A pair of notable wide receivers headline the Week 4 injury report, with each trending in a different direction with respect to their potential availability. The running backs have their share of health concerns as well, while the outlook of two prominent quarterbacks hasn’t improved over the last week. Without further ado, a look at who’s likely to take the field in Week 4 :
- The status quo holds for the
, who”ll miss a third straight game with what’s been confirmed as a bone bruise in his knee.
will have an opportunity to follow up his spectacular 369-yard Week 3 effort, although he’ll face a tough divisional opponent in the
also misses another game Sunday due to his shoulder issues, leaving
to spearhead the offense in the less-than-ideal scenario of a primetime game against the
at CenturyLink Field. Brissett and T.Y. Hilton thrilled fantasy owners with their Week 3 effort versus the
, but the step up in competition is pronounced in Week 4. Brissett isn’t worth starting in most leagues, and Hilton remains risky despite his breakout.
- As he did last week, the
turned in a week of limited practices, although this time around it was due to a shoulder injury. While his availability for Sunday’s matchup against the
New England Patriots
isn’t in doubt, his ability to provide superior fantasy production increasingly is, as he’s yet to throw for more than 228 yards and has topped out at 27 rushing yards in his first three games.
(wrist) is good to go for Sunday’s showdown after practicing in full all week.
(hip) is trending towards playing as per early Sunday morning reports, although the final decision will be made during pre-game warmups. Hyde was limited in each of the
San Francisco 49ers
‘ three practice sessions this week and would give way to a combination of rookie
and the undrafted
if he were unable to suit up.
(ribs) is shaping up as a true game-time decision for Monday night versus the
Kansas City Chiefs
after three straight days of limited practice. Kelley missed the Week 3 contest versus the
, a game in which teammate
suffered a bruised hand. Perine practiced fully all week, however, so he’ll be available irrespective of Kelley’s status. The emerging
should retain his usual role as a dynamic pass catcher in either scenario.
- Although his troublesome knee has saddled the
Los Angeles Chargers
with a questionable designation heading into Sunday’s battle with the
, head coach Anthony Lynn has confirmed he’ll be a full go after progressing to a full practice Friday.
- Despite his own questionable tag, the
(knee) is expected to fill his usual workhorse back role versus the
New Orleans Saints
in London. Ajayi practiced fully both Thursday and Friday, and is active for the contest.
(shoulder) will once again head up the Browns backfield versus the
after shaking off a limited designation the first two days of the practice squad and practicing fully Friday.
- The same holds true for teammate
, who was nursing a shoulder injury of his own earlier in the week.
- The news isn’t as good for the
New York Jets
, who’ll sit out Sunday’s contest versus the
with a toe injury.
, who turned in a pair of 100-yard rushing efforts late last season in the lead-back role, and rookie
will take over the bulk of the team’s backfield work in a tough matchup.
- Gio Bernard is ready to roll for the Bengals against the Browns after a full practice Friday. A wrist issue had limited him in the first two days of Week 4 prep.
(calf) is reportedly ready to go for the
New York Giants
‘ matchup against the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
despite being no more than a limited participant in practice this past week, and with that participation level not coming until Friday.
(calf) is ready to suit up for the Raiders versus the
after turning in full practices Thursday and Friday.
- The Seahawks’ C.J. Prosise carries a much less optimistic tag, as he’s listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game versus the Colts. Prosise reportedly isn’t expected to play and could be looking at a multi-week absence.
- Although the Patriots’
(ribs) returned to a limited practice Friday, he’s listed as doubtful for Sunday’s matchup with the Panthers. His likely absence should once again spell an uptick in opportunity for pass-catching specialists
- The Raiders’
(knee) was back practicing fully by Thursday and is ready to go for Sunday’s showdown with the Broncos. That news is particularly encouraging considering that teammate
is not expected to play due to his chest injury.
are expected to see a bump in snaps if he misses, with tight end
also potentially benefitting.
- The Seahawks’
is a true-game time decision versus the Colts on Sunday night due to a groin injury but will reportedly try to play through the ailment. An absence would spell a significant boost in opportunity for
. Baldwin has to be considered risky play even if he gets on the field.
Los Angeles Rams
(concussion) is cleared and ready to go against the
in Week 4. He practiced fully both Thursday and Friday.
