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 17 and fantasy championships, several WRs find themselves on the injury report for their respective teams. Thus, fantasy managers need to pay close attention to any WR injury updates and reports as NFL kickoffs draw near.
Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 17 | AFC
In the middle of what has seemed like a brutal season full of injuries, these are the fantasy-relevant WRs in the AFC currently on the NFL’s Week 17 injury report. With some players trending in the wrong direction, fantasy managers might need to start considering secondary options.
Devin Duvernay | Baltimore Ravens
Per the Ravens’ inactives list, Devin Duvernay was ruled out of Week 16 due to an ankle injury. He did not practice all week and missed his first game of the season.
Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis | Buffalo Bills
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on December 21 that Cole Beasley was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list following a positive test. Beasley is unvaccinated, but a recent change in the protocols agreed on by the NFL and NFLPA on Tuesday [December 28] now states that an unvaccinated player is only required to isolate for five days instead of 10. This move matches the recently posted CDC recommended guidelines due to the Omicron variant.
Likewise, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on December 24 that Gabriel Davis was placed on the COVID list following a positive test. Davis missed Week 16 and would have also missed Week 17 based on previous protocols. However, under the new guidelines, unvaccinated players are included in the five-day isolation period and are eligible to play afterward provided they are asymptomatic. Thus, Davis would be able to play in Week 17 once asymptomatic.
Mike Thomas | Cincinnati Bengals
On Christmas Eve, the Bengals’ official site reported that Mike Thomas was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. It’s unclear whether Thomas tested positive for the virus or if he’s considered a close contact.
Brandin Cooks | Houston Texans
Brandin Cooks was not activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list for Week 16. The Texans placed Cooks on the reserve list on December 22.
Zach Pascal | Indianapolis Colts
On Christmas Day, the Colts placed Zach Pascal on the COVID list. Pascal has 36 receptions on 369 yards and 3 touchdowns in 14 games.
Laviska Shenault Jr. | Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ official site reported on December 26 that Laviska Shenault Jr. would miss Week 16 as he remained on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Shenault was dealing with shoulder and foot injuries before landing on the reserve list.
Bryan Edwards | Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders placed Bryan Edwards on the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to their game this past Sunday against the Broncos.
Mike Williams and Jalen Guyton | Los Angeles Chargers
This past Saturday, the Chargers placed Mike Williams on the COVID list, knocking him out of Week 16. Williams is unvaccinated but under the new guidelines has a shot to play in Week 17 against Denver if he is asymptomatic.
The same goes for Jalen Guyton, who was not activated ahead of the Chargers’ Week 16 game.
Preston Williams | Miami Dolphins
Per the Dolphins’ official site, Miami placed Preston Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. Per Schefter, Williams reportedly tested positive.
Nelson Agholor | New England Patriots
Mike Reiss of ESPN reported Nelson Agholor (concussion) would miss Week 16 against the Bills as he remained in the NFL concussion protocol.
Julio Jones and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine | Tennessee Titans
The Titans’ official site reported on Monday that the team has placed Julio Jones on the reserve/COVID-19 list following a positive test. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine was also placed on the COVID list Monday after testing positive.
Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 17 | NFC
Which NFC wide receivers currently sit on the injury report ahead of Week 17? Who is in danger of missing their matchup this week, leaving fantasy managers in a difficult position?
Rondale Moore | Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals’ official site reports that Rondale Moore (ankle) was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Colts after not practicing all of last week.
Tajae Sharpe | Atlanta Falcons
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the Falcons placed Tajae Sharpe on the COVID list on Monday due to a positive test. Sharpe was listed as inactive for Week 16 due to a foot injury.
Brandon Zylstra | Carolina Panthers
Schefter reports that the Panthers placed Brandon Zylstra on the reserve list on December 26 due to a positive test, just hours before kickoff.
Jakeem Grant Sr. | Chicago Bears
Jakeem Grant Sr. sustained a concussion in Week 15 against the Vikings and was ruled inactive for Week 16 as a result.
Josh Reynolds | Detroit Lions
Per the Lions’ official site, the team placed Josh Reynolds on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday. Head coach Dan Campbell stated Reynolds had tested positive.
Amari Rodgers and Marquez Valdes-Scanting | Green Bay Packers
Pelissero reports the Packers placed Amari Rodgers on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday following a positive test.
Similarly, Marquez Valdes-Scantling remains in COVID protocols following a positive test.
Deonte Harris and Tre’Quan Smith | New Orleans Saints
Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports Deonte Harris had his three-game suspension lifted on Tuesday. Harris had violated the NFL’s policy and program for substances of abuse. However, he remains on the COVID list after being added on Sunday.
Tre’Quan Smith sustained a chest injury in the first half of Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins. He was limited in practice in the lead-up to the game due to a shoulder injury.
Collin Johnson and John Ross | New York Giants
Collin Johnson (hamstring) was ruled out for this past Sunday’s game against the Eagles. He did not appear on the injury report until Friday, suggesting he picked up the injury during Friday’s session.
John Ross was not activated for the Giants’ Week 16 game and remained on the reserve list following a positive test on December 15.
Jamison Crowder and Elijah Moore | New York Jets
The Jets ruled Jamison Crowder (calf) inactive for Week 16 after missing the entire week of practice.
Rich Cimini of ESPN reports that the Jets shifted Elijah Moore from IR (quadriceps) to the COVID list following a positive test. Moore has been on IR after injuring his quad in Week 13 and has sat out the required three-game minimum.
On December 13, Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters the plan was to activate Moore from IR and have him back for Weeks 17 and 18. However, he still needs to be re-activated from both before he can suit up for Week 17 against Tampa Bay.
Mike Evans and Jaelon Darden | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On Monday, the Buccaneers placed Mike Evans on the reserve/COVID-19 list after he tested positive. Evans is also dealing with a hamstring injury he sustained in Week 15 that forced him to miss Week 16.
Jaelon Darden was also placed on the COVID list last week, forcing him to miss the Bucs’ Week 16 game.
Curtis Samuel | Washington Football Team
Per the Washington Football Team’s official site, Curtis Samuel was inactive for Week 16 due to a hamstring injury he sustained in Week 15. Samuel also continues to deal with a groin injury that he has battled since June and has allowed him to play in just five games and 78 snaps in limited action.