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NFL Injuries Tracker: Week 6 Sunday Updates | Melvin Gordon, Sammy Watkins and More

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Welcome to the Awesemo NFL injuries tracker for Week 6 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.

Week 6: NFL Injuries | NFL DFS + Fantasy Football | Oct. 18 Updates

Sunday, October 18th

Adrian Peterson, RB | Detriot Lions (Illness): Will play

DJ Chark, WR | Jacksonville Jaguars (Ankle): Game-time decision (update) Active

Chris Godwin, WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Hamstring): Will play

Kyle Allen, QB | The Washington Football Team (Arm): Will Play

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB | San Francisco 49er’s (Ankle): Will play

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

Julio Jones, WR | Atlanta Falcons (Hamstring): Will play

Breshad Perriman, WR | New York Jets (Ankle): Will play

Odell Beckham, WR | Cleveland Browns (Illness): Will play

Baker Mayfield, QB | Cleveland Browns (Ribs): Will play

Jarvis Landry, WR, | Cleveland Browns (Hip/Ribs): Will play

Leonard Fournette, RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ankle): Will play (update) Will not play

Darius Slayton, WR | New York Giants (Foot): Will play

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

A.J. Green, WR | Cincinnati Bengals (Hamstring): Will play

Sony Michel, RB | New England Patriots (COVID-19): Will not play

Jordan Akins, TE | Houston Texans (AnkleConcussion): Will not play

Melvin Gordon, RB | Denver Broncos (Illness): Will not play

Sammy Watkins, WR | Kansas City (Hamstring): Will not play

DeSean Jackson, WR | Philadelphia Eagles (Hamstring): Will not play

Alshon Jeffery, WR | Philadelphia Eagles (Foot): Will not play): Will not play

Mo Alie-Cox, TE |Indianapolis Colts (Knee): Will not play

Diontae Johnson, WR | Pittsburgh Steelers (Back): Will not play

KJ Hamler, WR | Denver Broncos (Hamstring): Will not play

Curtis Samuel, WR | Carolina Panthers (knee): Will not play

Saturday, October 17th

Noah Fant, TE | Denver Broncos (Ankle): Fant’s status was “truly questionable” per coach Vic Fangio when asked on Friday. Noah logged “limited” practice sessions throughout the week, which had him on track to play week six against the New England Patriots. Fant was ruled “out” Saturday and will try to return for week 7. The Broncos will turn to rookie Albert Okwuegbunam, Jake Butt, and Nick Vannett this weekend in a committee type approach.

Melvin Gordon, RB | Denver Broncos (Illness): Melvin won’t be traveling with the team to New England this Sunday. He was sent home from practice Friday with flu-like symptoms that tested negative for COVID. The Broncos are deciding to be safe during COVID times and are ruling Gordon “out” for week 6. Phillip Lindsay will start in place of Gordon this weekend. It is worth mentioning that this is a difficult matchup for Lindsay. The Patriots run defense has only allowed one rushing touchdown all season!

Zack Moss, RB | Buffalo Bills (Toe): Moss was able to practice in full all week, removing little if any doubt that he “will” play Monday Night (but afternoon) Football when the Bills and Chiefs face each other. Being removed from the injury report ahead of week six was confirmation that Moss is a full go this week’s contest. Moss will backup Devin Singletary and is a low upside flex play at best. The Buffalo Bills are 28th in rushing efficiency at the moment.

John Brown, WR | Buffalo Bills (knee): Brown was downgraded to “limited” Saturday afternoon. This comes as a shock seeing that Brown was a full participant in practice during the week. He’s now a “game-time decision,” and I will keep a closer eye on this situation as we get closer to game day. If Brown is unable to play Sunday, Gabriel Davis, who is a serious deep threat, will get the start in three WR sets.

Odell Beckham, WR | Cleveland Browns (Illness): Beckham has been cleared to play week six after receiving his second negative covid test on two consecutive days. Odell did take part in walkthroughs with the team on Saturday and is “expected” to play Sunday when the Browns face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sammy Watkins, WR | Kansas City Chiefs (Hamstring): The Kansas City Chiefs have ruled Sammy Watkins “out” for week six against Buffalo Bills Monday dealing with a “hamstring” injury. His status is week to week right now, which is good news for the team seeing that Watkins won’t have to be placed on ir and miss three games. Mecole Hardman is expected to fill Sammy’s role while Watkins is away and now enters WR3/flex play conversations.

