2020 has been a year of a lot of negative things. For the NFL, it has been the year of the injury bug through the first two weeks of the regular season. Although injuries are always a part of the game, the limited offseason has amplified the number of injuries that players are suffering from. The Week 3 Injury Report is a rundown of players who are questionable or worse heading into each game this week. Players who are on injured reserve are not included unless they went on the IR following Week 2. Hopefully, as the season goes along, this list gets shorter, as injuries are the ugly side of this game that we all love.
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Week Fantasy Football Injury Report
Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers
- Brandin Cooks – HOU – WR – Questionable (Quadriceps): Cooks has been battling a quad injury since training camp, and he’s been limited every practice since the season started. With nothing changing in his practice statuses, he should be ready to play on Sunday against a tough Steelers defense.
- Duke Johnson – HOU – RB – Questionable (Ankle): After missing Week 2 with an ankle sprain, Johnson has been limited all week once again. If he is limited again on Friday, this one is trending towards a game-time decision. Going against an elite defense, Johnson would need a lot of passing game work to be relevant.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster – PIT – WR – Questionable (Knee): Smith-Schuster had missed two straight practices with a knee injury, but he returned in full on Friday. Fire up JuJu as a high-end WR2 for Week 3.
Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles
***The Cincinnati Bengals do not have any relevant fantasy players on the injury report.
- Alshon Jeffery – PHI – WR – Out (Foot): Jeffery will not play Sunday, but the fact he was a limited participant at practice is significant news. We could see Jeffery as early as next week, with Week 5 being most likely.
- Jalen Reagor – PHI – WR – Out (Thumb): The rookie receiver suffered a thumb injury that will likely keep him out for the next two to three months. Reagor played through the injury in Week 2, but he elected to have surgery on his torn UCL on Thursday.
San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
- George Kittle – SF – TE – Out (Knee): Kittle will miss his second consecutive game with a sprained MCL. Kittle had practiced on Wednesday and Thursday, but with an already depleted roster, San Francisco decided to give Kittle another week to recover. Expect him back for Week 4.
- Jimmy Garoppolo – SF – QB- Out (Ankle): Garoppolo suffered a sprained ankle in Week 2, and will miss Week 3. In what would have been a plus matchup for Garoppolo, owners will have to wait at least one week for the San Francisco lead man. Nick Mullins will take over as the 49ers signal caller.
- Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman – SF – RBs – Out (Knee): The top two running backs on the 49ers roster will be out against the New York Giants in Week 3. Mostert’s injury seems to be the less severe of the two, as he has a possibility of returning in Week 4. Coleman, however, is likely to miss multiple weeks.
- Sterling Shepherd – NYG – WR – Out (Toe): Shepherd was placed on the injured reserve list, and will miss at least the next three weeks. The oft-injured receiver seems like he is always one game away from his next injury.
Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots
- Darren Waller – LV – TE – Questionable (Knee): After an elite performance on Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, Waller showed up on the injury report on Wednesday. He was limited on Friday, but expect the top tier tight end to play on Sunday.
- Henry Ruggs III – LV – WR – Out (Knee): The Raiders first-round pick was ruled out on Friday after he suffered a knee injury in Week 1. Ruggs played in Week 2, but failed to perform. He was downgraded throughout the week, which likely led the Raiders to err on the side of caution.
- Josh Jacobs – LV – RB – Questionable (Hip): Jacobs was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to a hip injury. He returned to practice Friday and should suit up against the Patriots.
- James White – NE – RB – Out (Personal): James White will not play on Sunday following the tragic death of his father. Prayers and thoughts to the White family in their time of grief.
- Julian Edelman – NE – WR – Questionable (Knee): Edelman was questionable heading into Week 2, and he followed that up with a eight catches and a career-high 179-yards. Edelman should be good to go in Week 3.
- N’Keal Harry – NE – WR – Questionable (Ankle): Harry has been a limited participant at practice all week with an ankle injury. Harry performed admirably in Week 2 despite a nagging shoulder injury. He should be ready to play come game time.
Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings
- A.J. Brown – TEN – WR – Out (Knee): After showing up seemingly out of nowhere on the injury report last week, Brown missed Week 2. Now he has been ruled out on Sunday, missing his second straight game. This is turning into a worrisome injury for the Titans star receiver.
***The Minnesota Vikings do not have any relevant fantasy players on the injury report.
Washington Football Team at Cleveland Browns
- Steven Sims – WAS – WR – Questionable (Toe): Sims picked up a toe injury in-game in Week 2, and missed practice on Wednesday. However, by Friday Sims had been upgraded to full. It would take an unforeseen set back for the Redskins number two wideout to miss Sunday.
***The Cleveland Browns do not have any relevant fantasy players on the injury report.
Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills
- Cam Akers – LAR – RB – Out (Ribs): The rookie will miss the first game of his NFL career after suffering rib cartilage separation in Week 2.
- Dawson Knox – BUF – TE – Out (Concussion): Knox suffered a concussion in the Bills Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins, and he was officially ruled out on Friday. While not a factor in standard fantasy leagues, those in two tight end leagues will possibly need a replacement for Week 3.
