Injury Status: Week 1

Thu Sep 5 8:34am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

It is Week 1 of the season, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t dealing with any injuries. There are plenty of players banged up as we head into the season. The good news is many on this list are expected to play. That likely won’t be the case as the season progresses. Things on the injury front will only get worse from here. But for now, enjoy the mostly healthy players as we head into Week 1. Good luck!

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns. Beckham didn’t get in a preseason game and was slowed in practices because of a hip injury, but he will be ready to go for Week 1. He is practicing this week and looks to be his old self for the first week of the season. 

Tyler Kroft, TE, Bills. Kroft continues to battle a foot injury and is expected to miss Week 1. He could even miss another week or two after this week. He is the top pass-catching tight end for the Bills when healthy, so the team hopes he can recover in a hurry. Lee Smith and Dawson Knox are the top candidates for playing time with Kroft out. 

Robby Anderson, WR, Jets. Anderson is battling a calf injury but has been able to practice this week. He is expected to be in the starting lineup, barring a late-week setback with the injury. He is the top receiver in this offense and should see plenty of weekly targets. 

DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Jackson broke his finger in practice last week and it still isn’t totally healed, but Jackson will be healthy enough to play Week 1. This injury shouldn’t limit him, meaning he should man a starting spot for the Eagles.  

Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Reed suffered a concussion a few weeks back and is still not cleared from the concussion protocol. The good news is he is practicing some, which is a good sign for the concussion. We should have an idea about his status in the next day or two. Don’t rule him out just yet. He has a shot to suit up Week 1.

Trey Burton, TE, Bears. Burton is questionable to play Thursday because of a groin injury. He would have a much better chance to play if the game was on Sunday but the early-week game hurts his chances. Burton has been limited in practice and is going to be a game-time decision Thursday. And even if he plays, the Bears might limit him some in the game.

John Ross, WR, Bengals. Ross has been injured much of camp and preseason action, but has already been declared healthy enough to play Week 1. His latest injury is a hamstring but it won’t hold him back for the game this week. Ross has a chance to play a big role in the game with A.J. Green out to start the year. 

Jalen Hurd, WR, 49ers. Hurd has a back injury and is out of practice to start the week. The 49ers don’t expect to have Hurd available for the game, and he could even miss a few weeks of action. Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne are the likely candidates to man the No. 3 receiver role for the 49ers while Hurd is out. 

Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys. Cooper has been sidelined with a foot injury the last few weeks but is back to health. He is practicing in full and should be near or at full strength for the Week 1 game. His foot injury will not keep him to any longer. 

Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings. We aren’t sure how serious the injury is, but Diggs hamstring injury is something to watch. He was not able to practice Wednesday, which isn’t a great sign. There remains a decent chance he plays but you’ll want to keep an eye on the notes to make sure he gets some practice in before the week is out. This is a scary one right now.

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green had to have ankle surgery and remains in a boot right now. It is not certain when he’ll return, but you can expect him to miss a few more weeks of action. Hopefully, we know more about his status shortly. Tyler Boyd is the No. 1 receiver for the Bengals while Green is out. 

Dante Pettis, WR, 49ers. Pettis has been limited in practice this week because of a groin injury. He is expected to be healthy enough to play this week, though. He should suit up and serve as the No. 1 receiver for the 49ers. This injury isn’t a big concern. 

Keke Coutee, WR, Texans. Coutee went down in the preseason because of an ankle injury. It didn’t look good for him to be ready for Week 1 when the injury occurred, but things are looking up for him to be ready now. He has progressed well. At this point, we think Coutee plays and serves as the slot receiver for the Texans, but keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. 

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
Courtland Sutton Sep 18 5:00pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (shoulder) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Steelers. Sutton is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday after he missed the season-opening loss to the Titans. If Sutton winds up playing, he probably won't be 100 percent and could have his snaps limited, which makes him an extremely risky flex option against a stingy Steelers Defense. Quarterback Drew Lock would certainly benefit from the return of his top wideout, but even then we can't recommend the second-year QB in standard leagues. Without Sutton last week, tight end Noah Fant led the team in receiving and scored their lone aerial touchdown.

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Jerry Jeudy Sep 18 5:00pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler (hamstring) practiced in full all week and was taken off the final injury report for Week 2, meaning he's poised to make his NFL debut against the Steelers. The second-round speedster is an explosive playmaker at just 5-foot-9, 176 pounds, but he should remain out of fantasy lineups in his NFL debut, even if Courtland Sutton (shoulder) misses his second straight game. Hamler is certainly intriguing in dynasty/keeper leagues in this up-and-coming offense out of the slot with fellow rookie Jerry Jeudy and Sutton on the outside when everyone is healthy, but he's unlikely to see enough targets to make him relevant in standard-sized leagues.

