The Philadelphia Eagles host the Cincinnati Bengals in the final Thursday night game of the 2012 season. For fantasy footballers in the midst of their playoffs, there may be players on your roster who are unavailable Thursday night, but at least the announcements have come early.
The most notable fantasy football names with injury concerns belong to the Eagles.
OUT: LeSean McCoy, RB, concussion; Michael Vick, QB, concussion/illness; Brent Celek, TE, concussion: None of these names comes as a surprise. Vick and McCoy have missed multiple games due to their concussion injuries, and while both are making progress, neither was ready in this short week to make a return. Currently, both Vick and McCoy are engaging in limited practice. Both have returned to baseline levels on ImPACT. They need to resume contact-related work before passing the final phase of the concussion protocol developed by head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. It is possible that both players could be available next week.
As for Celek, he suffered a concussion early in the Week 14 game. His ImPACT results are back to baseline, but he has not advanced enough in the Eagles' concussion recovery protocol to return to play. If all continues well, he could be back next week.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, groin, (P): The Eagles wide receiver suffered a groin strain late Sunday after posting his second highest point total on the season. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, it didn't happen during the touchdown Maclin scored in the final moments but afterward, when teammate cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha celebrated by jumping on top of him. Fortunately for both of them, Maclin was not seriously injured and was able to participate in limited practice throughout the week. Even early in the week, coach Andy Reid expressed optimism Maclin would play. With him listed as probable, it appears he will.