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NFL Injuries Tracker: Week 8 Sunday Updates | Kenyan Drake, Jeff Wilson And More

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Welcome to the Awesemo NFL injuries tracker for Week 8 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.

NFL Week 8: NFL Injuries | NFL DFS + Fantasy Football | Nov. 1 Updates

Sunday, November 1st

Week 8 inactive:

Miles Sanders, RB | Philadelphia Eagles (Knee): “Out.”

Alshon Jeffery, WR | Philadelphia Eagles (Foot): “Out.” 

Jeff Wilson, RB | San Fransisco 49ers (Calf): “Out.”

Deebo Samuel, WR | San Fransisco 49ers (Hamstring): “Out.”

Sammy Watkins, WR | Kansas City Chiefs (Hamstring): “Out.” 

Breshad Perriman, WR | New York Jets (Concussion): “Out.”

Jamison Crowder, WR | New York Jets (Groin): “Out.”

N’Keal Harry, WR | New England Patriots (Concussion): “Out.”

Julian Edelman, WR | New England Patriots (Knee): “Out.”

Joe Mixon, RB | Cincinnati Bengals (Foot): “Out.”

Aaron Jones, RB | Green Bay Packers (Calf): “Out.”

Marquez Callaway, WR | New Orleans Saints (Ankle): “Out.” 

Michael Thomas, WR | New Orleans Saints (Ankle, Hamstring): “Out.”

Andy Dalton, QB | Dallas Cowboys (Concussion): “Out.” 

Expected to play in week 8

Dalvin Cook, RB | Minnesota Vikings (Groin): “Expected to Play”

Phillip Lindsay, RB | Denver Broncos (Concussion): “Expected to play” 

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR | Chicago Bears (Quad): “Expected to play” 

Tyler Higbee, TE | Los Angeles Rams (Hand): “Game-time decision.” 

Damien Harris, RB | New England Patriots (Ankle): “Expected to play”

Mo Alie-Cox, TE | Indianapolis Colts (Knee): “Expected to play”

Chris Carson, RB | Seattle Seahawks (Foot): “Game-time-decision.” (update):  “Out.”

Mark Ingram, RB | Baltimore Ravens (Ankle): “Game-time-decision.” (update): “Out.”

Saturday, October 31st

Dallas Goedert, TE | Philadelphia Eagles (Ankle): On Saturday, the Eagles activated Dallas Goedert (ankle) from the injury reserve list, and he “will play” in week 8. This news falls in line with earlier reports during the week that Dallas may return for week 8. It’s most certainly an upgrade to Wentz and the receiving core, and Goedert will slot in as a TE1 week8. As mentioned earlier, Jalen Reagor is also expected to play week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Allen Robinson, WR | Chicago Bears (Concussion): Allen Robinson has officially cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol. This comes as surprising news; the Bears downgraded Robinsons’s status from “questionable” to “doubtful” on Friday afternoon. Robinson “will play” in week 8 when the Chicago Bears face the New Orleans Saints.

Michael Pittman, WR | Indianapolis Colts (Calf): Pittman returned to practice this week and was activated off the Colts injured reserve list on Saturday. Pittman was recovering for the last few weeks due to a surgery needed to repair compartment leg syndrome. Pittman “will play” on Sunday but could be on a limited snap count.

N’Keal Harry, WR | New England Patriots (Concussion): Harry has been ruled “out” for week 8. Damiere Byrd, Gunner Olszewski, and Jakobi Meyers will all play roles in the New England passing game this Sunday, while Julian Edleman and Harry are sidelined.

Devonta Freeman, RB | New York Giants (Ankle): Freeman “will not” play in week 8 due to an “ankle” injury sustained during week 7. The Giants will now turn to Wayne Gallman to shoulder the workload via the running game for New York. Gallman will be considered a low-end RB2/Flex play for week 8.

Andy Dalton, QB | Dallas Cowboys (Concussion): The Dallas Cowboys are ruling Andy Dalton “out” for week 8. Backup quarterback Ben DiNucci will take snaps under center for the Cowboys. Philadelphia defense is in play in all formats.

