Week 6 of the NFL season is underway with a barn burner of a Thursday night game between Washington and Chicago. Shifting our focus to Sunday's Week 6 matchups, we have a lot of NFL injury news to sift through as you set those fantasy football lineups, make some NFL betting picks, and play NFL DFS lineups. Star players such as Cooper Kupp, Aaron Rodgers, and Saquon Barkley have all been on and off the practice field and are worth monitoring heading into the weekend. We also have NFL Week 6 injury updates on Keenan Allen, Kyle Pitts and Tua Tagovailoa that could shift our fantasy football rankings and NFL weekly projections for Week 6. Will we have to replace any of our standouts this weekend with fantasy football waiver wire pickups? Let’s dive into Friday’s NFL Week 6 injury report!
2022 NFL Injury Report Fantasy Football Week 6
NFL Quarterback Injury News
Russell Wilson, DEN - Shoulder
As we approach Week 6, and get Denver in another primetime game, Russell Wilson’s shoulder is seemingly getting better. According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, Wilson’s ready to go for Week 6 and says he’s feeling better each and every day. Wilson will be on the field for Week 6, but he’s been this years QB17 up to this point and is dealing with a shoulder injury to boot.
Aaron Rodgers, GB - Thumb
After missing practice on Wednesday, guess who was back on Thursday? Aaron Rodgers was back in full capacity Thursday. It’s worth mentioning that his thumb is all taped up, so we’re not sure if that will impact him at all on Sunday. Packers beat writer, Rob Demovsky, put out a video of Rodgers slinging the rock around. He does not look limited at all.
Dak Prescott, DAL - Thumb
Thursday was a huge day for Dak Prescott as he was listed as “limited” on the Dallas practice report for the first time since injuring his thumb back in Week 1. Cooper Rush is going to start in Week 6 against the Eagles, but things are trending up for Prescott to be back on the field in Week 7.
Jameis Winston, NO - Back
For the second consecutive day, Jameis Winston was a limited participant in practice and things are trending in the right direction for Winston to be available in Week 6. Despite Andy Dalton looking sharp and Taysom Hill dominating when under center, if Winston is healthy, he’s the team’s starting quarterback.
Mac Jones, NE - Ankle
Although everything points to Bailey Zappe under center this week, Mac Jones is turning up the pressure to get back onto the field in Week 6. It was reported by multiple Patriot beat writers on Thursday that Jones was moving well, although limited still, and that’s the first time that has been reported in the week-plus he’s been out.
Tua Tagovailoa, MIA - Concussion
After getting back on the field for Wednesday’s practice, Tua Tagovailoa was once again limited on Thursday. He’s already been ruled out for Week 6 but is working his way back to give himself a chance at playing in Week 7. Hopefully, Tagovailoa can continue to build on his progress at practice and is back on the field soon.
Teddy Bridgewater, MIA - Concussion
Much like Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater was on the practice field on Thursday. Bridgewater’s situation is quite interesting because he was confirmed to not have a concussion when he was ruled out in Week 5, but is still in the league’s concussion protocol. He was limited on Thursday and although he could be back in Week 6, head coach Mike McDaniel all but said Skyler Thompson is going to start for Miami. If Bridgewater is healthy and doesn’t start, that would be..something.
NFL Running Back Injury News
Saquon Barkley, NYG - Shoulder
We saw Saquon Barkley briefly leave the Giants' Week 5 game in London after injuring his shoulder, but we also saw him sprint out of the tunnel and onto the field as well. He was able to finish the game and although he’s been limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, there’s nothing suggesting he won’t be ready to go against the Ravens in Week 6.
Jonathan Taylor, IND - Ankle
After missing Wednesday’s practice, it was a fantastic sight to see Jonathan Taylor on the field practicing on Thursday. Taylor hasn’t been a guy who misses practices or games throughout his entire football playing career and being back on field Thursday bodes well for his Week 6 status against the Jacksonville Jaguars who have allowed the most rushing yards in the league.
James Conner, ARI - Ribs
After already ruling Darrel Williams out, James Conner is expected to be out of the Cardinals' Week 6 game against the Seahawks. Conner left in Week 5 and was unable to return due to a ribs injury, which is unfortunate because he was having his best game of the year. He hasn’t officially been ruled out, but it’s looking doubtful.
