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Fantasy Football Week 9 injury report: Updates on Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas, George Kittle 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
Kenyan Drake RB 60.3 N/A Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Drake left in the fourth quarter of the game in Week 7 due to a high ankle sprain. He did not practice Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, and has been ruled out for Week 9.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Calvin Ridley WR 81.5 WR65 Foot  Questionable
Russell Gage WR 74.9 WR41 Shoulder/Knee Questionable

Mario’s take: Ridley suffered a mild mid-foot sprain in Week 8. A typical return-to-play timeline for a Grade 1 mild mid-foot sprain is around one week. He missed Wednesday’s, Thursday's or Friday's practice. I expect Ridley to miss Week 9 and return after the Falcons' Week 10 bye.

Gage was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I expect Gage to play in Week 9.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Mark Ingram  RB 54.0 RB59 Ankle  Doubtful

Mario’s take: Ingram suffered a mid-to-high left ankle sprain in Week 6. He came back into the game with a heavily taped ankle but exited for good after just one carry. Ingram missed Week 8 and he has not practiced all week. I do not expect Ingram to play in Week 9.

BUFFALO BILLS

N/A

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Christian McCaffrey RB 76.6 RB3 Ankle Questionable

Mario’s take: McCaffrey sustained a high ankle sprain during a TD run in Week 2. He practiced Wednesday, and I expect McCaffery to return to action in Week 9.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Joe Mixon RB 66.0 N/A Foot  Out

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 play in Week 7 or Week 8. I expect him to return after the Bengals’ Week 9 bye.

CHICAGO BEARS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Mitchell Trubisky QB 70.4 N/A Shoulder Out

Mario’s take: Trubisky injured his shoulder during the first quarter in Week 8. He has been ruled out for Week 9.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Austin Hooper TE 72.6 N/A Appendix Out
Odell Beckham Jr. WR 75.3 N/A Knee  IR

Mario’s take: Hooper underwent surgery due to appendicitis causing him to miss Week 7 and Week 8. He returned to practice on Wednesday, and I expect him to return after the Brown’s Week 9 bye.

Beckham tore his ACL in Week 7. I originally believed his foot inverting might have prevented an ACL tear, but that was not the case.  I believe he also damaged his meniscus. Beckham will undergo surgery, and he will miss the remainder of the season.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dak Prescott QB 85.2 N/A Ankle  Out
Andy Dalton QB 52.7 N/A COVID-19 Out
Ezekiel Elliott  RB 61.1 RB10 Hamstring  Questionable

Mario’s takePrescott suffered a compound fracture in his ankle during 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.

Dalton missed Week 8 due to a concussion. He has since healed from his concussion but will miss Week 9 after being moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.

Elliott was a limited participant all week and has a good shot at playing in Week 9. He needs to be monitored during warm-ups.

DENVER BRONCOS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Courtland Sutton WR 72.9 N/A Knee IR
Tim Patrick WR 73.7 WR68 Hamstring Questionable
Phillip Lindsay RB 80.8 RB32 Foot 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. Sutton will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Patrick suffered a hamstring injury in Week 7. I believe he suffered a Grade 1 strain. He missed Week 8 and was a limited participant all week. I believe Patrick has a shot at playing in Week 9.

Lindsay did not practice Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday and was a full participant  Friday. I expect Lindsay to be ready to play in Week 9,

DETROIT LIONS

 

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Kenny Golladay WR 81.6 N/A Hip Out

Mario’s take: Golladay injured his hip in the third quarter of Week 8. I believe he suffered either a Grade I or Grade II groin strain. Grade I strain would cost him one to two weeks, while a Grade 2 strain would cost him three to six weeks. He missed practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 9.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Aaron Jones RB 66.7 RB62 Calf

Questionable

Jamaal Williams

RB 67.5 N/A COVID-19 Out
A.J. Dillion RB 69.3 N/A COVID-19

Out

Mario’s take: Jones popped up on the injury report late in Week 7 with a DNP due to a calf injury. He missed Week 7 and Week 8. Jones has practiced in a limited fashion all week but the Packers have a short turnaround due to playing on Thursday Night Football. Williams and Dillon being placed on the reserve/COVID list may sway the Packer’s conservative medical staff to let Jones play.  

Williams and Dillion have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Week 9.

HOUSTON TEXANS

N/A

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Mo Alie-Cox TE 91.6 TE28 Knee Questionable
Parris Campbell WR 72.8 N/A Knee  IR
T.Y. Hilton WR 66.0 WR50 Groin Doubtful

Mario’s takeAlie-Cox practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday, was a DNP Thursday, and a limited participant at practice on Friday. I expect Alie-Cox to play in Week 9.

