Injury roundup: Bucs' Leonard Fournette expected to play vs. Packers 

There’s some more good news for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs expect running back Leonard Fournette — listed as questionable with an ankle injury — to suit up and play against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, provided he feels good pregame, a source tells NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Fournette has missed the past two games and the team is eager to get him going.

So far this season, the LSU product has 24 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He also has seven receptions for 34 yards.

Brady and the Bucs (3-2) take on the undefeated Packers (4-0) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Other injury news we are keeping an eye on ahead of Sunday’s Week 6 games:

  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield — listed as questionable (chest) — will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (illness) and Jarvis Landry (hip/ribs) are also good to go, according to Pelissero.
  • Barring a setback, Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock — listed as questionable (right shoulder) — will make his return and start against the New England Patriots, per Pelissero. This was expected. Lock wouldn’t have been ready if this game had happened as scheduled last week. Now, he’s ready to roll.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark — listed as questionable (ankle) — is considered a game-time decision against the Detroit Lions, Pelissero reports. It doesn’t sound as promising for DE/LB Josh Allen (knee), who didn’t practice Friday. But, the final call on both players will be in the morning.
  • New York Jets wide receiver Breshad Perriman — listed as questionable (ankle) — is expected to play against the Miami Dolphins, according to Pelissero. Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (hamstring) will play, too. Quarterback Sam Darnold (right shoulder) and left tackle Mekhi Becton (shoulder) are out. Veteran QB Joe Flacco starts again.
  • Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who returned to practice Friday after battling a gastrointestinal illness, will be inactive again today, per Pelissero. Kyle Allen (left shoulder) practiced all week and gets the start against the New York Giants. Alex Smith backs him up.

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Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Leonard Fournette playing this week?

Leonard Fournette was a surprise active last Thursday, but he’s still listed as “questionable” ahead of Tampa’s Week 6 showdown against Green Bay. We’ll have the latest injury updates below right up until kickoff, so check back for the latest before finalizing your fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions.

For updates on banged-up WRs DJ Chark, Darius Slayton, and Jarvis Landry, click here; for the latest on Baker Mayfield and Drew Lock, go here. For more fantasy injury updates and news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

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Is Leonard Fournette playing in Week 6?

After missing Week 4, Fournette (ankle) was surprisingly active for Tampa’s Week 5 game against Chicago, but he saw just one snap and didn’t touch the ball. It’s clear he was only active for emergencies, but the mere fact Tampa felt he was even healthy enough to do that is a good sign his availability this week against the Packers. 

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Fournette was limited in practice all week, and Bucs coach Bruce Arians said he will be a game-time decision. The lack of clarity surrounding Fournette’s health suggests Ronald Jones II will once again function as Tampa’s lead back, likely commanding around a 70-30 share of the RB touches. The last time both backs were healthy for a full game (Week 3), Jones had 13 carries to Fournette’s seven.

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Even in a fairly favorable matchup against Green Bay, Fournette is tough to trust in any format. You simply can’t count on him to see the field or get enough carries to post meaningful stats. It’s always possible Fournette cashes in a short touchdown, but that’s not something you can count on.

If Fournette is active, Jones’ ceiling is a bit lower, but he’s still in a play has a high-upside RB2.

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Fantasy Injury Updates: DJ Chark, Darius Slayton, Jarvis Landry affecting Week 6 start ’em, sit ’em calls

The wide receiver position is slowly but surely getting healthier as the season wears on, but there have been several key WRs already ruled out for Week 6 (Diontae Johnson, Sammy Watkins), as well as three every-week starters who are “questionable” for Sunday’s games. DJ Chark, Darius Slayton, and Jarvis Landry all figure to be game-time decisions this week, which means the injury updates below will be key when finalizing your fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions on Sunday. 

For the latest on Leonard Fournette, click here; for updates on Drew Lock and Baker Mayfield, go here. For all the latest injury updates and fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

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Is DJ Chark playing this week?

Chark (ankle) barely did anything in practice this week, and despite officially being listed as “questionable,” he faces an uphill battle to play Sunday against the Lions.

Even if Chark is active, fantasy owners will have to be concerned about how healthy he is and how many snaps he’ll see. It’s possible he’ll be more of a decoy than anything, so it’s probably best to leave him on your bench despite the favorable matchup. Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault will see more targets if Chark is out, putting both squarely in the WR3 mix.

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Is Darius Slayton playing this week? 

Slayton (foot) was limited in practice all week, but Giants coach Joe Judge said Friday that he is “expecting Darius to play.” Even with that said, Slayton will likely go through pre-game warmups on Sunday morning before making a final decision.

