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NFL Injury News: Updating Robert Griffin III and More Hurting Fantasy Studs

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins waits between plays during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2012

Robert Griffin III has a lot of potential fantasy playoff matches hinging on the health of his knee. The Redskins' playoff chances might be too, but that is of little consequence to a true fantasy owner. 

The rookie phenom's playing status isn't the only one that fantasy owners will be anxiously checking this week. It is late in the season and there are injuries all over the place. 

Let's get caught up on the latest buzz on some of the more important injuries heading into Week 15. 

 

Robert Griffin III

News filtered out after the game that Robert Griffin's injury was a knee strain. While that is far better than a tear, it could mean many things, depending on the severity. 

Well, the news on the strain front was as good as could be. The Redskins tweeted out that happy details.

Shanahan said the sprain was Grade 1 (lowest) to the LCL, with no structural damage to the rest of the knee. #HTTR

— Redskins (@Redskins) December 10, 2012

This still leaves his status for the upcoming game against the Browns up in the air, but at least it is a possibility. Which head coach Mike Shanahan made sure everyone knew, as 106.7 THE FAN's Grant Paulsen highlights.

Mike Shanahan: Robert Griffin "is definitely not ruled out for Cleveland" game. #Redskins

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 10, 2012

However, the most promising update on RG3 came from RG2. The Washington Post's David Sheinin and Mike Jones explain:

In text messages, Griffin said his son is doing “really good.” Asked whether he thought Griffin III could play Sunday he responded: “That is the plan.”

Well, that is certainly not an official status update, but at least it is promising. 

If the Redskins weren't in the playoff race, Griffin would likely be put on the shelf. However, both he and the team are sure to do whatever they can to get him on the field, but owners should be prepared to not know RG3's status until late in the week or game time. 

 

Dwayne Bowe

If you own Dwayne Bowe, I'm sorry. He will be no more use to you this season. This comes via Pro Football Talk.

Per league source, Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe has multiple broken ribs and will be placed on IR.

ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 11, 2012

There is a good chance Bowe has played his last game as a Chief...and for any fantasy owner who had him this year. 

 

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler took a big hit in Week 14 and was forced from action. Luckily, it was not due to yet another concussion for Cutler. 

Even better news is that Cutler doesn't seem concerned about this injury. Michael Wright of ESPN passed this along. 

Jay Cutler said he "should be ready to go later in the week." #JayCutlerShow

— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) December 10, 2012

Obviously, Cutler's status will need to be monitored, but it is safe to assume he will be ready to play this week against the Packers.

 

Dez Bryant 

Terrible news for another receiver as the surging Dez Bryant is almost definitely out this week.

The injury to Bryant's hand did not seem concerning at first. However, it may end his season. 

CBS Dallas/Forth Worth’s Richie Whitt reported this awful news:

Confirmed: #Cowboys' receiver Dez Bryant has torn ligaments in his finger and will have season-ending surgery, be placed on IR.

— Richie Whitt (@richiewhitt) December 10, 2012

The sliver of hope here is that it appears that report may have been jumping the gun a bit. True Blue Fan Club’s Nick Eatman let it be known that the Cowboys are not ready to end Bryant's season. 

Just talked to Jason Garrett... he said its 50-50.. Said Bryant is going to see hand specialist right now. My gut tells me he won't be on IR

— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) December 10, 2012

However, like we talked about above, this is not good for Bryant's Week 15 status and owners would be wise to begin making other plans. 

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