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Injury Insights

Dr. Edwin Porras shares his insights and brief commentary on recent injuries across the league, including return-to-play timeline, historical factors and more. Sign up for a Fantasy Points subscription using promo code 21PORRAS10 for 10% off to read more of Dr. Porras’ work.
Saquon Barkley - Knee

Joe Judge says that unless he is told otherwise by the medical team, Barkley will continue to ramp up his workload. Historically, Barkley has a chance to see about 60% of the work this week which would be about a 12% bump compared to Week One. Barkley looked explosive on Sunday and should continue to make progress.

Antonio Gibson - Toe

Gibson will be active on Thursday. He carries minimal volatility due to the shoulder injury despite a full practice today.

Odell Beckham Jr. - ACL

OBJ is officially out for Week Two. The slightly delayed anticipated recovery for the 29 year old is coming to fruition.

Evan Engram - Calf

Officially OUT for Week Two.

Jerry Jeudy - High ankle

Jeudy is officially on the three week IR. Today, Rapsheet stated "I would state closer to 6 weeks" in reference to the 4-6 week timeline previously reported by Adam Schefter. However, this seems like speculation and the practice reports after Jeudy is off IR will be our north star. Until then, stash Jeudy on IR but do not actively seek to acquire him in more leagues.

Raheem Mostert - Knee

Mostert is out for the season and from a dynasty persepctive, is likely droppable.

Josh Jacobs - Toe

Schefter confirms Jacobs will be active tonight and is feeling better. The vagueness of this situation raises the volatility to the max as there's no telling how many touches he'll see. You're unlikely to have better options than Jacobs so just close your eyes and check the score tomorrow morning.

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Hip

Schefter confirms that Fitz will be out 6-8 weeks which matches up with the research.

Austin Ekeler - Hamstring

Rapsheet reports Ekeler is a "full-go" on Sunday which is great news. However, it remains to be seen why in Week One of practice Ekeler wasn't practicing for two days. A "precaution", by definition, means there was something to be cautious with. Bottom line is that in season-long leagues you're starting Ekeler despite his maximally volatile status due to the uknown nature of this lingering hamstring injury from 2020. He'll have to prove he can buck the re-injury rates.

Emmanuel Sanders - Foot

Sanders is expected to play but was limited in practice all week. Moderate volatility should be assigned to the veteran today.

DK Metcalf - Calf

Do not fade him. This is a minor calf issue.

D'Andre Swift - Groin

Duce Staley said to reporters that he's not good at counting reps in reference to Swift's workload. Although this is likely hyperbole and Detroit will intelligently manage his volume, it's a good sign. These words of affirmation are backed by Swift's full practice on Wednesday. If Swift is given enough volume, he can thrive as a rare bright spot in what should be a below average offense. Continue to monitor his status and don't forget he's still moderately volatile due to his concussion history but this is good news. Enjoy it.

Curtis Samuel - Groin

He isn't at practice as of today and this is not looking good. There's little value in rostering Samuel as of now unless there's room on an IR slot.

Courtland Sutton - ACL

Fangio says Sutton "turned a corner". Wheels up with min-mod volatility in 2021.

Noah Fant - Lower leg

It was finally revealed this was a "knee" issue and Fant was still LP on Wednesday. There's minimal reason for concern as of today but understand there's moderate volatility due to the lack of details about this injury.

Mike Williams - Hip

Williams is reportedly dealing with a "hip flexor" injury which could be either a soft tissue strain or an inside the joint issue. There isn't much research for this relatively rare injury so it's hard to give recommendations. Clinically, it would make sense to treat this as a soft tissue issue and wait for more updates. There's no reason to panic yet on Williams.

Brandon Aiyuk - Hamstring

Practiced in full two days in a row. Minimal to Moderate volatility heading into Sunday.

Alexander Mattison - Undisclosed

Listed with a ribs issue, Mattison practiced in full. Very little concern at this point as enough time has passed (about 3-4 weeks).

Chris Godwin - Quad

Practiced in full. Was a blip on the radar.

Antonio Brown - Knee

Practiced in full today.

A.J. Brown - Knee

As expected, Brown practiced in full on Thursday. Minimal concerns due to knee issues Week One.

