We have seen the trend all season, so is it any wonder there are more major injuries to report this week? From ARod to DeMarco Murray, here is a breakdown of injuries to watch in Week 7.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo Bills
Jameis Winston has been limited with a shoulder injury, but he practiced with the first team on Friday, meaning he is likely to play Sunday. Linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David seem on track to return this week after each missing multiple games, giving a big boost to Tampa’s D. Unfortunately, it seems like safety Josh Robinson will remain in concussion protocol, making him doubtful. Defensive end Robert Ayers found himself on the injury list with a knee issue, joining fellow defensive ends Ryan Russell and Noah Spence, all of whom are somewhere between questionable and doubtful.
The Bills will still be without tight end Charles Clay and linebacker Ramon Humber, but they are getting healthier. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews is back to practicing after thumb surgery, though he will probably need another week of practice before live action. Tackle Cordy Glenn, on the other hand, has a decent change of suiting up on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Winston’s injury is one to watch, especially considering the impact it could have on wide receiver Mike Evans. Evans is a fantasy stud, but he could see a dip in production if Winston is limited. This is probably not the week to expect a splash from Matthews.
Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
Bad news came in for the Panthers this week as wideout Kelvin Benjamin was removed from Wednesday’s practice after aggravating his surgically repaired knee. He was also held out on Thursday, although he did suit up on Friday. Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton continue to be limited, but neither of them are in question for game day. Luke Kuechly, however, remains in concussion protocol.
The host team is fairly healthy, as only corner Sherrick McManis, linebacker John Timu, and receiver Markus Wheaton have missed all of practice this week. Wheaton is expected to miss multiple weeks with a torn groin.
Fantasy Impact: Benjamin has emerged as a reliable fantasy option in recent weeks, but this setback could prove costly. His status must be monitored in case he cannot go, and it would not hurt to have a backup on hand.
Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns
Things are not looking good for running back DeMarco Murray who will be limited at best with a hamstring injury. Safety Johnathan Cyprien and wide receiver Corey Davis are likely going to be ruled out, too, but otherwise the Titans are in good shape.
For the first time all season, Myles Garrett did not appear on Cleveland’s injury report. On Thursday, a ton of Browns were limited, including Danny Shelton, Kenny Britt, Jason McCourty, Jamie Medder, and Jabrill Peppers. Most of them are expected to play, but linebacker James Burgess, Jr. is doubtful with a knee injury.
Fantasy Impact: With Murray either out or limited, it is Derrick Henry time for Tennessee. With any luck, you have already handcuffed Murray, but hit the waiver wire if not.
New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers
The Saints are a game above .500, and they are the healthiest they have been all season. Only Willie Snead and Terron Armstead have been limited this week.
Green Bay, on the other hand, was dealt a season-altering blow when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone against Minnesota. Rodgers underwent surgery and is more than likely out for the season. From top to bottom, things do not look good for the Pack. Tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga were both limited again while Morgan Burnett and Ahmad Brooks are doubtful. Guard Lane Taylor has also missed practice all week, and he is likely out with a knee injury.
Fantasy Impact: With one of the top fantasy QBs now out, owners will need to find an alternative. The loss of Rodgers will be felt much deeper though, as all of his receivers, particularly Jordy Nelson, will lose value. This could be a big week for the Saints.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts
Brandon Linder has been ruled out for Jacksonville while Leonard Fournette, Tashaun Gipson, and Marqise Lee are all questionable. Meanwhile, after being upgraded to full participation on Friday, corner Jalen Ramsey should be full go on Sunday.
Andrew Luck suffered a setback this week and stopped throwing, and it is becoming less and less likely he will play this year. Aside from Luck, the Colts are pretty healthy, as only Robert Turbin, Darrell Daniels, and Anthony Walker seem doubtful.
Fantasy Impact: If you drafted Luck with your fingers crossed, it might be time to drop him. The bigger concern this week, however, is the health of Fournette. Fournette has been a fantasy beast thus far, and it would be tough to replace him on short notice.
