All season long, I’ll be keeping you up to date with a weekly injury report in one convenient place. Who’s questionable? Who is out? Who’s looking like they’ll play? All of these questions answered in this weekly column. NFL teams can use the following injury designations on a weekly basis: out, questionable, or doubtful. Basically, a questionable (Q) designation indicates there is less than 100% chance he will play, while doubtful (D) indicates there is less than a 50% chance he will play. A reminder from last year – the NFL did away with the probable tag. without further ado, here is your NFL week 1 injury report.
NFL week 1 injury report Early games:
New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
- Bilal Powell was listed on the team’s injury report with a rib injury, but was a full participant all week. He’s good to go for Sunday.
- Matt Forte, like Powell, as listed on the injury report with a knee injury, but was again a full participant all week. He’ll join Powell in the Jets’ backfield Sunday.
- Tyrod Taylor was in the league’s concussion protocol for about two weeks but practiced in full and will start Sunday
- Jordan Matthews, who suffered a chip fracture in his sternum a few weeks ago, was a full participant all week. While he is expected to start in this game, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get banged up or be limited if he takes a hit in the chest, which can be extremely painful with this type of injury.
- LeSean McCoy missed practice Wednesday due to illness but was a full participant the rest of the week. He’ll be in there Sunday.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears
Falcons – No fantasy relevant players listed on NFL week 1 injury report
- Markus Wheaton (Q) did not practice on Wednesday but got in a limited practice on Thursday and Friday. He’s dealing with a fracture in his pinky finger and seems to be trending towards not playing.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
- Joe Flacco dealt with a lower back injury almost all of training camp but was removed from the Ravens’ practice report on Friday. He’ll start week 1, but I don’t think he’s out of the woods just yet for the rest of the season. Disc injuries in the lower back can recur, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Flacco’s name pop back up on the injury report over the next couple of weeks.
- Danny Woodhead dealt with a hamstring injury for much of camp. However, he was a full participant all week in practice and will go Sunday.
- Breshad Perriman strained his hamstring the first week of training camp and has been limited all of camp. However, like Woodhead, he practiced in full all week. He’ll be out there week 1.
- John Ross (Q), the speedster 9th overall pick, appears to be a long shot to play in week 1. He injured his knee in Cincinnati’s final preseason game and returned to limited practices Thursday and Friday. I’m expecting Ross to be out for at least week 1 and 2.
- Jeremy Hill injured his ankle in the third preseason game but practiced in full this week. He’ll be in there Sunday but his workload remains in question as Gio Bernard and Joe Mixon will also see work. I’m avoiding this backfield until I see how things shake out after week 1.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
Steelers – no fantasy relevant players listed on NFL week 1 injury report
- Kenny Britt popped up on the injury report with a knee injury, but this seems to be minor as he practiced in full for week 1. He’s good to go for week 1.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions
Cardinals – no fantasy relevant players listed on NFL week 1 injury report
- Kenny Golladay (Q) is dealing with an ankle injury but practiced in a limited fashion this week. He is expected to go in week 1 but figures to be the third or fourth option in the passing game.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans
- Blake Bortles popped up on the injury report with a right wrist injury. However, he practiced in full all week and will start Sunday.
- Dede Westbrook has been ruled out and has been placed on IR with a core muscle injury.
- TJ Yeldon (Q) has a hamstring injury that he’s been dealing with for several weeks. He appears to be a game-time decision. If he sits, the veteran, Chris Ivory will backup Leonard Fournette.
- Alfred Blue has been ruled out after not practicing all week with an ankle injury. D’onta Foreman will backup Lamar Miller, who figures to be in for a heavy workload on Sunday.
Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans
Raiders – no fantasy relevant players on NFL week 1 injury report
Titans – no fantasy relevant players on NFL week 1 injury report
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
Eagles – no fantasy relevant players on NFL week 1 injury report
- Jamison Crowder (Q) showed up on the injury report with a hip injury and was limited in practice on Friday. While it appears he will play, double check the final injury report Sunday morning to be sure.
- Josh Doctson practiced in full all week but has been dealing with a hamstring injury. If Crowder misses the game, he could be in for a surprising heavy workload in week 1.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Andrew Luck has been ruled out while he continues to rehab from off-season shoulder surgery. This will be week-to-week situation to monitor.
Rams – no fantasy relevant players on NFL week 1 injury report
Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
- Thomas Rawls (Q) will be a game time decision after rehabbing from a high ankle sprain. He practiced all week, but this is one to monitor Sunday morning. Even if he does suit up, he will split time with Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise, and possibly even Chris Carson. I’m staying away from this backfield until I see how it shakes out.
- C.J. Prosise was taken off the injury report but was dealing with a groin injury during training camp. He will be out there week 1.
Packers – no fantasy relevant players listed on NFL week 1 injury report
Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers
- Cam Newton (Q) is coming off of off-season surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. He experienced soreness off and on during training camp, but is on track to start week 1.
- George Kittle (Q) is dealing with a hamstring injury but appears on track to play after getting in limited practices all week.
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
- Odell Beckham Jr. (Q) truly appears to be a game time decision after injuring his ankle in week 2 of the preseason. He missed practice all week and appears to be 50-50 to play against the Cowboys Sunday night. Fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in place.
Cowboys – no fantasy relevant players on NFL week 1 injury report
Monday Night Football
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.
New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
Saints – no fantasy relevant players on NFL week 1 injury report
Vikings – no fantasy relevant players on NFL week 1 injury report
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
- Mike Williams will most likely be listed as out or questionable, and figures to miss week 1 with a back injury that he’s been dealing with all of training camp.
- Demaryius Thomas has been dealing with a groin/hamstring injury for the past couple of weeks but appears on track to play Monday night. Look for a final injury report to be sure he doesn’t experience a setback at Saturday’s practice.
So your player is listed on this injury report and looks like he is going to play. However, you still aren’t sure if you want to start them. Check out the Start/Sit report or for receivers the WR/CB matchup analysis for more information on how to dominate your fantasy football matchup in week 1.