There were more big injuries in Week 4. 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 third straight game with a knee injury. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Bradford has a chance to play Week 5 against the Chicago Bears but he’s the same thing before the last two games. With Teddy Bridgewater still not ready, Case Keenum will continue to start if Bradford can’t go.
Derek Carr, QB Oakland Raiders – Carr left Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos with a back injury. He’s expected to miss 2 to 6 weeks with a fracture in his back. The Raiders will be forced to turn to E.J. Manuel as their starter until Carr returns. It’s an obvious downgrade for all of Oakland’s skill position players.
Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis Colts – Reports about Luck continue to be all over the place. Some have him returning to practice this week, while others have him out until November. The bottom line is Luck isn’t coming back this week and Jacoby Brissett will remain the starter until he’s healthy enough to play.
Marcus Mariota, QB Tennessee Titans – Mariota left Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury. He’s considered day to day. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the team will prepare both Mariota and backup Matt Cassel to start this week against the Miami Dolphins. All the Titans offensive players are obviously downgraded if Cassel starts.
Rex Burkhead, RB New England Patriots – Burkhead missed his second straight game with a rib injury. He did return to a limited practice on Monday, so there’s a chance Burkhead could be back for Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He should be considered questionable on a short week.
Chris Carson, RB Seattle Seahawks – Carson suffered a fractured leg in Sunday night’s win over the Colts. He was placed on injured reserve and will likely miss the rest of the season. It’s a tough blow for Carson and the Seahawks. The rookie had just taken over as Seattle’s primary running back. Now Seattle will have to turn back to Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy to handle the early down work with C.J. Prosise handling passing down duties.
Dalvin Cook, WR Minnesota Vikings – Cook suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and will miss the remainder of the season. Latavius Murray will take over the early-down snaps and Jerick McKinnon will play on passing downs. However, the Vikings running game won’t be the same without Cook, who had provided a big spark early in the season as both a runner and receiver.
Matt Forte, RB New York Jets – Forte missed Sunday’s game with turf toe. He’s listed as week to week. With Forte out, Bilal Powell rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Powell will continue to be the feature back as long as Forte is out.
Ty Montgomery, RB Green Bay Packers – Montgomery suffered what was believed to be broken ribs early in Thursday night’s win over the Bears. However, it was then reported Montgomery’s injury isn’t as serious as first thought and he may be able to play this week against the Dallas Cowboys. Backup Jamaal Williams (knee) also went down last week, so Aaron Jones will get the start and see most of the touches if Montgomery is out Sunday.
Davante Adams, WR Green Bay Packers – Adams was taken to the hospital after a vicious hit by Bears LB Danny Trevathan knocked him out of last Thursday night’s game. Luckily, an MRI on Adams’ neck came back clean and he was diagnosed with a concussion. Adams is considered week to week. Geronimo Allison will see more snaps Sunday against the Cowboys as Green Bay’s No. 3 receiver.
Michael Crabtree, WR Oakland Raiders – Crabtree missed Sunday’s game with a bruised lung. He’s considered week to week. Seth Roberts and tight end Jared Cook will see more targets against the Ravens if Crabtree misses another game.
Corey Davis, WR Tennessee Titans – Davis missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and he’s already been ruled out for Week 5. He’s obviously dealing with a serious injury if the Titans already ruled him out for Sunday. Even with his upside, Davis is no longer a must-hold in fantasy leagues if you need the roster spot.
Kenny Golladay, WR Detroit Lions – Golladay missed Sunday’s game against the Vikings with a hamstring injury. T.J. Jones filled in as the No. 3 receiver and caught three passes for 33 yards. Expect Golladay to have a big role in the Lions offense again once he’s healthy.
Julio Jones, WR Atlanta Falcons – Jones left Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a hip injury and didn’t return. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Jones isn’t expected to miss any games. The Falcons are on a bye this week, so Jones has extra time to rest.
Jordan Matthews, WR Buffalo Bills – Matthews needs thumb surgery and is out at least a month. It leaves rookie Zay Jones as the Bills No. 1 receiver. Expect Charles Clay to remain Tyrod Taylor’s top target and be an even bigger factor in the red zone with Matthews out.
Mohamed Sanu, WR Atlanta Falcons – Sanu suffered a hamstring injury against the Bills and will miss 2 to 3 weeks. The Falcons are on a bye this week, so it’s possible Sanu only misses one game. Taylor Gabriel and Justin Hardy will see more targets with Sanu sidelined.
Willie Snead, WR New Orleans Saints – Snead was expected to return from a three-game suspension last week but a hamstring injury kept him out against the Dolphins. The Saints have a bye next, so Snead should be ready to return in Week 6.
Jack Doyle, TE Indianapolis Colts – Doyle left Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with a concussion. He’s in the league’s concussion protocol. Doyle will need to be cleared by Sunday to play versus the San Francisco 49ers. Brandon Williams will get the start at tight end if Doyle isn’t cleared.
Tyler Eifert, TE Cincinnati Bengals – Eifert missed Sunday’s game with a back injury. He’s expected to be out multiple weeks. Tyler Kroft started in Eifert’s place and scored two touchdowns. He’ll remain the Bengals starting tight end until Eifert returns.