Week 7 NFL Injury Report: Adrian Peterson Questionable For Sunday
The seventh week of the 2015 NFL season has already begun, with the Seahawks taking down the hapless 49ers on Thursday night. That game wasn’t met with any new injuries and wasn’t impacted by injuries much going into the contest, but that is very different as we wait for this weekend’s games.
The Bills and Jaguars get the action started ultra early in Londo on Sunday, so now is the time to go over last second injury news before you finalize any NFL bets. Be sure to check the latest injury buzz on Sunday and Monday if you can before making final betting adjustments, as well.
For now, we’ve got updates on all the big names that are banged up, what their chances are of playing and what their status may mean for their team in week seven:
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans – OUT
Mariota sprained his knee and has already been ruled out for Tennessee’s home matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Zach Mettenberger draws the start and while he flashed upside last year, doesn’t help the Titan’s already poor chances of taking down one of the better teams in the league.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills – OUT
Taylor will miss his second straight game due to a sprained knee. E.J. Manuel gets a second straight start and after looking shaky a week ago, could hurt Buffalo’s chances of getting a win in London over the Jaguars. Buffalo probably still wins, but picking the Jags isn’t crazy this week.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers – Questionable
Big Ben got in some limited practice time this week and reportedly “felt good”. He’s nearing a return but it’s starting to sound like it won’t come in week seven. Pittsburgh is a safe pick if he starts, but with Landry Jones likely getting the nod on the road at Arrowhead, Kansas City could be a fun team to bet on.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings – Questionable
Peterson was dealing with a finger issue and was fine for week seven, but recently got downgraded due to an indisclosed illness. He’s not in danger of missing Minny’s week 7 date in Detroit, which would naturally hurt their odds of sweeping the Lions.
Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins – Probable
Jones missed last week but is back to share the rock with Alfred Morris. The Redskins are at home and at full strength again, so they’ll have a decent chance to take down the visiting Buccaneers.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys – OUT
Bryant had reportedly been “cutting and sprinting”, so it sounds like he’s close to returning after foot surgery. Reports suggest it’s doubtful that happens in week seven, leaving new starting quarterback Matt Cassel with very few weapons. Dallas is very much in danger of losing their fourth straight contest.
Update – Bryant did not travel with the team and is officially out this week. Terrance Williams will again act as the ‘Boys #1 wide receiver.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs – Questionable
Maclin dealt with concussion symptoms earlier in the week but has been cleared and appears ready to face the Steelers. Head injuries can be tricky, though, so keep up on his status. Maclin randomly sitting out would understandably hurt KC’s odds of beating the Steelers in week seven.
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals – Probable
Brown has been dealing with some hamstring tightness but got better late in the week and is expected to play against the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Arizona would remain the favorite without him, however.
Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills – OUT
Harvin was ruled out earlier in the week due to a hip issue. The Bills will turn to Chris Hogan and Robert Woods at wide receiver and are very under-manned in the passing game this week.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills – OUT
Watkins is the major reason why Buffalo is in trouble, as he’s the third big injury for the Bills. Again, betting on the Jaguars to win in London is getting more attractive by the day.
Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots – Probable
LaFell returns from a six-game absence, as his foot is finally healed. He could be limited in his first game back, though, so he isn’t likely to change the odds in New England’s tilt with the Jets.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers – Questionable
Gates is very much in doubt for week seven, as he is dealing with a knee sprain and missed the entire week of practice. It’s possible he sits out of San Diego’s home date with the Raiders. Ladarius Green would fill in just fine in his absence and the Bolts would still be favored.
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