NFL WR Injury Report Week 6: DeAndre Hopkins, Terry McLaurin, Tyreek Hill, and more

With a quarter of the NFL season behind us, let's look at the latest WR injury report updates to keep in mind for fantasy football in Week 6.

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 6, 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.

Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 6 | AFC

After a seemingly brutal week full of injuries, these are the fantasy-relevant WRs in the AFC currently on the NFL’s Week 6 injury report.

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

Head coach John Harbaugh stated in his press conference Friday that Rashod Bateman (groin) is expected to be activated off injured reserve and make his NFL debut in Sunday’s game against the Chargers. With Sammy Watkins dealing with a hamstring injury he sustained on Monday night, Bateman would have a direct path to targets.

Sammy Watkins, Baltimore Ravens

Watkins (hamstring) has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Marquise Brown will continue to be heavily targeted, while Miley Boykin could receive increased reps following his reinstatement from IR prior to last week’s game.

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns

Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports Jarvis Landry (knee) was designated to return from IR Friday and returned to practice. This opens a 21-day window for the Browns to activate Landry to the 53-man roster. Nevertheless, it’s expected he will be activated before Week 6 against the Cardinals. Landry has not played since Week 2.

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

According to McKenzie Nelson of KSHB 41 News, Tyreek Hill (knee) was spotted at practice on Friday. Following back-to-back absences, this is a positive sign for Hill’s availability for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

Per Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times, Mike Williams (knee) did not practice on Friday [October 15], making it a full week of DNP’s for the Chargers top receiver of 2021. Williams is having a career season, and should he be ruled out for Week 6, Jalen Guyton, Josh Palmer, and KJ Hill Jr. would step up for additional targets from Justin Herbert.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

David Furones of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring) will not play in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars in London. 

Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins

Additionally for Miami, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports Preston Williams (groin) is questionable for Sunday’s game. If Williams does suit up, he would be in line for a sizeable snap share due to Parker’s absence. However, there is an increased risk Williams could re-aggravate his groin early in the game. He would be a risky start in Week 6 for fantasy.

Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers

Chase Claypool was a full participant in practice on Friday and will not carry an injury designation heading into Week 6 after limited participation on both Wednesday and Thursday.

James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers

James Washington was a full participant in Friday’s practice after limited practiced on Wednesday and Thursday. Washington missed Week 5 due to a groin injury and should see an increased role as he fills in for JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder).

Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 6 | NFC

Which NFC wide receivers currently sit on the injury report ahead of Week 6?

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

According to Tyler Drake of 98.7 Arizona Sports, DeAndre Hopkins (illness) was on the field for the portion of Friday’s practice open to the media. This is a great sign for his availability in Week 6 after being a DNP on Thursday. The Cardinals have already had multiple players test positive for COVID-19, but there has been no indication from the team that is what Hopkins has been dealing with.

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Allen Robinson was a limited participant on Friday and is questionable for Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers. Robinson did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday.

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

Per Field Yates of ESPN, Justin Jefferson (ankle) was removed from the Vikings’ injury report and will play Sunday against the Panthers. However, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Jefferson was not spotted at practice on Friday. Jefferson stated Thursday he felt good to go, and it appears the team is managing his reps ahead of Week 6. As a result, fantasy managers should closely monitor this for any updates on the Vikings’ injury report.

Kenny Golladay, New York Giants

Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports Kenny Golladay (knee) isn’t practicing Friday. He hasn’t practiced all week, and therefore, is not expected to play against the Rams after hyperextending his knee in Week 5.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

According to the team’s injury report, Sterling Shepard was a full participant in Friday’s practice and will play on Sunday against the Rams. Shepard missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury he sustained in Week 3.

Darius Slayton, New York Giants

Unlike Shepard, Darius Slayton did not shake his injury designation and is listed as questionable for Week 6 due to a hamstring injury.

Kadarius Toney, New York Giants

According to Duggan, Kadarius Toney (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams, though “all signs point to him playing.

DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks

Per the team’s injury report, DK Metcalf was upgraded to a full participant in Friday’s practice after missing Thursday’s session. Metcalf has been dealing with a foot injury for the past two weeks, but his absence on Thursday appears to be the team giving him adequate rest in preparation for the Sunday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team

NFL Network Insider James Palmer reports Terry McLaurin (hamstring) should be able to play this Sunday despite the addition to the injury report on Friday. Nonetheless, he’s questionable against the Chiefs in Week 6. Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters that McLaurin missed practice out of an abundance of caution after coming in feeling sore.

Dyami Brown, Washington Football Team

Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports Dyami Brown (knee) is questionable against the Chiefs. Still, with Curtis Samuel (groin) out and McLaurin a late addition to the injury report, Brown could be Washington’s No. 2 passing option if he plays. 

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