Injuries to monitor through the weekend

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Welcome to another star-studded edition of "Injuries...". This young NFL season has seen some big names go down already. This week, we'll look at the two biggest. LaDainian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson have gotten off to slow starts thus far. When will they be fully healthy, and can your fantasy team survive without them? Let's take a look.

RB Adrian Peterson- Minnesota Vikings
Injury: Hamstring
Prognosis: Questionable
Status: "Did not participate in practice on Thursday despite doing some work blocking."

There is still no word yet on Peterson's status for Sunday. But at 0-2, and with a new quarterback, it would be surprising if Peterson didn't play. Minnesota's opponent this week will be the Panthers, a team that had a hard time containing Matt Forte in Week Two. If Peterson plays, expect another big day.

RB Laurence Maroney- New England Patriots
Injury: Shoulder
Prognosis: Day-to-day
Status: "He missed Wednesday practice and is expected to miss week three action."

You would think the Pats would give Maroney a heavy work increase without Tom Brady, but that hasn't been the case so far. New England has opted to go with a committee at running back, and it has all but killed Maroney's fantasy value. I wouldn't advise starting him against the Dolphins even if he were healthy. Stay away.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson- San Diego Chargers
Injury: Toe
Prognosis: Questionable
Status: "He reaggravated his toe injury in week two. He missed Wednesday's practice."

Obviously, along with Peterson, this is the injury everyone will be watching. The toe bothered Tomlinson enough last week to limit him to just 10 carries for 26 yards. As Matt advised earlier in the week, this is a great time to add Darren Sproles, if he's still available. It's too soon to rule if LDT should be in your starting lineup this weekend. Keep an eye on that toe.

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