Fantasy Football Injury Report: September 22
Sean Mitchell goes over the top injuries throughout the NFL over this past week.
Week 2 was quite crazy in the injury column and this report heading into Week three could be a bit lengthy! However, wanted to point out that this report will be listing players that are dealing with injury during this time, as we will not be listing players that are already out for IR, the season, etc. Just want to get you guys the most up-to-date info on players you need to keep an eye on heading into Week three! Let’s go!
Davante Adams WR, GB (Hamstring) –
It is being reported that Adams could have re-entered Sunday’s game against the Lions, but with the Packers up over two scores, there was not really much of a need. With that being said, Head Coach Matt LaFleur elected to keep his prized WR off the field and allow him to stay away from any further danger. Adams is now listed as questionable heading into the Packers Week 3 clash with the Saints, but signs are pointing up at the current moment.
Michael Thomas WR, NO (Ankle) –
Thomas is still expected to be sidelined for another couple of weeks, as the Saints just finished their Week 2 match against the Raiders without him. The star WR is also looking to be on the sideline for the Saints upcoming game on Sunday night against the Packers, which isn’t great news as the Saints just lost on the road to the Raiders on Monday Night Football. Keep an eye on his status, as we will see what it looks like heading into Week 4.
Julio Jones WR, ATL (Hamstring) –
Jones was reported to have played through a hamstring injury in the Falcons loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. We know with the adrenaline going in a game-setting, many players will often play through injuries if they can, and this is exactly what Julio did. We saw a similar situation with starting TE George Kittle and his knee injury in Week 1 that ultimately placed him on the shelf for Week 2. All we have right now is a pre-report for Jones heading into the week, but this should definitely be a status worth monitoring near the end of the week.
Raheem Mostert RB, SF (Knee) –
Mostert was a victim of another knee injury, an MCL sprain in his case however. Mostert suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Niners big win over the New York Jets, and he did not return to the game. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has already reported that highly unlikely to take the field for the Niners next game in Week 3 against the New York Giants, so we can likely go ahead and plan around Mostert for this week.
DJ Chark Jr. WR, JAX (Chest) –
The first time being placed on the injury report for the short season, Chark Jr., is said to be dealing with a chest injury that occurred in the Jags loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Chark Jr. played the whole game and accrued 84 yards on four catches in this one but was just a limited participant in Monday’s first practice of the week. Obviously, it is a good sign that he was even at practice, even if just limited, so we will continue to monitor his status heading into the weekend.
George Kittle TE, SF (Knee) –
One bright shining light for the Niners this week is that it is highly likely that star TE George Kittle is set to re-take the field after his one-game absence against the Jets. This is great news, as mentioned above the Niners will already be without starting RB Raheem Mostert for this Sunday’s game against the Giants.
Kenny Golladay WR, DET (Hamstring) –
Another bright spot in the injury report for this week is Kenny Golladay , who looks likely to also make a return to the Lion’s starting lineup for their game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Golladay has missed the first two games of the season so far with a hamstring ailment that he suffered just days before the Lions Week 1 match up, so this is great news for the Lions.
A.J. Brown WR, TEN (Knee) –
Brown is reported to still be dealing with his deep knee bone bruise that he suffered in Week 1. He was absent from the Titans second game of the season on Sunday against the Jaguars, and we have yet to see another report for Monday’s practice, but assuming he likely sat once again. Obviously, the Titans are on a roll to start the season at 2-0, but getting Brown back could still be a nice boost for them heading into the Week 3 tilt against the Vikings. We will continue to look for reports on Brown’s situation heading into the end of the week.
DeVante Parker WR, MIA (Hamstring) –
Parker has yet again popped back on the injury report due to the hamstring injury that continues to linger for him. Parker has been able to take the field in both of the Week 1 and Week 2 games for this season so far but was once again a limited participant in the Phin’s first practice of the week. This could potentially be a week-to-week thing where Parker is limited most practices during the week, but still takes the field for the games, so just keep an eye on him for any changes.
