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Rams RB Darrell Henderson suffered a rib cartilage injury in Sunday's win over the Colts, HC Sean McVay said. McVay didn't rule Henderson out for this weekend's showdown with the Bucs, according to The Athletic's Jordan Rodrigue. These rib injuries tend to be pain management issues, so this might come down to a game-time decision. RB Sony Michel, who received all 10 Rams carries after Henderson exited in Week 2, needs to be owned in just about every fantasy league.

Texans QB Tyrod Taylor "could miss 4 weeks" with his hamstring injury, according to the Houston Chronicle. It's the 1st timetable we've seen. It's an unfortunate break for Taylor, who was playing really good ball before going down. QB Davis Mills didn't look ready in relief this past Sunday, completing just 8 of 18 passes for 102 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Now he has a short week to prepare for his 1st start against the Panthers on Thursday night.

Lions WR Kalif Raymond (thigh) is active for tonight's game against the Packers. He was added to the injury report on Saturday and listed as questionable, so there's some added risk here. With WR Tyrell Williams (concussion) out, it's Raymond, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Quintez Cephus and Trinity Benson at WR for Detroit.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (groin) is active for tonight's game against the Packers. He was listed as questionable but practiced all week, including a full workout on Saturday. We're not expecting him to be limited tonight.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper is dealing with bruised ribs, HC Mike McCarthy said Monday. Cooper reportedly suffered the injury back in Week 1 and aggravated the issue in Sunday's win over the Chargers. Cooper played his usual allotment of snaps in that one but finished with just 3 catches on 5 targets for 24 yards. We'll keep an eye on him this week, leading up to next Monday night's game vs. the Eagles.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz landed on the COVID list after testing positive for the virus, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Ertz is vaccinated, per Pelissero, giving him a chance to be cleared in time for next Monday night's game vs. Dallas. He'll need to exhibit no symptoms and register 2 negative tests 24 hours apart. We'll keep an eye on the situation. TE Dallas Goedert will get a big boost if Ertz misses Week 3.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan labeled RB Elijah Mitchell "day to day" with the shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Eagles. That makes Mitchell the healthiest of the 3 RBs who were active for San Francisco in Week 2. We'll keep an eye on the backfield this week. If he's able to play vs. the Packers on Sunday night, Mitchell should operate as the 49ers' lead back.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan confirmed on Monday that RB Trey Sermon sustained a concussion in the win over the Eagles. It happened on Sermon's 1st carry of the game, which didn't come until the 4th quarter. We'll see when the rookie is cleared, but he's a ways away from fantasy relevance right now.

49ers RB JaMycal Hasty suffered a high-ankle sprain in the win over the Eagles and will be out "a while," HC Kyle Shanahan said. This tends to be a 4-6 weeks injury. Hasty, who was operating as San Francisco's #2 RB before going down in Week 2, can be dropped from all but the deepest of fantasy rosters.

After watching 3 more RBs get banged up in Sunday's victory at Philadelphia, the 49ers are having free agents Duke Johnson and Lamar Miller in for visits this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'll see whether anyone signs and what the statuses are for the Niners' existing stable. San Francisco already has Kerryon Johnson on the practice squad as well.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Texans WR Nico Collins is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with the shoulder injury that knocked him out early in Sunday's loss to the Browns. Houston's bye doesn't come until Week 10, so Collins looks like he'll miss at least 3 games. We'd bet on him hitting IR. Regardless of whether Collins is active, it's tough to imagine playing any Houston wideout not named Brandin Cooks -- especially now that Tyrod Taylor is dealing with a hamstring injury.

The Eagles have placed TE Zach Ertz on the COVID list. It's not yet clear whether Ertz tested positive, which would likely push his return timeline beyond Monday night's game at Dallas. Fantasy football players should assume Ertz will miss Week 3, unless we hear otherwise. That would help the outlook for Eagles TE Dallas Goedert.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden said Monday that RB Josh Jacobs is "very questionable" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Jacobs missed Week 2 with toe and ankle injuries, and his coach doesn't sound optimistic or Week 3, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. That would leave the Vegas backfield to Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber once again. Drake dominated the playing time at Pittsburgh, 71% to 29%, but each RB drew 13 opportunities. We'd still bet on Drake over Barber in Week 3 if you're making that decision. And we'll certainly be watching Jacobs' status this week.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden on Monday deemed QB Derek Carr questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins because of an ankle sprain, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Carr played every offensive snap in the Week 2 win at Pittsburgh, so it's not clear just when the injury occurred. With backup Marcus Mariota already on IR for a quad injury, the Raiders would need to turn to Nathan Peterman if Carr can't go. If that happens, try to use the Miami defense.

Update: Ian Rapoport reports that Gruden said he thinks Carr will be able to play this week, after they saw results of the MRI on Carr's ankle.

Eagles DE Brandon Graham will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his left Achilles' tendon. That leaves Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett and Ryan Kerrigan as Philadelphia's top 3 DEs.

An MRI confirmed that Bears QB Andy Dalton escaped with only a bone bruise in his left knee in Sunday's win over the Bengals. It's not yet clear whether he'll miss further time, but Dalton did at least avoid major injury. HC Matt Nagy has said Dalton will remain the starter when he's back healthy.

Dolphins HC Brian Flores says WR Will Fuller has returned to the team, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That should mean Fuller is ready to join the lineup for Week 3, though we'll obviously watch for confirmation of that this week. Fuller missed the opener while finishing out a PED suspension that carried over from last season. Week 2 found him inactive because of a personal issue. Miami, of course, doesn't yet know if it will have QB Tua Tagovailoa for Week 3 because of a rib injury.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Steelers OLB T.J. Watt "has a chance" to play Sunday against the Bengals. Watt left Week 2 early with a groin injury. Even if he's not able to make it back for the next game, this report indicates the injury isn't too serious.

Falcons CB A.J. Terrell left Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers in the 2nd half with a concussion. That will likely keep him out for at least Week 3, but we'll see how quickly he can pass through the league protocol. T.J. Green looks like the next man up in Atlanta's CB group for Sunday's meeting with the Giants.

Rams ILB Kenny Young got ejected in the 2nd half of Sunday's win over the Colts for making contact with an official. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Young is not expected to see a league suspension for the incident, so he should be ready for Week 3 IDP lineups. Young played every snap in Week 1. His early departure Sunday allowed Troy Reeder to match his playing time in Week 2. Expect that to shift back the other direction for Week 3, leaving Young the only Rams off-ball LB worth using in fantasy football.

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