Injury Status: Championship Round

Thu Jan 16 9:27am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Well, there are just three games left in the NFL season. I’m not sure there is a better week for football than this coming weekend. Two great games that decide the representatives for this year’s Super Bowl. It should be a great weekend of action. And the good news is there aren’t a ton of injuries for nay of the four teams. All these teams should be pretty healthy for the big games. Here is the latest. . . . .

Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs.  Kelce played with his sore knee last week and didn’t looked limited in the game at all. He had a monster performance. He has been limited in practice this week because of the sore knee but should be just fine for the game this weekend. The Chiefs are just trying to keep him as fresh as possible at this point of the season.

Adam Humphries, WR, Titans. Humphries continues to battle an ankle injury. He has not played in a game since early December and is not expected to return this week. The Titans will continue to run with other options at receiver. 

Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers. Mostert suffered a calf injury last week, but the injury doesn’t seem to be much of an issue. He is practicing in full this week and should continue to be a big part of the 49ers rushing game this weekend. 

George Kittle, TE, 49ers. Kittle was held out of practice Wednesday because of soreness in his ankle. This seems to be more of a precaution than anything. The injury isn’t supposed to be too serious. Kittle should be ready to go for the game this weekend. 

Allen Lazard, WR, Packers. Lazard suffered an ankle injury and has been limited in practice this week. The injury is considered minor, though, and Lazard should be ready to play this weekend.

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
Tevin Coleman Sep 21 4:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that the team is concerned about running back Tevin Coleman (knee), who suffered a knee injury in the Week 2 win over the Jets. Coleman is awaiting the results from an MRI exam. Even with Raheem Mostert (knee) missing the entire second half, Coleman carried the ball 14 times for just 12 yards while also catching two passes for 28 yards against New York. Mostert and Coleman could both be forced to miss time going forward, making Jerick McKinnon -- who outperformed Coleman on Sunday -- a must-add off the waiver wire heading into Week 3. Check back for updates on Coleman's status.

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Anthony Barr Sep 21 3:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that linebacker Anthony Barr (pectoral) suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the Week 2 loss to the Colts and will be placed on Injured Reserve. The first-round pick out of UCLA in 2014 didn't accumulate any stats on Sunday before suffering the injury, one that will keep him out for the rest of the 2020 season. The Vikings are already reeling at 0-2 to start the season with losses to the Packers and Colts, and their defense can't be trusted right now in fantasy leagues, especially after losing Barr in the middle of the field.

From RotoBaller

Jimmy Garoppolo Sep 21 3:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's (ankle) high ankle sprain isn't severe. Garoppolo will be week-to-week and has a chance of playing in Week 3 against the Giants. He was on his way to a big game against the Jets before the injury, throwing for 131 yards and two touchdowns, but this is some good news for a team that also lost running back Raheem Mostert (knee) and All-Pro pass-rusher Nick Bosa (knee) in the same game. However, the Jimmy G should be expected to hand the ball off plenty against New York this Sunday if he is cleared to make the start. Consider Garoppolo a shaky QB2 option in superflex leagues heading into Week 3 matchups. If he can't play, Nick Mullens will make the start.

From RotoBaller

Saquon Barkley Sep 21 3:40pm ET

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (knee) will officially miss the rest of the 2020 season after an MRI exam confirmed a torn ACL in his right knee. With Barkley missing the rest of the year, the Giants are bringing in veteran free-agent running back Devonta Freeman for a workout. As of now, expect Wayne Gallman to see early down carries in this backfield, with Dion Lewis serving as the third-down back. This could be a season-ender for Barkley's fantasy managers as well, with the running back coming off the board second overall in a lot of leagues. Lewis will be worth a pickup in PPR leagues, but this backfield would become even more unpredictable if the team were to sign Freeman.

From RotoBaller

Seattle Seahawks Sep 21 3:40pm ET

The Seattle Seahawks fear that outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (knee) tore his ACL in the Sunday night win over the Patriots, according to a source. Irvin will undergo more tests to confirm. The 32-year-old veteran isn't on the IDP radar at this point in his career, but he brings veteran leadership to this Seattle defense. He's had five combined tackles in two starts in 2020. The Seahawks Defense should be avoided for now, regardless of Irvin's status moving forward, as they've allowed 986 offensive yards to the Falcons and Patriots in the first two weeks of the season. Rookie first-rounder Jordyn Brooks will see more playing time if Irvin is lost for the season.

From RotoBaller

Christian McCaffrey Sep 21 3:30pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain in the Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers and is expected to miss four to six weeks. With is expected timetable, the Panthers could decide to place him on Injured Reserve, from which he can return in three weeks. This is obviously a huge blow for fantasy managers, as McCaffrey was taken first overall in the vast majority of fantasy drafts. Mike Davis, McCaffrey's backup, will be a hot pickup off the waiver wire heading into Week 3. Expect Trenton Cannon to work as his direct backup for however long McCaffrey is sidelined.

From RotoBaller

Anthony Barr Sep 21 3:23pm ET

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (pectoral) suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 2 and will not play again this season, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

From TheHuddle

Dwayne Haskins Sep 21 3:20pm ET

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said that offensive guard Brandon Scherff (knee) will miss a couple of weeks. The three-time Pro Bowl right guard is playing on the franchise tag this year for $15 million, and this injury doesn't help his chances of signing a long-term contract extension with the team after this season, but it's much better than a season-ending injury. The 28-year-old is considered to be one of the best guards in the league, so losing him for any amount of time is bad news for the offensive line, the running game and quarterback Dwayne Haskins as they head into a Week 3 matchup with the Browns.

