As we get deeper into the season, more and more players are landing on their team’s injury report. However, with more and more teams also having their bye weeks, players are getting extra time to recover.
A bunch of wideouts have landed on the injury report this week, and even more are on the mend, trending towards playing in the coming weeks.
Let’s talk about some of the players who landed on the injury report this week.
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona (Ankle)
After not playing last week against the Falcons, coach Kliff Kingsburgy said that Kirk remains in the rehab phase, and that the young wideout has to be 100% in order to return to the starting lineup. His outlook is pretty bleak for this Sunday against the Giants, which means more work for Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson (assuming he plays).
Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore (Ankle)
After not playing in Week 6, coach John Harbaugh said that Brown is considered day-to-day, while he was sidelined at Wednesday’s practice. It’ll be something to monitor up until Sunday.
Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo (Hamstring)
While Singletary hasn’t played since Week 2, he was close to playing in Week 5, and now is practicing in full for Week 7 against the Dolphins thanks to the extra rest during the bye week. Singletary should be all good to go in a great matchup this week against the Dolphins.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago (Shoulder)
Speaking on Wednesday, coach Matt Nagy said he was “cautiously optimistic” Trubisky will play in Week 7 against the Saints. Trubisky did practice in full on Wednesday, which is a very good sign that he could start this week. It’ll be something to monitor leading up to Sunday.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh (Quad)
Unfortunately, Conner went down with a strained quad last Sunday night against the Chargers, and didn’t return. He’ll have the bye week to recover and get back to full health, but it’s very likely that he’ll be given the “Questionable” tag before Week 8.
Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas (Quad)
It’s not looking good for Cooper. While it isn’t thought to be a long-term concern, Cooper has been diagnosed with a bruised thigh. And while Jason Garrett said Cooper was day-to-day, Cooper did not practiced on Wednesday, and according to ESPN’s Todd Archer, his availability for Week 7 is in serious question. Cooper will likely be a game-time call, but I would suggest to the Cooper owners to have a backup option in place.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver (Knee)
On Tuesday, NFL.com’s James Palmer reported that there was “optimism” in Denver that Sanders would be active for Thursday night against the Chiefs. Well, later in the day, Sanders was upgraded to a full participant in Tuesday’s practice. Sanders will start tonight against Kansas City.
While the Packers didn’t actually practice, they did have to estimate an injury report, and Adams, MVS and Allison were all listed as DNP’s. On a short week, it’s not looking good for the Packers receiving options.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City (Hamstring)
Watkins has been officially ruled out for tonight’s matchup against Denver. It’ll be his third-straight game that he’s missed, as the Chiefs will roll with Tyreek, Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson.
While he missed last week with a quad injury, Gurley did practice on Wednesday, although he was limited to individual drills. It’s something to keep our eyes on leading up to Sunday.
Josh Gordon, WR, New England (Knee)
While it wasn’t considered to be major, Gordon has been sidelined for Tuesday’s practice with a knee injury. The Pats will have an extra day to get healthy before their MNF showdown against the Jets, but it’s unclear at this time whether or not Gordon will be able to suit up. If he can’t go, Jakobi Meyers should start in his place.
After missing last Thursday night’s game against New England, Barkley, Engram and Shepard have all been practicing in full throughout the week (although Shepard has been limited). All three should play against the Cardinals in what should be a great matchup.
Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland (Foot)
Williams remained sidelined during Wednesday’s practice with a foot injury. Speaking to the media, coach Jon Gruden said that Williams is dealing with plantar fasciitis and it’s “not getting much better.” The Raiders will have an extra week for rest, but Williams might miss a further week.
Will Dissly, TE, Seattle (Achilles)
As expected, Dissly will undergo surgery on his torn ACL, missing the remainder of the 2019 season. It’s an unfortunate break for both Dissly and the Seahawks, as Seattle will now turn to Luke Willson at Tight End.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay (Ankle)
Like Adams, MVS and Allison, Graham “did not participate” on Wednesday. It’s unclear how serious Graham’s ankle injury, so we’ll have to wait until later today and Friday to see what the chances are that Graham will start this Sunday.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans
According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, Kamara has a “high ankle-type issue” that will limit him in practice. He did miss Wednesday’s practice, which is far from a sign that he’ll start on Sunday. He’ll likely be a game-time call on Sunday, but in the event that he misses the game, Latavius Murray should have lead duties.
David Johnson, RB, Arizona (Ankle)
Johnson was sidelined for Wednesday’s practice while he’s trying to recover from an ankle injury. Friday’s status will be a big clue to Johnson’s availability on Sunday. If he isn’t able to go, Chase Edmonds will be the starting back.
Thank you guys so much for reading, and I will be back next Thursday for next week’s Ambulance Chasers, as our fearless leader MB will be taking over for this week’s Start/Sit column.