Sun Sep 27 12:47pm ET
By The Associated Press
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes the catch aganst Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a catch in front of Dallas Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie (24) in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
The winless Atlanta Falcons will be playing without star wide receiver Julio Jones for Sunday's game with the unbeaten Chicago Bears.
Jones headlines the list of inactive players for Sunday's early games as he will be sidelined with a hamstring injury. Other key players missing for Atlanta include safety Ricardo Allen, cornerback Kendall Sheffield, offensive tackle Kaleb McGary, defensive tackle Deadrin Senat and defensive end Takk McKinley. Falcons first-round pick A.J. Terrell was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday.
Among the other notable inactives around the NFL for Sunday's early games, Tennessee receiver A.J. Brown will miss his second straight game with a knee injury with the Titans at Minnesota. Tennessee outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., a key offseason acquisition, makes his Titans debut after missing the first two games with a knee injury.
For the Vikings, rookie cornerback Cameron Dantzler misses his second straight game with a rib injury, and another starter, Mike Hughes, is out with a neck injury. That leaves Holton Hill and rookie Jeff Gladney as the top two cornerbacks on a depleted, struggling defense.
The Patriots will be without starting center David Andrews and rookie linebacker Josh Uche when they host the Raiders after both were placed on injured reserve. Running back James White also will be out for the second straight game following the death of his father.
Andrews missed practice all week with a hand injury and Uche was hampered by a foot injury. Andrews spent the 2019 season on IR with a blood clot issue in his lungs but started the first two games of this season.
The Raiders will be without speedy rookie receiver Henry Ruggs III because of injuries to his knee and hamstring. Ruggs was ruled out along with starting right tackle Trent Brown and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski.
Brown has been sidelined by a calf injury since leaving the opener at Carolina after one series. Kwiatkoski injured his pectoral muscle later in that game and will miss his second straight week.
In Buffalo's game with the Los Angeles Rams, Bills linebackers Tremaine Edmunds (right shoulder) and Matt Milano (hamstring) returned after missing one game. Both were listed as questionable on Friday. Veteran tight end Lee Smith was active for the first time this season with starter Dawson Knox out with a concussion.
For the Rams, running back Cam Akers has been ruled out because of a rib injury, while running back Malcolm Brown is active after hurting his left pinky finger last weekend.
In the Texans-Steelers game, Houston has made defensive tackle Ross Blacklock inactive a week after the rookie second-round was ejected from a loss to Baltimore for shoving after the whistle, a move that drew condemnation from his teammates.
The Steelers will have Pro Bowl right guard David DeCastro active for the first time this season. DeCastro missed the first two games because of a left knee injury. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who sat out practice early in the week with a knee issue, will also play for the unbeaten Steelers.
The Cleveland Browns will at least have one of their projected starting cornerbacks against Washington as Denzel Ward will play against Washington after being listed as questionable with a groin issue. Ward worked out on the field before the game and was cleared to go.
Cleveland's other starting cornerback, Greedy Williams, will miss his third game with a shoulder injury sustained in training camp. Defensive end Olivier Vernon is out again with an abdominal injury.
Sunday Morning Update: Week 3
A late addition to the injury report this week, New York Jets wide receiver Braxton Berrios (hamstring) will play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. With Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman inactive, Berrios will have a good chance to see targets in this contest. The hamstring issue is a concern, but Berrios offers an intriguing deep-league streamer or DFS value play in Week 3. Just don't be surprised if the Jets offense struggles to get going and Berrios suffers as a result.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (ankle/knee) is officially active for Sunday's contest against the New York Jets. It remains to be seen if Doyle will get his usual workload or not, but the veteran tight end appears to be a solid TE2 play this week. This also knocks down the value of backup tight end Mo Alie-Cox, who was a huge part of the Colts gameplan in Week 2. Alie-Cox is a high-risk, high-reward streamer still, but the risk is officially higher.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson left Sunday's game against the Houston Texans and is being evaluated for a concussion. He's questionable to return. Pittsburgh's most consistent receiver this season, Chase Claypool and James Washington stand to see increased usage in the second half should Johnson be diagnosed with a concussion and fail to return to Sunday's game.
Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (groin) will not return to Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns after exiting with a groin injury. Young was ruled out quickly, which could potentially be bad news moving forward for the star rookie. If Washington is without Young for more than just the second half of Sunday's game, you can downgrade the Washington defense for fantasy purposes until he returns, as the team would greatly miss his ability to rush the passer.
San Francisco 49ers TE Jordan Reed (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the Week 3 game and is considered questionable to return.