- The Saints’
is cleared to return from suspension and is with the team in London, but was inactive for Week 4 against the Dolphins with a hamstring injury.
will continue to get snaps in the passing game, and
remains worth using as he has found success with Snead out of the lineup.
- The Cardinals’
turned in limited practices all week due to his quadriceps injury but is expected to play versus the 49ers as of early Sunday morning reports. However, this will be one to watch all the way until inactives are announced, given Brown’s injury history.
- Meanwhile, Brown’s teammate J.J. Nelson is questionable with a hamstring injury after three day of limited practices.
(back) doesn’t have an injury designation despite three days of limited practices this week, meaning he’ll be good to go versus the Bills.
- The Patriots’
(knee) practiced fully Friday and doesn’t have an injury designation heading into Sunday’s game versus the Panthers.
- Ditto for Amendola’s teammate
, who’s free of any injury tag after previously working through a knee injury.
- The Panthers’
(knee) was back to fully participating in practice by Thursday despite his scary-looking knee injury in Week 3 and will be ready to go versus the Patriots.
will sit out however, as his back injury will cause his first NFL absence.
- Bengals rookie
(knee) remains out for Sunday’s matchup against the Browns.
, on the other hand, is a full go with his knee concern after returning to a full practice Friday.
- The Browns’
mirrors LaFell’s status after a full practice Friday.
- Early Sunday morning reports have the Lions’
trending heavily towards missing Sunday’s battle with the Vikings due to his hamstring injury. T.J. Jones, who began the season as the No. 3 receiver, would ascend back into that role if Golladay misses.
(collarbone) appears poised to make his season debut Sunday versus the
after turning in full practices all week.
(knee) no longer has an injury designation after returning to full practice by Friday, and he’ll therefore be ready to go versus Tennessee.
- The Dolphins’
(hand) will play Sunday in London against the Saints.
(illness) is a full go for the
- The Redskins’
was a late addition to the injury report this week with a hamstring injury and is questionable to play Monday night against the Chiefs. Were he to miss,
would see their prospects brighten.
has already been ruled out of Sunday’s matchup against the Texans, leaving
in line for added opportunity once again.
- The Redskins’
shapes up as a game-time call for a second straight week with rib and shoulder injuries, but reports are that he’s expected to play versus the Chiefs on Monday. Veteran
parlayed Reed’s Week 3 absence into a strong effort but would presumably see a notable reduction in snaps should Reed play.
- Despite a calf injury, Ben Watson is expected to suit up for the Ravens against the Steelers after returning to a full practice by Friday.
will take the field for the Colts after shaking off a foot injury that limited him earlier in the week.
also looks ready to roll for the Titans after practicing fully the last two days of the week despite a minor hamstring problem.
remains out in Week 4 with knee and back injuries, leaving
to man the primary tight end role. Bengals receivers A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell could continue to be the biggest beneficiaries of his absence, however.
- The story on the Steelers’
(shoulder) is off the final Week 4 injury report after returning to a full practice Friday.
- The Seahawks’ Jimmy Graham (ankle) is also off the final injury report of the week and will suit up versus the Colts on Sunday night.
Key Defensive Players
- The Panthers’
is questionable to face the Patriots with a rib injury.
is unlikely to suit up for the Cowboys according to early Sunday reports due to a hamstring injury.
is questionable for the Jets with a shoulder injury but expected to play against the Jaguars.
has been ruled out for the Eagles’ contest against the Chargers with a calf injury.
is free of an injury designation after working through a knee issue and will suit up for the Seahawks versus the Colts on Sunday night.
- The Bucs’
is out for Sunday’s matchup with the Giants.
will once again start at middle linebacker.
high-ankle sprain will keep him out of the same contest.
(ankle) are among the Bucs’ walking wounded as well, but both appear to be trending towards playing.
- The Colts’
(ankle) appears ready to make his season debut for the Colts against the Seahawks on Sunday night.
- The Browns’
(ankle) has been upgraded to questionable but is not expected to make his season debut in Week 4.
is expected play for the Bills versus the Falcons after missing Week 3 with an ankle ailment.
‘ concussion will keep him out of the Browns’ Week 4 battle against the Bengals.
- The Seahawks’
is ready to go against the Colts on Sunday night.
- The Patriots’
remained questionable with his knee injury but is expected to play against the Panthers according to reports.