WR Fantasy Injury Report Week 1: Latest on Cooper Kupp, Jaylen Waddle, Mike Evans, and Others

Just days away from the 2023 season kickoff, we take a look at a number of wide receivers who have had injuries leading into the regular season.

The calendar has turned over to September, and the NFL season is about to begin. As teams prepare for their Week 1 matchups, fantasy football managers are just as busy trying to figure out their optimal lineup to begin the year.

If you have a wide receiver on your roster that is showing up as questionable, you need to know the news to determine what steps you might need to take with your team. So let’s dive in and find out the latest we are hearing about several big-name wide receivers in the league.

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Injury Updates for Top Fantasy Football WRs

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

The tough year for Cooper Kupp continues. Everything has been difficult for the Rams star wide receiver ever since the team’s Super Bowl victory, where Kupp won Super Bowl MVP. With an injury-plagued 2022 that ultimately ended early with a major ankle sprain, Kupp has been hobbled all of August with hamstring injuries.

The latest hamstring issues came up last week and put Kupp in the day-to-day category of recovery. But news has surfaced that Kupp spent the weekend in Minnesota seeing a specialist about his legs and why the hamstring issues keep arising.

As of Monday, Kupp was still in Minnesota as the rest of the Rams prepared for a tough Week 1 matchup in Seattle against the division-rival Seahawks. Head coach Sean McVay said he would likely know more on Wednesday about Kupp’s availability.

Editor’s Note: Kupp has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Kupp’s injury is not a simple one and has been lingering throughout camp. I don’t expect to see the star WR on the field in Seattle this weekend. He is far too valuable to the Rams to suit up with a nagging injury. I believe he will likely rest, and the team will see how he heals as they prepare for Week 2.

Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins

Jaylen Waddle, an exciting third-year wide receiver, has been dealing with an abdominal injury throughout August. The injury forced him to miss joint practices with the Atlanta Falcons a few weeks ago. And the Dolphins were cautious with the wideout and kept him out of all of the team’s preseason games.

But all news out of Miami seems relatively positive for Waddle to start the year right away in Week 1. As the team preps for the Chargers this week, Waddle has been able to practice and participate in all activities. When Waddle was asked about the injury, he was adamant that he would be playing in the season opener.

Unless different news surfaces this week, fully expect to have Waddle’s services on your fantasy teams this weekend.

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans has been one of the most consistent fantasy wide receivers for nearly a decade. In his nine years in the league, Evans has eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards every season. But could his march for 10 straight seasons be delayed by injury?

Mike Evans (13) runs with the ball after a catch during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium.

Evans has dealt with a groin injury throughout August that has kept him out of all of the Buccaneers’ preseason contests. Even with most of the starters playing in the team’s Week 3 matchup, Evans did not suit up.

But all reports out of Tampa are that Evans will be ready to go at Minnesota. His services and experience will certainly be needed as the team transitions from Tom Brady to Baker Mayfield behind center.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Smith-Njigba suffered a wrist injury in Seattle’s final preseason game that required surgery. While hearing any player had to have surgery usually comes with a long timeline of healing, Smith-Njigba still has the chance to start his NFL career in Week 1 against the Rams.

While Smith-Njigba has been able to practice with the team since surgery, he is sporting a heavily wrapped wrist. The rookie was able to practice again Monday, but the team may be cautious with their first-round draft pick and rest him.

We may need to wait a week or two to see JSN’s debut. But we will know more later this week when the team releases their official injury report.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos

Jerry Jeudy suffered a hamstring injury in late August that finds him on our list this week. The Broncos wide receiver has been slowly building back up to speed since the injury. His status for Week 1 is very uncertain.

On Monday, Jeudy was seen conditioning and running drills off to the side of Broncos practice. While encouraging, we will not be able to be fully optimistic until Jeudy is able to take part in all of the Broncos practice activities.

For now, Jeudy is highly questionable to be able to suit up for the season opener. Just like Kupp, Jeudy is dealing with a hamstring injury. These injuries are nothing to toy around with, and the Broncos may err on the side of caution with their fourth-year wide receiver.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Commanders

One of the most underrated receivers in the NFL, Terry McLaurin is dealing with a turf toe injury he suffered in the team’s Week 2 preseason game against the Ravens. Turf toe can be one of the most nagging injuries for football players, and it is already having an impact on McLaurin.

“Scary Terry” sat out of Monday’s practice leading up to Week 1 — a sign that the injury is still causing a lot of discomfort for the wideout. If McLaurin is unable to return to practice soon, the team may need to rest him. Luckily, the team has another bright WR in Jahan Dotson, and they will face off against the lowly Cardinals.

Kadarius Toney, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Kadarius Toney missed all of camp and the Chiefs’ preseason games with a partially torn meniscus. While certainly an injury that sounds scary for fantasy manahers, head coach Andy Reid had some good news Monday.

Reid announced that Toney will be available for the Chiefs’ Week 1matchup against the Lions this Thursday.

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With a Thursday game, this news coming on Monday is the equivalent of a coach notifying the press on Thursday that their guy will be ready for Sunday.

All signs point to Toney being on the field for the Chiefs. With several injuries in his short career thus far, Toney will look to be a solid option for Patrick Mahomes and to have a healthy 2023 from here on out.

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