Tevin Coleman, RB | San Fransisco 49ers (Knee): Coleman was activated off the 49ers injured reserve list on Saturday, making him available for Sunday’s contest against Seattle Seahawks. With Coleman returning, this muddies the 49ers backfield. Jerick McKinnon is battling a case of “tired legs” and could see a reduction in his workload. JaMycal Hasty and Coleman look to do most of the dirty work in the running game for the 49ers in week 8.

Friday, October 30th 

Miles Sanders, RB | Philadelphia Eagles (Knee): Sanders missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practice session for the Eagles heading into week 8. Reports originally suggested Sanders would miss roughly 1-2 weeks. Now on the backend of that timeline, Sanders’s availability regarding this Sunday’s match against a porous Dallas is in question. Boston Scott is in play in all formats this week. (update): Sanders has been ruled “out.”

Jalen Reagor, WR | Philadelphia Eagles (Thumb): Reagor was activated from the Eagles injury reserve list a few days ago. This timing couldn’t be any better for Philadelphia, who lost DeSean Jackson (ankle) in week 7. Reagor was a full participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday and “will play” against Dallas on Sunday in week 8. Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward will also play vital roles via the Eagles passing game.

Carlos Hyde, RB | Seattle Seahawks (Hamstring): Hyde was a non-participant at Seahawks practice on Thursday. Running backs Chris Carson and Travis Homer did not practice Thursday either. As I stated below, when I wrote up Hyde, DeeJay Dallas is the only healthy running back on the Seahawks active roster at the moment. With Carson, Hyde, and Homer all sidelined, DeeJay is a must-add in season-long leagues. DeeJay Dallas will be an intriguing punt play on DFS platforms and a risky flex play in season-long leagues if Hyde sits.

Michael Thomas, WR | New Orleans Saints (Ankle, Hamstring): We have a Thomas sighting at practice, folks! Season-long managers that have been holding on to Thomas in hopes that he will play your time may be near. Thomas returning to practice gives him an excellent chance at suiting up this Sunday. It’s worth noting that this would be the first time we’ve seen Thomas on the field since week 1, so there’s no telling how effective he will be. We can still expect Thomas to see a fair share of the target volume if given the green light to play. Michael Thomas will be a WR1 when cleared. (update): Thomas “will not play” week 8. 

Joe Mixon, RB | Cincinnatti Bengals ( Foot): Joe Mixon did not practice on Thursday as he is still nursing a “foot” injury he sustained in week 6. It was rumored the Bengals would rest Mixon through their week9 bye. Seeing that Joe missed every day of practice this week, that scenario is looking very likely. Once again, Giovani Bernard becomes an RB2/Flex option this Sunday against the Tennesse Titans in season-long leagues and an interesting option once again in DFS formats. (update): Mixon did not practice on Friday and “will not” play Sunday.

Aaron Jones, RB | Green Bay Packers (Calf): Jones missed another day of practice on Thursday. Packers training staff have been notably cautious with their players regarding soft tissue injuries. A Friday practice session would put Jones on track to play Sunday, but as it stands, he’s very “doubtful.” Jamaal Williams would see another hefty workload in Aarons’s absence. (update): Aaron Jones “will not” play Sunday.

Austin Hooper, TE | Cleveland Browns (Abdomen): Austin was ruled out in week 7 due to “appendicitis.” An appendectomy was done last week, and Hooper (abdomen) is still recovering. In Hooper’s absence, Harrison Bryant got the start over David Njoku. However, both tight ends were able to find paydirt, with Bryant scoring twice. Both Bryant and Njoku are deployable in week 8. I’ll give Bryant the edge here, seeing that Bryant ran more passing routes (17-12) than Njoku. Austin Hooper, however, will sit another week.

