Injury Status: Week 1

Thu Sep 5 8:34am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

It is Week 1 of the season, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t dealing with any injuries. There are plenty of players banged up as we head into the season. The good news is many on this list are expected to play. That likely won’t be the case as the season progresses. Things on the injury front will only get worse from here. But for now, enjoy the mostly healthy players as we head into Week 1. Good luck!

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns. Beckham didn’t get in a preseason game and was slowed in practices because of a hip injury, but he will be ready to go for Week 1. He is practicing this week and looks to be his old self for the first week of the season. 

Tyler Kroft, TE, Bills. Kroft continues to battle a foot injury and is expected to miss Week 1. He could even miss another week or two after this week. He is the top pass-catching tight end for the Bills when healthy, so the team hopes he can recover in a hurry. Lee Smith and Dawson Knox are the top candidates for playing time with Kroft out. 

Robby Anderson, WR, Jets. Anderson is battling a calf injury but has been able to practice this week. He is expected to be in the starting lineup, barring a late-week setback with the injury. He is the top receiver in this offense and should see plenty of weekly targets. 

DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Jackson broke his finger in practice last week and it still isn’t totally healed, but Jackson will be healthy enough to play Week 1. This injury shouldn’t limit him, meaning he should man a starting spot for the Eagles.  

Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Reed suffered a concussion a few weeks back and is still not cleared from the concussion protocol. The good news is he is practicing some, which is a good sign for the concussion. We should have an idea about his status in the next day or two. Don’t rule him out just yet. He has a shot to suit up Week 1.

Trey Burton, TE, Bears. Burton is questionable to play Thursday because of a groin injury. He would have a much better chance to play if the game was on Sunday but the early-week game hurts his chances. Burton has been limited in practice and is going to be a game-time decision Thursday. And even if he plays, the Bears might limit him some in the game.

John Ross, WR, Bengals. Ross has been injured much of camp and preseason action, but has already been declared healthy enough to play Week 1. His latest injury is a hamstring but it won’t hold him back for the game this week. Ross has a chance to play a big role in the game with A.J. Green out to start the year. 

Jalen Hurd, WR, 49ers. Hurd has a back injury and is out of practice to start the week. The 49ers don’t expect to have Hurd available for the game, and he could even miss a few weeks of action. Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne are the likely candidates to man the No. 3 receiver role for the 49ers while Hurd is out. 

Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys. Cooper has been sidelined with a foot injury the last few weeks but is back to health. He is practicing in full and should be near or at full strength for the Week 1 game. His foot injury will not keep him to any longer. 

Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings. We aren’t sure how serious the injury is, but Diggs hamstring injury is something to watch. He was not able to practice Wednesday, which isn’t a great sign. There remains a decent chance he plays but you’ll want to keep an eye on the notes to make sure he gets some practice in before the week is out. This is a scary one right now.

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green had to have ankle surgery and remains in a boot right now. It is not certain when he’ll return, but you can expect him to miss a few more weeks of action. Hopefully, we know more about his status shortly. Tyler Boyd is the No. 1 receiver for the Bengals while Green is out. 

Dante Pettis, WR, 49ers. Pettis has been limited in practice this week because of a groin injury. He is expected to be healthy enough to play this week, though. He should suit up and serve as the No. 1 receiver for the 49ers. This injury isn’t a big concern. 

Keke Coutee, WR, Texans. Coutee went down in the preseason because of an ankle injury. It didn’t look good for him to be ready for Week 1 when the injury occurred, but things are looking up for him to be ready now. He has progressed well. At this point, we think Coutee plays and serves as the slot receiver for the Texans, but keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. 

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Demarcus Robinson Sep 15 10:50pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson had himself a fantastic game against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2. Robinson caught all six of his targets for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He looked unstoppable against the shaky Raiders secondary, but who knows if that will happen again. Robinson, Mecole Hardman, and De'Anthony Thomas will all be in the mix at No. 2 with Tyreek Hill (shoulder) sidelined. Robinson will be a hot pickup in most leagues this week, but he should be viewed as a WR3 for Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Travis Kelce Sep 15 10:40pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce started off a little slow in Week 1, but turned it around quickly in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders. Kelce caught seven of his nine targets for 107 yards and one touchdown in the victory over the Raiders. Sammy Watkins was the only player targeted more (13), but wasn't able to do much with his chances. Kelce will be a TE1 against the Baltimore Ravens Defense in Week 3. The Ravens were torched in the passing game during their Week 2 matchup.

