Week 9 Injury Updates for Lions’ Golden Tate and 18 Others
Jameis Winston - TB: AC sprain
Jameis Winston has played through an AC joint sprain in his shoulder for the past two weeks and remained limited in practice this week. He was able to successfully play through the pain in Week 7 against the Bills, but his performance took a nose dive last week after he reportedly aggravated the injury in his shoulder or suffered a new injury (possible rotator cuff strain). Preparing for the previous two weeks, Winston had thrown only during Friday’s practice. This week the Bucs took a different approach and had their QB go through nearly a full week of throwing. Winston’s Health Performance is Below Average according to the Inside Injuries algorithm, so he could be in for one more disappointing week, but his numbers are improving.e took an illegal hit from Kiko Alonso. Flacco is still not much of a Fantasy option, as he ranks last among starting QBs in passing yards per game this year.
Leonard Fournette - JAX: ankle/foot injury
Rookie Leonard Fournette sat out Week 7 after sustaining an ankle injury and he used last week’s bye for an additional week of rest. He is practicing in full this week and is expected to play on Sunday against Cincinnati. He will have just reached his four-week Optimal Recovery Time by this weekend’s game, but because of his history with ankle issues, he is still going to be an Elevated Injury Risk. Expect Fournette to play on Sunday, but there could be some lingering effects of his injury that may impact his speed and cutting ability.
Devonta Freeman - ATL: shoulder injury
The Falcons said that Freeman was going to be limited in practice this week after sustaining a shoulder injury, and they were true to their word. While he definitely isn’t 100 percent, Freeman will almost certainly still suit up this weekend against the Panthers. He has been held to fewer than 13 carries the last three games, and given that he’s injured, he could continue to see a scaled-back workload. He is a cautious Fantasy option for Week 9.
C.J. Prosise - SEA: ankle sprain
Prosise missed last week’s game after aggravating his ankle injury in his first game back in Week 7 but returned to practice on Wednesday in a limited capacity. Limited practice sessions put him on track to return in Week 9, but he’s still going to be an Elevated Injury Risk.
Lamar Miller - HOU: knee injury
Miller was limited at practice on both Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury. This isn’t a huge concern yet, as the Texans are probably just trying to give him somewhat of a break by limiting practice reps. Unfortunately, the entire Houston offense is going to take a hit in Week 9 with Deshaun Watson out for the season with a torn ACL.
Emmanuel Sanders - DEN: ankle sprain
Sanders has missed the past two weeks with an ankle injury but practiced this week and is on track to make a return on Sunday. Unfortunately, we think a Week 9 return is too early. He is still a High Injury Risk, and the Inside Injuries algorithm is also calculating a Below Average Health Performance. Though it has not officially been confirmed, we suspect Sanders suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 6. He revealed that he was originally given a six-week timeline but has been able to speed through a recovery. High ankle sprains come with at least a 4-6 week Optimal Recovery Time, and Sanders still hasn’t reached the early end of that timetable. High ankle sprains often turn into nagging injuries, especially if a player attempts to play through the injury or return too soon. For what it’s worth, coach Vance Joseph expects Sanders to play against the Eagles.
DeVante Parker - MIA: ankle sprain
After missing the past three games with an ankle sprain, DeVante Parker is practicing in full leading up to Week 9. He has reached his four-week Optimal Recovery Time and barring any setbacks in practice, he should return to the starting lineup on Sunday. He is still an Elevated Injury Risk, so Fantasy owners should be cautious when setting lineups. Parker has been solid when healthy, but it may take him a week or so to start looking like himself on the field again.
Golden Tate - DET: AC sprain
Golden Tate returned to game-time action last week after resting through the Lions’ Week 7 bye. He was obviously not 100 percent and he fumbled the ball, likely because of lingering weakness in his shoulder. Two weeks is not enough time to recover from a grade 2 AC joint sprain, and Tate is still an Elevated Injury Risk entering Week 9.
