Welcome to the first edition of the Fantasy Football Injury Report. After an off-season that seemed like it might never end, we are back in action.
This season I have been charged with the privilege of keeping the wonderful readers of SCFE informed about what is happening in the NFL with regard to injuries.
The skew that I plan to take for you is to look over the practice reports and let you know what the likely results of those reports will tell us for the games that week.
Practice reports give us the pieces to put the puzzle together and make a pretty good guess if a player is likely to play that week. In general, if a player practices on Friday, he is likely to play on Sunday.
So welcome back football, and let’s dive into the Week 1 practice reports. Each team’s reports will be presented in alphabetical order and this report will updated every Saturday.
Week 1 Injury Report
Michael Floyd, WR
Floyd is returning from a compound dislocation in the preseason. While the injury did require surgery, things are looking up for the prospects of Floyd this week. Floyd was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. This leads to the belief that if he practices Friday, he will play on Sunday.
Devonta Freeman, RB
Freeman has been suffering from a hamstring injury. Freeman was a limited participant in practice on Thursday. The Falcons play on Monday night, so their practice reports are one day behind. Look for the update to this article for more information.
Roddy White, WR
White had surgery on his elbow a few weeks ago. The timeline for his return was said to be Week 1, and his full practice means that he is going to play on Monday.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB
Taliaferro is likely out for this week’s game with an MCL injury. Taliaferro is the back-up to Justin Forsett. Taliaferro has been sidelined for a month, so his return could come soon.
Breshad Perriman, WR
Perriman has been out with a PCL injury. This is a multi-week injury and there is not a firm timetable on when he will be returning.
LeSean McCoy, RB
McCoy has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. The good news is that he has been a full participant in practice this week. Expect to see McCoy playing this week for the Bills.
Marquise Goodwin, WR
Goodwin did not practice Wednesday and Thursday this week. He is unlikely to play this week.
Percy Harvin, WR
Harvin was a full participant in practice on Thursday and is likely to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Not sure how many are playing him at this point, but if you are, he should be in.
Sammy Watkins, WR
Watkins was a full participant in practice this week and should be ready to go for the Bills on Sunday.
Robert Woods, WR
Woods was a full participant in practice. Woods is not a top Fantasy player, but if you have him on your roster, he will probably be playing Sunday.
Charles Clay, TE
Clay was a full participant in practice this week. Barring an injury in Friday practice, Clay should be a go this week.
Ryan Kalil, C
Kalil was a limited participant in practice this week. Why am I talking about a Center? Well, if he plays, this bodes well for both Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton this week.
Star Lotulelei, DT
Lotu has been ruled out for Sunday and like Kalil, with Lotu out, it benefits Jacksonville Jaguars RB, T.J. Yeldon. On the other hand, being out will be a negative for the Panthers team defense if you are playing them in your leagues.
Alshon Jeffery, WR
Jeffery has had a secretive calf injury for weeks. This week he returned to practice in a limited capacity. This is a positive for his chances to play this week, but the Friday practice will be telling. Check back for the update on the Friday practice reports.
Eddie Royal, WR
Royal has been hampered by a hip injury and has been a limited participant in practice this week. Like Jeffery, check back again for more info, but at this point I would expect him to play.
Marquess Wilson, WR
Wilson was a limited participant in practice. If Jeffery or Royal is ruled out and Wilson plays, he could be a sneaky play just based on necessity. Check back to see the results of all three Chicago wideouts.
Duke Johnson, RB
Johnson has been cleared from the concussion protocol. Duke was a full participant in practice on Thursday. If you are planning to play him, make sure to check back to be sure he doesn’t re-enter the protocol after practice on Friday.
Dwayne Bowe, WR
Bowe has been a limited participant in practice this week. At this point, Bowe is unlikely to be a big contributor to your Fantasy team, but if you have him on your roster, he seems like a decent possibility to play this week.
Tony Romo, QB
Romo had a rest day on Wednesday this week. and this is part of his normal schedule to keep him a little more rested during the season. He returned to full practice on Thursday, and should be a full go on Sunday.
Dez Bryant, WR
Dez was a full participant in practice this week. Expect to see Dez out there on Sunday running wild through the Giants secondary.
