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Week 7: NFL Injuries | NFL DFS + Fantasy Football | Oct. 25 Updates
Sunday, October 25th
DeAndre Hopkins, WR | Arizona Cardinals (Ankle): Will Play
Jeff Wilson, RB | San Fransisco 49ers (Calf): Will Play
Justin Jackson, RB | Los Angelos Chargers (Knee): Will Play
Julio Jones, WR | Atlanta Falcons (Hamstring): Will Play
Sam Darnold, QB | New York Jets (Shoulder): Will Play
Robert Tonyan, TE | Green Bay Packers (Ankle): Will Play
Curtis Samuel, WR | Carolina Panthers (Knee): Will Play
Jamison Crowder, WR | New York Jets (Groin): Will “Not” Play
Aaron Jones, RB | Green Bay Packers (Calf): Will “not” Play
Joe Mixon, RB | Cincinnati Bengals (Foot) Will “Not” Play
Jordan Akins, TE | Houston Texans (Ankle): Will “Not” Play
John Ross, WR | Cincinnati Bengals (Illness): Will “Not” Play
Saturday, October 24th
KJ Hamler, WR | Denver Broncos (Hamstring): Hamler will play week 7 against the Kansas City Cheifs. KJ hasn’t played since week 3 and has been limited during practice all week, dealing with a “hamstring” injury. The Broncos removed Hamler from the team’s injury report for week 7 on Saturday, but it is worth noting Hamler remained limited in practice during the week. KJ could see limited snaps but should still see targets in a game that sets up to see a ton of passing Sunday when the Broncos face the Chiefs.
Dawson Knox, TE | Buffalo Bills (Rona): Dawson Knox tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday and “will not” play Sunday. Blocking TE Lee Smith was identified as the close contact and must quarantine. Practice squad TE Nate Becker also joins the list of names that will quarantine and won’t play Sunday. Tyler Kroft and Reggie Gilliam are the two available tight ends traveling with the team.
Jamison Crowder, WR | New York Jets (Groin): Jamison Crowder‘s status changed to “doubtful” Sunday. Breshad Perriman saw 89% of the team’s snaps in week 6 and will be the next best option to turn to via the Jets receiving game. This is a spot the Buffalo Bills defense could excel against a stagnant offense team such as the Jets.
Jeff Wilson, WR | San Fransisco 49ers (Calf): Wilson received a “questionable” tag Friday afternoon. This puts a few things in question. The 49ers could be shifting from what was a three-headed monster in the backfield to a two-person committee. Expect Jerick McKinnon to lead the 49ers running game. Jamycal Hasty looks to be involved in the team’s run game as well.
Bryan Edwards, WR | Las Vegas Raiders (Ankle): Bryan Edwards Was ruled “out” earlier in the week. The Raiders look to continue deploying Nelson Aghlor, Hunter Renfrow, and serious deep threat Henry Ruggs in three-wide receiver sets. Edwards remains sidelined for week 7.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR | Arizona Cardinals (Ankle): Hopkins was held out of Arizona Cardinals practice this week. Heading into Sunday’s games, the team labeled DeAndre with a “questionable” tag. A quick mention that the NFL did away with the “probable” designation this year. Hopkins should be deployed in all formats this weekend when the Cardinals face the Seattle Seahawks.
Robert Woods, WR | Los Angelos Rams (Groin): The Rams removed Woods from the Rams injury report on Saturday and “will play” Monday.
Jamison Crowder, WR | New York Jets (Groin): Crowder did not practice Thursday, a downgrade on his availability for week 7. A downgrade this late in the week isn’t ever good news. The team may be managing Crowders reps before game day Sunday. If Crowder can play week 7, his health would most certainly be in question. Jamison will carry WR2 status heading into the weekend when the New York Jets face the Buffalo Bills. More clarity will be available in this situation later today. The Jets injury report will provide more clarity.
Jordan Akins, TE | Houston Texans (Ankle): Akins did not play week 6, dealing with an “ankle” sprain and a “concussion.” Jordan has not practiced yet this week and was held out of practice on Thursday. Akins must practice in full on Friday to be considered questionable for week 7. If Akins cant play, we can turn to Darren Fells again. Fells had a great week 6, lighting up the Tennesse Titans defense for 5 catches, 85 yards, and a touchdown. Fells will be a TE2 with some upside Sunday when the Texans and Packers Sunday in week 7. (update): Akins will not play Sunday.
