The NFL injury report is always filled with some of the game’s best stars, leaving fans and fantasy football managers scrambling to find out who will play. Here, we’ll provide updates throughout the week on the top injuries throughout the NFL, the fantasy impact and when players will return.
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When does the NFL injury report come out?
Every NFL team is required to issue a practice report to local media on the Wednesday before a game and the league office releases a league-wide report the same day. Injury reports are released daily Wednesday-Friday. Teams playing on Monday Night Football release their reports a day later, teams on Thursday Night Football two days in advance.
NFL injury report: Latest updates on fantasy stars
Here is the latest injury news for some of the NFL’s biggest stars and the impact it will have on Week 2.
Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
Even casual NFL fans outside of Cleveland can’t wait to see Odell Beckham Jr. take the field this season in his comeback from a torn ACL. Unfortunately, it’ll be at least another week for the Browns star before he’s back in action.
Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski announced Wednesday that Beckham won’t play Sunday versus the Houston Texans. It would’ve been a great stage for OBJ to showcase his skills, especially against a foe the Browns are widely expected to beat in their home opener.
This is a deep roster of skill position players, and Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield tends to be at his best when he’s distributing the ball around and getting everyone involved.
Provided Mayfield and Beckham can get on the same page upon the latter’s return, the Browns should have little issue putting their Week 1 loss at Kansas City in the past and going on a nice run toward the top of the AFC.
Jerry Jeudy, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
A fantasy football sleeper entering the 2021 season, the Jerry Jeudy injury in Week 1 is one of the biggest hits from Week 1. After making a snag and trying to make a play, Jeudy’s ankle was rolled up on during a tackle by New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry. It looked ugly at the time and the second-year wide receiver had to be carted off the field.
There is some good news on the injury update. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, X-rays were clean and determined Jeudy suffered a high-ankle sprain. While that exact severity isn’t known, the typical high-ankle sprain recovery is 4-6 weeks.
Jeudy is now on injured reserve, sidelining him for at least three games. In his absence, Courtland Sutton becomes the Broncos’ No. 1 wide receiver and Tim Patrick becomes a WR3 in fantasy.
Evan Engram (TE) and Saquon Barkley (RB), New York Giants
Evan Engram is a regular fixture on the NFL injury report. He suffered a calf injury in the final week of the preseason and didn’t hit the practice field before Week 1. Given the New York Giants ruled him out more than 48 hours before their opener and they play on Thursday, there was a strong possibility he wouldn’t suit up in Week 2. The Giants confirmed as much on Wednesday.
Kyle Rudolph saw five targets in Engram’s absence, but the only Giants’ players worth starting in fantasy are Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard. That would be the case at least, if Barkley weren’t questionable for Week 2, as New York indicated on Wednesday as well.
Raheem Mostert, running back, San Francisco 49ers
Poised for a huge game in Week 1, Raheem Mostert turned his first two carries into 20 rushing yards. Sadly, those would be his last touches on Sunday as he departed immediately after with a knee injury. The San Francisco 49ers later ruled him out for the game and an MRI later determined he suffered knee cartilage damage.
Mostert is expected to miss the next two months, putting him on IR and wiping out for a significant chunk of the 2021 season. Elijah Mitchell becomes the top waiver-wire target for Week 2. He exploded for 104 rushing yards and a touchdown on Sunday and even in a committee backfield, he could post solid numbers running behind a great offensive line.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback, Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason knowing the 38-year-old gunslinger could raise the ceiling of this aerial attack. Sadly, those dreams were short-lived. Fitzpatrick left the game in the first half with a hip subluxation and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport said he will land on injured reserve.
While losing FitzMagic is a blow, backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke showed real promise in limited action. He completed 11-of-15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, tacking on 17 rushing yards. He’s Washington’s starting quarterback for at least the next three weeks and potentially much longer. Terry McLaurin’s fantasy value isn’t hurt by the change and Heinicke becomes a QB2 flier.
Michael Gallup, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys put up a great fight in the NFL Kickoff Game, but the 24 hours after it was brutal. La’el Collins, the team’s anchor at right tackle, will miss the next five games due to a suspension. If that wasn’t bad enough, wide receiver Michael Gallup is going to miss time with a calf strain.
With Gallup sidelined for the next three to five weeks, headed for injured reserve, there is significant fallout for the Cowboys’ offense. Cedrick Wilson steps into the role as the third receier and he should receive plenty of snaps, but CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper will likely see 14-plus targets a game. Play them with confidence every week and know Dak Prescott should post elite fantasy numbers nearly every week.
NFL players on injured reserve/PUP list
The following players won’t be listed on the NFL injury report either because they are on the Physically Unable to Perform list (out six games), short-term injured reserve (three games) or season-ending IR.
Rashod Bateman, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens
Just when the Baltimore Ravens got excited about Rashod Bateman, the rookie is headed for groin surgery. John Harbaugh announced that Baltimore’s top receiver will be sidelined into September, costing him the entire preseason and at least one game of the regular season.While he is sidelined, tight end Mark Andrews should see a higher target volume. As for the receivers, Sammy Watkins and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown don’t offer enough stability.
Michael Thomas, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints’ historically productive wideout is going to miss at least the first six weeks of the 2021 campaign after going on the PUP list.
This year could be a massive struggle for new Saints starting quarterback Jameis Winston. Thomas is the only proven weapon in New Orleans’ receiving corps, and easily the best players at that position on the roster. Few teams have been so dependent on one receiver as the Saints have been on Thomas in recent years.
Unfortunately, a full offseason to recover didn’t resolve Thomas’ ankle issue from last season. He underwent surgery in June to repair damaged ligaments in the ankle and starts the season on the PUP list. With Tomas out for six weeks, Marquez Callaway becomes the Saints’ No. 1 receiver and an adequate punt DFS option. As for Alvin Kamara, he’ll get all the touches he needs.
T.Y. Hilton, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton was diagnosed with a neck injury this weekend and per The Athletic’s Stephen Holder, it will sideline him multiple weeks and landed him on IR. He’s immediately out three games, but expect him to miss a lot more action. With Hilton sidelined, Michael Pittman emerges as the go-to target and for now is a strong FLEX play. From a DFS perspective, Zach Pascal will be a bargain target in the early weeks of the regular season.