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 PORRAS22 for 10% off to read more of Dr. Porras’ work.

Cooper was limited on Thursday with a hip injury. Similar to Diontae Johnson this could be a soft tissue strain. His volatility is min-moderate but overall there’s not a lot of concern.

UPDATE: Walker has not practiced 2 days in a row now. He doesn’t have to practice to play but the odds of playing and playing effectively in Week 14 are waning. If active, he’s a must-start in most formats but not useable in cash games. Meanwhile DeeJay Dallas has not practiced either making Travis Homer the back to target but temper expectations. —————— UPDATE: Ian Rapoport confirmed that Walker's injury is an impingement and not a sprain. Rapoport also states the ankle swelled up and was painful. As of today, Walker is at high risk to sit 1-2 weeks.  \------------ Walker was ruled OUT in Week 13 due to an ankle injury. He was later seen with his right foot propped up on the sideline. After the game Walker told reporters that he didn't sprain the ankle but that he "jammed it". Based on video analysis it does seem that walker stepped hard and potentially "jammed" his right ankle. Depending on severity, Walker has a chance to return at less than 100% next week. However, if severe enough, this is a 2-4 week injury.

Projected Return Date: December 10, 2022  -  December 17, 2022

Higgins was LP on Thursday with a hamstring strain. This is less than ideal but the sky isn't falling yet. He's not a high percentage cash play this week but overall he's still a must start barring a setback.

Projected Return Date: October 22, 2022  -  November 5, 2022

Sutton has yet to practice this week and is highly unlikely to play in Week 14.  \------------ Sutton was ruled OUT in Week 13 with a hamstring strain. He's at high risk to sit if he returns in Week 14. Even if he plays, the data also shows he's a highly volatile play on such a quick turnaround.

Projected Return Date: December 17, 2022  -  December 24, 2022

Diontae was a DNP on Thursday due to a hip issue. At times this can be listed as hip and encompass the groin. Assuming this isn't a contact injury since it's practice, there's a chance he has a strained groin which typically results in 1-3 weeks of missed time. This is something to monitor.

Projected Return Date: December 17, 2022  -  December 24, 2022

Barkley popped up as limited on Thursday with a neck injury. While this is something to monitor as a RB, there is a good chance based on historical precedent this winds up being nothing. His volatility is increased to minimal to moderate in Week 14.

Schefter confirms that Lamar has a PCL injury. Typically this costs athletes 2-4 weeks as previously projected. Prep for no Lamar for 2-3 weeks and cross your fingers it's only a 1 game absence. \------------ The Ravens have called Lamar "week to week" and that he's unlikely to play in Week 14. The injury itself seems to be relatively mild but Lamar is at risk to miss potentially 2-3 games. Once he returns, there should be only minimal concerns for performance/re-injury. \------------ Lamar was taken down in the backfield and landed with his L knee in a bent position. There is concern for PCL/inside the joint damage (contusion). If this is high severity with cartilage involvement, the worst case scenario is a "scope" similar to Cordarrelle Patterson from earlier this year. If this is a simple contusion, expect Lamar to miss ~2 games.

Projected Return Date: December 17, 2022  -  December 24, 2022

Hurst is now dealing with a calf injury. The 29 year old has not been able to escape the soft tissue injury bug this week. He's at risk for missing the rest of the 2022 fantasy football regular season.

Projected Return Date: December 17, 2022  -  December 31, 2022

As Jacobs enters a Thursday night game in Week 14, he's a must-start everywhere. With that in mind, continue to insulate the RB position as this calf injury still isn't totally resolved.

The Dolphins have already announced Tua will start in Week 14. He should be fine.

Burks was ruled OUT with a concussion. With the new concussion protocol, he's at high risk to sit as of today.

Projected Return Date: December 10, 2022  -  December 17, 2022

Jimmy G was ruled out and based on video, this doesn't look good. Best case scenario he has a high ankle sprain. Worst case, it's a fracture/dislocation. As always video is not diagnostic so stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: Etienne is officially active. \------------ Etienne was ruled out in Week 12 with a foot injury. There has yet to be clarity on whether this was his left or right foot. Based on video, the primary plausible mechanism is injury to the left foot but further reporting should help clarify. A re-injury to the left foot would make the most sense and a secondary hypothesis is left turf toe. As it relates to RBs with a foot injury since 2018, 59% of the sample missed 0-1 games and only 27% of that sample missed 4 or more games. In addition to being declared "probable" to return mid-game, Etienne continued to stand on the sideline after the injury and in the post-game presser there was no mention of a walking boot. All things that point to Etienne hopefully missing only 0-1 games at worst. A grade II or worse (which seems unlikely) would cost him at least 2 games. Ultimately amount of time Etienne misses will depend on the severity and how conservative Jacksonville decides to take this if it is indeed a reinjury.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022

