The Next Man Up Injury Report: Week 8

Kyle Allen

Things are getting rough in terms of injured fantasy stars right now. The RB position is a wasteland, receivers are dwindling, and tight end depth is as thin as ever. If you’re anything like me, you’re starting a hodge-podge of committee backs and third stringers just to stay afloat, and praying to make it through the next matchup with your starters in one piece. If you’re one of the lucky ones that has made it to this point relatively unscathed, congratulations. Count your blessing. Anyways, let’s get to the injury news, as always, if you have a questions 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:

Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys

Concussion, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Dalton took a vicious, unnecessary hit on Sunday that knocked him out of the game and likely this week. He has yet to practice, and will likely miss week 8. Rookie Ben DiNucci will start for the Cowboys in his place, but is extremely unlikely to find much fantasy relevance.

Running Backs:

Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens

High Ankle Sprain, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: As the week progresses, it appears that Ingram is growing less likely to play. The Ravens top 2 back ups to Ingram are Gus Edwards, who has nearly as many carries as Ingram, and rookie JK Dobbins who has been the Ravens leading receiving back.

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Midfoot Sprain, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Mixon has officially been ruled out for week 8 with a midfoot sprain. He initially played through the injury in week 6, but the injury has not responded to treatment as expected, now costing him two weeks in a row. Against a middling Titans run defense in week 8, Giovani Bernard should be a safe flex play with upside for much more.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Concussion, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Lindsay was able to do individual drills as well as non-contact position drills throughout the week, but has yet to string together a full practice. Concussions have non-linear recoveries, so it is impossible to determine exactly when he will return.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Calf Strain, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Jones missed week 7 due to a calf injury despite some optimism that he may be able to play, and he has now officially been ruled out for week 8. In his week 7 absence Jamaal Williams accumulated over 100 yards from scrimmage and a TD, finishing 6th at the position on the week (21.4 PPR points).

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Full
Next Man Up: Cook has progressed nicely through the week and is expected to play in week 8. If he is limited or an unforeseen setback happens, Alexander Mattison will lead the way for Minnesota.

Devonta Freeman, New York Giants

Ankle, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: The Giants have until Monday to make a decision on Freeman’s status, but it seems increasingly unlikely that he will play. As freeman recovers, Wayne Gallman is the expected starter for the Giants. He looked better than Freeman last week, but there are certainly better fantasy options you could find from the Sunday slate of games.

Frank Gore, New York Jets

Hand, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Gore’s Thursday missed practice is reported as non-injury related, but he was limited on Wednesday and Friday due to a hand injury. He and rookie La’Mical Perine saw an even number of rushing attempts in week 7, and are likely to split touches again if Gore is able to play.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Knee, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Sanders has officially been designated as out for Sunday. Boston Scott will again lead the way for Philly after posting a top 10 performance in week 7.

Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers

Ankle, OUT/IR
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: After being limited with a calf injury last week, then proceeding to be week 7’s leading scorer among RBs, Jeff Willson Jr. suffered a high ankle sprain in the second half and is expected to join Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman on the IR. Rookie JaMycal Hasty and Jerrick McKinnon are expected to split work for the 49ers moving forward.

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks

Midfoot Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP

Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks

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

Travis Homer, Seattle Seahawks

Knee Contusion, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Head coach Pete Carroll has expressed that they will hold Chris Carson out of practice until the end of the week, but he will be a game time decision. However, he has now stated that Carson, Carlos Hyde, and Travis Homer will all be game-time-decisions. Rookie DeeJay Dallas is the only Seattle RB to practice this week.

Wide Receivers:

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Concussion, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Robinson suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s loss to the Rams. Because concussions are nonlinear in their recovery time, it is impossible to know when he will be ready. Once Robinson passes the league’s protocols, he will be an immediate must start, but in the meantime Anthony Miller and rookie Darnell Mooney are the first two options for Nick Foles.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Torn ACL, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: OBJ confirmed that he tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. In his absence, Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins saw an equal number of targets in week 7. They are expected to continue to lead the charge moving forward.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Patrick was unable to practice all week and is listed as questionable for week 8. Jerry Jeudy is the clear #1 receiver in Denver, but the tight ends, Fant and Okwuegbunam, tied for the team lead in targets in week 7.

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: For a second week in a row, Watkins is in danger of missing a game. His hamstring ailment that appeared in week 6 has continued to keep him sidelined into week 8. The Chiefs relied heavily on the ground game in week 7 where Tyreek Hill was the only pass catcher to see more than 4 targets (10). Hill and TE, Travis Kelce, are the only reliable pass catchers for the Chiefs.

N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots

Concussion, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Knee, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Edelman had an arthroscopic procedure on the knee that has hampered him since the beginning of the season. He is expected to miss a few weeks. N’Keal Harry’s concussion is expected to keep him out this week, which leaves the Patriots with Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers, and Gunner Olszewski. Meyers led the Patriots in targets last week, and preferred receiving back, James White, is likely to be a top target in the short and intermediate passing game moving forward.

Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints

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

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Hamstring/Ankle, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Thomas was held out of week 7 with a grade 1 hamstring strain. Luckily for him and the Saints, this means he should be able to recover quickly, but he does run the risk of reinjury. Marquez Callaway has emerged as a favorite target for Drew Brees, along with the team leader in targets Alvin Kamara, but he has also been ruled out. Tre’Quan Smith and Alvin Kamara are likely to be the top targets in the receiving game for New Orleans.

Breshad Perriman, New York Jets

Concussion, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets

Groin, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Crowder missed week 7 and Perriman only saw 2 targets, which left Braxton Berrios and rookie Denzel Mims as the team’s leading receivers with 7 targets each. Crowder has been the only consistently startable fantasy asset for the Jets this season, but his week to week injury questions have been frustrating for managers. If he plays this week, start him.

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Frustrations continue for Samuel managers as he will miss week 8 due to a hamstring injury. His return timetable is foggy at this point, but for now he is out. The 49ers are likely to heavily target rookie Brandon Aiyuk and TE George Kittle in the passing game.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Broken Left Index Finger, OUT
Practice Status:
N/A
Next Man Up: After undergoing surgery to repair a broken left index finger suffered while scoring a touchdown in week 7, Godwin will miss week 8, and possibly more. In his absence, Mike Evans should become the favorite target of Tom Brady despite his lack luster stat lines thus far. If he were to miss more time after week 8, new free agent signing Antonio Brown is expected to start until Godwin is back at 100%.

Tight Ends:

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns

Appendix, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Hooper is expected to miss his second week in a row as he is recovering from appendix surgery. Both David Njoku and rookie Harrison Bryant caught touchdown passes, but it was Bryant who stole the show on National Tight End Day, posting the highest score for a tight end on the week (21.6 PPR points).

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

Hand, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Higbee is currently listed as a game time decision for the Rams. Should he miss a second week in a row, Gerald Everett and rookie Johnny Mundt will lead the way for the Rams tight ends.

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay

Shoulder, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Full, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Gronk popped up on the injury report with a shoulder ailment this week in practice. While he is expected to play, Cameron Brate would be the leading TE receiving option in his absense.

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 8 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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