NFL RB Injury Report Week 7: Antonio Gibson is highly risky, even if he plays

Some big-name fantasy football running backs find themselves on the Week 7 injury report. Who's in and who's out?

Between injuries and the #Byepocalypse, it’s entirely possible that you’re starting a backup RB in your fantasy football lineup this week. It’s rough in these streets. Let’s take a look around the NFL at the Fantasy RB Injury Report ahead of Sunday’s games.

Update: For the most recent injury report, make sure to check out our up-to-date Week 7 Fantasy Injury Report.

Week 7 RB Injury Report

Which big-name running backs should we be worried about this week?

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Saquon Barkley is out for yet another week with an ankle injury that has been ailing him. It will once again be Devontae Booker leading the New York Giants’ backfield.

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

Antonio Gibson is questionable in every sense of the word. I fully expect them to start him, but there is every reason to be highly concerned with his injury. He saw only 10 carries last week and missed large periods of the game with a shin injury. You probably have to start him, but be wary.

D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

D’Andre Swift is questionable, technically, but is expected to play. Swift has been a bright spot in an otherwise bleak Detroit offense and is locked into starting lineups regardless of the matchup.

Latavius Murray, Baltimore Ravens

Latavius Murray is out. With a bye next week, Baltimore is resting Murray for two weeks in hopes that he’ll be ready for Week 9. Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell will handle the bulk of the carries. What year is it again?

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

Chase Edmonds logged a limited practice on Thursday with a shoulder injury. Still, he wasn’t on the final injury report on Friday and should be good to go for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. This should be the most lopsided game of the week, and I advise that you start every single Cardinals player that’s on your roster.

Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks

Alex Collins is officially listed as questionable but is expected to play. Rashaad Penny is also being activated off IR for this game, creating a potentially horrible timeshare situation. Not only that, but he’s going against a Saints run defense that is one of the best in the league. Proceed with caution.

Damien Williams, Chicago Bears

Damien Williams is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If he clears protocols, he could be activated on Saturday afternoon. It’s being reported that Khalil Herbert could surpass Williams on the depth chart, even if Williams is healthy.

JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers

JaMycal Hasty is expected to be activated off IR for Week 7. Elijah Mitchell has been the lead back in the 49ers backfield so far this season, but #Shanahanigans can strike at any time. He’s worth a waiver add if he’s available, but he’s a risky start this week.

Top RBs on IR in Week 7

Injured reserve is a depressing place and it’s currently where you’ll find some of the very best running backs that fantasy football has to offer. Here are the guys that are still calling IR home for Week 7 but are slated to return at some point this season.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey is on IR and will be eligible to play in Week 9. The top RB in all of fantasy football will be back soon. Hang in there.

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

David Montgomery could be out for a few more weeks, and his timeline is still murky. Week 9 is a possibility, but with the Bears having a Week 10 bye, it’s also possible that they’ll rest him until Chicago takes the field in Week 11. We simply don’t know at this point.

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks

Chris Carson was placed on IR ahead of Week 6 with a neck injury, and the Seahawks have a Week 9 bye. Carson will be eligible to return to the lineup in Week 10.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Facing an MCL injury, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is likely looking at a 4-6 week timeline for recovery. It’s possible we could see him back on the field for Week 10 if he falls on the shorter end of the spectrum. Nevertheless, it’s important to note that the Chiefs have a Week 12 bye. There’s a real possibility that Edwards-Helaire won’t return until Week 13 if his recovery is going slowly.

Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

Kareem Hunt will be eligible to return in Week 10, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport believes Hunt is looking at a 4-6 week timeline to return. After Hunt’s Week 10 eligibility, we’ll have to take it on a week-to-week basis to see when we should expect him back in our fantasy lineups.

Jon Helmkamp is a fantasy football and NFL contributor for Pro Football Network. You can find him on Twitter: @JonHelmkamp 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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