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Fantasy Football Week 7 injury report: Updates on Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas, Calvin Ridley 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
DeAndre Hopkins WR 89.8 WR2 Ankle Questionable

Mario’s take: Hopkins did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant on Friday practice. He is known for not missing games and playing through injuries, so I expect Hopkins to go in Week 7.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Calvin Ridley WR 81.2 WR4 Elbow
Julio Jones WR 80.9 WR3 Hamstring

Mario’s take: Ridley was a limited participant for the whole week. He was taken off of the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

Jones did not practice Wednesday but was a limited participant for Thursday’s and Friday’s practice. He was taken off of the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Mark Ingram RB 54.0 N/A Ankle Questionable

Mario’s take: Ingram suffered a mid-to-high left ankle sprain during the first quarter in Week 6. He came back into the game with a heavily taped ankle in the second quarter and exited for good after just one carry. The Ravens have a bye in Week 7, so I expect Ingram to be ready to play in Week 8.

BUFFALO BILLS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dawson Knox TE 62.0 TE24 Calf  Out
John Brown WR 62.8 WR50 Knee Out

Mario’s take: Knox missed Week 6 and practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 7.

Brown has not practiced all week, and he has been ruled out for Week 7.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Christian McCaffrey RB 76.6 N/A Ankle Questionable
Curtis Samuel WR 65.0 WR64 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. I expect him to be a week or two away.

Samuel did not play in Week 6, and he was a limited participant all week. He was a limited participant all week last week before being a late scratch, therefore he needs to be closely monitored leading up to kickoff.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Joe Mixon RB 65.4 RB8 Foot  Out
Auden Tate WR 74.5 N/A Shoulder Questionable
John Ross WR 48.2 N/A Illness Questionable

Mario’s take: Mixon injured his foot in the first half of Week 6. He returned after halftime, but Giovani Bernard saw an expanded role. Mixon did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and was downgraded to out on Friday morning.

Tate did not play in Week 6 but was a limited participant on Wednesday and was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. He will suit up for Week 7.

Ross popped up on the injury report with a DNP due to illness on Friday. I do not expect him to play in Week 7.

CHICAGO BEARS

N/A

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Austin Hooper TE 72.6 N/A Illness Out
Baker Mayfield QB 58.6 QB23 Ribs
Jarvis Landry WR 73.6 WR36 Hip/Ribs
Kareem Hunt RB 76.2 RB5 Ribs

Mario’s take: Hooper popped up on the injury report Friday with a DNP. He suffered appendicitis and has been ruled out for Week 7. He could also miss Week 8.

Mayfield was pulled out of his Week 6 game due to his rib injury. He suffered the injury in Week 5 but was playing poorly in Week 6. It is possible the rib injury was affecting his ability to play. He was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice and was a full participant in Thursday’s and Friday’s practice. Baker was taken off of the injury report on Friday, and he will play in Week 7.

Landry and Hunt were both taken off the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

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 Week 5. A compound fracture is when the bone has gone through the skin. It is unclear if he suffered multiple fractures or ligament damage, which would create instability.

He 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 WR94 Hamstring
Noah Fant TE 65.1 TE10 Ankle

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. Sutton will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Hamler and Fant suffered injuries in Week 4. They both missed Week 5 and Week 6. They were both taken off of the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

DETROIT LIONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Marvin Jones Jr. WR 61.2 WR43 Knee
Danny Amendola WR 72.4 WR75 Foot

Mario’s take: Jones did not practice Wednesday but was a limited participant Thursday and Friday. He was taken off of the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

Amendola was a limited participant at Thursday’s and Friday’s practice. He was taken off of the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Equanimeous St. Brown WR 38.7 N/A Knee Questionable
Robert Tonyan TE 69.6 TE6 Ankle Questionable
Aaron Jones RB 66.7 RB70 Calf Questionable

Mario’s take: Brown was a limited participant all week. He was taken off of the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

Tonyan did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. He will play in Week 7.

Jones popped up on the injury report Friday with a DNP due to a calf injury. This is extremely concerning coming this late in the week. The Packers' medical staff is known to be conservative, and I do not expect Jones to play in Week 7.

HOUSTON TEXANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jordan Akins TE 72.4 TE37 Ankle/Head  Questionable

Mario’s take: Akins missed Week 5 and Week 6 with a high ankle sprain and concussion. He did not practice all week, and I do not expect him to play in Week 7.

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
Mo Alie-Cox TE 91.3 N/A Knee Out

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.

Allie-Cox did not play in Week 6 and needs to be monitored as the week progresses.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
D.J. Chark Jr. WR 75.1 WR26 Ankle
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR 72.9 WR39 Hamstring
Tyler Eifert TE 54.3 TE38 Neck Out

Mario’s take: Chark and Shenault were limited participants all week. They were taken off of the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

Eifert was a limited participant during the week but was ruled out for Week 7 on Friday.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

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

Mario’s take: Watkins injured his hamstring in Week 6, 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 all week and has been ruled out for Week 7.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Bryan Edwards WR 70.6 WR105 Ankle/Foot 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. Edwards did not practice all week and has been ruled out of Week 7.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Austin Ekeler RB 84.5 N/A Knee IR
Justin Jackson RB 63.1 RB28 Knee Questionable
Keenan Allen WR 86.7 WR11 Back 

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.

Jackson was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant Friday. I expect him to play in Week 7.

Allen was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. He was taken off the injury report Friday, and he will play in Week 7.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Darrell Henderson Jr. RB 86.9 RB20 Thigh
Robert Woods WR 68.4 WR21 Groin
Tyler Higbee TE 72.3 TE14 Hand Questionable

Mario’s take: Henderson, Woods and Higbee did not practice on Thursday or Friday but practiced Saturday.  Henderson and Woods were taken off of the injury report on Saturday and will play on MNF. Higbee is considered questionable for MNF, and I expect him to play..

