NFL Fantasy: Early Injury News

Week 3’s injury list isn’t particularly long, and the Week 4 bye teams only number two, but you still need to keep up to make sure you are ready for last minute roster adjustments.

This week, coaches waited until the last minute to announce Leonard Fournette, Jay Ajayi, and LeSean McCoy inactive due to lingering injuries. They joined Dalvin Cook and Marlon Mack on the sidelines in Week 3.

After the Sunday games, we know of a few more injuries that might not offer a clear prognosis until later in the week. Here are the injuries NFL Fantasy owners need to watch heading into Week 4.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo- knee, possible ACL

Jimmy Garoppolo’s believers, especially those NFL Fantasy owners who drafted him as a low-end QB-1, were already concerned about his early performances. Now, owners could find they’ve lost him for the season just as Jimmy G put up his best NFL Fantasy numbers of the young season.

Monday’s MRI will confirm the diagnosis, but after Garoppolo’s left knee caved under the weight of an attempted cutback, trainers worry he tore his ACL and possibly his MCL, too. The injury had nothing to do with the hit he took at the end of the play.

CJ Beathard is the backup quarterback for San Francisco. He only took one snap in Sunday’s game. The 49ers, who had another scare when Matt Breida left the game with a non-contact knee injury but returned, drive down to Los Angeles for a Sunday meeting with the Chargers.

QB Tyrod Taylor, Blaine Gabbert- concussions

Neither of these quarterbacks is likely to matter as much in Week 4 as they would have last week. Taylor is likely to become the backup in Cleveland after Hue Jackson makes the opening of the Baker Mayfield Era official.

The biggest question now is whether Taylor, who did little to enhance his trade value with his early season performance, is still a Brown at the end of the season.

Marcus Mariota came off the bench dealing with some residual nerve issues in his elbow/hand to finish the game against Jacksonville. As the 9-6 final score indicates, he didn’t exactly light up the offense. If Gabbert can’t get through the concussion protocol in time for the Eagles, the Titans might have to make a move.

The only other quarterback on their roster is rookie Logan Woodside on their practice squad. You must be familiar with Woodside. He was the Toledo passer last year. Don't care? Consider the impact to the Titans rushers and receivers.

WR AJ Green, groin

Groin injuries can be one of those nagging things that keeps someone on the injury report for weeks. After landing hard on his hip after a leaping catch attempt, AJ Green seems certain he will be back next week.

But this wasn’t a simple twist or pull. Groin injuries that result from side impact can be due to muscles pulling away from bones and cartilage. Such an injury can require surgery to repair. We’ll hope for the best, but keep an eye on reports from Cincinnati.

WR Bruce Ellington, hamstring

Ellington’s role was greatly diminished by the return of Will Fuller, but an early hamstring injury eliminated any hope of the Texans’ third wide receiver having an impact in Week 3.

RB Rex Burkhead, neck

Rex Burkhead was already ceding the majority of running back snaps to Sony Michel when he left the Sunday Night Football game for good with what was deemed a neck injury. As usual, additional information on the injury from the Patriots is not forthcoming.

Michel didn’t do enough to earn the lead rusher role, but he and James White might the only two running backs left for Week 4’s meeting with Miami. White almost out-gained Michel on the ground despite only taking 4 carries to Michel’s 14.

TE Evan Engram, knee

Running back Saquon Barkley was already on the sideline being evaluated for a contact-injury to his knee when Evan Engram took a similar hit and left the game against the Texans.

Barkley was back on the field promptly. When fans saw Engram running sprints on the sideline, it was expected he would rejoin the team, too. But Engram said something “didn’t feel right”, prompting the medical staff to shut him down for the day.

Monday’s MRI should shed light on whether there is any Week 4-affecting damage.

Defensive injuries of note:

Cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters left the Rams locker room in walking boots Sunday. With a short week to prepare for an embarrassed Vikings offense, the Rams defense might present a weakness for Kirk Cousins to expose.

Green Bay’s Muhammed Wilkerson helped improve the Packers pass rush, but he is done for the season with an ankle injury.

Atlanta lost another defensive starter for the season. Safety Ricardo Allen tore an Achilles.

Ongoing issues

Denver’s Philip Lindsay was thrown out of Sunday’s game for throwing a punch. Watch for any suspension coming out of that incident.

Leonard Fournette, Marlon Mack, Dalvin Cook, Jay Ajayi, and LeSean McCoy will warrant status monitoring all week.

We’re also watch reports on Matt Breida’s knee. He finished the game Saturday in a very effective manner, showing no signs of problems. But the manner in which the non-contact injury occurred has us wondering how the knee will feel during the week.

Aaron Rodgers’ knee seemed to bother him more as Sunday’s game wore on. Green Bay could opt to rest him at any point. Despite their surprising upset of the Vikings, a Week 4 matchup with Buffalo is as good a time as any to throw DeShone Kizer out there.

Washington and Carolina are your Week 4 bye teams, so be sure to adjust your lineups appropriately.

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