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

Hilton left the game in Week 8 early due to a groin strain. I believe he suffered either a Grade I or Grade II groin strain. A Grade I strain would cost him one to two weeks and a Grade 2 strain would cost him three to six weeks. Hilton has not practiced all week and I do not expect him to play in Week 9.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dede Westbrook WR 53.7 N/A Knee IR
Devine Ozigbo RB N/A N/A Hamstring Out
Gardner Minshew III QB 69.7 N/A Thumb Out
Tyler Eifert TE 54.3 TE34 Neck

Mario’s take: Westbrook was carted off in the fourth quarter of Week 7 with a torn ACL. He will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Ozigbo re-injured his hamstring in Week 7 and didn’t practice all week. He has been ruled out for Week 9.

X-rays showed that Minshew has suffered multiple fractures and torn ligaments in his thumb. He has been ruled out for Week 9.

Eifert missed Week 7 and did not practice Wednesday but was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. He needs to be monitored as the week progresses.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Sammy Watkins WR 66.9 WR79 Hamstring Out

Mario’s take: Watkins injured his hamstring during the second quarter of Week 5. He missed Week 6, Week 7, and Week 8 but was a limited participant in practice all week. Watkins did make progress this week but not enough to play in Week 9, he has been ruled out.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Bryan Edwards  WR 70.6 WR102 Ankle/Foot
Josh Jacobs RB 74.8 RB7 Knee/Illness Questionable

Mario’s take: Edwards suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 3 and has not played since. He was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and a full participant on Thursday or Friday. I expect Edwards to return in Week 9.

Jacobs did not practice Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. I expect Jacobs to play in Week 9.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Austin Ekeler RB 84.5 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s take: Ekeler was carted off the field in 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 and will miss four to six weeks.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Darrell Henderson Jr. RB 90.2 RB79 Thigh Questionable

Mario’s take: Henderson exited Week 8 after reinjuring his thigh/hip that had bothered him during the week prior.  I expect he is suffering from a Grade I strain and will be ready to play after the Rams’ Week 9 bye.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Myles Gaskins RB 68.3 RB57 Knee IR
Matt Breida RB 58.9 RB39 Hamstring Out
Patrick Laird RB N/A N/A Ankle

Mario’s take: Gaskins was surprisingly placed on IR Monday. He has a sprained MCL and will miss the next three weeks.

Breida did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 9.

Laird was a limited participant in practice Wednesday but was a full participant Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 9.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS  

N/A

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Damien Harris RB 83.4 RB23 Ankle Questionable
Julian Edelman WR 68.8 N/A Knee IR
N’Keal Harry WR 65.3 WR70 Head Questionable

Mario’s take: Harris has practiced in a limited fashion all week, but I expect him to play in Week 9.

Edelman underwent surgery on Thursday and will miss a couple of weeks.

Harry sustained a head injury in Week 7. He was placed into the five-step concussion protocol. Harry missed the game in Week 8 and is yet to practice this week. He needs to be monitored as the week progresses. 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Drew Brees WR 76.0 QB18 Shoulder
Michael Thomas WR 57.4 WR10 Ankle/Hamstring Questionable
Marquez Callaway WR 72.0 N/A Ankle
Alvin Kamara  RB 82.2 RB1 Foot

Mario’s take: Bress was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 9.

Thomas has yet to return to the action since Week 1 due to a high ankle sprain and missed Week 7 and Week 8 with a hamstring injury. He was a limited participant in practice all week, and I expect Thomas to return to action in Week 9.

Callaway did not play in Week 8. He was a limited participant all week and I expect Callaway to play in Week 9.

Kamara was a limited participant Wednesday but was a full participant Thursday and Friday. He will be ready to play in Week 9.

NEW YORK GIANTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Saquon Barkley RB 60.2 N/A Knee IR
Devonta Freeman RB 55.0 RB46 Ankle  Out
Sterling Shepard WR 78.3 WR34 Shoulder/Toe

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

 Freeman did not play in Week 8. He was a DNP on Wednesday and was limited at practice Thursday and Friday. Freeman has been ruled out for Week 9.

Shepard was a limited participant all week and he will play in Week 9.

