Kyle Allen

Week 5 has arrived! This week’s injury report comes on the heels of lingering injury issues and a growing COVID positive list across the NFL. The Tennessee Titans were the first team to report positive tests, followed by the Patriots, Chiefs, and Raiders, each reporting positive tests of their own. With this in mind, keep an eye on the following games for possible postponement: Buffalo @ Tennessee (Tuesday, 7:00 pm ET), Las Vegas @ Kansas City (Sunday, 1:00 pm ET), and Denver @ New England (Monday, 5:00 pm ET). Keep an eye on the NFL schedule this weekend and be mindful of more possible changes. With the house keeping out of the way, let’s get to the injury news!

*This list excludes players from the Thursday night game, players on the COVID list, and players currently on IR, who are not eligible to return this week.*

Quarterbacks:

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Knee Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Lamar Jackson sat out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an unspecified knee injury. It is not expected to be severe, or cause him to miss an extended period of time. If Jackson cannot play in week 5, Robert Griffin III will start for Baltimore.

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos

AC Joint Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Lock has returned to practice in a limited fashion. He is making steps in the right direction, but his status is still in question for week 5. Should he miss another week, Brett Rypien is expected to start.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets

Right AC Joint Sprain, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Darnold has already been ruled out for week 5, which means we will officially see the return of Joe Flacco for at least one week. While Darnold was not likely to be starting in your lineup, this may have a trickle down to the receivers. I don’t expect Jamison Crowder to see as many targets, rendering New York’s most fantasy relevant receiver a risky flex play, at best.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

High Ankle Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Garoppolo was back on the practice field on Wednesday for San Francisco. This is a welcome sight to 49ers fans and fantasy managers alike as San fran has been one of the most dinged up teams in the league. Garoppolo’s return should spell an increase in value for George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, and rookie Brandon Aiyuk.

Running Backs:

Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills

Turf Toe, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Devin Singletary has led the way in the Bills backfield so far this season and is unlikely to lose his starting role even if Moss is able to return.

Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

MCL Sprain, OUT (IR)
Practice Status: N/A

Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: With Nick Chubb headed to injured reserve with an MCL sprain, and Kareem Hunt nursing a sore groin that began in practice prior to week 4, D’Ernest Johnson saw a solid chunk of work in week 4. Even if Hunt is able to play this week, he may have some limitations, which makes Johnson a trend waiver target and a solid flex play with touchdown upside.

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams

Separated Rib Cartilage, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Full
Next Man Up: Akers has returned to practice after 2 weeks away dealing with a rib injury. His potential return is encouraging for patient managers who have held out as the Rams have yet to establish a clear lead back. Akers should have an opportunity to separate himself if given the opportunity.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers

Sprained MCL, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: In Mostert’s absence, Jerick McKinnon has been the star of the 49ers’ show, but I don’t expect him to usurp Mostert. If nothing else, Mostert’s return will eliminate Jeff Wilson’s value and render McKinnon to a flex role at best.

Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks

Shoulder, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Hyde missed week 4, but has begun practicing again in advance of the Seahawks meeting with Minnesota. Chris Carson is the clear lead back in Seattle, so it is likely that a Hyde return will only eliminate any significant value to Travis Homer.

Wide Receivers:

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons

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

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Left Hamstring Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: With both Ridley and Jones limited in week 4, Olamide Zaccheaus led the team in targets with 9. If either Ridley or Jones miss week 5, expect Zaccheaus and Russell Gage to absorb some extra work.

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens

Knee, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Full
Next Man Up: While Brown’s knee ailment seemingly came out of nowhere, it does not seem to be of too much concern to the Ravens. However, if Brown misses any time, Miles Boykin and Willie Snead should be the primary beneficiaries at receiver, with TE Mark Andrews likely becoming the #1 target in the Ravens passing game.

John Brown, Buffalo Bills

Calf Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Brown begins week 4 by missing practice again due to a lingering calf issue. This is similar to last week in which he was held out on Wednesday and limited on Thursday, but still played 85% of the team’s offensive snaps. With Stefon Diggs still going strong, expect Diggs to maintain a healthy target share and continue to be the only consistently valuable Bills receiver outside of Brown.

Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns

Toe, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: While OBJ’s ailing toe is expected to be a minor injury, it is something to monitor through the week. Should he miss time, Jarvis Landry should should a few added looks, as well as TE Austin Hooper. Keep an eye on Kareem Hunt as well, as he may take some snaps in the slot, allowing D’Ernest Johnson additional work in the back field.

Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Head coach Doug Marrone has already shared that he expects Shenault to play on Sunday, but it will ultimately be a game tiem decision if he is unable to turn in a full practice on Friday. DJ Chark and Keelan Cole would be the biggest beneficiaries of any missed time from Shenault.

Henry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders

Hamstring Strain, Questionable
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Full

Bryan Edwards, Las Vegas Raiders

Ankle, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Wash, rinse, repeat in Las Vegas this week. With Edwards and Ruggs still not at 100%, Hunter Renfrow saw the most targets, but TE Darren Waller was the clear leading target. With Waller currently on the injury report as well, Renfrow should be a safe, affordable DFS start and a solid bye week filler in other formats.

Mike Williams, Las Angeles Chargers

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Williams has until Monday night to get healthy, but 1 extra day may not be enough. If he does miss a second week in a row, expect Keenan Allen to get peppered with targets and TE Hunter Henry to absorb the red zone looks.

Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings

Shoulder, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Full
Next Man Up: Thielen paces the Vikings in targets by 11 looks, but rookie Justin Jefferson has been making headlines all season. If Thielen misses time, Jefferson is a must start receiver.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

High Ankle Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: The Saints do not play until Monday night this week, so we will likely not know if he is playing until Friday afternoon at earliest. Keep in mind the Saints bye week is week 6, so it is possible that they hold Thomas out until week 7 if there are any questions about his health. If he misses more time, Tre-Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders should continue to be the primary beneficiaries.

Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles

Foot, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- DNP (illness)

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Jackson has made some improvement since last week, logging consecutive limited practices, but Jeffery has come down ill and was unable to practice on Thursday. Greg Ward has thrived in the absence of these two, and should continue to get a lot of attention from QB Carson Wentz.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans

Knee, QUESTIONABLE
(Projected) Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: It seems that Brown is going to be ready for week 5, which will come as welcome relief for the Titans. With Corey Davis and Adam Humphries headed to the COVID reserve list, the Titans leading receiver is needed now more than ever. Look for Brown and Jonnu Smith to be heavily featured in the passing game.

Steven Sims Jr., Washington Football Team

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

Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team

Thigh, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: With McLaurin and Sims both missing practices early in the week, the pressure only increases for Washington’s new starting QB. Should these two miss time, Dontrelle Inman and RBs JD McKissic and Antonio Gibson should lead the receiving charge.

Tight Ends:

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

Ankle, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Noah Fant has yet to see fewer than 5 targets in a game this season, but that streak could be in jeopardy if he misses week 5. If Fant is indeed unable to take the field, receivers Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick should carry the passing attack for Denver.

Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders

Knee, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Waller has been battling a knee ailment since week 2, and should be fine before Sunday’s game. However, if he does miss any time, Foster Moreau is the Raiders TE to roster.

Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints

Groin Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up:  In week 4, without Jared Cook, the Saints only targeted the TE position once. Should Cook miss a second consecutive week, receivers Emmanuel Sanders, and previously mentioned Tre’Quan Smith should split his work.

Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks

Achilles, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Greg Olsen has been the leader among TEs in Seattle, so Dissly’s injury does not hold a ton of weight in fantasy outside of very deep leagues. This is the same Achilles injury he has been nursing all year, and will likely limit him as the season progresses.

IDP:

Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons

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

Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills

Strained Pectoral, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Limited- DNP

Zach Cunningham, Houston Texans

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

Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars

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

Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

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

Erik Kendricks, Minnesota Vikings

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

Marcus Davenport, New Orleans Saints

QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- Limited

Jabrill Peppers, New York Giants

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

Jamal Adams, Seattle Seahawks

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

Chase Young, Washington Football Team

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

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 5 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