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Injury Status: Week 6

Thu Oct 10 10:19am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

This injury list isn’t near as populated as the previous week, which is great news for fantasy owners. We still have some injuries that are going to impact lineups, but there are some players returning, which is going to help. Hopefully, this trend of fewer injuries and more players returning continues going forward. We’ll see. . . . .

James Washington, WR, Steelers.  Washington injured his shoulder during last week’s game and is doing to miss some time because of the injury. He isn’t even worth a roster spot at this point. He has done little even when on the field. 

DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Jackson is getting closer to a return but did not practice Wednesday because of his abdomen injury. If he gets in some practice before the week is out, he has a shot to return, though. He has not been ruled out yet. Keep an eye on the practice notes for the latest. He is getting close. 

Chris Herndon, TE, Jets. Herndon finally returned from his suspension and back to practice. Unfortunately, he injured his hamstring in practice. At this point, it seems like Herndon will not be healthy enough to make his season debut. He will need to get healthy in a hurry to play this week.  

Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard has already been ruled out for this week because of a  concussion he suffered last week. He will miss at least a game and maybe more because this is his second concussion this season. Not good. 

Wayne Gallman, WR, Giants. Gallman is another Giant that suffered a concussion last week. He also has been ruled out for the Week 6 game. This gives Jon Hilliman the likely start at running back for the Giants.

Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram suffered a sprained knee last week and has been ruled out for Week 6. This leaves a huge hole in the passing game. Rhett Ellison should draw the start at tight end for the Giants. 

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants. Barkley is really close to a return but will miss one more week of action. He has been ruled out for Week 6. We would expect him back in the starting lineup next week, though. He has made great progress in recent weeks. 

Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs. Watkins left the game very early last week because of a hamstring injury. He is yet to practice this week and it doesn’t look good for him to play right now. We would expect him to miss the Week 6 game, so get other options ready. 

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions. Hockenson is back practicing on a limited basis. He is getting closer to a return from his scary concussion suffered a few weeks back. He has a shot to even play this week. We will know before the week is out if he is able to pass the concussion protocol. 

Case Keenum, QB, Redskins. Keenum has a decent shot to return from his foot injury this week and will be the starter as long as he is healthy. He is trending the right way right now. Unless he has a setback later in the week, look for Keenum to start the Week 6 game for the Redskins.  

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers. McCaffrey suffered a back injury last week but was able to play through it although he was a little limited late in the game. He is out of practice to start the week, which isn’t a great sign but not the end of the world. He might be resting more than anything, but keep an eye on the practice reports the rest of the way to see what kind of work McCaffrey is able to get in. If McCaffrey is unable to play, Reggie Bonnafon gets the start for the Panthers.  

David Johnson, RB, Cardinals. Johnson is another running back that is battling a back injury. He played with the back injury throughout last week’s game. He is practicing on the side to start the week, so nothing is sure with his status right now. We would expect him to play but nothing is 100 percent certain right now. Chase Edmonds is the starter for the Cardinals if Johnson is out of action.  

Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers. Henry is getting closer to a return from his knee injury. He got in some work last week and is practicing on a limited basis to start this week. If Henry doesn’t return this week, we would expect him back in the starting lineup Week 7. Things are looking up for Henry.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs. Hill is practicing on a limited basis to start the week because of his collarbone injury. He was close to playing last week, so things look good for him to return this week, especially since Sammy Watkins is expected to miss. We would expect Hill to play and serve as the No. 1 target for the Chiefs in Week 6. 

Todd Gurley, RB, Rams. Gurley was out of practice Wednesday because of a quad injury. The Rams are calling him day to day. The injury is not believed to be too serious, but you never know with Gurley. Injuries have been his nemesis in recent years. Gurley should be healthy enough to play, but keep an eye on the player notes to be sure he gets in some work before the week is out. 

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
David Njoku Nov 13 2:13am ET

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) said he is 'very' optimistic that he'll be healthy enough to play when he's eligible to return from the Reserve/Injured list in Week 12.

Fantasy Spin: There's all manner of upside with Njoku, who would make an interesting stash candidate in larger leagues.

