Week 8 Injury Report


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Week 8 Injury Report

This article will be updated as practice reports roll in throughout the weekend. For the most up to date injury data between updates, bookmark this link and check it periodically.

What This Is:

*A no-nonsense quick-hitting analysis of fantasy-relevant player injuries that could impact performance on game day.

*A preview of the current week’s fantasy-relevant players with an injury through Friday night.

General Guidelines:

The following general rules apply for big shake-ups on the weekend:

*Players who are downgraded from full or even partial practice to “Did Not Practice” on Friday or Saturday, for any medical reason, are a long shot to play. Typically you’ll see teams say these players are a “game time decision” which is code for “they ain’t playing”.

*Players who have a concussion have up until Saturday night/Sunday morning to clear the protocol.

*If no “final update” is available, the player has either been officially ruled out or no news is good news.

The following players have already been ruled out as of Friday evening so get them out of your lineup!

  • Dawson Knox

  • Terrace Marshall Jr

  • Donovan Peoples-Jones

  • DeSean Jackson

  • Taysom Hill

  • Dwayne Washington

  • Zach Wilson

  • Tevin Coleman

  • Miles Sanders

  • Eric Ebron

  • Antonio Brown

  • Darrynton Evans

  • Julio Jones

  • Curtis Samuel

  • Dyami Brown

  • Corey Davis - Doubtful

The following notable players practiced in full on Friday and/or carry minimal concern.

  • Cole Beasley

  • Emmanuel Sanders

  • Allen Robinson II

  • Teddy Bridgewater

  • TJ Hockenson

  • Mark Ingram II

  • Brandin Cooks

  • Jonathan Taylor

  • Jordan Wilkins

  • Nyheim Hines

  • Mike Williams

  • Tua Tagovailoa

  • DeVonta Smith

  • Ben Roethlisberger

  • Jakeem Grant Sr

  • Auden Tate

  • DAndre Swift

  • Jamaal Williams

  • DeVante Parker

  • Dede Westbrook

  • Kendrick Bourne

  • Deonte Harris

  • Tyler Kroft

  • JJ Arcega-Whiteside

  • Rob Gronkowski


Dak Prescott - Calf

The Cowboys have been ambiguous to say the least as it relates to Dak’s calf strain. He’s had two weeks to recover but on Thursday, he suffered a minor setback. The Cowboys have a vice grip on the NFC East so there’s no reason to rush him back. The tea leaves suggest Prescott will sit in Week 8 so make contingency plans. If he’s active, temper expectations and minimize exposure due to re-injury risk.

Baker Mayfield - Shoulder

Mayfield’s injury didn’t go away. The pain and discomfort may have subsided but the structural issue that likely needs surgery isn’t over. He’s highly volatile the rest of the season which could lead to even more work for the Cleveland backfield.


Nick Chubb - Calf

Chubb is coming off a calf strain and practiced in full on Friday. However, re-injury risk is non-zero making him minimally to moderately volatile in Week 8. Otherwise, he’ll see his normal workload.

Alex Collins - Groin

Collins was downgraded to DNP this week due to this groin strain before ultimately being listed as limited again on Friday. This obviously isn’t going away any time soon and might be (yet again) Rashaad Penny week.

Antonio Gibson - Shin

He’s not even on the injury report anymore! He’s cured!


I mean listen, this is definitely a step in the right direction. However, until Gibson out-snaps J.D. McKissic AND doesn’t leave a game early, I’m not trusting him. He’s highly volatile in every format.

Austin Ekeler - Hip

Brandon Staley is “real hopeful” Ekeler will play this week after he sat out two practices in a row. In Week One, Ekeler was DNP-DNP-LP leading up to the game due to a hamstring strain, so resting him isn’t totally unprecedented. It’s possible he goes in Week 8 but don’t count on it and make contingency plans. Monitor the Injury Tracker through Sunday morning.


Jerry Jeudy - High ankle

Jeudy experienced "some soreness" so he didn't practice Friday. Even though Fangio says they're still optimistic he'll play, this does muddy the waters. Don't expect a ceiling game from Jeudy this week quite yet if active at all. This warrants monitoring throughout the weekend. Overall, he’s still a solid WR2/3 with (some) upside.

Jarvis Landry - MCL

Landry is still limited due to an MCL sprain. This did rear it’s head in Week 7 and shouldn’t be ignored. He’s moderately volatile in Week 8.

Kadarius Toney - Ankle

Toney’s ankle sprain seems to be progressing nicely as he’s now a limited practice participant. So long as he doesn’t have a setback, there’s a decent chance he’s going to be available Monday night. Keep in mind, though, that New York is extremely conservative in managing injuries and this is not a lock. If active, Toney is moderately volatile.

