Player Injury Update: Week 7

Player Injury Update: Week 7

Injury Analysis

Player Injury Update: Week 7

There were more big injuries in Week 6. 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:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB Steelers – Roethlisberger tore his meniscus against the Dolphins. He underwent a procedure to cleanup his meniscus on Monday. Roethlisberger is out for Sunday’s showdown with the Patriots but he could return after the Steelers Week 8 bye. Landry Jones will take over as Pittsburgh’s starter until Big Ben returns.

Arian Foster, RB Dolphins – Foster was active on Sunday but he only played 11 snaps and saw five touches. Foster is still recovering from a groin injury and Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he’s still not 100 percent. Jay Ajayi ran for over 200 yards against the Steelers. He’ll continue to be the starter this week in a tough matchup versus the Bills.

Eddie Lacy, RB Packers – Lacy played in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent while dealing with an ankle injury. He finished with 65 yards on 17 carries. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that Lacy is still being evaluated. The Packers play the Bears on Thursday this week and with backup James Starks out with a knee injury; Green Bay is already extremely thin at running back. Look for Ty Montgomery to continue to see snaps in the backfield.

Doug Martin, RB Buccaneers – Martin didn’t practice on Monday. He’s been out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury. Martin is expected to return Sunday against the 49ers but it’s a concern that he wasn’t able to practice coming off a bye week. Jacquizz Rodgers will get another start if Martin can’t go.

Theo Riddick, RB Lions – Riddick missed Sunday’s game against the Rams with an ankle injury. He didn’t practice all of last week. Dwayne Washington was also inactive Sunday. Riddick should be considered questionable for this week’s game against the Redskins. The Lions backfield is a mess right now. If Riddick is out, some mix of Washington, Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett will split the touches.

Davante Adams, WR Packers – Adams left Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with a concussion. He didn’t practice on Monday. The Packers play on Thursday, so he’ll have to get cleared on a short week. If Adams can’t go, Ty Montgomery will replace him in three-receiver sets. Montgomery led the Packers in targets, receptions and yards on Sunday.

Dez Bryant, WR Cowboys – Bryant missed his third straight game with a knee injury. He’s expected back after the Cowboys bye week when Dallas faces the Eagles.

Corey Coleman, WR Browns – Coleman missed his fourth straight game Sunday with a broken hand. He still hasn’t been cleared to practice. He’ll likely be out Sunday against the Bengals. Terrelle Pryor is locked-in as Cody Kessler’s No. 1 receiver.

Phillip Dorsett, WR Colts – Dorsett left Sunday night’s game against the Texans with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Chester Rogers. Dorsett has been a disaster since replacing the injured Donte Moncrief in the starting lineup. Rogers will draw the start against Tennessee if Dorsett is out.

Will Fuller, WR Texans – Fuller was active on Sunday but didn’t play any snaps against the Colts. Fuller is dealing with a hamstring injury. He’s likely to be more involved this week but has a tough matchup against the Broncos secondary.

Terrelle Pryor, WR Browns – Pryor suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s loss to the Titans. The Browns have listed him as day-to-day. Browns coach Hue Jackson said Pryor will be evaluated throughout the week. He’s likely to miss practice time and should be considered questionable for Sunday’s matchup versus the Bengals.

Steve Smith, WR Ravens – Smith missed Sunday’s game against the Giants with an ankle injury. He’s listed as week-to-week. He should be considered questionable for Week 7 versus the Jets.

Dwayne Allen, TE Colts – Allen left Sunday night’s game against the Texans with an ankle injury and didn’t return. He should be considered questionable for this week’s game against the Titans. If Allen can’t go, Jack Doyle will get the start. He’ll be a low-end TE1 without Allen in the lineup.

Tyler Eifert, TE Bengals – Eifert missed Sunday’s game against the Patriots with a back injury. There’s no timetable for his return. Eifert has yet to play a game this season.

Jordan Reed, TE Redskins – Reed missed Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a concussion. It’s the sixth concussion Reed has suffered in his playing career. Reed is in the concussion protocol. He hasn’t been ruled out for Week 7 but given his history, he’s far from a lock to return. If Reed can’t go, Vernon Davis will face a Lions defense that give up the most fantasy points to tight ends.

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