NFL Injuries Report

Sterling Shepard Returns To Practice Thursday

  • Thu, October 28, 2021

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out of the Week 7 win over the Carolina Panthers. Shepard has only played in four games this season due to his nagging hamstring issues, but when he's played he's been very productive as one of quarterback Daniel Jones' favorite targets. He has reeled in 28 of his 36 targets for 299 yards and one score on the season, and he appears to be on track to return on Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. With Kenny Golladay (knee) and rookie Kadarius Toney (ankle) still not practicing, Shepard could be in line to be the team's top target in a game that could feature plenty of passing against KC. If Shepard returns to the field, he should be a pretty safe flex play, especially in PPR leagues.

Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney Still Not Practicing

  • Thu, October 28, 2021

New York Giants wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) remain out of practice on Thursday and only did work off to the side with trainers. Golladay hasn't played since Week 5 and has been a bust in his first season with the G-Men, catching 17 of 29 targets for 282 yards and no touchdowns in his five games played. Toney aggravated his ankle issue in Week 6 and didn't play last week. He should return to a decent-sized role after catching 10 of 13 targets for 189 yards in Week 5, but with the team's Week 8 game coming on Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, both Golladay and Toney will be dicey fantasy options if they wind up as questionable to play. Sterling Shepard (hamstring) could return after missing last week, and he and tight end Evan Engram could be the team's top targets if Golladay and Toney miss another game.

Saquon Barkley Not Practicing Thursday

  • Thu, October 28, 2021

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) only did work off to the side with trainers on Thursday. Barkley has missed the last two games and doesn't appear to be on the right track to return on Monday night in Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He may be more of a game-time decision this week, depending on how much he can get done in practice the rest of the week, but with the game being on Monday night, it makes the 24-year-old running back that much more risky for fantasy purposes. If he misses a third straight contest, backup Devontae Booker will remain New York's primary rusher, giving him low-end RB2 appeal in a game that could feature negative game script against a Chiefs team looking to right the ship.

Jarvis Landry Says He'll Play In Week 8

  • Thu, October 28, 2021

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (knee) said he will "for sure" be able to play in Week 8 against the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers after suffering a new knee injury in last Thursday's win over the Denver Broncos. The new injury stems from a sprained MCL he suffered in his left knee Sept. 19, which kept him out for four games. Landry is expected to return to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session, so barring any further setbacks, he should be able to play on Sunday. The 28-year-old was targeted a season-high eight times by backup quarterback Case Keenum last week, but he caught just five passes for 37 yards. The good news is it looks like Baker Mayfield (shoulder) will return, but Landry is more of a WR4/flex option while dealing with knee issues and with just 10.6 yards per catch in three games in 2021.

49ers Thinking About Future With Trey Lance

  • Thu, October 28, 2021

San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance (knee), the third overall pick in this year's draft, is expected to return to backup duties after returning to a limited practice on Wednesday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan reiterated that Lance's health and readiness, not the team's record, would dictate how much he'll play and when he'll take over starting duties from Jimmy Garoppolo. "I get all the questions and everything like that, but we didn't draft Trey to just fix this year," Shanahan said. "We drafted him so he could be the quarterback here of the future." The Niners want Lance to develop and prefer not to throw him in the fire, which could potentially damage his development. It's clear the third overall pick has more pure upside than Jimmy G, and he's worth stashing in deeper leagues for his rushing prowess alone, but San Francisco is preaching patience.

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