- Don't count out Herbert for Week 3: Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert fractured his rib cartilage Thursday night, but due to the 10-day rest between games, he has a shot to play in Week 3.
- Identify a Lance replacement: San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance was carted off with an ankle injury Sunday and will likely miss the entire season.
- Find a short-term Conner replacement: Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner suffered an apparent mild lateral ankle sprain that should keep him out one-to-three weeks.
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An NFL player's injury status can have a significant effect on both real-life and fantasy football. Maybe most importantly at this time of year — at least for some — is that injuries heavily influence fantasy football rankings and start/sit decisions.
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Chargers QB Justin Herbert fractured rib cartilage late in his Thursday night match-up with the Chiefs. The typical return to play is two-to-four weeks but with his 10 day rest, he has a shot to play in Week 3.
Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman finished the game but did suffer an unspecified ankle injury, and WR Justin Watson sustained a shoulder injury during the game. I do not believe either to be serious, but they will need to be monitored this week.
Dolphins WR Cedrick Wilson was ruled out of the game in the fourth quarter due to a rib injury. Depending on location and severity, his return to play could be from playing next week to being out for a month.
49ers QB Trey Lance was carted off of the field early in the game. I believe he suffered a dislocated ankle fracture similar to what Dak Prescott suffered in 2020. He will likely undergo surgery Monday and is out for the season.
Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz suffered a potentially serious knee injury late in the game on Sunday. I believe he avoided ACL damage, but he could be dealing with a bone bruise and/or meniscus tear. Regardless, I believe Schultz will miss time.
Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy suffered what appeared to be a clavicle/shoulder injury in the first quarter. He did not return to the game, but it was reported after that he sustained a rib injury. Depending on location and severity, he could play next week or miss about a month.
Cardinals RB James Conner exited the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. It appeared to be a mild lateral ankle sprain. I believe it is not a significant injury, Grade 1 return to play is one-to-three weeks.
DNP: Did not participate in practice
LP: Limited participation in practice
FP: Full participation
(-): Not listed
OUT: Player will not play
D: Player is unlikely to play
Q: Player is not certain to play
Rest: Not injury-related or resting veteran