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Injury Status: Week 3

Thu Sep 20 8:13 am
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Last week wasn't quite as terrible as the previous, but we still had our fair share of injuries. You'll see that this list is pretty full once again. There are some players returning to action, though, which is a good thing. Here are all the latest injury updates from around the league. Here is to hoping your team is on the mend.

Mike Wallace, WR, Eagles. Wallace was placed on Injured Reserve because of a broken leg. He could be back after eight weeks but his season is likely over. The Eagles are very thin at receiver right now, needing to sign Jordan Matthews this week. He could play immediately because of the injury to Wallace.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars. Fournette missed last week because of a hamstring strain. He is practicing this week and seems to have a good shot to return, especially with his backup, T.J. Yeldon, likely to miss because of a sprained ankle. Keep an eye on the practice reports for the latest but things are trending the right way for Fournette.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Eagles. Ajayi is iffy to play right now because of a back injury. He left the game early last week because of the injury but was able to return. So you can't rule him out for this week but even if he is active, he might not get a full workload because of the injury. Consider him a game-time decision. Corey Clement could handle much of the work at running back for the Eagles in Week 3.

Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles. Wentz was cleared for contact and is back practicing this week. He has already been named the starter for the Week 3 game. He makes his much anticipated return to the lineup.

Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles. Sproles missed last week with a hamstring injury and is expected to miss another week of action. He still isn't practicing and the Eagles are preparing to play without him. He could be back in a week or two.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills. McCoy suffered fractured rib cartilage in Week 2. There is a decent chance he is not healthy enough to play this week. The good news is he has dealt with an injury similar to this in the past and missed minimal time. He could be back playing in a week or two. For now, look for Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy to split running back duties for the Bills in Week 3.

Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals. Mixon needed minor knee surgery after the Bengals game last week. He is going to miss a couple weeks of action because of the surgery. Gio Bernard will start for the Bengals while Mixon is out of action. He has value as a No. 2 back for fantasy teams in a starting role.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons. The Falcons disputed a report that Freeman would miss multiple weeks of action with his knee injury, calling him day to day. Either way, Freeman isn't practicing and sure looks like he will miss the Week 3 game. Tevin Coleman starts and has solid value in a starting role for the Falcons.

Paul Richardson, WR, Redskins. Richardson had an MRI on his injured knee and the results came back negative. This is good news but it doesn't mean Richardson will play this week. He seems to have a good chance to miss the Week 3 game, especially with the Redskins adding some receivers to the roster this week. Get other options ready.

Devante Parker, WR, Dolphins. Parker was limited in practice last week because of his broken finger, but seemed to have a legit chance to play in the game. He was held out, though. Parker is practicing in full this week and seems right on track to make his season debut Week 3. He should start and play a big role in the offense.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans. Mariota did not play last week because of a sore elbow. He is practicing again this week, splitting the starter work with Blaine Gabbert. His status remains unknown for Week 3. It could be a situation that both quarterbacks split the work at quarterback, making both useless for fantasy teams. This is likely a situation avoid.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers. Goodwin missed last week's game because of a quad injury. He is practicing on a limited basis this week. He could return to action but should be considered a game-time decision for Week 3.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery is practicing on a limited basis this week. He is nearing a return from his offseason shoulder surgery. There is a chance he returns this week but could be a game-time decision. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals. Fitzgerald hurt his hamstring last week and had to leave the game. He is doing some work on the side at practice this week but head coach Steve Wilks said Fitzgerald will play this weekend. He should be ready for the game and get his usual workload.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings. Cook has yet to practice this week because of a hamstring injury, which forced him from the game last week. The injury is supposed to be pretty minor, though, and expectations are he will be ready for the Week 3 game. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest info on Cook, but he should be able to play this week as long as he gets in some practice before the week is out.

Marlon Mack, RB, Colts. Mack missed practice Wednesday because of hamstring and foot injuries. The foot injury is new and he apparently re-aggravated his hamstring injury last week. This is not a good sign for Mack, who just can't seem to stay healthy. Mack still has a shot to play this week but will need to practice some. And even if he is active, Mack likely will split work in the game. He is a big risk for fantasy teams.

Greg Zuerlein, K, Rams. Zuerlein suffered a groin injury last week and is going to miss some time. Early reports are he is going to be sidelined for three to six weeks. Sam Ficken takes over the kicking duties for the Rams until Zuerlein is ready to kick again.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Tom Brady Oct 19 11:20pm ET

New England Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Bears. Quarterback Tom Brady's protection won't be as good as usual against a strong Chicago pass rush, although All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack (ankle) is questionable and was slowed by his injury last week. Still, it's something to keep an eye on for this Sunday. If New England's offensive line is struggling, expect the Patriots to get the ball out quickly, which would favor receiver Julian Edelman and running back James White.

From RotoBaller

Brice Butler Oct 19 11:10pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brice Butler (groin) practiced in full all week and is no longer on the Week 7 injury report against the Redskins after sitting out in Week 6. While Butler could see a role against Washington, he has yet to catch a pass in 2018 and would be behind Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley, rookie Michael Gallup and Deonte Thompson in one of the worst passing offenses in football, so you can continue ignoring him.