From TheHuddle

D.J. Jones Nov 12 11:03pm ET

San Francisco 49ers DT D.J. Jones (groin) is expected to miss at least one week after leaving the game Monday, Nov. 11, against the Seattle Seahawks due to a groin injury.

From TheHuddle

Brian Hill Nov 12 9:33pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Brian Hill played 51 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday, Nov. 10, in the win over the New Orleans Saints. The bulk of Hill's work came with RB Devonta Freeman (foot) out of the game.

Fantasy Spin: With Freeman expected to miss multiple games and backup Ito Smith (neck) already out for the year, Hill will have a big role in a nice matchup against the soft Carolina Panthers run defense. He should be a top waiver priority this week.

From TheHuddle

Damien Williams Nov 12 9:23pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams played 72 percent of the offensive snaps in the Week 10 loss against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Nov. 10. RB Darrel Williams played just 21 percent with RB Darwin Thompson getting a total of five offensive snaps. RB LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch.

Fantasy Spin: Williams' 109 yards from scrimmage were the second-most he's racked up in a game and came on the heels of a season-high 125 rushing yards last week. He didn't find the end zone for the first time in three weeks, but it was a heavy workload and he lived up to the task. Fantasy managers who took a chance on him this year seem like they'll be rewarded down the stretch run.

From TheHuddle

Kalen Ballage Nov 12 9:13pm ET

Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage played 82 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday, Nov. 10, against the Indianapolis Colts. RB Patrick Laird played just eight offensive snaps with RB Myles Gaskin playing five total snaps (all on offense).

Fantasy Spin: Ballage ran the ball 20 times but for a very disappointing 43 yards. He caught all four of his targets but for just two yards. It was the Dolphins' second straight win but it remains highly doubtful there'll be many more of these. If he wasn't successful in Week 10, it's unlikely he will be.

From TheHuddle

Kareem Hunt Nov 12 9:13pm ET

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt played 54 percent of the offensive snaps against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 10, but starter Nick Chubb played a three-week high of 81 percent in the 19-16 victory. RB Dontrell Hilliard played just eight offensive snaps for his lowest total since Week 5.

Fantasy Spin: Chubb ran 20 times for 116 yards while catching two of four targets for just five yards. Hunt totaled 74 yards from scrimmage on 11 touches with seven receptions and four carries. It's quite possible both could be effective fantasy options in the same games, but Chubb remains the definitive No. 1 option.

From TheHuddle

Diontae Johnson Nov 12 8:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson has put together a solid rookie campaign with 30 receptions, over 360 yards, and three touchdowns. In Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Browns, Johnson will work to stay in the sights of quarterback Mason Rudolph. However, Rudolph has been favoring shorter routes recently, which puts Johnson at a bit of a disadvantage. Although Johnson's big-play ability gives him value as a touchdown-dependent WR4 in Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Jarvis Landry Nov 12 8:43pm ET

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry drew criticism from head coach Freddie Kitchens Tuesday, Nov. 12, for the 15-yard taunting penalty he took Sunday, Nov. 10 against the Buffalo Bills. 'I don't like penalties,' said Kitchens. 'I don't like penalties. I want him playing with passion, though, not emotion, but passion.'

Fantasy Spin: Landry had one of his best games of the season by catching nine of 10 targets for 97 yards and finding the end zone for the second straight week, but the penalty set up the missed 48-yard extra point by PK Austin Seibert.

From TheHuddle

JuJu Smith-Schuster Nov 12 8:40pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has just 12 receptions for 170 yards and one touchdown in his last four games. With a Thursday Night football matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11, Smith-Schuster shouldn't be considered the reliable option many drafted him as. Quarterback Mason Rudolph has been favoring shorter to intermediate routes, which should favor the USC product, but the numbers haven't followed. Look at Smith-Schuster as a touchdown-dependent WR2 against Cleveland.

From RotoBaller

James Washington Nov 12 8:40pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington is coming off the best consecutive performances of his young career. He's hauled in 10 of 11 targets for 159 yards and a touchdown in the last two games, and he seems to be redeveloping a connection with his college quarterback Mason Rudolph. He'll face off against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night and has a chance to build himself more opportunities in the offense. View Washington as nothing but a WR4 in deeper leagues, as he still has some room to prove his fantasy worth.