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
DeVante Parker WR 76.4 N/A Groin Questionable 

Mario’s take: Parker injured his groin in the fourth quarter and did not return to the game. The severity is unknown, and he will undergo further evaluation. Parker will rest during his Week 7 bye and most likely be ready for Week 8.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dalvin Cook RB 82.2 N/A Groin Out

Mario’s take: Cook suffered a groin injury in Week 5. A Grade 1 strain typically takes one to two weeks to recover. He did not play in Week 6, and I expect him to return in Week 8 after the bye.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Julian Edelman WR 70.0 WR34 Knee Questionable

Mario’s take: Edelman was a limited participant all week, and he will play in Week 7.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Michael Thomas WR 57.4 WR8 Ankle/Hamstring Out
Emmanuel Sanders WR 71.3 N/A COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: Thomas has yet to return to the action since his Week 1 injury. It is concerning that he popped up on the injury report with a new injury. He missed practice Thursday and Friday. Thomas was officially ruled out for Week 7 on Friday.

Sanders tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and has been ruled out for Week 7.

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 WR80 Toe 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 four weeks but was taken off Thursday. He has a chance to return in Week 7.

NEW YORK JETS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Sam Darnold QB 58.7 QB28 Shoulder  Questionable
Chris Hogan WR 56.1 N/A Knee  IR
Jamison Crowder WR 76.7 WR24 Groin Doubtful
Breshad Perriman WR 58.8 WR52 Undisclosed
Denzel Mims WR Hamstring

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 or Week 6. Darnold was a limited participant all week, and I expect him to play in Week 7.

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

Crowder was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, a non-participant in Thursday’s practice, and a limited participant in Friday’s practice. I expect Crowder to play in Week 7.

Perriman was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and a full participant in Thursday’s and Friday’s practice. He was removed from the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

Mims was taken off of IR and will make his NFL debut in Week 7.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dallas Goedert TE 69.8 N/A Ankle IR
Alshon Jeffery WR N/A N/A Foot Out
Jalen Reagor WR 54.4 N/A Hand IR
Miles Sanders RB 60.4 N/A Knee Out
Zach Ertz TE 59.6 N/A Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Goedert fractured his ankle in Week 3. Typically, bone takes six weeks to heal. Goedert will miss Week 7.

Jeffery is recovering from a Lisfranc injury and was ruled out for Week 7.  

Reagor tore the UCL in his thumb during his Week 2 matchup. 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.

Sanders injured his knee on a 74-yard run in the third quarter in Week 6. The mechanism of the injury leads me to believe he injured his meniscus. He received an MRI and is believed to miss one to two weeks. Sanders will miss Week 7.

Ertz suffered an ankle injury early in the fourth quarter last week. He suffered a high-ankle sprain and will miss three to four weeks. Ertz’s return-to-play timeline is around four to six weeks, he has been ruled out for Week 7.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

N/A

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jeff Wilson RB 65.8 RB55 Calf Questionable
Tevin Coleman RB 65.8 N/A Knee IR
Jordan Reed TE 86.9 N/A Ankle  IR
Raheem Mostert RB 89.1 N/A Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Wilson did not play in Week 6 but was a limited participant at practice all week. He will play in Week 7.

Coleman suffered a knee sprain in Week 2. He did not play in Weeks 3, 4, or 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 of Week 3. Later in the game, he was seen getting his knee looked at and was ruled out shortly after. Reed was placed on IR and will miss the next five to seven weeks.

Mostert injured his ankle in the second quarter of Week 6. He tried to return in the third quarter but was ruled out for the rest of the game. I believe he either suffered a high ankle sprain or a moderate-lateral ankle sprain. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and has been ruled out for Week 7.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Carlos Hyde RB 59.9 RB70 Shoulder

Mario’s take: Hyde missed Week 4 and Week 5 with a shoulder injury. He practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday and was a full participant Friday. Hyde was taken off of the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Godwin WR 72.5 WR5 Hamstring
Mike Evans WR 65.3 WR17 Ankle
Rob Gronkowski TE 72.3 TE8 Shoulder
Scotty Miller WR 64.2 WR68 Hip/Groin

Mario’s take: Godwin, Evans, Gronkowski and Miller were all taken off of the injury report on Friday. They will play in Week 7.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jonnu Smith TE 84.8 TE8 Ankle
A.J. Brown WR 78.0 WR19 Knee

Mario’s take: Smith injured his ankle in Week 6. He was seen on the sideline taped up and trying to run, but he did not return to the game. I believe he suffered a minor ankle sprain. Smith was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and a full participant at practice on Thursday and Friday. Smith was removed from the injury report on Friday and will play in Week 7.

Brown popped up on the injury report Thursday and sat out of practice. I believe this is just a maintenance issue for his knee. Brown was a full participant at Friday’s practice and was taken off of the injury report. He will play in Week 7.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Antonio Gandy-Golden WR 50.0 N/A Hamstring Out
Logan Thomas TE 56.2 TE19 Neck  Questionable
Isaiah Wright WR 56.8 WR85 Shoulder Out
Steven Sims Jr. WR 62.9 N/A Toe  IR

Mario’s take: Gandy-Golden suffered a hamstring injury in Week 6 and did not return to the game. He did not practice all week and was ruled out for Week 7.

Wright did not practice all week and was ruled out for Week 7.

Thomas did not practice Wednesday but was a full participant Thursday and Friday. He was removed from the injury report on Friday, and he will play in Week 7.

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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