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 5 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 6 in the air.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: QB update
Here is where we currently stand in terms of the fantasy football QB options dealing with an injury.
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site reports Kyler Murray (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice. Murray was an LP for the second day, but nothing indicates he will miss the week.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports Lamar Jackson (undisclosed) wasn’t present during the media-access portion of Thursday’s practice. Jackson was not listed on Wednesday’s injury report, so we are uncertain as to Jackson’s absence.
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) is expected to suit up for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars in London, barring any setbacks in practice. Tagovailoa returned to practice Wednesday but has yet to be fully activated from the injured reserve.
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
Taysom Hill suffered a concussion during Sunday’s contest at Washington and remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Nevertheless, the Saints have a bye in Week 6, giving Hill an additional week to clear league protocols.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants
According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, Daniel Jones (concussion) practiced in a limited capacity on Thursday. He remains in the concussion protocol and has yet to be cleared for Week 6. Should he miss, Mike Glennon will start in his place.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update
How is the injury bug affecting RB committees heading into Week 6?
Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals
According to Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site, Chase Edmonds (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice. Edmonds was a game-time decision for Week 5 and saw a limited workload. He does appear to be in better health, heading into a contest against the Cleveland Browns.
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) was officially a non-participant at practice Thursday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers’ official site reports. McCaffrey did practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday, so to see him log a DNP on Thursday is not a great sign for his availability in Week 6.
Damien Williams, Chicago Bears
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Damien Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Williams reportedly tested positive for the virus. If he’s vaccinated, he’ll have to test negative twice 24 hours apart to be cleared to return to the active roster. Khalil Herbert would be in line for a significant role should Williams miss. Herbert recorded 18 carries for 75 yards in Week 5.
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon (ankle) was spotted working on the side during Thursday’s practice and was labeled as a non-participant, James Rapien of SI.com reports. Mixon saw limited work last week (18 snaps), but the lack of full practices is starting to be a concern for Week 6 and his availability.
Samaje Perine, Cincinnati Bengals
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Samaje Perine’s placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday was due to a positive test. With Mixon also injured, Chris Evans could be an intriguing play in Week 6 if things hold the way they are.
Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Per Scott Petrak of The Chronicle-Telegram, Nick Chubb (calf) wasn’t spotted at practice Thursday and was a DNP. The Browns did not mention Chubb’s injury post-game after he ran for a season-high 161 yards. Still, the back-to-back absences suggest this might be more than a maintenance issue.
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
Kareem Hunt was a DNP Thursday with wrist and knee injuries.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
According to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News, Ezekiel Elliott (ribs) logged a limited practice Thursday while he recovers from falling on the pylon camera in Week 5.
Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos
Aric DiLalla of the Broncos’ official site reports Melvin Gordon (hip) will practice Thursday in a limited capacity which is a step forward from his DNP on Wednesday.
D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions
Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ official site reports D’Andre Swift (groin) was a limited practice participant Thursday. Swift has been listed with a groin injury since the preseason but has not missed a game this season.
Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions
Twentyman also reported Jamaal Williams was a DNP Thursday due to a hip issue as well as an illness. Initially, Williams was an LP on Wednesday with the hip injury, suggesting his DNP is due to the illness he picked up.
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Per the team’s official site, Aaron Jones was a limited participant on Thursday due to an ankle injury that he’s been playing with for the past two weeks.
Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
Sam Gordon of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Josh Jacobs was not seen at practice on Thursday. Jacobs was a full participant on Wednesday, making his absence curious. We will have to wait until Friday’s injury report comes out to see his final game status.
Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
Alexander Mattison was a limited participant on Thursday as he deals with a shoulder injury. He was upgraded from his DNP status on Wednesday.
Damien Harris, New England Patriots
Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports Damien Harris (ribs) returned to a limited practice Thursday after being knocked out of the game on Sunday twice due to chest injuries.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Duggan of The Athletic reports Saquon Barkley (ankle) isn’t participating in Thursday’s practice and is doubtful for the game on Sunday. I’ll save the suspense. He’s not going to play.
Jeremy McNichols, Tennessee Titans
Turron Davenport of ESPN reports Jeremy McNichols was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice due to an ankle injury. With the Titans playing on Monday night against the Bills, this gives McNichols an extra day to shed his injury designation.