Quite a few players found themselves on injury reports after their Week 3 games. Here are updates on NFL fantasy-relevant players from the teams’ Friday injury reports.
Cardinals: JJ Nelson, John Brown questionable
You know how some players are quick to insist they will play, but the coaches won’t say for sure? Cardinals’ coach Bruce Arians told the press that John Brown would play Sunday. John Brown has not said it himself. I don’t trust him to play the whole game if he starts.
JJ Nelson was limited in practice all week with a hamstring injury. He played last week, but it was obvious he was not 100%. Tight end Jermaine Gresham took part fully in practice with sore ribs and will play.
Rams: Sammy Watkins, Tavon Austin cleared
Both Sammy Watkins and Tavon Austin cleared concussion protocol and were unlimited in practice Friday.
Jared Goff’s offensive line is a little healthier with Andrew Whitworth a full participant in practice. Center John Sullivan is still listed as questionable with a hip injury.
Saints: Willie Snead hurt, Adrian Peterson not
Those of you anxiously waiting to put Willie Snead into your lineups better check for last-minute updates from London. Snead showed up on today’s injury report with a hamstring issue that makes him questionable for Sunday morning’s event.
Adrian Peterson was a full participant in practice Friday.
Dolphins: Jay Ajayi, Kenny Stills
It looks like the Dolphins will have their full offensive array on display for the fans in London. Native son Jay Ajayi practiced without limitations Friday as did wide receivers Kenny Stills and Jakeem Grant. Miami still lists all three as questionable on their injury report.
Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin in, Curtis Samuel out
Rookie Curtis Samuel has been ruled out for the game Sunday against the Patriots with a back injury. The better news is that quarterback Cam Newton and his primary receiver Kelvin Benjamin were both removed from the injury list, indicating they are fine.
Patriots: Rex Burkhead out; everyone else in
Running back Rex Burkhead is doubtful for Sunday. Wide receiver Matthew Slater was questionable with an ankle but is expected to be available. With Danny Amendola and Phillip Dorsett’s names removed from the injury list, this could be the first week Tom Brady could have a full complement of wide receivers. Rob Gronkowski’s name was removed early in the week.
Lions: Dwayne Washington, Kenny Golladay
Dwayne Washington’s quad has forced the Lions to rule him out Sunday against the Vikings. Kenny Golladay is officially listed as questionable, but he did not practice Thursday or Friday. That probably makes him closer to doubtful than probable.
Vikings: Case Keenum in for Sam Bradford
Jared Goff is getting headlines for the improvement he’s shown between his rookie and second years. Good coaching, or a lack of it last season, has been cited as the biggest difference maker. Well, remember who else had the same coaches Goff had last year (for two years) and suddenly looks better than anyone expected? Case Keenum.
Titans: Corey Davis out
Tennessee will sit Corey Davis again as he tries to recover from a hamstring injury. Rishard Matthews looks like a good play again this week.
They will face a Texans defense that did not list any defensive linemen or linebackers on their injury report for the first time this season.
Jets: Matt Forte out
The Jets have ruled out Matt Forte, which has everyone rushing to put Bilal Powell into their lineups. But rookie Elijah McGuire has averaged over 4 yards per carry compared to Powell’s 2.4 yards. The Jets were committed to a running back by committee. Don’t be surprised in McGuire splits the touches evenly and emerges as the better player.
Bengals: Tyler Eifert, John Ross out
Andy Dalton had his best game of the year last week without John Ross and Tyler Eifert. He will have to do it again. AJ Green and Joe Mixon were the main contributors in Week 3. Going against the Cleveland Browns has many picking Dalton as a sleepy starter this week.
Ravens: Benjamin Watson, Maxx Williams
Benjamin Watson is listed as questionable with lingering calf issues that limited his practice this week. Watson says he is fine and will be on the field Sunday. Fellow tight end Maxx Williams remains out with a foot injury.
Buccaneers: The defense rests
Tampa Bay list nine defenders on their injury report, including linebacker Kwon Alexander, who is ruled out for another week.
Chargers: Melvin Gordon likely
Melvin Gordon is listed as questionable with a knee issue, but he participated fully in practice Friday and is expected to play Sunday.
He goes against an Eagles defense that has ruled out five starters or primary backups, including Fletcher Cox. Safety Rodney McLeod and linebacker Jordan Hicks are also listed as questionable after taking it easy in practice all week.
49ers: Carlos Hyde, Kyle Juszczyk
Carlos Hyde Will be a game-time decision for San Francisco after a bad hip limited his practice this week. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk is waiting to clear concussion protocol before he can return to the field. If you rostered Matt Breida, pay attention to announcements coming out of the Bay Area. Breida might be the primary running back this week.
Raiders: Michael Crabtree GTD
Michael Crabtree sat out practice Friday after limiting himself earlier in the week with a chest injury. Oakland already faces a tough day in Denver. Cordarrelle Patterson could see more work Sunday, along with Seth Roberts. Crabtree officially is a game-time decision.
Colts: Jacoby Brissett in, Marlon Mack out
So much for Marlon Mack working his way into the scheme in Indianapolis. He will miss another game this week, leaving stalwarts Frank Gore and Robert Turbin to face the Seattle defense. Seattle has given up a lot of big running plays this season. We will see if the Colts’ veterans can break one Sunday to make life easier on Brissett.
Seahawks: CJ Prosise out, Doug Baldwin GTD
Doug Baldwin is telling everybody he will be in the game Sunday, but coaches call him a game-time decision with a groin injury. Meanwhile, Chris Carson could be a committee of one with CJ Prosise nursing a bad ankle on the sideline. It is possible that Thomas Rawls will see a little work but not enough to play him.
Washington and Kansas City do not have to release their injury reports until later, but they appeared reasonably healthy all week. Be sure to check though. There is nothing worse in NFL fantasy football than a Monday night surprise. Always check your fantasy site or the NFL injury site on Sunday for any last-second changes to players’ status.
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