- Zack Moss – BUF – RB – Out (Toe): Akers isn’t the only rookie running back out in Buffalo, as the Bills Zack Moss was ruled out on Friday after suffering a toe injury. Moss did not practice all week.
Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons
***The Chicago Bears do not have any relevant fantasy players on the injury report.
- Julio Jones – ATL – WR – Questionable (Hamstring): Julio Jones is a true game-time decision on Sunday against the Bears. The veteran receiver did not practice all week and is coming off a poor game against the Dallas Cowboys. He reportedly tweaked an already injured hamstring during the game, and is in serious danger of missing Week 3.
Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers
- Christian McCaffrey – CAR – RB – Out (Ankle): As we all know by now, fantasy’s top player is out for at least the next three weeks. McCaffrey sprained his ankle going into the end zone in Week 2.
- Justin Jackson – LAC – RB – Doubtful (Quadriceps): Jackson looks to miss his third consecutive game after not practicing all week. Jackson looks to have given up the vital back-up running back role to rookie Joshua Kelley.
- Tyrod Taylor – LAC – QB – Out (Chest): After the shocking news that Taylor had his lung punctured from a team doctor inserting a pain-killing injection, Taylor is once again out in Week 3. This marks his second consecutive week out, as rookie Justin Herbert looks to take over permanently as the team’s signal-caller.
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts
- Braxton Berrios – NYJ – WR – Questionable (Hamstring): The starting slot receiver in the absence of Jamison Crowder popped up on the injury report on Friday. Berrios drawing the questionable tag this late in the week should have him on the right side of playing.
- Breshad Perriman – NYJ – WR – Out (Ankle): Perriman did not practice all week, and will be out in Week 3 against the Colts.
- Jamison Crowder – NYJ – WR – Out (Hamstring): One of the few truly talented skill players on the Jets, Crowder will miss his second consecutive game. With no practice this week, he doesn’t have the best of outlooks in Week 4 either.
- Jack Doyle – IND – TE – Questionable (Ankle): After missing Week 2 with an ankle injury, Jack Doyle draws the questionable tag for Week 3. He was a full participant on Friday, which should brighten his outlook for Week 3. If he is unexpectedly ruled out, Mo Allie-Cox is once again an excellent play.
- Parris Campbell – IND – WR – Out (Knee-MCL): The breakout favorite among many in the industry was placed on the injured reserve list following a Week 2 knee injury. Campbell will miss at least three weeks, but an extended absence looks much more likely.
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks
***The Dallas Cowboys do not have any relevant fantasy players on the injury report.
***The Seattle Seahawks do not have any relevant fantasy players on the injury report.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos
- Justin Watson – TB – WR – Out (Shoulder): Although this has minimal fantasy impact with the return of Chris Godwin, Justin Watson was ruled out in Week 3 with a shoulder injury.
- Drew Lock – DEN – QB – Out (Shoulder): Lock is out for the next several weeks, although he has not been placed on the injured reserve list. This leaves the door open for him to return within three weeks.
- Jerry Jeudy – DEN – WR – Questionable (Ribs): Jerry Jeudy draws the questionable tag after suffering an injury to his ribs in Week 2. He has been declared a game-time decision, but he should be good to go with the Broncos lacking depth at the receiver position.
- Phillip Lindsay – DEN – RB – Doubtful (Toe): The good news for the Broncos back-up running back is that he got in a limited practice on Friday. The bad news is he is still doubtful, and really should already be ruled out. It is highly unlikely he returns only two weeks removed from a turf toe injury.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals
- Kenny Golladay – DET – WR – Questionable (Hamstring): Golladay got a limited practice in on Friday, as he is questionable heading into a Week 3 showdown with the Cardinals. After missing the first two weeks of the season, Golladay could be ready to return. The 0-2 Lions desperately need his big-play ability, and for that reason, I expect him to suit up.
- Christian Kirk – ARI – WR – Out (Groin): It is unknown when Kirk picked up the injury, but he showed up on the injury report on Wednesday and hasn’t practiced since. Kirk has struggled with the presence of DeAndre Hopkins.
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
- Davante Adams – GB – WR – Doubtful (Hamstring): Adams does not look likely to play against the Saints on Sunday Night Football with a hamstring injury. With the Packers off to a 2-0 start, they will likely err on the side of caution with their star receiver.
- Michael Thomas – NO – WR – Out (Ankle): Michael Thomas will miss his second consecutive game with a high-ankle sprain.
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
- Sammy Watkins – KC – WR – Questionable (Concussion): After suffering a concussion in Week 2, Watkins remains in the concussion protocol. He did log in a limited practice on Friday. With the Chiefs playing Monday night, Saturday’s update will go a long way in telling us whether or not Watkins will play in Week 3.
***The Baltimore Ravens do not have any relevant fantasy players on the injury report.
If you found Justin’s Week 3 Injury Report helpful, you’ll definitely want to check out the rest of our Week 3 Fantasy Football lineup!
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