TNF injury outlooks: Latest buzz on injured Eagles and Giants

TNF injury outlooks: Latest buzz on injured Eagles and Giants

October 11, 2018 0 By admin

5:34 PM ET

The injury questions for Thursday night’s game have largely been answered in advance, at least as far as the skill position players for fantasy football purposes are concerned. But folks might want to keep an eye on the status of Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, who has been battling an ankle injury. His status was downgraded to questionable on Thursday morning and if he were to miss the game, it could certainly make things more challenging for a quarterback with the last name Wentz.

For reference, players may be classified on the team’s final injury report of any given week as “questionable (Q),” “doubtful (D)” or “out.” Besides the obvious designation of a player being ruled out, “questionable” indicates a player is uncertain to play, while “doubtful” means a player is unlikely to play.

Since the NFL did away with the “probable” designation two years ago, players who are expected to play on Sunday (or Monday) are simply removed from the injury report by the reporting deadline (Friday evening for Sunday games, Saturday afternoon for Monday night games).

For the purposes of this injury-related game preview, players will be grouped by position. Below each player’s name, team, injured body part (as listed on the official NFL injury report), official game-status designation and game time (ET), the following elements are included: any known relevant details about the injury, the player’s involvement in practice that week and any additional notes to provide context around the player’s status.

For anyone seeking more specific detail about certain types of injuries, there is an illustrated injury glossary here, which you can also find on the right side of the ESPN fantasy home page.

Also, please check out my Answering the Bell podcast, where we take a deeper dive into various medical topics with special guests, including experts in their respective fields as well as athletes who have firsthand experience with various injuries or medical conditions. All episodes are archived here.


Running Backs

Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles, quadricep (off pregame injury report)

Additional injury details: first appeared on injury report three weeks ago

Practice report: Full Wednesday-Friday

Notes: Clement sat out the past two games with this injury, but he returned to practice this week and is on track to play. It’s worth noting that the Eagles conducted only walk-throughs on Monday and Wednesday, but the fact he was listed as a projected full participant for Wednesday suggests he came through Tuesday’s session just fine. With Jay Ajayi done for the season with a torn ACL and Darren Sproles still sidelined, Clement and Wendell Smallwood are likely to see the majority of the work at running back.

Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles, hamstring (out)

Additional injury details: none

Practice report: DNP Wednesday-Friday

Notes: Sproles has been out since Week 2 and has not yet returned to practice. It wasn’t expected that he would be available on a short week after not practicing prior to Week 6, but his status does reflect on the Eagles’ shortage of depth at the position currently.

Tight Ends

Evan Engram, New York Giants, knee (out)

Additional injury details: MCL sprain in Week 3

Practice report: Limited Monday-Tuesday; DNP Wednesday

Notes: Engram has made progress this week, simply by returning to practice. Although there were some words of encouragement from coach Pat Shurmur earlier in the week, Engram being held to drills and not quite going full speed Tuesday — the only real practice the Giants had this week — seemed to cement his status for Thursday night. This is probably not a bad move within the bigger picture of Engram’s health, as he is not quite three weeks removed from an MCL sprain. Another 11 days under his belt (the Giants next play in a Monday night game) certainly won’t hurt his chances for Week 7.

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