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Fantasy Football Week 6 injury report: Updates on Julio Jones, Christian McCaffrey, Baker Mayfield and more

Aug 26, 2020; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) catches a ball during an NFL football training camp practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Mandatory Credit: Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

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

N/A

ATLANTA FALCONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Julio Jones WR 75.3 WR70 Hamstring Questionable
Hayden Hurst TE 54.8 TE9 Back Questionable
Russell Gage WR 72.4 WR40 Shoulder Questionable

Mario’s take: Jones reinjured his hamstring in Week 4. The typical timeline for a Grade 1 strain is two to three weeks. Jones missed Week 5. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant on Friday. Jones will be back and play in Week 6.

Hurst and Gage were limited participants in practice on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I expect them both to play in Week 6.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Miles Boykin  WR 61.5 58 Thigh Questionable

Mario’s take: Boykin popped up on the injury report Friday and was a limited participant at practice. It’s concerning to appear on the injury report for the first time this late in the week, but I believe it is a minor injury. I expect Boykin to play in Week 6.

BUFFALO BILLS

 

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dawson Knox TE 62.0 TE27 Calf Questionable

Mario’s take: Knox exited the Tuesday night game early with a calf injury. He did not practice on Thursday or Friday. I am not optimistic he plays in Week 6.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Christian McCaffrey RB 76.6 N/A Ankle Questionable
Curtis Samuel WR 65.0 WR46 Knee  Questionable

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 and will miss at least three weeks. McCaffrey's return-to-play timetable is around four to six weeks. 

Samuel was a limited participant in practice all week and I expect him to play in Week 6.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Auden Tate WR 74.5 WR86 Hamstring Doubtful

Mario’s takeTate did not practice Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. He is listed as doubtful and I do not believe he plays in Week 6.

CHICAGO BEARS

N/A

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Baker Mayfield QB 66.7 QB22 Ribs Questionable
Jarvis Landry WR 74.2 WR30 Ribs/Hip Questionable
Odell Beckham Jr. WR 76.7 WR19 Illness Questionable

Mario’s take: Mayfield was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant on Friday. Mayfield will play in Week 6.

Landry did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. I believe they are managing his injuries and he will play through the discomfort in Week 6.

Beckham was sent home Thursday due to an illness and missed Friday’s practice. He has recovered from his illness and will play in Week 6. 

DALLAS COWBOYS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dak Prescott QB 85.2 N/A Ankle  Out

Mario’s take: Prescott suffered a compound fracture in his ankle during the third quarter of his Week 5 game against the Giants. A compound fracture means that the bone has gone through the skin. It is unclear if he suffered multiple fractures or ligament damage, which would create an instability. The Cowboys quarterback underwent surgery immediately because the risk of infection is high. Typically, patients are immobilized from four to eight weeks and start weight-bearing exercises and physical therapy at six to eight weeks.

DENVER BRONCOS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Courtland Sutton WR 72.9 N/A Knee IR
K.J. Hamler WR 53.7 WR96 Hamstring Out
Noah Fant TE 65.1 TE29 Ankle 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.

Hamler reinjured his hamstring in Week 4 and missed Week 5. He has missed practice all week and will not play in Week 6.

Fant suffered a minor ankle injury in Week 4 and he missed Week 5. Fant was a limited participant all week and I believe he will return to action in Week 6.

DETROIT LIONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Adrian Peterson RB 47.9 RB28 Illness Questionable

Mario’s take: Peterson did not practice on Thursday due to an illness but was a full participant on Friday. He will play in Week 6.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

N/A

HOUSTON TEXANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jordan Akins TE 72.4 TE32 Head  Questionable

Mario’s take: Akins was a limited participant all week and I expect him to be ready in Week 6.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jordan Wilkins RB 74.9 RB46 Calf Questionable
Mo Alie-Cox TE 91.3 TE34 Knee Out

Mario’s take: Wilkins has not practiced since Wednesday and I do not expect him to play in Week 6.

Allie-Cox has not practiced all week and has been ruled out for Week 6.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
D.J. Chark WR 76.5 WR68 Ankle Questionable
Tyler Eifert TE 54.5 TE31 Neck Questionable

Mario’s take: Chark did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday.  He is expected to play in Week 6.

Eifert did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. I believe he has a great shot at playing in Week 6.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Sammy Watkins WR 66.9 N/A Hamstring Doubtful

Mario’s take: Watkins injured his hamstring during the second quarter, and the severity is unclear. A Grade 1 strain typically requires one to two weeks to recover, and a Grade 2 strain takes three to six weeks to recover. Watkins did not practice on Thursday or Friday and I expect him to miss a couple of weeks.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Bryan Edwards WR 70.6 N/A Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Edwards suffered a high ankle sprain in the third quarter of Week 3. He did not play in Week 4 or Week 5. He is considered week-to-week but has been ruled out for Week 6.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Austin Ekeler RB 84.5 N/A Knee IR
Tyrod Taylor QB 60.7 N/A Chest Out
Keenan Allen WR 86.7 N/A Back  Questionable

Mario’s take: Ekeler was carted off in the first quarter of Week 4. He hyperextended his knee at an awkward angle, immediately grabbed his hamstring and could not put any pressure on his left foot. Ekeler escaped with a Grade 2 hamstring tear; he will miss four to six weeks.

