Another week and another round of injuries. Things get more interesting this time of year as we have to navigate not only injuries, but bye weeks as well. Make sure to check your lineup early in the week, hit the waiver wire to cover any bye week players as well as potential injuries – those players that are probably early in the week can easily turn to doubtful by week’s end.
Cam Newton (QB) – Newton is still going through the NFL’s concussion protocol and is currently listed as questionable for Monday night’s match up. As of now, most signs point toward backup quarterback Derek Anderson taking the field as Carolina’s starter. Newton does get an extra day of rest, but that only prolongs the Panthers’ decision. Tomorrow’s injury report could indicate whether Newton will suit up Monday or not. Nonetheless, Anderson makes for a decent streaming option if Newton is unable to go.
Note: Cam Newton has been ruled out for Monday’s contest.
LeSean McCoy (RB) – McCoy is currently dealing with what he calls a minor hand injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams. With McCoy being quoted saying he won’t miss the game, owners can trust the running back to be ready to go come Sunday. Nonetheless tomorrow’s injury report should provide more detail to see just exactly where McCoy is at.
Arian Foster (RB) – Despite returning to practice this week, Foster’s hamstring doesn’t appear to be 100 percent as he carries a doubtful tag into week five. The Dolphins have all but ruled Foster out of their game against the Titans. His work in practice should be seen as a positive, however, as the Dolphins could bring Foster back in week six.
Kenneth Dixon (RB) – A full participant in practice all week, Dixon is listed as questionable for Sunday’s match up against the Washington Redskins. One of the top receiving backs in college last year, all signs are pointing towards Dixon making his NFL debut. The Ravens will likely ease their rookie running back into whatever role they end up deciding is right for him, so owners should not expect a whole lot of production this week. The fantasy community sees Dixon as a back with a lot of upside, but we’ll judge that once he sees a full workload. He’ll wear a brace to stabilize his knee for now.
LeGarrette Blount (RB) – The Patriots’ power back is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s match up against the Browns with a hip injury. While Blount is expected to go, his usage should see quite a drop off with the return of Tom Brady. Short yardage situations will be all Blount, but expect to see James White in for most of the Patriots’ passing situations. Regardless, Blount is the top option in the New England backfield. With fellow running back Brandon Bolden already being ruled out, its hard to image the Patriots just suiting up one running back. Owners can start Blount and expect him to get some work as New England is going up against Cleveland.
Rashad Jennings (RB) – Jennings, currently listed as questionable, is still dealing with the thumb injury that held him out last week. Jennings status is more a testament to ball security questions than it is his overall health. He seemed primed to return last week before being held out so owners should check Saturday’s injury report for more detail. Also note the Giants play on Sunday night if this comes down to a game time decision.
Charles Sims (RB) – Filling in for teammate Doug Martin, Sims is listed as questionable with a knee injury. After missing practice all week, Tampa Bay’s backup running back appears to be in serious jeopardy of missing Monday nights’ tilt against the Panthers. Owners should definitely keep an eye on his status leading up to Monday night as the Buccaneers won’t be forced to make a decision until later. If Sims is unable to go, expect Jaquizz Rodgers to step into Tampa’s lead back role.
Marvin Jones (WR) – Originally missing Wednesday’s practice, Jones was limited Thursday before fully participating in Friday’s practice. With teammate Eric Ebron ruled out, the Lions expect Jones to play through his foot injury. After seeing Jones on the injury report last week with a hamstring ailment its a tad unnerving to see him listed this week. In the midst of a breakout season, Jones should suit up for week five.
Dez Bryant (WR) – After not practicing for a second straight week Bryant is currently listed as questionable for Sunday. Although it appears the Cowboys are leaving a little room for optimism, Bryant has very little chance to play Sunday as he recovers from a small fracture in his knee. Owners can expect Brice Butler to fill the void of targets left in the Cowboys’ offense.
Julian Edelman (WR) – Edelman is listed as questionable with a foot injury for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Despite Edelman’s history of foot injuries, it’d be hard to not see him playing in this contest as Tom Brady returns. ESPN’s Mike Reiss noted he saw Edelman jogging at practice with no issues so New England may just be playing it safe with one of their top receiving options.
Alshon Jeffery (WR) – While he didn’t miss practice all week, Jeffery was limited with a hamstring injury. Part of the injury report regular club, Jeffery should see a massive share in targets for the depleted Bears. With Kevin White out and both Zach Miller and Eddie Royal listed as questionable, Jeffery is one of the few options the Bears have right now. He is expected to play right now, but owners should give Saturday’s injury report one final peek before setting their lineups for Sunday.
Stefon Diggs (WR) – After originally injuring his groin leading up to week three, Diggs is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Texans. It appears as though the talented receiver will sit out this one in order to give that groin a chance to heal.
Eddie Royal (WR) – Head coach John Fox made it seem as though Royal will be a game time decision for Sunday with a calf injury. After missing practice all week, Royal status for Sunday is in serious questionable. If he does suit up he should see a similar target share that Kevin White saw before being placed on injured reserve. The Bears haven’t released any indication which way they are leaning, so owners should definitely keep track of the receiver’s status.
Quincy Enunwa (WR) – Enunwa is currently listed as questionable as he deals with a sore knee. The Jets’ don’t consider this injury to be serious as Enunwa is expected to play Sunday. The young receiver could continue to see a more than a fair target share with teammate Eric Decker already ruled out.
Rob Gronkowski (TE) – No stranger to the injury report, Gronk is listed as questionable as he continues to progress from a hamstring injury. Although he is expected to suit up, Gronk’s workload is unknown. The Patriots seem to be more than okay easing their superstar back into action. However, he has seen an uptick in usage over the last two weeks so owners should expect the superstar tight end to continue to see an increase in his workload. Obviously, Tom Brady’s return will help Gronk’s value. While he has been less than spectacular over the last two weeks, don’t be the owner who benches a first round pick upon Brady’s return.
Zach Miller (TE) – A limited participant in Thursday and Friday’s practice, Miller is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s match up against the Colts. The Bears’ tight end is dealing with a rib injury, but is expected to play Sunday as his workload in practice has increased throughout the week. Miller is a must start going up against a less than stellar Colts’ defense.
Tyler Eifert (TE) – Just when Eifert owners thought they were out of the weeds, the touchdown grabbing tight end injured his back in practice Monday. This new ailment is enough to keep Eifert out in week five as owners will yet again need to look elsewhere to find a fill in. Head coach Marvin Lewis did not seem overly concerned about the injury, however, so maybe we’ll see Eifert take the field next week.
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