Peterson uncertain for Week 12: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, leaving his status for Sunday (and perhaps the next few weeks) in jeopardy. After leaving Sunday’s game against the Raiders, the rushing attempts were split between Christian Ponder, Percy Harvin and Toby Gerhart. Minnesota heads to Atlanta for Week 12 to face the NFL’s second-best run defense. If Peterson doesn’t play, it’s likely that Gerhart will start at RB, but don’t be surprised if the Vikings once again spread the rushing attempts around. All of which is a long way to say avoid any Vikings RBs not named Adrian Peterson this week.
Cutler to have surgery: Bears QB Jay Cutler (broken thumb) will have surgery and is out for an undetermined length of time after Sunday’s win over the Chargers. While the team hopes Cutler can return before the end of the regular season, it looks like his usefulness to fantasy owners this year likely is finished. Caleb Hanie will take over as Chicago’s starting quarterback, beginning with the Week 12 game at Oakland. Hanie has yet to throw a pass in 2011, but in his two previous NFL seasons (both with the Bears), he’s a combined 8 of 14 passing for 66 yards and an interception. With the bye weeks finished, there are plenty of better options than Hanie, but because the Raiders defense has been quite forgiving this year, Cutler’s loss shouldn’t have an immediate negative impact on RB Matt Forte. However, it could impact WR Earl Bennett, who had become a favored target in recent weeks.
Vick remains day to day: Eagles QB Michael Vick (ribs) continues to recover, but there isn’t a timeline yet for his return. Coach Andy Reid says Vick will be the starter, but until then fantasy owners can expect Vince Young to remain under center. With the Eagles hosting the Patriots this week, Young and any other Philadelphia offensive players are worth considering. Although with WR Jeremy Maclin still dealing with a shoulder issue and DeSean Jackson in a walking boot, fantasy owners will need to closely follow the injury reports to make sure their player is available.
– Marcas Grant