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Fantasy Football Week 4 injury report: Updates on Cam Newton, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Michael Thomas and more

A player's injury status can have a significant effect on fantasy football — it can alter draft strategy, roster construction and, most importantly, it can determine start-or-sit decisions for your fantasy team.

Each week, I will comb through the official injury reports for each game and give updates and analysis for fantasy-relevant players. Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @mario_pilato on Twitter.

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ARIZONA CARDINALS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Christian Kirk WR 54.7 WR88 Groin Questionable 
DeAndre Hopkins WR 89.4 WR1 Ankle Questionable

Mario’s take: Kirk has been dealing with tightness in his groin since his Week 2 game against Washington. He missed the game in Week 3 but was a limited participant in Wednesday's and Thursday's practice. I believe Kirk suffered a Grade 1 groin strain, which typically takes one to two weeks to recover. This will be the second week of his injury. Kirk is considered a game-time decision but I believe he has a good shot at playing.

Hopkins popped up on the injury report and did not practice Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday with an ankle injury. He is considered a game-time decision. I expect Hopkins plays.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Julio Jones WR 71.4 WR79 Hamstring Questionable
Russell Gage WR 81.5 WR32 Head  Questionable
Calvin Ridley WR 86.3 WR2 Ankle Questionable

Mario’s take: Jones reinjured his hamstring during the game in Week 2 and consequently missed the game in Week 3. He was a limited participant in practice all week. The typical return-to-play timeline for a Grade 1 hamstring strain is two to three weeks. This will be the second week of his injury. Jones is known for playing through injuries; therefore, I am optimistic he can be ready for Week 4. 

Gage suffered a concussion during the game in Week 3. He is in the concussion protocol. He was a limited participant in the Thursday's and Friday's practice but it is unclear what step of the concussion protocol he is in. Gage has until MNF to make it through the five-step concussion protocol.

Ridley popped up on the injury report on Thursday with an ankle injury and did not participate in practice. He did return to practice on Friday. Ridley's game is on MNF giving him an extra day to heal, so I believe he will play in Week 4.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

N/A

BUFFALO BILLS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
John Brown WR 66.0 WR52 Calf Questionable
Zack Moss RB 63.4 WR59 Toe Questionable

Mario’s takeMoss injured his toe last week in practice and missed the game in Week 3. I believe he suffered a Grade 2 injury, which has a typical return-to-play timeline of one to two weeks. Moss was a limited participant at practice all week. He is trending up and has a shot at playing in Week 4 but he will be a game-time decision.  

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Christian McCaffrey RB 76.6 N/A Ankle IR

Mario’s take: McCaffrey sustained a high ankle sprain during a TD run in the fourth quarter of his Week 2 game against the Buccaneers. He was placed on IR Wednesday and will miss at least three weeks. McCaffrey's return-to-play timetable is around four to six weeks.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Joe Mixon RB 60.0 RB12 Chest Questionable

Mario’s take: Mixon was added to the injury report Saturday morning. He has played in 31 straight games. Being downgraded this late in the week is never a good thing. Mixon needs to be monitored all the way up to kickoff but I expect him to play. 

CHICAGO BEARS

N/A

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Kareem Hunt RB 71.1 RB21 Groin Questionable

Mario’s take: Hunt was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday but returned as a limited participant on Friday. It is believed that his injury is minor; he is considered day-to-day. I expect Hunt to be ready for Week 4.

DALLAS COWBOYS

N/A

DENVER BRONCOS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Courtland Sutton WR 72.9 N/A Knee IR
Drew Lock QB 42.7 N/A Shoulder Out
Phillip Lindsay RB 72.9 RB77 Toe Out
Noah Fant TE 65.1 TE14 Ankle Questionable
K.J. Hamler WR 53.7 WR86 Hamstring Questionable

Mario’s take: Sutton left the game in Week 2 due to a knee injury and cramping and was later diagnosed with an ACL tear. He will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Lock suffered a severe rotator cuff strain on a sack in the first quarter of Week 2. He will have a shot at returning in Week 5.

Lindsay exited the second quarter in Week 1 due to a turf toe injury and consequently missed Week 2 and Week 3. The typical return-to-play timeline for a Grade 2 injury is one to two weeks. Lindsay did not play in the TNF game.

Fant suffered a minor ankle injury in the third quarter of TNF.

Hamler re-injured his hamstring in the first half of TNF. He will miss two to four weeks.