Sterling Shepard - Hamstring

Shepard had a setback with this hamstring injury that he hasn’t recovered from. He’s highly volatile in Week 8 assuming he’s active.

Deebo Samuel - Calf

Samuel is in a precarious situation similar to what George Kittle faced prior to being placed on the IR. Now, Deebo isn’t even on the final injury report which indicates this is minor, but he’s still at minimal risk for re-injury in Week 8.

Michael Gallup - Calf

Copy/paste the Deebo analysis except Gallup is more moderately volatile.

TY Hilton - Quad

Hilton is trending in the right direction for Week 8 and he was a full participant on Friday. He carries moderate volatility overall this week as this is a soft tissue injury.

DeVante Parker - Shoulder/hamstring

Parker was limited all week in practice and still on the mend. He’s hard to trust as being active isn’t a slam dunk. If he plays, he’s at high risk for re-injury.

Odell Beckham Jr - Shoulder

Similar to Baker, this injury isn’t going anywhere. He’s highly volatile the rest of the season due to re-injury risk.

Chase Claypool and Terry McLaurin - Minor hamstring

Still on the injury report with a hamstring strain, there’s always a risk for re-injury. There’s just enough volatility here that I don’t want to be over-exposed/over-weight on them. Otherwise, they’re generally safe options.


Evan Engram - Calf

He’s been limited all year by this calf strain. Re-injury is always a possibility so he’s moderately to highly volatile this week.

Jonnu Smith - Shoulder

This mystery should ailment for Smith is exactly that - a mystery. As a result, he carries minimal to moderate volatility as re-injury is on the radar.


The following dates are based primarily on updates directly from beat reporters or the team. When appropriate, historical data & clinical experience are used to refine these dates. They are educated guesses. Not set in stone.

  • Russell Wilson - Week 12/13

  • Wilson’s camp will do all they can to bring Wilson back in Week 10 (the soonest he can return) but he’ll likely need more time than that.

  • Christian McCaffrey - Week 10

  • McCaffrey definitely suffered a setback despite any denials from the team. Now he’s out until Week Nine at the soonest. He’s moderately volatile moving forward as the Panthers need to decide if 90% of snaps and 25+ touches every game is worth it.

  • Davante Adams - Week Nine

  • Darren Waller - Week Nine/10

  • Saquon Barkley - Week Eight/Nine

  • Kadarius Toney - Week Eight/Nine

  • Sterling Shepard - Week Nine/10

  • Kenny Golladay - Week Eight/Nine

  • Nick Chubb - Week Eight

  • Baker Mayfield - Week Nine - 12

  • Dawson Knox - Nine/10

  • DeVante Parker - Week Eight/Nine

  • Sammy Watkins - Week Nine/10

  • Miles Sanders - Week Nine/10

  • Rob Gronkowski - Nine

  • Trey Lance - Week Eight

  • Latavius Murray - Week 10/11

  • Miles Sanders - Week 11

  • Terrace Marshall Jr - Week Eight - ???

  • Antonio Brown - Week 10/11

  • Chris Carson - Week 9/10

  • Carson’s (presumably) arthritic neck is a volatile condition. Carson is highly volatile the rest of the season.

  • Michael Thomas - Week Eight/Nine

  • Thomas is reportedly “a couple weeks away” which matches with the general guess of when his surgery was. When he returns, it could take 1-2 weeks for him to get his sea legs under him.

  • Tyrod Taylor - Week Eight/Nine

  • George Kittle - Nine

  • Will Fuller - Week Nine/10

  • David Montgomery - Week Eight/Nine

  • Logan Thomas - Week 10

  • Jeff Wilson - Week 10-12

  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Week 10/11

  • Kareem Hunt - Week 10/11

  • Julio Jones - Week 9 - 12

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick - Week 10/Unknown

  • Tyrell Williams - Unknown

  • Curtis Samuel - Unknown

  • Jerry Jeudy - Week Eight

  • Michael Gallup - Week 8

  • Tua Tagovailoa - Week Six/Seven

  • JaMycal Hasty - Week Seven/Eight

  • Jarvis Landry - Week Seven

  • Rashod Bateman - Week Six

  • Russell Gage - Week Seven

  • Damien Harris - Week Six/Seven

  • Julio Jones - Week Six

  • Rashaad Penny - Week Seven/Eight

  • Darius Slayton - Week Six/Seven

  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Week Eight/Nine

Edwin completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy education in 2020. His expertise is in all thing’s orthopedics, injury recovery, and he has a special interest in human performance. Edwin’s vision is to push injury advice past simple video analysis and into the realm of applying data from the medical literature to help fantasy players make informed start-sit decisions.