Sterling Shepard WR, NYG (Toe) –
It is being reported that Shephard has sustained a turf toe injury from the Giants Week 2 game against the Bears. We know how nagging turf toe injuries can be for players, and this situation likely won’t be much different than most, however, Shepard was reported to be receiving a MRI on Monday, yet the results of that MRI have yet to be reported. I would likely say Sterling’s status for this week could potentially be very bleak, as most turf toe injuries will have players out 2-3 weeks at a minimum in most cases. We will look for the results of that MRI towards the end of this week.
Jamison Crowder WR, NYJ (Hamstring) –
There is not a new update to Crowder’s hamstring ailment, however, he has yet to be placed on IR which would land him on the shelf for at least three games. This is likely the only good news so far about his status, but we are still very early into Week 3 after he missed his first game in Week 2 against the Niners. Too early to tell at the moment, but it wouldn’t shock many to see Crowder likely sit one more week, as it seems like a decently significant hamstring injury if the IR was waived around. We will await reports further into the week on Crowder’s situation for a Jets team that could really use him.
Malcolm Brown RB, LAR (Pinky Finger) –
Adam Schefter reported on Sunday evening that Malcolm Brown underwent surgery to repair his broken left pinkie finger after he sustained the break in the Rams slaughter of the Eagles on Sunday. Darrell Henderson got lots of work in the absence of both Cam Akers and Brown after he left the game, so this could be a potential big spot for Henderson heading into Week 3 if Cam Akers is still shelved with his rib injury, and Brown if he somewhat cannot show he can hold the ball well with his finger after surgery. Two statuses to watch – Brown and Akers this week.
Tevin Coleman RB, SF (Knee) –
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has already told reporters that back-up RB behind Mostert, Tevin Coleman will now miss multiple weeks due to a knee injury he also received in the Niners Week 2 game against the Jets. This is not great news after Mostert sustained his injury as well for the Niners heading into the Week 3 clash with the Giants. It is shaping up to look like a big workload for scat-back Jerrick McKinnon this week, but we should also be looking to see if the Niners make any practice team moves (Jeff Wilson Jr.), or even look to host a workout for a FA (Devonta Freeman ).
Cam Akers RB, LAR (Ribs) –
Akers separated some rib cartilage in the Rams Week 1 win over the Cowboys, and as a result, he was shelved for their Week 2 match against the Eagles as mentioned above. We have yet to hear any new reports determining a meaningful status heading into Week 3 for Akers, but as also mentioned above, Malcolm Brown is now dealing with a surgically-repaired pinkie finger, so if Akers is not able to go Sunday against the Bills, this could be a bigger work-load for second-year back in Darrell Henderson.
Duke Johnson RB, HOU (Ankle) –
Duke missed the Texans Week 2 match up against the Ravens, but it was also reported by Head Coach Bill O’Brien that Duke was “trending in the right direction” before being ruled out for this game. Johnson is still tagged with a questionable status heading into the Week 3 tilt with the Steelers, so this will be a status we continue to monitor heading into the end of the week. Duke was a pivotal asset to the Texans backfield all of last year and could be a big boost this week if he does make a return.
Breshad Perriman WR, NYJ (Ankle) –
The Jets WR core is pretty thin at the moment, as they were already without Jamison Crowder for Week 2, and then Perriman sustained an ankle injury in the game Crowder missed, making the corp even thinner heading into Week 3 if both are ultimately ruled out. However, it is only a questionable designation so far on Perriman for this week, so he likely could still take the field on Sunday against the Colts, but his status should be monitored toward the end of the week for any sudden changes to his status.
Jack Doyle TE, IND (Ankle/Knee) –
Doyle missed the Colts second game of the season against the Vikings with both ankle and knee issues, and as it was looking to be possibly multiple weeks missed for Doyle, Head Coach Frank Reich has stated that Doyle has made nice progression since. This report was also followed by a possibility that Doyle could potentially return to action as soon as Week 3 for the Colts match up against the Jets. Mo Allie-Cox was a surprise big hit in replacement of Doyle for Week 2, so even if Doyle is not able to suit up, they TE spot looks to be in good hands.