Fantasy Injury Report: Tua Tagovailoa, Dalvin Cook, Diontae Johnson injury updates

With the 2021 NFL season reaching full gear, here are some updated injury reports to keep in mind for your Week 3 fantasy football lineups.

The unfortunate reality of the return of the NFL is when players are allowed to go full speed — injuries are bound to happen. Week 2 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 3 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.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

Tagovailoa left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a rib injury, getting carted into the locker room after taking a shot from Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa on a failed fourth-down conversion. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Tua suffered bruised ribs. X-rays were negative, but Pelissero reported he is in a lot of pain and will receive an MRI on Monday [September 20]. Veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett replaced him and would be the starter should Tua miss Week 3 or beyond.

Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans

Taylor left Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns with a hamstring injury and was replaced by rookie quarterback Davis Mills to start the second half. The Texans have a short week in Week 3 as they face the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football.

Andy Dalton, Chicago Bears

Dalton left the game with a non-contact injury after scrambling out of bounds during a play in the first half. Dalton came up limping and went to the locker room shortly after for further evaluation and was replaced by rookie Justin Fields. After the game, Bears head coach Matt Nagy said that they would know more about Dalton’s knee injury in the next 24-48 hours, but he does not believe that Dalton suffered a serious ACL injury.

Fields went 6/13 for 60 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. He added 10 carries for 31 yards on the ground and led a pair of field-goal drives. With a full week to prepare, Fields will have mid-QB2 value in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

After an overthrow leading to an interception, Mayfield attempted to make a tackle and suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. After showing clear discomfort, he jogged to the locker room for further evaluation. Mayfield would return and finish the game, going 19/21 for 213 yards with a TD and an interception. 

Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update

Let’s see how the injury bug is affecting RB committees heading into Week 3.

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Brace yourselves because the No. 2 overall pick in fantasy drafts is now on the injury radar. Halfway through the fourth quarter, Cook received a handoff and was tackled from behind. He stayed down on the field for a short time and walked off gingerly while being escorted by trainers. It appears to be a lower-leg injury, but the best thing to do is cross your fingers until we know more.

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams

Henderson was helped off the field in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts with a rib injury. Henderson had 13 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown, as well as 3 catches for 29 yards before leaving the contest. After the game, head coach Sean McVay had no updates on Henderson’s status, and it is unknown if he could miss any time. The Rams are already down three RBs and would rely on Sony Michel as their RB1 should Henderson stay on the sideline.

Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon, JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers

No, I am not just listing San Francisco’s depth chart. All three RBs suffered injuries in Week 3.

Mitchell injured his shoulder in the second half, but luckily enough, he was able to return. However, this does not mean he has escaped injury. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game, “He said he was good enough to come back in, so that’s when you think it’s a stinger. But until you have time to go get an MRI and stuff, you never know. But hoping it was just a stinger.”

It was an unceremonious start to Sermon’s career, suffering a concussion on the first carry of his career after a helmet-to-helmet hit. He will enter the NFL’s concussion protocol. 

With many looking for Mitchell to have a big game, Hasty was the better-looking RB in Week 2. Hasty had 9 touches for 59 yards from scrimmage before his departure (ankle) in the fourth quarter. We will await further updates on his status throughout the week.

WR injury update

News for pass catchers is essential in PPR leagues — let’s break down the WR fallout.

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns

The last thing the Browns needed was another WR to go down with Odell Beckham Jr. yet to return. And it’s not just any WR — it’s Jarvis Landry. According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Landry suffered an MCL injury. Landry sustained the knee injury on the opening drive Sunday and was quickly ruled out.

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

With the game out of reach and the Steelers down two possessions, an injury to Diontae Johnson as time expired was the definition of adding insult to injury. After a second straight game of double-digit targets, Johnson suffered a lower-body injury on the game’s final play. As teams were shaking hands after it was over, trainers helped Johnson off the field.

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys

In a 17-17 game with 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Cooper hauled in a short pass but stayed down on the field after taking a hit by two defenders. With Michael Gallup on the IR (MCL), any missed time for Cooper is a massive blow to the Cowboys’ offense.

Nico Collins, Houston Texans

Texans rookie receiver Nico Collins sustained a shoulder injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s Week 2 matchup with the Browns. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game per the Texans’ PR.

Danny Amendola, Houston Texans

After recording 1 catch on Sunday, Amendola suffered a hamstring injury and did not return to the game.

TE injury update

Which tight ends should we be mindful of when setting our fantasy lineups?

James O’Shaughnessy, Jacksonville Jaguars

O’Shaughnessy suffered an ankle injury in the first half after playing 3 offensive snaps. Despite recording just 1 catch for 24 yards, he ended the game as Jacksonville’s second-leading receiver.

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read more of his work here and follow him at @TommygarrettPFN on Twitter.

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