There were more big injuries in Week 5. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community after the second weekend of NFL games:
Cody Kessler, QB Browns – Kessler left Sunday’s game against the Patriots with a rib injury. X-rays came back negative and Browns coach Hue Jackson said there’s a good chance Kessler will be ready to play this week against the Titans. If Kessler can’t go, the Browns could be down to a mix of fourth-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and receiver Terrelle Pryor.
Josh McCown, QB Browns – McCown will resume practicing this week. He’s been out since fracturing his collarbone on Sept. 18. McCown said he has a realistic chance to play this week. His status will likely come down to how much he practices but at the very least, it sounds like McCown is close to returning for the quarterback starved Browns.
Cam Newton, QB Panthers – Newton missed Monday night’s game with a concussion. Derek Anderson started in his place. Newton will look to get cleared before the Panthers Week 6 matchup against the Saints.
Carson Palmer, QB Cardinals – Palmer missed last Thursday night’s game against the 49ers with a concussion. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he expects Palmer to clear the league’s concussion protocol on Tuesday. Barring a setback, Palmer should be under center this week when the Cardinals play the Jets.
Trevor Siemian, QB Broncos – Siemian missed Sunday’s game against the Falcons with a shoulder injury. He was reportedly close to playing and is expected to start Thursday night versus the Chargers. If Siemian isn’t ready, rookie Paxton Lynch will get his second straight start.
Arian Foster, RB Dolphins – Foster missed his fourth straight game on Sunday with a hamstring injury. He did return to practice last week though, so there’s a good chance Foster plays this week against the Steelers. If Foster still can’t go, Jay Ajayi will once again get the start and handle a majority of the touches.
Jeremy Hill, RB Bengals – Hill injured his shoulder in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. He’s expected to practice on Wednesday. If Hill is limited this week. Giovani Bernard will see a heavier workload against the Patriots.
Eddie Lacy, RB Packers – Lacy left Sunday night’s game against the Giants early in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He had rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries before getting hurt. Lacy said on Monday that his ankle is alright and he’ll see how it is going into this week’s game against the Cowboys. If Lacy is unable to play, James Starks will get the start. He’s averaging 1.8 yards per carry on the season.
Doug Martin, RB Buccaneers – Martin missed Monday night’s game against the Panthers with a hamstring injury. It’s the third game in a row Martin has missed with the injury. He’s expected to return after the Buccaneers Week 6 bye.
Latavius Murray, RB Raiders – Murray missed Sunday’s game with a turf toe. He didn’t practice at all last week. Turf toe can often be a multi-week injury, so the Raiders could be without Murray again on Sunday when they face the Chiefs. If he can’t go, expect the Raiders to continue to use their three-man committee of Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Jamize Olawale.
Charles Sims, RB Buccaneers – The Buccaneers placed Sims on injured reserve with a knee injury. Jacquizz Rodgers will take over as the Buccaneers third-down back. Look for Martin to be an even bigger part of Tampa Bay’s offense when he returns from his hamstring injury.
Dez Bryant, WR Cowboys – Bryant missed his third straight game with a knee injury Sunday. There’s no timetable right now for Bryant’s return. He didn’t practice at all last week. He’ll likely be held out through the Cowboys Week 7 bye.
Eric Decker, WR New York Jets – Decker missed Sunday’s game against the Steelers with a shoulder injury. Decker remains week-to-week with the injury. There’s no official timetable for his return. Quincy Enunwa will continue to start while Decker is out.
Steve Smith, WR Ravens – Smith left Sunday’s game against the Redskins with an ankle injury and didn’t return. He could be limited in practice and should be considered questionable for this week’s game versus the Giants.
Eric Ebron, TE Lions – Ebron missed Sunday’s game against the Eagles with ankle and knee injuries. The injuries are expected to keep Ebron sidelined for at least a couple of weeks. The Lions are extremely thin at tight end behind Ebron. Look for Anquan Boldin to pick up some of the slack in the slot.
Tyler Eifert, TE Bengals – Eifert was on pace to return from ankle surgery Sunday against the Cowboys but then missed the game with back soreness. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Eifert has a chance to play in Week 6. The Bengals will need all the help they can get when they travel to New England Sunday.
Clive Walford, TE Raiders – Walford missed Sunday’s game with a knee injury. He should be considered questionable for this week’s game against the Chiefs.