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The Awesemo NFL Injury Report: Week 11 Daily Updates | Drew Brees, Zach Ertz And More

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Welcome to the Awesemo NFL Injury Report for Week 11 NFL DFS and Fantasy Football lineups. Our team of NFL analysts will update breaking news in real-time and provide advice on how to attack NFL daily fantasy slates on DraftKings and FanDuel, as well as season-long leagues on Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, and more.

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Week 11 Injury Report | NFL DFS + Fantasy Football | Nov. 22 Updates

Sunday, Nov. 22

Sunday’s Inactive List

Sammy Watkins, WR | Kansas City Chiefs (Calf, Hamstring): Out

Joe Mixon, RB | Cincinnatti Bengals (Foot): Out

Kenny Golladay, WR | Detroit Lions (Hip): Out

Danny Amendola, WR | Detriot Lions (Hip): Out

Drew Brees, QB | New Orleans Saints (Ribs): Out

Laviska Shenault, WR | Jacksonville Jaguars (Hamstring): Out

Sam Darnold, QB | New York Jets (Shoulder): Out

Brandon Aiyuk, WR | San Francisco 49ers (COVID): Out 

D’Andre Swift, RB | Detroit Lions (Concussion): Out

Teddy Bridgewater, QB | (Knee): Out note: P.J. Walker will start in place of Teddy 

Sony Michel, RB | New England (Quad): Out

Sunday’s Active List

Drew Lock, QB | Denver Broncos (Shoulder): Will play

Andy Dalton, QB | Dallas Cowboys (COVID): Will play 

Calvin Ridley, WR | Atlanta Falcons (Foot): Will play

Davante Adams, WR | Green Bay Packers (Ankle): Will play

Alvin Kamara, RB | New Orleans Saints (Foot): Will play

Matthew Stafford, QB | Detroit Lions (Hand): Will play

Irv Smith, TE | Minnesota Vikings (Groin): Will play

Damien Harris, RB | New England Patriots (Ankle, Chest): Will play

Kenny Stills, WR | Houston Texans (Back): Will play

Noah Fant, TE | Denver Broncos (Ribs): Will play

N’Keal Harry | New England Patriots (Shoulder): Will play

Saturday, Nov. 21

Drew Brees, QB | New Orleans Saints (Ribs): The Saints have officially placed Brees on the team’s injured reserve list. This move means that Brees will miss at least the next three contests before being eligible to play again. There does seem to be a bit of confusion surrounding this situation as to who will start in place of the future Hall of Famer. Original reports on Friday stated it would be Taysom Hill that would start over Jameis Winston. Later in the same day, James Palmer of NFL Network reported that head coach Sean Payton never declared a starting quarterback. We know that Hill has tight end eligibility on some DFS and season-long fantasy football platforms, and he becomes a must-start in those places. We should have word by the end of the day who the Saints will throw under center in Week 11. Update: Hill will get the start.

Alvin Kamara, WR | New Orleans Saints (Foot): Kamara was a full participant during the media-access portion of practice on Friday. This comes as good news, seeing that Kamara could not practice on Wednesday or Thursday due to a nagging foot injury. Kamara’s name was removed from the injury report on Friday, and he has the green light to play against the Falcons in Week 11.

Danny Amendola, WR | Detriot Lions (Hip): The Lions have ruled Amendola out for Week 11. Tight end T.J. Hockenson is expected to play for the Lions this week, which will be a big help to a Lions passing game that will also be without star receiver Kenny Golladay. We can expect to see Marvin Jones and Marvin Hall to be the first and second passing options. Quintez Cephus would see work in three-receiver sets.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR | San Francisco 49ers (COVID): Before I even begin to dig into this, let me note that this is Aiyuk’s second time being placed on the team’s injured reserve/COVID list. The 49ers are also without Deebo Samuel this week. Richie James and Kendrick Bourne should see expanded roles in Week 11. The 49ers list River Cracraft as questionable. He will see work as the third receiver if he plays.

Sony Michel, RB | New England Patriots (Quad): The Patriots have activated Michel from the team’s injured reserve list. He’s been away from the team since going down during Week 3 with a quad injury. Michel has been practicing with the Patriots the last couple of weeks and looks to play in Week 11. Michel’s return to an already messy backfield adds a bit of confusion here. Michel should mix in somewhere between James White and Damien Harris.

Drew Lock, QB | Denver Broncos (Shoulder): Broncos training staff have given Lock the green light, and he will start in week 11 against the Dolphins.