Arizona Cardinals @ LA Rams
The Cardinals had plenty of limited participants on their injury report, including star corner Patrick Peterson. Most of their ailments seem to be on the defensive side, although Andre Ellington did not participate on Thursday with a quad injury. Other big names to watch for are Robert Ndemdiche, Karlos Dansby, and Corey Peters.
For the Rams, safety Lamarcus Joyner was a full participant this week, and he is questionable for Sunday. Keep an eye on fellow safety Cody Davis and linebacker Mark Barron, though, as both appear to be doubtful. If Davis cannot play and Joyner is limited, the secondary for LA will be mighty thin.
Fantasy Impact: Both of these teams have ailments on defense, leaving them vulnerable to the opposing offense. Carson Palmer would love to air it out against a battered Rams secondary, and Jared Goff would not mind if things were easier going for his offense either. Look for Adrian Peterson to have another big day if Ellington is out.
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins
Gang Green has already ruled out tight end Jordan Leggett, but the bigger worry is Muhammed Wilkerson. The hulking defensive lineman is questionable due to shoulder and foot issues, and his absence would be palpable against a strong Miami rushing game. Otherwise, running backs Bilal Powell and Matt Forte were both listed as full participants, and they should be good to go.
Although he received a day off, running back Jay Ajayi is simply resting. DeVante Parker and Mike Pouncey have more serious concerns, however, as both missed practice on Thursday. Parker missed last week’s contest also, but the Fins found a way to beat the reigning NFC Champs.
Fantasy Impact: Just like last week, Jarvis Landry will receive extra targets if Parker cannot play. Both he and Ajayi should have solid outputs this week. Matt Forte is a decent PPR pickup if you need someone off waivers.
Baltimore Ravens @ Minnesota Vikings
The Ravens have been bitten by an injury bug the size of Texas in recent years, and this week it is their receiving group that was hit the hardest. Jeremy Maclin, who missed last week with a shoulder ailment, has been limited all week. The same is true for Mike Wallace as he deals with a back issue, though he should be fine to play come Sunday. Breshad Perriman, however, has already been already been ruled out with a concussion, while backup Chris Matthews is doubtful. Defensively, Baltimore did get some good news this week as nose tackle Brandon Williams and defensive tackle Carl Davis both got back to practice. They are each considered questionable. Baltimore has ruled out running back Terrance West, tight end Maxx Williams, and outside linebacker Tim Williams. Sheesh.
For the other men in purple, QB is a cause for concern. Teddy Bridgewater resumed practicing this week, and not a moment too soon, as Sam Bradford is dealing with a serious knee injury. Case Keenum will get the start, but it remains to be seen whether Bridgewater will be activated. The Vikes will also be without top receiver Stefon Diggs and guard Nick Easton.
Fantasy Impact: The Ravens have only done one thing pretty consistently this year, and that is defend against the pass. As such, Jerrick McKinnon should be a good RB2/flex player even with Brandon Williams back in the fold.
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers
Although it is not injury related, it is important to note that the Cowboys will still have Ezekiel Elliott on the field this week as he continues to fight a drawn-out legal battle. On the injury side of things, Dallas is most fortunate as well, with linebacker Sean Lee fully participating all week. After sitting out on Wednesday, tackle Tyron Smith was a limited participant on Thursday.
The 0-6 49ers are a bit banged up this week, as they cannot seem to catch a break. Fullback Kyle Juszczyck is still out, as is defensive lineman Aaron Lynch. On the bright side, safety Eric Reid was a full participant this week.
Fantasy Impact: If we are being honest with ourselves, injuries should not play a big role in this matchup. Only Carlos Hyde really has any value for the 49ers, while virtually anyone on the Cowboys should be able to find some success.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Cincinnati has righted the ship the last couple weeks, but they have some injury concerns heading into Pittsburgh. Wideout Tyler Boyd and H-back Ryan Hewitt are both out, while Adam “Pacman” Jones is doubtful. John Ross and Derron Smith are both considered questionable.
