Week 6 Injury Wrap: Rams wideouts ready to rock

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The Rams are ready for some end-zone hugs Sunday at Denver (AP)
The Rams are ready for some end-zone hugs Sunday at Denver (AP)

We’re in the middle of October, so the injury report is starting to get lengthy and dicey. Here’s our Week 6 status check.

Greg Olsen (foot) is expected to return for the game at Washington. He hasn’t played since Week 1. It’s a tricky call, balancing Olsen’s rustiness with a position that’s been ravaged by injury. Washington is middle of the road in fantasy points allowed to tight ends, if that type of angle even matters to you.

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Devonta Freeman (foot) is out for the home game against Tampa Bay, setting up a backfield of Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith. Coleman and Smith have identical per-play averages, and two touchdowns each. Coleman has out-touched Smith, 73 to 29.

Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp have both been cleared to play at Denver. Cooks and Kupp suffered concussions in the Week 5 win at Seattle. It’s possible we might see snow (or at minimum, cold weather) on Sunday, but there’s no way I’m backing off LA’s primary offensive players.

• Context clues point to Isaiah Crowell (ankle) playing against Indianapolis, albeit Todd Bowles calls him a game-time decision. Crowell is coming off a blowup game, but he’s lacked consistency all year.

• Are the Colts getting too cute with the injury report? Eric Ebron is listed as questionable, battling — per the team — shin, quad, knee, and ankle injuries. Ebron nonetheless practiced in full Friday, which means he’ll likely play at the Jets. T.Y. Hilton (chest/hamstring) and Jack Doyle (hip) remain week-to-week; they won’t go Sunday. Marlon Mack (hamstring) could play, but he’s not someone I’d use cold. Chester Rogers is an interesting sleeper, coming off two strong games in the slot (16 catches).

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) remains week-to-week, so dial up T.J. Yeldon at Dallas. It helps that Sean Lee (hamstring), the best Dallas linebacker, will not play.

Pierre Garcon (shoulder/knee) had a limited practice week but is expected to play Monday at Green Bay. Marquise Goodwin (hamstring/quad) and George Kittle (knee) are also on pace to go. Matt Breida (knee) might come down to a game-time decision; if he’s scratched, maybe Kyle Juszczyk makes sense as a Hail Mary flier. As for the game itself, well, the Packers were my preferred survivor pick.

• Tyler Kroft (foot) is out, which tidies things up for C.J. Uzomah. The Bengals deployed Uzomah for 92 percent of last week’s snaps. Giovani Bernard (knee) won’t play and John Ross (groin) is questionable.

Sony Michel (knee) could come down to a Sunday night decision. He’s listed as questionable and had a limited week. The Patriots lack depth in the backfield — James White is practically a receiver anyway — so Michel is a key part of the offense. Rob Gronkowski (ankle) and Josh Gordon (hamstring) are expected to go.

• Although DeShaun Watson (chest) is listed as questionable, he’s fully expected to start against Buffalo. Watson’s receivers are trending up — DeAndre Hopkins (foot), Will Fuller (hamstring), and Keke Coutee (hamstring) were all removed from the final injury report.

• Adrian Peterson (shoulder) and Chris Thompson (rib/knee) are both questionable after a limited week. Double-check on them before the kickoff with Carolina. Jamison Crowder (ankle) probably can’t be trusted, be it from his ailments or his lack of production. Paul Richardson (shoulder/knee) and Josh Doctson (heel) are banged up, too.

• Dalvin Cook (hamstring) had a limited week and remains questionable. With the Vikings struggling to block — and LT Riley Reiff (foot) won’t play Sunday — Cook can’t be seen as an automatic fantasy starter.

• Although Cameron Brate is an interesting fantasy player when Jameis Winston plays, it also sounds like O.J. Howard (knee) has a chance to return at Atlanta.

• Martavis Bryant is dealing with a flu bug and is questionable for Oakland’s London game against Seattle. Bryant has been difficult to trust for years, but he is coming off a 91-yard game.

• Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are game-time decisions for Monday’s match against Washington. If they’re scratched, you might be able to dial up Marquez Valdes-Scantling as an affordable fill-in.

• It’s going to be a long time before I trust DeVante Parker, but he might play against Chicago.

• Greg Zuerlein (groin) continues to progress, and although he won’t play at Denver, he’s looking likely to return in Week 7.

• Caleb Sturgis (quad) probably won’t kick at Cleveland. The Chargers have signed Michael Badgley.

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