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Corey Clement Sep 15 10:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (shoulder) left the Week 2 game on Sunday night against the Falcons with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return. Clement is Philly's main kick returner, and he was injured early in the third quarter on a kickoff in which he fumbled to give the ball right back to Atlanta. The 24-year-old has yet to be used on offense in 2019 and is buried on the running back depth chart behind rookie Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard and Darren Sproles. Clement should be on the waiver wire in all leagues. Sanders could return kicks the rest of the night if Clement doesn't return.

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Corey Davis Sep 15 10:20pm ET

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis struggled to get going once again in the team's 19-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Davis was able to haul in three of his five targets, but only turned them into 38 yards. It appears that new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is very content with riding the running game and spreading the ball around in the passing game, which is bad news for Davis owners. Davis, who remained relevant a season ago solely due to his elite volume, appears to be an afterthought this season for fantasy. In deep leagues, he may be worth a hold for one more week, but don't hesitate to drop him for a more promising player in shallow leagues.

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Adam Humphries Sep 15 10:20pm ET

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries has not gotten off to the start many expected with his new team in 2019. Humphries caught both of his targets for negative one yards in the team's 19-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2. After the game, quarterback Marcus Mariota mentioned Humphries as someone they needed to get more involved in the offense going forward. Despite these comments, Humphries should be left on waivers in all formats after this week.

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Sammy Watkins Sep 15 10:10pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins jumped into the No. 1 receiver spot for the team in Week 2, but unfortunately disappointed fantasy owners. Watkins was targeted 13 times, but only caught six passes for 49 yards and was unable to find the end zone. He had a huge three touchdown game in Week 1, but couldn't get anything going against the Oakland Raiders. He should rebound nicely against the Baltimore Ravens Defense in Week 3 that allowed 349 passing yards in Week 2.

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Delanie Walker Sep 15 10:10pm ET

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker caught four of six targets for 32 yards in the team's 19-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Despite a lackluster fantasy performance, Walker once again led the team in targets. While his upside may be limited by the pace of the Titans offense, Walker should continue to be the primary target of quarterback Marcus Mariota going forward, which will be enough to keep him in TE1 territory.

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Derrick Henry Sep 15 10:00pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry had another strong game in Week 2, rushing 15 times for 81 yards and a touchdown and adding two catches for 12 yards. Surprisingly, the Titans seemed to use Henry less as the game went on despite his success on the ground. Henry's usage and touchdown upside will continue to keep him in the high-end RB2 range this season. Henry will get a matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a short week this Thursday, and his success against them has been well noted over his career.

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Dion Lewis Sep 15 10:00pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis does not seem to have much of a role on the team's 2019 offense thus far. Lewis rushed three times for nine yards and caught his lone target in their 19-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Despite trailing in the fourth quarter, Lewis was still not utilized much by new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. It appears that he is nothing more than the backup to Derrick Henry at this point, making him a drop candidate in all redraft formats.

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Eddy Pineiro Sep 15 9:40pm ET

Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro went 3-for-3 on his field-goal attempts, including hitting a 53-yard strike with a second left in the game to beat the Broncos 16-14. Much has been made in the offseason about the Bears kicking problems, but on this day the kicker saved the game for them. Pineiro also connected from 40 yards in the first quarter and then nailed a 52-yarder in the second quarter. Pineiro has connected on all of his kicks thus far this season and this game-winning kick certainly should be a confidence booster. The Bears radio announcer Jeff Joniak already has nicknamed the young kicker Eddie "Dinero" Pineiro. Eddie "Money" will try and keep it rolling with a favorable matchup against the Redskins at home in Week 3.

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Alshon Jeffery Sep 15 9:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (groin) were both injured on Sunday night in Week 2 against the Falcons and are questionable to return. Tight end Dallas Goedert (calf) also left and is questionable to return. It has predictably affected quarterback Carson Wentz's performance, as he's just 4-for-9 for 37 yards and two interceptions with some of his favorite weapons dinged up. Neither Jeffery nor D-Jax were targeted before they left the game. If they can't return, Nelson Agholor, rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins will need to step up. Zach Ertz will also be heavily targeted by Wentz.

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Damien Williams Sep 15 9:40pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (knee) was unable to get anything going on the ground against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2. He rushed nine times for eight yards and added three receptions for 48 yards through the air. Both Williams and LeSean McCoy struggled to get anything going in the ground game. Williams left during the fourth quarter due to a knee issue. It's unclear if he's going to miss time or not, so fantasy owners will have to wait and see. Williams will be a RB2 against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, assuming he's able to suit up.

