2017-18 Fantasy Football Injury Report: January 19 Cover Image
2017-18 Fantasy Football Injury Report: January 19
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Tashaun Gipson Headshot

Gipson (foot) is expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The foot injury limited Gipson's participation in practice throughout the week, ultimately garnering him a questionable designation Friday. While Gipson probably won't be at full strength Sunday, it sounds like he's moving around well enough to give it a go with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. An important member of an exceptional Jaguars secondary, Gipson started all 16 games at free safety during the regular season, finishing with 64 tackles (53 solo), seven pass breakups and four interceptions.
11:31 am (EST)
Mackensie Alexander Headshot

Alexander (ribs/illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Despite failing to practice during the Vikings' final practice of the week, it appears Alexander will be able to gut it out with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Alexander, who typically sees most of his action in nickel or dime packages, played 34 snaps in last week's win over the Saints, recording one tackle and breaking up a pass.
11:28 am (EST)
Andrew Sendejo Headshot

Sendejo (concussion), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Sendejo sustained the concussion during last Sunday's divisional-round win over the Saints, but after practicing in some capacity each day this week, it looks as though he's passed through all phases of the NFL's protocol for head injuries. The Vikings have yet to confirm as much, but Sendejo's absence from the inactive list the team will release approximately 90 minutes before the 6:40 p.m. EST kickoff would indicate the starting safety is good to go.
11:26 am (EST)
Adam Thielen Headshot

Thielen (lower back), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles, is set to play in the contest, a source informed Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

An official announcement on Thielen's status should come when the Vikings reveal their inactives approximately 90 minutes before the 6:40 p.m. EST matchup, but it looks like Thielen isn't in any serious peril of missing his first game of the season. Thielen was only able to put in two limited practices during the week, but it sounds like his restrictions may have been in place to avoid a potential setback heading into Sunday. Expect the wideout, who logged six catches for 74 yards in last week's divisional-round win over the Saints, to remain a top target for quarterback Case Keenum.
9:29 am (EST)
Mike Gillislee Headshot

Gillislee (knee) isn't expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, ESPN.com reports.

Per the report, Gillislee's knee has "not sufficiently recovered" at this stage. On the plus side for the Patriots, fellow running back Rex Burkhead (knee) is slated to be available Sunday and is on track to work in a rotation with lead back Dion Lewis and change-of-pace option James White.
9:22 am (EST)
Rex Burkhead Headshot

Burkhead (knee) is on track to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, ESPN.com reports.

In his expected return to action following a three-game absence, Burkhead is in line to be part of the team's running back rotation Sunday, working behind lead back Dion Lewis. He'll provide the team with another viable pass-catching option out of the backfield to go with change-of-pace man James White.
9:16 am (EST)
Tom Brady Headshot

Brady (right hand) is in line to start Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, ESPN.com reports.

Brady is officially listed as questionable for the contest after cutting his throwing hand at practice Wednesday on a handoff to running back Rex Burkhead. While the injury didn't cause any structural damage, the cut required stitches, which may result in the quarterback donning a protective glove Sunday, though Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that Brady hopes to avoid that. It remains to be see how much, if at all, the signal caller's grip or throwing efficiency might be affected by his hand issue, but Brady is on track to tough things out Sunday afternoon, which is no surprise given the magnitude of the tilt.
9:09 am (EST)
Eli Rogers Headshot

Rogers (knee) underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Rogers, who suffered the devastating right knee injury during the Steelers' divisional playoff loss to the Jaguars, will be a restricted free agent this offseason as he deals with a lengthy road to recovery. Pittsburgh could be without its slot receiver for the beginning of the 2018 regular season if it elects to re-sign Rogers, given the nine-to-12 month timetable that usually accompanies a torn ACL.
Yesterday 1:35 pm (EST)
Brandon Tate Headshot

Tate finished the 2017 campaign with a 19.6-yard average on 28 kickoff returns and a 9.7-yard average on 20 punt returns. He also caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown while occasionally chipping in on offense.

The punt return average put Tate sixth in the NFL, but the kickoff return work was lacking and his worst per-return average in his lengthy NFL career. The latter ranked him last among the 12 NFL players with enough attempts to qualify on the league's special teams leaderboard. Tate, who's been in the league since 2009, is now an unrestricted free agent and there's talk the Bills will let him go and look for something a little more youthful with more upside in the return game. The receiver-needy Bills could also use someone that fills the spot as a return specialist while also offering a better potential than Tate for offensive duty.
Yesterday 12:38 pm (EST)
E.J. Gaines Headshot

Gaines, acquired by the Bills in the Sammy Watkins trade ahead of the 2017 season, played 11 games and logged 59 tackles, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and an interception.

His performance on the field was even better than the box score -- in the 11 games Gaines was fit to play, the Bills were one of the league's tougher teams to pass against. The ex-Ram and rookie Tre'Davious White formed a tandem that far exceeded anyone's initial expectations, with the only buzzkill being that Gaines seemed to be battling one injury or another most of the season. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the league year, and with several other more pressing needs, there's talk the team may not retain him. However, it would be a big score if the Bills could re-sign Gaines and keep what became an excellent starting secondary completely intact.
Jan 19 8:13 pm (EST)
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