Friday update: Ron Rivera told reporters that running back Antonio Gibson is questionable for their game against Atlanta, but that they feel “pretty confident” that he’ll be able to go.
#WFT RB Antonio Gibson (shin) is questionable to play Sunday.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) October 1, 2021
Head coach Ron Rivera added further context to his status:
"We're pretty confident but tomorrow will be a good indicator of where he is."
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson didn’t practice on Thursday due to a shin injury, per the injury report. This is a downgrade from Wednesday, when he practiced and had no injury designation.
The extent of the injury is unknown at this time, but a downgrade like this is worrisome. Washington faces the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, so this should be a good matchup for the majority of Washington’s offense.
The backups to Gibson are J.D. McKissic, who has seen an uptick in work since getting little usage in Week 1. The next back is likely rookie Jaret Patterson, who has good upside, but McKissic is the most trusted of the remaining backs.
Fantasy football implications
If Gibson returns to practice on Friday, he should be ready to go in a good matchup and be a useful fantasy start. If he can’t go, McKissic becomes a strong value play in DFS and for your redraft teams.