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Marcus Mariota Sep 15 9:40pm ET

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 28 attempts for just 154 yards and one touchdown in the team's 19-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Mariota did add five rushes for 32 yards on the ground, but he appeared to be more timid in the passing game than we saw a week ago in Cleveland. The Titans are content to just grind the clock and play defense when the score permits, rendering Mariota nothing more than a low-end QB2 in fantasy. The Titans and Mariota will have to rebound from this poor performance quickly during the short week before they travel to Jacksonville for Thursday Night Football.

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Chicago Bears Sep 15 9:40pm ET

The Chicago Bears Defense put forth an excellent effort but barely survived as the offense rallied with :31 left to beat the Broncos 16-14. The defense held the Broncos offense in check most of the game but things got interesting the second half. The Bears offense struggled to sustain drives and the high altitude began to effect the vaunted defense as the Broncos rallied from a 13-3 deficit to take the lead on a two-point conversion with less than a minute to play. The team picked up only two sacks in the game, one by Khalil Mack. But the unit recorded their first takeaway of the season when cornerback Kyle Fuller picked off Joe Flacco in the red zone to stifle a possible scoring drive. The Bears defense is legit and will have a juicy matchup against a rebuilding Redskins offense in Week 3.

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Trey Burton Sep 15 9:30pm ET

Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton caught only two passes for five yards in the Bears gritty, come-from-behind win over the Broncos 16-14. Burton has missed most of training camp plus the first game of the season recovering from sports hernia surgery and a groin injury. Burton did not fill up the box score, but his presence in the running game was felt. The threat of Burton on the field also opened up some easier throws for quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Health will be key moving forward but Burton should be able to produce more than five yards in upcoming games.

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Washington Redskins Sep 15 9:30pm ET

The Washington Redskins Defense didn't have an answer for the Cowboys on Sunday. They did pick off Dak Prescott once, but they only got to him for one sack and allowed him to complete 86.7% of his passes. Prescott launched three touchdowns, and Ezekiel Elliott rumbled for 111 yards on 23 rushing attempts with a touchdown of his own. The end result was a 31-point showing from Dallas that proved to be too much for Washington's offense to keep up with. Up next for this unit is a Bears team that actually appears to be a favorable matchup. Mitch Trubisky has not looked good in Chicago's first two games, and if Washington is able to neutralize the Bears' rushing attack, there is the potential for some success in Week 3.

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Anthony Miller Sep 15 9:30pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller once again was not heavily featured in the Bears offensive game plan as the team came from behind to beat the Broncos 16-14. Miller made only one catch, a quick pass, that went for only two yards as his snaps were limited for the second straight game. Miller has been struggling with an ankle injury suffered in training camp and clearly is not up to speed in coach Matt Nagy's eyes. Miller caught seven touchdowns in his rookie season and was widely expected to take a step forward this season. But that progress has completely stalled and fantasy owners may need to move on from Miller until his snap-count rises.

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Drew Brees Sep 15 9:30pm ET

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (hand) will be examined by a hand specialist in Los Angeles on Sunday night after leaving the Week 2 game early in the first quarter against the Rams. Brees' right thumb collided with defensive tackle Aaron Donald's hand, and the future Hall of Fame quarterback couldn't even grip a football on the sideline, which is an obvious concern. It's unclear if Brees will travel with the team to practice all week at the University of Washington before their Week 3 game against the Seahawks in Seattle. He finished 3-for-5 for 38 yards and an interception and ruined a lot of fantasy owners' weeks with his injury. If he can't play next week, backup Teddy Bridgewater would get the start but would only be worth starting in two-QB leagues. Brees' injury is a huge concern for the fantasy value of all of New Orleans' skill players on offense. Stay tuned for updates on his injury when they come.

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Ben Braunecker Sep 15 9:30pm ET

Chicago Bears tight end Ben Braunecker caught two passes for 24 yards in the team's 16-14 win over the Broncos in Week 2. With the Bears scaling down their offensive game plan and starter Trey Burton playing limited snaps, Braunecker came through with some key catches. When 100%, Burton is the unquestioned starter. But that may take a few more games and the Bears offense moves smoothly when it targets the tight end position. Braunecker is not expected to dominate the targets but could be in line for more modest production in the weeks ahead.

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Stefon Diggs Sep 15 9:30pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught just one of his seven targets for a 49-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Though Diggs saw plenty of targets, Kirk Cousins was abysmal all afternoon and the pair were unable to get anything else going on the road against the Packers Defense. Diggs caught another touchdown in the game, but it was called back upon a booth review discovering a phantom offensive pass interference on Dalvin Cook. Though it's encouraging to see Diggs get some usage and have some success in this contest, he should be viewed as a low-end WR2 until the Vikes' passing attack shows some signs of life. The Oakland Raiders are an enticing matchup in Week 3 but volume remains a concern for Diggs.

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