Week 8 NFL Injury News and Updates
Week 8 NFL Injury News and Updates
What’s up in the world of COVID, you ask? Well, this week, it’s the Giants’ offensive line had to be quarantined (last week, it was the Raiders). As of this writing, it looks as if all is a go for both the Giants game on Monday night and every other game, but as always, we need to pay attention to so much more than just our normal injury worries this season.
Mark Ingram has yet to practice this week due to an ankle injury and would seem to be unlikely to play Sunday. This could be a good thing. The Ravens have so many running backs with J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Ingram, not to mention Lamar Jackson stealing goal-line rushes. Plus, they are playing Pittsburgh. You’re better off looking for a running back somewhere else this week.
Allen Robinson is listed as doubtful. It’s not a great matchup with the Saints, and Nick Foles has looked underwhelming of late. You better make sure to have another receiver ready to be slotted in should Robinson be inactive Sunday.
Joe Mixon will miss his second straight game Sunday with a foot injury, which should mean that Giovani Bernard will once again be the leading ball carrier for the Bengals. This is a tough matchup, however, so keep your expectations in check for Gio.
Unless you live in a cave, you know that Odell Beckham is out for the season after tearing his ACL last week. This should lead to more targets for Rashad Higgins, who was a popular waiver wire pickup this week. This also means that Jarvis Landry could see more coverage from the opposing defenses top guy. Kareem Hunt has been limited with a rib injury but will play for both Cleveland and your fantasy team. Someone who won’t play is Austin Hooper, who had his appendix removed last week. Harrison Bryant could make a better start at tight end this week than David Njoku, especially if the Browns are making any progress on Njoku’s request for a trade.
Andy Dalton won’t start for Dallas on Sunday night due to a concussion. This leaves the offense in the hands of third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci. Yikes, outside of Ezekiel Elliott, I’m not sure you want to start any player on Dallas, and the only reason you’re starting Zeke is that running back is so shallow. This game should be ugly.
Phillip Lindsay left last week’s game early due to injury and wasn’t looking great this week either until he was able to practice in a limited fashion late this week. Lindsay has been brittle of late, and this is a tough matchup. I’d prefer another option if you have one. Tim Patrick has a hamstring injury and hasn’t practiced yet; I’m also sitting him this week. Outside of Noah Fant and Melvin Gordon, there isn’t anyone on Denver that I’m starting this week.
Adrian Peterson is battling an abdomen injury and is questionable to play Sunday. The Lion’s usage of AP, this season over D’Andre Swift has been strange, to say the least. Perhaps this injury will finally give Swift the opportunity he needs to prove he should be the bell cow back for Detroit.
Green Bay Packers
Sure, it’s annoying that Aaron Jones will miss yet another game due to a calf injury, but at least we know now, and it’s not a game-time decision. Jamaal Williams is once again a must start this week.
Kansas City Chiefs
Sammy Watkins is still out this week with a hamstring injury, and you should still be able to survive without him. The problem is, should you start Mecole Hardman or Demarcus Robinson in his place. Probably, but which one? Hardman for me, but that seems to be a guessing game each week.
Las Vegas Raiders
Josh Jacobs has been limited this week with a knee injury but will play Sunday. As with just about any stud player, he starts for you if he starts for his team.
Los Angeles Rams
Tyler Higbee has a hand contusion that cost him last week and may do so again this week. He is practicing but seems questionable at best to play. The Rams other tight end, Gerald Everett, is back at practice after an illness, so the team should have at least one of their top two tight ends available for this game.
Dalvin Cook is listed as questionable to play with a groin injury, but the team has stated several times that he will play Sunday. The problem might be how much or how long will he play? You have to start him, so maybe this doesn’t matter, but why do I have a feeling he is either limited or doesn’t finish the game?
New England Patriots
As if things couldn’t get any worse for the Patriots, Julian Edelman has been lost for an undetermined amount of time due to knee surgery. This offense is a mess right now anyway was Cam Newton has regressed and can’t be started right now. Unless you are desperate for running back help this week, I’m not starting anyone on New England.
New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas is practicing in a limited fashion, and it looks like he could return to the field this week. Yes, you’re starting him despite all of the drama between him and the team of late.
New York Giants
Devonta Freeman is questionable with an ankle injury, and this is one case in which you should be finding a replacement. It’s a rough matchup, to say the least, versus the Bucs defense, the Giants offensive line had to quarantine themselves, the game is going to be a blowout, which should limit the run game, and Freeman could be a late inactive. If you have to go with Freeman, you may want to pick up Wayne Gallman just in case Freeman is out. Sterling Shepard is dealing with toe and shoulder injuries. Once again, not a great matchup, but he still might be a flex play this week.
New York Jets
You’re starting any Jet at your own risk. Jamison Crowder may not play due to a groin injury, and Breshad Perriman is out with a concussion. This is likely to be yet another ugly game for the Jets offense.
The Eagles are all kinds of banged up, but they are playing a team in even worse shape. If you have an Eagle on your roster and aren’t starting him this week, you need to ask yourself why. The Eagles might take the cautious route this week due to the opponent. Miles Sanders seems unlikely to play with his knee injury, and Boston Scott is a must-start. Jalen Reagor is expected to return from injured reserve this week, and I’d be tempted to start him, but maybe you want to wait another week to see how he fits into the game plan. If Dallas Goedert returns from injured reserve and plays Sunday, I would start him.
San Francisco 49ers
What a week for Deebo Samuel to be out with a hamstring injury. Fantasy owners would’ve loved to have him go up versus the Seattle secondary. Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne could be starts instead. Jerick McKinnon fooled everyone last week by being active but essentially getting the game off to rest. What happens this week? Well, Tevin Coleman is likely to play and could be the main ball carrier or maybe not. I’m going with McKinnon until we know more about Coleman, but this is yet another nightmare situation.
The Hawks are a mess at running back. Chris Carson has a foot injury and is a game-time decision. Carlos Hyde a hamstring injury and Travis Homer a knee injury. None or all might play, but this is a nightmare for fantasy owners. Seattle has the late afternoon game Sunday, so you may have to make a decision earlier. This could just be a Deejay Dallas game. I’d punt this situation if possible.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy players who have Chris Godwin on their roster have to be so unhappy right now. Godwin suffered yet another injury last week, fractured finger, and is out this week. We just can’t have nice things. Remember, no Antonio Brown this week, so give me Scott Miller, but he has an injury of his own (groin/hip) but will play. Rob Gronkowski is also on the report with a shoulder injury, but he will play.