Austin Hooper, TE | Cleveland Browns (Appendicitis): Austin Hooper has been ruled “out” for week 7. Hooper has been diagnosed with “appendicitis.” Austin’s illness required an appendectomy, which means Hooper will miss roughly 2-4 weeks. In the meantime, season-long fantasy managers who may find themselves in a jam should look to David Njoku or Harrison Bryant. Bryant and Njoku look to play more prominent roles for the Browns in Hooper’s absence.
Joe Mixon, RB | Cinncinatti Bengals (Foot): We now have the clarity we were looking for earlier in the week regarding Mixon. The Bengals have ruled Joe Mixon “out” for week 7, dealing with a “foot” injury he sustained in week 6. Cincinnati has a week 9 bye, and the team may rest Mixon until the Bengals play the Steelers in week 10. Giovani Bernard, Trayveon Williams, and Samaje Perine will be the team’s three available running backs. Giovani Bernard looks to serve as the teams primary running back in Mixon’s absence and should be added where available in season-long leagues. Bernard will be an RB2 or flex type play this Sunday.
John Brown, WR | Buffalo Bills (Calf): John Brown did not practice this week. Brown has been struggling all season long with leg injuries. The Buffalo Bills have ruled Brown “out” for week 7. The team will look to Gabriel Davis to fill in until Brown is healthy enough to return.
Aaron Jones, RB | Green Bay Packers (Calf): Late-breaking news reports out of the Green Bay camp say that Jones “will not” play week 7. The Packers training staff put Jones’s name on Friday’s injury report late in the afternoon, the first bad sign regarding Jones’s availability. Green Bay did activate running back Dexter Williams from the practice squad Saturday afternoon. Season-long managers should try to get AJ Dillon or Jamaal Williams. Jamaal Williams could be a nice pivot of Giovani Bernard in DFS formats such as DraftKings, Fanduel, and Yahoo.
Emmanuel Sanders WR | New Orleans Saints (Rona): The New Orleans Saints have placed Emmanuel Sanders on the team’s COVID-19 list. This is exceptionally untimely, seeing that the Saints are also expecting to be without star receiver Michael Thomas Sunday. Thomas suffered a setback during practice tweaking his “hamstring” and is “doubtful” heading into week 7. The Saints are down their two primary pass catchers and now turn to Bennie Fowler, Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, and Deonte Harris to mix in playing roles in three-wide sets. (update): Thomas will not play Sunday. Bennie Fowler has been placed on the Saint’s injury reserve list.
Noah Fant, TE | Denver Broncos (Ankle): Noah Fant missed the last two contests due to an “ankle” injury sustained in week 4. During the first four games of the season before Fant’s injury, he recorded a 19.8% target share for the Broncos. Noah did practice in full on Thursday and Friday. Removed from the team’s injury report, Fant now looks set to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in week 7. This game sets up extremely well for Fant, and Noah will be a TE1 in a game that sets up for massive passing from the Broncos. (update): It is snowing in Denver. Not as high on Fant as I was prior.
Robert Woods, WR | Los Angelos Rams (Groin): Robert Woods‘s name popped up on the Friday injury report. Woods is dealing with a “groin” issue and should play Monday night. Rams training staff did not let Woods practice Friday. Season-long managers will want to grab Josh Reynolds off the waiver wire if available as a contingency plan if Woods can’t play.
Justin Jackson, RB | Los Angelos Chargers (Knee): Justin Jackson dealing with a “knee” issue, practiced in full on Friday. The full practice leaves Jackson on the right track to play on Sunday when the Chargers face the Jaguars. With Austin Ekeler still sidelined, the Chargers will continue to deploy Jackson and Joshua Kelley in a committee approach. Jackson out-touched Kelley week 5 (20-12) and looks to continue carrying the load while Ekeler is away.
Thursday, October 22nd
Zach Ertz, TE | Philadelphia Eagles (Ankle): Ertz will now be away from the team for 4-6 weeks dealing with a “high-ankle sprain.” Zach’s return time for the untimely injury is projected to be sometime late in November. Dallas Goedert is still sidelined with an “ankle” injury but is expected to be back to the team very soon. Season-long fantasy managers may want to check the wire to see if anyone might have dropped Goedert. As far as tonight is concerned. Richard Rodgers will play an essential role at the tight end position this evening on Thursday Night Football.
Sterling Shepard, WR | New York Giants (Toe): Art Stapelton of USA today reports that Shepard should be placed on this afternoon’s active roster for tonight’s game versus. Philadelphia eagles. The Giants trainers need to sign off on Sterling once he can complete a full pre-game workout this evening before getting the final go-ahead to play this tonight. I will have the last update 90 minutes before lock regarding the TNF game. (update): Sterling Shepard will play Thursday night.
