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Injury Updates for Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin and Over Two Dozen Players for Week 4

Inside Injuries September 29, 2017 7:50PM EST
Sammy Watkins WR, Bills: concussion

Practice Status: LP, FP, FP

Watkins suffered a concussion during last week’s win over the 49ers on Thursday night but has cleared protocol after getting in a full practice Thursday and Friday. Even though coach Sean McVay said Watkins is “good to go”, he is still a High Injury Risk, which makes him a risky Fantasy option.

Will Fuller WR, Texans: collarbone fracture

Practice Status: FP, FP, FP

Texans’ receiver Will Fuller practiced in full this week for this first time since suffering a broken collarbone in early August. He was originally given a 5-8 weeks recovery time, but considering his age and short injury history, Fuller was able to shave some time off that timetable. He’s still an Elevated Injury Risk according to the Inside Injuries algorithm, and he will likely need a few more weeks to shake the rust off before he is back at 100 percent.

Melvin Gordon RB, Chargers: knee bone bruise

Practice Status: DNP, LP, FP

Gordon slowly improved his practice status throughout the week, and coach Anthony Lynn says that Melvin Gordon will play in Week 4 against the Eagles. He has been listed as questionable due to a “minor” bone bruise in the same knee that required microfracture surgery after his rookie year. He was listed on the injury report with a sore left knee last week as well, and while he was able to play in Week 3, he only played 42 percent of the Chargers offensive snaps, a season low. Gordon will probably suit up on Sunday, but there is a good chance he will be limited again. Considering the history he has with knee injuries, Gordon is a risky Fantasy option.

Jimmy Graham TE, Seahawks: ankle sprain

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Doug Baldwin will play according to coach Pete Carroll but he is more likely to be a game-day decision. AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

Practice Status: DNP, LP, FP

An ankle injury has plagued Jimmy Graham since Week 2, and his availability for Sunday’s matchup with the Colts was looking questionable after he did not participate in practice on Wednesday. He missed two practices last week with the injury but was able to grind out seven catches for 72 yards in Week 3, his best game of the season. There is a good chance that Graham will continue to play through the pain, but he is just putting himself at risk of making the injury worse and lengthening his recovery time. He is going to be a high risk/high reward Fantasy option this week.

Doug Baldwin WR, Seahawks: groin strain

Practice Status: DNP, DNP

Coach Pete Carroll still insists that Baldwin will play against the Colts in Week 4. Baldwin is dealing with a groin strain that he sustained during last week’s game. Playing through groin injuries is just asking for an aggravation of the injury, so we don’t think it’s a good idea for him to suit up this weekend. Even if it’s just a minor strain, the Inside Injuries algorithm says Baldwin should be out for two weeks. Fantasy owners should be ready with a backup option because two DNPs means Baldwin is going to be a game-time decision. He is listed as questionable for Week 4.

Carlos Hyde RB, 49ers: hip strain

Practice Status: LP, LP, LP

Hyde got in three limited practices this week due to a left hip injury that he sustained in Week 3 against the Rams. He exited the game but was able to return in the second quarter and finished the day with 25 runs for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He also added three catches for 10 yards. Hyde has had his share of lower body injuries in the past, so he’s a High Injury Risk according to the Inside Injuries algorithm. While it’s unlikely that Hyde will sit out this week, his injury will limit either his time on the field or his effectiveness.

Michael Crabtree WR, Raiders: chest injury

Practice Status: LP, LP, DNP

A chest injury that he suffered in Week 3 against the Redskins limited Michael Crabtree at practice on Wednesday and Thursday and held him out of Friday’s session altogether. The X-rays came back negative for structural damage, so he’s likely dealing with a bruise or strain, both of which can be played through. The hurdle with most chest injuries is pain management, but it doesn’t look like he is going to try to play through the pain in Week 4. Crabtree wasn’t effective during Week 3, finishing the day with only one catch, and with a tough matchup against the Broncos this weekend, Crabtree’s performance won’t be near 100 percent if he suits up.