UPDATE: Dan Graziano reports Joe Mixon is "highly unlikely" to play in Week 13.  \------------ Mixon still has not completely cleared concussion protocol. Similar to Matthew Stafford earlier this season, Mixon returning in Week 13 will be at moderate risk for re-injury. If you still roster Samaje Perine don’t drop him yet. Make sure to check-in on final statuses heading into Sunday to ensure Mixon will indeed play. Start him everywhere but less so in DFS and prop bets.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022  -  December 10, 2022

UPDATE: Jeudy is active in Week 13. He's startable in desperate situations. \----- Nathaniel Hackett calls Jeudy day to day. For now it's safe to operate this is either a peroneal tendon injury or a calf strain. Both injuries would cost Jeudy approximately 2-4 weeks on the long end depending on the severity. However given his "day to day" status, continue to monitor his practice status.

Projected Return Date: December 10, 2022  -  December 10, 2022

On video it appears Deebo knocked knees with a defender in Week 12 potentially leading to a deep bruise - ouch! Samuel was limited in practice and has a legitimate shot to suit up. If he plays, he’s minially to moderately volatile due to concerns in mobility and re-aggravation.

Fournette was a full participant this week and the only risk of reinjury is if he has not taken contact yet. Otherwise, he should be at full speed.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022  -  December 3, 2022

UPDATE: This is unlikely to be a ceiling game for Chase if he plays. In fact the attention might be to get his feet wet against a good opponent before fully unleashing him in Week 14. Chase likely suffered an avulsion fracture which is associated with soft tissue strains. These injuries will heal but what's more important to point out is that Chase also reportedly has a labrum injury. The labrum of the hip is resilient, but can continue to follow the rest of this year as good rehab outcomes aren't totally predictable. This bumps him to the minimal to moderately volatile ROS. With that said, Chase is the walking definition of league-winner. \---------- The Bengals want the flexibility to bring him back before then which, in theory, implies some confidence he can return before Week 13. Chase has a hip fracture which is associated with a hip (soft tissue) strain according to multiple reports. These injuries will heal but what's more important to point out is that Chase also reportedly has a labrum injury. The labrum of the hip is resilient, but can continue to follow the rest of this year as good rehab outcomes for these injuries aren't totally predictable. This bumps him to the minimal to moderately volatile ROS. With that said, Chase is the walking definition of league-winner if contenders are able to steal him away at a "discount".

Projected Return Date: November 26, 2022  -  December 10, 2022

UPDATE:  Jaylen Warren will return in his first week from a hamstring strain. As we know 20-25%% of all hamstring strain recurrences occur in the 1st week back from the injury.  Since Najee Harris has also dealt with his own injuries all season, this places Benny Snell in the conversation as a stash candidate in deeper leagues. If Warren or Harris re-injure themselves there’s no guarantees of production out of that backfield but make the Snell addition anyway as a hedge.  \------------ Warren told reporters that "doctors cleared him" to return. This is great news for Warren but given the current state of that backfield (Najee injured) there's a non-zero chance both Warren and PIT are pushing his timeline. Benny Snell is still an upside handcuff. Definitely grab Snell if Warren is one of the only RBs on your roster.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022  -  December 3, 2022

UPDATE:  Najee was ruled OUT with an “abdomen” injury on Monday night. Since 2019 the average amount of missed time for skill players with “abdomen” injuries is 1-2 games. The only documented case of re-aggravation in that sample is Alex Collins. At this point it could be that the injury wasn’t too serious (despite it forcing him out of the game) but re-injury just 6 days after a strain is in the cards. He’s volatile making Warren a high upside handcuff. \------------ Najee was ruled OUT with an “abdomen” injury which is an umbrella term that could include any of the core muscles that attach at the groin. Since 2019 average missed time for skill players on the injury report with “abdomen” is 1-2 games. If classified as a "groin" injury, the average missed time is 1-3 games with a Median of 18 days. For now, we'll wait for the team to report more on this injury.

