Updated: Friday, 11/4 at 2:30 pm ET
As we enter Week 9 of the NFL season, we enter the worst bye week to date as six teams are taking a hiatus for a week. That being said, the injury news across the league arguably hasn’t been this important all season long. There were some elite guys such as Cooper Kupp, Mark Andrews, and Rashod Bateman injured and we may have some fantasy stars returning from injured reserve like Cordarrelle Patterson, so let’s take a look at their statuses entering the week along with plenty of other guys that are newly injured or possibly returning from one as we enter Week 9 of our fantasy football seasons.
2022 NFL Injury Report Fantasy Football Week 9
NFL Quarterback Injury News
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans - Ankle/Illness
It doesn’t seem like we’ll find out much about how Ryan Tannehill’s feeling until Wednesday’s practice report, at least that’s what head coach Mike Vrabel gave reporters on Monday. Tannehill wasn’t wearing the walking boot when last seen, so that’s a good sign, and he will have more than a week to recover from his illness. Malik Willis did nothing to steal his job away and it’s Ryan Tannehill’s job as soon as he’s healthy and that could happen this week.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Tannehill did not practice on Thursday or Friday and status is up in the air. The thought was that his ankle injury was a one-week injury but that has not been the case. He is being called a true game-time decision by head coach Mike Vrabel.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers - Ankle
It seems like Sam Darnold is close to returning to the field and suiting up for Carolina, but we’re still unsure when that’ll be. We saw him getting some work in before the Panthers took on the Falcons in Week 8 and he looks to be moving fairly well. PJ Walker was already named the Panthers starter for Week 9, so we’ll see if Walker plays well enough to stay atop the depth chart with Darnold’s return looming.
UPDATE; 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Darnold's window was opened for an eventual activation off of injured reserve but there's zero guarantee he'll even see the field for the Panthers will the recent committal to P.J. Walker. He has not faced live game action since last season but has been practicing for a couple of weeks now.
NFL Running Back Injury News
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts - Ankle
Updated: Friday, 11/4 @ 2:30pm ET – We all had an idea that this one was coming, so to no surprise, NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that Taylor has officially been ruled out for the Colts this week. It's another crushing blow for those who invested their first-round pick in Taylor, but considering the way things have gone over the past few weeks, if you didn't handcuff Taylor to Deon Jackson, then you have no one to blame but yourself. Or maybe your league commissioner if you have a really short bench, but nevertheless, this isn't exactly coming from left field. If Jackson is on your waiver wire, he is an immediate add and while the Patriots have only allowed four rushing touchdowns on the year, they do rank 27th in DVOA against the run and they've allowed an average of 126 rushing yards per game. If the Colts offensive line can win the battle at the line of scrimmage, Jackson, who also showed he can catch passes out of the backfield, should have a solid game.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens - Hamstring
We were a little unsure about how serious Gus Edwards’ hamstring injury was after leaving Thursday night’s game but head coach John Harbaugh said it’s minor and is day-to-day. He’ll be questionable for Week 9’s game and maybe the silver lining is all the time Edwards will have to recover. Week 8 was a Thursday night game and Week 9 is on Monday.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Edwards did not practice on Thursday or Friday, further clouding the availability of his service for Monday night's game in New Orleans against the Saints. We'll get the official designation on Saturday for the MNF game.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons - Knee
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - We saw the Falcons designate Patterson for return today, giving them 21 days to officially activate him. Patterson practiced on a limited basis and afterward talked to reporters, mentioning that he feels 90% at present. We'll see if that 90% moves towards 100% throughout the week and if 90% is good enough for the Falcons to activate him this week.
There is a LOT of excitement and buzz around the possible return of Cordarrelle Patterson this week and it seems very possible from the reports we’ve seen lately. He is eligible to return and we’ve seen workout videos directly from Patterson’s Twitter lately and he looks very strong. It was a minor knee procedure that was reportedly going to have him back quickly from his four-week IL stint. Head coach Arthur Smith just last week said he thinks Patterson is close, so all the reports lead us to believe the return is imminent.
D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions - Ankle/Shoulder
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - It was immediately concerning to hear head coach Dan Campbell mention he thinks Detroit gave Swift too many carries in his first game back and he only had five. That said, he caught five passes, so he touched the ball 10 times, but that's not all that much for a starting running back. That comment followed by Swift's absence at practice is a really bad sign for this week. He's still dealing with BOTH the shoulder and ankle injuries. We'll see what his practice status looks like on Thursday and Friday. With the Lions losing a LOT and essentially out of the playoff picture already, we have to take a long hard look at the rest of the season for Swift could look like.
