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Yesterday, we got a report stating Damien Harris was “likely” to miss multiple games with his hamstring injury. Wednesday, he was a limited participant in practice. We’ve been talking about Rhamondre Stevenson as if he is a sure-fire bet to be the lead back for the Patriots, but as you get set for your first lineup lock of the week tonight, should this change how you view him?
I don’t think so. We got a similar report about Jakobi Meyers after he hurt his knee in Week 2, and while he was able to practice on a limited basis by Friday of Week 3, he still ended up missing two games. That isn’t a perfect analogy for Harris’ situation, since Meyers did end up missing a few days of practice before that limited designation, but the takeaway is mostly just that you typically can’t judge much from the Patriots injury report designations.
They’re not going to tip their hands one way or the other, and “limited” is a nearly useless signifier absent other information. It’s worth noting that the Boston Globe did report Wednesday that there has been no timetable set for his return, so it’s possible he could be back this week. But, based on what we know right now, I’m treating Harris as very unlikely to play. And, if I had to make a decision on starting Stevenson vs. David Montgomery tonight, I’d go with Stevenson – it’s not like you’re staring down a zero if Harris does play, because Stevenson should still have plenty of value in his own right.
In case you missed it yesterday, and he’s suggesting you start Stevenson, too. Today’s newsletter will also bring Dave Richard’s start and sit picks to you as well. And if you have other questions you need answers to, make sure you subscribe to the Fantasy Football Today YouTube channel and join Adam Aizer and I at 2 p.m. ET for our start/sit live stream. We’ll be discussing all of the latest news and answering your toughest lineup questions.
In tomorrow’s newsletter, I’ll have previews of every game on the Week 6 schedule, including the latest injury updates for everyone you need to know about, plus all of the key takeaways from tonight’s Commanders-Bears game.
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Well, at least these two teams are mostly healthy, but I’m not sure that means we can expect much better than last week’s abysmal Colts-Broncos Thursday game. This is the only game with an over/under below 40 points, with these two teams ranking 26th and 28th in scoring offense through five weeks. I actually thought Justin Fields played his best game of the season in Week 5, so if he keeps rolling, maybe the Bears can put some pressure on the Commanders. But, all in all, this one is expected to be low scoring, and for good reason.
The Big News: Rookie Skyler Thompson is going to get the start for the Dolphins in Week 6 against the Vikings, even if Teddy Bridgewater is cleared from the concussion protocol. Dolphins coach Mike McDaneil told reporters that Wednesday, despite Tua Tagovailoa being cleared to resume limited football activities. Tagovailoa has already been ruled out for Week 5, but he still has several steps to take before being cleared to play. Bridegwater could be cleared to practice Thursday, but McDanile said he would prefer to start Thompson with a full week of prep rather than start Bridegwater with limited reps. Thompson impressed in the preseason, but the seventh-round rookie out of Kansas State completed 19 of 33 passes for just 166 yards with an interception and a lost fumble in emergency duty, and with starting left tackle Terron Armstead dealing with a toe injury, he could be in a tough spot here. The Dolphins need to get healthy in a hurry to avoid having their season fall apart.
I’ll have a full breakdown of the injury report in Friday’s newsletter along with my previews of each game, but here’s a look at the first practice participation reports of the week.
It’s not clear what these injuries mean quite yet.
This doesn’t mean they will play, but we got good news about them Wednesday.
This doesn’t mean they won’t play, but they aren’t moving in the right direction yet.
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