Week 10 NFL Injury News and Updates
Week 10 NFL Injury News and Updates
Here is to hoping that you didn’t learn a valuable lesson this week. That lesson? Don’t automatically release a top backup player once the starter returns from injury. I imagine that happened this week to a few teams as Christian McCaffrey returned from his ankle injury only to suffer a shoulder injury that will keep him out of the lineup this week.
Granted, the reason you don’t release a player is that you’re worried he might re-aggravate the original injury. That didn’t happen here as he suffered a new injury, but the lesson is learned just the same.
Kenyan Drake is once again no better than 50/50 to play again this week due to an ankle injury. Drake is practicing in a limited fashion, and that’s probably being kind. Fantasy owners might just be better off if he’s given another week off so that they can start Chase Edmonds without any worry.
Mark Ingram presents a problem this week. He is likely to return from an ankle injury, which means once again, there are just too many cooks in the kitchen on this team. Who should we start? J.K. Dobbin? Gus Edwards? Ingram? Not to mention Lamar Jackson can run the ball pretty well also, I hear. This is just another situation to avoid if you can unless you like playing roulette.
As mentioned above, McCaffrey is out this week, which makes Mike Davis a must start again. Keep in mind, however, that he will be up against a tough and likely angry Tampa Bay defense that was pretty much humiliated last Sunday night.
David Montgomery is in concussion protocol and is questionable to play Sunday. Does it matter, though? Not only do the Bears likely not have their quarterback of the future on the roster, but probably not the running back either. Montgomery has pretty much been a disappointment since day one. Allen Robinson is also questionable with a knee injury but is expected to play and should be started. What kind of numbers would ARob put up with even a slightly above average quarterback throwing to him?
Joe Mixon seems likely to miss another game with a foot injury Sunday. This means that Giovani Bernard is once again a low-end RB2 this week, and that may be a little too generous versus a top-notch Pittsburgh run defense.
We may finally have some good news in regard to an injury in Cleveland. Nick Chubb looks like he could return from his knee injury Sunday. Now, even if he does, he isn’t likely to shoulder a full load in his first game back from injury. Kareem Hunt will still be RB2 if Chubb plays.
Jerry Jeudy has a shoulder injury that is limiting his practice time but should play Sunday and should be in your lineup. Tim Patrick is a different story. He has a hamstring injury and probably not worth the gamble that he will play.
There is good news and bad news in Detroit. The good news is that although T.J. Hockenson has missed most of practice this week with a toe injury, he is expected to play Sunday. The bad news is that Kenny Golladay is out. This is turning out to be a bust of a season for Golladay.
Green Bay Packers
There is a chance that Allen Lazard could be activated off of injured reserve and play Sunday. While we love the matchup, we would also preach caution as once again, this game may not be competitive, and Lazard’s snaps could be monitored during the game.
David Johnson is dealing with a concussion and isn’t expected to play Sunday, which will leave the running game in the hands of Duke Johnson. This does not fill me with optimism. Duke is no better than a flex play in this game.
DJ Chark missed practice Thursday with an illness, but it’s not COVID related, and he’s not expected to miss the game Sunday. The same can’t be said for Laviska Shenault, however, as he is out for the game.
Los Angeles Chargers
The run game here is fun for fantasy players. Austin Ekeler is still out with a hamstring injury. Justin Jackson is questionable with a knee injury. Who is the back to play? Is it Joshua Kelley, Kalen Ballage, maybe Troymaine Pope? My money would be on Ballage, but this is once again a situation to avoid.
Los Angeles Rams
Darrell Henderson has been limited in practice this week due to a quad injury but should play Sunday. Still, there are plenty of other choices here in Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown. Henderson could be limited. I’ll pass here if possible. Cooper Kupp has an oblique injury but is also expected to play. Unlike Henderson, though, Kupp will be in my lineup.
Matt Breida may be able to return after missing last week’s game with a hamstring injury. The Dolphins don’t have much at running back, and maybe your fantasy team doesn’t either. Once again, he’s not a top choice to start, but perhaps you don’t have any better options.
New England Patriots
Damien Harris is questionable with chest and ankle injuries but is expected to play Sunday night. Does it matter, though? Not only would you be playing the Patriots running back guessing game, but they are also playing the Ravens. I have to think you can do better. The truth is, I’m not starting anyone on the Patriots in this game.
New Orleans Saints
Both Drew Brees and Michael Thomas have been limited in practice this week due to injuries. Brees is going to play and Thomas is likely, but you should be aware that even though Thomas played last week, it was just in over 50% of the snaps. He’s not at full strength yet and likely won’t be this week either. Still, I can’t imagine you can do better on your roster.
New York Giants
Devonta Freeman was placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury, which will leave the run game in the hands of Wayne Gallman, who has been pretty solid the past couple of weeks. Still, this is a tough game versus a stacked defensive line in the Eagles. Golden Tate was benched last week for disciplinary reasons, and this week has a knee injury. He’s questionable to play Sunday, and hopefully, you have better options.
We won’t know the status of Ben Roethlisberger until Saturday, but as of now, it is expected that he will test negative for COVID and play Sunday. Assuming that’s the case, then the question becomes which of his receivers to start. It seems each week he picks a different one to have a big game. They are all likely starts, but one or two might disappoint. Oh, if Roethlisberger is out, they all sit for me as I’m not sure Mason Rudolph can complete a handoff more or less a forward pass.
The Hawks are still a mess at running back. Chris Carson has yet to practice this week, and the same holds for Carlos Hyde. Travis Homer is also nursing a knee injury but did practice in a limited fashion on Thursday. It seems that Deejay Dallas will likely handle the most touches Sunday but shouldn’t be considered as anything more than a low-end RB2.
San Francisco 49ers
It seems that if you’re a running back for the 49ers, you’re an injury waiting to happen. Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, and Tevin Coleman are all out Sunday. This leaves Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty as your backs here, with McKinnon being the main guy for fantasy purposes. What a bust season for Deebo Samuel as he will miss yet another game due to his hamstring injury.
Washington Football Team
It’s Alex Smith’s time in Washington as Kyle Allen is out with an ankle injury. While the return of Smith from his broken leg is a great story, I can’t see where you would want to start him unless desperate in that league.