The unfortunate reality of the return of the NFL is that when players are allowed to go full speed, injuries are bound to happen. Week 6 of the NFL season was no exception. Now that fantasy football managers are updating their lineups for the coming week, several players have found themselves on the injury report, leaving their status for Week 7 in the air.
Update: If you want the most recent injury information, make sure to check out our up-to-date Week 7 NFL Injury Report.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: QB update
Here is where we currently stand in terms of the fantasy football QB options dealing with an injury – Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield is the only one we’re keeping an eye on heading into Week 7.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield has been playing with a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder and appeared to further aggravate it on Sunday. He was in clear discomfort but returned to the game after being evaluated on the sideline.
It’s worth keeping an eye on, but given Mayfield finished the game, I doubt it will force him to miss time. Mayfield himself said after the game that he plans to play on Thursday Night Football (October 21) vs. the Broncos, although head coach Kevin Stefanski said he will undergo further testing.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update
How is the injury bug affecting RB committees heading into Week 7? Let’s take a look at Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt and Washington Football Team RB Antonio Gibson
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
With Nick Chubb already out for Week 6 (calf), the last thing the Browns needed was an injury to Kareem Hunt. Unfortunately, Hunt could be out for an extended period of time. He had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter after suffering a calf injury. He was unable to put any weight on his right leg.
Per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Browns’ head coach Kevin Stefanski said Hunt did not injure his Achilles. This is an important note, as the “calf” label is often used in place of Achilles early in the process. We will have more information in the coming days.
Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team
Already entering the game with a stress fracture in his shin, Antonio Gibson appeared to be in clear pain as the ailment took him off the field for some time. He appeared to re-aggravate his shin after roughly 10 carries and would eventually be taken out of the game once it was out of reach.
In his postgame press conference, head coach Ron Rivera stated they will evaluate Gibson on Monday [October 18]. “We’ll see how he is,” Rivera said. “We did take him out at the end of the game because he was struggling with it a little, so we have to be careful and see how he responds. I don’t know much more than that. We’ll see how he is [Monday] morning.”
Should Gibson miss time, J.D. McKissic would be in line for a significant role against Green Bay in Week 7. He’s someone you should consider targeting on the Week 7 Waiver Wire.
WR Injury Update for Week 7
News for pass catchers is essential in PPR leagues — let’s break down the WR fallout and look at players such as Kadarius Toney, Mike Williams, Odell Beckham, Tyreek Hill, and others.
Kadarius Toney, New York Giants
This was easy to see coming, unfortunately. After pregame reports indicated Kadarius Toney was on his injured ankle, it seemed inevitable the rookie WR would re-aggravate the injury during the game — and he did.
After 3 targets, Toney left the game in the first quarter. His demeanor on New York’s sideline clearly indicated he knew something was wrong. Toney was taken back into the locker room and ruled out for the remainder of the game. I would not be surprised if Toney misses Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
Similar to Toney, Mike Williams was a major question mark as he failed to log a practice all week — but was still active against the Ravens. I was concerned Williams would either serve as a decoy or suffer a further injury. Both seemed to happen.
In the middle of a career year, Williams saw just 5 targets, catching 2 for 27 yards. He also seemed to re-aggravate his knee early in the game when trying to make a catch. He left the game for a bit, and although he eventually returned, he made little impact. Williams played on just 20 of 58 snaps in Week 6 and did not see action in the fourth quarter.
Terrace Marshall Jr., Carolina Panthers
Terrace Marshall Jr. was ruled out early against the Vikings with a concussion. As a result, he will enter the NFL’s concussion protocol. The rookie wide receiver hasn’t contributed much this season, posting only 14 receptions for 116 yards and no scores through six weeks.
Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
Odell Beckham Jr. went to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury when two Arizona Cardinals defenders landed on top of him. After going to the sideline for examination in the medical tent, Beckham Jr. jogged to the locker room for more evaluation and treatment. He returned to the game but should be monitored going forward.
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
Tyreek Hill entered the game with a quad injury and seemed to have his snaps limited at times. He missed a few series and was questionable to return at one point, but he did come back into the game and almost immediately scored a touchdown.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton’s return could be short-lived after he left the game on Sunday and was ruled out with a quad injury. However, head coach Frank Reich said after the game that there’s no serious concern about Hilton’s injury. The veteran wideout had a great first game back from injured reserve, catching all 4 targets for 80 yards.
Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts
Parris Campbell suffered a foot injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the game against the Texans. After catching a 51-yard touchdown pass, Campbell went to the locker room to be evaluated for a foot injury. He later came back to the sideline but was ruled out during the second quarter.
TE Injury Update for Week 7
Which tight end injuries should we be mindful of when setting our fantasy lineups? We’re identifying just one as of this time heading into Week 7 – Jody Fortson of the Chiefs.
Jody Fortson, Kansas City Chiefs
Jody Fortson was quickly ruled out after being carted off in the third quarter with an Achilles injury. Head coach Andy Reid later announced that Fortson tore his Achilles, meaning he will miss the rest of the 2021 season.