NFL Week 3 Injury Report – Early Games:
We’re going to take a look at each game from this week in the NFL Week 3 Injury Report. All information from NFL.com.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
- Terrance West (Q) missed practice Wednesday and Thursday while dealing with a soft tissue injury in his thigh but returned to a full practice on Friday. Barring a setback during warm-ups, he appears to be on track to play Sunday in London. A reminder – this game kicks off at 9:30 am EST, so if you’re counting on West, you’ll want to be up early on Sunday to be sure he is active.
- Allen Hurns is listed on the Week 3 injury report with a shoulder injury, but it doesn’t appear to be serious. He was limited on Wednesday but upgraded to full for the rest of the week. He will be good to go for the Sunday morning contest across the pond.
Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills
- Demaryius Thomas was listed on the Broncos’ injury report for Week 3 with a hamstring injury but was removed from the final report. After getting in a limited session on Wednesday, he was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday and Friday. He is in no danger of missing Week 3 against the Bills.
- LeSean McCoy is dealing with a sore wrist from Week 1 but this does not appear to be serious, as he practiced in full on Thursday and Friday. He’s ready to go for Week 3.
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers
Saints – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 3 Injury Report
- Greg Olsen (IR) will miss the next 8 weeks due to a Jones fracture in his right foot. In other words, this a fracture of the outside bone of the foot. This is the same injury that other notable players like Dez Bryant and Julian Edelman dealt with in 2015. It is not uncommon for players to be limited for a few weeks even after they are medically cleared to play, so don’t expect Olsen to return to 100% until at least Week 13, 14, or 15.
- Cam Newton (Q) continues to be listed on the injury report due to the fact that he’s coming off shoulder surgery in the off-season. At this point, this is just a technicality. He’s in no danger of missing any time for the foreseeable future.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Steelers – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 3 Injury Report
- Jordan Howard initially injured his shoulder in Week 1 and was clearly affected by the injury in Week 2, rushing 9 times for just 7 yards. Then, after the Bears’ Week 2 loss, Howard was seen with his shoulder in a sling. The Bears have been “hush hush” about his injury, so it’s difficult to speak on a diagnosis. However, he was able to get in a limited session on both Wednesday and Thursday then taken off the injury report on Friday. He’ll be out there on Sunday.
- Markus Wheaton had previously been dealing with a fractured finger from training camp but was removed from the Bears’ injury report this week. He’ll make his debut Sunday in a Bears offense desperate for pass catchers.
- Kendall Wright was listed as limited on Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury but is in no danger of missing Week 3 as he was upgraded to full on Friday.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions
Falcons – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 3 Injury Report
Lions – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 3 Injury Report
Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts
- Corey Coleman (IR) will be out 8 weeks with a fractured metacarpal bone in his hand. This is Coleman’s second fracture in the same hand in two seasons.
- Andrew Luck (O) continues to rehab his shoulder and has yet to return to practice. The fact that he’s being ruled out on Mondays each each indicates that he’s not close to returning to game action. Expect at least 2 more games without Luck.
- Marlon Mack (O) will miss Week 3 with a shoulder injury. Frank Gore should handle a hefty workload against the Browns.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Buccaneers – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 3 Injury Report
- Sam Bradford (O) will miss Week 3 after also sitting out in Week 2 wile dealing with pain, soreness, and swelling in his left knee. This is the same knee Bradford has had two ACL surgeries on before, so recurring pain and soreness is no surprise, as this is common for years after the surgery. Further reports indicate that he’s dealing with a bone bruise, which can be very painful. He will have a consult with Dr. James Andrews, which is never a promising sign for players. For now, his Week 4 status will also remain in question. Case Keenum will start in his place.
Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots
- Ryan Griffin missed Week 2 with a concussion but will return in Week 3 and slide into the starting TE sport for Deshaun Watson. In two TE leagues, he’s worth a look.
- Rob Gronkowski (Q) missed practice Wednesday while dealing with a groin injury from Week 2. However, he returned to a limited practice on Thursday and Friday. He appears to be on track for Sunday, as this was never expected to be serious.
- Danny Amendola (Q) missed Week 2 with a knee injury and a concussion from Week 1. He was limited all week in practice but confirmed with reports that he will be active in Week 3.
- Rex Burkhead (O) exited Week 2 early with a rib injury, and as a result, he will also miss Week 3 after missing practice all week.
- Chris Hogan (Q) was limited in practice all week with a minor knee injury from Week 2, but he’s on track to play in Week 3. He’ll be out there.
Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
- Jay Ajayi missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday while dealing with pain in his right knee. He has an extensive history in his knees from college, so he’s likely dealing with recurring pain and soreness rather than a new injury. Regardless, he returned to a full practice on Friday and is expected to pplay on Sunday. Expect to see Ajayi pop up on the injury report frequently throughout the year.
- DeVante Parker is currently dealing with an ankle injury but it does not appear to be serious. He returned to a full practice on Friday, and will be ready to roll against the Jets as Smokin’ Jay’s red zone threat.
