Saints RB Mark Ingram
The Saints' surge to the top of the NFC South has been partly due to the play of running back Mark Ingram, who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, but insisted this week that his shoulder injury is nothing serious and he will be ready to go.
The former first-round pick carried the ball more times against Carolina and Green Bay (54) than he has over any two week period in his NFL career. Ingram will need to carry a heavy load since fellow running backs Khiry Robinson (arm) and Pierre Thomas (shoulder/rib) have been ruled out.
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson
Tampa Bay is a mess, and their set to play a Falcons teams that annihilated them in Week 3, 56-14. One Buv who managed to score in that game was receiver Vincent Jackson, who continues to battle a rib injury that has him listed as "questionable" vs. Atlanta.
Making matters worse is Josh McCown is now the starting quarterback again. In the three games McCown started, Jackson averaged just 3.3 catches for 34 yards, and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 4. The entire Bucs offense must be downgraded in fantasy with McCown under center, even against the Falcons' lowly defense.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo
Tony Romo should suit up for the Dallas Cowboys this week, looking to make a triumphant return when he faces the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. A back injury sidelined Romo in a Week 9 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins
The Bills could be without their top pass catcher this week when they take on a surging Kansas City Chiefs team. Watkins suffered a groin injury during Wednesday's practice. Though it was initially believed to be minor, Watkins missed practice Thursday and Friday, and is now listed as "questionable" to play against Kansas City.
The rookie receiver out of Clemson has 38 catches for 590 yards and five scores on the season, including 12 receptions for 279 yards and three scores over his last two games.
Bills RB Fred Jackson
In addition to Watkins, the Bills could also be without their top running back, though Fred Jackson was never expected to play this week. A groin strain in Week 8 was supposed to sideline him for 3-4 weeks, but he recovered quickly enough to begin practicing this past week.
Jackson is also listed as "questionable" on the final injury report. After Bills head coach Doug Marrone said Thursday that Jackson is "not ready" for game action just yet, Marrone said Friday that it is possible the veteran running back could play.
Bears TE Martellus Bennett
The Bears could be down one of their top offensive weapons when they try to end a two-game losing streak this week. Tight end Martellus Bennett is listed as "questionable" after missing practice Friday because of a rib injury. He suffered the injury during practice this week.
Bennett has 47 catches for 517 yards and five touchdowns on the season. He has been one of the few bright spots for a Bears team that has lost four of its last five games.
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson
The Lions' offense should get a huge boost this week with the return of All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson and dynamic running back Reggie Bush from ankle injuries. Both were close to being ready for Week 8, but were held out as a precaution to allow more time to heal over the bye week. Now they're poised to return after being listed as "probable" on the team's final injury report.
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch
The Seahawks got a bit of a scare when Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch suffered a calf injury, but it shouldn't hold him out against the New York Giants. Lynch fully participated in Friday's practice, and the team listed him as "probable" on the final injury report. The veteran back has 772 all-purpose yards on the year to go with eight touchdowns.
Giants RB Rashad Jennings
While the Seahawks should have their starting running back, the same cannot be said for the Giants. Rashad Jennings continues to suffer from a sprained MCL he suffered in Week 5, though he did manage to go through a second straight day of practice Friday. Still, the Giants listed Jennings as "doubtful" to play against Seattle. He'll likely be back for next week's game against the San Francisco 49ers.