As fantasy owners begin to prepare for the stretch run, injuries will certainly play a role in the construction of lineups from week to week. Much like last week, this week’s injury report isn’t as dense as those in the past. With that being said, every player’s status should be confirmed before kickoff on Sunday.
Also be sure to consistently keep an eye on your league’s waiver wire. Injuries, such as Carlos Hyde last week, open up roles for other players to fill. DuJuan Harris provided fantastic value to those who started him last week after Hyde was ruled out.
All of the information below is current through Friday’s practices.
Todd Gurley (RB) – Gurley has been dealing with a thigh issue throughout the week but was able to fully participate in practice on Friday. This is encouraging seeing as Gurley missed both Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. While Gurley hinted that his thigh wasn’t a huge issue, he will be going up against a solid run defense in the Jets come Sunday. He is currently listed as questionable but is expected to play.
Carlos Hyde (RB) – Hyde was limited at practice yet again on Friday as he continues to nurse a shoulder injury. Hyde has also been limited in every practice for the last two weeks, evening sporting a non-contact jersey to avoid any more damage to his shoulder. The 49ers sound as though they will determine Hyde’s status before their game against the Cardinals on Sunday. If he us unable to go, DuJuan Harris is expected to take over lead back duties.
Doug Martin (RB) – Martin will be a game-time decision come Sunday as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. After ramping up his workload in limited practices throughout the week, it appears the Bucs want to wait until prior to kickoff on Sunday to make a call on Martin’s status. If Martin does suit up he will immediately overtake primary ball carrier duties as the Bucs have been forced to work with a mix of Peyton Barber and Mike James in Martin and backup Jacquizz Rodgers absences.
Christine Michael (RB) – Micheal made his first appearance on the injury report yesterday with a hamstring injury. He is currently listed as questionable and appears to have suffered the injury sometime during practice yesterday. With Thomas Rawls already being ruled out, C.J. Prosise would see a major uptick in his workload if Michael is unable to go.
Jarvis Landry (WR) – Landry is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. After missing practice all week, Landry was able to return for a limited session yesterday and is expected to suit up on Sunday. Owners should confirm his status on Sunday.
Dez Bryant (WR) – Although Bryant is listed as questionable, he has logged full practices throughout the week. With no hint of any setback, Bryant’s status for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Steelers does not seem to be in question.
Julian Edelman (WR) – Edelman was a limited participant in practice throughout the week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game. Edelman is listed with a foot injury, something he has been included on the injury report for many times this season. It does not appear, however, that Edelman’s status is in any question heading into the Patriots’ match up against the Seahawks.
Will Fuller V (WR) – Fuller is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with a knee injury. After he was limited in practice all week it appears as though the Texans will wait to announce his status for Sunday. If Fuller is unable to go, rookie WR Braxton Miller is expected to take over most of the workload.
Allen Hurns (WR) – Hurns returned to practice on Thursday, but has still not completely cleared the league’s concussion protocol. As a result of this, Hurns is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Texans. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor his progress over the weekend as Hurns will have to pass through the rest of the concussion protocol in order to be eligible to play.
Tyrell Williams (WR) – Williams is yet again listed as questionable for Sunday’s game as he deals with a knee injury. Williams has been able to play through this injury the past couple of weeks so it appears as though he will be ready to go Sunday against the Dolphins. Teammate Travis Benjamin is listed as doubtful with a knee injury so Williams could see his share of targets increase this Sunday.
DeSean Jackson (WR) – Jackson has found his way onto this list many times already this season with minor injuries. This week, however, Jackson was not even able to log a limited practice as he deals with a rotator cuff injury. While the severity of his shoulder injury is not yet known, reports indicate that Jackson is not likely to play Sunday’s game against the Vikings as he is currently listed as doubtful. Both Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder should be expected to see an uptick in production with Jackson being held out.
Eddie Royal (WR) – After being limited in practice all week Royal is expected to make his return this Sunday against the Buccaneers. Royal, who has been out since week 6, has been hampered by a toe injury the last 4 weeks and is listed as questionable. He is expected to be plugged back in as the slot receiver in Chicago’s offense.
Hunter Henry (TE) – Henry is listed as questionable with a knee injury but was able to practice fully on Friday. Despite being listed as questionable, Henry took a big step in the right direction with yesterday’s practice. If you are relying on Henry as a streaming option for this week, his status should be confirmed before Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
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