NFL Fantasy: Flacco, Hogan, Reed top Week 8 injury list

With fewer games, there were less NFL fantasy-relevant injuries, but you still have to know about them. Plus… watch out for suspension news!​

Week 8 offered some respite from recent injury blitzes, but there were still a few important players and popular streamers who won’t be available for Week 9. Joe Flacco’s concussion on Thursday night appears to be the only quarterback injury. Baltimore hopes the extra few days between games will help get him back on the field in Week 9, but he is still in the protocol. 

Here is who else you need to watch this week: 

WR Chris Hogan, NE: Shoulder

Chris Hogan hauled in five passes for 60 yards and just missed a long touchdown pass before he exited the game with an unspecified shoulder injury. He left the stadium in a sling and will have an MRI Monday to find out what kind of damage he incurred. X-rays were negative, but Hogan was in considerable pain on the sideline.

Hogan has played through rib and knee injuries already this season and lost teeth in a practice. New England is on bye in Week 9, giving Hogan more time to heal from all his injuries. 

TE Jordan Reed, WAS: Hamstring 

Washington’s Jordan Reed left the game with only 0.5 NFL fantasy points on one catch. The team reported he had a hamstring injury. Initially, he was questionable to return. He came out for the second half, but quickly returned to the locker room and the team ruled him out. Whether the injury is more severe than thought or if the wet and windy conditions made the Redskins more cautious is to be seen. Reed will be re-evaluated Monday. If you don’t already have Vernon Davis, this would be a good time to pick him up.

TE Niles Paul, WAS: Concussion

Washington has been using two tight ends much more than usual, but before you pick up Niles Paul as the complement to Davis, you better make sure he clears concussion protocol. While blocking for Rob Kelly’s touchdown run, Paul did not initially get up. He eventually walked off the field but was immediately ruled out to return.

TE Zach Miller, CHI: Dislocated knee

In Chicago, tight end Zach Miller appeared to score on a long touchdown pass before his leg buckled in the end zone. The team ruled him out immediately and reported his season is over with a dislocated knee, and his career is in doubt as well. To add insult to injury, officials took away his touchdown after a review.

WR Cole Beasley, DAL: Concussion

Cole Beasley hit his head on the turf after a tackle and was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion. He will have to clear protocol during the week. 

RB Dwayne Washington, DET: Concussion

Detroit’s Dwayne Washington left the game with a concussion. He will be re-evaluated during the week. 

WR Pierre Garcon, SF: Neck 

Pierre Garcon was shaken up after a sideline collision and reported to have a neck injury. He did not play in the second half. After the game, the receiver said the injury was nothing serious and he would be back for Week 9. There was no word from the team about the injury. 

RB Ezekiel Elliott, DAL: Court issues

Ezekiel Elliott told reporters he will be back next week and for the rest of the season, offering no doubt that Monday’s court date will go well for him. But we still recommend watching for news about whether the Cowboys’ star will miss six games or not starting in Week 9. 

WR Martavis Bryant, PIT: Social media issues 

Pittsburgh made Martavis Bryant a healthy scratch after he said he wanted to be used more in the passing game or Pittsburgh should trade him… so he can be happy. Expectations were that it would be a one-week issue. However, after the game, head coach Mike Tomlin said he wasn’t sure if Bryant could be a reliable receiver the rest of the season. It won’t help Bryant’s case that JuJu Smith-Schuster had 193 receiving yards with a 97-yard touchdown. 

QB Case Keenum, MIN: Seniority issues

After their Week 9 bye, Minnesota could have both Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater available to play. Case Keenum’s place in the pecking order of that trio is to be determined. 

There are lots of issues to monitor, so check back at RealSport every day. We’ll provide the news, updates, and lots of NFL fantasy advice.

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Pat Opperman


Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.