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NFL Week 3 Injury Report: All 16 games

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A player's injury status can have a significant effect on both real life and fantasy football. So, each week, PFF injury analyst Mario Pilato will comb through the official injury reports for each NFL game and give updates and analysis for fantasy-relevant players.

Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @PFF_Mario on Twitter.

KEY
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
NIR – Rest: Not injury-related or resting veteran

CAR @ HOU | WFT @ BUF | CHI @ CLE | BAL @ DET | IND @ TEN | LAC @ KC | NO @ NE | ATL @ NYG | CIN @ PIT | ARZ @ JAX |
NYJ @ DEN | MIA @ LV | TB @ LAR | SEA @ MIN |
GB @ SF | PHI @ DAL


Carolina Panthers @ Houston Texans (+8)

The current over/under for this game is 43. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Washington Football Team @ Buffalo Bills (-7)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Cole Beasley WR BUF NIR – Rest WR69 11.1 DNP (-) (-) (-)
Emmanuel Sanders WR BUF NIR – Rest WR50 9.9 (-) DNP (-) (-)
Gabriel Davis WR BUF Ankle WR76 4.4 LP LP FP (-)
Antonio Gibson RB WAS Shoulder RB14 15.6 LP FP FP (-)

Mario's Take: N/A

The current over/under for this game is 45.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Chicago Bears @ Cleveland Browns (-7.5)

Mario's Take: Dalton luckily avoided an ACL tear. He suffered a bone bruise and I expect him to be week to week.

The current over/under for this game is 44.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Baltimore Ravens @ Detroit Lions (+7.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Lamar Jackson QB BLT Illness QB3 31.1 0 DNP FP Q
Marquise Brown WR BLT Ankle WR26 15.9 LP DNP LP Q
D'Andre Swift RB DET Groin RB15 15.1 LP LP LP Q
Kalif Raymond WR DET Thigh WR112 5.9 LP LP LP Q

Mario's Take: Jackson has been dealing with an illness, but he will be fine for Week 3.

Brown is still battling his ankle injury he suffered in Week 1. He practiced Friday, and I expect him to play in Week 3.

Swift is still battling his nagging groin injury, but I expect him to play Week 3 like he has every week so far this season.

The current over/under for this game is 50.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans (-5.5)

Wentz suffered two ankle sprains in Week 2, and one of them is reported to be a high-ankle sprain. I would not recommend playing him with the amount of injuries he is dealing with. If he does decide to play, then I expect him to be extremely limited: His mobility will be sapped from the injuries.

The current over/under for this game is 48. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs (-7)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Blake Bell TE KC Ankle 2.2 FP FP FP (-)
Austin Ekeler RB LAC Ankle RB6 14.2 FP FP FP (-)

The current over/under for this game is 54.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots (-3)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Damien Harris RB NE Finger RB22 10.8 LP LP FP (-)

Mario's Take: Harris was taken off of the injury report. His finger will not be an issue.

The current over/under for this game is 42.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants (-3)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Frank Darby WR ATL Calf 1.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Russell Gage WR ATL Ankle 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Saquon Barkley RB NYG Knee RB13 14.8 LP LP LP (-)
Kenny Golladay WR NYG Hip WR30 14.2 LP LP LP Q
Kaden Smith TE NYG Knee 2.7 LP LP LP (-)
Kadarius Toney WR NYG Ankle WR104 2.5 0 LP LP (-)
Evan Engram TE NYG Calf TE41 0.0 LP LP LP Q

Mario's Take: Golladay has been dealing with a hip injury, but I expect him to play in Week 3.

Engram has yet to play this season, but I expect him to make his debut in Week 3.

The current over/under for this game is 47.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-3)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Tee Higgins WR CIN Shoulder WR84 0.0 DNP DNP LP D
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT Pectoral QB26 17.7 DNP LP FP (-)
Eric Ebron TE PIT Coaches Decision TE26 6.0 DNP FP FP (-)
Diontae Johnson WR PIT Knee WR91 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Mario's Take: Higgins is suffering from a shoulder injury. I do not expect him to play in Week 3, but I believe he will be ready for Week 4.

Johnson suffered a knee injury on the last play of Pittsburgh's game against the Raiders. He avoided a serious knee injury. He will miss this week but I expect to be back in the next week or two.

Andrew's Take: Both Diontae Johnson and Tee Higgins' absences will concentrate targets around JuJu Smith-Shuster, Chase Claypool, Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd.

Claypool led the Steelers in target share (20%) when Johnson missed time last season wirh injuries. Boyd owns a 22% target share in 2021, and averaged 8.6 targets per game in 2020 when he faced less competition at receiver.

The current over/under for this game is 43. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Arizona Cardinals @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+7.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
DeAndre Hopkins WR ARZ Ribs WR8 15.5 DNP DNP DNP Q
A.J. Green WR ARZ NIR – Rest WR59 10.3 LP 0 0 (-)
Marvin Jones Jr. WR JAX NIR – Rest WR32 14.5 0 DNP FP (-)
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR JAX Shoulder WR44 13.1 FP FP FP (-)

Mario's Take: Hopkins didn't practice this whole week, but he is known to play through injuries. Hopkins plain just doesn't miss games. I would be shocked if he didn't play in Week 3.