Sammy Watkins, WR | Kansas City Chiefs (Calf, Hamstring): Watkins was downgraded from full to a limited practice on Thursday. Those injuries had Watkins doubtful to play for Sunday in week 11 when the Chiefs face the Raiders. Mecole Hardman was activated from the team’s COVID list and should see more work with Watkins now officially being ruled out.

Friday, Nov. 20

Zach Ertz, TE | Philadelphia Eagles (Ankle): The Eagles designated Ertz for return from IR during the early portion of the week. Head coach Doug Pederson stated Friday morning that the star tight end needs more time before returning to the team’s active roster. Dallas Goedert will start in place of Ertz for another week and carry TE2 status heading into a Week 11 matchup against the Browns.

D’Andre Swift, RB | Detroit Lions (Concussion): Swift was a full participant at practice for the Lions on Wednesday. Mysteriously the Lions placed Swift into the league’s concussion protocol on Thursday.  It’s unknown when Swift sustained the injury. Detroit will deploy the veteran running back Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson in Week 11. Update: Officially ruled out

Kenny Golladay, WR | Detroit Lions (Hip): Golladay was a nonparticipant at practice for the Lions on Friday. It’s only a matter of time before the Lions rule Golladay out. Danny Amendola was also a no-show for Lions practice on Friday. Marvin Jones, Marvin Hall and Quintez Cephus will play roles in the Lions passing game in Week 11.

Allen Lazard, WR | Green Bay Packers (Core): Lazard practiced for the Packers on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday. He’s trending in the right direction, which is good news for season-long fantasy owners who stashed Lazard once he went on the team’s IR. Packers coach Matt LaFleur noted earlier in the week that Lazard would be eased back into the offense once officially cleared. Lazard will be a dicey WR4 in Week 11.

Laviska Shenault, WR | Jacksonville Jaguars (Hamstring): The Jaguars have officially ruled Shenault out for Week 11. As I cover below, Keenan Cole will see more work in Shenault’s absence.

Davante Adams, WR | Green Bay Packers (Ankle): A video surfaced Friday afternoon of Adams catching passes at practice, and he looks good. Unless we heard something, we could expect to see Adams suit up for Week 11 when the Packers face the Colts.

Joe Mixon, RB | Cincinnati Bengals (Foot): Mixon will not play in Week 11. Refer to Thursday’s notes below to see my thoughts on this situation.

Calvin Ridley, WR | Atlanta Falcons (Foot): The Falcons released their injury report on Friday, and Ridley’s name wasn’t on it. It looks like the Falcons receiver is good to go for Week 11 when the Falcons face the Saints.

Drew Lock, QB | Denver Broncos (Shoulder): Lock was a full participant at the Broncos practice on Friday. He will head into Week 11 carrying a questionable tag. Barring any setbacks during pregame warmups, we can expect to see Lock start Sunday when the Broncos face the Dolphins.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB | Carolina Panthers (Knee): Bridgewater was seen walking with a limp during practice earlier in the week. On Thursday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Panthers quarterback was unlikely to play. Friday, we are getting reports saying that Bridgewater will be listed as questionable. He’s genuinely a game-time-decision. If Bridgewater isn’t able to play, it will be either Will Grier or P.J. Walker taking snaps under center.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Chris Carson, RB | Seattle Seahawks (Foot): Carson will not play for the Seahawks tonight during Thursday Night Football. Expect to see Carlos Hyde control the majority of snaps in the Seattle backfield this evening. Update: Carson will sit. Collins has been sent back to the practice squad. The Seahawks will deploy Carlos Hyde, DeeJay Dallas, and Bo Scarbrough this evening.

Joe Mixon, RB | Cincinnati Bengals (Foot): Mixon has been away from the team since Week 6 when he sustained a foot injury. He was held out of Wednesday’s practice by the Bengals once again. Weirdly, the Bengals didn’t put Mixon on injured reserve, yet here we are in Week 11, and Mixon is looking like he will miss another week due to the nagging foot pain. We’ve been in this predicament for quite some time and know which direction we need to turn. It’ll be Giovani Bernard controlling the lion’s share of work, with Samaje Perine working behind him.

Calvin Ridley, WR | Atlanta Falcons (Foot): The Falcons are coming off a bye week that gave Ridley a bit more time to rest the foot that he injured during Week 8. Ridley practiced on a limited basis for the Falcons Wednesday, and his playing status is up in the air. What Ridley does during Thursday and Friday practice sessions will be the determining factor for whether Ridley plays or not. Julio Jones would see a monster uptick in target volume if Ridley sits.

