Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 9: A.J. Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Amari Cooper, and more

With injuries and bye weeks starting to take their toll, let’s look at the latest WR injury report updates for fantasy football in Week 9.

Nothing can derail a potentially successful fantasy football season quicker than injuries. That’s especially true at the ever-so-critical wide receiver position, where elite-level players can make or break a contending fantasy team. As we head into Week 9, several WRs find themselves on the injury report for their respective teams. Therefore, fantasy managers need to pay close attention to any WR injury updates and reports as NFL kickoffs draw near.

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

Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 9 | AFC

After a seemingly brutal week full of injuries, these are the fantasy-relevant WRs in the AFC currently on the NFL’s Week 9 injury report. With some players facing game-time decisions, many fantasy managers might need to start considering secondary options.

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

According to the Ravens’ official injury report, Rashod Bateman (groin) is questionable for Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings. Bateman was unable to practice Friday due to the groin issue, though head coach John Harbaugh said the injury isn’t serious, noting Bateman still has “a real good chance” to play Sunday.

Sammy Watkins, Baltimore Ravens

Sammy Watkins (thigh) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Watkins, who hasn’t played since Week 5, didn’t practice Wednesday, but back-to-back limited session suggests he is trending in the right direction.

Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills

Cole Beasley (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars after recording a limited practice on Friday. Beasley missed both Wednesday and Thursday’s practices but seems to have a shot at suiting up in Week 9.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Nonetheless, with Odell Beckham Jr. no longer on the team, Peoples-Jones could be a significant contributor for Cleveland’s offense moving forward as they look to find a new No. 2 behind Jarvis Landry.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins placed DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring) on injured reserve Friday. Parker will miss at minimum three games.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans

A.J. Brown, who practiced Wednesday and Thursday fully, was added to the Titans’ Week 9 injury report. He’s questionable for Sunday Night Football against the Rams after missing practice Friday with a knee issue.

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With the Titans having the Sunday night game, Brown could be a problematic decision for fantasy managers.

Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 9 | NFC

Which NFC wide receivers currently sit on the injury report ahead of Week 8? Who is in danger of missing their matchup this week, leaving fantasy managers in a difficult position?

A.J. Green, Arizona Cardinals

A.J. Green will not play in Week 9 after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site reports DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) is questionable for Week 9 in San Francisco and is a game-day decision, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons placed Calvin Ridley on the reserve/non-football injury list on Friday. Ridley stated he was stepping away from football to deal with his mental health.

Ridley won’t be eligible to play for the next three weeks, making the Falcons’ November 28 game against the Jaguars his earliest possible return.

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys

Rob Phillips of the Cowboys’ official site reports Amari Cooper (hamstring) has been officially listed as questionable for the Cowboys’ Week 9 game against the Denver Broncos. However, Cooper is likely to play.

CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

Phillips also reported that CeeDee Lamb (ankle) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Broncos, but expectations are that he’ll play. Lamb participated in Friday’s walkthrough session, and he’s expected to participate in Saturday’s practice.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers

Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday. Thus, the Packers have the option to activate him ahead of their Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams

According to the Rams’ practice report, Robert Woods (foot) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans. Woods practiced for the first time Friday and was a limited participant. As a result, expectations are that he plays.

Kenny Golladay, New York Giants

Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports the Giants have listed Kenny Golladay (knee) as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Golladay has missed the last three games due to a hyperextended knee.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) is out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

Dante Pettis, New York Giants

Dan Salomone of the Giants’ official site reports the Giants placed Dante Pettis (shoulder) on the injured reserve on Friday. As a result, he will miss at minimum the next three games.

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports Deebo Samuel (calf) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. Samuel was able to record back-to-back limited practices. However, he admitted his calf injury is feeling worse this week than it did heading into the 49ers’ Week 8 win over the Bears, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN. 

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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