From RotoBaller

James Conner Nov 12 8:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (shoulder) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, all but confirming he's good to go for Thursday night's road game against the Cleveland Browns. After missing the last two contests, Conner has been missed on offense, as the Steelers have combined for just 132 rushing yards in that span. Against the Browns, Conner should help open up the offensive gameplan by reassuming the lead-back role. Look at the 24-year-old as an RB2 against a defense that allows 19 fantasy points per game to running backs.

From RotoBaller

Jaylen Samuels Nov 12 8:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels steps away from the lead-back role with the expected return of James Conner (shoulder) in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. Over the last two games, Samuels turned 38 touches into just 123 yards and no touchdowns, so it's clear he's not suited for four-down work in this offense. Against the Browns on Thursday, the NC State product isn't very fantasy appealing as Cleveland has allowed just 40 receptions to running backs this season, the ninth-fewest in the NFL. Since Conner is likely returning, Samuels is best left on fantasy benches in Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Mason Rudolph Nov 12 8:10pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph gets a favorable matchup for Thursday Night Football when the Steelers travel to take on the Cleveland Browns. Rudolph has been gaining more confidence with each start, and his 242 yards passing last week were the second highest of his short career. Against the Browns, the second-year signal caller faces a defense that allows an average of 23 fantasy points per game. Rudolph can be considered a low-end QB2, especially in the early game of the week. You could do worse, but you could certainly do better for a streaming option.

From RotoBaller

Colin Kaepernick Nov 12 8:03pm ET

Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) shared a message on Twitter Tuesday, Nov. 12, addressing the previous reports of the league-arranged free-agent workout Saturday, Nov. 16. 'I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday,' Kaepernick wrote.

From TheHuddle

Matt Breida Nov 12 7:30pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (ankle) will seek a second opinion on his reaggravated sprained ankle. Breida only accrued 25 yards on 12 touches in Week 10 before exiting in the second half. Breida is no stranger to playing injured but NFL Networks Tom Pelissero believes he could miss some time to let it heal. Breidas absence would benefit third-string back Raheem Mostert who flashed promise earlier this season when Tevin Coleman was hurt. Mostert would be a risky but upside flex play in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals if Breida is inactive.

From RotoBaller

Dante Pettis Nov 12 7:23pm ET

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis is running out of time to prove his worth in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. 'The more he doesn't take advantage of his opportunities, the less opportunities he gets,' Shanahan said Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Fantasy Spin: Pettis, a second-year pro, has caught just 11 of 24 targets this season for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He shouldn't be on rosters in anything shallower than 14- or 16-team leagues.

From TheHuddle

Luke Willson Nov 12 7:23pm ET

Seattle Seahawks TE Luke Willson (hamstring) has a 'legit' hamstring injury, according to head coach Pete Carroll Tuesday, Nov. 12.

From TheHuddle

Ed Dickson Nov 12 7:23pm ET

Seattle Seahawks TE Ed Dickson (knee) was close to being activated off of injured reserve this past week and will return for Week 12 following the team's bye, according to head coach Pete Carroll Tuesday, Nov. 12.

From TheHuddle

George Kittle Nov 12 7:20pm ET

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee, ankle) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) are considered day-to-day and shaping up as game-time decisions in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals. Kittle and Sanders figure to practice minimally this week, if any. Kittle missed Week 10 and his injury appears serious but head coach Kyle Shanahan refrained from ruling out the warrior. Sanders suffered a rib cartilage injury on Monday night and the severity is unknown. Without their top aerial playmakers, the biggest gainer could be wideout Deebo Samuel. The rookie amassed 112 yards on eight catches in Week 10 and was clearly the most electric player amongst Kendrick Bourne, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis. Samuel will be a hot waiver commodity and slots as a WR3 if both Kittle and Sanders cant go.

From RotoBaller

Ronald Blair Nov 12 7:13pm ET

Updating a previous story, San Francisco 49ers DL Ronald Blair (knee) will undergo season-ending surgery for his torn ACL, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Tuesday, Nov. 12.

From TheHuddle