Sammy Watkins, WR | Kansas City Chiefs (Hamstring): Watkins finally returned to practice for the Chiefs on Wednesday and was a full participant. Watkins has been away from the team since Week 5 when he sustained a hamstring injury. Sammy Watkins looks sets to play in Week 11 against the Raiders, barring any setbacks. Watkins will slide right back into his No. 2 receiver role for the Chiefs, directly impacting receivers such as Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson.

Christian McCaffrey, RB | Carolina Panthers (shoulder): The Panthers officially ruled McCaffrey out Wednesday afternoon. Mike Davis will start in place of McCaffrey on Sunday in Week 11.

Drew Brees, QB | New Orleans Saints (Ribs): Brees thought it would be best to seek a second opinion on his recent rib injury that also punctured his lung. The second doctor seems to be in lockstep with the first one, and Brees is looking to miss the next couple of weeks. Expect to see a lot of Jameis Winston under center, with Taysom Hill mixing in around the goal line and red zone. Update: Hill will start for the Saints in Week 11. Winston will not be a part of any offensive package for the Saint this week. (*see above for further details on this changing situation)

Davante Adams, WR | Green Bay Packers (Ankle): The Packers held Adams out of practice on Thursday. Adams also did not practice on Wednesday, which raises the level of concern here. We will know more on Friday after the Packers release their injury report. Allen Lazard has slowly been inching towards a return. He will be slowly worked into the offense once activated off the team’s IR. Marquez Valdes-Scantling will receive a boost in targets and usage if Adams is unable to play.

Alvin Kamara, RB | New Orleans Saints (Foot): The Saints held Kamara out of practice on Thursday as he deals with a foot injury. This situation becomes one we need to monitor a little more closely. It’s worth noting that Kamara missed practice time earlier in the season due to the same foot injury and still played. Latavius Murray is a name that could quickly gain traction as we move into Week 11. Friday’s practice will be a big indicator of what the team plans to do with the star running back. If Kamara isn’t able to play, Murray is a must-play in all season-long fantasy football leagues and DFS formats.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Breshad Perriman, WR | New York Jets (Concussion): Perriman returned to practice for the Jets after suffering a concussion during Week 9. The injury and its timing were rather unfortunate. Perriman grabbed five catches on seven targets for 101 yards and two touchdowns before sustaining the concussion. He is on the right side of the tracks in terms of availability this week. He would still need to log at least one full practice to be considered questionable. Perriman will be a WR4 heading into this Sunday.

Las Vegas Raiders Defense: They all got COVID. Six to eight starters will sit Sunday in Week 11 for the Raiders defense. Kansas City might flatten all the tires on the bus that the raiders victory lapped in. Start your Chiefs, and be sure to check back Sunday for actives/inactive.

James Robinson, RB | Jacksonville Jaguars (Shoulder): There isn’t much news on this situation; Robinson’s named showed up on the team’s injury report on Wednesday due to a shoulder issue. Robinson practiced with the Jaguars today but was limited. The limited participation is a good sign regarding Robinson playing status for Week 11. I’ll be sure to keep a close eye on this situation and report back with any findings.

Laviska Shenault, WR | Jacksonville Jaguars (Hamstring): Shenault did not partake in practice for the Jaguars on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury sustained during Week 9. The DNP is a sign that Shenault may be in danger of missing Week 11. Keelan Cole will be in line for more snaps if Shenault doesn’t play Sunday.

Chris Carson, RB | Seattle Seahawks (foot): We now have a bit of clarity as far as the Seattle running game is concerned. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Carson is unlikely to play in Week 11. It seems that Carson is struggling to get cleared from his foot injury on a short week with the Seahawks playing on Thursday night. Carlos Hyde will become the team’s bell cow if Carson isn’t able to play.

Tyler Lockett, WR | Seattle Seahawks (Knee): The Seattle Seahawks list Lockett as questionable going into a Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals. Head coach Pete Carroll went on record to say that Lockett will play despite being tagged questionable. Lockett will likely be less than 100 percent when taking the field on Thursday. This injury seems to be one that coach Carroll has been downplaying to some degree. Lockett will still carry WR1 status if he plays. If Lockett sits, David Moore would see more snaps.

Kenny Golladay, WR | Detroit Lions (Hip): Golladay returned to practice Wednesday for the Lions. It’s the first time that Golladay has been able to practice going down in Week 8 due to a hip injury. With quarterback Matthew Stafford dealing with a partial tear in his throwing hand, it is hard to recommend Golladay as anything more than a WR2 in Week 11 if cleared to play.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Drew Brees, QB | New Orleans Saints (Ribs): Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Brees will miss some time due to an injury to his ribs sustained during the first half of his Sunday match against San Francisco. This injury is a little more severe than it sounds. Brees cracked ribs on his left, and right side, which doctors believed may have punctured his lung, causing it to collapse. The expected recovery time from this kind of injury is about 2-3 weeks. Update: Brees is seeking a second opinion on his injury.

