The NFL is rolling, and injury news continues to create implications in seasonal and daily fantasy football as well as in sports betting markets. Every week, we’ll bring you a list of the key injuries that could impact sports betting odds and DFS contests on sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel.
Note that players who fail to practice on Thursdays and/or Fridays leading into games may be listed as questionable but are in actuality closer to doubtful. Be sure to check back each afternoon to see whether critical players did any work in practice for clues as to their eventual status.
NFL coaches are famous for being taciturn when it comes to injuries, so nothing is set in stone when trying to predict how a player will perform, even if active.
This article will be updated several times throughout the week, so check back often. Here are the key injuries to watch ahead of Week 8.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Elbow, Questionable)
Bills rookie Josh Allen was expected to miss multiple games but has a chance to return on Monday night against the Patriots. Derek Anderson was reportedly limping after getting roughed up by the Colts last Sunday.
Josh Rosen, Arizona Cardinals (Toe, Questionable)
Josh Rosen injured his toe while taking a sack in a blowout loss to Denver last Thursday. He’s expected to start this Sunday against San Francisco, but the Cardinals are an absolute mess right now.
Sony Michel, New England Patriots (Knee, Questionable) – Updated 10/27
The Patriots lost promising rookie RB Sony Michel to a knee injury Sunday and could hold him out against a weak Bills team on Monday night. James White would see the bulk of snaps out of the backfield with Kenjon Barner mixing in. Michel returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday.
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (Concussion, Questionable)
LeSean McCoy recorded only two carries before departing Sunday’s loss with a concussion. He’s questionable to clear the league’s protocol by Monday. Chris Ivory (hamstring) is also questionable, leaving Marcus Murphy to potentially carry the load.
Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers (Ankle, Questionable) – Updated 10/25
Matt Breida didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Both Alfred Morris and Raheem Mostert would be worth a look if Breida misses a dream matchup at Arizona this week.
Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers (Hamstring, Questionable)
Melvin Gordon was a surprise scratch in the Chargers’ game against the Titans in London. He should be ready to go after a Week 8 bye.
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (Hamstring, Out)
Dalvin Cook is expected to remain out through the Vikings’ Week 10 bye. Latavius Murray will serve as the main back in what projects as a high-scoring affair against the Saints Sunday night.
Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos (Ankle, Out) – Updated 10/26
Royce Freeman departed last Thursday’s blowout win with an ankle sprain and won’t play Sunday against the Chiefs. Phillip Lindsay will lead the Broncos backfield with Devontae Booker mixing in against the league’s least efficient run defense.
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (Ankle, Questionable) – Updated 10/26
Marlon Mack was limited in practice all week with an ankle injury and is shaping up as a game-time decision for Sunday. Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins would form a committee if Mack is out. Robert Turbin (shoulder) won’t play.
Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Bucs (Ankle, Questionable) – Updated 10/26
Peyton Barber didn’t practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday with an ankle issue. He’s expected to play this Sunday, but Ronald Jones could eat into his workload if he struggles.
Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (Ribs, Questionable)
Chris Thompson missed another game with his rib injury, and it’s possible the injury is more serious than the Redskins are letting on. Kapri Bibbs would continue to fill in as Washington’s receiving back if Thompson is out again Sunday.
Bilal Powell, New York Jets (Neck, Out)
Bilal Powell was placed on I.R. with a neck injury and will likely be out for the season, if not his career. Isaiah Crowell (foot, knee) will handle early-down work and Trenton Cannon should step in as the Jets primary receiving back.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (Knee, Questionable) – Updated 10/26
With Theo Riddick out on Sunday, Kerryon Johnson totaled 179 yards. Johnson should continue to see an elevated workload in a good matchup against Seattle since Riddick is unlikely to play.
Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders (Groin, Out)
Marshawn Lynch was placed on injured reserve and could miss the rest of the season. Doug Martin and Jalen Richard will split work in the backfield as the Raiders begin to tank.
Out for Extended Period: Le’Veon Bell, Leonard Fournette, Jay Ajayi, Devonta Freeman, Rex Burkhead, Jerick McKinnon, Derrius Guice, Rob Kelley, Jeremy Hill
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (Knee, Questionable)
Cooper Kupp suffered a sprained MCL in Week 6 and sat out a Week 7 win over the 49ers. The Rams will likely play it safe with their stud second-year wideout.
Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (Groin, Questionable)
Allen Robinson played nearly a full allotment of snaps Sunday, but was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. He’ll likely have to get in a limited session Friday to suit up in a good matchup against the Jets.
Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (Ankle, Questionable) – Updated 10/26
Golden Tate has struggled in recent weeks and this ankle issue may be related. He is expected to play against his former team (Seattle) this Sunday.
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (Ankle, Out)
The Jets cut Terrelle Pryor and signed Rishard Matthews this week to fill the void with Quincy Enunwa out. Jermaine Kearse did nothing with his extra opportunities last Sunday and will be hard to trust against a tough Bears defense this week. Robby Anderson (ankle) is also unlikely to play.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (Hamstring, Questionable)
Both Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) have resumed practicing this week and appear ready to return following the Packers’ Week 7 bye. Allison is expected to play, while Cobb is closer to a game-time decision. They’ll draw a tough matchup against the Rams and could lose snaps to breakout rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers (Shoulder, Questionable)
While Dante Pettis (knee) is expected to return, Pierre Garcon is doubtful to play this Sunday. Marquise Goodwin could draw shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson, so Pettis and George Kittle could have big days against Arizona.
Seth Roberts, Oakland Raiders (Concussion, Questionable)
With Amari Cooper traded, Seth Roberts will have a clear path to playing time when the Raiders face the Colts Sunday. He’ll have to clear concussion protocol first.
Torrey Smith, Carolina Panthers (Leg, Out)
Torrey Smith is dealing with an ambiguous leg injury and won’t play this week. He hasn’t been much of a factor in the Panthers’ passing attack.
Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (Ankle, Out) – Updated 10/26
Josh Doctson played on 95 percent of offensive snaps with Paul Richardson (knee) out along with Jamison Crowder last Sunday. Crowder didn’t practice Wednesday and Richardson got in a limited practice. New signee Brian Quick played on 51 percent of snaps and Maurice Harris on 60 percent in a narrow win over Dallas. All three players will continue to benefit if Crowder or Richardson are out Sunday against a Giants team that traded No. 2 CB Eli Apple. Doctson would be the primary target as a DFS punt play.
Out for Extended Period: Marqise Lee, John Ross, Mack Hollins, Ted Ginn Jr., Cody Latimer, Mike Wallace, Pharoh Cooper, Bruce Ellington
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (Back, Questionable)
Gronk was a surprise inactive last week and has been limited in practice this week. He’ll look to return Monday night against his hometown Bills.
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (Knee, Questionable)
David Njoku has seen a lot more work with Baker Mayfield under center and it’s possible the Browns are just limiting his reps in practice.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (Hip, Questionable) – Updated 10/26
Jack Doyle is expected to return from a lengthy absence this Sunday against the Raiders. Erik Swoope (knee) is out. Eric Ebron should still have a big role in the Colts passing offense with Doyle back.
Nick Vannett, Seattle Seahawks (Back, Questionable)
Nick Vannett is questionable with a back injury and the Seahawks will look for Ed Dickson (quad) to make his season debut in Week 8. Neither TE is an appealing option against Detroit’s solid pass defense.
Geoff Swaim, Dallas Cowboys (Knee, Questionable)
Geoff Swaim is dealing with a sprained MCL and may not be ready by next Monday when the Cowboys face the Titans following their Week 8 bye. This will be a new-look passing offense with Amari Cooper in the fold.
Out for Extended Period: Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, Delanie Walker, Hunter Henry, Jake Butt, Will Dissly
Brandon Fusco, Atlanta Falcons (Ankle, Out)
The Patriots lost RG Brandon Fusco for the season to an ankle injury. Ben Garland will replace Fusco on an offensive line that’s mightily struggled to protect Matt Ryan.
Alex Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (Neck, Questionable)
Ravens starting LG Alex Lewis and RT James Hurst (back) were out in Week 7. Baltimore will need both starters back in a tough matchup at Carolina Sunday.
Tom Compton, Minnesota Vikings (Knee, Questionable)
Vikings starting LT Riley Reiff remains out with a foot injury. Now, LG Tom Compton is questionable with a knee injury. Even the Saints’ pass rush could get home if both players are out on Sunday night.
Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys (Knee, Questionable)
The Cowboys all-pro guard played through a sprained MCL in Week 7 but is week-to-week. He may not be ready for a Week 9 matchup with the Titans.
