There were more big injuries in Week 9. 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 – The Vikings are expected to activate Bridgewater off PUP this week. Bridgewater isn’t likely to start in Week 10 but he could back up Case Keenum on Sunday when Minnesota plays the Washington Redskins. If Keenum falters, Bridgewater could be under center again soon for the Vikings.
Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis Colts – Luck was placed on injured reserve, ending one of the oddest seasons in recent memory surrounding a player. Once expected to be ready in September following offseason shoulder surgery, Luck was never realistically close to seeing the field in 2017. He’s expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. It’s a shame that a quarterback basically lost a year in the prime of his career. Jacoby Brissett will be the Colts starter for the rest of the season.
Deshaun Watson, QB Houston Texans – Watson tore his ACL in practice and will miss the rest of the season. It’s a devastating injury to a Houston offense that was the highest-scoring unit in the NFL with Watson at quarterback. Tom Savage took over for Watson on Sunday and the Texans scored 14 points against the struggling Colts defense. It was fun while it lasted. Watson is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season.
Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Winston had been playing through a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. He was pulled from Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints and will be shut down for at least the next couple of weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over as the Buccaneers starter until Winston is healthy enough to return. Tampa Bay’s offense has scored one touchdown in the last eight quarters.
Eddie Lacy, RB Seattle Seahawks – Lacy started Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins but left with a groin injury and didn’t return. Thomas Rawls replaced him. Lacy missed practice on Monday. He should be considered questionable for Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Rawls will likely get the start if Lacy is less than 100 percent.
DeMarco Murray, RB Tennessee Titans – Murray is dealing with a knee injury. He’s playing through it, but Murray was limited to just nine carries for 19 yards against the Ravens. He played only 37 snaps. Murray is likely to be a part of a committee with Derrick Henry moving forward, making the situation a fantasy mess for owners.
Dez Bryant, WR Dallas Cowboys – Bryant has minor knee and ankle injuries. He’s considered day to day. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Bryant’s knee injury isn’t anything troublesome. Bryant is expected to miss practice time but is hoping to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. There’s an outside chance the Cowboys could field an offense on Sunday without both Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott for the first time in two years.
Jamison Crowder, WR Washington Redskins – Crowder missed Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with a hamstring injury. He missed practice all last week. Ryan Grant replaced Crowder as Washington’s slot receiver. Crowder should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
Julio Jones, WR Atlanta Falcons – Jones suffered a lower leg injury in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. He’ll be limited in practice this week but Jones is expected to start Sunday against the Cowboys.
Martellus Bennett, TE Green Bay Packers – Bennett missed Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers with a shoulder injury. Bennett suffered the injury last week in practice. Lance Kendrick and Richard Rodgers will continue to pick up the slack if Bennett can’t play in Week 10 versus the Chicago Bears.
Charles Clay, TE Buffalo Bills – Clay missed Thursday’s game against the New York Jets while he continues to recover from knee surgery. He has a chance to return this week against the New Orleans Saints but Clay was held out of practice Monday. He’ll resume his role as one of Tyrod Taylor’s top targets once he returns to the field.
Zach Ertz, TE Philadelphia Eagles – Ertz missed Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos with a hamstring injury. He hurt his hamstring in Thursday’s practice and couldn’t get healthy in time to play. The Eagles didn’t miss Ertz as they hung 51 points on the Broncos defense. Trey Burton started at tight end and scored a touchdown. The Eagles are on a bye, so Ertz has an extra week to get healthy.
George Kittle, TE San Francisco 49ers – Kittle suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. He returned to the game but Kittle has already been ruled out for Week 10. Garrett Celek gets the start against a Giants defense that’s allowed at least one touchdown to a tight end in every game this season.
Jordan Reed, TE Washington Redskins – Reed missed Sunday’s game versus the Seahawks with a hamstring injury. Vernon Davis replaced Reed and caught six passes for 72 yards. Reed is considered week to week. Davis will remain a TE1 while Reed is out.