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:
Teddy Bridgewater, QB Minnesota Vikings – Bridgewater has returned to practice but he’s already been ruled out for Week 8. The Vikings play the Cleveland Browns in London and the field there can get chewed up. Minnesota is on a bye in Week 9, so there’s an outside chance we could see Bridgewater after that but the Vikings certainly won’t rush him back. With Sam Bradford still sidelined, Case Keenum will remain the Vikings starting quarterback.
Jay Cutler, QB Miami Dolphins – Cutler suffered cracked ribs in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. He’s already been ruled out for Week 8 and could miss up to three weeks. Matt Moore replaced Cutler and led the Dolphins to a comeback victory. Moore finished with 188 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He’ll start Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens.
Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis Colts – Luck experienced soreness in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder and was held out of practice last week. It’s a setback for Luck who was once said to be on track to start Week 1. It’s becoming less likely we’ll see Luck at all this season. Fantasy owners without an injured reserve spot don’t need to hold onto Luck any longer. He’s a long way away from getting back on the field. Jacoby Brissett will remain the Colts starting quarterback going forward.
Carson Palmer, QB Arizona Cardinals – Palmer suffered a broken arm in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He’s expected to miss at least eight weeks, which is basically the rest of the season for fantasy owners. Drew Stanton will take over as the Cardinals starter. It’s a major downgrade for every Cardinals skill position player. Blaine Gabbert moves up to Arizona’s No. 2 quarterback.
Andre Ellington, RB Arizona Cardinals – Ellington missed Sunday’s game against the Rams with a quad injury. His fantasy value has taken a big hit with the addition of Adrian Peterson but ironically Ellington would have played a big role last week with the Cardinals trailing the entire game. Arizona is on a bye, so Ellington will have extra time to get healthy.
Leonard Fournette, RB Jacksonville Jaguars – Fournette missed Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with an ankle injury. The good news for Fournette owners is the injury isn’t expected to be serious and Fournette should be good to go after the Jaguars bye week. The bad news is Fournette missed a chance to feast on a Colts run defense that allowed 169 yards rushing to Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon.
DeMarco Murray, RB Tennessee Titans – Murray suffered a bruised shoulder in Sunday’s win over the Browns. The injury is considered to be minor. Murray has also been playing through a hamstring injury. He’ll get the Titans bye week to heal up.
Jeremy Maclin, WR Baltimore Ravens – Maclin missed his second consecutive game Sunday with a shoulder injury. He’s been a disappointment so far in his first season with the Ravens. Maclin will try to get back on the field for Thursday night’s matchup against the Dolphins.
DeVante Parker, WR Miami Dolphins – Parker missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle. He’s going to test his ankle on Tuesday to determine his status for Week 8. Kenny Still started in his place and caught six balls for 85 yards and two touchdowns against the New York Jets. Stills has 10 receptions, 134 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games with Parker out of the lineup. He’ll continue to start if Parker can’t go against the Ravens Thursday night.
Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota Vikings – Diggs missed Sunday’s game with a groin injury. He’s missed the last two games and has been hindered in the last three by the injury. The Vikings travel to London this week then have a bye. There’s a good chance we don’t see Diggs again until Week 10. Adam Thielen will continue to be the Vikings No. 1 receiver while Diggs is out.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR Denver Broncos – Sanders missed Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers with a high ankle sprain. He’s being listed as day to day. Bennie Fowler started in Sanders’ place and caught four passes for 45 yards. Fowler will remain in the starting lineup if Sanders can’t go this week versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sterling Shepard, WR New York Giants – Shepard was expected to play Sunday versus the Seattle Seahawks but was inactive with an ankle injury. The Giants have a bye coming up, so Shepard should be back in Week 10. The Giants are desperate for receiver help, so getting Shepard back in the lineup will be a big boost to their struggling passing game.
Willie Snead, WR New Orleans Saints – Snead missed Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with a hamstring injury. Between suspension and injuries, Snead has only played one game this season. He should be considered questionable for this week’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Golden Tate, WR Detroit Lions – Tate didn’t practice on Monday and his arm is still in a sling. Tate is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and is expected to miss Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. T.J. Jones and rookie Kenny Golladay will see more targets against a tough Steelers pass defense with Tate out.
Mike Wallace, WR Baltimore Ravens – Wallace suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. He’ll have to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol. The Ravens play on Thursday night, so Wallace has a short week to get cleared. The Ravens could be down Wallace, Maclin and Breshad Perriman against the Dolphins this week.
Delanie Walker, TE Tennessee Titans – Walker injured his ankle late in Sunday’s game against the Browns and needed crutches to walk after the game. He’s been diagnosed with a bone bruise. The Titans have a bye in Week 8, so Walker has extra time to get healthy.
Dan Bailey, K Dallas Cowboys – Bailey suffered a groin injury during pre-game warmups Sunday. He’s expected to miss several weeks. The Cowboys are bringing in kickers Monday for tryouts to replace Bailey. It’s a big loss for Dallas. Bailey currently has the highest field goal field goal accuracy in NFL history.