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Thursday’s Fantasy Injury Report: Alvin Kamara, DeAndre Hopkins, Deebo Samuel injury updates

Heading into Week 13, which players are likely to appear on injury reports, and how do those updates impact fantasy football lineups?

While rankings and projections are beneficial, few things are more important in fantasy football than following injury updates. Injuries not only impact the player in question but the teammates and the offenses around them. Here’s an update on some critical injury reports to watch and their fantasy football impact.

Update 12/05/21: For all recent injury news, make sure to check out our most up-to-date Week 13 Fantasy Injury Report.

Fantasy Football Injury Report: QB update

Let’s go through the injuries currently impacting quarterbacks. Monitor these situations throughout the week and have contingency plans, if necessary.

Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

Justin Fields returned to a limited practice Wednesday as he recovers from some cracked ribs. Andy Dalton still took the starter’s reps and is expected to start Sunday, but it sounds like Fields will be back sooner than later.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants

After initially being ruled out this week with a neck issue, the tune has changed on Daniel Jones. He was listed as limited on the Giants’ estimated practice report following Wednesday’s walkthrough. Mike Glennon would start if Jones can’t go.

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray was limited at Wednesday’s practice due to his ankle sprain, which seems far more serious than initially believed. Murray echoed head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s comments of being “hopeful” he plays this week.

Following the bye week, I expected more certainty on Murray’s status. If he can get in a full practice on Friday, fantasy managers can feel better.

Update: Murray will be a game time decision.

Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update

Which running backs are dealing with injuries that may affect their game status? Let’s see which RB committees are hobbled heading into Week 13.

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook did not practice Wednesday with a dislocated shoulder and possibly a torn labrum. Cook is out this week, meaning Alexander Mattison will start.

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

Kingsbury indicated Chase Edmonds will return from his high-ankle sprain in Week 14 on Monday Night Football. Edmonds remains on injured reserve and will not play in Week 13.

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos

Melvin Gordon hurt his hip in the first quarter last week. He missed a handful of plays before ultimately returning and finishing the game. Gordon did not practice Wednesday because of the injury, but head coach Vic Fangio expects him to play Sunday.

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams held a walkthrough on Wednesday, but Darrell Henderson did not participate. He’s dealing with a thigh issue. Head coach Sean McVay doesn’t expect Henderson to miss this week’s game, but it’s an ominous start to the week.

David Johnson, Houston Texans

David Johnson missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness. He’s also listed as having a thigh issue, but it’s the illness that kept him from practicing. He should be fine.

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Update 12/02/21: Alvin Kamara will be inactive for the Saints game against the Cowboys on Thursday night.

Alvin Kamara was limited for a third consecutive day on Wednesday. He’s missed the past three games with a sprained MCL and is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Cowboys. Even if he does play, I would expect more Mark Ingram than normal.

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Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.football, one of the most dialed-in beat reporters in the country, has been hinting the Saints might err on the side of caution and rest Kamara.

J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team

J.D. McKissic did not practice Wednesday. He was carted off the field Monday with a neck injury. He is not in the concussion protocol, but it’s an ominous start to the week. Based on what the injury looked like Monday, I would not expect him to play.

Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles

All three Eagles running backs were on Wednesday’s estimated practice report (Philadelphia merely held a walkthrough). Miles Sanders was limited with an ankle issue, while Jordan Howard did not practice due to a knee sprain. Boston Scott is dealing with an illness, but he should be fine.

D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported the Lions intend to be cautious with D’Andre Swift’s shoulder. He is expected to miss multiple weeks. The good news for fantasy managers is Swift wants to return as quickly as he can. The bad news is it’s not up to him, and with the Lions winless, it’s entirely possible they shut him down.

Fantasy Football Injury Report: WR update

How are the fantasy-relevant wide receivers dealing with injuries? Let’s see which pass catchers may require a Plan B for Week 13’s action.

Odell Beckham, Los Angeles Rams

Odell Beckham was absent from Wednesday’s practice due to a hip injury. Sean Mcvay expects Beckham to play.

Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New week, same story for Antonio Brown. He’s not practicing due to his heel injury. If and when AB returns, he would likely return to practice on a Wednesday. It didn’t happen this week. Not only is AB out this week, but he’s already been ruled out for Week 14.

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At this point, we have no reason to expect Brown to play again this season. The Bucs are locked into a playoff spot. My guess is the next time we see Brown will be the postseason.

Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans

Brandin Cooks missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness. He’s not at risk of missing Sunday’s game.

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys

Update 12/02/21: Amari Cooper will be active for the Cowboys game against the Saints on Thursday night.

According to Ed Werder, Amari Cooper is going to travel with the team to New Orleans and is expected to play Thursday night. The team activated him from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. He got in a limited practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable.

Fortunately, with the game being on Thursday, fantasy managers will be able to either start Cooper if he’s active or sit him if he’s not and figure out a replacement by Sunday. It’s also worth noting that Cedrick Wilson is out with an ankle injury. Noah Brown will operate as the Cowboys’ WR4 behind Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup.

Corey Davis, New York Jets

Corey Davis did not practice Wednesday due to the groin injury he sustained at last week’s practice. It’s not a good sign for his Sunday availability.

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

DeAndre Hopkins was limited at Wednesday’s practice. It marked the first time he practiced in over a month since he’s been out with a strained hamstring. I won’t get my hopes up about his return until we see more, though.

Update: Like Murray, Hopkins will be a game time decision.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

DeVante Parker has been on injured reserve with a hamstring strain. He returned to practice Wednesday and after practice, the team designated him to return. It appears there’s a real shot he plays this week.

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Allen Robinson is still not practicing due to a strained hamstring. Signs point to him missing a third consecutive contest.

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

Deebo Samuel did not practice Wednesday due to a groin injury. He’s out this week and will likely miss next week as well. The good news is Samuel is expected to only miss two games. The bad news is this is a groin injury, and as we’ve seen historically, they tend to linger.

DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles

There must be something going around Eagles camp. DeVonta Smith was absent from Wednesday’s walkthrough due to an illness. He should be fine for Sunday.

Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney, New York Giants

Sterling Shepard (thigh) and Kadarius Toney (quad) did not practice Wednesday. The Giants remain hopeful Shepard can return this week while Toney is not expected to play.

Fantasy Football Injury Report: TE update 

Are there any tight end injuries we need to be concerned about? The TE market is already thin, so your alternatives will likely be grim if you have a TE on this injury report.

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers

At the end of last week’s game, Pat Freiermuth sustained a concussion and was placed in the protocol. Surprisingly, the Muth was listed as a full participant at Wednesday’s practice.

The full practice suggests he has already advanced to the final stage of the protocol and just needs clearance from the independent neurologist sometime in the next four days. Thus, signs point to Freiermuth not missing a game.

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears

Cole Kmet did not practice Wednesday due to a groin injury. It’s unclear when the injury happens, but something to monitor.

Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders

Darren Waller did not practice Wednesday due to his IT band injury. He is week-to-week and will not play this week. At some point over the next several weeks, Waller will return to practice, and then we’ll know he’s on his way back. Foster Moreau projects to be an every-down player for as long as Waller is out.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.

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