Friday update: McLaurin worked on the side at practice this week, but coach Rivera said he was encouraged by what he was able to do, per Kyle Stackpole. It looks like he will play, but I don’t think we can expect a full and healthy game from their top wide receiver.
Thursday update: McLaurin was working on the side for Thursday, so will likely be a DNP, per JP Finlay. He doesn’t look like he will be able to play against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. If he somehow does suit up, it will likely be due to the importance of this game. He would not be a recommended start in fantasy in that case.
The Washington Football Team could again be without their No. 1 receiver Terry McLaurin in a must-win Week 17 matchup. On Monday, coach Ron Rivera revealed that McLaurin is in a walking boot and is getting treatment for a high-ankle sprain, per team reporter Nicki Jhabvala.
High ankle sprains are tough to come back from even once they appear to be healed, so a turnaround of a month is usually needed depending on severity. To be truly ready for their Week 17 game is going to be a tough task for the start wideout. Unless he were to get a full practice in, it would be tough to rely on him in any fantasy capacity this week.
Cam Sims subbed in for him last week and caught a couple deep balls, but only brought in 3-of-9 targets. Of course, recently released Dwayne Haskins wasn’t on-target in Week 16. If Alex Smith can return this week and McLaurin is out, Sims may have a better shot at putting up fantasy numbers. But the true target hogs with McLaurin out are Logan Thomas and J.D. McKissic.