Dalvin Cook, RB | Minnesota Vikings (Groin): The Vikings are listing Dalvin as “questionable” for Sundays match against the Green Bay Packers in week 8. This news comes very shortly after the Vikings had removed Cook from the team’s injury report. Cook looks on track to play in week 8, barring any pre-game workout setbacks.

Jamison Crowder, WR | New York Jets (Groin): The Jets list Jamison Crowder as “doubtful” for week 8.

Phillip Lindsay, RB | Denver Broncos (Concussion): The Broncos have listed Lindsay as “questionable” for week 8. Phillip needs to clear the league’s concussion protocol by Saturday to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Allen Robinson, WR | Chicago Bears (Concussion): Robinson’s status has been downgraded for week 8. There was a bit of optimism that Robinson would be able to progress through the league’s concussion protocol. However, it looks like Robinson is in danger of missing Week 8 now that the Bears have listed Robinson as “doubtful.”

Thursday, October 29th

Christian McCaffrey, RB | Carolina Panthers (Ankle): Christian McCaffrey “will not” play against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Mike Davis will continue to be the bell cow running back in the Panthers running game Thursday evening.

Diontae Johnson, WR | Pittsburgh Steelers (Toe): Johnson exited his week 7 match late in the 4th quarter due to a “toe” injury. Before leaving the game, Diontae caught 8 of 15 targets for 80 yards, finding the endzone twice. Johnson did not practice on Wednesday, and this now becomes a situation to pay close attention to. I will update this situation later in the day. Be sure to check back.

Chris Carson, RB | Seattle Seahawks (Foot): Carson was listed as “week-to-week” when I wrote him up on Tuesday. Here we are Thursday early afternoon, and we have reports coming out of Seattle stating Carson is now a “game-time decision.” If Carson is unable to play, DeeJay Dallas would see work behind Carlos Hyde.

Jamison Crowder, WR | New York Jets (Groin): Jamison Crowder was a “limited” participant during Wednesday’s practice. The limited participation is an upgrade for Crowder, who was a DNP during week 7. Braxton Berrios slotted in as the starter in Crowder’s absence last week. There’s no clarity on Crowders playing availability as of yet. This is another situation people will need to check back later on. Braxton Berrios will get the start if Crowder sits.

Julian Edelman, WR | New England Patriots (Knee): ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Julian Edelman will miss some time due to a “knee” injury. N’keal Harry is dealing with a “concussion” and is in the league’s concussion protocol. Damiere Byrd, Gunner Olszewski, and Jakobi Meyers are the only healthy receivers on the Patriots 53 man active roster. It’s safe to move on from Edleman in 10-12 man leagues, and the Patriots offense should be avoided while it’s in shambles.

Sammy Watkins, WR | Kansas City Chiefs (Hamstring): Watkins missed both days (Wednesday and Thursday) this week dealing with a “hamstring” issue. Watkins’s availability for week 8 does not look good. Demarcus Robinson has been working as the teams !st receiver even with Tyreek Hill on the field. Robinson will garner WR4 status heading into Sunday’s match against the Jets.

Phillip Lindsay, RB | Denver Broncos (Concussion): Phillip Lindsay returned to practice on Thursday but remains in the league’s concussion protocol. The Broncos would likely place a “limited” tag on Lindsay if given the ok to play. Lindsay does have a decent chance at suiting up this week. There’s no official word yet, but Lindsay looks garner low-end RB2 status if given the green light. Check back for a Friday update.

Allen Robinson, WR | Chicago Bears (Concussion): Robinson was held out of practice on Thursday as he is still suffering from a “concussion’ sustained in week 7. The Bears are coming off a short week, and as of now, it is unlikely that Robinson will make it through the league’s concussion protocol in time to play Sunday in week 8. Darnell Mooney should see more targets with Robinson away and becomes an interesting punt play in DFS Formats.

