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Bucs QB Tom Brady hurt his right thumb during Sunday's win over the Dolphins. He didn't miss any snaps in that game and is expected to be fine for Thursday night's game vs. the Eagles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This is certainly a situation worth monitoring, but it sounds like Brady can be penciled into Week 6 fantasy lineups for now.

Niners HC Kyle Shanahan said Monday that QB Trey Lance has a sprained left knee. Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports that Lance said he didn't know when the injury occurred and didn't feel it until he went to bed Sunday night. San Francisco has a Week 6 bye, but Barrows reports he's "questionable" for the Week 7 game against the Colts. With Jimmy Garropolo likely ready to return from his calf injury, we'd bet on the veteran reclaiming his job in Week 7. We'll see as the game draws closer.

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that the Steelers plan to have WR Anthony Miller in for a physical Tuesday. Barring a physical issue, that would obviously indicate Pittsburgh plans to sign the veteran. Miller seems a suitable fill-in for JuJu Smith-Schuster's vacated slot role. We'll see about projecting the group the rest of the way if Miller actually signs.

The Giants expect WR Kenny Golladay to miss "just a week or two" with the knee injury he suffered at Dallas, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's reportedly good news vs. what the team feared. We'll have to watch practice reports this week to see who else will be available among Giants wideouts. Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Kadarius Toney are all dealing with injuries. John Ross finished the Dallas game as the Giants' lead wideout in playing time. Collin Johnson and C.J. Board are also in the mix.

Bears QB Justin Fields missed a couple of snaps in Sunday's win over the Raiders with what's been diagnosed as a hyperextended left knee. After further testing on Monday, Fields "should be good to go" for this weekend's game vs. the Packers, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Fields has played well the past 2 weeks but hasn't done enough to be a fantasy asset.

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (core) won't play vs. the Colts tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie has been practicing for a couple of weeks now and should be close to making his debut. WR Miles Boykin (hamstring) is expected to be activated from IR and make his 2021 debut tonight. He'll be no better than 3rd on the WR depth chart behind Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins.

The chest and rib injuries Patriots RB Damien Harris suffered in the win over the Texans are not significant, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’s best described as day-to-day," Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on Harris' status throughout this week. If he's not able to play vs. the Cowboys on Sunday, it'd likely be rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson as New England's lead ball carrier.

Seahawks TE Gerald Everett has been activated from the COVID list. Unfortunately, he'll be returning to a Geno-Smith quarterbacked offense for at least the next few weeks. Everett is unlikely to be a reliable fantasy option at least until QB Russell Wilson returns.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Monday that TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs, lung) will be "very close" to being cleared for Thursday night's game vs. the Eagles. We'll keep an eye on his progress over the next couple of days. For now, fantasy owners should assume Gronk won't play Week 6 -- and consider it a bonus if he does.

Giants WR Kadarius Toney came away from Sunday's game with an ankle injury that complicates his Week 6 outlook. HC Joe Judge said Monday that an X-ray came back negative and that he doesn't "think it's anything significant," according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. Judge reportedly added that it might keep him out of Sunday's game against the Rams. Toney played through the issue en route to his big game in Dallas. We'll see what this week brings.

Browns WR Jarvis Landry (knee) is eligible to come off IR this week, but HC Kevin Stefanski said Monday that he's not sure if Landry will be ready for Sunday's game vs. the Cardinals. He did do some running on Monday, so he seems close. We'll track his progress this week.

Dolphins HC Brian Flores said Monday that he's "hopeful" QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) can return to practice this week. Tagovailoa is eligible to come off IR for Sunday's game vs. the Jaguars, but this makes it sound like he's not a lock to be ready for that one. We'll monitor Tua's status throughout the week.

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire sprained the MCL in his left knee in Sunday night's loss to the Bills. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the injury will keep him out for "a few weeks." Kansas City has just Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon behind Edwards-Helaire on the roster, with Derrick Gore the only RB on the practice squad. We'd bet on them adding someone else this week, though anything short of a trade is unlikely to bring in a RB with immediate fantasy football relevance. Williams figures to be the lead back for an upside scoring matchup with Washington in Week 6. After that come soft RB matchups with the Titans, Giants and Packers.

Lions WR Quintez Cephus broke his collarbone in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "It'll be an extended absence and potentially season-ending," Pelissero adds. Cephus can be dropped in all redraft leagues. Detroit will move forward with WRs Amon-Ra St. Brown, Kalif Raymond, KhaDarel Hodge and Trinity Benson. WR Tyrell Williams (concussion) is eligible to come off IR later this week, although it's unclear if he's ready.

Washington WR Curtis Samuel is "week to week" after aggravating his lingering groin injury in Sunday's loss to the Saints, HC Ron Rivera said. Samuel hasn't been able to shake this issue and can be dropped in all but the deepest of fantasy football leagues.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster underwent shoulder surgery on Sunday night and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith-Schuster is set to hit free agency next offseason after inking a 1-year deal with Pittsburgh back in March. His absence the rest of this season will make WR Chase Claypool a safer weekly target bet. WR Diontae Johnson, of course, will continue to see plenty of volume.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow was released from the hospital on Sunday night after suffering a throat contusion in the overtime loss to the Packers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Burrow should be absolutely fine," Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on him this week, but expect Burrow under center for Sunday's plum matchup vs. the Lions.

The Bengals have placed RB Samaje Perine on the COVID list. His specific status isn't yet clear, but he at least looks very iffy for Week 6. Perine isn't much of a standalone fantasy option when Joe Mixon is healthy, but he did eat up 11 carries (for 59 yards) and catch 4 balls for 24 yards and a TD in Sunday's loss to the Packers. Perine played more than 3 times as many snaps as Mixon in that game and beat him in rushing attempts and targets. As long as Mixon avoids any setback with his sprained ankle, we'd assume more work for the starter in this Sunday's visit to Detroit. If Perine is out, then Chris Evans should see some involvment. We wouldn't expect him to be an option for fantasy football lineups, though.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David suffered a low-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Dolphins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's better than the high-ankle sprain that the Bucs initially feared. It does mean he'll miss Thursday night's game at Philadelphia. Rapoport adds that David will be "week-to-week" beyond that. LB Kevin Minter filled in for David after he left Week 5 and figures to see full playing time while David is out.

The "estimate" for Giants RB Saquon Barkley's timetable for return from his sprained ankle is 2-4 weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Barkley is scheduled for more tests on that ankle on Monday. It's worth noting that the Giants have a Week 10 bye, so if Barkley ends up on the long end of that timetable, we might not see him again until Week 11.

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