- Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – News broke on Friday afternoon that Joe Flacco is currently dealing with a hip injury that may hold him out from Week 11 when the team returns from their Week 10 bye. At this time, it’s unclear when the injury happened or what the severity is, but I would not be shocked to see the Ravens turn to rookie, Lamar Jackson, for the Week 11 start if Flacco remains on the injury report next week. The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec is reporting that Flacco “could require surgery” or “prolonged rest.” Flacco’s season hangs in the balance. Look for more details when the team returns from their bye week.
- Josh Allen – The Bills’ first-round rookie QB is likely to be out again with the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain in his throwing elbow, which he suffered in Week 6. Good news is coming through for Allen owners, as a Bills beat reporter stated that Allen was up to throwing about 100 balls in practice this week while getting in limited sessions. It’s a good sign for his recovery, and there’s a good chance Allen is available as early as next week.
- Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars – Bortles is currently dealing with an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He’s listed as questionable for Week 10, but he will play in what is a fantastic matchup against the Colts’ porous secondary.
- Sam Darnold, New York Jets – Darnold was shockingly seen with a walking boot on his right foot during Wednesday’s practice. New York’s rookie is currently dealing with a foot sprain and is listed as doubtful. The Jets have yet to rule him out, as they may have him active in an emergency back up role behind Josh McCown. For the purposes of fantasy football, plan to be without Darnold in Week 10. The Jets are on bye in Week 11, so fortunately for Darnold, he gets an extra week of rest.
- Sony Michel, New England Patriots – Michel is set to return from his left knee injury suffered against the Bears in Week 7. His practice activity has been increasing each week, and he actually had a shot to play last week, so this comes as no surprise. He is listed as questionable for the team’s matchup with the Tennessee Titans, but I do expect him to be available and play his full allotment of snaps.
- Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions – Johnson is officially listed as questionable for Week 10 against the Bears, but he is expected to play. He’s been dealing with an ankle injury for the past couple of weeks, but he’s been practicing in a limited fashion as the Lions try to manage his practice reps. I expect Johnson to be out there in Week 10, but fantasy football owners will need to confirm on Sunday morning.
- Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette has been dealing with a hamstring injury that he suffered in Week 1. He attempted to return in Week 4 but aggravated the injury and has been out ever since. There is certainly a risk with Fournette, but if you’ve got him play him. The only way to truly know if Fournette is 100% in returning from his hamstring injury is to watch him play multiple weeks without a setback. He practiced in full all week, so he is going to play, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Jaguars limit his touches in order to reduce the risk of reinjury given that they traded for Carlos Hyde a few weeks ago.
- Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles – The veteran RB for the Super Bowl champions just can’t get healthy. He’s been ruled out for Week 10 after suffering a setback for his hamstring injury, which has kept him out since September. Sproles has been vocal that he wants to end his career on a high note after a torn ACL and fractured forearm ended his 2017 season early. This is the risk with players coming off an ACL surgery – soft tissue injuries around the knee are more likely to occur. Sproles may miss a few more weeks.
- Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks – Carson is a game-time decision for Week 10 as he’s been dealing with a lingering hip injury for the past few weeks. He actually sustained a ‘thigh’ injury in Week 9 and was seen on the sideline with an ice wrap around his leg. The specifics of his hip and thigh injuries is unknown at this time, but for fantasy football, I would not play Carson this week given that he didn’t practice at all this week. Mike Davis should get the start if Carson sits.
- Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins – Thompson won’t play in Week 10 as he continues to deal with rib injuries on both sides of his rib cage and an ankle injury. He’s already been ruled out and has appeared in just 5 games this season. As we know, this is the risk when owning Thompson. Look for his injury status to be updated next week.
- Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears – Robinson has been dealing with a groin injury for the past few weeks, but he is on track to return in Week 10 when the Bears take on the Lions. He missed last week’s matchup, but he got in full practices all week, indicating he’s good to go. Fantasy owners will be hoping for a second-half bounce back from ‘A-Rob.’
- Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs – Watkins has a long history of foot issues throughout his NFL career. He had surgery to stabilize a Jones fracture (same injury as Greg Olsen) in 2016, so this one definitely raises an eyebrow. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport indicates that Watkins was dealing with soreness in his foot after the team’s Week 9 win against Cleveland. The soreness Watkins is currently dealing with is actually in the opposite foot, not the one he had surgery on in 2016. However, a Jones fracture on one foot increases the risk of developing a Jones fracture in the opposite foot. Watkins missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday but got in a limited session on Friday, so he does have a shot to play this week. Even still, I expect the Chiefs to sit Watkins in Week 10, especially given the fact that they’re playing the 2-6 Arizona Cardinals.
