Injury Wrap: Stefon Diggs hopeful in London

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Stefon Diggs might be in play this week (AP)
Stefon Diggs might be in play this week (AP)

Fantasy owners are scrambling with six NFL teams on bye, but it’s actually a fairly clean injury week. Let’s go through our pre-game walkthrough.

• The Vikings brought Stefon Diggs (groin) to London and practiced him the last two days, so it sounds like Diggs will play in Sunday’s early matchup against Cleveland.

• Golden Tate (shoulder) did some limited work this week and has a decent shot to play Sunday against Pittsburgh, though it’s hard to trust him after all the missed time. Famous Kenny Golladay (hamstring) remains out indefinitely.

• Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) hasn’t been practicing, but he’s yet to be ruled out for Monday’s game at Kansas City. I would try to play a healthier option.

• Jameis Winston (shoulder) surely isn’t 100 percent, but he’s fully expected to play against Carolina. The Panthers stuff the run well (3.7 YPC), so Winston should be needed here.

• Charles Clay (knee) remains out indefinitely, which makes Nick O’Leary an interesting sleeper. The Bill don’t exactly pepper O’Leary with targets, but he has 112 yards over his last two games.

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• Melvin Gordon (foot) was limited all week in practice and is listed as questionable, but is expected to play at New England. New England struggles to cover pass-catching backs — and the Patriots just lost LB Dont’a Hightower — so this could be a week where Gordon shines as a receiver.

• Danny Amendola (knee) had two limited practices at the end of the week. He says he’ll play against the Chargers Sunday; at least it’s an early game.

• I don’t see how anyone can play Willie Snead before a prove-it game, but his hamstring has healed and he’s expected to go against Chicago.

John Ross (knee) had his first week of full practice and might get some snaps against the Colts.

• The Panthers aren’t sure if Graham Gano (knee) will be ready for Sunday, so they signed Roberto Aguayo just in case. Aguayo has plenty of demons in Tampa Bay, for whatever that means to you. The Panthers are expecting Ed Dickson (ankle) and Luke Kuechly (post-concussion) to play.

• Marshawn Lynch (suspension) won’t dress at Buffalo. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington figure to split the majority of the work.

• C.J. Prosise (ankle) is out for another week, which might push J.D. McKissic into an expanded third-down role.

• Martavis Bryant isn’t expected to play at Detroit, essentially a one-game team suspension for his social media escapes.

• Dan Bailey (groin) could miss a month. Mike Nugent fills in as the Dallas kicker.

• The Browns defense is feeling the pinch, with DL Myles Garrett (post concussion) and CB Jason McCourty (ankle) both ruled out.

• The Dolphins expect Jay Cutler (ribs) to play Week 9 against Oakland. Matt Moore (and the entire offense) was terrible in Thursday’s 40-0 loss at Baltimore.