James Conner, Arizona Cardinals - Ribs
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - After being deemed day-to-day by head coach Kliff Kingsbury earlier in the week, Conner logged a limited practice, as he did at the end of last week, on Wednesday. He is seemingly closing in on a return and his presence is needed with Darrel Williams hitting the IR on Wednesday.
The last time we’ve seen James Conner on the field was in Week 5 and his rib injury has kept him sidelined since. That said, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Conner heads into Week 9 “day-to-day” so it’s possible we see him in a very critical divisional game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers - Ankle
It was interesting to see Chuba Hubbard not practice or play in Week 8 after the Panthers said his injury was minor and that he could’ve re-entered the team's Week 7 game against the Bucs if it were closer in score. Hubbard was asked on Monday how he was feeling and he said he feels good enough to play.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Hubbard's been limited in practice over the last two days, so we'll get some clarity with an official designation later today.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints - Knee
We saw Mark Ingram leave Sunday’s game and the injury looked bad, but on Monday we found out Ingram will likely miss 3-to-4 weeks with a Grade 2 MCL sprain. He played just five snaps before the injury but we should see Ingram back before the season ends.
Darrel Williams, Arizona Cardinals - Hip
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - After returning from a knee injury, Darrel Williams was injured in the Cardinals' Week 8 game and was placed on IR. He was seen on crutches after the game and we're unsure at this point if and when Williams will return this season.
NFL Wide Receiver Injury News
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams - Ankle
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - Kupp did not practice on Wednesday but was available for the team's walkthrough. The expectation at this time is that he's going to play, and maybe he won't need any practice to do so, but we'll have to monitor his status the remainder of the week.
Seeing Cooper Kupp get hurt in a 17-point game late in the fourth quarter makes you wonder why he was still in the game. That being said, the Rams and Kupp seemingly dodged a bullet as there is no structural damage to Kupp’s ankle. Head coach Sean McVay said he expects Kupp to play this upcoming Sunday, but it’s something to monitor throughout practice this week.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Kupp was held out of practice on Wednesday but did practice in a limited capacity on Thursday. It's likely Kupp plays through this ankle injury but we'll get official word today on his status.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers - Hamstring
It wasn’t all that surprising to see the 49ers keep Deebo Samuel off the field with a hamstring strain knowing their bye week was coming up and now that the bye is here, the 49ers expect to get Samuel back in Week 10. We’ll see if that is the case, but Samuel has another week to rest his hamstring.
Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers - Hamstring
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - Everything that could go wrong for Keenan Allen has. His hamstring got WORSE during the Chargers' bye week during training and he said it was 100% when the team decided to activate him in Week 7. He wasn't able to practice on Wednesday, putting his Week 9 status in jeopardy. He said the next time he plays, he'll be 100% and ready to play a full workload, whenever that is.
The Chargers kicked off practice after their Week 8 bye week on Monday and Keenan Allen was not participating which is not great news. We’ll see if that continues for the rest of the week, but this is a bad start for Allen considering it didn’t sound like he wanted to play in Week 7 prior to the bye week. If he misses the Chargers' Week 9 game, it makes you wonder if he re-aggravated the injury because he didn’t play in the second half in Week 7.
Joshua Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers - Concussion
We won’t hear head coach Brandon Staley speak to the media until Wednesday, but multiple Chargers media members saw Joshua Palmer practicing on Monday. He’s currently in concussion protocol so we’ll see if he’s able to play this week because the Chargers are going to be without Mike Williams and Keenan Allen was not practicing on Monday.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Palmer has cleared concussion protocol and via Palmer himself, he said he will play in Week 9. Of course, he hasn't been officially declared active but that's a great sign for a Chargers team in dire need of wide receivers.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings - Knee
Although Adam Thielen had a knee injury during Week 8’s game and after being seen heading into the medical tent, he returned and was able to finish the contest and that’s a good sign heading into Week 9. We’ll have to watch Wednesday’s practice report to see if there if Thielen suffered any setbacks now that the adrenaline from Sunday’s game is wearing off.
Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens - Foot
The Ravens have done Rashod Bateman dirty this season and things didn’t get any better this past Thursday with the re-aggravation of his foot injury. Now that Bateman was rushed back too soon, this injury is going to cost him a few more weeks according to head coach John Harbaugh.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Bateman's foot injury will cost him the rest of the 2022 NFL season.
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints - Foot
There is still no timeline on when Michael Thomas will return to practice, but head coach Dennis Allen said he’s getting better and is working hard towards a return. Allen said he expects Thomas to play this year, but there isn’t any timetable for Thomas. He’s missed five consecutive games.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Thomas will miss the remainder of 2022 with his foot injury.
Jarvis Landry, New Orleans Saints - Ankle
Insert everything said about Michael Thomas here, just change the name to Jarvis Landry. There’s nothing concrete on Landry’s return. There seemingly is a little more movement on the Landry front, however, but it seems like we’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out what that movement is.