From RotoBaller

Courtland Sutton Sep 21 3:20pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) tore his ACL in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers and will miss the rest of the 2020 season, according to a source. It's a brutal injury for Sutton and the Broncos just as he returned to action after missing the season-opening loss to the Titans with a shoulder injury. Denver also lost quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) for a few weeks, so it'll be Jeff Driskel under center moving forward throwing to rookies Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler, Tim Patrick and tight end Noah Fant, who has become the best fantasy asset on this team through two weeks. Sutton was in play as a strong WR2 this year after a breakout 2019 performance.

From RotoBaller

Parris Campbell Sep 21 3:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (knee) suffered a PCL injury in the Week 2 win over the Vikings that is expected to keep him out indefinitely, according to a source. With all the season-ending injuries that popped up in Week 2 across the league, you might say that Campbell dodged a bullet here after being carted off the field. Campbell has plenty of potential, but he only played in seven games in his rookie season due to injury. In what was a run-first offense against the Jets, rookie Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal should be in on three-receiver sets next to T.Y. Hilton for as long as Campbell is out. Pittman has more upside in the long term, but Pascal shouldn't be overlooked in the short term in deeper leagues.

From RotoBaller

Tavon Young Sep 21 3:03pm ET

Baltimore Ravens CB Tavon Young (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 2 and will miss the remainder of the season.

From TheHuddle

Indianapolis Colts Sep 21 2:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker (Achilles) suffered a torn Achilles in the Week 2 win over the Vikings and will miss the rest of the season, according to a source. The first-round pick in 2017 has been injury prone in his career, which is why the team didn't pick up his fifth-year option. Hooker will finish the season with seven tackles (five solo) in two games. His absence for the rest of the season will surely weaken the Colts secondary, but their defense is still worth a play in Week 3 against a Jets offense that is among the worst in the league through two weeks.

From RotoBaller

Chris Godwin Sep 21 2:50pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that wide receiver Chris Godwin (head) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and will play in Week 3 against the Broncos. Godwin will return to action after missing the Week 2 win over the Panthers. The 24-year-old got off to a good start in Week 1 with six catches on seven targets for 79 yards in the loss to the Saints. Against a Denver secondary that will be missing cornerback A.J. Bouye, Godwin has clear WR1 potential in his return to the field. His return will make Scotty Miller a much less interesting flex option in deeper leagues, especially after he had only two receptions for 11 yards with Godwin inactive in Week 2.

From RotoBaller

San Francisco 49ers Sep 21 2:40pm ET

The San Francisco 49ers are meeting with free-agent pass-rusher Ziggy Ansah with the expectation that they will sign him after he goes through COVID-19 testing. Ansah has visited with the team twice, but the sides never agreed to a deal. With pass-rushers Nick Bosa (knee) and Solomon Thomas (knee) both suffering serious injuries in Week 2, the Niners are looking for reinforcements on the defensive line. The 31-year-old former first-round pick of the Lions in 2013 had 2.5 sacks in 11 games (one start) with the Seahawks last year and has had trouble staying on the field in his seven-year career. He could provide some much-needed depth, but Ansah won't be on the IDP radar. San Fran's defense is still worth starting in fantasy, but they'll lose some of that high-end potential with Bosa injured.

From RotoBaller

Sterling Shepard Sep 21 2:40pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (toe) is believed to be dealing with turf toe after getting injured in the Week 2 loss to the Bears, according to a source. Shepard will undergo an MRI exam on Monday, but this is an injury that typically requires a wide receiver to miss some time. With running back Saquon Barkley (knee) done for the year with an ACL tear, the G-Men lost two of their best offensive weapons in the same game. Fantasy managers of Shepard should be planning on him missing multiple weeks. Darius Slayton, Golden Tate and tight end Evan Engram will be the team's top three receiving options for quarterback Daniel Jones if Shepard misses time.

From RotoBaller

Jamison Crowder Sep 21 2:33pm ET

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) appears to be questionable at best to return in Week 3 versus the Indianapolis Colts after sitting out Week 2 with a hamstring injury, according to comments made by head coach Adam Gase on Monday, Sept. 21.

From TheHuddle

Davontae Harris Sep 21 2:33pm ET

Denver Broncos CB Davontae Harris (hamstring) is expected to miss a week or two with a hamstring injury, according to head coach Vic Fangio.

From TheHuddle

Jimmy Garoppolo Sep 21 2:30pm ET

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 2 win over the Jets, and he didn't play at all in the second half. The injury will keep Garoppolo off the field for at least one game and probably more. He was 14-for-16 in the game with 131 yards passing and two touchdowns before the injury, so it ruined what could have been a really good game for him. Already a low-ceiling QB2 in a run-first offense, Jimmy G can obviously be avoided for a few weeks in superflex leagues. Nick Mullens replaced Garoppolo in the second half on Sunday and should get the starts moving forward, but he doesn't have much fantasy appeal as more of a game manager under center.

From RotoBaller

Bruce Irvin Sep 21 2:23pm ET

Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin (knee) likely suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 2 and will likely miss the rest of the season, according to a source.

From TheHuddle

Ezekiel Ansah Sep 21 2:13pm ET

Free-agent DE Ziggy Ansah is reportedly on the verge of signing a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, Sept. 21, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

From TheHuddle