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Complete Week 3 Fantasy Football Injury Roundup

Inside Injuries September 22, 2017 9:44PM EDT
Rob Gronkowski TE, NE

Gronk says he’s good to go for Week 3 after suffering a groin injury, but he remains a High Injury Risk. He felt good at practice, although he was not a full participant until Friday. He is known for downplaying his injuries, and this groin injury is no different. His injury history, specifically his long list of back problems, always make him an injury concern, and the fact that he didn’t practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday puts his Week 3 availability in question.

Randall Cobb WR, GB

Randall Cobb was listed with a chest injury on the Packers’ injury report this week, though he was originally evaluated for a shoulder injury. He had an MRI on his shoulder on Monday, which did not show any significant damage, and he has been listed as day to day. Cobb did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and is now listed as doubtful for week 3. Chest injuries are often about pain management, but with multiple injury concerns it is best for him to sit this week.

Cam Newton QB, CAR

Newton got bumped around a lot in Week 2’s win over the Bills, and he has some bruises to show for it. He was limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury and was still listed with the shoulder injury he had offseason surgery to correct. Newton is an Elevated Injury Risk, but his Week 3 availability is not in question at this point. With a Below Average HPF (Health Performance Factor), it’s no surprise Newton is “disappointed” with his performances.

DeMarco Murray WR, TEN

A hamstring injury has plagued DeMarco Murray since training camp, and he did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. When Murray was first listed with the injury, we said that hamstring injuries almost always linger and to be careful moving forward with him. Sure enough, Murray has been pretty ineffective in the first two games of the season, and now he’s not practicing. Even if he does play in Week 3, Derrick Henry will likely lead the running game. Though he was back at practice on Friday, we are still questioning his Week 3 availability.

Jordy Nelson WR, GB

His quad injury must have just been a minor contusion because Jordy Nelson was practicing in full on Wednesday and Thursday according to the Packers’ injury report. He sat out the entire second half of last week’s game after sustaining the injury but was working out his thigh with trainers and then got on the stationary bike. He likely took a knee to the thigh, and while he’ll be an Elevated Injury Risk for a week or so, he should be fine for Week 3. The key will be to stay loose so his quad does not tighten up on him.

Jordan Reed TE, WAS

Reed was one of our highest risk tight ends at the start of the season, and it only took two weeks for him to wind up with a new injury. He suffered an SC joint sprain in his chest, but the toe injury he had during training camp is still the biggest concern. While Reed probably could play through the chest injury, his lengthy injury history is likely why he isn’t participating fully in practice. If he does play on Sunday, he probably won’t be very effective.

Tyler Eifert TE, CIN

Tyler Eifert’s back and knee injuries have popped up again, and he has already been ruled out for week 3. Back injuries often recur, and after back surgery that ended his 2016 season, it’s no surprise that it continues to be problematic. Knee tendinitis isn’t necessarily too serious, but it is a tough injury for a tight end to play through and it can be very painful. It could be awhile before we see Eifert back on the field and being effective in the Bengals’ offense.

Jordan Howard RB, CHI

Howard injured his shoulder after Week 1, and though he was limited in practice most of last week, he was still active for Week 2 (although fairly ineffective). After the game he was seen with his arm in a sling, which seemed like a pretty obvious sign that he came back before he was ready. He was limited in practice early in the week but was removed from the injury report on Friday and will play this weekend. For now it is best for his fantasy owners to keep him on the bench even though he is expected to play.

Jay Ajayi RB, MIA

Ajayi was listed on the Week 2 injury report with the same knee soreness he is currently dealing with, though he practiced in full all of last week. He didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but coach Adam Gase continues to insist he will play. He was able to return to practice on Friday, but there is still some cause for concern here. It’s also important to note that Ajayi was already an injury concern. He had a concussion in the preseason and was limited at the end of last season with shoulder injuries. Two DNPs put his Week 3 availability in question, and if he does suit up he is at risk of getting hurt again.

Rex Burkhead RB, NE

Not much has been announced regarding the severity of Burkhead’s ribs injury, but the fact that he hasn’t participated in practice at all this week puts his Week 3 availability in serious doubt. A player can usually play through minor chest injuries, with pain management being the biggest hurdle, so it must be something more serious. A rib fracture or serious contusion is likely what he is dealing with.

Rob Kelley RB, WAS

The Redskins feared that Kelley suffered a rib fracture when he exited last Sunday’s game, but further examination proved that he is just dealing with a bruise to the cartilage in his ribs. He participated in practice each day this week, though in limited capacity, and he will likely be available for Week 3. Players are usually fine to play through rib injuries, though pain management will be a major hurdle. He will likely wear extra padding to protect the chest area.

Phillip Dorsett WR, NE

Dorsett exited Week 2 with a knee injury, though it doesn’t appear to be serious. He was limited at Wednesday’s practice, which makes us think it was more than just a soft tissue injury, so Dorsett could benefit from a week or two on the shelf. The Patriots’ offense is injury-ridden right now, so they could push Dorsett to play before he’s completely recovered.

Jimmy Graham TE, SEA

Graham is dealing with knee and ankle injuries right now, causing him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday. He returned on Friday and will be a game-time decision. Graham needs about two weeks to recover, but if he somehow sustained more damage to his patellar tendon or suffered a high ankle sprain, he could be out for longer (4-6 weeks).

