While rankings and projections are beneficial, nothing is more critical for fantasy football than following injuries, as the landscape will change with nearly every significant one. Now that we have made it through the first week of the 2021 NFL season, here is an update on some critical injury reports to watch and their fantasy football impact for Week 2.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: QB update
Here is where we currently stand on several of the critical fantasy football QBs dealing with injuries.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington Football Team
After suffering an injury just 6 pass attempts into the 2021 NFL season, the Washington Football Team will be without QB Ryan Fitzpatrick moving forward. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Monday [September 13] that Fitzpatrick suffered a hip subluxation, an MRI confirmed. He will miss 6-8 weeks after being placed on the injured reserve. Taylor Heinicke will take over as the starting QB for Washington.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update
Let’s see how injury bugs are affecting RB committees.
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers
Mostert was arguably the biggest fantasy disappointment in Week 1. In a sure-fire matchup against a lackluster Detroit Lions run defense, his day was over before it even began. Mostert left the game early with a knee injury after taking 2 carries for 20 yards and was quickly ruled out.
On Monday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reported that Mostert would be out roughly eight weeks with a chipped cartilage issue in his knee. Head coach Kyle Shanahan announced that Mostert is headed to IR.
Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks
Penny left the game against the Colts with a left calf injury and did not return. According to Seahawks reporter John Boyle, head coach Pete Carroll said Penny’s calf tightened up on him. They kept him out as a precaution. Penny missed all but the final three games of 2020 due to a torn ACL he suffered in Week 13 of the 2019 season.
Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team
While they did not practice, Washington listed Gibson (shoulder) as a limited participant on Monday, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post. The injury report estimates players’ participation levels if they were to have held practice. Gibson showed no signs of an injury during the game, recording 20 rushes for 90 yards with 3 receptions.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Dan Salomone of the Giants’ official site reports that Barkley (knee) was listed as a limited participant on Monday’s practice estimate. While Barkley did play in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos, the team was clearly limiting his action. As a result, he carried the ball just 10 times for 26 yards and saw 3 targets. The Giants have a quick turnaround as they play Washington on Thursday Night Football in Week 2.
WR injury update
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Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos
You rarely see someone diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain and breathe a sigh of relief. However, that’s where we are with Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy was tackled from behind after recording a deep catch with 8:40 left to go in the third quarter in Sunday’s game against the Giants — his ankle rolled under the defender.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, X-rays on Jeudy’s ankle were negative, believing he suffered a high-ankle sprain. Mike Klis of 9News confirmed these reports and stated the Broncos believe Jeudy will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with that high ankle sprain. He is not currently slated to go on the IR, indicating the team hopes Jeudy could be back sooner rather than later.
Jeudy was a breakout candidate for many but will have his season put on hold. Expect Courtland Sutton to be thrust back into the spotlight (ACL tear in 2020) and increased reps for KJ Hamler, Tim Patrick, and Noah Fant.
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
In the NFL’s season-opening game, Gallup recorded 4 receptions (7 targets) for 36 yards. However, his day was quickly over as he exited with a calf injury. According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Gallup suffered a calf strain. The injury is expected to sideline him for 3-5 weeks.
Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
Despite his progress, head coach Kevin Stefanski elected not to play Beckham Jr. on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. According to Rapoport, the Browns had planned on playing him, pending on how his warmups went. Apparently, Cleveland decision-makers were not confident in what they saw. He was ruled out before kickoff. Beckham will attempt to return in Week 2 when the Browns take on the Houston Texans.
Tyrell Williams, Detroit Lions
Eric Woodyard of ESPN reports Williams was placed in concussion protocol after taking a hard hit in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. Williams was running a vertical route from the left slot in the third quarter when he took a helmet-to-helmet shot from 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt while trying to make a catch. He stayed on the field for a minute before exiting the game. Tartt was flagged for a hit on a defenseless receiver on the play. Williams ended the day with 2 receptions on 3 targets for 14 yards.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles
Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94WIP Philadelphia reports head coach Nick Sirianni said Monday that Arcega-Whiteside is dealing with an ankle injury and is considered day-to-day.
Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers
Head coach Kyle Shanahan reiterated to reporters on Monday that Aiyuk (hamstring) fell down the depth chart due to health and his limited time in practice, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic. While Aiyuk did play on Sunday, he did not receive a target, leading many to wonder if Trent Sherfield passed him on the depth chart.
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Evan Engram, New York Giants
Despite working on the side of practice on Friday, the Giants ruled Engram (calf) out on Sunday. There is hope he will return in Week 2.
Josiah Deguara, Green Bay Packers
According to Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers Unscripted, head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters while Deguara “seems to be in a good spot,” he is in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s victory over the Falcons but was able to come back into the game. While “encouraged,” Sirianni did tell reporters that Ertz is still being evaluated, per Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94WIP.