Fantasy Football Injury Report: October 2
Sean Mitchell goes over the top injuries throughout the NFL over this past week.
Welcome back to the Fantasy Alarm end of the week NFL Injury Report! There were quite a few headlines so far on this Friday highlighting some of the key injury statuses heading into the week, so let’s see what we have in store!
DeAndre Hopkins WR, AZ (Ankle) –
Likely one of the bigger injury statuses that we should be monitoring for Week four is DHop as he has hit the injury report with an ankle issue in the latter part of this week. This status has really been left a bit vague by Head Coach Cliff Kingsbury, as there wasn’t much said about Hopkins ankle ailment except for the fact that he is a game-time call for the Cardinals match up against the Panthers on Sunday. It doesn’t seem to be a severe, or long-term ordeal, but at the same time, we have been somewhat left in the dark pertaining to how serious it is or has been for that matter. Keep eyes on his status heading into Sunday.
Mike Thomas WR, NO (Ankle) –
After Thomas participated in a couple practices this week, with Friday’s being one of the most important heading into the weekend, there is a smidge of optimism for his availability heading into the Saint’s game against the Lions on Sunday. It has been yet to be reported if Thomas was a full participant, or just a limited one in the three practices he attended this week, however, seeing him on the practice field at all is a positive sign. He looks to be bringing in yet another questionable tag heading into Week four.
Chris Godwin TB, WR (Hamstring) –
It was deemed earlier on Friday morning that starting WR Chris Godwin would be ruled OUT for the Buccaneer’s game on Sunday against the Chargers. Godwin was not able to take the field any at all this week in practice, and the bad news about his return is that it could turn out to be multiple games now with the Buccaneers having a quick turn-around after Sunday with a Thursday Night Football game against the Bears for Week five. There hasn’t been any indication that he will officially miss the Thursday night game, however, the signs don’t exactly point to positivity. Godwin’s status will need to be monitored at the start of next week.
Chris Carson RB , SEA (Knee) –
Carson is still listed a questionable to take the field for the Hawks game against the Dolphins on Sunday, but he has practiced in limitations on both Wednesday and Thursday of this week, so barring any late news it looks like Carson could potentially sway any set-backs in time missed here going into the weekend. Head Coach Pete Carroll mentioned that Carson “had an excellent week” of practice, so this could absolutely mean that Carson’s availability for Sunday could be much lesser in question.
Kareem Hunt RB, CLE (Groin) –
Hunt sustained a groin injury in the Brown’s Week three match up with the Washington Football team. Hunt was just a limited participant in the Brown’s Friday practice, and is now listed as questionable to suit up for the Brown’s Week four clash against the Cowboys. Hunt was not in practice Wednesday or Thursday and was said to have only participated in the “media” part of Friday’s practice as we head into the weekend. The reports through the week have down-played this injury, however, we still need to monitor his status this weekend.
Terry McLaurin WR, WAS (Thigh) –
McLaurin popped up on the injury report after being a non-participant in Friday’s practice of this week. It seems that Terry sustained the thigh injury on either Wednesday or Thursday but beat reporters did mention that they did see him on the side fields working on some drills alone, but he was not in the actual team practice for Friday. It has yet to be reported the severity of this injury, and the Washington Football Team have a tough match against the Ravens on Sunday, so they will likely be hurting pretty bad if he cannot go. Keep an eye on his status this weekend.
Leonard Fournette RB, TB (Ankle) –
Fournette didn’t take the practice field any this week with an ankle ailment and was ultimately ruled OUT on Friday for the Buccaneers game on Sunday. This is not great news, as mentioned above with Godwin’s detail the Buccaneers have a short week before having to turn around and play the Bears on Thursday Night Football. This could easily turn into a two-game sit for Fournette with the way it is shaping up. We will see how his status looks on Monday of next week.
Jared Cook TE, NO (Groin) –
Cook left the Saint’s Week three game against the Packers in the first half and was not able to return afterwards with what reports were stating was a groin injury. It seems that the groin injury is still a nuisance for Cook as he was already ruled OUT for the Saint’s upcoming game against the Lions on Sunday. The next available opportunity for Cook to return will be in Week five when the Saints face the Chargers on Monday Night Football.
Carlos Hyde RB, SEA (Shoulder) –
Hyde is also dealing with a shoulder injury, making the status of both starting and back up running backs for the Seahawks availability left in question for this weekend. Hyde was able to log just two limited practices this week with the shoulder ailment, and as will now have the same questionable tag heading into the Hawks Week four match against the Dolphins as starting running back Chris Carson . If both are somehow not able to take the field, it seems Travis Homer would be in line for a nice up-tick in snaps.
Sony Michel RB, NE (Quad) –
Michel turned up on the injury report for the Patriots this week after being limited in practice since Wednesday of this week. Michel seems to have picked up a quad injury after last week’s game against the Raiders and now is looking at a questionable tag to play this week against the Chiefs. In the event that Michel is not available to go for this one, this could move up the activity of Damien Harris, who was just taken off the injured reserve list to start this week and has also been a participant in practice as well. A status worth monitoring heading into Sunday.
Christian Kirk WR, AZ (Groin) –
After missing Week three with a groin injury, Kirk will head into Arizona’s Week four tilt against the Panthers as a game-time call. Kirk has somewhat been dealing with this groin injury since Week one, but we believe he was playing through it. The groin however caught up to him and kept him out last week, and could potentially sideline him for this week as well. Likely will not know if Kirk will suit up or not until Sunday however, so if you have any shares, the best factor is that the Cardinals play the early start on Sunday, so we should know before kick-off.
Zack Moss RB, BUF (Toe) –
Moss is dealing with a turf toe injury that already put him on the sideline for the Bill’s Week three match against the Rams and could potentially keep him there for their match this week against the Raiders. Moss, who was expected to be a full-participant in Wednesday’s practice this week, was only able to log limited practices from Wednesday on instead. This is not the greatest news heading into the weekend, and Phillip Lindsay was another player who sustained this type of injury and was out two weeks. We will continue to monitor his progress through the weekend leading up to Sunday on his status.
Calvin Ridley WR, ATL (Ankle/Calf) –
The Falcons have both Ridley and Jones now questionable to play for this week’s Monday night game against the Packers. Ridley did not see the practice field at all on Thursday, and was a limited participant in Friday’s practice as well, so this will lead bot he and Jones into the weekend both with questionable tags. If both happen to sit, this could be a tough match for the Falcons in Green Bay, however, we will continue to monitor both statuses over the weekend leading into Monday.
Davante Adams WR, GB (Hamstring) –
Adams was a limited participant in both Thursday and Friday’s practices for the Packers this week as he has been dealing with a hamstring ailment. The news has been positive however, as there is tons of optimism that with the game against the Falcons not being until Monday night, that Adams could be a high possibility of taking the field for this one. Obviously, a status worth monitoring over the weekend.
Russell Gage WR, ATL (Concussion) –
It seems that Gage has progressed through some of, if not all of his protocol quite nicely as he was a full participant in the Falcon’s Friday practice. It has been yet to be made official that he has been fully cleared from the protocol, however, being a full participant in Friday’s practice was a good sign of things to come. If Gage is not cleared, and either or both of Jones and Ridley can’t take the field, the Falcons would be very thin at the WR spot for their Week four match against the Packers.
Allen Lazard WR, GB (Core) –
For any that didn’t happen to see, Lazard had surgery on a core muscle earlier this week that will now have him sidelined for at least six weeks, if not longer. So, may want to make some roster moves if you currently have him on the roster.