Injury Status: Week 1

2017-09-07 08:56:54
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

Fantasy teams were supposed to have a full week of games this Week 1 but Hurricane Irma has changed that. If you haven't heard the news, the Dolphins/Bucs game has been postponed until Week 11. First off, prayers to all those having to deal with the hurricane. That is a horrible situation, and we hope things turn out as well as possible. The bad news is fantasy teams will be without some key players like Mike Evans and Jay Ajayi to open their season. The good news is the injuries are pretty minimal for Week 1, which is normally the case for the first week of the season. There are some injuries of note to watch, though, and below is the latest.

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens. Flacco is on track to play this week. His back is doing much better. He is practicing and as long as he doesn't have a setback, Flacco will be good to go this week for fantasy teams. Flacco even stated he could have played a few weeks back if it was the regular season.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills. Taylor has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will start the Week 1 game for the Bills. He is back practicing and ready for the game this weekend.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants. Beckham remains no sure thing to play this week. He continues to be slowed by a sprained ankle. He is not practicing but doing work on the side. And reports are Beckham is more hopeful to play than confident, which isn't a great sign for Beckham suiting up this week. We still think he has a decent chance to play but consider him a game-time decision.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos. Thomas is back practicing this week for the first time in two weeks. He has been out because of a groin injury. Thomas is expected to be ready for the Week 1 game, though, and should play his usual workload.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Bills. Matthews is ready to play the Week 1 game after missing several practices and games with the Bills because of a chip in his sternum. The Bills have already announced he will be ready for this week's game. Matthews has a chance to serve as the No. 1 receiver for the Bills if healthy and playing well.

George Kittle, TE, 49ers. Kittle aggravated his hamstring during practice this week and is iffy to play right now. He has been limited in practice. If healthy, Kittle is supposed to be the starting tight end for the 49ers. We should know more about his status later in the week but for now, just go with other options. Kittle isn't worth the risk.

Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks. Rawls is dealing with a high-ankle sprain and considered questionable to play in the Week 1 game. The Seahawks aren't ruling him out by any means, though. He even was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday, which is a very positive sign. We would think his chances of playing are pretty good. But if Rawls doesn't play, Eddie Lacy will have a bigger workload in the game this week.

Andrew Luck, QB, Colts. Luck has already been ruled for Week 1 and it isn't sure when he'll return to action. Luck is trying to return from offseason shoulder surgery, but has done little to date. We'll have a better idea of his status for next week early in the week. Scott Tolzien starts this week for the Colts while Luck is out.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals. Eifert has been sidelined by a knee injury in recent weeks. He is back practicing, though, and expected to be ready for the Week 1 game. It is a concern that he has missed practice time in recent weeks, but Eifert is expected to start and serve as the No. 1 tight end for the Bengals. His knee shouldn't be a big issue.

John Ross, WR, Bengals. Ross is dealing with a knee injury and is not expected to play this week. He did do some work in practice, which is a positive, but basically working on the side. He might miss a few weeks of action as he tries to get his knee back to 100 percent.

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