Chase Edmonds injury status update, 6:17 p.m.
The Cardinals are concerned running back Chase Edmonds might not be available for Thursday Night Football against the 49ers, according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury told the media there was “definitely concern” and Edmonds said he was hopefuly but would have to “[d]o the best that I can to get out there.” The other options are Zach Zenner, Alfred Morris, and potentially D.J. Foster if he’s healthy.
The NFL is rolling through the Sunday schedule, and we have a few names of note on the injury report. It’s been mostly non-skill position players, but some significant skill position players will leave fantasy football owners awaiting updates in the coming days.
We’ve still got the second half of the late afternoon games, and Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football to go, so this list could grow. But in the meantime, it’s time to start considering your waiver wire options for Week 9 of your fantasy football leagues. Below is a rundown of notable injuries, and who stands to benefit as you consider what to do with your waiver wire priority.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Breida suffered an ankle injury on the final play of the second quarter in the 49ers 51-13 romp over the Carolina Panthers. The team announced him as questionable to return, but he did not return. Raheem Mostert replaced him as Tevin Coleman’s primary backup, while Jeff Wilson resumed short yardage work. The Panthers cut the lead to two touchdowns at one point, but they never got much going after that. Once the game got out of hand, I imagine the 49ers were fine leaving Breida on the bench.
The 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9 on Thursday Night Football, so it’s a short week for recovery.
Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles lost Sanders to a shoulder injury in the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills. He was announced as questionable to return, but never did return. After the game, he told NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo that an x-ray on the shoulder did not reveal any issues. He also was not sure of what was next and will probably get an MRI to check for any other damage before we find out if he’ll miss any time.
Sanders was having the best game of his rookie year before the injury. He had three rushes for 74 yards and a touchdown, and added three receptions for 44 yards. Jordan Howard is the Eagles starter on rushing downs, and Boston Scott added a handful of snaps as well. Scott has no fantasy value, while Howard gets a boost if Sanders misses any time.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals lost Edmonds to a hamstring injury in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints. He was ineffective while healthy, rushing seven times for eight yards and added two receptions for five yards. Zach Zenner replaced him as the only other healthy running back. David Johnson was inactive and is not expected to play this Thursday against the 49ers. With the short week, Edmonds could be in danger of not playing in Week 9, but we’ll see how the next couple days shake out.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Westbrook left Sunday’s game after aggravating neck and shoulder issues he’s been dealing with. He was questionable after missing Wednesday and Thursday practice, and then sat out the second half of the team’s Week 8 win over the New York Jets. Chris Conley led the team in receiving and could continue to excel if Westbrook misses any time. The Jaguars face Houston in London in Week 9 and then have a bye in Week 10.
The Rams lost Cooks to a concussion in the first quarter of their win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams played in London and so they have a bye coming up in Week 9. Concussion recovery timelines are an inexact science, but having a week off is helpful. If he were to miss any time, Josh Reynolds would likely see the biggest boost in playing time.
Justin Britt, C, Seattle Seahawks
Britt is not a skill position player, but losing a center to injury is a big deal for an offense. Britt suffered a knee injury, and Ian Rapoport is reporting there is fear the injury is season-ending. If he misses the rest of the year, the Seahawks offensive line becomes a huge concern.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lee suffered a shoulder injury and did not return against the Jets. Lee remains a “name” in fantasy football to some extent, but it’s been a lost season for him with the emergences of D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook. He has three receptions for 18 yards on the entire season.