Injury Status: Week 6

Thu Oct 15 10:12am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

The big injury last week was the unfortunate one to Dak Prescott. This is a huge loss for fantasy owners and will be near impossible to replace, considering his amazing start to the season. The rest of the league wasn’t hit too hard by injuries last week and some key players are set to return this week. So it isn’t all negative on the injury front. Let’s hope it keeps up going forward.

DJ Chark, WR, Jaguars. Chark was knocked out early from last week’s game because of an ankle injury and is out of practice to start the week. This is not a great sign for his availability this week. He is looking a little iffy to play right now. He will need to get in some practice before the week is out if he hopes to have any chance to play Week 6. Get other options ready.

Sam Darnold, QB, Jets. Darnold has already been ruled out for the Week 6 game. He is still battling his shoulder injury and could miss more time. Joe Flacco gets another start for the Jets this week.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings. Cook left lsat week’s game early because of a groin injury. He seems to have avoided something too serious, though. There is an outside chance he still plays this week. Cook is out of practice to start the week. It makes sense for the Vikings to likely hold Cook out since the team has a bye the following week, giving him two weeks to get back to full strength. So don’t rule him out just yet but expect the Vikings to play it cautious with their star back. Alexander Mattison is likely to start Week 6 for the Vikings.

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green suffered a hamstring injury last week and left the game early. He has been limited in practice to start the week. Green is looking questionable to play right now. But even if he plays, Green probably isn't worth a start for fantasy teams because he has been doing next to nothing on the field and is battling an injury. 

Drew Lock, QB, Broncos. Lock is practicing in full this week and fully expected to return to the starting lineup for the Broncos. His shoulder injury is much improved and shouldn’t limit him much going forward.

Cam Newton, QB, Patriots. Newton has been activated from the COVID-19 list and should return to practice Thursday. He is expected to return to the starting lineup this week for the Patriots, giving them a big boost at the quarterback position.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons. Jones is out of practice to start the week because of a hamstring injury, which kept him out of last week’s game. Don’t rule him out yet because he doesn’t need to practice much to play but get other options ready. Keep an eye on the practice notes for the latest. But for now, plan on Jones missing this one.

Davante Adams, WR, Packers. Adams is back to practicing in full. HIs hamstring injury is much better. He is fully expected to return to the lineup and serve as the No. 1 option in the passing game for the Packers. 

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery is getting closer to a return from his foot injury. He is practicing on a limited basis again this week. He is going to have to ramp up his work in practice before he hits the field, though. Keep an eye on the practice reports the rest of the week to see if that happens. There is a chance he is back in action this week. 

DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Jackson remains limited in practice because of a hamstring injury. He has missed the last few games and remains questionable to play this week. We should have a better idea late in the week but for now, count on him to miss the Week 6 game.

Chris Godwin, WR, Bucs. Godwin is back practicing some this week, which is a positive for him. His hamstring injury is improving some. He has a shot to return this week. Consider him a game-time decision. 

Kyle Allen, QB, Washington. Allen was knocked out of last week’s game because of an arm injury suffered on a big hit. He is healthy enough to play this week, though, and has already been named the starter for the Week 6 game. Alex Smith will move back to a backup role for Washington this week. 

Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers. Johnson had to leave the game last week because of a back injury. The Steelers were downplaying the injury but he is out of practice to start the week, which is a bit of a concern. He has missed practice in recent weeks and played, but nothing is certain at this point. Keep an eye on the practice notes later this week before putting him in your lineup. He is up in the air right now.

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.

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Tyler Lockett Oct 22 12:20am ET

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Robert Woods Oct 22 12:10am ET

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Los Angeles Rams Oct 22 12:10am ET

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Sam Sloman Oct 22 12:10am ET

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Russell Wilson Oct 22 12:10am ET

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Jared Goff Oct 22 12:00am ET

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Darrell Henderson Oct 22 12:00am ET

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Cooper Kupp Oct 22 12:00am ET

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Carlos Dunlap Oct 21 10:23pm ET

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Carolina Panthers Oct 21 9:50pm ET

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D.J. Moore Oct 21 9:40pm ET

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Curtis Samuel Oct 21 9:40pm ET

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New York Giants Oct 21 9:40pm ET

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Ian Thomas Oct 21 9:40pm ET

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Sam Darnold Oct 21 9:33pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Darnold sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder on Oct. 1, and he hasn't played or practice since, with Joe Flacco starting the previous two. Even if Darnold were able to play against a very giving Buffalo Bills pass defense, only fantasy owners in deeper leagues using two starting quarterbacks should even consider him at this point.

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Evan Engram Oct 21 9:30pm ET

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Robby Anderson Oct 21 9:30pm ET

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Teddy Bridgewater Oct 21 9:20pm ET

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