Fantasy Football Injury Report

Reviewing the key injuries this week and how they will impact fantasy football.

Matt Stafford

Fantasy Football Injury Report

Injuries hit hard in Week 8. Especially at the quarterback position. One look at this week’s potential starters tells us all we need to know. Whether these injuries are to starting quarterbacks or any other skill-position spot, the Fantasy Football Injury Report breaks down the impact for Week 9 and 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 Report for Week 9. We will continually update this list.

Week 9 Byes: DenverDetroitJacksonvilleSan Francisco

 

Matthew Stafford (QB) Los Angeles Rams – Stafford is listed as day-to-day with an injured right (throwing) thumb. Last year, Stafford had the same injury occur. That resulted in scar tissue, which complicates the current ailment. Also, Stafford was severely limited down the stretch a year ago. The Rams are exploring adding a veteran as insurance. Our early guess is that Stafford will attempt to play through the injury. However, if last year is an indicator, his velocity and accuracy could be hampered. Brett Rypien is LA’s backup. Finally, Stafford’s injury is a UCL sprain. UPDATE: Stafford did not practice Wednesday and is trending in the wrong direction. Brett Rypien would be next man up.

Kirk Cousins (QB) Minnesota Vikings – A ruptured Achilles ended Cousins’s season. In a corresponding move, the Vikings traded for Josh Dobbs from Arizona. Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Also, this bodes well for Kyler Murray‘s availability for the Cardinals. UPDATE: Cousins was placed on season-ending IR.

Kenny Pickett (QB) Pittsburgh Steelers – Pickett exited Week 8 with a rib injury. Mitchell Trubisky finished the game for the Steelers. Complicating Pickett’s status is the fact that the Steelers are scheduled to play on Thursday. However, Pickett told the Pittsburgh media on Tuesday that he intends to start. Pickett was limited in Tuesday’s practice. But that is a good sign. UPDATE: Pickett is good to go.

Daniel Jones (QB) New York Giants – The Giants cleared Jones to return from his neck injury. Jones will be back under center in Week 9 as the Giants travel to Las Vegas. Tyrod Taylor (ribs) is week-to-week.

Justin Fields (QB) Chicago Bears – Matt Eberflus announced that Tyson Bagent will start for Chicago in Week 9. That puts Fields on a trajectory to return at home in Week 10 as the Bears host the Panthers. UPDATE: Fields won’t play Week 9.

Ryan Tannehill (QB) Tennessee Titans – Tannehill has not returned to practice. He is still recovering from an ankle injury that occurred in Week 6. However, after Will Levis’s debut, don’t expect to see Tannehill back anytime soon. UPDATE: Tannehill is out, as expected.

Puka Nacua (WR) Los Angeles Rams – Nacua was limited on Wednesday with a knee injury. It doesn’t appear to be something too serious. But with a player of Nacua’s caliber, we’ll keep a close eye on it and have updates in Discor

Darren Waller (TE) New York Giants – A hamstring injury will keep Waller out for multiple weeks. Subsequently, an IR stint is possible.

Deshaun Watson (QB) Cleveland Browns – Watson (shoulder) will start Sunday.

Tyler Lockett (WR) Seattle Seahawks – Lockett did not practice on Wednesday. He’s dealing with a hamstring ailment but was able to play through it last week. At this point, it looks like the staff is simply being cautious with their veteran wideout. As long as he participates by Friday, Lockett should be fine in a big game against Baltimore.

Drake London (WR) Atlanta Falcons – London left Atlanta’s Week 8 loss early with a groin injury. He did not practice Wednesday, which is concerning. If he is unable to practice by Saturday, London could miss Week 9. We will have more updates in the FullTime Discord Channel. UPDATE: London is OUT.

Josh Palmer (WR) Los Angeles Chargers – Palmer aggravated an existing knee injury and missed some snaps. However, he was able to finish the game. Expect Palmer to be limited in practice this week. But, he should play.

Kendrick Bourne (WR) New England Patriots – Bourne tore his ACL on Sunday. His 2023 season is over. Subsequently, this should result in more targets for Demario Douglas.

Curtis Samuel (WR) Washington Commanders – A toe injury knocked Samuel out of Washington’s loss to Philadelphia after 14 snaps. Samuel will undergo further testing this week. We will have more updates in the FullTime Fantasy Discord Channel. UPDATE: Samuel is OUT. Pick up Jamison Crowder as a replacement.

Robert Woods (WR) Houston Texans – Woods will miss at least one more week with a foot injury. Also, tight end Brevin Jordan will miss additional time with plantar fasciitis. And  TE Tegan Quitoriano was placed on IR with a groin injury.

Damien Williams (RB) Arizona Cardinals – Williams exited Week 8 with a foot injury. However, he’s well off the fantasy radar.

Dameon Pierce (RB) Houston Texans – Ruled OUT.

Finally, these players are due back in Week 10:

Justin Jefferson (WR) Minnesota Vikings

Deebo Samuel (WR) San Francisco 49ers

David Montgomery (RB) Detroit Lions

De’Von Achane (RB) Miami Dolphins 

James Conner (RB) Arizona Cardinals 


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