAACTIVEKneeRevis Island but had 6 catches for 109 yards in week 6
Daniel ThomasRBMIAACTIVEKneeShould see 15-20 carries as starter this week. Jets 15th ranked run defense (113 YPG) - have allowed 17 TDs on ground (3rd most in NFL)
Reggie BushRBMIAOUTKneeWill not play this week.
Anthony FasanoTEMIAACTIVEHeadFull practice - Had 1 catche for 13 yards vs N.Y. Jets in week 6. Avg just 31 YPG in 2011.
SF @ STL - 1pm
Sam BradfordQBSTLOUTAnkleKellen Clemons starts as Rams still have chance at #1 pick.
DET @ GB - 1pm
Kevin SmithRBDETACTIVEAnkleFull practice but could split workload with Mo Morris.
Calvin JohnsonWRDETACTIVEAchilles'Friday practice. Had 4 catches for 49 yards and a TD in week 12 vs. Green Bay.
Greg JenningsWRGBOUTKneeshould be back for first playoff game.
Jermichael FinleyTEGBACTIVEKneeearly exit is very possible. Avg 47 YPG with 7 TDs on the season.
James StarksRBGBOUTKnee, ankleJohn Kuhn and Brandon Saine could see most carries - Packers nothing to play for.
Randall CobbWRGBOUTGroinNelson, Driver and James Jones at WR this week.
WAS @ PHI - 1pm
Roy HeluRBWASACTIVEKnee, toeSplit with Evan Royster is possible
LeSean McCoyRBPHIOUTAnkleRuled out and falls short in quest for rushing title (trails MJD by 128 yards). Dion Lewis and Ronnie Brown will split carries.
IND @ JAX - 1pm
Dallas ClarkTEINDACTIVENeckLimited practice - expected to play in what could be last game as a Colt (32 year old owed $4.5 million next season)
Marcedes LewisTEJACACTIVEHamstringFull practice. Major bust this season (zero TDs - had 10 TDs in 2010).
Maurice Jones-DrewRBJACACTIVEAnkleHad 25 carries for 114 yards and a TD in week 10 meeting with Indy.
TEN @ HOU - 1pm
Chris JohnsonRBTENACTIVEAnkleFriday practice. Avg just 66 YPG with only 4 TDs this season. Candidate for Bust of the Year award.
T.J. YatesQBHOUACTIVERight shoulderFull practice. Averaging 180 YPG with 3 TDs and 3 INTs
Andre JohnsonWRHOUACTIVEHamstringExpected to start (likely see 30-40 snaps). Has missed 9 games this season due to hamstring injuries. Could see CB Cortland Finnegan in coverage.
Owen DanielsTEHOUOUTKneeTexans have nothing to play for. OD Avg just 45 YPG with only 3 TDs on the season.
BAL @ CIN - 4pm
Anquan BoldinWRBALOUTKneeTorrey Smith and Lee Evans face struggling Cincy pass defense
Billy CundiffKBALQuestionableLeft calfgame time decision - Shayne Graham could get kicking duties again.
A.J. GreenWRCINQuestionableShoulderFull Friday practice. Rookie is averaging 74 YPG with 7 TDs. He missed the first meeting vs. Baltimore in week 11.
PIT @ CLE - 4pm
Ben RoethlisbergerQBPITProbableAnkleMight only play a half. Passed for 280 yards with 2 TDs and one INT in week 14 meeting with Cleveland's #2 ranked pass defense (184 YPG).
Mike WallaceWRPITProbableAnkleHad 4 catches for 57 yards in week 14 meeting. Could see a lot of CB Joe Haden.
Emmanuel SandersWRPITProbableFootAvg just 27 YPG with 2 TDs.
Peyton HillisRBCLEQuestionableElbowHad 10 carries 25 in week 14. Madden curse is alive. Impending free agent could be last game as Brown.
Colt McCoyQBCLEOUTHeadSeneca Wallace will start vs Pittsburgh #1 ranked pass defense (172 YPG).
SEA @ ARZ - 4pm
Tarvaris JacksonQBSEAProbablePectoralPassed for 171 yards with no TDs and one INT in week 3 meeting with Arizona.
Beanie WellsRBARIQuestionableKneeKnee injury has slowed his production dramatically (avg just 49 YPG over past 4 games).
Kevin KolbQBARIOUTHeadJohn Skelton starts. Kolb didn't exactly earn his 6-year $65 million contract in first year with Arizona.
KC @ DEN - 4pm
Jackie BattleRBKCOUTFootMcCluster, Thomas Jones and LeRon McClain will split workload
SD @ OAK - 4pm
Ryan MathewsRBSDQuestionableCalfMissed Friday practice - game time decision but could sit out with SD out of playoff hunt.
Mike TolbertRBSDQuestionableHamstringFriday practice. Better bet to lead in carries against Oakland's 27th ranked run defense (135 YPG)
Antonio GatesTESDProbableNot injury relatedHad 5 catches for 54 yards in week 10 meeting
Vincent JacksonWRSDQuestionableGroinFriday practice. Had just 1 catch for 22 yards vs Oakland in week 10.
Darren McFaddenRBOAKOUTFootMichael Bush starts. Run DMC has been out since week 7.
Jacoby FordWROAKQuestionableFootCould play in limited role. DHB and Moore are better starts.
TB @ ATL - 4pm
Kellen WinslowTETBProbableNot injury relatedHad 2 catches for 2 yards in week 3 meeting with Atlanta.
Preston ParkerWRTBProbableConcussionFull practice. Probable for Week 17 at Atlanta
Arrelious BennWRTBQuestionableNeckDid not practice - game time decision. Avg just 31 YPG with 3 TDs.
Michael TurnerRBATLQuestionableGroinIf Detroit wins at 1pm - Atlanta could rest Turner. Jacquizz Rodgers and Snelling could see increased snaps in great matchup with Tampa's 31st ranked run defense.
Tony GonzalezTEATLProbableNot injury relatedHad 2 catches for 18 yards and a TD in week 3 meeting
Julio JonesWRATLProbableAnkleHad 6 catches for 115 yards in week 3 meeting. Rookie has 4 TDs over past 3 games.
DAL @NYG - SUN 8:20pm
Tony RomoQBDALProbableRight handHad best game of season in week 14 meeting (321 yards, 4 TDs and no INTs)
Felix JonesRBDALQuestionableHamstringLimited practice but expected to start Sunday night. Sammy Morris could see increased workload.
Laurent RobinsonWRDALProbableShoulderHad 4 catches for 137 yards and a TD in week 14
Ahmad BradshawRBNYGProbableFootHad just 8 carries for 12 yards IN WEEK 14 against Dallas 7th ranked run defense (99 YPG).
Hakeem NicksWRNYGProbableHamstringLimited Friday practice. Had 8 catches for 163 yards in week 14.
Mario ManninghamWRNYGProbableKneeHad 2 catches for 62 yards and a TD in week 14.
Jake BallardTENYGOUTKneeTravis Beckum gets the start.
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