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  • NFL Week 6 Injury Report for Offensive Players

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    We saw injuries to more key players in Week 5. Who are those players and how long will they be out? Read below to find out!


    Week 6 marks the beginning of bye week season. If you have players on the 49ers, Falcons, Jets, or Saints you will be without them this week. Which other players will be absent in Week 6? Read the NFL Week 6 Injury Report to find out!

    Be sure to check back for updates as more information comes in.

    For a quick reference tool, check out the new injury tracker that I will be updating up until kickoff.

     

    NFL Week 6 Injury Report for Offensive Players

    Maxx Williams, TE – Questionable

    Williams suffered a knee injury in Week 5 and according to some reports may be out for the season. I doubt that backup Darrell Daniels will be worth rostering in most leagues but he’s worth watching for now.

    Chase Edmonds, RB – Questionable

    Edmonds played through a shoulder injury in Week 5 and should be active moving forward. Neither Cardinals running back was very involved in last week’s game plan.


    Russell Gage, WR – Bye Week

    Gage has not been on the field since Week 2. Hopefully, the bye week will give him some extra time to recover from his ankle injury and be ready in Week 7.

    Calvin Ridley, WR – Bye Week

    Ridley missed Week 5’s game in London with a personal issue. Details have not been released, but hopefully, Ridley will be able to return to the field in Week 7 after the Falcons’ bye.


    Rashod Bateman, WR (groin) – IR

    Bateman is eligible to come off of IR but wasn’t quite ready in Week 5. Watch his practice involvement to see if he can make his NFL debut in the coming weeks.

    Sammy Watkins, WR – Questionable

    Watkins left the Monday night game with a hamstring injury. I would expect him to miss some time, but watch the injury report to see if he is able to get some practice in this week.

    Miles Boykin, WR – Questionable

    Boykin was activated in Week 6 after spending the first 5 weeks of the season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He didn’t put up any stats, but with Sammy Watkin’s status in question and Rashod Bateman still working his way back from injury, the Ravens may have to get him involved.


    No new injuries were reported.

    Christian McCaffrey, RB – Questionable Out Injured Reserve

    McCaffrey missed Week 5 with the hamstring injury he suffered in Week 4, but there was definite optimism that he had a chance to play last week. Keep an eye on his practice status this week as a return may be near for the star running back. In the meantime, Chuba Hubbard has proven himself to be a competent replacement for both the real NFL and for fantasy purposes.

    Update: McCaffrey has been ruled out of Week 6.

    Second update: The Panthers placed McCaffrey on injured reserve Saturday, meaning he will now miss at least three more weeks. His earliest return will be Week 9.


    Tarik Cohen, RB (knee – ACL)

    Remains on the PUP list.

    David Montgomery, RB – IR

    Montgomery was placed on injured reserve prior to Week 5. He will be eligible to return Week 8 but his initial timeline of four to five weeks would make a return Week 9 or 10 more likely. With the Bears’ bye week in Week 10, I would expect Montgomery back Week 11. Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert split the workload in Week 5 and are both worth considering moving forward.

    Update
    Damien Williams, RB – COVID-19 Doubtful

    Williams was added to the COVID list Thursday and is unlikely to clear protocol in time for Sunday. Khalil Herbert is the next man up.


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    Joe Burrow, QB – Questionable

    Burrow left the game at one point Sunday after taking a big hit but was able to return and finish the game. Unfortunately, Burrow was taken to the hospital following the game for a throat contusion that he sustained at some point. I would expect him to be able to return next week, but keep a close eye on his status late in the week.

    Tee Higgins, WR – Questionable

    Higgins returned to the lineup in Week 5 and promptly outproduced Tyler Boyd. I would expect Higgins to maintain his status as the Bengals second receiving option behind Ja’Marr Chase.

    Joe Mixon, RB – Questionable

    Mixon played through an ankle injury in Week 5, but his involvement was limited. It looks like the Bengals are likely to manage his load for the next few weeks until his ankle has fully healed. With Mixon limited, Samaje Perine saw an increased workload.

    Update: Mixon missed practice Thursday but is expected to be able to play. He is officially listed as questionable going into the weekend.