DETROIT LIONS

N/A

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Davante Adams WR 80.4 WR60 Hamstring Questionable
Allen Lazard WR 67.7 N/A Core Out

Mario’s take: Adams injured his hamstring in Week 2 and missed Week 3.  He was a limited participant in Thursday's and Friday's practice. Typically, a Grade 1 hamstring strain has a return-to-play timeline of two to three weeks. The fact he was a game-time decision last week and doesn’t play until MNF makes me optimistic about his chance of playing in Week 4.

Lazard underwent core-muscle surgery and is ruled out indefinitely. I expect him to miss six weeks and come back around Week 10.

HOUSTON TEXANS

N/A

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Michael Pittman Jr. WR 61.3 N/A Calf Out
Parris Campbell WR 72.8 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s take: Pittman had surgery to repair compartment leg syndrome in his calf. The typical return-to-play timeline is six weeks. I expect him to return in Week 8.

Campbell was carted off the field in Week 2 after spraining his MCL and PCL. Campbell's multi-ligament injury has ruled him out indefinitely. I expect him to be back in four to six weeks.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

N/A

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

N/A

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Bryan Edwards WR 70.6 N/A Ankle Doubtful
Henry Ruggs III WR 57.2 WR81 Hamstring Doubtful

Mario’s take: Edwards suffered a high ankle sprain in the third quarter but did return to the game. He was spotted in a walking boot on Monday and did not practice on Wednesday. He will not play in Week 4 and will be considered week-to-week.

Ruggs missed the game in Week 3 and did not practice on Wednesday, and I do not believe Ruggs will play in Week 4.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Mike Williams WR 62.6 WR63 Hamstring Out
Tyrod Taylor QB 60.7 N/A Chest Out

Mario’s take: Williams sat out of  practice all week. He has been ruled out for Week 4.

Taylor was shockingly pulled right before kickoff in Week 2 due to complications from a rib injury. He was given an intercostal nerve block by the team doctor pregame to help relieve pain, and the injection reportedly caused a complication known as pneumothorax — an air leak between the lung and chest wall. Essentially, a small hole can form if the needle goes too deep, thus causing an air leak. Pain is the most determining factor as to when the player can return to play. The general timeline for a small pneumothorax is a minimum of two weeks.  Taylor did not practice all week and he has been ruled out for Week 4.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Cam Akers RB 59.2 RB74 Ribs Questionable

Mario’s take: Akers separated some rib cartilage in Week 2. He missed the game in Week 3. Akers did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. I do not believe Akers plays in Week 4 and Coach Sean McVay echoed that on Thursday.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

N/A

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

N/A

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Julian Edelman WR 76.5 WR18 Knee Questionable
Sony Michel RB 72.3 RB40  Quad Questionable
Cam Newton QB 73.2 QB12 COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: Edelman and Michel were limited participants in Wednesday's and Thursday's practice, but I expect both will be good to go against Kansas City in Week 4.

Newton was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday morning. He will miss Week 4.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Michael Thomas WR 57.4 WR78 Ankle Out
Jared Cook TE 58.5 TE13 Groin Questionable

Mario’s take: Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain in the game in Week 1. He did not play in Week 2 or Week 3. The average return-to-play timeline for a Grade 2 high ankle sprain is 12.6 days. Thomas practiced all week in a limited fashion. He has been ruled out for Week 4 but I believe he will play in Week 5.

Cook pulled up in the third quarter in Week 3. He did not practice all week, and I don't expect him to play in Week 4.

NEW YORK GIANTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Saquon Barkley RB 60.2 N/A Knee IR
Sterling Shepard WR 68.5 N/A Toe  IR

Mario’s take: Barkley sprained his MCL, tore his ACL and meniscus in the second quarter of Week 2. He will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Shepard has been put on IR for a toe injury. He will miss at least the next two games.

NEW YORK JETS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Breshad Perriman WR 56.3 N/A Ankle Out
Jamison Crowder WR 69.8 WR65 Hamstring Questionable
Chris Hogan WR 57.0 WR82 Ribs/Knee Questionable

Mario’s take: Perriman injured his ankle in Week 2. He did not play in Week 3 and is out for the TNF in Week 4.

Crowder injured his hamstring during a TD in Week 1 and missed the games in Week 2 and Week 3. He was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday, though, so I expect him to play on TNF.