Damien Harris, NE - Hamstring
Things are very interesting in Damien Harris’ camp because it was initially reported that he could miss multiple weeks, and then he’s been available at practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. Sure it’s been limited, but being limited feels different than a multi-week injury. We’ll have to see how things shake out, but if he’s available on Friday again, he’ll definitely have a chance to suit up this week.
Raheem Mostert, MIA - Knee
Anytime we see Raheem Mostert miss practice because of an injury, it’s a HUGE red flag given how injury-prone he’s been throughout his career. That being said, he returned to practice on Thursday and told reporters he’s going to suit up for Miami’s Week 6 game against Minnesota. Let’s monitor Friday’s practice reports to see if he is participating once again, that would be a great sign.
Melvin Gordon, DEN - Neck
With the Broncos playing on Monday Night Football this week, Thursday was their first official practice of the week and Melvin Gordon popped up on the injury report. He was a limited participant at practice, but nothing’s changed from last week and he played in Week 5 with no limitations whatsoever.
Damien Williams, ATL - Ribs
Although Damien Williams is eligible to return from IR, head coach Arthur Smith said Williams is not ready physically just yet. That said, Williams was quoted as saying he’s mentally ready to return and is in team meetings, looking awfully close to a return. That said, it doesn’t look like that return is coming in Week 6. We’ll see how the rest of this week plays out.
Nyheim Hines, IND - Concussion
It’s good to see Nyheim Hines back at practice, but he was still seen wearing the red non-contact jersey, insinuating he’s still not cleared for contact. Considering it’s already Thursday, his Week 6 status is not looking great.
Justice Hill, BAL - Hamstring
The Ravens running back corps continued to get stronger as Gus Edwards has practiced for two straight weeks and Justice Hill returned on a limited basis on Thursday. Hill has little to no fantasy value with J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards being the teams top-two running backs.
Mike Boone, DEN - Foot
Much like Melvin Gordon, Mike Boone has popped up on Denver’s injury report on Thursday as a limited participant. It’s a foot injury of some sort, but nothing anybody in Denver seems concerned about, at least in terms of Boone missing any time. He played 46% of the snaps in Week 5, so we’ll see how he fares in Week 6.
Darrel Williams, ARI - Knee
Darrel Williams would have had a great chance to be the Cardinals lead back in Week 6 if not for a knee injury that’s keeping him out this week. We're unaware of how serious the injury is and how long-term it’s going to be, but Williams hasn’t practiced this week and they ruled him on on Wednesday. Not great, Bob.
NFL Wide Receiver Injury News
Cooper Kupp, LAR - Foot
It was out of nowhere to see Cooper Kupp pop up on the Rams injury report, but it kept him off the practice field on Wednesday. That said, it wasn’t all that serious because he returned on Thursday, taking him out of any real danger to miss the Rams’ game in Week 6. Kupp, barring any setbacks, will be on the field in Week 6.
Keenan Allen, LAC - Hamstring
It’s been great to see Keenan Allen back on the practice field as he has been out since Week 1 due to a bad hamstring injury. The Chargers have an extra day of practice this week considering they play on Monday night. If Allen does suit up, there obviously could be some type of limitation to help avoid tweaking the injury.
Tee Higgins, CIN - Ankle
The Tee Higgins injury has been extremely frustrating considering they did not make it seem at ALL serious heading into last week and then he was on a snap count before eventually being ruled out for the remainder of the night. He still hasn’t practiced yet this week and was seen with a hoodie and sweatshirt on Thursday.
Michael Thomas, NO - Foot
The Saints were very positive after Michael Thomas missed Week 5 that he’d be back in Week 6, but he hasn’t practiced yet. He’ll have one more chance to practice on Friday and if he misses that, it’s likely he doesn’t suit up. Stay hip to the practice report Friday.
Tyler Lockett, SEA - Hamstring
There’s nothing that suggests that Tyler Lockett’s hamstring injury is serious, but you never love to see a late-week addition to the injury report. We’ll have to monitor his status at practice on Friday, but there is nothing – at the current moment – that implies he’ll miss Week 6.
Chris Godwin, TB - Hip
We shouldn’t be concerned by Chris Godwin’s absence on Thursday. He was given a veteran’s day off, that is all.
Chris Olave, NO - Concussion
It’s great to see Chris Olave return to practice, even if it’s in a limited fashion. He was able to participate in football activities and if he has no symptoms moving forward, he’ll move to a full practice participant. Olave is one of three Saints receivers on the injury report this week.