- Robby Anderson didn’t practice on Wednesday but returned to a limited session on Thursday and a full session on Friday with a knee injury. He was removed from the final injury report, so he’ll be out there on Sunday.
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
- Odell Beckham Jr. was a game time decision in Week 2 but ultimately was able to go with an ankle injury from the preseason. The Giants were clearly limiting Beckham in Week 2, as he ran a limited route tree and played just 34 snaps. Fortunately, he didn’t suffer any setbacks in his returns and will be a full go in Week 3. Expect the Giants to increase OBJ’s workload in Week 3 against a banged up Eagles secondary.
- Evan Engram was limited in practice this week while remaining in the concussion protocol but was taken off the Giants final injury report. He should be active for Week 3.
Eagles – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 3 Injury Report
NFL Week 3 Injury Report – Late Games:
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans
- Jimmy Graham (Q) was rolled up on by another player in Week 2, causing him to miss some time with an ankle injury. He missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday but returned to a limited session on Friday. He appears to be a game time decision, but if I was a betting man, I’d expect him to be active. He’s a risky play in Week 3.
- Demarco Murray (Q) missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring strain. He was able to return on a limited basis on Friday, giving him a chance to at least suit up on Sunday. Regardless of whether or not he plays, Derrick Henry will likely see the bulk of the carries, making Murray a risky start in Week 3. I wouldn’t expect a final word on Murray until late Sunday morning.
- Corey Davis (O) will not play in Week 3 as he is also dealing with a hamstring injury. The fact that he was ruled out so early in the week suggests that he is at risk for missing multiple weeks in a row. Expect to see his name on this report next week.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers
- Tyler Eifert (O) will mist his first game of 2017 as he is dealing with both back (off-season surgery) and knee (tendinitis) injuries. Coming off back surgery in the off-season, he will most likely continue to find himself on the injury report repeatedly throughout the year. The guy just can’t stay on the field.
- John Ross (O) will not play due to illness.
- Jordy Nelson (Q) exited Week 2 after just a few offensive snaps, putting up a goose egg for fantasy owners. There was a play where Jordy took a knee to the quad, and on the next play, he attempted to run a curl route but came up limping and taking himself out of the game. Quad contusions can be very painful but can heal quickly, as seen with Jordy. He appears to be on track for Sunday after practicing all week.
- Randall Cobb (D) exited late in Week 2 with a shoulder injury. Initially, this was thought to be a minor injury, and a precautionary MRI was ordered. While the MRI was apparently clean, Cobb missed practice Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. He is a game time decision for Sunday but is most likely going to sit.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Chiefs – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 3 Injury Report
- Mike Williams (O) continues to rehab his back injury from training camp. Expect him to make his NFL debut in the next few weeks.
- Melvin Gordon (Q) popped up on the injury report on Thursday with knee soreness. I always hate seeing a player added to the injury report mid-week, so this does raise an eyebrow. Gordon has microfracture surgery in his injury history. As a result of his soreness, he was limited on Thursday and Friday, but it appears as though he’ll suit up. Double check on Sunday morning to be sure.
Oakland Raiders vs. Washington Redskins
- Amari Cooper was on the injury report with some knee soreness, but he was listed on the Week 2 injury report as well. The Raiders are likely just managing his reps. He’s in no danger of missing time.
- Jared Cook was limited on Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury but upgraded to full on Friday. He’s good to go this Sunday.
- Rob Kelley (Q) exited Week 2 with a rib injury. Initially, reports indicated that Kelley was dealing with a rib fracture, but further testing proved otherwise. Rather, Kelley is dealing with an injury to the cartilage that attaches the ribs to the sternum. This condition can be very difficult to play through due to pain. As a result, Kelley will likely wear a flack jacket in order to help provide some extra padding and cushioning. After getting in limited practices all week, I expect Kelley to play, but the Redskins will likely limit Fat Rob’s workload this Sunday night, allowing Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson to see more work.
- Jordan Reed (Q) finds himself on the injury report yet again, this time with an SC joint injury. He missed practice Wednesday but was limited on Thursday and Friday, giving him a shot to suit up. It’s not uncommon for Reed to miss time when he’s listed as questionable, and with the ‘Skins playing on Sunday night, you’ll want to have a back up plan in place. Vernon Davis should see some more targets if Reed sits.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys
Official injury reports for the MNF games are not available, as teams have until Saturday evening to post their final report with the extra day of practice.
- John Brown did not practice on either Thursday or Friday after missing Week 2 with a quad strain. This is the same injury he dealt with in training camp, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he missed MNF in Week 3.
- JJ Nelson was limited on Thursday and Friday with a hamstring injury. If Brown sits, Nelson is a great play at WR this week, serving as the Cardinals’ best deep threat against a porous Cowboys secondary. In order for me to feel confident in his explosiveness and ability to be that deep threat, I’ll want to see Nelson get in a full practice on Saturday. Watch for the Cardinals injury report late Saturday, but I suspect Nelson with get the questionable tag, especially if he is limited again on Saturday.
Cowboys – No fantasy relevant players on NFL Week 3 Injury Report
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