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NFL Injury Report: Week 1 Edition

Matt Gajewski



Miles Sanders

Initially suffering a hamstring injury early in training camp, the Eagles decided to shut down Sanders for precautionary reasons. Despite positive news all of August, Sanders only practiced on a limited basis all week. Coach Doug Pederson hinted at a potential time share for Week 1 against the Washington Football Team. With Sanders potentially playing on a pitch count, pivoting to safer options in DFS makes sense. In seasonal leagues, Boston Scott becomes an intriguing flex play.

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Mike Evans

After popping up with a hamstring injury on the Wednesday practice report, Mike Evans turned in a limited practice session on Friday. The Buccaneers initially labeled Evans doubtful for Tampa Bay’s tilt against New Orleans. However, Evans now comes in as questionable with the dreaded “game-time decision” designation. With Tampa Bay playing in the afternoon slot, avoiding Evans makes some sense here. For those in a pinch, Scotty Miller figures to play elevated snaps with an Evans’ absence.

Kenny Golladay

Popping up on the injury report mid-week with hamstring tightness, Kenny Golladay enters Week 1 with the doubtful tag. Matt Patricia downplayed the injury throughout the week, but it appears serious enough to keep Golladay sidelined. In his absence, Marvin Jones becomes the favorite for targets. Danny Amendola is also questionable for this game, leaving the Lions dangerously thin at wide receiver.

Courtland Sutton

Suffering a shoulder injury mid-week, Courtland Sutton remained sidelined at Friday’s practice. Speaking to the media, coach Vic Fangio called Sutton day-to-day. The Broncos play on Monday night is quietly difficult matchup against the Titans. If Sutton misses the game, Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton project to play an elevated role behind Jerry Jeudy.

Deebo Samuel

After undergoing foot surgery this summer, Deebo Samuel expected to miss the first few weeks of the season. However, Kyle Shanaham publicly said Samuel had a chance to suit up Week 1. While Samuel pushed for the season debut against Arizona, the 49ers ultimately ruled him out. Shanahan called Samuel day-to-day, so a return seems likely in the near future. For now, George Kittle should hog targets.

Brandon Aiyuk

Also dealing with an injury, first-round rookie Brandon Aiyuk enters Week 1 with a hamstring strain. While the 49ers list Aiyuk as questionable, the rookies return to a limited practice on Thursday and Friday suggest he will give it a go. Without Samuel in the picture, Aiyuk projects for the second-most targets behind Kittle. He remains a dart throw in DFS and fantasy football in Week 1.

Tevin Coleman

In a strange situation, Tevin Coleman sat out of Friday’s practice due to his sickle cell trait. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Coleman would make a decision regarding his status on Sunday morning. The decision will reportedly come down to the air quality in the Bay Area. If Coleman decides to sit, Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon stand to see an elevated workload against Arizona.

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David Montgomery

After reportedly suffering a non-contact injury and getting carted off the field, David Montgomery escaped with a mere groin injury. Already a pair of full practices this week, fellow players described Montgomery’s injury, “like it never happened”. For what it’s worth, the Bears still labeled Montgomery questionable. However, the second-year back looks ready to roll against the Detroit Lions as three-point underdogs.

Jalen Reagor

After suffering a seemingly serious shoulder injury in August, Jalen Reagor surprisingly turned in a full practice on Friday. With Alshon Jeffery starting the season on PUP, most expected Reagor to play a major role almost immediately in Philadelphia. While Reagor looks likely to play, the rookie still missed a significant chunk of camp. Potentially easing his way back into action, a wait and see approach looks appropriate with Reagor.

Golden Tate

Practicing on a limited basis on Friday, Golden Tate enters Monday Night Football as a game-time decision. Long-time Giants beat reporter Jordan Raanan described Tate as less than 100-percent. Even if Tate takes the field, he might play a limited roll. For those playing showdown, taking a longer look at Sterling Shepard or Darius Slayton could provide dividends.

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Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has worked in the fantasy industry for the past four years, focusing on DFS and Sports Betting. Matt specializes in NFL, College Football, College Basketball, XFL, and MMA. With GPP victories across the major sports, Matt also qualified for the DraftKings 2020 Sports Betting Championship and won a seat to the College Basketball Tourney Mania final.

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