Michael Thomas, WR | New Orleans Saints (Ankle): Michael Thomas suffered a minor setback during the week tweaking his “hamstring” during practice. Head coach Sean Payton was non-committal in regards to Thomas and his availability for week 7. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Thomas is considered a “fast healer.” If Thomas does play, this would be the first time he’s seen the field since week 1 when he sustained a “high ankle sprain.” If Thomas can not play, look to Emmanuel Sanders to continue playing a significant role in the Saints passing game alongside fellow pass-catcher Tre’Quan Smith.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR | Arizona Cardinals (Ankle): DeAndre was not a participant on Wednesday at Cardinals practice. Reports came out early Thursday morning that Hopkins was not present during the open portion of Cardinals practice. It is worth mentioning that DeAndre was dealing with an “ankle” issue in weeks 4 and 5 yet suited up and played both weeks. There should be more clarity once the final injury report. I’ll keep everyone posted on what’s going on here as news comes in.
Jarvis Landry, WR | Cleveland Browns (Ribs): Landry admitted to the press Thursday morning that he suffered a “broken rib” during week 5 against the Colts. Landry is still recovering from an offseason “hip” surgery as well. Jarvis isn’t healthy but continues to battle through injury. Heading into Week 7, Landry offers little upside as a WR3 if given the go-ahead to play Sunday.
Wednesday, October 21st
Diontae Johnson, WR | Pittsburgh (Steelers): Diontae Johnson will return to practice on Wednesday, according to head coach Mike Tomlinson. Johnson has been away from the team dealing with a “back” injury he suffered during week 2. By Johnson being able to practice, it puts him on track to play Sunday against the Tennesse Titans, barring any setbacks. Rookie sensation Chase Claypool looks to remain involved in the teams passing game alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster, who has been relatively unimpressive in the last few weeks. (update): Johnson practiced in full Wednesday.
Sam Darnold, QB | New York Jets (Shoulder): Sam will be practicing on Wednesday but will be limited, seeing that he’s still dealing with a throwing “shoulder” issue he has been experiencing since Week 4. Darnold has missed the last couple of weeks due to this injury, so the limited practice does bode well for Sam’s Week 7 availability. The Jets haven’t named a started for their contest against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. There is a good chance Sam could suit up for week 7. If Darnold cannot play, we would see Joe Flacco for a third straight week under center.
John Brown, WR | Buffalo Bills (Calf): Brown was targeted 4 times and was held to zero catches Monday afternoon when the Bills and Chiefs faced off. Head coach Sean McDermott was asked about the health of John Brown and admitted that Brown wasn’t 100% healthy. Brown has been playing injured all season. Anyone who watched Brown play Monday would agree that he’s been struggling to battle through his “calf” injury. Brown won’t be practicing Wednesday, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he sits out this week 7 contest to heal appropriately.
Alshon Jeffery, WR | Philadelphia Eagles (Foot): Whats was once unclear just a day ago regarding Alshon is now the polar opposite. The Eagles have ruled Alshon Jeffery “out” for week 7. DeSean Jackson is will play, barring any setbacks before Thursday evening when the eagles and Giants face each other.
Austin Ekeler, RB | Los Angelos Chargers (Hamstring): Head coach Anthony Lynn best described Ekelers “hamstring” injury as “very serious.” Austin has only missed one game since acquiring the injury. Ekeler will be “out” longer than the mandatory three games he has to miss once placed on ir. As the Chargers come off their week 6 bye, the team will turn to Justin Jackson, who has been out snapping rookie running back Joshua Kelly over the last couple of weeks. Expect Jackson to continue playing a significant role for the Chargers. Justin Jackson will carry RB2 status heading into week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Noah Fant, TE | Denver Broncos (Ankle): Noah Fant was limited at practice on Wednesday, still dealing with an “ankle” injury. This injury kept Noah “limited” during practice week 6. Fant looks to rejoin his team in week 7 when the Denver Broncos play the Kansas City Chiefs. There has been no definitive word on Noah’s playing status as of yet. Be sure to check back later for updates on this situation.
Joe Mixon, RB | Cincinnati Bengals (Foot): Joe was not at practice on Wednesday, dealing with a “foot” injury he sustained in week 6. This injury caused Mixon to leave the game before halftime. However, Joe was able to return once the game resume in the second half. The Bengals could be playing it safe, giving Mixon the DNP. It goes without saying that this is a situation to monitor heading into this weekend.