Parris Campbell - Ahilles

Dealing with a likely tendinosis (not a rupture) these rarely evolve beyond being a minor annoyance. He'll likely string along a few LP's until this clears up with rehab

Giovani Bernard - High ankle

Two full practices in a row. Min-mod volatility due to the "minor" high ankle sprain.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Ankle

Per Andy Reid, CEH is good to roll for Week One. Minimal concerns here.

Trey Lance - Finger

Lance shed the splint today and was participating in non-throwing drills. He's progressing well from this minor finger injury and it shouldn't be a problem moving forward.

Marquise Brown - Hamstring

Per Hollywood, he is back to 100% after suffering a hamstring strain. What a player says and the atual true nature of the situation don't always match up. If Brown practices all week without a setback, he should be ready to roll Week One albeit with moderate volatility due to recurrence risk.

Joe Burrow - ACL/MCL/PCL/Meniscus

Burrow looks on track to start Week One. It's not unreasonable to expect a skittish Burrow until he gets settled in. That could mean more three-step drops and dump offs than we're used to. Burrow needs to show he's mentally over the injury.

Kenny Golladay - Hamstring

Not on the injury report Wednesday

Rashod Bateman - Groin

Reently placed on short-term IR, the target for Bateman is Week Five. Could be a league winner.

Michael Thomas - Ankle fracture

Thomas is now on the PUP which means he will miss the first 6 weeks of the NFL season. Savvy managers who see their playoff hopes diminishing in a few weeks are wise to scoop him up if he's on the wire and stash him for upside.

Carson Wentz - Foot

Wentz was on track to take full reps before landing on the COVID list. The foot shouldn't be an issue into Week One unless he appears on the injury report in a limited capacity on Thursday or Friday.

Irv Smith Jr. - Meniscus repair

Meniscus repair that will lkeep Smith out all year.

Hunter Henry - Shoulder

Shed his non-contact jersey yesterday in practice. This could be an inside the joint issue for Henry raising his volatility in 2021.

T.Y. Hilton - Neck

Hilton underwent a procedure on his neck (presumably) and is placed on short-term IR. It would actually be quite surprising for him to only miss three weeks but it's possible. He's highly volatile the rest of the year.

Amari Cooper - Ankle/foot

First it's important to note cooper is practicing in full and is apparently finally over teh ankle issue. However, Cooper started mini-camp on the PUP for an ankle procedure that should have taken 4-6 weeks not nearly 6 months. At best, Cooper finally overcame the inflammation cascade from the surgery and will no longer suffer from chronic ankle pain. At worst, Cooper had a surgical procedure to eliminate a known issue since 2015, it didn't work, and he made it worse. At the very least, it's safe to say he underwent a procedure that had complications and there's no reason to believe he's any better off at this point. Expect more of the same from Cooper in terms of ankle/foot injury report statuses with occasional no-shows in games. A within-tier fade is locked in.

Cam Akers - Achilles

Whatever you think his ceiling was, the literature and the science don't allow for us to assume he can reach that after an achilles rupture. Plan for an 85-90% Akers until he proves otherwise.

Dak Prescott - Ankle/shoulder

The ankle hasn't been a problem since earlier this year. The shoulder is progressing well and he threw in 11 on 11 drills. Dak will start Week One and there's minimal concern of him bouncing back.

Tyler Lockett - Groin

Dealing with a common soft tissue (groin) strain, Lockett is taking it easy in Seattle. He has no history of soft tissue injuries and if the Seahawks ease him back in, this shuoldn't impact him moving forward. A slight elevated risk for a recurrence.

Travis Etienne Jr. - Foot

Etienne suffered a Lisfranc fracture/sprain that is unstable in nature. This means he needs surgery to fix the problem. For a rookie who already looked lost in an offense on top of this injury that causes a dip in offensive production, there's legitimate reason to believe that the first round pick won't be back until late 2022 if not 2023.

Stefon Diggs - Knee

The Diggs knee injury has been a bit mysterious but it seems that he will be just fine as he is already back at practice. No need to worry.

Justin Jefferson - AC Joint

Suffering a grade II AC joint sprain, Jefferson should take the time to heal up and be ready by Week One. Very minimal concern for re-injury.

Michael Gallup - Calf

Micahel Gehlken reports Gallup suffered a calf strain on Thursday. His report that this will take 3-5 weeks to recover matchup with the return to sport time based on the evidence. Don't anticipate having Gallup back until Week Four at the absolute soonest.