Fantasy football – NFL Week 8 inactive players – injury updates – ESPN

To help you set your lineups and avoid starting a player who won’t take the field, we will post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their Sunday inactives lists before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

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Ruled out before Sunday

Offense: QB Sam Bradford (knee), RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle), TE Charles Clay (knee), QB Andrew Luck (shoulder/labrum), RB Ryan Hewitt (knee), WR Tyler Boyd (knee), WR Cody Core (concussion), PK Dan Bailey (groin), TE Vance McDonald (knee), WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring)

Defense: DE Stephen Weatherly (knee), DE Myles Garrett (concussion), LB Duke Riley (knee/meniscus), CB Buster Skrine (concussion), CB Brent Grimes (shoulder), CB Robert McClain (concussion), CB K’Waun Williams (quadriceps), DT Malcom Brown (ankle), LB Dont’a Hightower (pectoral), CB Eric Rowe (groin), CB David Amerson (foot), CB Gareon Conley (shin), LB Ramon Humber (thumb), CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring), LB John Simon (neck), CB Rashaan Melvin (concussion), LB Kevin Minter (elbow), DE Joel Heath (knee), LB Dylan Cole (hamstring), CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), DE Stephon Tuitt (back)

Late games, 4:05 and 4:25 p.m. ET (two scheduled)

Offense:

RB C.J. Prosise (doubtful, ankle) — inactive

Defense:

DE Kendall Langford (questionable, back) — inactive
LB Jelani Jenkins (questionable, hand) — inactive
DE Marcus Smith II (questionable, ankle) — active
CB Jeremy Lane (questionable, groin) — active
DT Maliek Collins (questionable, foot) — active
LB Justin Durant (questionable, groin) — inactive
LB Kyle Wilber (questionable, knee) — active
LB Preston Smith (questionable, groin) — active
CB Josh Norman (questionable, ribs) — active
CB Bashaud Breeland (questionable, knee) — inactive
S Deshazor Everett (questionable, hamstring) — active
CB Fabian Moreau (questionable, hamstring) — active
S Stefan McClure (questionable, hamstring) — active

Sunday night game, 8:30 p.m. ET

Pittsburgh Steelers

There are no offensive skill position players listed as either questionable or doubtful by the Steelers for this game.

Detroit Lions

WR Golden Tate (questionable, shoulder/AC joint)
DE Ezekiel Ansah (questionable, knee)
LB Paul Worrilow (questionable, knee)


Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Washington Redskins (3 p.m.): With a trio of offensive lineman (Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff and Spencer Long) among the inactive players for today’s game with the Cowboys, it could be a long afternoon for QB Kirk Cousins and the entire Washington offense.

DeAndre Hopkins (2:40 p.m.): The wide receiver was a Friday practice no-show in response to reported comments made by Houston owner Bob McNair during a meeting led by Roger Goodell. He is active for the game against Seattle, and should play, but the situation between players and management remains tense.

Derek Carr (11:50 a.m.): Weather will have some impact on Carr’s effectiveness in today’s game in Buffalo, but what could more than compensate for any windy or wet conditions is the absence of two Buffalo starters in the secondary — S Jordan Poyer and CB E.J. Gaines.

Dontrelle Inman (11:45 a.m.): The wide receiver, acquired by the Bears from the Chargers earlier this week, is not active for Chicago today. Give him a little more time to learn the team’s playbook, and perhaps he’ll produce going forward.

Stefon Diggs (8:10 a.m.): Diggs is finally back on the field, and Minnesota has a full complement of five wide receivers for this Week 8 game in London. Cleveland’s defensive line is down three players due to injury, so this could well be a big day for the Vikings’ offense as a whole.

Carolina Panthers (7:30 a.m.): With C Ryan Kalil once again ruled out with a neck injury and being described as “week to week,” chances of the Panthers’ offense suddenly clicking back into place seem a bit slimmer for Week 8.

Adam Schefter’s overnight update (7:15 a.m.): Sources report to Schefter that Jameis Winston will start at quarterback for Tampa Bay. Melvin Gordon, though likely to be hampered by his injured foot, will also play on Sunday for the Chargers. Golden Tate plans to suit up for Detroit in the night game. Carolina did not activate Roberto Aguayo from the practice squad, meaning they are “committed” to Graham Gano, ankle issue and all.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 8 a.m. for the London game, 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games, 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games and 7 p.m. ET for the Sunday night game.


London game, 9:30 a.m. ET

Minnesota Vikings

WR Michael Floyd (questionable, hamstring) — active
WR Stefon Diggs (questionable, groin) — active
CB Mackensie Alexander (questionable, hip) — active

Cleveland Browns

DT Larry Ogunjobi (doubtful, groin) — inactive
DT Trevon Coley (questionable, neck) — inactive
CB Jason McCourty (doubtful, ankle) — inactive
S Jabrill Peppers (questionable, toe) — inactive

Early games, 1 p.m. ET (seven scheduled)

Offense:

RB Alex Armah (questionable, hamstring) — inactive
TE Ed Dickson (questionable, ankle) — active
PK Graham Gano (questionable, knee) — active
QB Jameis Winston (questionable, shoulder/AC joint) — active
WR Marquise Goodwin (questionable, back) — active
RB Benny Cunningham (questionable, hamstring) — active
WR Markus Wheaton (doubtful, groin) — inactive
RB Melvin Gordon (questionable, foot) — active
WR Danny Amendola (questionable, knee) — active
P Marquette King (questionable, groin) — active
WR Kamar Aiken (questionable, shoulder) — active
WR Dontrelle Inman (coach’s decision) — inactive

Defense:

DE Muhammad Wilkerson (questionable, shoulder) — active
LB Luke Kuechly (questionable, concussion) — active
S Kurt Coleman (questionable, knee) — active
DT Chris Baker (questionable, ankle) — active
DE Ryan Russell (questionable, shoulder) — active
LB Reuben Foster (questionable, ribs) — inactive
DE Roy Robertson-Harris (doubtful, hamstring) — inactive
DT Corey Liuget (questionable, back) — active
DE Cassius Marsh (questionable, shoulder) — active
LB Elandon Roberts (questionable, ankle) — active
CB Stephon Gilmore (questionable, concussion) — inactive
LB Cory James (questionable, knee) — active
LB Marquel Lee (questionable, ankle) — inactive
LB Nicholas Morrow (questionable, ankle) — active
S Karl Joseph (doubtful, groin) — inactive
S Jordan Poyer (questionable, knee/MCL) — inactive
S Darius Butler (questionable, ankle) — active
S T.J. Green (questionable, hamstring) — active

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