Kelvin Benjamin WR, Panthers: knee injury

Practice Status: DNP, FP, FP

Benjamin took a huge hit in the end zone in Week 2 but was able to stay in the game despite sustaining knee and ribs injuries. He went from not practicing on Wednesday of last week to not being on the Panthers final injury report, but he was ultimately pulled from the game on Sunday after a scary looking knee injury. Scans revealed no structural damage to Benjamin’s knee, so he is dealing either with a sprain or bruise. Though he did not participate in practice on Wednesday, he stretched with the team and was seen on the stationary bike. He was then a full participant in Thursday’s practice and was not listed on the final injury report on Friday, which puts him on track to play against the Patriots this weekend. Despite coach Ron Rivera saying that Benjamin will play barring a setback, Benjamin is still a High Injury Risk according to the Inside Injuries algorithm. He’s a risky Fantasy option for Week 4.

Julio Jones WR, Falcons: lower back strain

Practice Status: LP, LP, LP

Jones was repeatedly limited at practice last season with turf toe, which required offseason surgery, but it’s a back injury that is limiting him in practice this week. He picked up the injury at some point during Sunday’s controversial win over the Lions and was seen holding his lower back on the sidelines towards the end of the game. Jones claimed he would have come back in the game had the team needed him, but coach Dan Quinn wasn’t so sure. The Falcons are being cautious with their offensive weapon, which is even more important when you consider Jones’ injury woes in the past. Back injuries can also flare-up at any time, so the more recovery time he can get the better. With a fairly easy matchup against the Bills this weekend, Quinn may choose to limit Jones’ playing time if the game goes in their favor.

Delanie Walker TE, Titans: hamstring strain

Practice Status: DNP, FP, FP

Walker popped up on the Titans’ injury report on Wednesday with a hamstring strain and did not participate in practice. At this point there isn’t a huge cause for concern because he was able to get in full practices on Thursday and Friday, but hamstring injuries are never an easy fix. A few maintenance days may be all he needs to get back on track, but it’s rarely that simple with hamstring injuries. The Titans should be cautious with both Walker and DeMarco Murray, who, despite his impressive performance on Sunday, also has hamstring concerns.

WIDE RECEIVERS

John Brown WR, Cardinals: quad strain

Practice Status: LP, LP, LP

Brown was able to work out on the field before the Week 3 game but did not play. This week he has been limited at practice again and coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Brown will play in Week 4. He remains an Elevated Injury Risk, so even if he suits up he can’t be trusted in Fantasy.

J.J. Nelson WR, Cardinals: hamstring strain

Practice Status: LP, LP, LP

Nelson was limited early in the week but is expected to play on Sunday. He was a popular pickup after Week 2 but was brought back down to earth in Week 3. Based on his hamstring injury he is now considered a risky Fantasy play.

Kenny Britt WR, Browns: knee injury

Practice Status: DNP, LP, FP

After missing practice on Wednesday, Britt returned as a limited participant on Thursday and was not listed on the Browns’ final injury report. He is expected to suit up on Sunday but his movement needs to be watched closely. Our algorithm indicates that his knee injury will greatly impact his performance.

DeAndre Hopkins WR, Texans: knee injury

Practice Status: LP, LP, FP

Hopkins moved from an Elevated Injury Risk to High Risk with his latest injury. His knee has been bothering him so he was limited at practice. He also has a lengthy injury history that includes hand, knee, concussion, hamstring and ankle concerns. As always, he will be a risky play this weekend, but he does have a high ceiling.

Danny Amendola WR, Patriots: knee injury

Practice Status: LP, LP, FP

Amendola will play despite remaining on the injury report with a knee injury. It isn’t a major concern, but his style of play is. He puts himself in a position to take some big hits and has had his fair share of injuries over the last few seasons, so he remains a High Injury Risk.

