- Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins – Tannehill was surprisingly ruled out last week shortly before game time with a right shoulder injury, and it appears he’s going to miss more time. Tannehill has already been ruled out for Week 7 and is likely to miss Week 8 as well. The team has reported that they aren’t exploring surgical options, so Tannehill is expected to return at some point this year. There was a play earlier in the year where Tannehill’s shoulder got hit via a strip sack, causing it to torque backwards. This mechanism usually lines up with an injury to the rotator cuff or labrum, but this has yet to be confirmed by the team. Until Tannehill returns, Brock Osweiler will get the start in Miami.
- Josh Allen – Allen left Week 6 early with an injury to his throwing elbow. He’s currently dealing with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which is the same ligament baseball pitchers have Tommy John surgery to repair. Allen won’t require surgery, but he is going to miss multiple weeks. Until he returns, Derek Anderson will be under center for the Bills.
- Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers – This one came out of nowhere on Saturday afternoon, but Melvin Gordon popped up on the injury report with a hamstring injury during Friday’s practice. He tested the hamstring in pregame warmups, but he’s unable to go, as a beat reporter said that Gordon attempted to run, came up grabbing his hamstring, and looked disappointed. Gordon is inactive on Sunday, so make sure he’s out of your lineup. Austin Ekeler becomes the starter at RB.
- Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets – Crowell has been listed on the injury report each of the last two weeks with either a foot or ankle injury, so he’s definitely playing at less than 100%. He didn’t miss any time last week, but expect Crowell to play with his ankles wrapped in order to provide some extra stability. He should be active for this one.
- Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins – Thompson is expected to miss his second straight game as he’s currently dealing with a rib and knee injury. Remember, Thompson is coming off a major ankle and lower leg surgery this offseason, so the knee injury is more of a concern for me. He is practicing in a limited fashion despite not being able to play in games, suggesting he may be getting close.
- Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins – 33-year-old Adrian Peterson continues to amaze as he just doesn’t stop. Two weeks ago, Peterson hyperextended his knee and dislocated his shoulder in the same game. He continues to battle soreness and pain but is once again expected to play this week. Like last week, expect Peterson to wear a brace on his shoulder in order to provide more external support and stability.
- Davonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons – It’s been a tough year for Freeman owners, as he’s only played in 2 games this season. He’s missed time with a knee injury, a bone bruise in his foot, and he recently underwent groin surgery. Freeman has been placed on injured reserve, but there’s a chance he returns very late in the year if the Falcons can climb into playoff contention. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith will handle the backfield for the Falcons moving forward.
- Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions – Riddick didn’t practice at all this week and has been ruled out for Week 7 with a knee injury. The team was on bye last week, so the fact that he’s still out after a week off indicates something a bit more serious could be going on. Look for more updates regarding the Lions’ pass catching back next week.
- Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings – Cook has been dealing with a hamstring strain for several weeks and things are continuing to look grim in Minnesota. Cook was close to playing last week but ended up being ruled out shortly before game time. Things looked promising this week as Cook returned to a full practice on Wednesday. However, he was downgraded to DNP on Thursday and missed practice Friday as well before being ruled out. Cook suffered a setback in practice and now his timetable for return is truly unknown. Latavius Murray will likely get another start next week. Worth noting, the team is on bye in Week 10.
- Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars – Fournette will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury. The aggravation of his Week 1 injury happened three weeks ago, so this isn’t a surprise. I expect Fournette to miss next week as well, so don’t be surprised to see his name on this list again next week.
- Sony Michel, New England Patriots – Michel continues to be listed on the Patriots’ injury report with his knee injury that dates back to the preseason, but this is merely a matter of the team attempting to limit his reps. He will be fine for the team’s game against the Bears.
- Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – Cooper Kupp exited Week 6 with a nasty left knee injury on a horse collar tackle on the sideline. He was carted off and taken to the locker room, but was shockingly able to come back into the game. He was obviously limited and in discomfort and only played a few snaps. After the game, news broke that Kupp is dealing with an MCL sprain and won’t play this week. There is a chance he suits up in Week 8, but we won’t know more until next week.
- Julian Edelman, New England Patriots – Tom Brady’s reliable slot receiver is expected to be active for the team’s game against Chicago. He continues to be listed on the injury report with a heel injury, but the severity is unknown. Given that he’s played in the past two weeks and been very effective in doing so, this is likely just the Patriots limiting his practice reps.
- Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears – Robinson has been dealing with a groin injury throughout the week, forcing him to miss practice on Thursday after getting in a limited practice on Wednesday. It’s never a good sign when a player’s status is downgraded in the middle of the week, especially when they’re dealing with a soft tissue injury. ‘ARob’ did return to practice on Friday, so he’s got a chance to play. He will test in pregame warm ups and be a game time decision.
- Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons – Sanu has been listed on the injury report for the last few weeks with a hip injury but has played through it. However, last week, Sanu exited early with the same hip injury and didn’t return. He has yet to practice this week, so his status for Monday Night Football is looking doubtful. If he sits, Justin Hardy could be in line for more work.
- Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons – Ridley exited Week 6 with a bone bruise in his ankle, but he returned to a limited practice on Friday. Barring a setback, Ridley is likely to play on Monday night, but owners will need to confirm on Monday before kickoff. Those relying on Ridley should pick up Justin Hardy as an emergency backup.
- T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts – Hilton is on track to return from a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss the past two weeks. He practiced in full this week and will be active on Sunday, but he draws a difficult matchup in his return against an elite CB in Tre’Davious White.
- Paul Richardson, Washington Redskins – Richardson has been battling a shoulder injury for the past few weeks, but that’s not why he won’t play Sunday. He injured his knee last week and hasn’t practiced. Reportedly, coach, Jay Gruden, stated “We’re trying to get to the bottom of it. We’re being extra cautious right now.” At this point, we don’t know much about Richardson’s knee, but look for more details to surface next week.
- Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots – Shockingly, Gronk popped up on the injury report on Saturday with a back injury and did not travel with the team to Chicago for their game against the Bears. The extent of the injury is unknown, but it’s worth noting that Gronk does have a history of two back surgeries in his injury history. Take Gronk out of your lineups immediately.
- Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts – Doyle remains out with a hip injury and hasn’t practiced since getting injured in Week 2. Look for his status to be updated next week.
- Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers – Olsen is listed as questionable, but this is just a formality at this point. The veteran TE returned to game action last week and didn’t suffer a setback. The Panthers plan to limit his workload at practice throughout the year, so they are required by the NFL to list him as questionable. He will be out there this Sunday.