Week 10 of the 2019 NFL season is upon us, and the injury reporting is not getting any shorter. At this point in the football season, plenty of players are banged up and even if it’s not huge names, the injury reports are growing for a lot of teams.
For fantasy football owners, this means paying a little extra attention to the injury report to get ready for the coming weekend of football. We’ll run through the names showing up on Wednesday so you know who to track as the week progresses.
David Johnson, RB, Cardinals
Johnson was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and told the media he’s “definitely playing” on Sunday, according to beat writer Katherine Fitzgerald. This raises some questions about snap distribution between Johnson and Drake. It will get even more complicated once Chase Edmonds is healthy. For now, Johnson would seemingly be the starter, but both could get solid usage and hold fantasy value.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams
The Rams have ruled out Cooks while he continues to get assessed for his concussion, per beat writer Lindsey Thiry.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
The Panthers practice report indicated both McCaffrey and Samuel sat out Wednesday practice. CMC regular gets Wednesday off, so that is not breaking news. Samuel however is dealing with a new hamstring injury, so he’ll be one to watch. The Panthers face a Packers defense that has played fairly well against wide receivers, so he is a limited option if healthy.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
Ryan is expected to be limited in practice on Wednesday, according to team reporter Kelsey Conway. He sprained his ankle in Week 7 and missed Week 8, with Matt Schaub starting in his place. The team’s Week 9 bye came at a key time, and we’ll see what Thursday and Friday bring. If he remains limited, my guess is he sits on Sunday, while if he gets in a full practice then there is a good chance he plays.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
UPDATE: Green ended up sitting out Wednesday practice after not feeling well during the walkthrough, according to Tom Pelissero. He’s now day-to-day and his status is in question for Sunday.
The Bengals expect Green back in Week 10, according to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero. Green has been rehabbing his ankle since tearing ligaments at the start of training camp. He returns with rookie quarterback Ryan Finley taking over the starting job, so it’s hard to judge exactly what to make of Green at this point. He’s not a WR1 in his first game back, but rather a situation-by-situation option.
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings
Thielen aggravated his hamstring injury after missing a game, and now his status is uncertain. Head coach Mike Zimmer said it is not considered a long-term injury, according to beat writer Andrew Kramer, saying that he was not rushed back and it simply grabbed a bit.
This seems like something that will cost Thielen a game, but if he gets in a full practice by Friday, maybe he gets back for Week 10.
Evan Engram, TE, Giants
Engram injured his foot in Monday Night Football against the Cowboys and is dealing with soreness, according to head coach Pat Shurmur. Engram had an MRI and is getting a second opinion while sitting out Wednesday practice, per beat writer Jordan Raanan. Given the slightly shorter week for the Giants, Rhett Ellison could be the guy at tight end this weekend.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Jets
Bell injured his ankle and/or knee in Week 9 and after an MRI on Monday is working with the trainer staff on Wednesday. Head coach Adam Gase says it is just significant soreness more than anything else, according to beat writer Manish Mehta. He likely only needs one practice to play, if even that, so it’s something to wait and see on later this week.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Colts
UPDATE: Brissett returned to practice on Wednesday in limited fashion, per Stephen Holder.
Brissett sprained his MCL on Sunday but was feeling much better on Tuesday, according to reporter George Bremer. He is unsure of his status for Sunday, but MCL sprains often cost a player a couple weeks at least, so Brian Hoyer seems a strong bet to start in Week 10.