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George Kittle Sep 18 4:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee) has been ruled out for Week 2 against the Jets. Kittle suffered a knee sprain in the Week 1 loss to the Cardinals and will rest up for a week. The All-Pro tight end is a must-start each and every week, but his fantasy managers will have to pivot and go in another direction in Week 2. Jordan Reed could be an intriguing name to monitor as a one-week play at the position in DFS and deeper leagues, especially with Deebo Samuel (foot) still out. In the passing game, Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, rookie Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Taylor could all benefit against New York, while running back Jerick McKinnon is also worth a look in deep PPR formats.

From RotoBaller

Phillip Lindsay Sep 18 4:50pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) missed practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 2 against the Steelers. Lindsay hurt his toe in the first half of the Week 1 loss to the Steelers and was diagnosed with turf toe. He's listed as week-to-week for now, but the good news is that he had a near-even split of the workload with Melvin Gordon III before he went down with his injury. Gordon will be more of a low-end RB2 this Sunday with Lindsay out, despite the tough matchup against Pittsburgh's defense. Expect Royce Freeman to spell Gordon when he needs a breather, but he won't have any standalone fantasy value in this matchup.

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Calais Campbell Sep 18 4:23pm ET

Baltimore Ravens DT Justin Madubuike (knee) and WR Chris Moore (finger) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 2 against the Houston Texans. CB Jimmy Smith (hip) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 18, and is listed as questionable. OT Ronnie Stanley (hip) and RB Justice Hill (thigh) were upgraded to a full practice Friday but are also listed as questionable. DE Calais Campbell (non-injury) and DT Brandon Williams (non-injury) were not given practice designations Friday while LB Pernell McPhee (non-injury) did not practice, but all three are expected to play.

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Melvin Gordon Sep 18 4:10pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III has more upside as an RB2 this weekend against the Steelers with teammate Phillip Lindsay (toe) week-to-week with turf toe. The matchup is a daunting one, though, as the Steelers Defense held Saquon Barkley in check (15 carries for six yards) in Week 1. But the extra touches that Gordon should receive on Sunday push him from a flex play to more of a low-end RB2. Royce Freeman should help spell Gordon when he needs a breather. In his first game with Denver, the 27-year-old had 86 total yards and a touchdown on 18 touches, but he also had a costly lost fumble in the first half. Gordon had 18 yards in eight carries against Pittsburgh last year while with the Chargers.

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Kenny Golladay Sep 18 4:10pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) has been officially ruled out for Week 2 against the Packers. Golladay will miss his second straight game to open the season, but hopefully his fantasy managers will be able to put him into their lineups for Week 3. The Lions will use three-wide sets of Marvin Jones Jr., Danny Amendola and rookie Quintez Cephus against their division rivals on Sunday. Jones will be a high-end WR3 and Amendola will be in flex consideration in DFS and deeper leagues. Tight end T.J. Hockenson will be intriguing with some TE1 upside with Golladay out again.

From RotoBaller

DeVante Parker Sep 18 4:03pm ET

Miami Dolphins LB Elandon Roberts (concussion) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Sept. 18, but has been ruled out for Week 2 versus the Buffalo Bills. DB Clayton Fejedelem (pectoral) was limited in practice all week and is listed as doubtful. WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) was also limited in practice all week but is listed as questionable. CB Xavien Howard (knee), CB Byron Jones (Achilles), LB Kyle Van Noy (hand) and WR Preston Williams (knee) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 18, and have been removed from the injury report. WR Jakeem Grant (calf) was not given a practice designation for a second straight day Friday but is also expected to play.

From TheHuddle

Drew Lock Sep 18 4:00pm ET

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock faces a stiff test in Week 2 on the road against the Steelers Defense. The 23-year-old second-year signal-caller had his ups and downs in the Week 1 Monday night loss to the Titans. His mobility and arm strength were on display, but he was hurt by some drops and overthrows and he also fumbled the ball twice but recovered. His final line was 22-for-33 for 216 yards and one touchdown. Lock should get both Courtland Sutton (shoulder) and rookie K.J. Hamler (hamstring) back for this one, but the matchup is too tough to consider him as anything more than a low-end QB2 in leagues that start two quarterbacks.

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Alex Okafor Sep 18 3:53pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs DE Alex Okafor (hamstring), DT Khalen Saunders (elbow) and CB Charvarius Ward (hand) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers. C Austin Reiter (knee), DT Derrick Nnadi (ankle), OG Kelechi Osemele (knee), S Juan Thornhill (knee) and RB Darrel Williams (hamstring) practiced in full all week and no longer appear on the injury report.

