Friday’s final injury reports gave us more questions and a few answers. But here is what we know and how we’re reacting.
RB Ty Montgomery, GB… probably out
Green Bay listed Ty Montgomery as doubtful for Sunday’s matchup in Dallas, indicating he will have another week to get his ribs healed. Rookie Jamal Williams practiced without limitations and was not given a designation on the injury report. But it is only even money he will start ahead of or get more touches than fellow rookie Aaron Jones; Jones is a better pass catcher and put in a nice performance when Williams went down in Week 4. Coach Mike McCarthy is not tipping his hand, but it is likely that both runners will see a good portion of the work this weekend.
WR Davante Adams, GB… questionable
Davante Adams has been progressing through the concussion protocol steps all week, but he still has to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can play. Coach McCarthy told reporters he might not know the results until right before they board the plane for Texas Saturday evening, but the team seems optimistic about Adams’ return.
QB Derek Carr, OAK… questionable?
Oakland’s Derek Carr threw the ball in practice again Friday and was given a status of questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Carr’s injury is to the outer part of his spine which means pain management is the main concern. You can pad it from direct hits, but every twist and bend will be painful. It’s hard to imagine he would be close to 100% effective if he plays. EJ Manuel took the majority of first-team reps during the week.
In other news from Oakland; Michael Crabtree is no longer on the injury report, so he will start. DeAndre Washington is questionable but expected to be available while he works through a knee sprain.
QB Marcus Mariota, TN… game time decision
Matt Cassel took all the first team reps as Marcus Mariota received therapy and rest for his tweaked hamstring. Officially listed as questionable, the team announced his game status will depend on how he feels Sunday morning. No one sounds terribly optimistic about Mariota getting back.
QB Sam Bradford, MN… definitely… a maybe
Nothing against Case Keenum, but Minnesota would really like to get Sam Bradford back on the field. He saw a specialist during the week and took some practice snaps Thursday. This earned him a questionable status on the injury report. Bradford says he feels much better than two weeks ago, but no one in Minnesota seems to be able to say he definitely will or will not play Monday night against Chicago.
WR JJ Nelson, John Brown, AZ… questionable
Both JJ Nelson and John Brown are expected to play against Philadelphia, but both are listed as questionable and might be limited. It looks like Jaron Brown could see 97% of the snaps again and garner 10 or more targets. Yet, he is still unowned in the vast majority of leagues.
WR Marqise Lee, JAC… questionable
Marqise Lee was limited in practice all week with a rib injury. It is not a sure thing he will play on Sunday. Jaelen Strong was upgraded to questionable and could see his first action since coming to the Jaguars, but Allen Hurns would seem the surer bet to see an increase in targets.
WR Marquise Goodwin, SF… questionable
Marquise Goodwin is pending a final evaluation to see if he clears the concussion protocol. Players need to be cleared by Saturday to play Sunday. Pierre Garcon would carry more of a load if Goodwin cannot suit up.
Also from San Francisco, Carlos Hyde was not listed on the injury report, indicating that his hip issues are resolved.
WR Kenny Britt, CLE… doubtful
For the three percent of owners who started him last week, we feel obligated to report that Kenny Britt probably won’t be available in Week 5 as he recovers from knee and groin injuries.
The better news out of Cleveland is that we could see the number one draft pick Myles Garrett for the first time. He did not receive a designation on the injury report and it is assumed he will start at defensive end against the Jets Sunday.
RB Wendell Smallwood, PHI… probably out
Philadelphia listed Wendell Smallwood as questionable with a knee injury for Sunday, but he has not practiced all week, meaning he could be closer to doubtful than probable. LeGarrette Blount might see more snaps, but Corey Clement is likely to pick up a bigger piece of Smallwood’s workload.
RB Branden Oliver, LAC… doubtful
Branden Oliver is all but ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Giants due to a hip injury. Coach Anthony Lynn had alluded to some changes in the Chargers attack, which could mean more touches for dynamic rookie Austin Ekeler. Melvin Gordon also appealed for a bigger role in the offense this week, which Lynn seemed to appreciate.
Whoever gets the ball could have an easier time of it than expected as the New York Giants team they face lists their three top defensive ends as questionable for Sunday’s contest.
RB CJ Prosise, SEA… doubtful
It looks like the Seattle running back committee will have to make do with three members this week as Chris Carson recovers from his broken leg and CJ Prosise’s ankle continues to heal. Thomas Rawls is expected to get the lead role with occasional doses of Eddy Lacy and JD McKissic sprinkled in.
RB Paul Perkins, NYG… out
Paul Perkins not playing is not as impactful as who might step in. Many NFL fantasy players seem to believe rookie Wayne Gallman will step into the starting job based on his showing last week in relief. But Orleans Darkwa is back this week, and he also has good numbers in his limited opportunities. Don’t be surprised if we see another dreaded committee of Darkwa, Gallman, and Shane Vereen in New York this weekend.
RB Matt Forte, NYJ… out
Matt Forte will remain sidelined for another week with turf toe. Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire will take advantage of increased touches against the Cleveland Browns.
TE Tyler Eifert, WR John Ross… out
Tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver John Ross will wait at least another week before they can take part in the revamped Bengals offense. Eifert has a back injury similar to the one that put him on injured reserve last season. Ross continues to rehab a knee injury. Tyler Kroft will start at tight end again after his league-best 18.8 point NFL fantasy showing of last week.
TE Ben Watson, BAL… probably in
Baltimore left tight end Ben Watson and his injured calf on the injury report, but he has been playing through the malady for several weeks. He will be on the field Sunday.
TE Jack Doyle, IND… out
Colts tight end Jack Doyle has been ruled out for Sunday as he recovers from a neck injury and concussion. Veteran Brandon Williams will probably get the bulk of the work in his absence. Rookie Darrell Daniels could also make an appearance.
That’s what we know so far. Be sure to check your NFL fantasy league websites for last-minute changes. You never know when someone will slip in the shower. Good luck in Week 5.
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