There were more big injuries in Week 7. 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:
Jay Cutler, QB Bears – Cutler has been cleared to play against the Vikings in Week 8. He was dealing with a thumb injury since Week 2. The timing couldn’t be better for the Bears with Brian Hoyer out with a broken arm. Cutler will start against the Vikings.
Brian Hoyer, QB Bears – Hoyer broke his left forearm Thursday night against the Packers. He’s expected to be out at least six weeks. Cutler will regain his starting job with Matt Barkley serving as the backup while Hoyer is out.
Cody Kessler, QB Browns – Kessler left Sunday’s game against the Bengals with a concussion. He was replaced by Kevin Hogan. Hogan became the seventh Browns quarterback to take a snap this season. Kessler is hopeful he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Jets but he needs to get cleared first. Hogan or Josh McCown will start if Kessler isn’t ready.
Josh McCown, QB Browns – McCown is still recovering from a broken collarbone but Browns coach Hue Jackson said there’s a chance he could return this week. If McCown is healthy and Kessler doesn’t get cleared to play, McCown would start over rookie Kevin Hogan versus the Jets.
Geno Smith, QB Jets – Smith started over Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday but left in the second quarter with a torn ACL. He’ll miss the rest of the season. The Jets will now go back to Fitzpatrick as their starter this week against the Browns.
Jamaal Charles, RB Chiefs – Charles was technically active on Sunday. However, he only carried the ball once for zero yards. He reportedly experienced swelling in his surgically repaired knee last week. After the game Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Charles’ leg “wasn’t feeling right.” Charles isn’t close to 100 percent healthy right now. Spencer Ware is the Chiefs clear-cut No. 1 back going forward.
Tevin Coleman, RB Falcons – Coleman left Sunday’s game against the Chargers in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team is bracing for Coleman’s injury to cost him time. If Coleman can’t play against the Packers, Devonta Freeman will see even more touches and be a top fantasy option even in a tough matchup.
Carlos Hyde, RB 49ers – Hyde missed Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a shoulder injury. He’ll have the 49ers bye week to get healthy. Hyde is only expected to miss one game but if he can’t play in Week 9, some combination of DuJuan Harris, Shaun Draughn and Mike Davis will split touches.
Doug Martin, RB Buccaneers – Martin is week-to-week with a hamstring injury. Jacquizz Rodgers started in his place and rushed for 154 yards against the 49ers. Rodgers has rushed for 255 yards in his last two games. He’ll continue to be the Bucs lead back until Martin returns.
Jerick McKinnon, RB Vikings – McKinnon suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s game against the Eagles. He left the game and returned but McKinnon re-aggravated the injury. The Vikings play on Monday night this week, so McKinnon will have an extra day to get healthy. If he can’t play, Matt Asiata will see more touches against the Bears.
LeSean McCoy, RB Bills – McCoy tried to play with an injured hamstring against the Dolphins but he only carried the ball eight times for 11 yards before leaving the game. It was obvious from the start that McCoy wasn’t healthy. There’s a good chance McCoy won’t play Sunday against the Patriots. Mike Gillislee will get the start if McCoy is out.
John Brown, WR Cardinals – Brown missed Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with a leg injury that stemmed from being diagnosed with sickle cell trait. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he expects Brown back this week. He should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game versus the Panthers.
Dez Bryant, WR Cowboys – Bryant is practicing in full and is expected back for Week 8. Barring a setback, Bryant will be in the starting lineup for the Cowboys much anticipated NFC East showdown with the Eagles Sunday night.
Michael Floyd, WR Cardinals – Floyd injured his hamstring in Sunday night’s game against the Seahawks. He’s likely to miss practice time this week. With Jaron Brown out for the year and Floyd and John Brown hurting, J.J. Nelson should see more snaps against the Panthers Sunday.
Robert Woods, WR Bills – Woods missed Sunday’s game with a foot injury. He didn’t practice at all last week. The Bills are desperately thin at receiver right now with Marquise Goodwin also dealing with a concussion. Justin Hunter will likely draw the start versus the Patriots if Woods isn’t ready.
Jordan Reed, TE Redskins – Reed missed his second straight game on Sunday with a concussion. The good news is Reed has been cleared to practice on Wednesday. Reed still needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can play in a game. He should be considered questionable for Sunday morning’s game in London against the Bengals.