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Injury Status: Week 2

Thu Sep 16 11:08am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

There weren’t too many awful injuries the first week of the season but a few, which is to be expected. Hopefully, the trend of few injuries continues, though. A man can dream, right? Here is the latest. . . . .

Gabriel Davis, WR, Bills. Davis has some sort of lower body injury and was unable to practice Wednesday. We aren’t sure the severity of the injury just yet, so don’t rule him out by any means. If he gets in some work before the week is out, Davis should be good to go. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. 

Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram has been ruled out for the second straight game. He will miss the Week 2 game because of a calf injury. He has been slow to heal from this one. We are not sure how much longer he will be out.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns. Beckham is another player that has already been ruled out for this week’s game. He will miss because of a knee injury. He should be back sooner than later, but use other options this week.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants. Barkley played last week but was limited in the game. He didn’t get a full workload as he returned from his torn ACL. Barkley has a short week this week but is expected to play once again despite being limited in practice this week. Barkley probably won’t play a full game but should get around double-digit touches.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets. Crowder is set to return from the COVID list this week and move back into the starting lineup for the Jets. This might move rookie Elijah Moore a little down the depth chart, so keep that in mind if you had thoughts on using Moore. Crowder might take some targets away from him.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Lions. Williams is in the concussion protocol and is out of practice to start the week. He could be cleared before the week is out, but get other options ready. it is not looking good for him right now as he has been out of practice to start the week. 

Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles. Sanders has been limited in practice to start the week because of an ankle injury. We wouldn’t get too worried up about this right now, but it is something to watch going forward. Make sure keeps getting some practice in before plugging him in your lineup. As long as he is active, Sanders has pretty good value to fantasy teams as a starter in this offense.

Pharaoh Brown, TE, Texans. Brown got more work than Jordan Akins in the opener and had four receptions for 67yards. Unfortunately, he got banged up in the game. He is battling ankle and shoulder injuries and is out of practice to start the week. He is not being ruled out, but looking iffy right now. He will need to get some practice time in before the week is out if he hopes to play. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos. Jeudy suffered a major ankle injury and is going to miss several weeks of action. He is not done for the year but is going to miss a chunk of time. Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler should get more playing time while Jeudy is out of the lineup.

Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys. Gallup suffered a calf injury in the open and was placed on Injured Reserve. He is going to miss at least three games because of the injury. Hopefully, that is all he misses, but nothing is certain. Cedrick Wilson should take Gallup’s spot in the lineup and has some potential in an explosive pass offense.

Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers. Mostert is done for the season, needing knee surgery. He ended up having more extensive surgery than first thought, leading him to be done for the year. It is not known yet the back that will take the lead role, but Elijah Mitchell should get first shot at the job.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Washington. Fitzpatrick suffered a pretty major hip injury and is expected to miss six to eight weeks of action. Taylor Heinicke will start in his place. 

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.

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Case Keenum Oct 22 1:50am ET
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