Kyle Allen

Welcome to week 3… If you thought week 1 was a tough week for injuries, then week 2 was like a horror movie that just wouldn’t end. If your squad has made it this far relatively unscathed, congratulations! On the other hand, if you’re like most of us, you’ve got A LOT of injury questions coming into week 3. No matter which side of the medical delima you find yourself on–if you’re looking for injury insight–you’ve come to the right place!

Quarterbacks:

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos

Right Rotator Cuff Strain, OUT 3-8 WEEKS
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: The Broncos back-up QB, Jeff Driskel kept the Broncos in the game on Sunday, and appears to be the favorite to start week 3. The Broncos did, however, sign Blake Bortles to a 1 year deal as a safety blanket.

Tyrod Taylor, Los Angeles Chargers

Punctured Lung, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Taylor was taken to the hospital on Sunday when he began suffering difficulty breathing due to an incident in which a team doctor punctured his lung while giving an injection. He has since been released and is questionable for week 3. In a normal trauma situation, the recovery for a punctured lung is approximately 6-8 weeks, but there is certainly nothing normal about this situation. Should he miss time, rookie Justin Herbert, who more than proved his abilities as an NFL QB by leading the Chargers to overtime against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, will start for LA.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

High Ankle Sprain, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Jimmy G suffered a high ankle sprain early in week 2 and was able to finish the first half, but was unable to return after halftime. He was replaced by Nick Mullens, who will be his replacement if he misses week 3. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has already hinted that he expects Garopolo to miss week 3, and I would not be surprised if the injury costs him even more time.

Running Backs:

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

High Ankle Sprain, IR
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: After suffering a high ankle sprain in week 2, McCaffrey was replaced by Mike Davis. While unimpressive in the rushing attack, Davis reeled in 8 passes for over 70 yards. He is the clear favorite to start in place of CMC, but I would not be surprised if the Panthers re-sign Reggie Bonafon or throw some rushing work to Curtis Samuel.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Turf Toe, week-to-week
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Lindsay missed week 2 and is expected to miss at least one more week with a turf toe injury. His return will depend on his activity tolerance on the injured foot, but it is encouraging that the Broncos have not placed him on injured reserve. Melvin Gordon has dominated the RB snap share this season, even when Lindsay was healthy. He should continue to be the bellcow in Denver.

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers

Quadriceps Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday-DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Jackson has yet to practice this week and looks to be in danger of missing week 3. With Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley taking a commanding split share of the running back work, Jackson’s prospects for having a meaningful fantasy impact this season are dwindling.

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams

Separated Rib Cartilage, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Akers was at the bottom of a three headed rushing attack anyways, but this injury does not help his prospects of fantasy relevance. Malcolm Brown reportedly had a thumb procedure this week, but was back to practicing fully on Thursday. Darrell Henderson and Brown expect to lead the Rams’ ground game this week and possibly beyond should Akers’s absence extend beyond week 3.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Torn ACL, out for season
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: The Giants have announced that Barkley’s MRI confirmed what many have feared. He is now out for the season with a torn ACL. Dion Lewis looked like the clear incumbent to the lead role. However, Wayne Gallman was a healthy scratch for week 2, and the Giants have now signed Devonta Freeman, so this backfield is anything but clear. For now, I am looking elsewhere for a replacement if needed, but expect some combination of the three for the rest of the year in New York.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers

Sprained MCL, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP

Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers

Undisclosed Knee Injury, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Coleman and Mostert will both almost certainly miss week 3 due to their respective knee injuries. In their absence, the 49ers are likely to start Jerrick McKinnon with Jeff Wilson likely to see the goal line and short yardage work. In a brutal week for injuries, few teams were hit as hard as San Francisco, outside of Kittle (if he is able to play), I am avoiding starting anyone on this offense in week 3.

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Hip Tightness/Soreness, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: What was initially described by head coach John Gruden as “knee tightness and soreness,” has now cost Jacobs back to back practices. If Jacobs indeed misses week 3, Jalen Richard and Devontae Booker would be next in line in the Raider’s rusning game.

Wide Receivers:

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos

Torn ACL, out for season
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Sutton’s 2020 comes to an early end after a tumultuous start due to a torn ACL. Jerry Jeudy currently leads the team in targets and seems to be the obvious incumbent #1 receiver in Denver. KJ Hamler’s debut occurred in week 2, where he matched Jeudy for 7 targets, and he is sure to contribute in the deep passing game due to his ability to take the top off of the defense.

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

Hamstring Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: The final ruling may not come until game time on Sunday, but fantasy managers should be encouraged that Kenny G was able to keep his activity level up for both practices so far this week. In the event that he misses time, Marvin Jones, Danny Amedola, and running back D’Andre Swift should continue to be the primary beneficiaries of his absence.

Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Hamstring Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Should Adams fail to be ready for week 3, the Packers will likely spread his target share between Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling with Malik Taylor filing in somewhere behind the other two and running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts

PCL, MCL Injuries, IR
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Last season when Campbell missed time, Zach Pascal turned into the Colts’ most reliable receiver outside of T.Y. Hilton. Hilton has disappointed so far this season, but should have an opportunity to turn it around with his primary competition for targets going down. Rookie Michael Pittman should also see an increased target share.

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Concussion
Practice Status: Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Should Watkins fail to clear the league’s concussion protocol, Mecole Hardman is likely to be the largest beneficiary. As the 4th receiver in the Chiefs passing attack, he is often overshadowed by Watkins and Hill, but he is in line to make a lasting impression that could boost his value and target share moving forward.

Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles

Torn UCL (Skier’s Thumb), OUT (IR likely)
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Reagor is scheduled to undergo surgery on his thumb that should cost him at least 6-8 weeks. While Reagor is sidelined, veteran Desean Jackson seems to be the only reliable receiver in the Eagles’ offense, but the obvious favorite pass catchers are tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

Henry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders

Hamstring Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Full, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: The fact that Ruggs was able to practice fully, then took a step backwards on Thursday. In any sense, Ruggs was highly unproductive in week 2. Darren Waller saw an incredible 16 targets, while 3 other players, including Ruggs, tied for the second most with 3.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

High Ankle Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Thomas has yet to practice and the outlook seems bleak for this week, but Thomas managers may have dodged a bullet as Thomas seems to be ahead of schedule for the expected 2-4 weeks missed. If he cannot get ready for week 3, Emmanuel Sanders and Tre’Quan Smith should lead the Saints passing attack.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

Turf Toe, IR
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: With Shepard sidelined for at least the next three weeks, both Darius Slayton and Golden Tate should expect a steady diet of targets. Second stringers Damion Ratley and C.J. Board are expected to compete for leftovers, but will likely provide little fantasy relevance.

Breshad Perriman, New York Jets

High Ankle Sprain, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets

Hamstring Strain, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: With both Perriman and Crowder likely to miss week 3, the Jets will trot out a trio of Chris Hogan, Braxton Berrios, and Josh Malone. Based on week 2’s production, Berrios is the one to play, but I am steering well clear of New York’s offense all together.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans

Bone Bruise, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Brown’s outlook looks gloomy for week 3. Corey Davis has capitalized on Brown’s injury issue thus far with back to back 11+ PPR point weeks, and Adam Humphries is quietly a top 30 receiver as well. Either make solid flex options if Brown misses week 3 and beyond.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Left Hamstring Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Jones hamstring was clearly bothering him throughout week 2. He turned in a miserable stat line, but his running mate Calvin Ridley continued his outstanding year with a second 100+ yard, 2 TD game in a row. Ridley is likely rostered in your league, if this is true, Russell Gage is the name to know. Gage has turned in back to back 16+ PPR point weeks.

Tight Ends:

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

Knee & Ankle Injuries, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Doyle is nursing injury to his knee and ankle, but was able to return on a limited basis on Thursday. He is a long shot for week 3, but Mo Alie-Cox proved in week 2 that he is more than capable of holding down the Colts’ tight end receiving duties by turning in his first career 100 yard game.

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

MCL Sprain, Bone Bruise, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Kittle is optimistic about playing in week 3, but the 49ers may be wise to hold him off of the MetLife Stadium turf and wait for their home game on grass next week. If he misses week 3, Jordan Reed should again reap the benefits of acting as Nick Mullens’s safety blanket.

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals

Torn Achilles Tendon, IR
Practice Status:
N/A
Next Man Up: After Uzomah’s injury, Drew Sample saw a whopping 35% of the Bengal’s targets in week 2. While that target share is likely the highest he will see this year, Sample is at worst a TE2 with obvious upside for the rest of the season.

IDP:

Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills

Hamstring Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited

Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo Bills

Undisclosed Shoulder Injury, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited

Nick Kwiatkoski, Las Vegas Raiders

Pectoral Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP

Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers

Torn ACL, IR
Practice Status:
N/A

Solomon Thomas, San Francisco 49ers

Torn ACL, IR
Practice Status:
N/A

Remember, injury status is a moving target and the majority of these situations are liable to change between now and game time this weekend. Keep an eye on your roster, and monitor the official injury reports closely as the week comes to an end. When in doubt, play the healthy player, and remember, the best ability is availability! That concludes the week 3 injury report, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me via Twitter @kallen_4. Good luck this week!

Kyle Allen – Injury Writer/Editor
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Twitter: @kallen_4