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
Which AFC WRs are dealing with the injury bug? Who is trending towards playing, and who could potentially miss Week 9?
Sammy Watkins, Baltimore Ravens
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was ruled out for his second straight game in Week 7. The Ravens hoped the additional rest, along with the Week 8 bye, would allow him to return in Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns
Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Donovan Peoples-Jones was ruled out for Week 8. Peoples-Jones suffered a groin injury during pregame warmups ahead of the Browns’ Week 7 matchup with the Broncos.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Mike Wells of ESPN reports T.Y. Hilton has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the New York Jets. Head coach Frank Reich confirmed that Hilton is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Hilton caught 2 passes for 16 yards before being forced out last week. He had been nursing a quadriceps issue leading up to the game as well.
Will Fuller V, Miami Dolphins
Despite being eligible to return from the IR, Will Fuller V will not practice this week ahead of the Miami Dolphins’ Week 9 game against the Houston Texans. Fuller has been on IR with a finger injury since Week 4, and he’s in line to miss a fifth straight contest. He has appeared in only two games all season.
Corey Davis, New York Jets
Rich Cimini of ESPN reports Corey Davis (hip) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday’s practice estimate. Wednesday’s injury report will reveal Davis’ official Week 9 injury designation ahead of the team’s Week 9 Thursday night matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans
Julio Jones (hamstring) was unable to practice last week and missed his third game of the season in Week 8. He will remain questionable to play in Week 9 unless there is a substantial change to his health. The Titans desperately need Jones to return as the team attempts to reshape their offense after the loss of Derrick Henry for potentially the season.
Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 8 | NFC
Which NFC wide receivers currently sit on the injury report ahead of Week 9? How many players could fantasy managers be without heading into a critical week?
Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Calvin Ridley announced on his personal Twitter page Sunday that he’s decided “to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental health.” Ridley previously didn’t travel with his teammates to London in Week 5 due to what was termed a “personal matter.”
There is no timetable for mental health. Once Ridley feels he is ready to return, he will do so. But until then, it further sheds light on the issue of mental health and how important it is to take care of.
Terrace Marshall Jr., Carolina Panthers
Terrace Marshall Jr. did not play in Week 8 as he deals with a concussion he sustained in Week 6. He was able to practice in a limited fashion last Friday but has not cleared NFL protocols.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Davante Adams (illness) is expected to return to practice on Thursday Adams was not present for Monday’s practice as he remains on the reserve/COVID-19 after testing positive for the virus.
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
On Monday, the Green Bay Packers announced they had activated Allen Lazard (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Lazard was a close contact of someone who tested positive for the virus, presumably Adams.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports the Packers have designated Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) to return from IR. Valdes-Scantling was a game-time decision for Thursday’s contest against Arizona but ultimately was unable to suit up.
The Packers have a 21-day window to activate MVS to the 53-man roster. It appears he will be back in time for Week 9 as he returned to practice on Monday.
Tutu Atwell, Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams have placed Tutu Atwell on IR. Per Stu Jackson of the Rams’ official site, Atwell will need season-ending surgery to address a shoulder issue. Atwell, the No. 57 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, finishes his rookie campaign with 10 punt returns for 54 yards and 5 kick returns for 87 yards in eight games.
Kenny Golladay, New York Giants
After seemingly trending in the right direction, Kenny Golladay was ruled out ahead of Week 8. He has missed three straight games after hyperextending his knee in Week 6.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
Sterling Shepard was ruled out for the remainder of the game in Week 8 due to a quad injury he sustained on the final drive of the first half. Shepard went down with a non-contact injury and stayed on the turf for a bit before making his way to the sideline. The Giants have a bye in Week 10 and may opt to sit Shepard in Week 9 and allow his injury to heal.
Kadarius Toney, New York Giants
Kadarius Toney suffered a laceration on his hand during Monday’s 20-17 loss to the Chiefs, according to Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger. Toney did return to the game after having his hand tended to by medical staff. Head coach Joe Judge stated Toney suffered a “pretty serious gash” due to having his hand stepped on.
Dante Pettis, New York Giants
Dan Salomone of the Giants’ official site reports Dante Pettis was forced out of Week 8 due to a shoulder injury. Pettis was injured during the first half while attempting to recover a muffed punt.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Reagor was forced out of Sunday’s game against the Lions with an ankle injury. The injury appeared to come when he attempted to rush for a touchdown. Reagor ran twice for 21 yards and caught 1 pass for 0 yards.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports Deebo Samuel is expected to be limited in practice this week due to a calf injury. The 49ers managed Samuel’s reps in practice ahead of their Week 8 game. He was clearly feeling good as he recorded 171 yards on 6 receptions against the Chicago Bears.
Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Antonio Brown was ruled out ahead of the Buccaneers’ Week 8 game against the New Orleans Saints. Brown has missed the last two contests dealing with foot and heel issues. Brown is expected to return following Tampa Bay’s Week 9 bye.