Cole Beasley DAL: concussion
Beasley suffered a concussion in Week 8 against the Redskins and is questionable for Sunday’s game. He didn’t practice on Wednesday but was able to get back out there during practice on Thursday. He still has to clear the final hurdle of the protocol, an evaluation from an independent physician, before this weekend. Beasley hasn’t been a Fantasy option before now, and won’t be even when he’s healthy.
Kenny Golladay DET: hamstring strain
Golladay was on track to play last week but suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury in practice last Wednesday. He has been sidelined this week at practice, which puts his availability for Sunday’s game as highly doubtful. Given how finicky hamstring injuries can be, we aren’t shocked that he aggravated it. Golladay hasn’t seen the field since Week 3.
Mike Wallace BAL: concussion, back injury
There was little chance that Mike Wallace would clear the concussion protocol in time for the Ravens’ game last Thursday, but he practiced on Wednesday. Unfortunately, he was added to the injury report on Thursday with a back injury. He got in a limited session. Wallace hasn’t been much of a Fantasy option with just 16 catches in seven games. Considering he is still a High Injury Risk, he shouldn’t be in your lineups for Week 9.
Dez Bryant DAL: knee injury
Bryant was limited at practice on Wednesday with a knee injury, but the Cowboys don’t seem to be concerned about his Week 9 availability. He was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday, which puts him on track to play on Sunday. This was never really a big concern, but Bryant did deal with multiple injuries last year including foot, ankle, back and knee problems.
Sterling Shepard NYG: ankle sprain
Shepard was close to returning from an ankle injury before the bye in Week 8 but “retweaked” the injury in practice. He was a full participant in practice on Thursday and has been improved to a Low Injury Risk. The concern here is that Shepard sprained this same ankle back in preseason as well.
Corey Davis TEN: hamstring strain
Corey Davis practiced in full this week and is expected to make a Week 9 return after missing the past six games with a hamstring strain. Given the Titans have had a lackluster performance on offense this year, Davis likely won’t be on a snap count. He remains an Elevated Injury Risk, and hamstring injuries are notoriously finicky, so look out for lingering symptoms.
Jamison Crowder WAS: hamstring strain
Jamison Crowder did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday this week because of a hamstring strain. He is coming off what was easily his best game of the season Sunday with nine catches for 123 yards. Given Crowders' long injury history and High Injury Risk, his availability for Week 9 should be considered doubtful. And if he does play, he won’t put up near the numbers that he did last week.
Jeremy Maclin BAL: shoulder injury
Maclin was limited at practice on both Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury and was sporting a non-contact jersey. He suffered the injury after Week 5 and was held out for two games, but after getting in limited practice sessions last week he was able to return to game-time action. It’s likely that the Ravens are just trying to give Maclin some rest by limiting his reps in practice. His High Injury Risk is a big concern, though.
Zach Ertz PHI: hamstring injury
Ertz was a late addition to the injury report on Thursday with a hamstring injury. All we know is that hamstring injuries are extremely tricky, so Ertz should be considered questionable until more information is released.
Delanie Walker TEN: ankle sprain
The Titans had a bye in Week 8, but it doesn’t look like that was enough time for Delanie Walker to completely heal from the bone bruise on his ankle. He was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, which puts his availability for Sunday’s game in serious doubt. The catch here is that coach Mike Mularkey is fine with playing veterans who haven’t practiced all week. If by chance Walker does play, his Below Average Health Performance says he won’t be effective.
Jimmy Graham SEA: ankle sprain
Though it’s likely just a maintenance day, it’s still worth noting that Jimmy Graham did not participate in practice on Wednesday because of an ankle injury. He returned to a full participant in Thursday’s practice. Graham has dealt with lingering ankle problems that have limited him this season, but he hasn’t missed a game yet. He scored two touchdowns in last week’s win over the Texans and never appeared hindered by his ankle, so we aren’t sure when the aggravation occurred. He is likely just dealing with lingering soreness, but playing through an injury almost always comes back to bite a player in the end. Graham is an Elevated Injury Risk going into Week 9.
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