Player injury update: Week 4

Player injury update: Week 4

Injury Analysis

Player injury update: Week 4

There were more big injuries in Week 3. 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:

Sam Bradford, QB Minnesota Vikings – Bradford missed his second straight game with a knee injury. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he’s uncertain when Bradford will return. Case Keenum played well against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will remain the starter this week versus the Detroit Lions if Bradford is still unable to play.

Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis Colts – According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Luck could return to practice this week and is targeting a Week 6 return. Luck still hasn’t practiced since having offseason shoulder surgery and he’s already been ruled for Week 4. Jacoby Brissett will remain the Colts starter until Luck is healthy.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB Minnesota Vikings – Pro Football Talk reported that Bridgewater will be healthy enough to play when he’s eligible to come off PUP in Week 7. The Vikings are expected to be cautious with Bridgewater considering he’s coming back from a serious knee injury. There’s a chance Bridgewater could be under center at some point in 2017 if Bradford’s knee injury doesn’t improve.

Rex Burkhead, RB New England Patriots – Burkhead missed Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with a rib injury. He didn’t practice at all last week. James White and Mike Gillislee saw most of the snaps at running back with Burkhead out. He should be considered questionable for Week 4.

Matt Forte, RB New York Jets – Forte suffered a toe injury in Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. His X-rays came back negative. Forte is listed as day to day. If he can’t play this week versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bilal Powell will see an increased workload.

Melvin Gordon, RB Los Angeles Chargers – Gordon aggravated a knee injury in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He left in the first half but returned in the fourth quarter. He is dealing with a minor bone bruise. Branden Oliver replaced Gordon while he was out. It’s an injury to monitor this week. If Gordon isn’t healthy enough to play Sunday, Oliver would draw the start against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rob Kelley, RB Washington Redskins – Kelley missed Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders with a rib injury. He remains day to day. Kelley practiced last week and should have a good chance of suiting up for Monday night’s game against the Chiefs.

Samaje Perine, RB Washington Redskins – Perine got the start for Kelley against the Raiders and split backfield touches with Chris Thompson. While Thompson was the more effective back, Perine did receive 19 carries. He left the game in the fourth quarter with a bruised hand. He’s considered day to day.

Darren Sproles, RB Philadelphia Eagles – Sproles suffered a torn ACL and a broken arm in Sunday’s win over the New York Giants. He’ll miss the remainder of the season. Sproles said this will be his final year, so there’s a chance he played his last game. Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement will see more touches with Sproles out for the year.

Doug Baldwin, WR Seattle Seahawks – Baldwin injured his groin in Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. He left in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Early reports suggest the injury isn’t serious. Baldwin should be considered questionable for this week’s game against the Colts. Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett will see an increase in targets if Baldwin misses time.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR Indianapolis Colts – Benjamin injured his knee in Sunday’s game versus the New Orleans Saints. An MRI revealed no structural damage but his status for Week 4 is uncertain. With both Benjamin and Greg Olsen potentially out this week against the Patriots, Devin Funchess is in line to see a lot of targets.

John Brown, WR Arizona Cardinals – Brown missed his second straight game with a quad injury. J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown will continue to run in three-receiver sets until Brown is healthy enough to return. Nelson is seeing the biggest fantasy boost in Brown’s absence.

Michael Crabtree, WR Oakland Raiders – Crabtree suffered a chest injury in the Raiders Week 3 loss to the Redskins. X-rays came back negative. Crabtree should be considered questionable for this week’s tough matchup against the Denver Broncos.

Randall Cobb, WR Green Bay Packers – Cobb missed Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a chest injury. Geronimo Allison filled in for Cobb in three-receiver sets and caught six passes for 122 yards. Allison will continue to see more snaps if Cobb is out again this week versus the Chicago Bears.

Corey Davis, WR Tennessee Titans – Davis missed Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a hamstring injury. The rookie has been dealing with the injury since early August. Davis is hoping to play in Week 4. He should be considered questionable.

Will Fuller, WR Houston Texans – Fuller practiced on a limited basis last week and Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he could return Sunday against the Titans. Fuller has been out since August with a broken collarbone. Even if Fuller doesn’t play Sunday, he’s close to returning and re-claiming the Texans No. 2 receiver job opposite DeAndre Hopkins.

Julio Jones, WR Atlanta Falcons – Jones is dealing with a lower back injury and Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he’ll be limited in practice this week. Julio is expected to play on Sunday but it’s obviously something to monitor closely throughout the week. Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel will be asked to take on a bigger role if Jones is unable to play.

Tyler Eifert, TE Cincinnati Bengals – Eifert will miss multiple weeks with a back injury. He has a history of back injuries and it’s uncertain when Eifert will be back on the field. C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft will continue to split snaps at tight end in Eifert’s absence. Neither is a great fantasy option.

Jordan Reed, TE Washington Redskins – Reed missed Sunday’s game against the Raiders while dealing with shoulder, toe and chest injuries. He’s considered day to day. If anyone says you can’t predict injuries, point them to Reed. Vernon Davis has been productive when filling in for Reed. He’ll draw the start again if Reed can’t go against the Chiefs Monday night.

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