Chris Hogan WR, NE

Chris Hogan came out of Week 2 with a few bumps and bruises, mainly to his knee, but like Dorsett, his Week 3 availability isn’t really in question. However, unlike Dorsett, Hogan never left the game on Sunday. He is likely dealing with a soft tissue injury, and while more than a week of rest certainly wouldn’t hurt, the Patriots offense can’t afford to give it to him.

Odell Beckham WR, NYG

After making his season debut on Monday night, Odell Beckham was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He only played in 61% of snaps on Monday night and it was a good call by the Giants to limit him. While Beckham has surpassed his ORT (Optimal Recovery Time) of four weeks, high ankle sprains are tricky. He has already been removed from the injury report, so his Week 3 availability isn’t in question, but he will still be an Elevated Injury Risk.

Jarvis Landry WR, MIA

Landry popped up on the injury report last Friday with a knee issue and was a DNP Wednesday for the same injury, though he put up a whopping 13 receptions in Sunday’s season opener. He returned to practice on Thursday and Friday, but he is still questionable for Week 3.This is an injury to keep an eye on.

Dak Prescott QB, DAL

Dak Prescott suffered a minor ankle injury in Week 2 against the Broncos but it doesn’t seem like something to worry about. Coach Jason Garrett said Prescott is not limited by the injury, and we tend to agree.

Sam Bradford QB, MIN

Sam Bradford, who was officially limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, hoped to play this weekend, but his knee did not respond well to practice. He suffered a bone bruise in his left knee in Week 1 and was limited in practice for the whole week leading up to Week 2. He was then inactive. This week is no different. Bradford has been ruled out for Week 3 and will visit Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion.

Kelvin Benjamin WR, CAR

Benjamin took some big hits in Week 2, resulting in minor rib and knee injuries. He returned as a full participant at practice Thursday, so there’s no reason to be concerned about his Week 3 availability.

Demaryius Thomas WR, DEN

Thomas was dealing with a groin injury before Week 1, though it wasn’t bad enough to hold him out of the first two games of the season. He was limited at Wednesday’s practice, which means he must have aggravated the injury on Sunday, but he returned to full participation of Thursday. He was taken off the injury report on Friday, so his Week 3 availability is not in question. The only concern here is how finicky groin injuries can be. If he’s not completely healed, it could flare up again.

Kendall Wright WR, CHI

Wright was a limited participant at practice on both Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury. He played his usual snaps against the Bucs last weekend, so if he sustained the injury during the game, it must not have affected him all that much.

Allen Hurns WR, JAX

Jacksonville’s wide receiver Allen Hurns was an DNP on Wednesday but was able to practice in full on Thursday.

DeVante Parker WR, MIA

DeVante Parker’s ankle injury will likely not keep him out of Week 3. He was limited at practice on Wednesday but was not on the field at all during Thursday’s practice. The fact that he then returned to practice on Friday leads us to believe that the Dolphins were being careful with his return and gave him a maintenance day.

Amari Cooper WR, OAK

Because of his injury history, Amari Cooper has been a high risk, high reward receiver. This week it is his knee that has limited him in practice. He is expected to play, but his performance may suffer because of the injury.

Markus Wheaton, WR, CHI

Markus Wheaton was removed from the Bears’ Week 3 injury report making him a full-go for this weekend. He missed the first two games of the season with a broken finger.

Charles Clay TE, BUF

Clay was on the injury report for a shoulder injury last week also, but he was still on the field for Week 2. He was limited on Wednesday but was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday, which means his Week 3 availability is not in question. Playing through a shoulder injury doesn’t usually turn out well and considering the Bills’ lack of concern about the health of their offensive weapons, Clay could end up on the sidelines soon.

Evan Engram TE, NYG

Engram was at practice each day this week and is not on the team’s final injury report, a sign that he has cleared concussion protocol. He should be good to go for Sunday but remains an Elevated Injury Risk.

Jared Cook TE, OAK

Jared Cook was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury but is expected to play this weekend. He remains an Elevated Injury Risk.

Jesse James TE, PIT

The Steelers’ tight end returned to practice in a limited capacity on Thursday. He was a DNP on Wednesday with an ankle injury. It’s good news that he’s been upgraded, but we still think his Week 3 availability could be in question.

Terrance West RB, BAL

West was a DNP for both Wednesday and Thursday but was able to get back on the field on Friday. The Ravens claimed that West’s thigh injury was just a soft tissue injury, which generally comes with a one week recovery time. He is questionable for Week 3.

LeSean McCoy RB, BUF

LeSean McCoy did not practice on Wednesday, but it was likely a maintenance day considering he was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. He was listed with groin and wrist injuries and don’t be surprised if he winds up on the sidelines at some point because the Bills do not plan to lessen his workload any time soon.

Melvin Gordon RB, LAC

Gordon was added to the Chargers’ injury report on Thursday with a knee injury and is listed as questionable for week 3. He has a history of knee injuries, so at first it looked like the Chargers were just being cautious. Now there is a bit more concern, and he falls into the Elevated Injury Risk category.

Danny Amendola WR, NE

Danny Amendola was out with both a knee injury and concussion for Week 2 but was able to come back to practice this week in a limited capacity. He told reporters he’ll be active for Week 3 against the Texans, but we aren’t as certain. Amendola is an Elevated Injury Risk and is currently at a Below Average HPF (Health Performance Factor), which means he’s a risky fantasy start.

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