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NFL injury report: Latest updates on Dak Prescott, Nick Chubb for Week 7

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The NFL injury report is always filled with some of the game’s best stars, leaving fans and fantasy football managers scrambling to find out who will play. Here, we’ll provide updates throughout the week on the top injuries throughout the NFL, the fantasy impact and when players will return.

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NFL injury report: Latest updates on fantasy stars

Here is the latest injury news for some of the NFL’s biggest stars and the impact it will have on Week 7.

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Nick Chubb, running back, Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb suffered a calf injury in Week 5, sidelining him for the entire week of practice and their matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. With the Browns on a short week, facing the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football , Chubb was ruled out for Week 7. D’Ernest Johnson is the top waiver target in fantasy and should be an RB2. In PPR leagues, Demetri Felton warrants FLEX consideration.

Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys

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As the Dallas Cowboys celebrated their walk-off Week 6 victory, quarterback Dak Prescott needed assistance getting to the locker room due to a calf injury. In a walking boot after the game, an MRI diagnosed Prescott with a mild right calf strain. Dallas will ret him this week, with the bye coming at the perfect time. While Prescott will be on the Week 8 NFL injury report, the expectation is he will face the Minnesota Vikings.

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Saquon Barkley, running back, New York Giants

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Saquon Barkley suffered an ankle injury in Week 5, ultimately leaving on a cart. Initially fearing it could be a long-term issue, tests determined the Pro Bowl running back suffered a low-ankle sprain. Barkley didn’t practice before Week 6 and the expectation remains he’ll be ruled out on the NFL injury report released Friday. In his absence, Devontae Booker warrants FLEX consideration against the Carolina Panthers.

T.Y. Hilton, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts

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Making his first appearance of the 2021 season, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton made an immediate impact. He showed no signs off rust off injured reserve, hauling in four receptions for 80 receiving yards. But the veteran suffered a quad injury and the Colts ruled him out in the fourth quarter.

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We’ll monitor the NFL injury report leading up to Week 7, but the read from press conferences suggests Hilton will face the San Francisco 49ers. Fantasy managers will want to keep him in the FLEX spot this week, providing some flexibility for a late scratch with the Colts playing on Sunday Night Football.

Julio Jones, wide receiver, Tennessee Titans

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones was removed from the NFL injury report before Week 6 after missing time with a hamstring injury. He instantly delivered a huge play, reminding fantasy managers of his elite talent. Sadly, all of that excitement washed away after he left the Week 6 contest late due to his hamstring.

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It’s a safe bet Jones will miss at least one practice this week and return to his usual spot on the NFL injury report. Tennessee desperately needs him in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but it also can’t afford the issue getting worse. Consider Jones questionable to play on Sunday, barring more information.

Antonio Gibson, running back, Washington Football Team

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Playing through a hairline fracture in his shin, Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson was pulled twice from the game in Week 6. While he first returned from his injury in the second quarter, Washington kept him out in the closing minutes of the game. Headed for an MRI this week, there’s an increasing likelihood Gibson doesn’t play Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers. Considering the matchup, J.D. McKissic would be a quality RB2 in PPR leagues.

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Kadarius Toney, wide receiver, New York Giants

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Entering Sunday’s Week 6 matchup as ‘questionable’ to face the Los Angeles Rams, Kadarius Toney drew the start and started making plays on the first drive. Unfortunately for the explosive rookie, he re-aggravated his ankle injury and the New York Giants almost immediately ruled him out for the rest of the game.

This might not be a short-term issue. The New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard reports that Toney’s ankle might be “more serious than a simple sprain.” While the team hasn’t provided any clarity, the 20th overall pick is likely to miss a ton of practice this week and is unlikely to play in Week 7. From a fantasy perspective, Sterling Shepard now becomes a top-15 receiver in PPR scoring.

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Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Cleveland Browns

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Already playing through a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, quarterback Baker Mayfield went down against the Cardinals and stayed there for several minutes. He finished the game, but his arm was in a sling at the post-game press conference and the team wants to conduct further testing. But he told reports he intends to play and with the damage to his non-throwing shoulder, Mayfield can hold off on surgery until January.

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Michael Thomas, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints

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Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) is unable to control the ball as Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) defends in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is eligible for activation off the Physically Unable to Perform list, but a return isn’t imminent. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport , Thomas is a few weeks away from returning. The good news, he is progressing nicely from ankle surgery and it should mean he is at 100% upon his return. Expect the All-Pro talent to be back in the Saints’ lineup by Week 9.

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When does the NFL injury report come out?

Every NFL team is required to issue a practice report to local media on the Wednesday before a game and the league office releases a league-wide report the same day. Injury reports are released daily Wednesday-Friday. Teams playing on Monday Night Football release their reports a day later, teams on Thursday Night Football two days in advance.

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