Kyle Allen

We made it to week 4! After a brutal first two weeks for fantasy superstars, we finally got a week of somewhat “normal” football out of week 3. Week 4 brings about a new fold to 2020. This is the first week that NFL players who began the year on injured reserve are eligible to return to action. Players like Deebo Samuel, Trey Burton, and Damien Harris are now eligible to return to action, so keep an eye on your rosters and make sure you pull players out of IR spots accordingly. Without further delay, let’s dive into the week 4 injury report!

*This list excludes any players currently on IR that have not yet been designated to return, players in the Thursday night game, and players for Pittsburgh and Tennessee, whose games have been postponed for the week.*

Quarterbacks:

Tyrod Taylor, Los Angeles Chargers

Punctured Lung, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Taylor remains doubtful heading into week 4 due to the punctured lung he suffered at the hands of a team physician. Justin Herbert will lead the Chargers again this week after averaging 19.5 fantasy points per game in his first two starts.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

High Ankle Sprain, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Garoppolo has yet to return to practice as expected. Nick Mullens was a serviceable QB2 in week 3, and should carry the same value for week 4 against the Eagles.

Running Backs:

Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears

Torn ACL, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: With Tarik Cohen now out for the season, Cordarrelle Patterson should be expected to take on a larger share of the Bears’ backfield duties. While David Montgomery is the clear lead back, Patterson has already taken more snaps at RB than WR this season and should be expected to take on quite a few more.

Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: The Cleveland offense has supported both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt as RB1s thus far, if Hunt were to miss time, Chubb will inherit Hunt’s share of the rushing attempts, with Jarvis Landry likely absorbing the short intermediate passing work.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts

Shoulder, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Full
Next Man Up: The Colts lost Marlon Mack for the season early this season, and Jonathan Taylor has stepped up in his absence. Hines has been the #2 target in the Colts’ passing attack, behind only T.Y Hilton. Should he miss week 4, look for Jonathan Taylor to take on a true 3 down RB role in Indy with a hefty target share from QB Philip Rivers, who is notorious for targeting RBs.

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams

Separated Rib Cartilage, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: After missing week 3 with his rib injury, Akers is now being described as day-to-day. Darrell Williams seems to have secured the starting job in LA, with Malcolm Brown handling the rest of the work. Akers is a much better dynasty prospect than a current contributor, even if he can come back this week.

Sony Michel, New England Patriots

Quadriceps, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: The Patriots’ backfield mystery continues to grow. After a week in which Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel both put up top 15 performances, but JJ Taylor saw the most carries, the Pats will get both James White (personal) and Damien Harris (hand) back. If Michel were to miss week 4, flip a coin as to who may lead the New England RB stable, your guess is as good as mine.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Glute, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Sanders dealt with a hamstring injury early on this season, and even missed week 1, but this glute injury is a different problem. Should he miss time, Boston Scott will be Philly’s lead back, despite his unflattering performance in week 1 as the lead back.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers

Sprained MCL, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: With Mostert doubtful and Tevin Coleman now on IR, expect Jerick McKinnon to continue to see the early down work, with Jeff Wilson receiving the goal line and short yardage looks.

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks

Grade 1 Knee Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited

Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks

Shoulder, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Carson and Hyde’s statuses are both up in the air heading into week 4, but Carson seems to be ahead of schedule. If either one or both of these backs miss time, Travis Homer and rookie DeeJay Dallas are in line for an increased workload.

Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ankle, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: With Fournette likely to be limited at best this week, Ronald Jones should be in line for the lion’s share of the Bucs’ RB snaps.

Wide Receivers:

Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals

Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

Ankle, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Wednesday’s absence from DeAndre Hopkins was brushed over as a rest day, but Thursday’s absence has raised some eyebrows for fantasy managers. KeeSean Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald should be the biggest beneficiaries of missed time for Hopkins, with Andy Isabella likely absorbing Kirk’s route share.

John Brown, Buffalo Bills

Calf Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Brown has progressed to a limited participation status as the week progressed, but he is still questionable for week 4. Cole Beasley was the primary beneficiary of Brown’s early exit last week and should again take on his target share if Brown misses week 4.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Left Hamstring Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- Limited

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons

Concussion, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- Limited

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons

Ankle, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Calvin Ridley has been the star of the show in Atlanta this year. The Falcons are hopeful that Julio Jones’s return to practice means he will be available as missed time from these 3 receivers would leave their passing attack brutally thin. In deeper leagues look for Olamide Zaccheus to take on a larger role for the Falcons should any of the Falcons’ receivers miss time.

Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Hamstring Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- Limited

Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers

Core Muscle Surgery, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Adams is likely to play this week, but may be limited in his participation. Lazard had surgery this week and it is unknown when he will be available, which means the WR2 spot in Green Bay is securely in the hands on Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts

Calf Strain, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: With Parris Campbell already on IR and Pittman now likely to miss multiple weeks, Zach Pascal should be in line for a substantial increase in his snap share. He was one of Indy’s most consistent receivers last season and should take on the #2 role alongside T.Y. Hilton.

DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars

Chest, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: In Chark’s absence, Chris Conley played the most snaps and saw the most targets, but it’s been Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault who have been the most productive in Jacksonville. Shenault adds additional value in the run game, and is my favorite of the bunch.

Henry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders

Hamstring Strain, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP

Bryan Edwards, Las Vegas Raiders

Ankle, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Week 2 was the Darren Waller show, week 3 was the Hunter Renfrow show, will week 4 be the week of Nelson Agholor? While that’s unlikely, this only highlights how Derek Carr tends to latch onto a favorite target, depending on the week. I would expect the most likely beneficiary of these two missing time would be Waller.

Mike Williams, Las Angeles Chargers

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Last week, Keenan Allen and Jalen Guyton dominated the Chargers’ WR snaps, but Allen was the clear #1 receiver, receiving a monstrous 19 targets. Despite the snap counts at receiver, Austin Ekeler was second on the team in targets and should see another decent target share with rookie QB Justin Herbert behind center.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

High Ankle Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Thomas reportedly looked excellent at practice on Wednesday, and turned in another limited day on Thursday. Signs are pointing towards a week 4 return after missing 2 weeks with an ankle injury, but should he miss a third game, Tre’Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders will be the primary beneficiaries.

Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles

Foot, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- DNP

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: The Eagles cannot seem to stay healthy at WR. Their snap leaders last week were Greg Ward and John Hightower, and it doesn’t seem like that will change this week. Alshon Jeffery has finally begun to practice, but HC Doug Pederson indicated that he does not expect a return until week 5, and DeSean Jackson has yet to practice due to a hamstring injury.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hip/Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: With Godwin already ruled out and Miller looking like a longshot to play in week 4, Mike Evans will likely draw a lot of attention from the Chargers’ defense. With that in mind, savvy managers and DFS players should look for an increased target share for rookie receiver Tyler Johnson and TE Rob Gronkowski.

Steven Sims Jr., Washington Football Team

Toe, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP

Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team

Thigh, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- N/A, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: McLaurin’s injury seemingly came out of nowhere, but Sims has been sidelined all week. If either misses time, week 3 hero Dontrelle Inman should absorb their workload, but a matchup with the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary makes for a risky play.

Tight Ends:

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

MCL Sprain, Bone Bruise, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Full, Thursday- Full

Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers

Knee Sprain, IR
Practice Status:
N/A
Next Man Up: With Jordan Reed headed to the IR, the 49ers will be ecstatic to get George Kittle back. However, should he suffer any sort of set back Ross Dwelley should receive the bulk of the 49ers tight end work.

Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints

Groin Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: With Cook looking unlikely to go for week 4, the Saints will need to rely on rookie Adam Trautman, veteran Josh Hill, and the man that can do it all, Taysom Hill to fill in at TE. Expect Alvin Kamara to absorb some of the short and intermediate routes, which usually go to Cook, as well.

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

Left Ankle Fracture, IR
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Just when the Eagles had something nice going for them with Dallas Goedert, he suffered an ankle fracture that will place him on injured reserve. While he is eligible to return in 3 weeks, it is more likely that he will miss 6-8 games. In the meantime, Zach Ertz will return to his position as both the TE1 in Philly, and top receiving target for Carson Wentz.

IDP:

Nick Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers

Triceps, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday: DNP, Thursday: Limited

Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons

Leg, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Thursday- DNP

Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo Bills

Shoulder, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Full

Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys

Knee, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP

Christian Kirksey, Green Bay Packers

Pectoral, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Thursday- DNP

Zach Cunningham, Houston Texans

Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited

Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited

Cory Littleton, Las Vegas Raiders

Knee, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited

Johnathan Abram, Las Vegas Raiders

Shoulder/Thumb, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited

Nick Kwiatkoski, Las Vegas Raiders

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

Chase Young, Washington Football Team

Groin Strain, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP

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 4 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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