Kyle Allen

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Five weeks into the season and bye weeks are upon us! Moving forward, I will exclude players who are on bye from the weekly injury report, and focus on the players who could potentially affect your matchup. While bye weeks are a part of the game that we can plan for, injuries can be decimating. If you’re looking for an update on who is and is not available, you’ve come to the right place. As always, if you have a question about a player’s status (on this list or not), you can reach out to me on twitter: @kallen_4!

*This list excludes players on their bye week, on the COVID list, and players currently on IR that are not eligible to return this week.*

Quarterbacks:

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

Chest, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: While it seems likely that Mayfield will be fine for this week’s matchup against the Steelers, OBJ and Jarvis Landry managers should monitor this report. If Mayfield misses time, Case Keenum will start in his absence.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Ankle Fracture, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome fracture and dislocation of his ankle during week 5, which will end his season. While this is certainly awful news for Dak managers, the other Cowboys skill players should not suffer too drastic of a fall from prominence with 3 time Pro Bowler Andy Dalton at the helm. Dalton has historically supported top 10 receivers in Cincinnati, and should be forced to throw the ball often enough in Dallas to keep Cooper, Lamb, and company fantasy relevant.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets

Right AC Joint Sprain, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Darnold has again been ruled out well in advance of the Jets week 6 game. Veteran Joe Flacco will again start for New York and will likely heavily rely upon Jamison Crowder and second year receiver Jeff Smith as they are his healthiest targets.

Running Backs:

Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Hunt rolled in week 5 putting up a solid performance despite limited practice all week. His limited status is more than likely maintenance related as the Browns are already down one starting RB. SHould he suffer any setbacks, D’Ernest Johnson will be his lead backup.

Adrian Peterson, Detroit Lions

Illness, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- N/A, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Peterson is currently sitting out with a non-COVID illness. It has yet to be determined if he will be available for week 6. If he does have to sit out, rookie D’Andre Swift is expected to absorb the bulk of Peterson’s workload, but may split touches with Kerryon Johnson.

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Groin, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Dalvin Cook has been officially ruled out for week 6. Alexander Mattison was sensational in Cook’s play after he suffered a groin injury in the 3rd quarter. Mattison should carry the majority of the MInnesota backfield work, with Mike Boone occasionally spelling him for rest.

Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ankle, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Despite being active last week, Fournette was a completely useless fantasy asset. He saw 1 single snap, but did not touch the ball. As a matter of fact, Fournette has yet to play more than 50% of the Buccaneers’ snaps in any game. Ronald Jones made it clear last week that he is the lead back in this offense.

Wide Receivers:

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons

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

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Left Hamstring Strain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Since week 3, no Falcons receiver has seen more snaps than Olamide Zaccheaus, but he has seen 7 fewer targets than Calvin Ridley in that span. If Gage and/or Jones miss any more time, expect Ridley to be the first, and Zaccheaus to be the second choice for Matt Ryan.

Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers

Knee, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: DJ Moore scored a TD and had nearly 100 yards in week 5, but Robby Anderson was still the clear #1 WR in Carolina. Samuel is nursing a knee injury which could limit his upside in week 6, but he was unlikely to be a large factor against the stout Chicago defense.

Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns

Hamstring Strain, Questionable
Practice Status: Wednesday- N/A, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns

Hip/Ribs, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Fortunately for the Browns, Landry was able to practice on Friday, which likely means that Landry will continue his career long streak without missing a game. However, should he and Beckham miss out on week 6 Rashard Higgins and TE Austin Hooper would likely be Baker Mayfield’s top targets.

DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars

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

Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: While Chark was limited on Friday, Shenault was left off the injury report on Friday. These two facts likely point towards both being available for week 6, but if one or both are limited, Keelan Cole and RB James Robinson are the most likely beneficiaries.

Darius Slayton, New York Giants

Foot, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Turning in 3 limited practices is certainly a good sign for Slayton’s week 6 outlook after a big week against Dallas. If he is unable to go Golden Tate is the lone starting wide receiver that will be healthy for the Giants.

Alshon Jeffrey, Philadelphia Eagles

Foot, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: With Jeffrey and Jackson again ruled out, the Eagles will look to Greg Ward and the newly resurgent Travis Fulgham to lead the Eagles’ receiving corps. Zach Ertz has been quiet thus far, and is the logical beneficiary of injuries amongst the receiver group, but it seems the Eagles are abandoning their TE heavy scheme of late.

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

Back, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited
Next Man Up: Diontae Johnson has again been ruled out for week 6. This mean JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Chase Claypool, who scored FOUR touchdowns in week 5, will lead the way for Pittsburgh this week.

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Full

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hip/Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Evans and Miller have only practiced in a limited capacity, but Godwin was able to put together a full practice on Friday. Head coach Bruce Arians said that he expects Godwin to play this week, but listed Miller, Evans, and RB Leonard Fournette as likely game-time decisions.

Tight Ends:

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills

Calf, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Knox has yet to practice after suffering a calf injury during the Bill’s Tuesday night game. Should he miss week 2, Tyler Kroft will start at tight end.

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

Ankle, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Fant matched his season high with 5 receptions in week 5 after being limited in practice all week. He is currently listed as questionable, but is likely to play through his ailing ankle. Jake Butt and Nick Vannett would fill in at tight end if Fant is held out.

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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