Wednesday, October 28th

Dalvin Cook, RB | Minnesota Vikings (Groin): The Vikings rested Dalvin Cook ahead of his week 7 bye due to a “groin” issue that Cook was dealing with since week 5. Dalvin reported to practice on Wednesday and noted that “he feels good” heading into week 8. This is excellent news for season-long fantasy managers that have been looking for ways to replace Cook’s production in the last couple of weeks. Vikings training staff did not consider Dalvin’s injury severe. There’s a possibility that Dalvin returns to a limited role, but there’s been no official word as of yet.

Julio Jones, WR | Atlanta Falcons (Hip): Julio Jones was limited during practice on Tuesday with a “hip” issue. There has been no word on when this new injury may have taken place. Jones was limited at practice on Monday, which notably has been the case all season for Julio. There also hasn’t been any word as of yet on how severe this injury is. Until we get more clarification, Julio Jones will carry WR1 status heading into week 8 when the Atlanta Falcons face on Thursday Night Football. Make sure to check back in to be sure Julio is playing Thursday. (Update): The Falcons have removed Julio from the injury report.

Christian McCaffrey, RB | Carolina Panthers (Ankle): Head coach Matt Rhule of the Carolina Panthers is “hopeful” that McCaffrey will be healthy in time to play on Thursday night. What’s equally important is that the head coach also went on to say, “I will say he looks good. He looks like he’s moving around great.”  Wednesday’s practice will determine a lot in regards to Thursday’s availability for McCaffrey. Please check back later as I will update this situation as soon as news breaks.

Carlos Hyde, RB | Seattle Seahawks (Hamstring): Hyde landed on the Seahawks injury report on Monday. He’s dealing with “hamstring” tightness, and his status is “uncertain” for Sunday’s game against the San Fransisco 49ers. Chris Carson’s “mild foot sprain” and Travis Homer “knee” also join Hyde on the injury report. The Seahawks only have one healthy running back ready to play this week, and that’s rookie running back DeeJay Dallas. DeeJay becomes an add in all formats week 8.

Deebo Samuel, WR | San Fransisco 49ers (Hamstring): Head coach Kyle Shanahan says that Deebo “will not” play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks due to a “hamstring” injury. With this in mind, people should consider Kendrick Bourne and Brandon Aiyuk. They will serve vital roles in the 49ers receiving game. George Kittle will also play a large role in the receiving game for San Fran during Sunday’s match against the Seattle Seahawks.

Dallas Goedert, TE | Philadelphia Eagles (Ankle): The Eagles have designated Dallas Goedert for return from injured reserve. Philadelphia certainly needs Goedert to return as soon as possible. Goedert would immediately become a TE1 whenever trainers clear him to play.

Tevin Coleman, RB | San Fransisco 49ers (Knee): Tevin Coleman is designated to return from I.R. Wednesday. Coleman hasn’t played since early in the season, week 2, to be exact. Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert are both sidelined with “ankle” sprains. There’s a chance that Coleman plays in week 8. More clarity on this situation will be available later on in the week.

Allen Robinson, WR | Chicago Bears (Concussion): Allen Robinson sustained a “concussion in the fourth quarter Monday against the Rams. The Bears are coming off a short week, having played the Monday night game. Robinson’s availability for his week 8 contest against the New Orleans Saints depends on how fast A-Rob gets through the league’s concussion protocol. Robinson will garner a  “questionable” tag heading into week 8 if cleared.

Mark Ingram, RB | Baltimore Ravens (Ankle): Ingram exited his week 6 contest against the Eagles due to an “ankle” injury sustained early in the first quarter. The Ravens just came off a week 7 bye, which Ingram a little bit of extra time to get healthy for week 8. However, it appears Ingram’s ankle is still an issue. Ingram was held out of Wednesday’s practice, and his status heading into week 8 is unknown at the moment. If Mark is ruled out, Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins will form a two-person committee in the Ravens backfield.

Aaron Jones, RB | Green Bay Packers (Calf): A mild “calf” strain late in the week sidelined Jones ahead of his week 8 matchup against the Houston Texans. The Packers have also kept Jones out during practice on Wednesday. This puts his playing status for week 8 in jeopardy. Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon would continue to fill in during Aaron’s time away from the team.