Amari Cooper WR, Raiders: knee injury

Practice Status: LP, FP, FP

Cooper has followed the same routine all season, getting in a limited practice early in the week but moving to a full participant and this week was no different. He hasn’t done much so far this season, and it could be due to nagging injuries with his knee being the biggest concern. He’s a hard guy to remove from Fantasy lineups, but it is worth considering.

RUNNING BACKS

Adrian Peterson RB, Vikings: knee soreness

Practice Status: FP, DNP, FP

Peterson supposedly “tweaked” his knee during practice on Wednesday, so his DNP for Thursday was definitely worrisome. However, his missed practice on Thursday was officially listed as a veteran’s day of rest. He was not listed on the Saints’ final injury report on Friday. We still aren’t completely sold that his knee wasn’t a factor on his missing practice, but we don’t think his Week 4 availability is in question.

Rob Kelley RB, Redskins: chest cartilage contusion

Practice Status: LP, LP

Kelley has been limited in practice for most of the week, which puts him on track to play on Monday, but he’s still not completely healthy. He had an extra day this week to recover, but rib injuries can be extremely painful to play through.

DeMarco Murray RB, Titans: hamstring

Practice Status: FP, FP, FP

DeMarco Murray was a full participant in practice this week and considering the game he had on Sunday, he looks like he’s finally rid himself of his hamstring injury. There is still some concern here though. Murray’s hamstring injury was a recurring injury so there is still a chance it could nag again this weekend.

Jay Ajayi RB, Dolphins: knee

Practice Status: DNP, FP, FP

Ajayi was able to get in two full practices this week so we would be shocked if he didn’t suit up. He didn’t have much of a game last week, likely because he’s still a week away from his ORT (Optimal Recovery Time). He could face a similar fate for Week 4.

Giovani Bernard RB, Bengals: thigh

Practice Status: LP, LP, FP

Giovani Bernard was removed from injury report on Friday and is good to go for Week 4. Unfortunately, he still isn’t a Fantasy option because he only ever manages to get a few touches.

Isaiah Crowell RB, Browns: shoulder

Practice Status: LP, LP, FP

Crowell was also taken off the final injury report on Friday and looks good to go for Week 4. The Browns offense has not been able to put anything together so far this season, so his poor performance is more likely to do with that than his shoulder injury.

Duke Johnson RB, Browns: shoulder

Practice Status: LP, LP, FP

Another Browns player taken off the final injury report is Duke Johnson. He, like Crowell, was limited on Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury but is now on track to play in Week 4. Both Johnson and Crowell are Elevated Injury Risks.

Rex Burkhead RB, Patriots: ribs

Practice Status: DNP, DNP, LP

With two DNPs this week, there is a good chance Burkhead does not suit up against the Panthers on Sunday. Players are generally able to play through rib injuries, but pain management is the key. At this point, Burkhead is probably targeting a Week 5 return.

TIGHT ENDS

Jack Doyle TE, Colts: foot injury

Practice Status: LP, LP, FP

After being limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Jack Doyle was not listed on the Colts’ final injury report on Friday. His foot injury was likely a minor bruise since it was a surprise that he popped up on the report to begin with.

Jordan Reed TE, Redskins: SC joint sprain

Practice Status: LP

Playing Jordan Reed is always a risky option so, despite the fact that he’s practicing this week, we still don’t think he’s worth starting. He’s currently dealing with three injuries (!!), chest, shoulder, and toe, on top of the fact that he is always a concussion risk. If you can pick up Vernon Davis as a backup, do it.

QUARTERBACKS

Cam Newton QB, Panthers: shoulder

Practice Status: LP, LP, LP

It’s been another week of limited practices for Cam Newton. He will play in week 4 but his shoulder remains a concern as he continues to recover from offseason surgery. His body seems to be breaking down due to all of the hits he has taken over the last few seasons. The Panthers are also limiting plays where Newton rushes or needs to move too much in an effort to limit the big hits on their quarterback, and while that will help to protect him, it also lowers his ceiling for Fantasy.

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