Corey Davis, New York Jets - Knee
We don’t know anything just yet about Corey Davis and his sprained PCL, but we do know from head coach Robert Salah’s presser on Monday that Davis will be listed as “day-to-day” at this point. We’ll have a better understanding of where Davis is at when the Jets hit the practice field on Wednesday.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Davis was ruled out of Week 9 with his knee injury.
DeVante Parker, New England Patriots - Knee
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - The thought process here really doesn't change. Parker's knee sprain likely keeps him out through the bye after not suiting up for Wednesday's practice. Unless something drastically changes, we likely don't see Parker until Week 11 at the earliest.
After leaving the Patriots' Week 8 game after one play, DeVante Parker has been diagnosed with a knee sprain, but a minor knee sprain at that. With the Patriots facing a Week 10 bye, it’s likely he sits in Week 9 and we see him back on the field, as long as there is no setback, in Week 11.
Christian Watson, Green Bay Packers - Concussion
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - We haven't seen many guys that have suffered a concussion return the very next week so this week's practices are going to tell a lot. Watson was seen off to the side of practice on Wednesday doing drills by himself, but nothing with the team.
It’s been an absolutely brutal season for Christian Watson considering all the injuries he’s endured. His Week 8 came to an end due to a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit on a very positive play from Watson and the Packers' offense. We’ve seen how hard it is to return quickly from concussion injuries, so we’ll learn more about Watson’s return later in the week.
Nico Collins, Houston Texans - Groin
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - Collins has already been ruled out of the Texans Week 9 match-up as the Thursday night turnaround was too quick of a timeframe. The mini-bye week after Thursday night football could get Collins back on the field for Week 10. We shall see.
When a team plays Thursday, they send out an estimated practice report for their walkthrough and Collins did not participate in that. Collins wasn’t able to suit up for the Texans' Week 8 game either, so the short week doesn’t bode well for him.
Julio Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Knee
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - The Bucs put out their injury report on Wednesday and Julio Jones did not participate, which has been consistent throughout Tampa Bay's practice week. He was able to play in Week 8, but we're unsure what's going to take place in Week 9.
NFL Tight End Injury News
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens - Shoulder/Ankle
It looks like Mark Andrews dodged anything serious, which is great news for the Ravens' star tight end. He’s still dealing with an ankle injury that he’s been battling for a few weeks and now has a shoulder injury to go with it. Harbaugh said he thinks Andrews will be OK and with the Ravens' Week 9 game being played on Monday night, he has some extra recovery considering they played this past Thursday.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Andrews did not practice on Thursday but he still has two days of practice left as the Ravens play on Monday night.
Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders - Hamstring
Hamstring injuries can be tricky at times and Waller's has given him fits. He returned a few weeks ago and didn't even make it to half-time before re-aggravation and we haven't seen him play since. The good news is we saw him practice last week and he was definitely close to playing, so barring another week of practice, he should be active in Week 9. He practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Waller was able to get a full practice in on Thursday, so that bodes well for his availability in Week 9. At worst, he'll still get the questionable tag but we're feeling much better with a full practice under his belt than another limited session.
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns - Ankle
There have been a LOT of reports on David Njoku’s ankle and the timeline he’ll be on before we see him back on the field. The initial reporting said 2-to-5 weeks, but Njoku seems to think he’ll be back on the lower end of that number. He said his ankle is feeling better every day and that he’s closer to day-to-day than week-to-week. We’ll see how the Browns practice report looks come Wednesday.
Irv Smith, Minnesota Vikings - Ankle
Not only was it a disappointing game for Irv Smith Jr. from a statistics standpoint, but he left the contest with a sprained ankle as well. It’s reportedly a high-ankle sprain, which has kept people out for multiple weeks at a time as we’ve seen time in, and time out all season long. We’re uncertain about an official timeline, but head coach Kevin O’Connell said Smith is going to be week-to-week.
Adam Trautman, New Orleans Saints - Ankle
It sounds like a return from the ankle sprain is imminent for Adam Trautman after missing their Week 8 contest against the Raiders. At least that’s what came out on Monday from Jeff Duncan, a writer for The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com.
UPDATE: 11/4 @ 11 am ET - Trautman practiced in a limited capacity yesterday and we'll get an official designation on Saturday as the Saints play on Monday night.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Neck
UPDATE: 11/2 @ 9 pm ET - It's been a tough few weeks for Cameron Brate who suffered a concussion and then came back with a neck injury that forced him to miss a game and a half. He practiced on Wednesday on a limited basis and his return would impact up-and-comer Cade Otton's fantasy value. Monitor practice this week.
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