The Saints turned to Jameis Winston once Brees exited the game. However, Winston’s debut wasn’t his best outing. He finished his day completing six of 10 passes for 60 yards. Head coach Sean Payton refused to declare a starter for Week 11. Winston should be in quarterback streamer conversations via season-long fantasy football leagues and very well could be a reasonable DFS option.

Zach Ertz, TE | Philadelphia Eagles (Ankle): The Eagles have designated Ertz for return from the injured reserve list. Ertz has been away from the team since Week 6 when he sustained an ankle injury. He now has a 21-day practice window. Philadelphia will either activate Ertz within the next three weeks or declare him out for the season.

Ertz could be a slight boost to an Eagles offense that’s still looking for answers. He would see a healthy dose of passes once cleared to play. There hasn’t been any word if the team wants to start him in Week 11.

Christian McCaffrey, RB | Carolina Panthers (Shoulder): The Carolina Panthers are preparing for a multi-week absence for McCaffrey due to a shoulder injury he suffered during Week 9. The Panthers will also be without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater due to a knee injury sustained during Week 10. The Panthers will rely heavily on Mike Davis in Week 11, but it is worth noting that Davis has been unproductive in the last few weeks with the opportunity handed to him. The Lions defense is an intriguing streamer option in season-long fantasy football leagues and on DFS platforms.

Sam Darnold, QB | New York Jets (Shoulder): Darnold is dealing with a nagging shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined for the last few weeks. Being ruled out this early in the week is never a good sign. It will be another week of Joe Flacco taking snaps for the Jets.

Surprisingly Flacco had a decent outing in Week 9 when the Jets faced the Patriots, completing 72% of his passes. Flacco also threw 28 times, completing 18 with three touchdowns and one interception. Flacco will enter the quarterback streamer conversation, facing the middle-of-the-pack Chargers defense.

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Drew Lock, QB | Denver Broncos (Ribs): Head coach Vic Fangio went on record to say that there’s a chance that Lock won’t play in Week 11. It seems that Lock is sore from an injury to his ribs sustained during Week 10. Fangio also noted that Lock was still pretty sore from last Sunday’s contest. Fangio added that the team wants Lock to have a full week and that Lock is day-to-day. Brett Rypien will take snaps under center if Lock is to be ruled out. The Miami defense is an interesting streaming option Sunday, no matter which of these two quarterbacks suit up on DFS platforms and season-long leagues.

John Brown, WR | Buffalo Bills (Ankle): The injury bug has bit Brown once again. He now deals with an ankle injury he sustained during Week 10. Head coach Sean McDermott says the team will know more about the injury later in the week. Cole Beasley and Isaiah McKenzie would see more snaps in Brown’s absence.

Matthew Stafford, QB | Detroit Lions (Hand): Stafford is dealing with an injury to his hand. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Stafford has a partial tear to his throwing hand. However, Stafford expects to play Sunday in Week 11. How Stafford performs during practice this week will dictate a lot in terms of how well Stafford will be able to throw with his current ailment. Stafford carries QB2 status heading into a match with the Panthers.

Tyler Lockett, WR | Seattle Seahawks (Knee): Lockett was a non-participant at practice for the Seahawks on Tuesday. It’s not a good sign seeing that Seattle has a divisional matchup against the Cardinals, and Lockett also missed Monday’s practice. Wednesday’s practice will tell the story here. Season-long fantasy football managers that may need a replacement for Lockett should consider David Moore if Lockett cannot play.

Carlos Hyde, RB | Seattle Seahawks (Hamstring): Hyde was a full participant at practice for the Seahawks on Tuesday. Carlos has missed the last couple of games due to a hamstring injury and now looks like he’s gaining traction towards playing Thursday. Another full practice on Wednesday would give Hyde the green light in terms of playing in Week 11.

Chris Carson, RB | Seattle Seahawks (Foot): ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Seahawks to expect Carson to play against the Arizona Cardinals. Carson also practiced with the Seahawks on Tuesday but was limited. Wednesday’s practice will be the critical component in figuring out how the Seahawks will manage the running game. With Hyde trending in the right direction, it would be his show if Carson were unable to play. However, if  Carson can play, Hyde would be a mere afterthought, and Carson would resume bell-cow work for Seattle.

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