Hogan was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday. I expect him to be ready for TNF.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Alshon Jeffery WR N/A N/A Foot Questionable
Dallas Goedert TE 69.8 N/A Ankle IR
DeSean Jackson WR 62.4 WR59 Hamstring  Questionable
Jalen Reagor WR 54.4 N/A Hand Out
JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR 46.5 N/A Calf Questionable

Mario’s take: Goedert fractured his ankle in Week 3. Typically, bone takes six weeks to heal. Goedert will be out for the next six to eight weeks.

Jeffery is recovering from a Lisfranc injury and was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday. The Eagles are easing him back. Jeffery has a chance to play in Week 4, but I believe Week 5 is more realistic.

Jackson injured his hamstring in the second quarter of Week 3. He has a significant injury history at this point, and this is a concerning injury for a speedster WR. Jackson did not practice all week, and due to his history, I have my doubts about him playing in Week 4.

Reagor tore the UCL in his thumb during the game in Week 2.  This is the same injury that caused Drew Brees to miss five games last year. Reagor has been put on IR and will miss at least three weeks. I would expect Reagor to miss three to five weeks in total.

Arcega-Whiteside suffered a calf injury during warm-ups in Week 3. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but got a limited session in on Friday. He will be a game-time decision. 

Sanders was a limited participant all week with a glute injury. I believe that it is a minor injury and that he will be ready for Week 4.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Diontae Johnson WR 74.0 WR61 Head Questionable

Mario’s take: Johnson suffered a concussion in the second quarter of Week 3. He was a limited participant in practice on Thursday. I believe he will be placed in the concussion protocol; he will have to pass the five-step process in order to play in Week 4.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jimmy Garoppolo QB 69.0 QB33 Ankle Questionable
Jordan Reed TE 86.9 N/A Knee IR
Raheem Mostert RB 78.4 N/A Knee Questionable
Tevin Coleman RB 65.8 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s takeGaroppolo suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2 and missed the game in Week 3. The return-to-play timeline is typically three days to three-plus weeks. Garoppolo did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but the team is optimistic he could play in Week 4. I ultimately believe he will rest another week.

Mostert suffered a mild MCL sprain in Week 2. He did not practice last week, and I believe he will be out for two to three weeks with a Grade 1 MCL sprain. Mostert did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday; I believe he will be out for Week 4.

Coleman suffered a knee sprain in Week 2. He did not play in Week 3. He was placed on IR and will missed at least three weeks.

Reed left the first quarter with an ankle injury but returned in the second quarter. Later in the game he was seen getting his knee checked out and shortly after he was ruled out. Reed was placed on IR and will miss the next six to eight weeks.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Carson RB 70.8 RB55 Knee  Questionable
Carlos Hyde RB 59.9 RB31 Shoulder Out
Phillip Dorsett II WR N/A N/A Foot IR

Mario’s take: Carson suffered a knee sprain in the fourth quarter when Trysten Hill delivered a gator roll. Carson has a Grade 1 knee sprain. He was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. I believe he will play.

Hyde was a limited participant in Wednesday's  and Thursday's practice, but he will not play in Week 4.

Dorsett was put on IR on Monday and will miss at least the next three weeks with a foot injury.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Godwin WR 70.5 N/A Hamstring Out
Leonard Fournette RB 68.1 RB29 Ankle Out
Scotty Miller WR 66.8 WR49 Hip/Groin Questionable

Mario’s take: Godwin did not practice all week. He has been ruled out for Week 4 and  will likely miss the next two to four weeks.

Fournette  did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 4.

Miller was a full participant in Friday's practice, and I expect him to play in Week 4.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
A.J. Brown WR 63.2 N/A Knee Questionable

Mario’s take: Brown suffered a bone bruise in Week 1. He did not play in Week 2 or Week 3. The typical return-to-play timeline is a couple of days to multiple weeks. Brown is expected to be ready to play in Week 5.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Terry McLaurin WR 78.8 WR20 Thigh Questionable
Steven Sims WR 62.9 WR120 Toe Out

Mario’s take: McLaurin was limited in practice on Thursday and a non-participant at Friday's practice. He will be a game-time decision. I expect him to play.

Sims did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He reportedly has a toe issue, which is worrisome for a speedster WR. He has been ruled out for Week 4.

Mario Pilato has a master's degree in Kinesiology and a bachelor's degree in Exercise Sports Science, along with eight years of experience in the strength and conditioning industry, including at the collegiate and NFL level. His injury analysis articles will appear weekly.

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