UPDATE:  Fields was finally a full participant in practice but that doesn't mean he’s in the clear from a performance standpoint. The injury has never seemed too serious from the onset but if the Bears feel like they dodged a bullet, the designed rushing attempts for Fields could suffer. Ultimately this situation is fluid enough that it’s hard to trust Fields in cash games until he proves it. Otherwise, he'd be minimally volatile for a reinjury in Week 13.  \------------ UPDATE: Fields has been practicing all week in a limited fashion and it's unlikely he took contact. Even though it’s his non-throwing shoulder, all it takes is one tackle or sack to re-aggravate the shoulder. Certainly he’s pushing to play like every athlete does but the Bears might make the executive decision to sit him. Hopefully by now you have a replacement. If he is active, consider him moderately volatile to re-injure. \------------ Fields went down twice on the last Bears drive. First, he landed on his left shoulder which would implicate his AC joint. An injury that, if not severe, shouldn't cost him any time at all. In a worst case scenario world, he's out 1-2 weeks. On the following play, it looks on video like Fields' neck was forcibly flexed and he may have sustained a "stinger". Again, an injury that if not severe, shouldn't cos him much time at all. Seeing as video is not diagnostic of severity, it's best to wait and see what the Bears report. For now, Fields could miss anywhere from 0 to 2 games at worst.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022  -  December 3, 2022

UPDATE:  CMC’s knee issue can be traced back to Week 4. Ultimately, this is a load management issue that he could re-aggravate but the bottom line is he’s likely been dealing with this all year. The truth is we’ll need to see how much of a workload McCaffrey will get in Week 13 but he should play at the very least.  \-------------- CMC was not practicing Wednesday but that in and of itself is not concerning as CMC didn't practice any Wednesdays while with Carolina. Continue to monitor his status. He's at moderate risk to sit but if this issue can be resolved by resting him all week in practice, that's what the Niners will likely do.  \-------------- McCaffrey was on the sideline wearing a patellar "tendinitis" brace and Kyle Shanahan says he had a "knee irritation". Shanahan said in a press conference "hopefully" McCaffrey will be alright. CMC is likely dealing with patellar tendinopathy which is pain at the front of the knee. This can come on traumatically as it did with DK Metcalf in Week 7. Other times it's gradual. Regardless, the solution is load-management and rehab, but that definition can vary widely. In a worst case scenario San Francisco decides to shut him down 1-2 weeks so he can get right. The most realistic outcome is McCaffrey doesn't practice much this week and he gives it a go in Week 13 with capped volume. This situation warrants monitoring all week.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022  -  December 10, 2022

Michael Carter DOUBTFUL for Week 13 per Robert Saleh. \------------------------- Michael Carter, upon further review, does indeed have a lateral "low" ankle sprain. Still, more than 80% of athletes need more than 3 days to rehab and recover and another portion needs even more than one week. Even if he's active, he's highly volatile this week. Zonovan Knight is a priority add this week.

Projected Return Date: December 10, 2022  -  December 24, 2022

Rodgers will undergo an MRI and/or CT scan today to assess if there is structural damage to his ribs. The best case scenario for Rodgers is very similar to Justin Herbert from earlier this year where he does not practice but plays. If he does have damage, he'll be out 2-4 weeks. Continue to monitor this one as Rodgers being down is an obvious downgrade to his skill players.

UPDATE: Mooney is officially out for year per the Bears. \------------------ Tom Pelissero reports that Mooney could need season-ending surgery and Ian Rapoport adds that Mooney has torn ligaments in his ankle. This is a very similar injury that Michael Thomas sustained in 2020. Mooney should be back at nearly full strength in 2023.

Projected Return Date: May 27, 2023  -  August 27, 2023

Mitchell is now dealing with another MCL sprain on the opposite side this time. Kyle Shanahan states he could miss time. The average amount of missed time for a grade II injury is about 3 weeks.

Projected Return Date: December 10, 2022  -  December 24, 2022

Siemian hurt in warmups, OUT in Week 12. Pick up the Jets defense anywhere you need to.

Rapsheet: Robinson unlikely for Week 12.

Gus ACTIVE for Week 12.

Projected Return Date: November 26, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

Mostert OUT in Week 12.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022  -  December 10, 2022

Hollywood will play in Week 12 after sitting out 6 weeks. He's moderately volatile for cash games as a recurrence with these injuries is always possible. However, with Rondale Moore OUT and Greg Dortch looking doubtful, he may step into a decent amount of targets. He's startable despite the volatility.

Projected Return Date: November 26, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

JuJu Smith-Schuster on track for Week 12. Continue monitoring the official actives/inactives to be sure.

Projected Return Date: November 26, 2022  -  December 3, 2022

Williams officially OUT in Week 12.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022  -  December 10, 2022

Everett was af full participant on Thursday and should return in Week 12. He's minimal to moderately volatile.