- A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals – Green sustained a right toe injury in Week 8 late in the game. He was seen on the sidelines with trainers examining his big toe, but after the game, the Bengals reported this was not a serious injury despite Green being seen in a walking boot. During the team’s Week 9 bye, news broke that Green was consulting with the esteemed Dr. Robert Anderson, who is a foot specialist. Of note, he’s the same doctor who performed Greg Olsen’s foot injury last year. Fortunately, as of now, Green will not require surgery, but he is expected to miss at least two games according to Adam Schefter. He’ll miss his first game this Sunday and will also be out next week, but I want to make this very clear for fantasy football owners…Green is going to be re-evaluated in two weeks. There is no guarantee that he returns in Week 12. This is an ongoing situation to monitor.
- John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals – Ross has been out for about a month with a groin strain but is on track to return in Week 10 after practicing in full this week. It’s perfect timing for the Bengals who will be without target hog A.J. Green. Ross is a guy who offers a ton of upside, but he can’t be trusted due to his lack of consistent production and because of the fact that he is frequently injured.
- Cameron Meredith, New Orleans Saints – Meredith is being sent to injured reserve, as he will require a knee scope procedure on his knee. It’s the same knee that Meredith injured during the preseason of 2017 when he tore the ACL and MCL. The Bears passed on Meredith after the injury because of how serious his injury was, so this is absolutely a red flag. It’s possible Meredith is dealing with a meniscus or cartilage injury. He could be dealing with this lingering knee issue for the rest of his NFL career.
- Dez Bryant, New Orleans Saints – Just brutal…Dez Bryant finally found a new team in New Orleans, but he only practiced twice before his season came to an end. Bryant ruptured his Achilles tendon during Friday’s practice, ending his season. Bryant will go on injured reserve as he undergoes surgery to repair his Achilles tendon. It is possible that we may have seen the last of Dez Bryant on a field given that Achilles tendon repair surgeries are one of the toughest injuries to come back from, especially for players that are late in their careers. The best-case scenario for Dez is that he finds himself on a team with a veteran minimum contract midway through the 2019 season, as he won’t be ready for the start of 2019.
- Robby Anderson, New York Jets – The Jets’ deep threat is doubtful for Week 10 with an ankle sprain that’s been plaguing him for the past few weeks. He returned to the field last week, but he must have suffered a setback either during the game or during practice given that he didn’t practice at all late in the week. Look for Anderson to miss Sunday’s game against the Bills.
- Paul Richardson, Washington Redskins – Richardson was sent to injured reserve after undergoing surgery for his AC joint injury. Significant injuries to the AC joint can cause shoulder instability when reaching above shoulder height, something that is absolutely crucial for wide receivers in football. This surgery ends his 2018 season, but he is likely to be ready for the start of the season in 2019. Undrafted free agent, Maurice Harris, could step into consistent playing time with Richardson on injured reserve.
- Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers – Randall Cobb just cannot get healthy from the hamstring injury that’s been affecting him for the past month and a half. He suffered a setback during Thursday’s practice and is now listed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup with the Dolphins. Mid-week setbacks with lingering soft tissue injuries almost always spell bad news. Cobb is at a significant risk of reinjury if he plays on Sunday. Stay away from Cobb in fantasy football if he’s active.
- Taywan Taylor, Tennesee Titans – Taylor is unlikely to play in Week 10 after he suffered a left foot sprain in Week 9 during Monday Night Football, which caused him to limp off the field against the Cowboys. The second-year wideout didn’t practice at all this week, so he’s off the flex radar this week against the Patriots.
- Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills – Clay exited Week 9 with a hamstring injury and did not practice at all this week. He was given a “week to week” prognosis, so it’s no surprise to see him ruled out for Week 10 against the Jets. The Bills go on bye in Week 11, so this is definitely the correct decision given how likely hamstring injuries are to recur. Look for his status to be updated heading into Week 12.
- David Njoku, Cleveland Browns – Njoku is listed as questionable for Week 10 against Atlanta, but he is expected to play. He’s been banged up for the past few weeks with knee and rib injuries but hasn’t missed any time because of it. Owners will need to confirm on Sunday morning, but for now, Njoku can be penciled into starting lineups when he faces the Falcons.
- Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots – Gronk continues to be limited in practice as he deals with back soreness and ankle injuries. It’s been a tough season for Gronkowski, who has a long history of back issues. He missed the past two weeks, so his status for Sunday cannot be taken for granted. He practiced in a limited fashion all week, but he also did that last week before being ruled out. Gronk should be treated as a true game-time decision. It is possible that Patriots are conservative with their star TE and hold him out until the team’s bye next week.