Fantasy football injuries: The latest injury to Derek Henry, Keeler Murray, Calvin Ridley and more

Some important fantasy football stars battled injuries after Week 8 saw more than a few back-up players hit the field. With a full week to go before the imaginary lineups need to solidify, a lot of the news may change. But it pays to stay current so you can make the best decisions when it comes to ditching wire pickups.

The NFL’s trading deadline is also Tuesday, which may be factored in as teams may look to add some relief to injured players. It’s also likely close to the deadline to trade in your fantasy league, and you might be looking to do the same.

Here’s the latest news on some of the biggest injuries to fantasy players this week:

Derek Henry, RB, Titans

A bombshell was thrown at fantasy football owners Monday morning, when it was revealed that the NFL’s best player and one of the best fantasy artists of the past few years could do for this season.

It is highly unlikely that everyone starting in their place will have the same workload. Does this make Darrynton Evans pick up a waiver wire? Will Jeremy McConnells become a star? Will the Titans make a deal to roll back before Tuesday’s deadline? All of these questions are currently unanswered, and if you’re counting on Henry now, you’ll need to make a big move to make up for his potential loss.

Keeler Murray, QB, Cardinals

Murray has benefited from a week longer after his recent relapse – an injury called a medial ankle sprain. We’ll learn more about whether Murray was injured enough to force him out for the ninth week as the week progresses. It’s been in pain before with a slight drop in production at the end of last year. Fantasy owners should pay close attention until the end of this week.

James Winston, QB, Saints

Winston has a major knee injury and that could be the end of the season. Will Trevor Simian be the filler in the long run? The change in QB’s location likely wouldn’t hurt production of large-scale receivers in New Orleans because it was meager at best. But it is still worth paying attention to whether you have him or any saints in your squad.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons

Perhaps thanks in part to Starring Eagles Lynnman Lynn Johnson, who has openly discussed his mental health issues and why some matches have cost him this season, it seems Ridley is following suit and taking some time away from football to make up his mind. And it’s a smart idea, as the mind is just as important (if not more than) the ankle in athletics. As Ridley works out his issues, Atlanta players Russell Gage and Kyle Bates are likely to receive more goals.

James Robinson, RB, Jaguar

The Jags, who have had a great season so far, left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, the extent of the injury still unknown. Veteran Carlos Hyde will be the next man to start running backwards if he misses time, and that may or may not be the case according to Adam Scheffer.

Damien Williams, right-back, Bears

Williams left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, giving rookie Khalil Herbert another chance to come back. Obviously until David Montgomery returns, Herbert is that guy to hold on to.

Robert Tonian, TE, Packers

Packers have been bitten by snakes lately, at least when it comes to pass fishing. A week after the entire WR Corps appeared on the COVID list, Tonian, who hit his knee with a non-contact injury Thursday night, may be missing serious time with the illness. Keep an eye on the diagnosis this week and get ready to hit the exemption wire for a new tight end.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders

After a farewell week, things look as though Jacobs will be fine to play in week 9 after a minor chest injury kept him away in week 7. However, his situation in practice should be monitored during the week.

TY Hilton, WR, Colts

It’s one injury after another for Hilton, who is now on concussion protocol. Hilton really shouldn’t be on the list now until he shows he can stay in the field.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers

The star back is eligible to return from IR in Week 9 and all indications are that he will, relegating Chubba Hubbard to the second round. Don’t interrupt their love until after McCaffrey wears this week. You can’t be too safe.

Sam Darnold, QB, Panthers

After falling sharply in recent weeks, it’s unlikely that much of Darnold will start each week, but his concussion could be something to watch going forward and could have a negative impact on attack, led by Philip Walker in his absence.

Galen Regor, WR, Eagles

Rigor hasn’t been on the fantasy radar much this year but he has shown flashes, and a setback in the form of an ankle injury is sure to drop him off the map for now.


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