Projected Return Date: November 26, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

As of Friday afternoon Moore had not practiced this week. Typically these injuries result in 1-3 weeks of missed time.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022  -  December 10, 2022

Kyler to return in Week 12 per Kingsbury. There is still min to moderate volatility due to recurrence risk. For that reason Murray should be used sparingly in cash games.

Projected Return Date: November 26, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

Toney OUT in Week 12.

Projected Return Date: December 3, 2022

Chase Edmonds has a high ankle sprain and will be out "several weeks" per Tom Pelissero. Suddenly Latavius Murray is the waiver wire add of the week.

Projected Return Date: December 17, 2022  -  December 24, 2022

Jameson Williams was designated to return to practice. While the rookie is still at risk for soft tissue injuries and knee flare ups, the Lions have played this intelligently and he should be close to a full-go from a physical perspective.

Projected Return Date: November 23, 2022  -  December 3, 2022

Daboll confirms Robinson tore his ACL. Assuming it’s not anymore than isolated ACL Robinson should be on a very similar return schedule Robert Woods was on. Unlikely for preseason games but Week 1 realistic.

Projected Return Date: August 5, 2023  -  September 19, 2023

Pitts has a complete MCL tear and was placed on IR. He's droppable in all formats. Rapoport reports "barring some sort of significant difference in the second opinion" he'll have surgery. This is a less serious injury than an ACL tear and dynasty managers should not fret.

Projected Return Date: April 2, 2023  -  July 9, 2023

Njoku ACTIVE in Week 11.

Projected Return Date: November 19, 2022  -  November 19, 2022

UPDATE: It appears that Zeke will give it a go. He's moderately volatile moving forward due to performance and re-injury concerns.  His right knee injury from Week 7, despite being considered minor, is the third injury to that knee dating back to 2021. Despite finishing Week 7 it's worth noting that during the Cowboys' last 5 drives, Zeke played just 36% of the snaps. For managers looking to get out of the Zeke game (or into the Pollard high upside handcuff game), this might be the window to do so. If you've got 1-3 wins and need to welcome variance onto your roster, Zeke is a (meh) trade target. He's simply more volatile moving forward (again). Target Pollard aggressively instead.

Projected Return Date: November 26, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

Keenan Allen a full participant in practice for the first time since Week 1. He's a volatile option at this point until he can prove the hamstring injury is behind him but he's useable in most 12 team non-DFS leagues.

Projected Return Date: November 19, 2022  -  November 19, 2022

UPDATE: Hopkins was not at practice Thursday and Darren Urban noted it was a "maintenance" issue for Hopkins. Keep a close eye on the report as a hamstring strain for a 30 year old WR has a chance to devolve quickly. \------------- Hopkins will undoubtedly be thrust into the Cardinals offense. The reality is regardless of his training and conditioning over the last 2 months, he has not played in an NFL game. Temper expectations as he'll be a soft tissue injury risk until he gets his feet under him.

UPDATE: Andrews FP on Friday. Good chance to play in Week 11.  \------ Andrews sat in Week 9 which was a smart call to allow Andrews' shoulder to get right. By the time Week 11 rolls around, Andrews will be 3.5 weeks removed from an injury that usually results in 2-4 weeks of missed time. Week 11 is a good target date for him to return. Week 12 would be the conservative route.

Projected Return Date: November 19, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

Goedert was sent to IR and will be out until at least Week 15.

Projected Return Date: December 17, 2022

Stafford is still in concussion protocol. 2022 has been a crazy year and concussions are not linear but Stafford has a decent chance to clear before Week 11.

Projected Return Date: November 19, 2022  -  November 19, 2022

Rapoport tweets that Kupp will be placed on IR and undergo the tightrope procedure. Given the NFL IR rules paired with the optimistic projected return of these injuries between 6 and 8 weeks, the soonest Kupp could realistically return is in Week 15. However, if the Rams decide there's nothing to play for, they could simply shut Kupp down for the season. Teams who really need a bench spot and don't have an IR spot can cut Kupp with minimal concern as he won't be near 100% even if he returns in the fantasy playoffs.

Projected Return Date: December 24, 2022  -  January 14, 2023

Ertz sustains season ending injury. He's done for 2022 and is droppable.

UPDATE: Schefter: Allen to start . You start him to but don’t expect a ceiling game

Projected Return Date: November 12, 2022  -  December 3, 2022

Dotson’s was a recurrence so he’s at higher risk to recur again. At the very least he'll be active.

Projected Return Date: November 12, 2022  -  November 12, 2022

Mecole OUT in Week 10.

