Week 4 NFL Injury News and Updates
It was only a matter of time, but as if injuries weren’t already a problem this season, now we have COVID-19 to deal with. The Steelers and Titans won’t play this week as the Titans have been crushed with COVID. The game between the Steelers and Titans will be made up Week 7. For now, no big deal; just treat the Steelers and Titans as if this is their bye week, but you’re crazy if you think this is the last interruption we will have in the 2020 season.
The Cardinals are banged up at wide receiver as DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) and Christian Kirk are dealing with injuries. Hopkins hasn’t practiced this week but is expected to play in a tasty matchup versus the Panthers. You’re starting Hopkins if he plays and likely Kirk, also. Although, that might depend on who else you have on your roster.
Yet another team that is beaten up at wide receiver. Julio Jones (hamstring) is practicing in a limited fashion. Calvin Ridley missed practice Thursday with an ankle problem, and Russell Gage is still in concussion protocol. All three have a chance to play Monday, but it’s not the best of matchups, and you’re unlikely to have a fallback option should any be a late inactive. Make sure to follow the injury news on this trio as game time approaches.
Zach Moss missed last week’s game with a toe injury but has practiced some this week. He might play this week, but it would be as a 1B to Devin Singletary. Still, you might not have better options due to the lack of depth at this position. John Brown is also banged up with a calf injury but is expected to play Sunday.
Tarik Cohen is gone for the season with a torn ACL. Cohen wasn’t doing much for fantasy owners anyway. Ryan Nall could be a desperate pickup should you need help at running back.
Kareem Hunt is dealing with a groin injury, and Odell Beckham was a late addition to the injury report with a back injury. Both are expected to play Sunday, and you’re starting Beckham no matter what versus that secondary. As for Hunt, yeah, I’d like to preach caution, but we are talking running backs here; you likely don’t have a choice.
Green Bay Packers
Davante Adams has returned to practice but in a limited fashion. Obviously, you want him to play versus what the Falcons are calling a secondary. The Packers have lost Allen Lazard for an undetermined amount of time due to core muscle surgery. You may want to claim Marquez Valdes-Scantling just in case; actually, you may want to claim him no matter what this week.
Will Fuller has a hamstring injury, but coach Bill O’Brien has stated that he will play Sunday, so if he would normally be in your lineup, he’s good to go.
D.J. Chark has a chest injury but is fully expected to play Sunday, and you want to start him versus the Bengals. He’s been disappointing so far this season but deserves another chance to redeem himself.
Las Vegas Raiders
Henry Ruggs still has a hamstring injury and may not play this week. This doesn’t matter anyway as you don’t want to start him Sunday even if he does play.
Los Angeles Chargers
Tyrod is still out, and we still can’t be sure if he will get his starting job back even when he’s healthy. He shouldn’t, but you never know what a desperate head coach will do. Mike Williams has a back injury and wasn’t at practice Friday. It’s not a great matchup, so even if he does play, you should be looking in another direction.
Los Angeles Rams
Cam Akers is not expected to play Sunday versus the Giants. This means that Darrell Henderson is a must-play and should have a good game if you have the depth. You may want to try and sell high on Henderson before Akers returns, and the Rams go back to a three-headed monster at the position.
New England Patriots
Sony Michel had a big game last week but now has a quad injury. This may be for the best as it’s hard to rely on any Patriot running back in fantasy. Just because Michel had a big game last week didn’t mean that would carry over to this week. Julian Edelman has a knee issue and is on the injury list, but he will play and is a must for your lineup this week.
New Orleans Saints
Will Michael Thomas play Sunday? Possibly, he is practicing, although this would be a pretty quick recovery from a high ankle sprain. The Saints’ offense isn’t the same without him, so I worry that they are rushing him back. Still, if he starts for the Saints, he starts for me. Jared Cook, however, may not be able to go due to a groin injury. Not that he has been doing all that much anyway.
Where do we start with the Eagles? Miles Sanders should be good to go with a glute injury. Alshon Jeffery hasn’t practiced due to a foot injury. DeSean Jackson missed practice this week with a foot injury. The team placed Dallas Goedert and Jalen Reagor on IR this week. That’s it. I’m done. There is no one outside of Sanders on this team that I would start this week, and that’s only because I doubt you have two better running backs on your team.
Chris Carson was questionable all week to play with an ankle injury, but he will go Sunday and might even handle a full load. He starts for your fantasy team.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are still holding out hope that Jimmy Garoppolo can play this Sunday, but that would seem to be wishful thinking. Nick Mullens is likely to start again. Mullens had a huge game last week but still should only be started in Superflex leagues. George Kittle is likely to return, and he starts in all leagues. Raheem Mostert seems to be in the same boat as Garoppolo. There is some hope he will play, but it’s unlikely. Assuming he’s out, Jerick McKinnon is once again a must-play, and Jeff Wilson isn’t that far behind.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin is out once again this week. This time with a hamstring injury. That is not the only injury to Tampa as Leonard Fournette is also out with an ankle injury. Ronald Jones starts, but it’s not the best matchup versus the Chargers. Scott Miller has a hip issue but is expected to play, but you’re probably better off looking in another direction here.
Washington Football Team
Terry McLaurin has a thigh injury that put him on the injury report but should go Sunday although you want to keep an eye on the news here. The offense for Washington could be a mess as Steve Sims is already out with a toe injury.