RB Fantasy Injury Report Week 1: Latest on Rhamondre Stevenson, Kendre Miller, Breece Hall, and Others

Sunday marks the first full slate of NFL action in 2023. What running backs with injury issues should fantasy managers be on the lookout for this weekend?

A full slate of Sunday games creeps closer and closer. We will finally get that taste of the first full day of fantasy football action for our teams in 2023. The wait is essentially over!

With a heap of injury reports coming up over the last few days, we have compiled the updates you need to know for running backs heading into this weekend. Let’s dig in and find out who’s healthy, who may be out, and any other news on your fantasy ball carriers.

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Injury Updates for Top Fantasy Football RBs

Here is the latest news on fantasy-relevant running backs entering Week 1 of the 2023 season.

Kendre Miller, RB, New Orleans Saints

Editor’s Note: Kendre Miller is inactive for the Saints Week 1 game.

With star RB Alvin Kamara sidelined for the first three weeks of the season with a suspension, the New Orleans Saints hoped to have both Jamaal Williams and rookie Kendre Miller active on Sunday. But that two-headed backfield may be down to one.

Miller is officially listed as questionable for the Saints home opener against the Tennessee Titans. The rookie back is nursing a hamstring injury. This questionable status sounds more likely than others to end with Miller being out. For the time being, I would make sure to have a replacement in my lineup.

Zack Moss, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Editor’s Note: Zack Moss is inactive for the Cardinals Week 1 game.

The word out of Indianapolis is that the Indianapolis Colts are going to approach the start of the regular season with a running-back-by-committee tactic. With Jonathan Taylor missing at least the first four weeks of the season, the Colts will look to several different backs to carry the load in his absence.

But running back Zack Moss may not be able to help this weekend. He is doubtful to play in the Colts home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a forearm injury. The Colts will look to Deon Jackson and Evan Hull to carry the load if Moss cannot go. For now, I would have Moss on your bench if you are rostering him.

De’Von Achane, RB Miami Dolphins

Editor’s Note: In what is a bit of a surprising move, rookie RB De’Von Achane is expected to be inactive today against the Chargers.

Good news out of Miami: the Dolphins’ rookie running back De’Von Achane has been cleared to play as of Friday. The Dolphins open the year on the road in Los Angeles against the Chargers.

With only Raheem Mostert and Salvon Ahmed as the other backs in the lineup, Achane has a chance to make an impact in his NFL debut. In deeper leagues, you can feel comfortable starting Achane this weekend as a high-upside FLEX player.

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots

All week, Rhamondre Stevenson looked good to go for the New England Patriots in their first game of the year against the Philadelphia Eagles. But he suddenly did not practice on Friday, according to the team’s injury report.

The reason for Stevenson’s absence was said to be illness. Currently, he is listed as questionable for Sunday. If Stevenson was unable to go, the Patriots would look to free agent signing Ezekiel Elliott to be their starting back in his stead.

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We will need to keep an eye on this one as Stevenson is a high-impact player, but his game isn’t until the late afternoon slot. If he is a game-time decision, managers may need to risk not having a decent substitute for Stevenson with so many games kicking off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Editor’s Note: Per multiple reports, Stevenson is expected to play in Week 1, but we have not received much indication of how limited he might be this week.

Kenneth Walker III, RB, Seattle Seahawks

All week, Kenneth Walker III has been limited in practices with a groin injury. But as of Friday, the Seattle Seahawks did not list him on the team’s injury report.

This is great news for the Seahawks and Walker managers. With no injury designation, Walker is good to go for Sunday. You can feel comfortable setting him in your lineup for Week 1.

Dalvin Cook, RB, New York Jets

Dalvin Cook has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery since he signed with the New York Jets in mid-August. As of this week, head coach Robert Saleh said Cook was good to go for Monday night against the Buffalo Bills.

Both Cook and his running mate, Breece Hall, might be splitting carries throughout the game, and coach Saleh said they would be careful with both backs. I would be cautious about starting either of these Jets backs this week with split time and a tough Bills defense to go against.

Breece Hall, RB, New York Jets

Breece Hall continues to be questionable on the most recent injury report. Just like Cook, Hall may be on a limited number of snaps on Monday as the Jets slowly bring him back to full game speed. Hall suffered an ACL injury last season, and this will be his first full-speed football action since going down last year.

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