Projected Return Date: November 19, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

Despite being a full participant on Friday and Deon Jackson being ruled out, it’s totally possible JT re-injures the ankle. He has to start in most leagues but he’s not touchable in cash games. He’s highly volatile until he proves the ankle is fully health. Jonathan Taylor was obviously limited in Week 8 by the same lateral ankle sprain from early October. Last season we saw Saquon struggle through a lateral ankle sprain after his return - that is the current floor outcome for Taylor. Given the offensive situation and his health, managers might consider moving Taylor for a less volatile top 10 player. The Hines trade might give more optimistic fantasy gamers a false sense of security trading for JT. At the very least, JT managers should consider asking Deon Jackson for some safety and non-JT managers should add him for contingent upside.

Projected Return Date: November 12, 2022  -  November 12, 2022

Renfrow has been placed on IR and will miss the next 4 weeks.

Projected Return Date: December 10, 2022

Waller was sent to IR and will miss the next 4 games.

Projected Return Date: December 10, 2022  -  November 19, 2022

Cobb was placed on IR prior to Week 7 and will need to miss at least another game before being eligible to return.

Projected Return Date: November 19, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

UPDATE: Jones was spotted practicing on Wednesday which bodes well for his availability in Week 10.  UPDATE: Schefter reports that Jones' tests were negative which generally means there isn't a gross fracture or dislocation. Schefter also tweets that his source believes Jones "should be able to play this week". This is still worth monitoring as Jones' pain tolerance and healing will still dictate his volume and level of availability.  Jones was ruled out in the third quarter of Week 9 with a left ankle injury. On video it appears that a high ankle cannot be ruled out. On one hand it's good to see he jogged out of the tunnel - this could indicate there aren't any obvious fractures. On the other hand his symptoms were severe enough that the med staff ruled him out in a close game and he was in a boot post-game. This is something to monitor moving forward as Jones could miss time.

In 2021 when Swift was healthy he averaged 73% of snaps, 7 targets and 6 catches. Since returning to the field in Week 8 he's averaged 36% of snaps, 5 targets and 4 catches. On one hand it's good to see the targets are there. On the other hand, his playing time dipped significantly in Week 9 and he played just 16% of snaps. Swift is no more than an RB2 with lottery ticket upside at this point if he ever gets healthy. That's a big "if". Pride of Detroit recaps that Dan Campbell never intended to play Swift a full allotment of snaps in Week 8. Campbell said of Swift “We probably gave Swift one too many carries. We love Swift. Glad he’s out there, but he’s not back.” This confirms that Swift is still not back to 100% after sustaining an injury that appeared to be at least an eversion sprain if not a high ankle in Week 1. Then he appeared to suffer an AC sprain against the Vikings. The good news is it sounds like (hopefully) Swift made it out the other side healthy. He’ll continue increasing reps according to Campbell.

Multiple reports indicate OBJ is looking at a mid-November return placing him at 9 months post-op. Sports med data on ACL recovery suggests re-tear risk of an ACL decreases approximately 51% every month after surgery until month 9 (which is why the Gallup and Godwin returns were surprising at 7.5 and 8 months). This situation is a bit different given OBJ already re-tore once and a third tear is statistically more likely compared to a first time tear. But by waiting at least 9 months, OBJ's risk is at least slightly mitigated. Overall he's at moderate risk of re-tear, moderate risk of workload related soft tissue injury, and is unlikely to be a full-go util month 10 post-op. However, it's reasonable to expect 80-90% of prime OBJ once he gets his feet under him. He's worth a stash in most formats for contenders who understand the risks.

Projected Return Date: November 19, 2022  -  December 19, 2022

UPDATE: Rapsheet confirms that this was a high ankle sprain for Doubs. Pass catchers typically miss 3 weeks with these injuries but it can extend up to 5 weeks.  Doubs appears to suffer high ankle on video and is on crutches/in boot post-game. He'll likely miss some time based purely on observation.

Projected Return Date: November 26, 2022  -  December 10, 2022

Tannehill officially OUT.

Projected Return Date: November 12, 2022  -  November 12, 2022

Harris inactive.

Projected Return Date: November 12, 2022  -  November 12, 2022

Schefter says Conner will test ribs in pregame, should play. Any player still needing testing in pregame isn’t 100%. Eno Benjamin is still startable.

Projected Return Date: November 5, 2022  -  November 19, 2022

Robinson pop up on injury report with a knee issue that’s chronic at this point. He’s questionable. Fire up Michael Carter.

Hubbard is OUT in Week 9.