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 determining factor as to when the player can return to play. The general timeline for a small pneumothorax is a minimum of two weeks. Now that Justin Herbert has been officially named as the team's starting quarterback, Taylor will take up backup duties once he is cleared to play.

Allen suffered back spasms during Week 5, but I expect him to be ready to play in Week 6.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

N/A

MIAMI DOLPHINS

N/A

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dalvin Cook RB 54.5 N/A Hamstring Out

Mario’s take: Cook suffered a groin injury in the third quarter. A Grade 1 strain typically takes one to two weeks to recover. Cooks did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 6. I expect him to return in Week 8 after his bye.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Julian Edelman WR 71.9 WR32 Knee Questionable

Mario’s take: Edelman was a limited participant all week and he will play in Week 6.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

N/A

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
Darius Slayton WR 76.7 WR26 Foot  Questionable

Mario’s take: Barkley sprained his MCL and 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 on IR for a toe injury the past three weeks. He has a chance to return in Week 6.

Slayton was a limited participant all week and I expect him to be ready for Week 6.

NEW YORK JETS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Sam Darnold QB 58.7 N/A Shoulder  Doubtful
Chris Hogan WR 56.1 N/A Knee  IR
Breshad Perriman WR 56.3 WR81 Ankle Questionable

Mario’s take: Darnold injured his shoulder after getting slammed to the turf in the first quarter of the Week 4 clash against the Broncos. He went into the locker room and came back out to play. Most likely, his X-rays came back negative, and he received an injection in his shoulder. I believe he has a Grade 1 A/C sprain. Return-to-play can take up to three weeks. He did not play in Week 5 and is out for Week 6.

Hogan was injured in Week 5 and was put on IR. He underwent arthroscopic surgery and will miss at least eight weeks.

Perriman did not play in Week 4 or Week 5. He was a limited participant all week and I expect him to be ready for Week 6.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dallas Goedert TE 69.8 N/A Ankle IR
Alshon Jeffery WR N/A Foot Out
DeSean Jackson WR 62.4 N/A Hamstring Out
Jalen Reagor WR 54.4 N/A Hand Out

Mario’s take: Goedert fractured his ankle in Week 3. Typically, bone takes six weeks to heal, so he will miss the next five to seven weeks.

Jeffery is recovering from a Lisfranc injury and returned to practice in a limited fashion. He is yet to play this season and is considered week-to-week. Jeffery was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday. He is trending towards making his season debut.

Jackson injured his hamstring in the second quarter. He has a history of injury, and this is a concerning injury for a speedster WR. Jackson did not play in Week 4 or Week 5. He was a limited participant on Wednesday and Thursday. I believe he returns to action in Week 6.

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.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Diontae Johnson WR 73.4 WR69 Back  Out

Mario’s take: Johnson did not practice Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday and did not practice on Friday. He has been ruled out for Week 6.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jeff Wilson RB 65.8 61 Calf Questionable
Tevin Coleman RB 65.8 N/A Knee IR
Jordan Reed TE 86.9 N/A Ankle  IR

Mario’s take: Wilson popped up on the injury report and didn’t practice on Thursday but was limited on Friday. It is never a good thing to show up on the injury report mid-week and I am not optimistic he plays in Week 6.

Coleman suffered a knee sprain in Week 2. He did not play in Week 3, Week 4, or Week 5. Coleman was placed on IR and will miss at least one more week.

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 was ruled out shortly after. Reed was placed on IR and will miss the next five to seven weeks.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Carlos Hyde RB 59.9 N/A Shoulder Questionable

Mario’s take: Hyde missed Week 4 and Week 5 with a shoulder injury. I expect him to return in Week 7 after his bye.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Godwin WR 70.5 WR71 Hamstring Questionable
Mike Evans WR 67.0 WR7 Ankle Questionable 
Leonard Fournette  RB 68.2 RB39 Ankle  Questionable
LeSean McCoy RB 53.2 N/A Ankle Out
O.J. Howard TE 80.1 N/A Ankle IR
Scotty Miller WR 65.6 WR59 Hip/Groin Questionable
Rob Gronkowski TE 66.3 TE16 Shoulder Questionable

Mario’s take: Godwin, McCoy and Gronkowski were limited participants in Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practice. They were full participants on Friday and expect all of them to play in Week 6.

Fournette was a limited participant all week. He will play in Week 6 but with a limited workload. 

Miller was a  limited participant all week and I expect him to play in Week 6.

Evans did not practice on Wednesday last week but he played through the injury in Week 5. He missed practice Wednesday but was a limited participant at practice on Thursday and Friday. I expect Evans to follow the same timeline as last week and play in Week 6.

Howard ruptured his Achilles in Week 4. He was placed on IR and will miss the rest of the season.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Darrynton Evans RB 52.3 RB70 Hamstring Questionable

Mario’s take: Evans did not practice all week and I do not believe he plays in Week 6.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dwayne Haskins Jr. QB 46.7 N/A Illness  Questionable
Steven Sims Jr. WR 62.9 N/A Toe  IR

Mario’s take: Haskins has not practiced all week due to an illness but returned as a full participant on Friday.

Sims was placed on IR with a toe injury, ruling him out for at least the next two games.

 

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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