For the host Steelers, guard Marcus Gilbert is doubtful, while defensive end Stephon Tuitt is out. Luckily, center Maurkice Pouncey and guard Ramon Foster both practiced fully on Friday, and they are considered questionable. After sitting out Wednesday and Thursday, linebacker Vince Williams was a full participant on Friday, officially making him questionable for Sunday’s tilt.
Fantasy Impact: Ben Roethlisberger will be working behind a beat up O-line, but do not expect that to stop him from finding Antonio Brown early and often. With Pacman Jones likely sitting this one out, Brown and his fellow receivers should find room to work in Cincy’s secondary.
Denver Broncos @ LA Chargers
Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie are both out with ankle injuries, taking away key targets for QB Trevor Siemien. Denver will also be without tackle Menelik Watson and linebacker Corey Nelson. Although they have both been limited, linebacker Brandon Marshall and wideout Demaryius Thomas are questionable.
Despite missing practice on Friday, tackle Joe Barksdale, receiver Keenan Allen, and defensive tackle Corey Liuget were all deemed questionable for Sunday afternoon’s matchup. Also questionable are safety Adrian Phillips and running back Melvin Gordon.
Fantasy Impact: The loss of Sanders is significant as Siemien will likely struggle without one of his top targets. Although this will lead to more targets for Thomas, he will also draw many double teams. Keep an eye on Melvin Gordon to be certain he is active before leaving him in your lineup.
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants
The once vaunted Seattle defense is seriously decimated by injuries. Defensive tackle Cliff Avril has already been ruled out, corner Jeremy Lane is doubtful, and defensive ends Michael Bennett and Marcus Smith are questionable. On top of that, corner Richard Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor have been limited this week, while safety Earl Thomas has been out of practice. Offensively, the Seahawks will be without tackle Luke Joeckel.
After pulling off a miracle win in Week 6, the host Giants will continue fighting through ailments this week. Linebackers Jonathan Casillas and Calvin Munson are out, along with running back Paul Perkins, center Weston Richburg, and defensive end Olivier Vernon. Sterling Shepard is questionable due to his ankle, while safety Landon Collins and corner Eli Apple are expected to battle through their injuries.
Fantasy Impact: I’m not even sure what to say about this game. Missing their top three receivers, the Giants looked like a whole new team last week, but buyer beware. Even with their injuries, the Seahawks are a tough D.
Atlanta Falcons @ New England Patriots
Atlanta has ruled out linebacker Jordan Tripp as they prepare for a rematch with New England. On the bright side, Vic Beasley is good to go, while Courtney Upshaw, and Mohamed Sanu are also expected to play.
Rex Burkhead could suit up this week after missing the last four games with a rib injury. Receiver Chris Hogan and offensive lineman Shaq Mason are questionable, too, and they are expected to play. However, the Pats will be without two of their top three corners as they have ruled out Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe. Linebacker Harvey Langi is out, too, and he could end up on IR with a concussion and ankle injury.
Fantasy Impact: Atlanta will be looking to avenge an embarrassing Super Bowl loss on Sunday, and they are in good shape to do it. Getting Beasley and Upshaw back to strength on D is huge, as is having Sanu back catching passes. New England will have to hope their depth corners step up against Julio Jones, but that may pose a challenge.
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles
Tackles Attauyo Nsekhe and Trent Williams have both missed practice this week, putting their statuses in doubt. Running back Rob Kelley was a limited participant, and it is safe to say he is questionable. A number of other Redskins, including corners Bashaud Breeland and Josh Norman, were limited but expected to play.
Although he is unlikely to play, Philly welcomed corner Ronald Darby back to practice this week as he recovers from a dislocated ankle. Despite plenty of limited participants including defensive tackles Timmy Jernigan and Beau Allen and linebackers Mychael Kendricks and Jordan Hicks, the Eagles should be healthy come Monday night.
Fantasy Impact: Injuries should not be a big factor in this game as both teams are mostly healthy.