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Injury Wrap: Aaron Hernandez ruled out; Jordy Nelson, Jimmy Graham in limbo

Scott Pianowski
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One redcoat missing? (USP)

The injury wheel spins round and round, and it's never a surprise when a Belichick player is at the top of the list. Let's go to the clipboard.

Aaron Hernandez (ankle) didn't travel with the Patriots to Europe and will miss Sunday's game against the Rams. More Gronkowski and Welker for the rest of us, I suppose. Tom Brady has been through the no-Hernandez bit before, so I'm not going to do much to his ranking.

Greg Jennings is headed towards hernia surgery next week and is expected to miss at least three more games. I'm not a doctor (and it's not my hernia), but I think it's highly plausible Jennings will be out longer than that. I hate having dead spots on my roster, so I'd be prepared to liquidate Jennings for anything reasonable I could get right now if I happened to own him. I rarely expect snappy comebacks from any player facing a major injury in-season — see Andre Johnson last year.

Jennings isn't the only big-name Packer we're worried about: Jordy Nelson might be on the sidelines this week, too. He suffered a hamstring injury Wednesday and isn't going to practice through the week. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel isn't confident Nelson will play against the Jaguars. Stay fresh, Randall Cobb and James Jones.

• Jimmy Graham (ankle) had a limited week of practice and will be a game-time decision for Sunday. That's a kick in the gut to fantasy owners, as the Saints are in the Sunday night game, working at Denver. David Thomas might have deep-league value again.

• The Lions generally go easy with Calvin Johnson (knee) in practice; he's someone who misses time each and every week. So Johnson's absence from Friday's practice isn't a warning siren, not yet anyway. The Lions and Seahawks have an early kickoff Sunday, something fantasy owners appreciate. Megatron has earned the right to be started every week no matter the circumstances; he won't get anything easy against the dynamic Seattle secondary.

Titus Young (knee) had limited practices all week and the Lions consider him questionable for Week 8. Check with him before kickoff.

• Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) had a limited workout Friday as he continues to deal with his bone bruise. He's listed as questionable. New York's feature back is one of the toughest pound-for-pound players in the league, but it's hard to see him being anywhere close to 100 percent at any point in 2012. Don't throw those Andre Brown and David Wilson lottery tickets away yet.

• Trent Richardson (ribs) had a limited practice week and is officially listed as questionable. After watching Richardson's limited work in Week 7, I can't see how anyone can start him with confidence against San Diego.

Although Donald Brown (knee) had a full workout Friday, he's still considered a game-time decision for the Week 8 match at Tennessee. I'd like to see him play a full week before expecting any great fantasy return here. Mind you, Vick Ballard didn't take the job and run with it, either.

Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) has been ruled out for Week 8, so keep rolling with Jonathan Dwyer where needed.

Danny Amendola (clavicle) is healing ahead of schedule and did some work in practice this week. The Rams are calling him questionable for Week 8, but it seems more likely Amendola will get back into action in Week 10, after the bye. He's not someone I'd start on spec, even with the tasty New England secondary on the other side. It's a great time to add him if you have a free spot to play with, but don't use him this week.

Although Frank Gore is battling sore ribs, the Niners term him probable for Monday's divisional showdown in Arizona.

Pierre Garcon remains in limbo with his injured toe; surgery might be a possibility. Imagine what Robert Griffin III could do if the Redskins actually had threats at receiver. Perhaps the Santana Moss revival will keep playing at Pittsburgh.

• Branden Bolden (knee) won't play against the Rams. The usual suspects (Ridley, Vereen, Woodhead) will man the Patriots backfield.

Felix Jones (knee) is listed as questionable, though context clues point to him playing against the Giants. You know the risks here. Felix freaking Jones was born questionable. Two notable losses for the Cowboys: running back DeMarco Murray (foot) and center Phil Costa (ankle).

Doug Baldwin (ankle) won't go for the Seahawks, if you wanted to know.

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