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

Week 1 is upon us, but there are still injuries to worry about. What is the latest on some of the league's top running backs with injury designations?

Week 1 practices are here, and fantasy football managers want to know if the players they drafted or have rostered will see action this week. If you have a running back that has shown up as questionable on your squad, look no further. We are here to help!

Let’s dig in and find out the latest news and rumors surrounding some of the hobbled and injured RBs in the NFL. Several of these names are premier players that will have major implications for your Week 1 matchup.

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Injury Updates for Top Fantasy Football RBs

Miles Sanders, Carolina Panthers

After suffering a groin strain this August, Miles Sanders has been able to return and practice with the Panthers leading up to their Week 1 matchup against the division-rival Falcons. However, Sanders is still considered by some to be questionable.

Signs point to Sanders likely suiting up for his new team in the season opener. But his snap count and the amount of times his number is called is certainly in question. The Panthers may not want to put a heavy load on their free agent signing, who has had a history of injuries since joining the league.

For now, Sanders is still a back you will likely want to start on your teams unless you happen to have a strong option to replace him on your bench. I think the Panthers will be cautious with Sanders, but (ultimately) they will give him the bulk of the carries.

Kendre Miller, New Orleans Saints

Late last week, reports surfaced that Kendre Miller is dealing with a hamstring injury. This comes at a tough time for the Saints as their star back, Alvin Kamara, will miss the first three games of the season with a suspension.

There has been no official word on whether Miller will be healthy enough to go for Week 1. But hamstring injuries typically take a week or two to heal before a team feels comfortable starting a player. Right now, Miller is questionable, but I believe this may be closer to a doubtful designation.

Until we hear news telling us otherwise, I would plan on Miller not being available in Week 1. This is a boost to Jamaal Williams managers, who now will see their back have almost no competition in the backfield.

Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook, New York Jets

This update comes as a pair as both Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook have been hobbled by injuries leading up to the Jets’ Week 1 Monday Night Football matchup with the Buffalo Bills. Hall is still building up health from an ACL injury that ended his rookie season last year, while Cook is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

However, the news came Monday that both backs look to be on track to be active for the Jets’ first game of the year. Head coach Robert Saleh told the media on Monday that Hall and Cook both practiced, and he anticipates both to be in the lineup next Monday.

Saleh was cautious with his words and said that both backs won’t be on a snap count but that they will monitor their usage. Hall and Cook could be set into your lineups for Week 1, but you may be better off finding another option at running back until we see what the snap breakdowns and efficiency look like for the Jets duo.

Hall did not practice Monday, but this was due to a planned rest day.

De’Von Achane, Miami Dolphins

Dolphins rookie running back De’Von Achane was one of the most exciting prospects in the 2023 draft. After landing in Miami, Achane moved up fantasy boards with the potential of his talent in a high-powered offense.

But Achane recently suffered a shoulder injury in one of the Dolphins’ preseason games that had him limited in practices. This news comes as fellow RB Jeff Wilson Jr. was placed on IR to start the year for the Dolphins.

But good news came Monday as Achane returned to practice and was not wearing a non-contact jersey. All signs point to Achane being available for the team as they prepare for their Week 1 contest across the country in L.A. against the Chargers.

Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts

Zack Moss finds himself in an offense that suddenly has a bigger opening at the running back position than previously anticipated. When Moss was traded to the Colts during the 2022 season, this was Jonathan Taylor’s backfield. Now, as we enter Week 1, Taylor is on the PUP list and in contract disputes with the team.

However, Moss is dealing with an injury of his own. Moss broke a bone in his elbow during training camp, and his status for the season opener is still uncertain. He does not have a cast on his arm, which is a positive sign.

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But the team did announce that Deon Jackson will be the starting back in Week 1 against the Jaguars.

For now, Moss will likely not see significant production for fantasy teams. With the backfield wide open, the faster the back can get to full health, the better. There is an opportunity to be productive while Taylor is sidelined.

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