    Update
    Samaje Perine, RB – COVID-19, doubtful

    Perine, who was heavily involved in Week 5, is likely to miss Week 6 on the COVID list. Expect rookie Chris Evans to have an increased role on Sunday (he can do this all day).


    Jarvis Landry, WR – Injured Reserve

    Remains on injured reserve, eligible to return in Week 6. Check back later in the week to see if Landry is taken off of injured reserve.

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    Nick Chubb, RB – Out

    Chubb was ruled out of Week 6 with a calf injury. Chubb missed practice Wednesday and it seemed that it was primarily for rest but apparently his injury was more serious than believed.

    Kareem Hunt, RB – Questionable

    With Chubb out, we would assume that Kareem Hunt would carry the load for the Browns, but he is questionable with wrist and knee issues and did not participate in practice Thursday. Both Browns running backs finished Week 5, making their injury news all the more surprising. Hopefully, Hunt doesn’t come down to a game-time decision, but that looks like the case right now. The Browns play in the late afternoon slot, so have a plan in place just in case Hunt is not able to go.


    Michael Gallup, WR – IR

    Gallup is on injured reserve with a previously reported injury. Gallup was eligible to return in Week 5, but wasn’t ready to return to practice yet. Keep an eye out for practice reports in the coming weeks to get an idea of his return timeline.

    Amari Cooper, WR – Questionable

    Cooper has played through a hamstring injury the past two weeks and will likely continue to do so this week. I’m a little concerned that he could aggravate the injury further but for now, he seems to be able to produce for fantasy despite the limitation. Hopefully, the Cowboys’ upcoming Week 7 bye will allow him some extra rest to return to 100%.

    Ezekiel Elliott, RB – Questionable

    Elliott landed on the injury report late last week but was able to play his normal role in Week 5. Barring a setback, I don’t see why he can’t play again in Week 6.


    Jerry Jeudy, WR – IR (out 6-8 weeks)

    Jeudy is currently on injured reserve with a previously reported injury.


    Tyrell Williams, WR – IR

    Currently on injured reserve with a previously reported concussion. Eligible to return at any time but there is no indication of when he might return.

    Quintez Cephus, WR – Out (Likely IR)

    Cephus suffered a broken collarbone in Week 5 and could potentially be out the rest of the season.

    D’Andre Swift, RB – Questionable

    Swift was able to play through his groin injury on his way to a good fantasy performance. Watch his status this week to make sure Swift doesn’t suffer any setbacks.

    Jamaal Williams, RB – Questionable

    Williams was also active in Week 5 despite a hip injury and should also be available in Week 6.

    T.J. Hockenson, TE – Questionable

    Hockenson was revealed to have a knee issue late last week but was able to play in Week 5. It’s possible that the Lions were taking it easy on the tight end, as he totaled only three targets.

    Update: The trio of Swift, Jamaal Williams, and Hockenson are all listed as questionable for Week 6 going into the weekend.


    Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR IR

    Valdes-Scantling was placed on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He is expected back at some point this season but will miss a minimum of three weeks making his earliest return will be Week 7.

    Aaron Jones, RB – Questionable

    Jones was limited in practice late last week but was active in Week 5 and maintained a normal workload. Monitor Jones’ practice participation this week to see if he is beyond his ankle injury.


    Tyrod Taylor, QB – IR

    Taylor is on injured reserve with a previously reported hamstring injury. He is eligible to be activated from the IR in Week 6, but it doesn’t look like he’s ready to return yet. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks to see if Taylor is able to return to practice.

    Nico Collins, WR – IR

    Collins is on injured reserve with a previously reported shoulder injury. He will be eligible to return in Week 6, but his initial timeline suggested that it could be later.


    T.Y. Hilton, WR (neck) – IR

    Still on IR with a previously reported injury. He is eligible to return this week, but it doesn’t appear that he will be healthy just yet.


    No new injuries were reported.

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    Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB – Out

    Edwards-Helaire was carried off the field Sunday night with a knee injury. Reports came out that it was an MCL sprain and not an ACL tear. He will be out of action for a few weeks but a more definitive timeline isn’t available yet. MCL sprains, while less severe than some other knee injuries, can still take up to eight weeks to heal. With the running back opportunities already split, it may be time to move on if you can.

