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. Heading into Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season, San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance is lost for the duration after undergoing ankle surgery.
Matt Ryan‘s No. 1 target Michael Pittman missed the Indianapolis Colts’ matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he’s not alone.
Bookmark this page for daily injury updates and news on NFL stars from across the league, whether or not they will play in Week 3 and how their injuries impact fantasy football.
Here is the latest injury news for some of the NFL’s biggest stars and the impact it will have on Week 3 in Sportsnaut’s NFL injury report.
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Alvin Kamara, running back, New Orleans Saints
Surprisingly, Alvin Kamara received just 12 touches in the Saints’ season opener. Totaling just 46 yards, it didn’t appear Kamara was his normal self. We later learned from coach Dennis Allen that Kamara was dealing with an injury to his ribs.
He was able to get a limited practice session this past week, but wasn’t able to suit up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It remains to be seen if Kamara will be able to go against the Carolina Panthers next Sunday. With Kamara sidelined Week 2, Mark Ingram led the team in rush attempts (10) and rushing yards (60).
Gabriel Davis, wide receiver, Buffalo Bills
Back in Week 1, Davis caught four passes for 88 yards in a win over the Los Angeles Rams. Unfortunately, he showed up on the injury report leading up to Monday’s outing against the Tennessee Titans. Ultimately, Davis missed the game with an ankle issue.
With Davis sidelined, Stefon Diggs continued to dominate. Josh Allen’s favorite target caught 12-of-14 targets for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Regardless of Davis’ status on our NFL injury report heading into Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, Diggs is an obvious fantasy and DFS play.
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Michael Pittman, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts
There was no sign of injury for Michael Pittman as he cruised to a nine-catch, 121-yard performance in Week 1. But the third-year receiver was suddenly limited after injuring his calf in last Wednesday’s practice. Then, Pittman didn’t participate at all on Thursday or Friday. He ultimately missed Indianapolis’ shutout loss to Jacksonville in Week 1.
This is certainly something to pay attention to leading up to Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. There’s no other fantasy-relevant pass-catching options for Indianapolis, meaning the onus would fall on Jonathan Taylor to continue doing his thing on the ground.
Michael Gallup, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Gallup was already ruled out for Week 1 after suffering a torn ACL late last season. He joins the recently-signed James Washington in being sidelined to start the 2022 season.
The good news is that Gallup is trending towards making his 2022 debut against the New York Giants Monday night. The bad news? He’ll be on a snap count, making him an unlikely target in fantasy. Instead, go with CeeDee Lamb as a starter while potentially looking to pick Noah Brown up off the waiver wire.
Gallup put pads on again for the first time in 2022 on Sept. 15, meaning we could see Gallup on the field as soon as Week 3, but stay tuned for more updates to the NFL injury report as we go along.
J.K. Dobbins, running back, Baltimore Ravens
Dobbins suffered a torn ACL in the first preseason game last summer and missed the entire 2021 campaign. It’s been a slow recovery for the Baltimore Ravens star. While he’s nearing a return, the Ravens are playing it and held out their starting running back of Week 2’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins after missing the opener.
For now, Kenyan Drake remains the unofficial RB1 for the Ravens. The veteran has put up a mere 39 yards on 17 rush attempts through two games.
Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers
Allen suffered a hamstring injury in the opener against the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1. Given the short turnaround with Los Angeles having played last Thursday it made sense for the Chargers to sit him.
The five-time Pro Bowl performer has been among the most consistent receivers in the game over the years. With Allen sidelined in Week 2, Mike Williams responded by catching eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. We’ll have updates on Allen’s status in our NFL injury report throughout the week. For now, Williams is a must start going up against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Julio Jones, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Here we go again. Tom Brady‘s newest go-to option could be looking at missing more time after a strong debut with the Buccaneers. Julio Jones missed two consecutive days of practice with what’s being labeled a knee injury before returning on Friday. He was unable to suit up Week 2 against New Orleans.
The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver was clocked as the seventh-faster ballcarrier in Week 1, so prior to the knee ailment he’s dealing with, Jones had been feeling pretty good. It remains to be see if he’ll be able to suit up in a big game against the Green Bay Packers Week 3.
Chris Godwin, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Able to go Week 1 after suffering a torn ACL last season, Godwin went down with a strained hamstring in Tampa Bay’s season opener. The expectation is that he’s going to miss some time. NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero notes that he could be a few weeks. Godwin has not practiced at all this week and is ruled out for Sunday, as expected.
Expect Russell Gage and Mike Evans to get all the targets they can handle with both Julio Jones and Godwin ruled out. Well, that also depends on Evans’ status after he was suspended a game by the NFL.
George Kittle, tight end, San Francisco 49ers
Kittle showed up on the injury report in Week 1 with a groin issue he suffered in practice. After sitting out of the season opener against the Chicago Bears, Kittle missed the early portions of practice last week and we held out against the Seattle Seahawks.
The expectation is that Kittle will be able to go when the 49ers head to Denver to take on the Broncos Sunday night. If so, new starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will target him early and often.
Dalton Schultz, tight end, Dallas Cowboys
A surprise addition to the Week 3 NFL injury report, Schultz is dealing with a PCL sprain to his right knee. He’s firmly questionable to go Week 3 against the New York Giants. If Schultz in unable to go, expect a larger target share for the likes of Tony Pollard and Noah Brown.
Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
The expectation is that Prescott will miss between four and six weeks after suffering a hand injury in Dallas’ season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prescott underwent surgery on his thumb Monday with it being deemed successful.
This injury will obviously have wide-ranging ramifications in Dallas. Cooper Rush will likely start until Prescott is able to return at some point in early November. It’s in this that we should see some statistical struggles from wide receiver CeeDee Lamb after he caught just 2-of-11 targets for 29 yards in Week 1. Though, he did return to catch seven passes in Dallas’ Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jerry Jeudy, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
Jeudy suffered a rib injury in Week 2’s outing against the Houston Texans. The star receiver is considered questionable heading into Sunday night’s matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Either way, Jeudy might be a fantasy sit given how well San Francisco has performed against the pass this season. Stay tuned for our NFL injury report for further updates on Jeudy’s status.
Justin Herbert, quarterback, Los Angeles Chargers
The expectation is that Justin Herbert will be able to go Week 3 against the Jaguars. The star quarterback suffered fractured rib cartilage in Los Angeles’ Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. But he’s considered day-to-day.
If Herbert is somehow unable to go, veteran backup Chase Daniel would get the start, impacting the likes of Keenan Allen (if he goes) and Mike Williams in the process. We’ll have further update on Herbert’s status when this NFL injury report is updated.
Trey Lance, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
Lance suffered a broken ankle and other damage early in Week 2’s outing against the Seattl Seahawks. He underwent surgery and is out for the remainder of the season.
Jimmy Garoppolo will now be San Francisco’s starter from here on out. From a fantasy perspective, he’s limited. Though, Deebo Samuel should start cooking more with Garoppolo under center. The same thing can’t be said for Brandon Aiyuk, who enjoyed a great relationship with Lance.
NFL injury report: Players inactive for Week 3
- Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
- Trey Lance, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
- Sam Darnold, quarterback, Carolina Panthers
- Zach Wilson, quarterback, New York Jets
- Elijah Mitchell, running back, San Francisco 49ers
- Gus Edwards, running back, Baltimore Ravens
- Brian Robinson, running back, Washington Commanders
- Chris Godwin, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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