Fantasy Spin: Reed had a bigger role in the passing game with George Kittle out but Kittle may be back in the lineup next week. Reed will not have much value in fantasy leagues when he drops down the depth chart.
Houston Texans LB Zach Cunningham (leg) suffered a leg injury during the Week 3 game and is considered questionable to return.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (undisclosed) left the Week 3 game early because of an undisclosed injury and went to the locker room.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation to see if Goedert will be able to return to the game. He is a low-end No. 1 tight end or flex option when healthy.
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the Week 3 game and is considered questionable to return.
Fantasy Spin: Goedert has been a solid part of the passing game over the last few seasons, so fantasy players should monitor the situation. He is a low-end No. 1 tight end or flex option when healthy.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert has been helped to the locker room with an apparent left foot injury in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. With the Eagles already light on pass catchers and already relying on two-tight-end sets to make their offense work, it'll be important to watch to see how serious this issue is and if Goedert is able to return to the field in Week 3.
San Francisco 49ers tight end Jordan Reed fell awkwardly in the back of the end zone in the first half of Sunday's game against the New York Jets. It appeared that Reed suffered a left ankle injury. The MetLife Stadium turf took a toll on the 49ers last week when they faced the Jets, and it appears the trend is continuing. If Reed ends up missing time, expect Ross Dwelley to work as the primary backup tight end to George Kittle, who isn't playing in this week's game after he was hurt at this stadium last week.
New York Giants S Jabrill Peppers (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the Week 3 game and is considered questionable to return.
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest, ribs) is expected to miss Week 4's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to multiple sources.
Fantasy Spin: Taylor is recovering from cracked ribs suffered in the season opener, as well as a punctured lung accidentally sustained when the team doctor tried to numb up the initial injury with an injection. The injuries are not considered career-threatening but Taylor is forbidden from doing strenuous activity for two weeks. Rookie Justin Herbert will keep starting in Taylor's absence and could hold on to the No. 1 job if he continues to play well for the Chargers, although he should not be started outside of two-quarterback fantasy leagues at this stage of his career.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins won't be active in Week 3 against the Washington Football Team. Considering he took just vie offensive snaps in Week 2, this move shouldn't come as a big surprise. Higgins was getting some preseason hype, but it's time to pull the ripcord if you're still rostering him in redraft leagues. KhaDarel Hodge has solidified a role as the No. 3 receiver in Cleveland, and we'll see a little more of JoJo Natson today, though not enough to make any kind of fantasy movement happen.
Los Angeles Rams rookie running back Cam Akers (ribs) is out for Sunday's contest against the Buffalo Bills. Without Akers, expect Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson Jr. to split carries, with the advantage likely going to Henderson. Brown is a touchdown-dependent fantasy play, while Henderson has the potential to be a solid RB3. Both guys have their upside limited due to a tough matchup with the Buffalo Bills Defense.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Tajae Sharpe is a healthy scratch on Sunday against his former team, the Tennessee Titans. Considering Sharpe had taken just 16 offensive snaps this season, this doesn't move the needle at all. Wide receiver Chad Beebe will play for the first time this year, but like Sharpe would have been, Beebe isn't a fantasy option this week. The Vikings offense doesn't have the upside to support their fringe receivers as fantasy plays.
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) is active for Week 3's game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Fantasy Spin: Edelman had been listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited practice participant throughout the week. As New England's primary receiving threat, he should be viewed as a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3 option in the majority of fantasy football leagues.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (ankle) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 3 game.
Fantasy Spin: David Johnson will continue to receive most of the work at running back with Johnson sidelined and can be a No. 2 running back or flex option in fantasy leagues.
Houston Texans WR Kenny Stills (illness) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.
Fantasy Spin: Stills has posted only two catches and 16 yards over the first two games of the season. He probably will see a few targets this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers but can be avoided in most leagues.
No surprise here, as all reports indicated both would play, but it's now official: Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (hip) and tight end Darren Waller (knee) are both playing against the Patriots. Both players are must-play options in season-long leagues, with Waller being a TE1 option and Jacobs being a strong RB2 play. Don't be concerned about how the injury issues will impact their performance today. The bigger issue is the Patriots Defense and a game script that might be bad for Jacobs.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) will play in Week 3's game against the New England Patriots.
Fantasy Spin: Waller has 18 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown through his first two games this season and has developed into QB Derek Carr's favorite target. His steady role in the Las Vegas offense makes him a viable starting option in all fantasy formats.