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2018 Fantasy Football: Week 9 Injury Updates

by Ethan Sauers | @ethansauers | Featured Writer
Nov 3, 2018

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Here we are, at starting our trip down the back-half of the NFL regular season. Week 9 is here and it’s officially time to pull out all of the stops in making sure your fantasy team ends up in the postseason and allows for a shot at the championship. Injuries are never fun but they’re an integral part of the game. How a player adapts to injuries can be the difference between starting 8-0 and ending 8-8. So buckle up as we go over Week 9 injuries.

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Pittsburgh at Baltimore (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Pittsburgh: Protecting Ben Roethlisberger may be a bit more of a challenge, this weekend, as the Steelers’ official injury report shows T Marcus Gilbert (knee) as doubtful. They may also be without CBs Artie Burns (ankle) and Coty Sensabaugh (toe) who both carry questionable designations for Sunday’s game.

Baltimore: The Ravens will be without T Ronnie Stanley (ankle) on Sunday as he’s already been ruled out on the official injury report. Additionally, RB Alex Collins (foot) is questionable, but is expected to play after participating fully in Friday’s practice.

Chicago at Buffalo (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Chicago: After being limited in practice on Friday, both LB Khalil Mack (ankle) and WR Allen Robinson (groin) are listed as questionable on the injury report for their Week 9 matchup against the Bills. Conventional wisdom would suggest this may be a great opportunity to rest Mack and Robinson as they face off against the Bills before a divisional matchup in Week 10 against the Lions.

Buffalo: The Bills will start Nathan Peterman at QB after Derek Anderson (concussion) did not participate in practice this week. They, officially, have Anderson listed as questionable on the official injury report while Josh Allen (elbow) has been ruled out as well. LB Tremaine Edmunds (concussion) is also listed as questionable as he has yet to be cleared from concussion protocol.

Tampa Bay at Carolina (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Tampa Bay: RB Ronald Jones (hamstring) has been ruled out after being a non-participant in practice all week. Joining him on the official injury report is DT Gerald McCoy (calf/NIR) who has been marked as questionable.

Carolina: The only Panther who was unable to participate in Friday’s practice was WR Torrey Smith (knee). He has been ruled out for Sunday’s game. No other Panther carries an injury designation on the team’s official report going into the weekend.

Kansas City at Cleveland (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Kansas City: The Chiefs have a few question marks on defense headed into this weekend. DB Eric Berry (heel) is listed as doubtful on the official injury report as he continues to work towards his first start of the season. LBs Anthony Hitchens (rib) and Justin Houston (hamstring) are listed as questionable after limited participation in practice on Thursday and Friday.

Cleveland: WR Antonio Callaway (ankle) and CB Damarious Randall (groin) are both noted on the team’s Friday injury report with questionable designations. No other injuries on their roster carry fantasy football impact.

New York Jets at Miami (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

New York Jets: WR remains a huge problem for the Jets as WRs Robby Anderson (ankle), Quincy Enunwa (ankle), and Andre Roberts (back) are all carrying questionable statuses on the team’s official injury report.

Miami: The Dolphins will be without QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) for another week as he has been ruled out on the team’s official injury report, Friday. This means Brock Osweiler will see the field for a 3rd consecutive game. TE A.J. Derby (foot), CB Xavien Howard (ankle), and WR Kenny Stills (groin) are all questionable but should see action as all participated in Friday’s practice and are trending in the right direction.

Detroit at Minnesota (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Detroit: RB Theo Riddick (knee) will be back in action this weekend, however, CB Darius Slay (knee) appeared on the injury report on Friday with a questionable designation. He will be a game-time decision on Sunday.

Minnesota: The Vikings are dealing with a longer list of injuries than most of the NFL, this week as LB Anthony Barr (hamstring) has already been ruled out. Joining him on the injury report with questionable designations are RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring), WR Stefon Diggs (rib), CB Xavier Rhodes (foot), and SS Andrew Sendejo (groin). All have been trending in the right direction and Cook and Diggs have been cleared to play (although there has been talk of a snap count for Cook).

Atlanta at Washington (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Atlanta: The Falcons will be without CB Robert Alford (ankle) and K Matt Bryant (hamstring) this Sunday against Washington. There are no other players listed on the official injury report.

Washington: The big news for Washington’s injury report, this week, is RB Chris Thompson (rib) and WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) both being ruled out. WR Paul Richardson Jr. (shoulder/knee) carries a questionable designation but is expected to play.

Houston at Denver (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)

Houston: The Texans saw DE Jadeveon Clowney (groin), WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), and CBs Aaron Colvin (ankle) and Johnathan Joseph (ankle/knee) limited in practice on Friday and all four of them carry a questionable designation on the official injury report.

Denver: LB Brandon Marshall (knee), S Darian Stewart (neck), CB Bradley Roby (ankle), and WR DaeSean Hamilton (knee) will all miss Sunday’s game against the Texans. RB Royce Freeman (ankle) is listed as questionable on the official injury report but will be a game-time decision on Sunday.

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)

Los Angeles Chargers: After being a late scratch in their last game, RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is questionable on their official injury report. He should be a game-time decision once again, this week.

Seattle: LB K.J. Wright (knee) and RB Chris Carson (hip) are both listed as questionable Carson was added to the injury report after tweaking his hip in practice on Thursday while Wright was limited in practice on Friday after not participating earlier in the week.

Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

Los Angeles Rams: The only Ram on this week’s official injury report is CB Sam Shields (illness) who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s showdown with the Saints.

New Orleans: Likewise, the Saints only have one player listed on their official injury report this week. LB Marcus Davenport (toe) has been ruled out after not practicing this week.

Green Bay at New England (Sunday, 8:20 PM ET)

Green Bay: WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring/groin) is listed as doubtful for this week’s matchup at New England. WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) and LB Nick Perry (ankle) are listed as questionable and are expected to play after participating in practice this week.

New England: As is tradition, the Patriots have the longest injury report in the league. WRs Julian Edelman (ankle), Josh Gordon (hamstring) and Cordarrelle Patterson (neck) are all questionable but all expected to play after being limited in practice all week. TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back) is questionable and will be a game-time decision after missing practice on Thursday and being limited on Friday. RB Sony Michel (knee) is questionable and expected to play after being limited all week in practice.

Tennessee at Dallas (Monday, 8:15 PM ET)

Tennessee: The Titans appear fairly healthy moving into Monday Night’s game against the Cowboys. LB Derrick Morgan is the only player who has been held out of practice this week but keep an eye on their official injury report for more information closer to kickoff.

Dallas: WR Tavon Austin (groin), DE Randy Gregory (knee), DL David Irving (ankle), and TE Geoff Swaim (knee) all missed practice on Friday and could potentially be held out from Sunday’s game. Check their injury report for a clearer picture after Saturday’s practice.

Use this information however you see the edge. Injuries will come and go and the way that a manager handles them will determine who receives that fantasy football glory, which is forever. Stay alert and watch for news as we go through Week 9.

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Ethan Sauers is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Ethan, check out his archive and follow him @ethansauers.

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