    Travis Kelce, TE – Questionable

    Kelce took a nasty hit Sunday night but was able to come back into the game. The team has said that he suffered a stinger and should be good to go for Week 6, but keep an eye on his status this week.

    Tyreek Hill, WR – Questionable

    Hill didn’t appear to leave the field with an injury but it’s now being reported that Hill suffered a minor knee injury and will be able to continue playing. Monitor his practice involvement this week to make sure he doesn’t have a setback.


    Peyton Barber, RB – Questionable

    Barber missed Week 5 with turf toe and remains questionable for Week 6. Watch Barber’s practice status to see if he can return in Week 6. If active, he is little more than insurance for Josh Jacobs.


    No new injuries were reported.

    Darrell Henderson, RB – Questionable

    Henderson played Thursday night and looked good although he did leave the game with an arm injury for some time. Even though he was able to return to the game, I won’t be surprised if he pops up on the injury report this week.


    Tua Tagovailoa, QB – IR likely to be activated

    Tagovailoa is on injured reserve with a previously reported rib injury. He will be eligible to return in Week 6. There has been some optimism that he will be able to return in Week 6, but that remains to be seen.

    Update: Tagovailoa is expected to be activated and start Week 6. Meanwhile, Jacoby Brissett who started the last three weeks while Tagovailoa was out is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

    Will Fuller, WR – IR

    Fuller is on injured reserve with a previously reported fractured finger. He will be eligible and likely to return in Week 8.

    DeVante Parker, WR – Questionable

    Parker was inactive with a hamstring injury in Week 5 and is questionable for Week 6.

    Update: The Dolphins have ruled DeVante Parker out of Week 6.


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    Dalvin Cook, RB – Questionable

    Cook missed Week 5 with an ankle injury and is questionable for Week 6. With backup Alexander Mattison proving to be a worthy replacement, the Vikings may decide to sit Cook another week. The Vikings’ bye week is Week 7, meaning Cook’s managers could be without him for a total of three weeks.


    Damien Harris, RB – Questionable

    Harris exited the game at multiple points and is reported to be day-to-day with chest and rib injuries. Watch the updates to the injury report as practice reports come in this week.


    Deonte Harris, WR – Bye Week

    Harris left the game Sunday with a hamstring injury and will likely be questionable heading into Week 7. With the Saints on bye, we likely won’t have any further information until the practice reports leading up to Week 7.

    Tony Jones, RB – Bye Week

    Jones was carted off in Week 4 due to an ankle injury and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, putting his return at around Week 8.


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    Saquon Barkley, RB – Doubtful

    Barkley was carted off the field Sunday clearly frustrated after sustaining what was later revealed to be a low ankle sprain. The team hasn’t given much information on a timeline but I would expect at least a one-week absence and more likely two to four weeks.

    Daniel Jones, QB – Questionable

    Jones took a big hit Sunday while trying to score a touchdown and missed the rest of the game with a concussion. He looked unsteady when he got up, but his chances of returning for Week 6 are not necessarily impacted by the severity of the hit, but more about how his mind and body recover over the next few days. It seems like many players miss a week while recovering from a concussion so I would plan on being without Jones for this week.

    Kenny Golladay, WR – Doubtful

    Golladay is expected to miss Week 6 with a hyperextended knee suffered in Week 5. He could more time than that, depending on the severity.

    Kadarius Toney, WR – Questionable

    Toney was ejected from Sunday’s game for trying to punch someone who was wearing a helmet ending a breakout performance early. It was reported Monday that he also sustained an ankle injury that is not expected to be serious. Keep an eye out for practice reports and news not only for the ankle but just in case the league takes disciplinary action.

    Sterling Shepard, WR – Questionable

    Shepard missed Weeks 4 and 5 with a hamstring injury and is currently questionable for Week 6.

    Darius Slayton, WR – Questionable

    Slayton also missed Weeks 4 and 5 with a hamstring injury and is currently questionable for Week 6.


    No new injuries were reported.

    The Jets have a bye week in Week 6, so I don’t expect any updates on Jets’ players this week.


    Dallas Goedert, TE – Questionable

    Goedert was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and is unlikely to be able to clear COVID protocol before the Eagles game on Thursday night. The conundrum of a split tight end room in Philadelphia may be avoidable for one week at least.


    JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR – IR (season-ending)

    Smith-Schuster left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury that required surgery. He will be out for the remainder of the 2021 season and could be on another team next year. With Smith-Schuster out, Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, and Najee Harris will likely see bumps in production.

    Ben Roethlisberger, QB – Probable

    Roethlisberger has had multiple minor injuries reported, but nothing has kept him from playing at this point. Don’t be alarmed if he shows up with another injury this week, but be prepared with a backup plan in case these injuries catch up to him at some point in the year.


    Russell Wilson, QB – IR

    Wilson suffered a finger injury that was originally deemed a bad sprain but required surgery after an MRI revealed a torn tendon. The team has been optimistically targeting a Week 10 return, but it seems that a 6-8 week recovery timeline is much more realistic. Better to plan for the worst and hope for the best than being caught without a plan until it’s too late.

    Rashaad Penny, RB – IR

    Penny has a lingering calf injury that has now landed him on injured reserve. His earliest return will be Week 7.

    Chris Carson, RB – Questionable

    Carson missed Week 5 with a chronic neck injury and is questionable for Week 6. Keep an eye on his practice participation this week to see if he has a chance to play. With Carson missing, Alex Collins got the volume but was unable to score a touchdown. I’d be comfortable rolling him out again if Carson misses a second week.


    Jamycal Hasty, RB – IR

    Hasty was placed on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain and will be eligible to return in Week 7.

    Trey Lance, QB – Bye Week

    Lance suffered a sprained knee in Week 5. While it isn’t expected to sideline him, Lance is not guaranteed to be the starter in Week 7 after the bye if fellow quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is healthy.

    Jimmy Garoppolo, QB – Bye Week

    Trey Lance started in Week 5 for the 49ers with Garoppolo not ready to return from the calf injury he has been dealing with. It seems that the team will go back to Garoppolo when he’s healthy but it remains to be seen if that will be the case following the team’s Week 6 bye.

    George Kittle, TE – IR

    Kittle is on injured reserve with a calf injury and will not be eligible to return until Week 8.


    Tom Brady, QB – Questionable

    Brady injured his thumb in Week 5 but finished the game. He was seen with it wrapped on Tuesday but is expected to play Thursday night.

    Rob Gronkowski, TE – Questionable

    Gronkowski missed Week 5 with multiple rib injuries but could be close to returning for Thursday night’s matchup against the Eagles. Watch the injury report to see if he is able to practice Wednesday.


    A.J. Brown, WR – Probable

    Brown returned to action in Week 5 and should be good to go for Week 6. Don’t be surprised if he is limited in practice this week.

    Julio Jones, WR – Questionable

    Jones has missed two weeks with a hamstring injury and remains questionable for Week 6.


    Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB – IR

    Fitzpatrick is on injured reserve with a previously reported injury. There is some hope that Fitzpatrick could return by Week 7, but it seems he is all but assured to miss Week 6.

    Curtis Samuel, WR – Questionable

    Samuel made his return in Week 4 and played in Week 5, but apparently reaggravated the groin injury that has plagued his 2021 season thus far. This seems to be a situation where, in hindsight, surgery would have been a better option for Samuel. He is likely to miss Week 6 and potentially more.

    Logan Thomas, TE – Questionable

    Thomas left Week 4 with a hamstring injury and was placed on injured reserve prior to Week 5. He will be eligible to return in Week 8, but with the Football Team’s bye in Week 9 I won’t be surprised if they hold him out until Week 10.

    Antonio Gibson, RB – Questionable

    Gibson has a shin injury that will likely continue to limit him in practice this season. I have some suspicion that his issue may have started a few weeks ago. Still, the team was willing to give him 20 carries in Week 5 so I’m not overly concerned about a decreased workload going forward.

     

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    Aaron Maberry

    I am a veterinarian who has been playing fantasy football off and on since high school. About 12 years ago, I got more competitive and serious about fantasy football when I started a league with some other friends who were in vet school with me at the time. I started playing IDP about 3 years ago and have become even more obsessed with fantasy football. I have what I would call an evidence-based approach to fantasy football and love to track data in spreadsheets. I began writing for IDP Guys in the summer of 2021 and look forward to contributing to the amazing team moving forward. Thanks for reading!
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