Projected Return Date: November 5, 2022  -  November 19, 2022

Updated: Henry missed practice on Thursday but is now listed with "rest/not injury related". He should be fine moving forward but definitely keep a close eye on Big Dogg's health.  There's no telling which foot this is but it's safe to assume it's the same one from 2021. Don't panic. After carrying the ball over 30 times for 200+ yards your foot would probably hurt too. However, continue to monitor him for him now.

The Saints say Thomas' toe "didn't respond the way they'd hoped". At this point Thomas is droppable for teams that are desperate and need points. They do no expect him to play again this year.

Harbaugh: Bateman to have season-ending surgery.

Watson is back at practice and in the final phases of concussion protocol. Keep on mind that especially with the new protocol this doesn't guarantee he'll play in Week 9. He'll need to officially be cleared.

Update: Lazard was LP in practice. If he plays in Week 9 he'll be highly volatile until he can prove the shoulder isn't a continued issue.  Allen Lazard had a very similar mechanism of injury to his shoulder as Dalvin Cook had earlier this year. It looks like he subluxed his shoulder. It was a low energy injury so there’s a chance Lazard is back as quickly as Week 8. Realistically though the data points to a 2-3 week absence. He does have a history of a rotator cuff injury which could contribute to this injury.

Projected Return Date: October 29, 2022  -  November 12, 2022

According to the Texans, Nico Collins "isn't dealing with a season-ending injury." Data shows this could be a 1-3 week absence for Collins.

Projected Return Date: November 19, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

Patterson was designated to return to practice. He has a chance to play in Week 9

Projected Return Date: November 5, 2022  -  November 12, 2022

On video it appears Irv Smith plants his foot and friendly fire dives into his ankle forcing it to crash inward (eversion). If his foot was totally planted and if there was more dorsiflexion he could be looking at a high ankle sprain. He’s scheduled for an MRI today.  Update: Jeremy Fowler confirms Smith has a high ankle sprain. Based on averages for pass catchers Smith will miss between 2-4 weeks with an average of 21 missed days.  Update: Smith is expected to miss 8-10 weeks according to Adam Schefter

Projected Return Date: December 24, 2022  -  January 7, 2023

Schefter reports that Metcalf will play in Week 8. As stated before this is primarily a pain tolerance injury so although he’ll play, Metcalf managers in more shallow leagues should tread lightly. He’s untouchable in cash until he can play through a whole game without limitations.

Projected Return Date: October 29, 2022  -  October 29, 2022

Lockett played just 65% of snaps despite seeing 8 targets. He's moderately volatile today again as hes clearly banged up.

Projected Return Date: October 29, 2022  -  October 29, 2022

WIlson ACTIVE for Week 8

Projected Return Date: October 22, 2022  -  October 29, 2022

Rapsheet: Thomas will play in Week 8. He’s highly volatile.

Projected Return Date: November 5, 2022  -  November 19, 2022

Rapsheet yeeets that Adams will play. He’s a must start.

Rapsheet reports that Amon-Ra St. Brown has cleared concussion protocol. He will play.

Projected Return Date: October 29, 2022  -  November 5, 2022

Mike Evans got his feet tangled up at the start of the 4th quarter in Week 8 and didn’t see a target again. This shouldn't follow him through Week 8 but it's worth noting he didn’t practice Monday.

Projected Return Date: October 26, 2022  -  October 26, 2022

Hall has a confirmed torn ACL with minimal meniscus damage per Ian Rapoport. Expect a very similar recovery timeline that Saquon Barkley followed in 2021. If he has no setbacks, he should be able to perform to an extent by the 10-11 month mark. Expect a small to moderate production drop off and a breakout 2024.

Projected Return Date: August 19, 2023  -  October 17, 2023

There's no telling what's going on with Schultz' PCL sprain but he practiced in full all week again. The fact that two seemingly innocuous events (contact with a defender in Week 5 and a walk thru before Week 6) could set him back so easily, he'll need to prove he's healthy before being in lineups.

Projected Return Date: October 22, 2022  -  November 5, 2022

Dobbins is droppable in most leagues at this point given he'll be down 4-6 weeks at this point. Gus Edwards is a RB to target.

Projected Return Date: November 19, 2022  -  December 3, 2022

Mike Reiss tweets that Max Jones will be available Monday night “after clearing some hurdles at practice”. If the hurdles involve literally and physically clearing hurdles, this isn’t a guarantee to happen. Jones’ already limited mobility and still healing ankle will make him a highly volatile MNF streamer. There are better options in his first few weeks back.

