Week 3 NFL Injury Report and Fantasy Football Impact

Malcom Floyd Injury

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) gets carted off the field against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

With two full weeks of NFL action in the books, the injuries are already piling up around the league. There’s plenty of stars on the injury report this week which means big changes for your fantasy football lineup. You can follow all the latest news heading into the weekend on XN Sports’ live player update page.

Orange indicates questionable, red indicates out.

Arizona:

Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring): Fitz has sat out practice all week and, like last week, his status is uncertain heading into the weekend though he’s likely to play. He only saw five targets and grabbed two of them last week so he’ll likely be limited by the injury once again if he does suit up.

Rob Housler (ankle): Housler is back in practice after missing the first two weeks with an ankle injury and has a good chance to play in Week 3. He’s still limited, however, and will be a game-time call.

Rashard Mendenhall (toe): Mendenhall hasn’t practiced in two day with turf toe and his status for Sunday’s game is up in the air. If he doesn’t play, rookie Andre Ellington could be a good pickup.

Atlanta:

Steven Jackson (hamstring): Jackson is expected to miss about two-to-three weeks after leaving last week’s game with a hammy injury. Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling figure to split the backfield work.

Julio Jones (knee): Jones has been limited in practice this week, just like last week when he put up 182 yards and a TD. He’s listed as questionable but is likely to play this week against the Dolphins.

Roddy White (ankle): White has been hampered by a high ankle sprain all season and has missed practice all week once again. He’s yet to miss a game but he only has five catches for 40 yards so I wouldn’t start him this week. Harry Douglas could be a good grab with both top receivers hobbled.

Baltimore:

Ray Rice (hip): Rice has been held out of practice all week but has a chance to return by the weekend “if he responds to treatment.”Either way, Rice should be limited if he does play, making Bernard Pierce a good looking pickup.

Carolina:

Mike Tolbert (knee): Tolbert has been dealing with a knee issue since the preseason and missed practice again this week. He’s played both games with the injury but has been limited and ineffective thus far.

Chicago:

Martellus Bennett (shoulder): Bennett was limited in practice this week but is listed as probable and is fully expected to suit up against the Steelers.

Cleveland:

Brandon Weeden (thumb): Weeden is out for at least Week 3 with a thumb injury. Brian Hoyer will get the start in his place.

Dallas:

Dez Bryant (back): Bryant was limited on Thursday after missing practice earlier this week. He’s listed as probable for Sunday’s game against St. Louis but could be limited with his back injury.

Detroit:

Reggie Bush (knee): Bush hopes to return to practice on Friday and his knee appears to be recovering quickly but he’s a question mark for Sunday’s game against the Skins. Joique Bell doesn’t look like a bad start this week.

Cincinnati:

Jermichael Finley (toe): Finley has been limited in practice and is listed as questionable but is likely to play this Sunday against the Bengals.

Eddie Lacy (concussion): Lacy is being reevaluated daily and could play if he can return to practice on Friday but that’s unlikely. He’ll likely return after the Packers’ Week 4 bye.

Houston:

Arian Foster (calf, chest): Foster has seen full practices all week and will suit up on Sunday to face the Ravens.

Andre Johnson (concussion): Johnson returned to practice on Thursday and while he’s listed as questionable he’s likely to play the Ravens this week.

Garrett Graham (hip, groin): Graham, who has found his way into the end zone in back-to-back weeks, has seen full practices all week and is fully expected to go on Sunday.

Indianapolis:

Reggie Wayne (shoulder): Full practice, he’s fully expected to play.

T.Y. Hilton (groin): Hilton has been limited with a groin injury but is expected to play against the 49ers this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (ribs): Full practice, he’s going to play.

Jacksonville:

Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle): MJD hasn’t practiced this week but says he expects to play on Sunday. Between the injury and the matchup against the vicious Seattle Seahawks defense, I wouldn’t even think about starting him.

Marcedes Lewis (calf): Lewis has yet to practice after missing the first two weeks. He’s listed as questionable and is unlikely to return this week.

Blaine Gabbert (hand): Gabbert’s hand is healing well but he’s expected to miss Week 3, leaving Chad Henne to start against the Seattle D. Poor guy.

Ace Sanders (ribs): Sanders has been limited and is listed as questionable but is likely to play on Sunday against the Hawks.

Kansas City:

Anthony Fasano (ankle): Fasano is not expected to play on Thursday against the Eagles due to an ankle injury.

Miami:

Ryan Tannehill (shoulder): Tannehill has been limited in practice but is listed as probable and is expected to go on Sunday against the Falcons.

New England:

Danny Amendola (groin): Amendola is back at practice but is very limited and is listed as questionable. He’ll be a gametime call against the Bucs but odds are he won’t play.

Rob Gronkowski (forearm): Gronk is back in practice but is unlikely to play on Sunday as the Pats want to give him an extra week of practice.

Zach Sudfeld (hamstring): Sudfeld had full practices this week, will likely start at TE against the Bucs.

New Orleans:

Marques Colston (foot): Full practice, he’ll play.

Mark Ingram (toe): Ingram didn’t practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable. He’s not startable either way after combining for 17 carries for 31 yards over the first two weeks (1.8 YPC).

New York Jets:

Jeremy Kerley (concussion): Kerley’s been a full participant in practice and will be back on Sunday after missing last week’s game against the Pats.

Stephen Hill (knee): Full practice, he’s a go.

Santonio Holmes (foot): Holmes continues to be limited in practice but is fully expected to play on Sunday as he continues to recover from a foot sprain.

Kellen Winslow (knee): Winslow has been limited in practice with a knee injury but will likely play against the Bills.

Geno Smith (ankle): Full practice, he’ll play.

Bilal Powell (shoulder): Returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to play against the Bills.

Philadelphia:

Brent Celek (shoulder): He’ll play on Thursday against the Chiefs.

Pittsburgh:

Le’Veon Bell (foot): Bell had a surprise return to full practice on Thursday but doesn’t believe he’ll be able to play this week against the Bengals. Things are looking good for a Week 4 return though.

Heath Miller (knee): Miller is finally seeing full practices and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Bengals after missing the first two weeks.

San Diego:

Malcom Floyd (neck): Floyd has been out after being taken off the field in an ambulance last week. He isn’t expected to play this week and is likely out indefinitely.

San Francisco:

Colin Kaepernick (foot): Full practice, he’ll start.

Vernon Davis (hamstring): Davis hasn’t practiced this week and will be a gametime call for the Niners’ game against the Colts.

LaMichael James (knee): James has missed the first two weeks with a sprained MCL and is listed as questionable for this week. He says there’s a strong possibility he will play though it’s unclear what his role will be with Kendall Hunter currently listed as the RB2.

St. Louis:

Daryl Richardson (foot): Richardson hasn’t practiced this week and is listed as questionable for Week 3 against Dallas. He’ll likely be a gametime call.

Tennessee:

Kendall Wright (concussion): Wright has missed practice all week with a concussion and is listed as questionable but has a good chance to play on Sunday.

Shonn Greene (knee): Greene hasn’t practiced all week and is expected to miss the next two weeks as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery on his kne.

Washington:

Kai Forbath (groin): Forbath has yet to practice and is listed as questionable for Week 3.

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