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Fantasy Injury Report: Kyler Murray, David Montgomery, CeeDee Lamb injury updates

As Week 9 of the NFL season approaches, be sure to stay updated with the latest injury report before setting your fantasy football lineups.

The unfortunate reality of the NFL is that when players go full speed, injuries happen. Week 8 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 9 in the air.

Update 11/07/2021: For the most recent injury news, check out our up-to-date NFL Week 9 Injury Report.

Fantasy Football Injury Report: QB update

How are the signal-callers faring? Let’s start with Kyler Murray and then move our way to the likes of Dak Prescott, Tyrod Taylor, and Taysom Hill.

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site reports Kyler Murray (ankle) wasn’t in attendance for Thursday’s practice and was listed as a “did not participate” (DNP) on Arizona’s official report for the second straight day.

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Murray rolled his ankle towards the end of their Week 8 game against the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury described Murray as “day-to-day” earlier in the week. Colt McCoy has been working with the first-team offense in case Murray does end up missing Week 9.

Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers

Darin Gantt of the Panthers’ official site reports Sam Darnold (concussion/shoulder) was limited at Thursday’s practice. Darnold has been a limited participant in back-to-back practices heading into Week 9, but he’s still yet to receive medical clearance due to his concussion. If Darnold cannot play this weekend, P.J. Walker would start for the Panthers.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Mike Spofford of the Packers’ official site reports Aaron Rodgers is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He will miss Week 9, and the Packers will face the Kansas City Chiefs with Jordan Love under center.

Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans

Head coach David Culley confirmed Thursday that Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) would start Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, per Deepi Sidhu of the Texans’ official site. Taylor has been participating in practice this week and will be activated off injured reserve list ahead of Week 9.

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

Daniel Popper of The Athletic reported Justin Herbert (hand) was in pads and practicing Thursday. He was a limited participant in Wednesday’s session. Herbert’s throwing hand injury occurred when it contacted a defender’s helmet in Week 3 against the Chiefs.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports Tua Tagovailoa (ribs/finger) was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice. Tua has been limited in practice all week ahead of the Dolphins’ game against the Houston Texans. He is expected to play in Week 9.

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints

Per the Saints’ practice report, Taysom Hill (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday’s practice. Hill likely still has to meet with an independent neurologist to be cleared for game action, but it appears he is on track to start for New Orleans in Week 9 following the loss of Jameis Winston (ACL) for the season.

Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update

How is the injury bug affecting RB committees heading into Week 9? We look at the different situations around the league and how they affect players such as Chase Edmonds, David Montgomery, Damien Williams, James Robinson, Justin Jackson, and Elijah Mitchell.

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

According to Tracy Sandler of Fangirl Sports Network, Chase Edmonds (shoulder) was a limited participant in Arizona’s practice on Thursday. Edmonds was an LP (limited participant) for Wednesday and doesn’t seem in danger of missing the Cardinals’ Week 9 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. James Conner could be in line for a larger workload if the team opts to limit Edmonds’ touches.

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

Bears head coach Matt Nagy confirmed Thursday that RB David Montgomery (knee) has been designated to return from injured reserve, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports. This move opens a 21-day window for the team to activate Montgomery to the 53-man roster.

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There has been no determination as to whether Montgomery would be activated in time for Chicago’s Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, given he hasn’t been on the field since October 3 when he sprained his knee, Montgomery is unlikely to be activated in time for Week 9.

Damien Williams, Chicago Bears

Damien Williams did not participate in practice on Thursday, according to the Bears’ practice report. During Chicago’s Week 8 loss to the 49ers, Williams exited early with a knee injury. Today marked the Bears’ first practice of the week given that they play on Monday Night Football, so there is still time for him to get reps ahead of their game.

James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Per the team’s practice report, James Robinson (heel) did not participate in Thursday’s practice. Head coach Urban Meyer indicated Wednesday that Robinson, who’s considered day-to-day, has a chance to play Sunday against the Bills. However, back-to-back DNPs make that seem unlikely. Robinson would need to get in some kind of work Friday to have a chance of suiting up.

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Jackson (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Thursday, according to the Chargers’ practice report. Jackson left Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after posting 79 yards on 3 carries. Jackson missed practice on Wednesday as well.

Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers

Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports Elijah Mitchell (ribs) was limited at Thursday’s practice. Mitchell was a DNP on Wednesday and wore a non-contact jersey Thursday. 

WR Injury Update for Week 9

News for pass catchers is essential in PPR leagues. These are the fantasy-relevant WRs currently on the NFL’s Week 9 injury report, including the likes of A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins, Cole Beasley, Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and numerous others.

A.J. Green, Arizona Cardinals

Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports A.J. Green is on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after testing positive for the virus. 

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

Weinfuss also reported DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) was a DNP for Thursday’s practice. For the second week in a row, Hopkins is tending to a hamstring injury. He sat out the first two sessions of Week 9 practice. Last week, Hopkins was a game-time decision and played in a season-low 24% of the offensive snaps after reaggravating his nagging injury. 

Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills

Chris Brown of the Bills’ official site reports Cole Beasley (ribs) missed practice again Thursday after sitting out Wednesday’s session as well. Beasley is coming off a 10-catch, 110-yard (13 targets) game in Week 8 against the Dolphins.

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns

Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports Jarvis Landry (knee) returned to a limited practice Thursday. Landry is following the same pattern as last week, where he was a DNP on Wednesday and followed it with a limited outing the next day.

With Odell Beckham Jr. currently away from the team, the Browns desperately need Landry to be as healthy as possible for Week 9.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns

Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) remained limited at practice Thursday. He had limitations for both practices this week heading into Week 9. With Beckham Jr. away from the team, Peoples-Jones could be the No. 2 option for the Browns.

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys

Jon Machota of The Athletic reports Amari Cooper (hamstring) was limited in Thursday’s practice. Cooper will have one more opportunity to put in a full practice Friday.

CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports CeeDee Lamb didn’t practice Thursday due to an ankle sprain. Lamb sustained the injury during Wednesday’s session, limiting his practice reps. He is questionable for Week 9 against the Denver Broncos.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers

Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) is designated to return from injured reserve on Monday. Valdes-Scantling was a game-time decision for Green Bay’s Week 8 contest against Arizona.

Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams

Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports Robert Woods (foot) didn’t practice Thursday. The expectation is Woods plays Sunday, but it will be worth monitoring what he does on Friday.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

Louis-Jacques reports DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice. Parker still hasn’t practiced fully since Week 4, but he did suit up last week and hauled in 8 receptions on 11 targets for 85 yards.

Kenny Golladay, New York Giants

Dan Salomone of the Giants’ official site reports Kenny Golladay (knee) was limited in his return to practice Thursday. Golladay looks to make his return after hyperextending his knee in Week 5.

Dante Pettis, New York Giants

Salomone reports Dante Pettis (shoulder) did not participate in practice on Thursday. The Giants listed Pettis as a non-participant on their official Week 9 report for the second straight day after he sustained a left shoulder injury in Monday’s loss to the Chiefs.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday’s estimated practice report, per Salomone. He is currently trending towards missing his fourth game of the season.

Kadarius Toney, New York Giants

Per Salomone, Kadarius Toney (thumb) was a limited participant at Thursday’s practice. The Giants capped Toney’s reps for the second day in a row while he deals with a laceration on his thumb.

Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Reagor (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice, according to the team’s practice report. He was a non-participant in the Eagles’ first practice this week after injuring his ankle when attempting to rush for a TD in Week 8.

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

Chan reports Deebo Samuel (calf) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday. Thus far, Samuel has recorded the same routine as last week — no practice Wednesday before returning to the field Thursday with limited reps. It seemed to work out reasonably well in Week 8 as he recorded 171 yards on 6 receptions.

Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans

Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ official site reports Julio Jones (hamstring) remained limited at practice Thursday (and was for both practices this week). He is questionable for Tennessee’s Week 9 game against the Los Angles Rams.

TE Injury Update for Week 9

Which tight end injuries should we be mindful of when setting our fantasy lineups? Let’s look at players such as Dawson Knox, Blake Jarwin, Noah Fant, Jonnu Smith, and others around the league.

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills

Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN reports Dawson Knox (hand) did not participate in Thursday’s practice. Knox is day-to-day but seems unlikely to play in Week 9.

Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys

Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports Blake Jarwin (hip) did not practice Thursday. That is consecutive absences to start the week and Jarwin is trending towards missing the Cowboys’ Week 9 contest.

Noah Fant, Dallas Cowboys

George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports Noah Fant — who landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday following a positive test — could still have a chance to play in Week 9.

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According to Stoia, Fant’s vaccinated. He would need to submit two negative test results at least 24 hours apart and display no symptoms of the virus before he’s eligible to rejoin the Broncos. If he cannot, Albert Okwuegbunam would be a solid streaming option for fantasy managers to pivot to in Week 9.

Brevin Jordan, Houston Texans

Brevin Jordan (ankle) was a limited participant in the Texans’ practice Thursday. Jordan’s name showed up on the injury report on Thursday, which is normally not a good sign for a player’s availability. Jordan made his NFL debut last week, recording 3 receptions for 41 yards and 1 TD.

Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots

According to the team’s official practice report, Jonnu Smith (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice. He was an LP on Wednesday also. Smith will likely be questionable for Week 9.

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Keiana Martin of the team’s official site reports the 49ers designated George Kittle (calf) for return from injured reserve on Wednesday. That started a 21-day clock for San Francisco to activate Kittle to the 53-man roster. 

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here, listen to him on PFN’s Fantasy Football podcast, and check out his contributions in PFN’s free fantasy newsletter. Give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.

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