Projected Return Date: October 22, 2022  -  October 29, 2022

McDaniel sure has taken us on an emotional roller coaster. Despite McDaniel saying Waddle "could miss 1-2 games" in his Sunday presser, Waddle turned around and practiced on Wednesday. A limited practice doesn't predict availability for Week 7 but it is encouraging. This one is a situation to monitor but regardless video analysis and the fact he is banged up still places him as highly volatility even if he plays.

Projected Return Date: October 22, 2022  -  November 5, 2022

Benjamin has been limited this week. There's no telling how severe this injury is but in a week with so many byes, he's probably the best option for many people to flex.

Projected Return Date: October 22, 2022  -  October 22, 2022

Brandon Staley says that Kelley will be out 2-4 weeks.

Projected Return Date: November 5, 2022  -  November 19, 2022

Dak is expected to play in Week 7. Don't expect a ceiling game from a passing perspective for at least another few weeks but he's a great trade candidate.

Projected Return Date: October 22, 2022  -  October 22, 2022

Ian Rapoport confirms this will be a 4-6 week absence for Wentz.

Projected Return Date: November 12, 2022  -  November 26, 2022

Lamb didn't practice Friday and is questionable for Week 6. Last week Dallas sat Lamb on Thursday and he was limited on Friday with "groin" claiming it was load management. This week Lamb sat on Friday with "hip" which is likely the same issue. From Weeks 2-4 Lamb ran a route on 94% of routes with an 11.6 aDOT. Then in Week 5 he ran a route on 100% of his snaps with a 7.6 aDOT. So he got no rest while he was on the field in addition to facing more physical stress against the Rams defense. This could once again flag his GPS at the end of a work week and lead Dallas to remain cautious with him. This is all to say Lamb should be good to go but this is something to monitor.

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022

Julio doubtful for Week 6. This injury is far from resolved.

Projected Return Date: October 29, 2022  -  November 5, 2022

Freiermuth has officially been ruled OUT in Week 6.

Projected Return Date: October 22, 2022  -  November 5, 2022

Brate practiced all week and could return in Week 6.

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022  -  October 22, 2022

Jordan OUT in Week 6.

Projected Return Date: October 22, 2022  -  November 5, 2022

The running back practiced in full all week and could make his debut this week. He's a bench stash

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022  -  October 22, 2022

Hines was a full participant in practice Friday but ensure he clears the protocol if you need him this week.

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022  -  October 22, 2022

Olave practices in full on Friday but is not not a lock for Week 6 as we saw with Isaiah McKenzie last week. He'll need to be cleared before Sunday morning to play.

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022  -  October 22, 2022

Winston OUT in Week 6.

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022  -  October 22, 2022

McKenzie officially clears concussion protocol

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022

Bridgewater OUT for Week 6

Ian Rapoport tweeted that Rashaad Penny will likely need surgery for a fractured tibia. This will more than likely end Penny's season. Depending on severity these injuries will take at least 3-4 months to recovery from.

Projected Return Date: December 31, 2022

According to Adam Schefter Montgomery is expected to play “barring pregame setback”. Don’t expect a ceiling game but Montgomery is a low-moderate volatility play.

Projected Return Date: October 12, 2022  -  October 22, 2022

Schefter tweeted that Kamara should en active in Week 5. It's unlikely to be a high-usage day to prevent worsening of the painful condition.

Hill has yet to miss a non Week 17/18 game in his career due to soft tissue injuries. He's always played through and averaged 7 catches/10 targets/61 yards/1TD. You can't fade him and he'll likely be active. He'll be minimally-moderately volatile.

Projected Return Date: October 8, 2022

Jones was limited in mobility last week after the eversion sprain but is now off the injury report. He's moderately volatile until we see his mobility is fully back.

Projected Return Date: October 8, 2022

Chark didn't practice two 2/3 days this week and is unlikely to play in Week 5.

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022  -  October 29, 2022

I mean, come on. What do you think he'll say in the morning? Robinson will be active but it's worth waiting a week to see his role.

Projected Return Date: October 8, 2022

Pollard didn’t practice Friday due to an illness. With the Saturday buffer the hope is he’ll be available but might not be 100%. Zeke is an obvious pivot if Pollard can’t go and a tournament game consideration regardless.

Knox officially ruled OUT for Week 5.

