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The Next Man Up Injury Report: Week 7

This weekly article serves to update you on the latest fantasy relevant injury news from around the NFL. I will break down injuries from last week, and give updates on players expected to return to action soon. No one wants to see a player go down, but it is the unfortunate nature of the game. Check out the “Next Man Up Injury Report” to find which players stand the most to gain from these injuries and make sure you’re in the know while surfing your league’s waiver wire!

Kyle Allen

At this point in the season we are beginning to see who the truly fantasy relevant players are, but unfortunately, some of those players are dealing with injuries. While we can never predict an injury, we can account for them in our weekly lineups, and my goal in this article is to help you do just that. 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.*


Sam Darnold, New York Jets

Right AC Joint Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Darnold has finally started throwing the ball at practice, and according to head coach Adam Gase, “looks good.” It appears that Darnold is on pace to return to action the week, but if he is unable to go for any reason, Joe Flacco will again fill the Jets’ starting QB role.

Running Backs:

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Foot, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Mixon has been ruled out for week 7. Giovani Bernard should work in as the lead back in Cincinnati, with Semaje Perine likely to spell him on obvious rushing downs. Due to his prominence in the passing game and the best mustache in the league, Bernard is an easy FLEX play this week, and until Mixon returns, with upside for far more.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Practice Status: Wednesday- N/A, Thursday- N/A, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: It is unclear when this injury surfaced for Jones, but he has expressed confidence in his ability to play through the injury. However, it seems the Packers are likely hesitant to push their star RB, especially considering their depth at the position. Jamaal Williams will likely become the workhorse back with rookie AJ Dillon working in an slightly increased capacity. O/U on mentions of Dillon’s thighs is set at 8.5 according to the Ride or Dynasty Sportsbook.

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers

Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Full
Next Man Up: Jackson was able to practice fully on Friday despite nursing a sore knee. He still carries a questionable designation, but is likely to be ready for Sunday.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers

Ankle, OUT/IR
Practice Status: N/A

Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers

Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Raheem Mostert has been designated to injured reserve and Jeff Wilson is coming into week 7 with a questionable designation. That leaves the ‘9ers with Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty as their only healthy backs. These two should lead the charge, but do not be surprised if Deebo Samuel sees more rushing work and additional work in the screen and short passing game.

Wide Receivers:

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Hopkins has been battling with an ankle injury that held him out of two practices this week. The coaching staff has been quoted as saying they are “hopeful” that he will play this week.

John Brown, Buffalo Bills

Knee, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: After leading the team in targets with 10 in week 1, John Brown has yet to see more than 6 in a game this season. Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley have established themselves as the clear #1 and #2 receivers. With Brown out this week look for Isaiah McKenzie to take on some extra work as a deep threat in the Bills’ vertical passing game.

Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers

Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: After 3 straight limited practices, Curtis Samuel has been designated as questionable for week 7. Outside of week 1 when he led the team with 9 targets, Samuel has been underwhelming this season behind DJ Moore and Robby Anderson. This injury designation gives further reason to fade Samuel in week 7.

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Sammy Watkins injury history only grows this week as he has been ruled out. With Watkins absent, Demarcus Robinson, the Chiefs’ second receiver by snap count, is likely to replace Watkins with Mecole hardman seeing increased work in 3 wide sets.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Hamstring/Ankle, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Thomas has been working back from a high ankle sprain, but this hamstring injury is a new ailment that will keep him out in week 7. With teammate Emmanuel Sanders on the COVID reserve list look for TreQuan Smith, who leads the team in snaps at receiver, and Alvin Kamara, who leads the team in targets, to see even more receiving work.

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets

Hamstring, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: After waffling between limited practice and not practicing, Crowder has been downgraded from questionable to doubtful for Sunday. The Jets have activated rookie draft pick Denzel Mims at receiver, but I am steering clear of all Jets offensive players this week. But hey, if there was ever a week for @JJWenner’s TE1, Chris Herndon, to show out, this is it.

Tight Ends:

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns

Appendix, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Hooper underwent surgery on Friday after being diagnosed with appendicitis and will miss week 7’s matchup with in-state rival Cincinnati. Rookie Harrison Bryant will split time with David Njoku in his absence.

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

Practice Status: Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP, Saturday- Limited
Next Man Up: Higbee finally turned in a limited practice on Saturday, but missed the rest of the week. He is questionable heading into the Rams’ week 7 Monday Night Football date with the Bears. If you have another option at TE, it may be wise to evaluate your options as Higbee plays in the last game of the week.

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
Ride or Dynasty
Twitter: @kallen_4

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