Eric Ebron, TE
Ebron is a potential breakout candidate this season for the Lions. However, this will depend on his health, and coming into Week 1 it seems like Ebron’s ankle is not going to keep him out. He was a limited participant on Wednesday and full participant on Thursday.
Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb, WR
Cobb suffered an AC joint injury in the preseason. He has returned to practice in a limited capacity and is wearing a brace to stabilize his shoulder. Cobb said he will be a go and will be able to play through the pain.
Arian Foster, RB
Foster continues to nurse his injury, but the good news is that Jason La Canfora of CBS said that Foster should be back by Week 3, and might be back in Week 2.
Marqise Lee, WR
Lee has not practiced this week. His role in the offense is in question, with coaches calling him out for being injured during the preseason. Don’t expect to see him this week.
Julius Thomas, TE
Thomas is out for multiple weeks after having surgery on a ligament in his hand.
Kansas City Chiefs
Albert Wilson, WR
Wilson had a few big games for the Chiefs last season. If he has found his way on to your roster this year, the good news is that he practiced fully this week.
Chris Conley, WR
The rookie has gotten some buzz in the preseason and is a potential star in the making for the Chiefs. He was a full participant in practice this week and while it may be early to be running him out there, it is good that he will be healthy.
Travis Kelce, TE
Kelce rolled his ankle in the preseason, but was a full participant in practice on Thursday and should be ready to roll.
DeVante Parker, WR
Parker is returning from surgery to repair a screw in his foot. Parker has no reps in the preseason, but his talent is highly touted. The secondary of Washington is notoriously bad, so if you were starting Parker, it seems likely that he will play in an unknown capacity.
Brandon Albert, T
Albert has been a full participant in practice for Wednesday and Thursday. This is a big benefit for Lamar Miller and Ryan Tannehill.
New Orleans Saints
C.J. Spiller, RB
Spiller is out for the first game of the season after having a procedure done on his knee in the preseason. Keep an eye out next week to see his status.
New York Giants
Victor Cruz, WR
Cruz is out for the first game of the season. Coming off a torn patellar tendon, Cruz is now suffering from a calf injury. Earlier this week, the possibility arose that Cruz will be out for the first four weeks of the year.
New York Jets
Chris Ivory, RB
Ivory was a full participant in practice this week. Ivory has a great matchup against the Browns, so you should feel good about plugging him into your lineup this week.
Jeremy Kerley, WR
Kerley is likely the third option in the Jets offense, at best. However, if you are in a deep league and need to plug him into your lineup, he was a full participant in practice.
Andre Holmes, WR
Holmes has been a full participant in practice. He should be a go for Sunday.
Clive Walford, TE
Walford was a full participant in practice this week. It seems unlikely that you would be starting a rookie, but he should play and give us an idea if he has a chance to have value this season.
Zach Ertz, TE
Ertz was a limited participant in practice this week after coming off groin surgery. Check back for the update to see what his status might be.
San Diego Chargers
Ladarius Green, TE
Green has a chance to wrestle the tight end job away from the veteran Antonio Gates this year. However, his campaign isn’t getting off to a good start as he suffered a concussion in practice on Wednesday. He did not practice on Thursday, so check back with SCFE to see if Green makes it back in time for game day.
Marshawn Lynch, RB
Lynch was limited in practice on Wednesday, but don’t be alarmed. This is standard for Lynch. He was listed as a full participant on Thursday. Expect to see him out there against the Rams on Sunday.
St. Louis Rams
Todd Gurley, RB
Gurley has been a limited participant in practice this week. Jeff Fisher has said that Gurley won’t play this week.
Tre Mason, RB
Mason has not practiced this week and it is not looking good for Mason, who is nursing a hamstring injury. At this point, I am not expecting to see him in the game against Seattle on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans, WR
Evans suffered a hamstring injury early in the preseason and he has not practiced in the weeks following it. On Friday, he was spotted on the field, but it is unclear in what capacity. Check back on Saturday to get an update on his level of participation.
This ends our look at the most Fantasy relevant players on the injury report. As I mentioned earlier, check back for the latest updates. Good luck this week.