From RotoBaller

Ryan Tannehill Oct 19 10:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) will play again this season, but his long-term future is in doubt. Tannehill continues to battle injuries and has not lived up to expectations in the first seven weeks of the season. Before the knee injury that kept him out for all of 2017 he had a quarterback rating of 93.5 and completed 67.1 percent of his passes in 2016. His QB rating through five games this year is at 92.9 with a completion percentage of 65.9. Tannehill is scheduled to cost $26.6 million against the salary cap next year, while releasing him after the year take $13.2 million off the cap. It all likely depends on whether Tannehill can improve in the second half of the season when he returns from his right shoulder injury. Until then, Brock Osweiler will fill in under center. Tannehill will probably be dropped in shallow leagues with him likely to miss at least the next two games.

From RotoBaller

Ameer Abdullah Oct 19 10:33pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah could see some action in passing situations with RB Theo Riddick (knee) ruled out against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8.

Tre'Quan Smith Oct 19 10:23pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith is expected to see a larger role after WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list, and Smith said he is 'ready for the opportunity.'

Fantasy Spin: Smith was able to show that he can be a threat down the field when he caught three passes for 111 and two touchdowns against the Washington Redskins in Week 5. He will be a boom-or-bust flex option against the Ravens in Week 7.

Ted Ginn Jr. Oct 19 10:03pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) has a 'realistic' chance to return when he is eligible to come off the Reserve/Injured list in eight weeks, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Carlos Hyde Oct 19 9:53pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde won't overtake RB T.J. Yeldon for the lead back role against the Houston Texans in Week 7, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com.

Fantasy Spin: The Jaguars backfield could become quite crowded if Leonard Fournette is ever healthy, but until Hyde's role becomes clear, you should hang on to him in all formats. That being said, you won't want to start him in Week 7.

T.J. Yeldon Oct 19 9:43pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon will remain the 'main back' for the Week 7 game against the Houston Texans, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com.

Fantasy Spin: The Jaguars just acquired Carlos Hyde, but until he has a full week of practice with the team under his belt, it makes sense that Yeldon would shoulder most of the load. Yeldon can be a RB2 in most leagues.

Mike Evans Oct 19 8:50pm ET

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is always a start given his elite status but he will have a tough matchup this weekend against rookie cornerback Denzel Ward. Evans massive height gives him a natural advantage over the undersized Ward but he will have a difficult time getting separation. Back-to-back duds by Evans shouldn't discourage his owners from starting him this weekend since he's still Mike Evans. Just don't expect much more than low-end WR1 numbers against Cleveland.

From RotoBaller

Josh Rosen Oct 19 8:43pm ET

Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen (toe) is dealing with a sprained left toe but should be available for the Week 8 game, according to head coach Steve Wilks.

Fantasy Spin: Rosen has struggled since taking over as the starting quarterback but will be working with a new offensive coordinator next week. Rosen should not be a starting option in any fantasy leagues, but owners may want to keep an eye on him to see if he improves over the next few weeks.

Vita Vea Oct 19 8:33pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea will start at defensive tackle in the Week 7 game with DT Gerald McCoy (calf) sidelined, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

Sean Lee Oct 19 7:43pm ET

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (hamstring) is expected to play in the Week 7 game but will be on a snap count, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.

Tavon Austin Oct 19 7:33pm ET

Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (groin) will not undergo groin surgery at this time but is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.

Adam Jones Oct 19 7:23pm ET

Denver Broncos CB Adam Jones (thigh) likely will be able to play in the Week 8 game, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

Shane Ray Oct 19 7:23pm ET

Denver Broncos OT Jared Veldheer (knee) and LB Shane Ray (ankle, wrist) may have a chance to play in the Week 8 game, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

Greg Zuerlein Oct 19 6:53pm ET

Los Angeles Rams PK Greg Zuerlein (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 19, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.

Fantasy Spin: Zuerlein is one of the top kickers in the NFL and is a must-start option in all leagues when he is healthy.

Cooper Kupp Oct 19 6:53pm ET

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 7. DT Michael Brockers (shoulder), LB Matt Longacre (back), WR Josh Reynolds (hand), OG Rodger Saffold (knee), C John Sullivan (non-injury) and OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

Auden Tate Oct 19 6:33pm ET

Free-agent WR Auden Tate was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad Friday, Oct. 19.

DeVante Parker Oct 19 6:23pm ET

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (quadriceps) said he will be available for the Week 7 game but is not sure how much playing time he will be able to handle because of the injury.

Fantasy Spin: Parker has been limited to only two games because of injuries and has posted only 40 yards in those games. Owners probably should avoid him even if he is active for the game.

Jalen Richard Oct 19 6:13pm ET

Oakland Raiders RB Jalen Richard is expected to see a bump in workload with RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) sidelined. Richard has just three touches when the team is leading, and 39 touches when tied or trailing, but that is expected to change with just RB Doug Martin standing in the way.

Fantasy Spin: Richard will likely see plenty of targets out of the backfield, as he has shown good hands in the past. Doug Martin is currently projected to be the lead back heading out of the bye in Week 8, but many expect Richard to be the biggest winner in terms of fantasy value in the Oakland backfield.