Fantasy Injury Report: James White, KJ Hamler, JuJu Smith-Schuster injury updates

With the 2021 NFL season reaching full gear, here are some updated injury reports to keep in mind for your Week 4 fantasy football lineups.

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 3 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 4 in the air.

For the most recent injury news, make sure to check out our most up-to-date fantasy football 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.

Andy Dalton, Chicago Bears

Head coach Matt Nagy told reporters on Monday [September 27] that Dalton (knee) is considered “week to week.” To further complicate the matter, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Nagy said all three QBs (Justin Fields, Nick Foles, and Dalton) are in consideration to start in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday [September 25] that Miami placed Tagovailoa on injured reserve, meaning he’ll miss at least three games after fracturing his ribs in Week 2.

Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update

How is the injury bug affecting RB committees heading into Week 4?

James White, New England Patriots

White suffered a subluxation of the hip during Week 3, per Rapoport. He has been undergoing tests, but given the timeline of similar injuries, an IR stint is likely. Entering Sunday’s game, White led the Patriots with 12 receptions for 94 yards while adding 9 rushes for 32 yards. Second-year back J.J. Taylor could see more work in the passing game following this news.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Head coach Matt Rhule said Monday [September 27] that McCaffrey (hamstring) would not be placed on injured reserve, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. While McCaffrey will likely miss at least one more game, this is a positive sign for fantasy managers who selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in drafts. In the meantime, rookie Chuba Hubbard becomes a priority add in Week 4.

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

During his Monday press conference, head coach Jon Gruden gave an update on Jacobs after the RB missed the last two games (ankle). 

“I met with Josh this morning, and we’re going to see how he feels on the practice field this week,” Gruden said. “Not making any predictions, but we’re hopeful we can get him back on the grass at some point this week.”

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

After sustaining a sprained ankle in Week 2, Cook was declared out and missed the Vikings game in Week 3. We will have to monitor practice reports to see if he’ll be back in Week 4. Still, given the success of Alexander Mattison, Minnesota will give Cook the necessary time to recover rather than rushing him back to the field.

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams

As we all expected, Darrell Henderson (ribs) was ruled out for Week 3. He was unable to practice all week, making his inactive designation unsurprising.

WR injury update

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Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Bateman (groin) would practice this week. Bateman was placed on short-term IR during the preseason, making Week 4 the earliest he could return.

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

According to Cincinnati’s estimated practice report, Higgins (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant. Higgins was inactive for the Bengals’ Week 3 victory over the Steelers.

KJ Hamler, Denver Broncos

Hamler suffered a torn ACL on Sunday, Schefter reported. He will miss the remainder of the season. The Broncos were already thin at WR after placing Jerry Jeudy (ankle) on IR in Week 2.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports Hilton (neck) is not expected to come off IR in time to face the Dolphins in Week 4, but he’s “making great progress” in his recovery. 

N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Monday that it’s “definitely a possibility” that Harry (shoulder) will return to practice this week, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. Harry began the regular season on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury during the second preseason game.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

According to Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football, the Saints removed Thomas from the COVID-19/reserve list. However, he is still on the PUP list following ankle surgery.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

Shepard exited Sunday’s game against the Falcons after suffering a right hamstring injury in the first half and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest. Shepard has been New York’s best receiver this season.

Darius Slayton, Miami Dolphins

Like Shepard, Slayton was also ruled out due to a hamstring injury he sustained in the first quarter of New York’s Week 3 game.

Elijah Moore, New York Jets

In the Jets’ 26-0 loss to the Broncos, Moore suffered a concussion and was subsequently placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers

Smith-Schuster (ribs) is considered day to day after X-rays came back negative on the injury that knocked him out against the Bengals in Week 3, per Rapoport.

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Miller is dealing with a severe case of turf toe. Rapoport later indicated that Miller is likely headed to IR. The third-year wideout caught 2 of his 3 targets for 11 yards in Week 3.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans

According to Schefter, Brown is considered “week to week” due to a hamstring injury he suffered in the first quarter of Week 3. Before the injury, Brown had not recorded a reception on just 2 targets.

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

In the fourth quarter of Seattle’s game against Minnesota, Lockett was taken down awkwardly and suffered a left knee injury. After staying on the field a few minutes, Lockett walked off the field under his own power and later returned to play in the game. He managed to avoid serious injury and will likely be listed as questionable for Week 4.

TE injury update for Week 4

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

Tyler Kroft, New York Jets

Kroft was ruled out of New York’s Week 3 game against the Broncos with a rib injury, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. Before exiting, Kroft had 2 catches on 2 targets for 12 yards. 

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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