The matchup against Washington isn’t great on paper, but Slayton is clearly New York’s top wide receiver and has major upside every game. As long as he’s active, he should be in fantasy lineups. If he’s out, Golden Tate would get a big bump, especially in PPR leagues, and Evan Engram would also be an even better option at TE.

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Is Jarvis Landry playing week? 

Despite very limited reps in practice this week, Landry (hip, ribs) is listed as “questionable” and expected to play on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Landry is coming off his best game of the season and figures to have his usual steady role in the offense against a Steelers defense that has surprisingly allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to WRs this season.

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Harry Maguire injury doubt for Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle after red card on England duty

“It’s one of those things that you have to get over as soon as you can and move on,” Solskjaer said. “We know any little chance from outside … you want to create a division.

“I think Bruno (Fernandes) spoke really well the other day about how we are united, we have to stay together. We can’t listen to everyone outside. We’ve got to just get on with it.

“Bruno’s now lost two league games since he came to the club and he came in February, but it’s been two in quick succession.

“So, he’s not used to losing league games for us but now, Bruno, welcome to Man United – this is what happens when you lost a couple, they’re going to try to create a division between us.

“But that’s not going to happen because this group is a group that wants to work hard together, stick together.”

Selection-wise, Solskjaer is still unable to call on new signing Edinson Cavani, who agreed to join as a free agent on deadline day but has not yet completed his quarantine period to feature. Left-back Alex Telles is available after joining from Porto although his delayed arrival due to international duty could see him miss Saturday’s encounter, while Facundo Pellistri, the 18-year-old winger signed from Uruguayan side Penarol, has already impressed his manager.

“We’re looking forward to integrating them into the group,” he said. “Facundo, he’s been in training with us now two days. Very exciting, young enthusiastic player with some attributes that we don’t have. Of course he’s one maybe more for the future, maybe not for just now because he’s still 18.

“Alex came in yesterday, did his recovery after a long, long flight from Sao Paulo, having come on twice for Brazil so we’re looking forward to integrating him.

“Edinson has still not been with the group because of his quarantine, so all three of them have got something different to what we have and they’ll definitely come in and help us.

“I think the group, as well, are looking forward to having them join in.”

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Kane is major injury doubt for England's clash with Belgium

Harry Kane is major doubt for England’s Nations League clash with Belgium after suffering muscle injury – meaning red hot Dominic Calvert-Lewin is primed for starting role

  • Harry Kane was expected the lead line for England against Belgium at Wembley 
  • In-form Tottenham striker is understood to have picked up a muscular injury  
  • It remains to be seen how serious it is and if he will miss the Denmark game too 
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored against Wales and is primed to come into side  

England captain Harry Kane is a major injury doubt for Sunday’s UEFA Nations League clash against Belgium.

The Tottenham striker was expected to lead the line for Gareth Southgate’s side at Wembley, but he sources claim he is set to miss the game after sustaining what is understood to be a muscular injury.

Kane will, for now, stay with the England squad but it remains to be seen if he is available for Wednesday’s game versus Denmark if he misses tonight’s game against Roberto Martinez’s side.

Gareth Southgate has been dealt an injury blow with Harry Kane suffering a muscular problem

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is primed to come in and lead the line and is in a rich vein of form 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored on his England debut in Thursday’s 3-0 win over Wales, will be hoping to deputise for Kane.

The news will come as a major blow to manager Gareth Southgate, who now fears going into a clash against the team ranked No 1 in the world without his captain and one of the most feared strikers on the planet.

The development will also frustrate Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who pleaded with Southgate to look after his star striker amid burn-out concerns following Spurs’ energy-sapping start to the season.

The England boss Southgate will recall his senior players for tonight’s clash Belgium.

Having named an experimental starting XI against Wales on Thursday night, England manager Southgate is set to make a raft of changes for tonight’s UEFA Nations League clash against Roberto Martinez’s side.

Jose Mourinho will be furious if Kane, who has played plenty of football, is seriously injured

The England striker is a major doubt for the Nations League showdown with Belgium 


ENGLAND (3-4-3): Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Dier; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Rice, Trippier; Mount, Calvert-Lewin, Rashford.

It is understood Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker is in line to start as one of the three centre backs in a 3-4-3 formation – a role he filled successfully during England’s euphoric run to the World Cup semi final in 2018.

He is expected to start alongside Harry Maguire and Eric Dier in defence, while Jordan Pickford is set to return in goal following Nick Pope’s impressive performance in the win over Ryan Giggs’ side.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is in line to play at right-wing back with Kieran Trippier, who captained the team on Thursday, expected to start on the opposite flank.

Jordan Henderson, who will captain the team if Kane is out, and Declan Rice should fill the two central midfield slots, while Marcus Rashford, fresh from being awarded an MBE, and Mason Mount are set to to play in advanced roles. 

