NFL News: Where Robert Griffin III and More Injured Stars Stand Ahead of Week 15

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half during a game at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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There are several key players dealing with injuries around the NFL right now, which isn't a surprise after nearly four months of heavy hits. Star rookie Robert Griffin III heads the injury list, which is growing in both size and prominence with each passing week.

Fans are keeping tabs on the players' progress for various reasons. The most prominent being their fantasy football lineups or as a part of tracking on their favorite team. Either way, they are standing by hoping for positive news.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the latest updates to emerge about some of the league's biggest offensive stars as teams prepare for Week 15.


Robert Griffin III

The Washington Redskins, their fans and fantasy owners feared the worst when Griffin was unable to finish Sunday's game. It certainly looked bad as the dynamic quarterback was having serious trouble putting any weight on his right leg.

Luckily, it appears he's avoided any significant damage. The Associated Press reports Griffin has been diagnosed with a mild knee sprain, allowing for the possibility of him playing this week. The team hasn't made any announcements about his availability.

The Redskins are undoubtedly going to play it safe with the new face of the franchise. If there's even a slight chance he could do further damage by playing, he'll likely remain on the sidelines for a week. But the signs of progress are good so far.


LeSean McCoy

McCoy is a perfect example of how fickle concussions can be. Some players only suffer minor symptoms and are able to return the following week. When that's not the case, however, it becomes a week-to-week situation that's impossible to predict.

The Philadelphia Eagles' workhorse hasn't suited up since Week 11, and it looks like the wait will continue. A report from Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer states McCoy passed a baseline test, but won't play on Thursday night.

At 4-9, the Eagles aren't going to make the playoffs and can therefore afford to wait for McCoy to reach full strength before inserting him back in the lineup. It sounds like he could return before season's end, but his role may change to avoid a setback.


Dez Bryant

Bryant is no stranger to injuries. He was on track to play the first full season of his NFL career before a finger injury in the Dallas Cowboys' victory over the Cincinnati Bengals put his status for Week 15 and beyond in jeopardy.

Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas passed along thoughts from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who says the team hasn't made a decision about what to do with Bryant. The good news is that the talented wide receiver wants to give it a go to see how the finger responds.

The Cowboys are one game behind the New York Giants in the NFC East, and the offense is much more effective when Bryant is on the field, which may force the team's hand. It shouldn't be long before a more definitive answer is given, as practices begin to heat up for the week.