Andrew's Take: Hopkins was  GTD before Week 4 of last season, and he played 95% of the team's snaps. Start him.

The current over/under for this game is 51.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


New York Jets @ Denver Broncos (-10.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Courtland Sutton WR DEN Hip WR25 12.5 LP FP 0 (-)
Noah Fant TE DEN Ankle TE8 11.1 LP LP 0 (-)
Tim Patrick WR DEN Hip WR54 7.9 LP LP 0 (-)
Zach Wilson QB NYJ Groin QB31 15.0 FP FP FP (-)
Jamison Crowder WR NYJ Groin WR108 5.0 DNP DNP DNP D
Tevin Coleman RB NYJ Illness RB66 2.8 (-) (-) FP OUT

Mario's Take: Crowder has not practiced all week as he continues to battle a groin injury. He is doubtful for Week 3, but he is trending up.

Coleman is dealing with the COVID protocol and has been ruled out for Week 3.

Andrew's Take:  The backfield will remain split between Ty Johnson and Michael Carter. But in the brutal matchup neither can be viewed as anything more than RB3s.

The current over/under for this game is 41.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Miami Dolphins @ Las Vegas Raiders (-3.5)

Mario's Take: Jacobs is dealing from an ankle injury and will not play this week. He missed last week's game, but I expect him to be back in the next week and two.

Tagovailoa suffered fractured ribs early in Miami's Week 2 loss against the Bills. He will miss this week: Typical RTP is 2-4 weeks.

Andrew's Take: Brissett at QB means major downgrade for almost all Miami pass-catchers. DeVante Parker leads the team in targets and was the the backup quarterback's most heavily targeted player in Week 2.

The current over/under for this game is 44. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Los Angeles Rams (+1.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Darrell Henderson RB LA Ribs RB50 6.2 DNP DNP 0 (-)
DeSean Jackson WR LA Rest WR90 4.6 (-) (-) DNP (-)
Jacob Harris WR LA Hip 0.1 (-) LP DNP Q
Rob Gronkowski TE TB NIR – Rest TE7 11.8 (-) (-) DNP (-)
Jaydon Mickens WR TB Abdomen 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Mario's Take: Henderson is dealing with a rib cartilage injury. Typical RTP is two to four weeks. Cam Akers dealt with a similar injury last year and missed a couple weeks.

Brown will miss Week 3 due to COVID protocol.

Andrew's Take: No Brown means Mike Evans and Chris Godwin remain both high-end top-20 fantasy WR options.

Darrell Henderson Jr. is also not expected to play, which will thrust Sony Michel into the starting role. But versus the vaulted Buccaneers defense, he remains a fringy RB3. Look for alternatives and instead buy the Rams passing attack which should be the focal point of Sean McVay's offensive strategy this week.

The current over/under for this game is 55.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings (+2)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Dalvin Cook RB MIN Ankle RB3 18.8 DNP DNP 0 (-)
Chris Carson RB SEA NIR – Rest RB12 16.3 LP FP 0 (-)
Freddie Swain WR SEA Back WR82 9.2 DNP LP 0 (-)
Penny Hart WR SEA Concussion 1.1 FP FP FP (-)
Rashaad Penny RB SEA Calf 0.0 DNP DNP DNP D

Mario's Take: Cook suffered a high-ankle sprain and stringer. If he plays, I expect him to be limited.

Penny suffered a calf strain in Week 1 and missed Week 2. I expect him to miss Week 3 as well.

Andrew's Take: Per Adam Schefter, Dalvin Cook remains unlikely to play. Fire up Alexander Mattison as a low-end fantasy RB1 across all formats, and a must-play in DFS cash games.

The current over/under for this game is 55. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers (-3)

Mario's Take: Hasty suffered an ankle sprain in Week 2 and has been ruled out for Week 3. I expect him to miss the next couple of weeks as well.

Mitchell suffered a shoulder sprain. He got a limited session Friday, but I do not expect him to play in Week 3.

Andrew's Take: Trey Sermon should be started as a RB2 across all formats. He's inline to see a solid workload and should be set for success versus a poor Packers run defense.

The current over/under for this game is 50.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys (-3.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Thurs. Status Fri. Status Sat. Status Game Status
Amari Cooper WR DAL Rib WR11 17.4 LP FP (-) (-)
Simi Fehoko WR DAL Knee WR131 0.1 (-) FP (-) (-)
Miles Sanders RB PHI Chest RB18 12.4 LP FP (-) (-)
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside WR PHI Ankle 0.7 LP FP (-) (-)
Boston Scott RB PHI Illness 0.2  (-)  (-) (-) (-)

The current over/under for this game is 52. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


 

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