Jordan Akins, TE | Houston Texans (Ankle, Concussion): Akins suffered a “concussion” in week four that knocked him out of the game against the Minnesota Vikings, and he hasn’t been able to return to play since. He cleared concussion protocol in week five but was kept “out” due to an “ankle” injury he sustained during practice. Heading into week six, Akins has been ruled “out” once again, and the team will look to Darren Fells to fill in at the tight end position. Fells and Akins have been splitting touchdowns and reps for the better part of two seasons now. Fells will go into this weekend as a touchdown dependant TE2.

Friday, October 16th

Dalvin Cook, RB | Minnesota Vikings (Groin): There was talk during the early parts of the week that Dalvin Cook wouldn’t play in week six. Cook was a non-participant at practice on Friday, and the Vikings have officially ruled him “out” for Sunday’s contest against the Atlanta Falcons. The Vikings could be using this as a maintenance week for Cook, seeing as the team has a week 7 bye. Alexander Mattison, who exploded for 112 yards on 20 carries in week five, will fill in for Cook against the Falcons Sunday and flirts with RB1 upside.

DJ Chark, WR | Jacksonville Jaguars (Ankle): Chark will be heading into this weekend with a “questionable” tag for his week six contest against the Detroit Lions. DJ hasn’t been able to practice all week and has been sidelined, so his chances of suiting up this week are slim. Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault would see an uptick in targets if Chark isn’t able to play.

Baker Mayfield, QB | Cleveland Brown (Ribs): Baker was a limited participant at Browns practice both Wednesday and Thursday but practiced in full on Friday. The team has given him a “questionable” tag after Friday’s practice session, and he is expected to play Sunday against the Pittsburg Steelers. Case Keenum will serve as Baker’s backup if Baker isn’t able to play.

Odell Beckham, WR | Cleveland Browns (Illness): Odell was sent home with a non-COVID-like illness on Thursday. He won’t return to the team until he receives two negative test results on consecutive days. As long as Odell is cleared by Sunday evening, he’s in no jeopardy of missing week six. Jarvis Landry was a “limited” participant at practice on Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Steelers.

Chris Godwin, WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Hamstring): Godwin has been on track all week to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Coach Arians went on record to say that “this is the best he’s looked in a while” in practice. Godwin has proven to his head coach and training staff that he’s ready to play and “will” suit up for week 6.

Alshon Jeffery, WR | Philadelphia Eagles (Foot): Alshon practiced in limited sessions this week, giving the team a bit of optimism that Jeffrey would make his 2020 debut against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday. After the Eagles finished practice on Friday, the team ruled both Alshon (foot) and teammate DeSean Jackson (hamstring) “out” for week six. With both Eagles veterans sidelined, the team will continue to look to Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham as primary pass catchers in the Eagles passing game.

Melvin Gordon, RB | Denver Broncos (Illness): Gordon was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol Tuesday evening. The following morning Melvin was sent home when he reported to the team for practice. Gordon was at practice on Thursday. Head coach Vic Fangio said, “there will be consequences,” as far as the DUI was concerned. There hasn’t been any word from the team or the league yet regarding disciplinary actions on the matter. However, Gordon was sent home on Friday due to a non-COVID-related illness. He was tested for the virus, and the results came back negative. As long as Gordon can get over his illness and test negative Saturday, he will be able to suit up Sunday when the Broncos face the New England Patriots.

Drew Lock, QB | Denver Broncos (Shoulder): Drew Lock will carry a “questionable” tag into this weekend only because “the league took away” the probable tag, according to Heach Coach Vic Fangio. Lock was able to practice in full this week, which puts him on track to play Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Julio Jones, WR | Atlanta Falcons (Hamstring): Julio hasn’t been able to practice all week due to a “hamstring” injury but logged a “limited” practice session on Friday. Late Friday afternoon, Julio was removed from the Falcons injury report indicating that he will play this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. It’s worth noting that former coach Dan Quinn had mentioned in week four that Julio would be a “situational” player. With a new coach calling the shots in Atlanta, that could easily change.

Davante Adams, WR | Green Bay Packers (Hamstring): Adams was a full participant in practice this week and will be “active” per coach Matt LaFleur this Sunday when the Greenbay Packers face the Minnesota Vikings. This is excellent news for the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. Adams will resume his regular WR1 role for the team.

Diontae Johnson, WR | Pittsburgh Steelers (Back): Johson was ruled “out” for week six. This opens the door to more playing time for fellow pass-catcher Chase Claypool, who erupted for 7 catches on 11 targets with 110 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. That’s an imposing stat line. It’s not likely we see three TD’s from the rookie again, but he did play on 69% of the team’s offensive snaps, so we should see plenty of Claypool this Sunday when the Steelers face their rivals, the Browns. Chase can be deployed in all formats this week.