Tom Pelissero confirms this knee injury is worst case scenario as Williams ruptured his ACL/LCL/PCL. This specific injury is eerily similar to the one J.K. Dobbins sustained in 2021. As a result Williams will require extensive rehab and recovery. We've seen ridiculous returns from the likes of Michael Gallup and Chris Godwin this season but this specific injury is highly unlikely to follow such a quick turn around as it also comes with significantly higher risks of complications. The general expectations for recovery is 9-12 months from the date of surgery (not the date of injury).  According to Ohio State University College of Medicine, only 33% of athletes are able to return to the same level of performance after this injury but for a back as talented and athletic as Williams, he's in a good spot all things considered. As surgery dates and details continue to surface, his approximate return date will be refined.

Projected Return Date: August 5, 2023  -  November 4, 2023

Meyers officially OUT in Week 4.

Gallup active but not startable  At just 7 months and 2 weeks from ACL surgery, he will apparently give it a go. He’s highly volatile and not playable. For context, Chris Godwin was 8 months in Week 1 when trying to play. They are of course totally different situations but 9 months remains the gold standard for most humans. Even these guys. Lastly, it’s possible (probable) Gallup is on a snap count for the next month.

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022  -  November 16, 2022

Davis is active but highly volatile.

Schefter reports that Godwin will test his hamstring pregame but that Tampa is optimistic he'll play. All the same reasons that made Godwin volatile in Week 1 are still present today albeit to a lesser degree. He's a risky/high upside WR3 until we see that hamstring hold up.

Projected Return Date: October 1, 2022  -  October 8, 2022

Cook was a full participant in Friday's practice and seems on track to play. Despite the sling, he's highly volatile due to recurrence risk.

Projected Return Date: October 1, 2022  -  October 8, 2022

The expectation out of New York is that Wilson will make his season debut in Week 4.

Projected Return Date: October 1, 2022

Mr. Insider Adam Schefter himself was hyping up Williams prior to his Week 1. That has to mean something in a backfield that's seen legitimate volume distribution. There might be plans for Williams to be used in the passing games making him a worthwhile stash in deeper formats.

Projected Return Date: October 15, 2022

Herbert is starting today per Adam Schefter. This is still a highly volatile situation.

Gage is still struggling with a camp hamstring strain and was downgraded to DNP Friday. He's unlikely to play and highly volatile if he does.

Hockenson is dealing with a hip issue that's new for him. He was limited all week but it's impossible to bench a TE unless it's clear they really can't/won't go.

Pittman was FP on Friday which is a great sign. Quad injuries can be less tricky than hamstring injuries. He's a must-start in every format.

Kittle wll play in Week 3 as he's off the injury report. Kittle remains minimally volatile but should not be restricted.

Lance suffered a gruesome right lower leg injury that Schefter and the broadcast are calling an ankle injury. Schefter also reports the ankle will cost Lance the 2022 season which was expected. The hope is Lance rehabs well and can bounce back for 2023.

Joel Erickson reports that Pierce developed symptoms “after the game”. There’s no telling when that was between then and now and so it makes his availability even more questionable. Conservatively plan on no Pierce this week but monitor Injury Insights.

Per Field Yates the Patriots have placed Ty Montgomery on the injured reserve. This means he'll be required to miss at least the next four games.

Schefter confirmed: Drake London will play. This is unlikely to be a ceiling game for the rookie as he works his way back from an unspecified knee injury.

Tonyan, according to coach Matt LaFleur, will play in Week 1. He’s moderately to highly volatile but in an offense with Allen Lazard might be worth the TD upside depending on your situation.

Van Jefferson Starts Week as DNP and at this point is unlikely to be active given this is his second surgery on the same knee this calendar year.

Akers returned to practice but this is something to keep an eye on as injury reports begin to surface next week.

Sanders returns to practice on Thursday. This is a good sign for his Week 1 availability although he'll still be moderately volatile.

Spiller is rehabbing an ankle sprain and could take 2-4 weeks to rehab. This matches up with the report he could miss Week 1.

Herbert was back to practice on Sunday.

Washington has a Jones fracture and reports are he'll be out 6-8 weeks. The soonest return is by Week One. Depending on the specific area that was fractured, this could actually go up to 10 weeks based on the research done on NFL athletes which places him back in early to mid October.

Metchie had surgery on December 10th. That means that in an ideal world his soonest return is September 10th. That's exactly 9 months on opening day. Depending on the extent of the damage and/or his overall progress in rehab this could be extended another 2-6 weeks.

Woods' exact return date is gray as there are no reports of the extent of damage or the surgery date. Playing it conservatively based on his injury date, he could be cleared by 9/1/22 at the earliest. Depending on the extent of the damage and/or his overall progress in rehab this could be extended another 2-6 weeks.