Fantasy Football: Week 5 Injury Updates
Roster management is a central pillar of success in fantasy football. Week 5 marks the beginning of this season’s roster management battle, as bye weeks begin to factor into lineup construction and sit/start decisions. If that alone wasn’t enough, the addition of bye weeks increases the impact injuries can have on our lineups this week. So, with no time to waste, it’s time to break down the injury report, heading into Week 5.
Buffalo at Cincinnati (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Buffalo: The Bills’ Injury Report sees a healthier offense as RB LeSean McCoy (wrist) is no longer on Friday’s final listing with an injury designation, after a full week of practice. Also, starting LT Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) has been upgraded to questionable after missing the last two weeks. The one addition to the injury report on the offensive side of the ball is WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) who has already been ruled out after being held out of practice all week. On defense, DE Shaq Lawson (groin) will return to play as he no longer has an injury designation. In the secondary CB E.J. Gaines (groin) and S Micah Hyde (knee) are both listed as questionable although coach Sean McDermott expects Hyde will “be able to give it a go” this week against the Bengals.
Cincinnati: The Bengals will be without WR John Ross (knee) and TE Tyler Eifert (back) for a second straight week, according to their official injury report. This means that the breakout TE option of Week 4, Tyler Kroft, should see extended playing time again in Week 5.
New York Jets at Cleveland (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
New York Jets: The Jets will be without RB Matt Forte (knee/toe) for the second straight week as he has already been ruled out on the team’s official injury report. All signs point toward RBs Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire seeing a timeshare for a second straight week.
Cleveland: WR Kenny Britt (knee/groin) and LB Jamie Collins (concussion) are both listed as doubtful on the Browns’ official injury report, this week. They do get some good news, however, as their No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett (ankle) no longer has an injury designation and should see the field for his first action of the year.
Carolina at Detroit (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Carolina: The offensive line for Carolina, appears to be vulnerable as both their starting LT Matt Kalil (groin) and starting C Ryan Kalil (neck) are injured. Neither practiced this week and Ryan has already been ruled out on the official injury report, however, Matt may still play as he is listed as questionable.
Detroit: The Lions will be without rookie WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) for a second straight week according to the team’s official injury report. On defense, there are some spots to watch for potential vulnerabilities as DE Ziggy Ansah (knee), LB Jarrad Davis (neck), and DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder) are all listed as questionable.
Tennessee at Miami (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Tennessee: The Titans will be without WR Corey Davis (hamstring) and S Jonathan Cyprien (hamstring) once again as both have been ruled out on the official injury report. More important will be watching the status of QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) on Sunday morning as he has been listed as questionable after limited participation in practice all week. Coach Mike Mularkey has ruled him as a true “game-time decision.”
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers will have Melvin Gordon (knee) in a full capacity for Week 5 after he was a full participant in practice all week. However, his backup, Branden Oliver (hamstring) has been ruled out on the team’s official injury report. WR Tyrell Williams (neck) is listed as questionable but is expected to play after being a full participant in practice all week.
New York Giants: On the Giants’ official injury report, RB Paul Perkins (ribs) has already been ruled out. This should provide Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman with opportunities to carry the load at RB. On defense, DEs Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/knee) and Olivier Vernon (ankle) are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Arizona at Philadelphia (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Arizona: The Cardinals are, once again, nursing the health of their WRs, coming into Week 5. John Brown (quad) and J.J. Nelson (hamstring/tooth) are both listed as questionable on Friday’s official injury report. Both had playing time last week, but with their history of injury, it would be wise to confirm their status on Sunday morning.
Philadelphia: On defense, the Eagles still appear to be a bit vulnerable with injuries. S Rodney McLeod (hamstring) is off the injury report, however, DT Fletcher Cox (calf) and CB Ronald Darby (ankle) have already been ruled out for a second week in a row. On the offensive side of the ball, RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) is questionable after being held out of practice all week. If Smallwood is a no-go, look for LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement to dominate the carries.
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Jacksonville: The Jaguars’ official injury report lists WR Marqise Lee (ribs) and WR Jaelen Strong (hamstring) as questionable. According to, Head Coach, Doug Marrone both are expected to be true game-time decisions.
Pittsburgh: The only player on Pittsburgh’s official injury report is LT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), who is listed as doubtful.
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)
Seattle: The Seahawks will be without DE Cliff Avril (neck) after he was held out of practice all week. On the offensive side of the ball, RB Chris Carson (ankle) was moved to IR after last week’s game against the Colts. Expect Seattle to use RB Thomas Rawls to take over the bulk of the carries. Additionally, RB C.J. Prosise (ankle), Seattle’s pass-catching back, is listed as doubtful on the official injury report. RB J.D. McKissic seems likely to get more opportunities after he saw extended work in Carson’s absence last week.
Los Angeles Rams: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Baltimore at Oakland (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)
Baltimore: The Ravens are hoping to have CBs Lardarius Webb (thigh) and Jimmy Smith (Achilles) back after both were held out of practice earlier this week. Both were listed as questionable on the official injury report. Also listed as questionable, WR Jeremy Maclin (hand) and TE Benjamin Watson (calf) should be watched for their official status update on Sunday morning.
Oakland: QB Derek Carr (back) went down last week with a transverse process fracture that “generally comes with a two-to-six-week recovery period.” Astonishingly, Carr is still listed as questionable on the Week 5 injury report, implying there is still the potential he may be ready to play come Sunday. CB Gareon Conley (shin) and RB DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are also listed as questionable.
Green Bay at Dallas (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Green Bay: After a physical game against Chicago, in Week 4, the Packers have a full injury report going into Week 5. WR Davante Adams (concussion) joins starting tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) as questionable players on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, LB Ahmad Brooks (back), DT Mike Daniels (Hip), and CB Davon House (quadricep) are also listed as questionable (although House was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday). Doubtful to play is RB Ty Montgomery (ribs). Expect Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones to take over the RB duties in Week 5.
Dallas: Cowboys fans should be pleased with the official injury report as it shows a healthier team than the past few weeks. The only designation is DE Charles Tapper (foot) who has already been ruled out.
Kansas City at Houston (Sunday, 8:30 PM ET)
Kansas City: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Houston: The Texans will be without CB Kevin Johnson (knee) this week.
Minnesota at Chicago (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Minnesota: RB Dalvin Cook is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Expect an RBBC approach moving forward from the Vikings as Latavius Murray, Jerick McKinnon, and Stevan Ridley are all capable players on the roster. QB Sam Bradford showed improvement as he stated he feels good and that “it was night and day how [his] knee felt” after returning to practice this week. If Bradford doesn’t start this week, his return to the field is likely quickly approaching.
Chicago: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.