NEW YORK JETS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Sam Darnold QB 57.1 QB27 Shoulder Questionable
Chris Hogan WR 56.1 N/A Knee  IR
Jamison Crowder WR 76.7 WR66 Groin Questionable
Breshad Perriman WR 59.1 WR82 Head Questionable

Mario’s take: Darnold seemed to reinjure his shoulder in the fourth quarter of Week 8. Just like in Week 4 when he initially injured his A/C joint, he battled through the rest of the game. Darnold was a DNP on Thursday but was a limited participant at practice on Friday. I imagine the Jets will protect their franchise QB and sit him until after their Week 10 bye.  

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

Crowder did not play in Week 7 and Week 8. He didn't practice Thursday but was a limited participant at practice Friday. Crowder has a shot at returning in Week 9.

Perriman suffered a head injury late in Week  7. He missed Week 8 but he participated in limited fashion Thursday and a full participant Friday. I expect Perriman to play in Week 9.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Alshon Jeffery WR N/A N/A Foot Questionable
Miles Sanders RB 60.4 N/A Knee Questionable    
Zach Ertz TE 59.6 N/A Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Jeffery is recovering from a Lisfranc injury and has yet to play this season.

Sanders injured his knee on a 74-yard run in Week 6. The mechanism of the injury leads me to believe he injured his meniscus. He received an MRI, and it is believed that he will miss one to two weeks. Sanders missed Week 7 and Week 8. I believe he will return to play after the Eagles’ Week 9 bye.

Ertz suffered a high-ankle injury early in the fourth quarter of the Week 6 game against the Ravens. He will miss four to six weeks.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

N/A

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Deebo Samuel WR 73.1 N/A Hamstring Out
Jeff Wilson  RB 79.1 N/A Ankle Questionable
Jimmy Garoppolo QB 67.5 N/A Ankle IR
George Kittle TE 79.7 N/A Foot IR
Tevin Coleman RB 65.7 N/A Knee Out
Jordan Reed TE 86.9 TE27 Ankle  Questionable
Raheem Mostert RB 89.1 N/A Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Samuel injured his hamstring in the fourth quarter of Week 7. He missed Week 8 and will not play against the Packers in Week 9.

Wilson injured his ankle while scoring his third touchdown of the game in Week 7. I believe he suffered a high ankle sprain. He missed Week 8, and I do not expect him to play in Week 9.

Garoppolo reinjured his high-ankle sprain in Week 8. This is a tough injury to deal with because if you come back too early, you will be ineffective. He missed multiple games the first time around with this injury, and Garoppollo is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Kittle left the game in the fourth quarter of Week 8. It looked as if he would suffer from a mild inversion ankle sprain, but x-rays revealed a small fracture in his foot. Kittle will miss the next eight weeks.

In Coleman’s first game back from IR, he exited early with a knee sprain which is the same injury that caused him to go on IR in the first place. Coleman has been ruled out for Week 9, and I expect him to miss even more time. 

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 checked out 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. 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 play in Week 7 and needs to be monitored as the week progresses.

Mostert injured his ankle in 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 play in Week 7 or Week 8 and has been ruled out for Week 9.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Carson RB 80.6 RB16 Foot Out
Carlos Hyde RB 62.8 RB49 Hamstring Out
Greg Olsen TE 62.2 TE19 Foot
Travis Homer RB 58.9 RB64 Knee

Mario’s take: Carson suffered a mid-foot sprain in the second quarter of Week 7. He did not play in Week 8. Carson did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 9.

Hyde missed Week 8 and has already been ruled out for Week 9.

Olsen did not practice Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday and was a full participant Friday. Olsen will play in Week 9.

Homer did not practice Wednesday but was limited in Thursday's and Friday's practice. He will play in Week 9.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Godwin WR 78.5 WR16 Finger Questionable

Mario’s take: Godwin was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant Friday. I expect Godwin to return from his one-week absence and play in Week 9.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Adam Humphries WR 74.1 WR84 Head Out

Mario’s take: Humphries suffered a concussion after a scary hit at the end of the first half in Week 8. He was placed in the five-step concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Week 9.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dontrelle Inman WR 61.6 WR99 Hamstring Doubtful
Logan Thomas TE 57.9 TE16 Ankle Questionable
Isaiah Wright WR 56.8 N/A Shoulder
Steven Sims WR 62.9 WR94 Toe  Questionable

Mario’s take: Inman has missed practice all week, so I do not expect him to play in Week 9.

Wright and Thomas were limited in practice Wednesday but practiced in full Thursday and Friday. I believe they will return in Week 9.

Sims has returned to practice this week after spending time on IR with a toe injury.  I expect Sims to return to action in Week 9.

 

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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