It is early in the season, and yet the Week 2 fantasy football injury report already has some high-profile names on it. With the likes of Keenan Allen, Chris Godwin, Najee Harris, and Dak Prescott all leaving their respective games yesterday, what are the latest updates we have on their injury situations?
Week 2 fantasy football injury report
Keenan Allen (Hamstring)
Keenan Allen left the Los Angeles Chargers Week 1 game with a hamstring injury. After the game, the WR seemed somewhat positive about the injury, but until he has an MRI, the true extent will not be known. Unfortunately, Allen and the Chargers are due to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in Week 2. On the short week, there is a slim chance that he will be active, but fantasy managers should start preparing to at least be without him for this week.
Chris Godwin (Hamstring)
Just a matter of hours after Allen left his game with a hamstring injury, Chris Godwin suffered the same injury. The Week 1 matchup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Dallas Cowboys was Godwin’s first contact since suffering his knee injury. It is also likely one of the first times he was moving at full game speed after the Buccaneers were careful with him in the preseason.
Much like with Allen, we will need to wait for the results of an MRI to find out exactly how long Godwin is set to be out. After rushing him back from an ACL injury, will the Buccaneers be more cautious here and sit Godwin for multiple weeks?
The early report from Tom Pelisseo is that, according to a source, Godwin has a hamstring strain and will “miss some time.” He also reported there is optimism the injury is not major but could still sideline him for a few weeks.
Najee Harris (Foot)
It was late in the fourth quarter when Najee Harris left the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 1 game with a foot injury. There were concerns it could be a re-aggravation of his Lisfranc injury or a high-ankle sprain. Those would be the worst-case scenario and would both likely see Harris miss at least four weeks.
However, early reports appeared to indicate Harris should be fine for Week 2. Arguably the bigger issue for the Steelers’ RB was his production before the injury, as he struggled to produce yards behind an offensive line that struggled. His matchup this week against the Patriots could be tough after they held Chase Edmonds and the Dolphins’ run game largely in check.
Dak Prescott (Thumb)
After leaving the game during Week 1, Dak Prescott is set to undergo surgery on his thumb Monday. The Dallas Cowboys QB is set to miss at least 6-8 weeks, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. The hope is that Prescott will be back later in the season, but until then, he will likely be placed on IR.
Prescott’s absence has a huge impact on the fantasy value of the Cowboys’ offensive weapons. The likes of CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz, Tony Pollard, and Ezekiel Elliott could all see a downgrade after this injury.
Elijah Mitchell (Knee)
Elijah Mitchell left with his knee injury in the second quarter of the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 1 game. The exact extent of the injury is unknown, but it has been speculated to be an MCL injury by a couple of outlets. Initial impressions are that Mitchell will at least miss Week 2 but could be out for around 3-6 weeks if the injury is more severe.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Mitchell will be sidelined for two months with a sprained MCL, per sources.
Tee Higgins (Concussion)
Whenever a player leaves with a concussion, the timetable is hard to project, and that is the case for Tee Higgins. He will enter the concussion protocol, and we will need to wait for more updates to find out. He has a full week to get back on the field, but these things are extremely difficult to predict and vary from injury to injury.
Mac Jones (Back)
It was a tough game for Mac Jones, who was hit a lot during Week 1. After the game, he was x-rayed for a back injury, but the results came back negative. Unless he struggles during the week, he should be good to go in Week 2. However, Jones’ status has little impact on the fantasy assets in New England, given they have minimal fantasy-relevant options right now.
Wan’Dale Robinson (Knee)
Although the New York Giants got their first win of the season, it came at a cost. Rookie WR Wan’Dale Robinson left during the first half of the game with an apparent knee injury. He had just played nine snaps before getting injured on his first NFL catch. He is scheduled to have an MRI done today but said to reporters after the game that he felt like he could have returned. The original x-ray was negative, but the MRI will provide more answers.