Out for Extended Period: Isaiah Wynn, Ron Leary, Travis Frederick, Cam Robinson, Jon Halapio, Andy Levitre, Matt Kalil, Daryl Williams, Seantrel Henderson, A.Q. Shipley
Ndamukong Suh, Los Angeles Rams (Knee, Questionable)
Ndamukong Suh didn’t practice Wednesday with a knee issue but returned on a limited basis Thursday. His absence would be a huge upgrade for Aaron Rodgers, as well as Aaron Jones and the Packers running game.
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Bucs (Calf, Out) – Updated 10/26
Gerald McCoy has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati. Tampa is looking very vulnerable on defense. Betting the Over (54) in a potential shootout with the Bengals could be a wise idea.
Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles (Shoulder, Out)
The Eagles lost Derek Barnett, the No. 14 pick in last year’s draft, for the season to a torn rotator cuff. Philly has less depth at DE now. Michael Bennett will be asked to step up.
Out for Extended Period: Ezekiel Ansah, William Hayes, Muhammad Wilkerson, Timmy Jernigan, Ryan Glasnow, Vita Vea, Tyquan Lewis
Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears (Ankle, Questionable)
Khalil Mack played 54-of-64 defensive snaps against the Patriots Sunday and should see a similar workload against the Jets this week.
Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals (Hip, Out) – Updated 10/26
This is huge news for a Bengals defense that already lost WLB Nick Vigil (knee) for the year. O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate, and Chris Godwin should produce on passes up the seam in a potential shootout. Bengals starting CB Darqueze Dennard (chest) is also out.
Alec Ogletree, New York Giants (Hamstring, Out) – Updated 10/26
The Giants will be without their starting MLB in Alec Ogletree Sunday. They also traded away stud DT Damon Harrison and CB Eli Apple. Adrian Peterson should thrive and Kapri Bibbs could become a great value if Chris Thompson can’t go for Washington.
Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings (Hamstring, Questionable)
The Vikings could be without one of their top defensive players in Anthony Barr on Sunday night when the high-powered Saints come to town.
Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs (Hamstring, Questionable)
Justin Houston has missed two games and appears likely to miss a third with the Broncos visiting this Sunday.
Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Bucs (Knee, Out)
The Bucs lost Kwon Alexander and backup LB Jack Cichy for the season, both to torn ACLs. Tampa signed former Cardinals LB Kevin Minter.
Out for Extended Period: Jake Ryan, Deion Jones, Dominique Easley, Kyzir White, Josh Martin
Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings (Ankle, Questionable)
Xavier Rhodes suffered a sprained ankle Sunday and didn’t practice Wednesday. This is huge news for a Sunday night tilt against Michael Thomas and the Saints. Thomas would see a massive upgrade if Rhodes can’t play. Vikings FS Andrew Sendejo (groin) has already been ruled out.
Quinton Dunbar, Washington Redskins (Shin, Questionable) – Updated 10/26
The Redskins may be without their starting slot CB in a matchup with the Giants Sunday. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard would see a big boost to their matchup if Dunbar is out and it might be worth betting the Over (42) as well.
Doug Middleton, New York Jets (Pectoral, Out)
Filling in for FS Marcus Maye (thumb), Doug Middleton suffered a torn pec that will end his season. Meanwhile, Jets top CB Trumaine Johnson (quad) and slot CB Buster Skrine (concussion) remain questionable for a Week 8 date with the Bears. Chicago’s receivers could feast.
A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville Jaguars (Calf, Out)
Along with slot CB Tyler Patmon (neck), A.J. Bouye will miss Sunday’s game in London against the Eagles. Top CB Jalen Ramsey will tangle with Alshon Jeffery, while Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz should eat against rookies and backups.
Richard Sherman, San Francisco 49ers (Calf, Questionable)
The Niners missed Richard Sherman on Sunday and could be without their top CB in Week 8 against the Cardinals. Rookie WR Christian Kirk could benefit.
Out for Extended Period: Jason Verrett, Eric Berry, D.J. Hayden, Patrick Robinson, Kenny Vaccaro, Vernon Hargreaves, Ross Cockrell, Phillip Gaines, Byron Maxwell, Daryl Worley, Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts (Groin, Questionable)
The Colts veteran kicker has struggled a bit lately and it may be due to this injury. Indy would sign a kicker to face the Raiders Sunday if Vinatieri looks doubtful.
Phil Dawson, Arizona Cardinals (Hip, Questionable)
Phil Dawson is questionable to play at San Francisco Sunday and that’s caused the point total on this divisional contest to drop from 43.5 to 41.5 points.