QB and TE Fantasy Injury Report Week 1: Latest On Joe Burrow, George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and More

We are officially in Week 1 of the NFL season. Who are the quarterbacks and tight ends with injuries that we should keep an eye on as games approach?

We have finally made it! The first week of the NFL season is here. And with it comes the shift in our focus from trades and waiver pick-ups to deciding who we should be starting in our fantasy football matchups.

Of course, one of the most important determinators in whether you start or sit a player is their health. So, as Week 1 practices are already underway, who are the quarterbacks and tight ends that we should keep an eye on leading up to this weekend’s games? Let’s take a look and find out.

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Injury Updates for Top Fantasy Football QBs and TEs

While there aren’t many names on our list, as quarterbacks are protected quite a bit in training camp, here are a few updates on a couple of big-name QBs.

Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow has been dealing with a calf strain for weeks and has seen very little action at Cincinnati Bengals practices. The non-contact injury came as a major scare to Bengals fans and fantasy managers alike but appears to be something that shouldn’t have Joe Cool missing significant time.

As of Monday, head coach Zac Taylor said that Burrow is still day-to-day. He still hasn’t declared the Bengals signal-caller as the starter for the team’s opener against the Cleveland Browns. It’s possible fantasy owners will need to find an alternate QB for Week 1 should Burrow be unable to go.

If Burrow is unable to play, expect backup Jake Browning to get the start for Cincinnati.

Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

The news came last week that many Arizona Cardinals fans and fantasy managers expected all offseason: Kyler Murray isn’t fit to start the year in Arizona. Murray, who tore his ACL late in the 2022 season, was assigned to the PUP list that guarantees the quarterback will miss the first four games of the year.

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It’s still unknown if Murray will miss more time than the first four games, but he’s yet to be seen in practices or performing full-speed football activities. The Cardinals look set to start Joshua Dobbs while Murray is out, with rookie Clayton Tune waiting in the wings if Dobbs is injured or performs poorly (though, as of this writing, head coach Jonathan Gannon hasn’t announced a starter).

Murray managers will have to wait a few weeks for any major updates on the quarterback, but they should be prepared for him to likely miss a good chunk of the 2023 season, if not the entire year.

Fantasy Football TE Injury Report

There are only a handful of elite tight ends in the NFL and fantasy football, and three of those names show up on our list this week. Let’s see if any of them are in danger of not suiting up for Week 1.

George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

Kittle has been dealing with an adductor strain since early August. The hip injury is still nagging and preventing the tight end from being able to fully participate in practices.

While he’s been able to jump in for some drills at practice, Kittle is certainly not at full speed. On Monday, he practiced off to the side, which doesn’t bode well for his availability for the San Francisco 49ers season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

QB and TE Fantasy Injury Report Week 1: Latest On Joe Burrow, George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and More

If Kittle is able to go, he certainly will not be 100%. Kittle is not new to the injury list, having missed 16 games in his first six seasons in the league.

If he’s unable to play on Sunday, Charlie Woerner is next up in the tight end room on the 49ers depth chart.

Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens

The No. 1 scoring tight end in the 2021 fantasy football season has been absent from Baltimore Ravens preseason games and practices throughout August. Though the injury has been undisclosed in terms of its exact nature, Andrews hasn’t been seen limping or with any trainers when around the facility over the past few weeks.

But now the injury has leaked into game week with the Ravens prepping for their home opener against the Houston Texans. On Monday, head coach John Harbaugh told the media that Andrews should be returning to practice on Wednesday.

While Harbaugh was sure to tell reporters that the coaching staff isn’t panicking with Andrews, the Ravens will have to be preparing second-year tight end Isaiah Likely should Andrews be unable to go Sunday. This one bears watching, and Andrews managers may want to pick up the talented Likely (in leagues in which he’s available) in case the veteran can’t go.

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Minnesota Vikings

Hobbled with a lower back injury and an ear infection that kept him out of action for most of camp, T.J. Hockenson was recently declared good to go for the regular season. The news of his healing also comes as the tight end signed a contract extension late last week that made him one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL.

Next time I have an ear infection, maybe I’ll throw a $100 bill in my ear.

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All joking aside, Hockenson being ready for the year is great news for his fantasy managers and for the Minnesota Vikings. In his ten games with the team in 2022 (after being traded from the divisional-rival Detroit Lions), Hockenson was able to haul in 60 catches for 519 yards and three touchdowns.

The veteran TE and rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison will both be needed in the passing game to keep pressure off of teammate Justin Jefferson, who is likely to get plenty of attention from opposing defenses.

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