Rashod Bateman, BAL - Foot
The trend is easy to follow for Rashod Bateman’s Week 6 status. Bateman didn’t practice in Week 5 and then didn’t play in the game. He has yet to practice as we approach the weekend, so read the tea leaves. It’s doubtful he suits up if he doesn’t practice.
Wan’Dale Robinson, NYG - Knee
We haven’t seen Wan’Dale Robinson, Kadarius Toney, or Kenny Golladay log back-to-back practices in some time, but Robinson is bucking that trend. He practiced on both Wednesday and Thursday and expects to suit up for the first time since Week 1.
Kadarius Toney, NYG - Hamstring
At this point, it’ll be a miracle when we see Kadarius Toney play in a game again. He has a hamstring injury that continues to keep him off the field. Toney practiced last week and then immediately re-aggravated his hammy. He’s doubtful for Week 6.
Christian Watson, GB - Hamstring
The Packers got a lot of key members back on the practice field on Thursday but Christian Watson was not one of them. Watson has struggled when on the field and has struggled with injuries as well. His Week 6 status is very much in doubt.
Jarvis Landry, NO - Ankle
It’s been an interesting few weeks for Saints receivers, Jarvis Landry included. Landry barely practiced a few weeks ago and then played in the London game, practiced last week and then didn’t play, and has yet to practice in Week 6. What does that mean for his status? The ankle has clearly been bothering him for some time and with no bye week in sight for New Orleans, maybe they keep Landry sidelined until he’s close to 100%.
Russell Gage, TB - Ankle
After missing practice on Wednesday, Russell Gage returned to action on Thursday albeit in a limited fashion. The Bucs have all been in and out of practice and all seemingly suit up on Sunday, expect Gage to do the same.
Julio Jones, TB - Knee
We’re unsure if Julio Jones is going to ever play again. Kidding, kind of, but he hasn’t practiced yet this week. Just this past week, head coach Todd Bowles was asked if Julio Jones could be placed on IR and that wasn’t completely out of the question. The knee problems never go away.
Kenny Golladay, NYG - Knee
NFL Tight End Injury News
Kyle Pitts, ATL - Hamstring
After returning back to practice on Wednesday, Kyle Pitts is expected to play in Week 6 as he returns from his one-game absence due to a bad hammy. One good week for Pitts could put him back in our good graces in fantasy land.
Darren Waller, LV - Hamstring
After playing just eight snaps in Week 5, Darren Waller left the Raiders' previous game with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. If you remember, Waller was dealing with a hamstring injury during the preseason and this injury makes you wonder if he re-aggravated it.
Pat Freiermuth, PIT - Concussion
After suffering his third concussion in less than two seasons, Pat Freiermuth is definitely a candidate to miss the Steelers' Week 6 contest. Freiermuth continues to practice in a limited capacity but is in concussion protocol. We’ll learn a lot about his status during Friday’s practice.
Tyler Higbee, LAR - Ankle
After missing practice on Wednesday, Tyler Higbee was back at practice on Thursday in a limited fashion. Higbee’s been a great fantasy asset this year and his status for Week 6 is not nearly as in question as it was after Wednesday. He should suit up this week barring a setback.
Dalton Schultz, DAL - Knee
After re-injuring his PCL injury, Dalton Schultz has logged two limited practices this week and is definitely questionable this week. Schultz has missed a game this season due to the PCL injury already this season, so we’ll see how Dallas handles the injury. They did sign Jordan Akins to their practice squad this week, for what that’s worth.
Dawson Knox, BUF - Foot/Hamstring
It’s good news to see Dawson Knox back on the practice field, but he’s still dealing with multiple injuries and it was reported he wasn’t moving all that well on the field. Knox didn’t play in Week 5 and even though he’s trending in the right direction, he’s far from a certain thing for Week 6.
Hayden Hurst, CIN - Groin
It’s been two straight days of limited practices out of Hayden Hurst but this injury doesn’t seem concerning. As long as there are no setbacks, we’ll see Hurst in Week 6.
Cameron Brate, TB - Concussion
After logging two straight full practices, Cameron Brate is likely to play in Week 6. He suffered a concussion, but it looks like he’ll clear protocol for this game.
Greg Dulcich, DEN - Hamstring
The Broncos' rookie tight end was designated to return from injured reserve earlier this week and is now back at practice as well. There’s nothing suggesting he won’t play in Week 6 and he could be a big boat for Denver’s offense who hasn’t got much production from the tight end spot.
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