Tuesday, October 27th

Kenyan Drake, RB | Arizona Cardinals (Ankle): Kenyan Drake will be missing at least the next 2-3 weeks due to an “ankle” injury sustained late in the fourth quarter of the Seattle Seahawks versus Arizona Cardinals contest Sunday evening. Reports released later in the afternoon Monday state Kenyan is dealing with a “slight” tear in the ligament of Drake’s bad “ankle.”  Drake was not very productive before leaving. Kenyan carried the football 14 times for 34 yards Sunday night, averaging a mere 2.4 yards per carry.

With Kenyan Drake missing the next few weeks, the Cardinals will look to Chase Edmonds to shoulder the workload. On twelve touches, Edmonds was able to rack up 145 total yards Sunday. Chase Edmonds is a must-add in season-long formats where available.

Andy Dalton, QB | Dallas Cowboys (Concussion): Andy dalton suffered a severe hit to the head Sunday in the third quarter against The Washington Football Team. The blow Andy took to the head sent him straight to the medical tent, at which point the medical staff felt it was not safe for Andy to return to the game. Dalton’s Status for Sunday’s match is uncertain due to entering the league’s concussion protocol. Ben DiNucci will take snaps under center for the Cowboys if Dalton is unable to play. This is a week the Eagles defense becomes a top option in all formats.

Chris Carson, RB | Seattle Seahawks (Foot): Chris Carson is week-to-week with a “foot” injury. Carson sustained the injury during the first half of the Seattle Seahawks versus Arizona Cardinals. Carson had an M.R.I. on his foot on Monday that determined the injury isn’t serious, but Carson will still need to miss some time. Carlos Hyde looks to step into a bell-cow back role in Carson’s absence.

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Jeff Wilson, RB | San Fransisco 49ers (Calf): Jeff Wilson had an amazing day on Sunday. Wilson was able to annihilate a New England defense that only allowed one rushing touchdown to oppose running backs through the season until Sunday. Wilson, however, was able to rush for 3 rushing touchdowns on 17 carries for 112 yards. Immediately after scoring his third and final touchdown on the day, Wilson appeared to of suffered a “calf” injury, which not only ended his day but ultimately landed him on the injured reserve list on Monday.

Tevin Coleman is still on the I .R. The team now turns to Jerick Mckinnon, who was rested Sunday, and Jamycal Hasty. Hasty looked fierce, bursting through holes and picking up big chunks of yardage on runs. Expect the team to use a committee approach moving forward, with Mckinnon getting most of the early work.

Odell Beckham, WR | Cleveland Browns (Knee): There’s no easy way to say this to Odell Beckham season-long managers. Odell suffered a severe “knee” injury during Sunday’s match against the Bengals, which placed him on injured reserve ending the star receivers season on Monday. With Beckham now out for the season, Rashard Higgins looks to see more playing time. Jarvis Landry now becomes the team’s best-receiving option on the Browns roster when healthy.

Joe Mixon, RB | Cincinnati Bengals (Foot): The Cincinnati Bengals are listing Joe Mixon as “day-to-day” due to a “foot” injury Mixon sustained in week 6. The Bengals do have a week 9 bye,  which would set Mixon up for a week 10 return if the team decides to sit him. Giovani Bernard was serviceable during week 7 and would continue to be an RB2 type of play heading into week 8.

Phillip Lindsay, RB | (Concussion): Broncos head coach Vic Fangio states that Lindsay has entered the league’s “concussion” protocol Monday. Fangio was “unsure” about Lindsay’s playing status for week 8. Melvin Gordon will play a prominent bell-cow role will Lindsay while away from the team.

Christian McCaffrey, RB | Carolina Panthers (Ankle): The Panthers have designated Christian McCaffrey for return Tuesday afternoon. CMC did show up to the practice field in a red jersey, which usually denotes an injured player. McCaffrey took the red jersey off and is practicing in a regular jersey now. More news will be available on this situation as it comes in.


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