Julio Jones, WR | Atlanta Falcons (Hamstring): Julio was a non-participant at Wednesday’s practice for the Falcons. This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The Falcons have been trying to be safe regarding Julio and his “hamstring” issue. Julio is coming off a fantastic week 6 performance. Jones was able to wreck the Minnesota secondary, gathering 8 receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Starting the week off limited bodes well for Julios Week 7 availability. There’s no word if Julios “hamstring is bothering him or if this is just a vet day. I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted on Julio updates.
Jonnu Smith, TE | Tennesse Titans (Ankle): Jonnu Smith suffered a minor “ankle” sprain during week 6 when the Titans faced the Texans. Titans trainers tried retaping Jonnu’s bad ankle, but he couldn’t return and was ruled “out” for the remainder of the contest. Smith was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, which is a great sign. Jonnu can play if given the go-ahead from trainers. However, Jonnu would be at sub 100 percent health.
Robert Tonyan, TE | Gren Bay Packers (Ankle): Robert Tonyan exited his week 6 match up briefly due to an “ankle” injury. The injury took place sometime during the second quarter, it seems. Robert returned to the game in the second half but wasn’t very productive at all. The Packers training staff decided to keep Tonyan out of Wednesday’s practice, which now makes this a situation for us to keep our eye on. He’s a TE1 this week if he’s able to play when the Packers and Titans battle it out on Sunday.
Tuesday, October 20th
Raheem Mostert, RB | San Francisco 49ers (Ankle): Mostert has been ruled out for week 7 and is heading to injured reserve. Mostert left the game during his week 6 contest against the Los Angeles Rams due to an ankle injury he sustained late in the first half. Mostert tried to return to action on the first drive of the second half for the 49ers but ended up limping off the field, ending his day. He ran the ball 17 times for 65 yards before passing the torch to Jamycal Hasty, who became the 49ers’ primary ball carrier. Jerick McKinnon ran the ball six times for the team. Tevin Coleman is still sidelined, and Jeff Wilson was inactive with a “calf” injury this Sunday. McKinnon will see a larger role in week 7 when the 49ers face the New England Patriots.
Miles Sanders, RB | Philadelphia Eagles (Knee): Sanders has been ruled “out” for week 7 against the New York Giants due to a knee injury suffered in week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens. Sanders rushed nine times for 118 yards on the Ravens defense. A large portion of his yardage came on a big rush that sprung him for a 74-yard dash and ended with Miles’ fumbling in the end zone. Eagles wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside recovered the fumble, saving Sanders from disaster. This is an injury that will keep Sanders out for at least a week or two. Without Sanders on the field, running backs Boston Scott and Corey Clement will be deployed this Thursday in the Philadelphia run game.
Zach Ertz, TE | Philadelphia Eagles (Ankle): According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Eagles expect to be without Ertz for 3-4 weeks. There was word Ertz was gimpy most of Sunday. During the fourth quarter of the contest, he left the game due to a “high-ankle sprain,” being helped to the locker room. Zach still had a team-high 10 targets against the Ravens. Hauling four of those targets in for an underwhelming 33 yards. Ertz is heading to the injured reserve. Dallas Goedert remains sidelined due to an “ankle” injury. Richard Rodgers looks to see more playing time.
Sterling Shepard, WR | New York Giants (Toe): Sterling Shepard returned from a lengthy stint on ir Tuesday due to a “toe” injury. Shepard hadn’t played since week 2 when he faced the Chicago Bears. Coach Joe Judge did note that Sterling would likely play on Thursday When the Giants face the Eagles. Here, the return of Sterling Shepard provides a tremendous boost to a New York passing game struggling behind quarterback Daniel Jones.
Alshon Jeffery, WR | Philadelphia Eagles (Foot): Alshon was limited at Tuesday’s practice. The Eagles receiver is still dealing with a “foot” injury. Jeffery has yet to make his season debut, and his status is still very unclear. Fellow pass-catcher DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is due back for the Eagles this week. Even if he does suit up, Alshon isn’t someone that I can safely recommend.
Christian McCaffrey, RB | Carolina Panthers (Ankle): NFL Network reports there’s a possibility Mccaffrey returns to action in week 8. McCaffrey will now miss his fifth consecutive game due to an “ankle” injury he sustained in week 2 vs. Tampa Bay. Mike Davis has been an excellent replacement in CMC’s absence. However, it is worth noting that Davis is starting to decline a bit in terms of efficiency in the run and passing game. Despite struggling a bit against the Chicago Bears defense, Mike Davis will remain an RB1 in the Carolina backfield Sunday when the Panthers face the New Orleans Saints.
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