Christian McCaffrey, RB | Carolina Panthers (Ankle): David Newton of ESPN reports that the Panthers are likely to be without CMC until week 8 when the Panthers face the Falcons. The Panthers do have a week nine bye, and week eight serves as a short week seeing as the Panthers and falcons square off on Thursday Night Football. With that being said, week ten could very possibly be when McCaffrey sees the field again. Season-long managers get to reap the benefits of Mike Davis in the Carolina backfield for a few more weeks.

Thursday, October 15th

Chris Godwin, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Hamstring): Godwin was “limited” at practice on Wednesday. This is a positive sign for the Tampa receiver, who only played in two games since the beginning of the season. Godwin would need to have a few limited practice sessions this week to be considered questionable for week six. (update): Godwin was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice with the Bucs. We still don’t have word on whether he will suit up this weekend or not and will have to pay attention to what happens here. 

Leonard Fournette, RB | Jacksonville Jaguars (ankle): Leonard Fournette headed into week five with a doubtful tag but was surprisingly ruled “active” before game time when the team faced the Bears. He never saw the field and was only activated “in case of an emergency.” Fournettne has been nursing a bad “ankle” for the last couple of weeks, and we’ve seen Ronald Jones step into more of a bell-cow role for Tampa. Practicing on Wednesday is a step in the right for Fournette playing stats this Sunday.

Julio Jones, WR | Atlanta Falcons (Hamstring): Julio did not practice Wednesday as he’s still dealing with a nagging “hamstring injury that has been troubling him since the second week of the season. Julio did miss week five due to the injury, and week six isn’t looking hopeful for Julio either. This situation is one to monitor as the week progresses. Olamide Zaccheaus saw 97 percent of snaps in week 5 during Julio’s absence.

Noah Fant, TE | Denver Broncos (Ankle): Noah Fant is still being viewed as “week to week” in regards to his bad “ankle.” Fant was able to practice on Wednesday, which is a positive sign heading into week six. During this week, full participation in practice would be one of the best indicators that he’s fit to play Sunday when the team faces the New England Patriots.

Baker Mayfield, QB | Cleveland Browns (Ribs): Baker was a “limited” participant in practice on Wednesday. Marky Kay Cabot, a beat writer for Cleveland.com, reports Baker was a limited at practice on Thursday as well, but it “trending in the right direction.” It will be a complete shock if Baker cannot suit up Sunday when the Browns face their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. If he isn’t able to play by any chance, Case Keenum will take snaps under center for the team. 

Cam Newton, QB | New England Patriots (COVID-19): Cam officially returned to practice in pads on Thursday. This is the first time Cam has been able to practice since being placed on the team’s COVID list a couple of weeks ago. There should be no doubt in people’s minds that Cam will start this Sunday when the Patriots face the Broncos despite Coach Belicheck being his typical non-committal self when asked.

Antonio Gibson, RB | The Washington Football Team (Toe): Gibson popped up on the injury report due to a “toe” problem he was dealing with and was a limited participant during Wednesday’s practice. Having practiced in full on Thursday leaves little uncertainty that he will be ready to suit up against the New York Giants Sunday. Gibson has notably been used in the team’s passing game, reaching new career highs in receptions across the last two weeks.

DeSean Jackson, WR | Philadelphia Eagles (Hamstring): Jackson was limited at Thursday’s practice for the Eagles. This was also the case last week. He was able to slate a few limited practice sessions but was ruled “out” for week five and was also inactive for week four. The little practice session is excellent news and a positive trend for Jackson and the eagles suffering at the wide receiver position due to injury.

Alshon Jeffery, WR | Philadelphia Eagles (Foot): Alson Jeffery, who missed week five with a non-COVID illness, was a limited participant at Thursday’s practice. Offseason “foot” surgery has kept Alshon sidelined up until now. Still looking to make his 2020 debut this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, another limited practice session would have Alshon trending in the right direction to play. Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham are establishing themselves well within the Philadelphia offense and should be added in season-long leagues where they are available.

Davante Adams, WR | Green Bay Packers (Hamstring): Adams was ruled “out” week four due to a “hamstring” injury he suffered back in week two when the team faced the Lions. Green Bay trainers decided it was best to keep Adams sidelined when the Packers faced Falcons, seeing that the team had a bye week five. With the extra week to get healthy, Adams was a “full” participant during practice on Thursday and looks entirely on track to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It goes without saying that Adams will resume his WR1 role for the team Sunday.

Dalvin Cook, RB | Minnesota Vikings (Groin): Cook could not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. This was to be expected after Cook sustained an “adductor/groin strain” week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks. He’s taking it “day by day” and has yet to rule himself out. He would need a limited practice session to be considered questionable for Sunday. Season-long Cook owners should have a contingency plan in case Cook can’t play. Alexander Mattison will step into Dalvin’s role if he is ruled out.

