After losing Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, and Raheem Mostert in Week 2, among others, fantasy football owners were happy to see fewer injuries to the RB position in Week 3. Still, a couple of important players went down in Chris Carson and Tarik Cohen and a couple of key starters/streamers at the tight end position went down. That could thin out our Week 4 TE rankings and cause a frenzy for some waiver wire pickups to replace Carson and Cohen. As such, injury updates at these positions will still be important to watch even if there aren’t as many to keep track of this time around.
Chris Carson injury update
UPDATE: According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the knee sprain Carson suffered is minor and he may have a chance to play in Week 4 against the Dolphins.
Carson left the Seahawks’ win over the Cowboys after being rolled over by Trysten Hill on a tackle late in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field with an apparent knee injury and didn’t return to action.
Though Carson’s injury looked bad, it isn’t expected to be significant, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. And NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Carson has a knee sprain and should be back on the field shortly pending the results of a Monday MRI.
Obviously, the news sounds good for Carson, but it’s still possible that he could miss some time depending on the severity of the injury. If that happens, Carson’s top backup, Carlos Hyde, will jump into the lead back role and could be a strong RB2 bordering on an RB1 against the Dolphins in Week 4. Travis Homer would also get some work as the top backup to Hyde and could have some PPR flex appeal.
For those wondering about Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ 2018 first-round pick is still recovering from an ACL tear and is on the PUP list. He won’t be able to return until the Seahawks’ Week 8 game against the Cardinals, at the earliest. As such, Carson’s injury won’t impact him unless it’s a longer-term problem than initially expected.
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Dallas Goedert injury news
In the first quarter of the Eagles’ tie against the Bengals, Goedert suffered an ankle injury and limped to the locker room. He was quickly declared out for the game and it seems likely that he will miss time with the injury, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
If Goedert does miss some action, that will be a boon to No. 1 tight end Zach Ertz, who had been competing for targets with Goedert. Ertz saw 10 passes go his way against the Bengals and caught seven of them for 70 yards. He should be a sure-fire top-10 TE as long as Goedert is out. Greg Ward would also get a stock up as the team’s slot receiver, as he’ll be able to work the middle of the field and see extra targets with Goedert out.
Will Jared Cook play in Week 4?
Cook suffered an ankle injury against the Packers on Sunday Night Football and limped into the locker room during the first half. At this time, there’s no update on the pass-catcher’s status, but it’s possible that he could miss some time with the injury.
If Cook is out, Adam Trautman, Josh Hill, and Taysom Hill will combine to replace him at the tight end position. The committee approach would render the Saints’ TE spot mostly irrelevant for fantasy purposes, but targets could get funneled to other middle-of-the-field options like Alvin Kamara out of the backfield.
We’ll soon see if Cook’s injury will keep him sidelined but if it does, the thin ranks of the tight end position will only get thinner.
Tarik Cohen injury update
Late in the Bears’ comeback win over the Falcons, Cohen suffered a knee injury on a punt return. He couldn’t put much pressure on his leg at all and limped off the field. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the fear is that Cohen tore his ACL. He’ll have tests to confirm the injury but he is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
With Cohen sidelined, David Montgomery’s workload should increase, as the second-year back will likely handle more of the work on passing downs. Converted WR Cordarrelle Patterson may take over some of those snaps as well given his elusiveness, but since he’s only WR-eligible in most fantasy formats, he’s just a middling flex without a volume of touches.
The only other running back on the Bears roster at the moment is Ryan Nall. It remains to be seen how he’ll work into the rotation, but he’s at least a name to know and a player to watch moving forward.