From TheHuddle

Tyrod Taylor Sep 18 3:53pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson (quad) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Week 2 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. TE Donald Parham (illness) returned to a full practice Friday, Sept. 18, and has been removed from the injury report. DE Joey Bosa (triceps), CB Casey Hayward (knee), OG Trai Turner (knee), WR Mike Williams (shoulder) and QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs) also practiced in full Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

From TheHuddle

Michael Thomas Sep 18 3:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) was not present at practice on Friday for the second straight day. There were reports that Thomas "felt fantastic" at practice on Thursday, and there is a "glimmer of hope" that he can play in Week 2 on Monday night against the Raiders, but it's a long shot, at best. The All-Pro receiver is dealing with a high ankle sprain, which can keep players out up to a month or more. The 27-year-old is known as a quick healer and wants to get back out there as soon as possible, but fantasy managers need to keep realistic expectations. You should be planning to be without Thomas this week. Both Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should have heavy target shares with Thomas likely out.

From RotoBaller

Chicago Bears Sep 18 3:50pm ET

Chicago Bears linebackers Khalil Mack (knee) and Robert Quinn (ankle) are both questionable to play in Week 2 against the Giants. Mack was also questionable for the season opener against the Lions, but he played and was quiet with just four combined tackles. Quinn missed Week 1 with Chicago after a big season with the Cowboys. The Bears are counting on the combination of Mack and Quinn to be a big pass-rushing force this year, so if they both sit out, it'll be excellent news for Daniel Jones and the Giants passing attack. Chicago's defense/special teams should be considered a midrange starting unit in fantasy, but they'll lose a little luster if one or both of Mack and Quinn are ruled out.

From RotoBaller

Ndamukong Suh Sep 18 3:43pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Antony Auclair (calf) did not practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 18, and has been ruled out for Week 2 versus the Carolina Panthers. WR Chris Godwin (concussion) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday and is listed as doubtful. DL Ndamukong Suh (non-injury) did not practice Friday but was removed from the injury report. WR Mike Evans (hamstring), OT Donovan Smith (knee) and S Jordan Whitehead (elbow) practiced in full Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. LB Jason Pierre-Paul (non-injury) was not given a practice designation Friday but is also expected to play.

From TheHuddle

James Conner Sep 18 3:40pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (ankle) practiced in full the last two days and was taken off the Week 2 injury report. Conner will be active this Sunday against the Broncos, but he might play second fiddle to Benny Snell Jr. after Snell replaced the injured Conner in Week 1 against the Giants and ran for over 100 yards on the ground. Conner couldn't stay healthy last year as the team's lead back, so perhaps this will become more of a backfield committee in 2020 to preserve Conner's health. Snell is probably the more attractive RB3/flex this week, but both running backs are hard to trust because of the uncertain playing time split.

From RotoBaller

Golden Tate Sep 18 3:40pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Bears. Tate sat out in Week 1 against the Steelers, but he was much more active in practice on Friday than he was last week. Even if the 32-year-old plays this weekend, there are likely better flex options you can plug into your fantasy lineups. If he doesn't play for the second straight week, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and tight end Evan Engram would all stand to benefit from extra targets in the passing game. Slayton was the biggest beneficiary in Week 1, hauling in two touchdowns.

From RotoBaller

Carolina Panthers Sep 18 3:30pm ET

The Carolina Panthers Defense has ruled out defensive tackle Kawann Short (foot) and rookie defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (concussion) for Week 2 against the Buccaneers. A shaky Panthers defense that allowed over 30 points to the Raiders in Week 1 will be hoping that rookie defensive tackle Derrick Brown can step up against their division rivals on Sunday. Already at the bottom of the pile for fantasy defenses, Carolina should be avoided like the plague this weekend against Tom Brady and the Bucs, who are looking for their first win of the season.

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Mike Evans Sep 18 3:30pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (hamstring) practiced in full on Friday and was taken off the Week 2 injury report. Evans will be good to go against the division-rival Panthers. The 27-year-old should draw the coverage of cornerback Donte Jackson, but he's good enough to put up points, and he should be targeted even more by cornerback Tom Brady with Chris Godwin (concussion) doubtful to play. Evans had a quiet Week 1 but still managed to find the end zone to salvage his day. With Godwin likely out, Evans will be a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 this Sunday.

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Ted Ginn Jr. Sep 18 3:23pm ET

Chicago Bears LB Khalil Mack (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the New York Giants. LB Robert Quinn (ankle) was upgraded to a full practice Friday, Sept. 18, and is also listed as questionable. WR Ted Ginn Jr. (rest), TE Jimmy Graham (rest) and DT Akiem Hicks (illness) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

From TheHuddle

Golden Tate Sep 18 3:23pm ET

New York Giants DB Adrian Colbert (quad) did not practice Friday, Sept. 18, and has been ruled out for Week 2 against the Chicago Bears. LB Carter Coughlin (hamstring) and WR Golden Tate (hamstring) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. LB Tae Crowder (hamstring) was a participant in practice all week and no longer appears on the injury report.

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