Wednesday, October 14th

Dalvin Cook, RB | Minnesota Vikings (Groin): Dalvin Cook had an MRI Monday due to a “groin” injury he suffered during Sunday evening’s game against the Seahawks. He exited the game for a drive, ultimately ending his night after rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts. Coach Mike Zimmer was asked about Cook’s MRI’s status; the coach’s response was “went well.” Even with the good news regarding Cook’s Mri results, it’s looking like he won’t be suiting up this week when the team faces Atlanta Sunday. Alexander Mattison looks to play a prominent role in the teams running game while Cook is away.

Sammy Watkins, WR | Kansas City Chiefs (Hamstring): Things aren’t looking great for Sammy, who experienced “hamstring” trouble that knocked him out of the game last week vs. the Las Vegas Raiders. Sammy ended his day with two receptions for 24 yards and a red-zone target for a touchdown. Team doctors still seem to be evaluating Watkins, but he will certainly miss this week’s match against Buffalo on Monday Night Football. Two people who look to benefit in Sammy’s absence would be Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. They both ran about the same amount of routes last week (20-18) and would look to play essential roles until Sammy can return to slot receiver duties at full health.

Baker Mayfield, QB | Cleveland Browns (Ribs): Baker took a pretty rough hit that sent him to the medical tent in the fourth quarter with about 7 minutes remaining against the Colts Sunday. It was an excellent match for Baker, who completed 21 passes on 37 attempts, a season-high 247 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. His X-rays came back negative, and he claims he’s ready for his week six match against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Diontae Johnson, WR | Pittsburgh Steelers (Back): Johnson ended his Sunday with one reception for a loss of two yards before leaving the game due to “back” trouble. His availability for Week six against the Browns this Sunday will depend on whether he can practice this week. Johnson’s injury doesn’t seem to be serious. He will participate in practice but will remain limited. If, by any chance, Johnson cannot suit up for week six, Chase Claypool would fill in and see an increase in targets.

Keenan Allen, WR | Los Angeles Chargers (Back): Allen suffered an unfortunate “back” injury in the second quarter of the Monday Night Football game against the Saints. He was unable to get stretched out, ending his night with a stat line of 2/24/1. With the Chargers having a week six bye, it gives Allen plenty of time to recover and be ready for week seven when the team will face Jacksonville.

DJ Chark, WR | Jacksonville Jaguars (Ankle): Chark limped off the field when the Jags faced the Texans on Sunday. It was a quiet day for DJ. He was only targeted 4 times with three receptions for 16 yards before leaving the game. He won’t be practicing on Wednesday, which is a bad sign for his Week six availability. Chark needs to get in a little practice before Friday to be considered ready to go for Sunday’s match against the Lions. Laviska Shenault could be in line for more work this week.

Kyle Allen, QB | The Washington Football Team (Arm): Allen is practicing on Wednesday, which is great news for heading into week six. Allen suffered an “arm,” injury-causing him to exit last week’s contest against the Rams. He’s been “medically cleared” and is good to go for Sunday when the Washington Football Team faces the New York Giants.

Sam Darnold, QB | New York Jets (Shoulder): Darnold is still experiencing pain in his throwing shoulder due to an “AC joint sprain” suffered in week four. The Jets have already ruled Darnold “out” for Sundays match against the Miami Dolphins. Meaning we will see Joe Flacco for a second week under center for the Jets. Sam will have one more week to recover before resuming Quarterback responsibilities for week seven when the Jets face the Buffalo Bills.

Breshad Perriman, WR | New York Jets (Ankle): Perriman returns to practice (limited) Wednesday after missing the last couple of weeks due to an “ankle injury.” Coach Adam Gase seems hopeful that Perriman will be able to take the field on Sunday. We will wait to see if Breshad can practice in full before diving deeper into this matter.

Christian McCaffrey, RB | Carolina Panthers (Ankle): Steve Reed, who writes for The Associated Press in Charolette, reported, “there’s little chance CMC plays this week. The “ankle” injury itself was initially diagnosed as something that would hold him out for four-six weeks. Head coach Matt Rhule stated that the team would decide on McCaffrey’s status once a series of tests were conducted on Monday. It’s Wednesday, and Mccaffrey won’t be participating in practice today. Mike Davis has done an excellent job filling in during Mccaffrey’s absence and will continue to dominate usage in the Carolina run game.

Cam Newton, QB | New England Patriots (COVID-19): Cam Newton has officially been removed from the Patriots COVID-19 list and may resume practicing with the team. His week six status is now quite clear. Cam will return as the starting quarterback when the Patriots face the Denver Broncos this Sunday.


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