Kyle Walker is anticipated to start for England as one of the three central defenders 

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Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Lamar Jackson playing in Week 5?

One of the surprises on the Thursday injury report was that Lamar Jackson (knee) didn’t practice at all for a second straight day. Nobody thought much of Jackson missing Wednesday’s session, but once it was revealed that he was out again, fantasy football owners started to get a little bit alarmed. With Lamar in the fold, fantasy owners don’t have to worry about start ’em, sit ’em decisions at quarterback, but on the off-chance that he is out with an injury, some owners would have to hit the waiver wire and find a streamer to replace him. That wouldn’t be ideal, but because of his practice status on Thursday, it’s something fantasy owners will think about for at least the next 24 hours, if not, more.

For injury updates on other injured quarterbacks, such as Jimmy Garoppolo, Drew Lock, and Cam Newton, click here. For more on injured RBs Zack Moss and Raheem Mostert, go here; for injury updates on key WRs, including Julio Jones and Michael Thomas, click here. For more injury updates on these players and other players across the NFL, check back here and on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

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Is Lamar Jackson playing Week 5?

Lamar Jackson sat out of Ravens practice on Wednesday with a knee injury. Many assumed that this was just a minor problem but on Thursday, Jackson missed practice again, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. That could put his Week 5 status in doubt.

Now, it’s entirely possible that Jackson just dinged up his knee a bit and the Ravens are just being extra cautious with him in practice this week. In fact, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that’s exactly what the Ravens are doing and that Jackson is “expected to play” this week. That said, Jackson will need to get on the field for at least a limited session on Friday to be considered anything better than a game-time decision. If he practices in full, we’ll know this was precautionary as La Canfora claims, but nonetheless, it will be something for Jackson’s owners to watch very, very closely.

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If Jackson can’t play, Robert Griffin III would start at quarterback. Griffin played in Baltimore’s blowout win over Washington and made just one pass that was intercepted by Kendall Fuller. Even against a mediocre Cincinnati defense, Griffin would be nothing more than a low-level QB2, so don’t play him unless you’re in a two-QB or Superflex league (or if you’re looking for a bottom-barrel value in DFS).

As for potential streamers at the position, Teddy Bridgewater (@ Falcons) will get to take on Atlanta’s beat-up secondary, and Daniel Jones (@ Cowboys) has a nice matchup against a weak Dallas defense. Kirk Cousins (@ Seahawks) is also in play against Seattle’s last-ranked pass defense. All of those guys could pan out, but if you’re not sold on any or if none are available, check out our Week 5 QB rankings to help identify another potential sleeper to target.

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'TNF' injury report: Fournette doubtful; Evans questionable for Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) will again be without several big-name offensive players.

Ahead of Thursday night’s tilt airing on NFL Network and FOX, and streaming on Amazon Prime Video against the 3-1 Chicago Bears, the Bucs ruled out WR Chris Godwin (hamstring), RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) and WR Justin Watson (chest).

It’s the second consecutive game missed by Godwin, who also sat out Week 2 due to a concussion.

Running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) is listed as doubtful, meaning Ronald Jones should once again shoulder the load in the Bucs backfield.

Receivers Mike Evans (ankle) and Scott Miller (hip/groin) were listed as questionable. Evans missed practice all week, and Miller got in limited work on Wednesday. Evans has battled injury all season but hasn’t missed a game. Miller has become one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets, particularly down the field. If either joins Godwin on the sideline, it’d be a big blow versus a solid Bears secondary.

For Chicago, defensive back Deon Bush (hamstring) is listed was ruled out, DB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) is doubtful and WR Darnell Mooney (shoulder) is questionable. Pass rusher Khalil Mack, who was limited earlier in the week, wasn’t given a designation and will play Thursday night.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears will kick off Thursday from Soldier Field at 8:20 p.m. ET, airing on NFL Network and FOX and streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

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Nick Chubb injury update: Browns running back leaves game with apparent leg injury

Nick Chubb exited Sunday’s game against the Cowboys and has been ruled out.

The Browns running back was rolled up on during pass protection during the second quarter, and clutched his knee after the contact.

Chubb would get up and walk to the locker room under his own power. The Browns initially designated Chubb’s return as questionable before downgrading him to out.

Chubb is off to a hot start to the 2020 season, etching four touchdowns through his first three games with Cleveland this year, his first with head coach Kevin Stefanski. Chubb had over 1,700 scrimmage yards in 2019 as the team’s primary running back.

In his stead, Kareem Hunt has taken over the carries, scoring a touchdown to help the Browns extend their lead over Dallas.

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