In a game like football, that embraces speed and hits, injuries are inevitable. It’s unfortunate, but the hope is that no player suffers any debilitating ailment. FullTime’s Fantasy Football Injury Rundown goes over all the injuries from this past week’s action and breaks down their potential impact moving forward.
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Now, let’s break down all the latest fantasy-relevant injury news in this week’s Fantasy Football Injury Rundown. We will continually update this list.
Week 5 BYES: Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy Football Injury Rundown: Week 5
Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR) Detroit Lions – The Lions should have no problem with Carolina on Sunday. However, they’ll have to win without their top wideout. Amon-Ra St. Brown was downgraded to DOUBTFUL on Friday with an abdominal injury. Josh Reynolds (groin) is also questionable. Also, RB Jahmyr Gibbs was added to the injury report and listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Any late-week injuries are always a concern. Particularly hamstring ailments. Could be a game to target Marvin Jones or even Jameson Williams. However, the real benefactor will be T.J. Hockenson. UPDATE: Gibbs has been downgraded to doubtful. I have removed him from the Week 5 projections.
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Mike Evans (WR) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Evans exited Week 4’s victory with a hamstring strain. He will undergo an MRI but the early diagnosis is it was a mild strain. With the Bucs having a Week 5 bye, the hope is that Evans won’t miss any time.
Tee Higgins (WR) Cincinnati Bengals – Higgins fractured a rib in Cincinnati’s Week 4 loss to the Titans. A typical rib fracture can take 3-4 weeks to heal. However, Higgins indicated that he plans to play through the pain. With the Bengals looking at a Week 7 bye, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Higgins out until Week 8 in what is increasingly looking like a lost season. Of course, Higgins is set to hit the open market and could be motivated to push for an earlier return. UPDATE: Higgins has been ruled OUT this week. That puts Tyler Boyd in as a replacement.
Cooper Kupp (WR) Los Angeles Rams – Kupp (hamstring) will practice this week. The Rams want Kupp to be close to 100%. However, there are doubts that he is there yet. We will know more by the end of the week. Consider him questionable. UPDATE: Kupp will play. Fire him up.
Justin Herbert (QB) Los Angeles Chargers – Herbert fractured a finger and suffered a nail injury to his left (non-throwing) hand. Herbert re-entered the game with a splint and later had a glove on his left hand. The Chargers are off this week, which gives Herbert an extra week to heal. However, he shouldn’t miss any time.
Javonte Williams (RB) Denver Broncos – Williams could miss a week or two with a hip flexor injury. Jaleel McLaughlin looked good in relief. Also, the club has Samaje Perine. Williams isn’t expected to miss more than a week, at most. UPDATE: Williams has practiced. However, Jaleel McLaughlin is expected to see an increased role. Williams is a risky start in a tough matchup.
Kenny Pickett (QB) Pittsburgh Steelers – Pickett hurt his left knee in Houston and was unable to finish the game. It was diagnosed as a bone bruise. A report out of Pittsburgh indicated that Picket plans to practice on Wednesday, which is a good sign for his Week 5 availability. UPDATE: Pickett is good to go.
Pat Freiermuth (TE) Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers will also be without one of Pickett’s top targets for multiple weeks. Friermuth suffered a hamstring injury in Houston and is expected to miss multiple weeks. Connor Heyward will see an increased role in Friermuth’s absence. Also, second-round rookie Darnell Washington played 43% of snaps in Week 4. However, Washington is employed as an in-line blocker and has one target all season.
Donald Parham (TE) Los Angeles Chargers – The Chargers are off in Week 5. That gives Parham extra time to heal his wrist. X-rays were negative, so Parham’s availability will have to be re-evaluated before the Chargers host the Cowboys.
Saquon Barkley (RB) New York Giants – Barkley missed his second consecutive game Monday. There was optimism that he would suit up. But he was unable to face Seattle. We will update Barkley’s Week 5 availability in Discord.
Jimmy Garoppolo (QB) Las Vegas Raiders – Garoppolo couldn’t clear the NFL’s concussion protocol for Week 4. However, he should do so this week. That would put Garoppolo in line to start on Monday. UPDATE: Garoppolo cleared the league’s protocol and will start Week 5.
Elijah Mitchell (RB) San Francisco 49ers – Mitchell (knee) is OUT. Jordan Mason will serve as San Fran’s RB2.
Josh Whyle (TE) Tennesse Titans – Whyle suffered an ankle injury in Week 4. However, Whyle won’t miss any time.
Matthew Judon (LB) New England Patriots – A torn bicep will keep Judon sidelined for 2-3 months. New England also lost first-round CB Christian Gonzalez. The Patriots are already struggling to score points and now could have trouble stopping their opponents.
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