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Brandin Cooks Injury Updates

Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) isn't listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He's passed through the protocol and will play against the 49ers on Sunday. Consider Cooks a WR2 with upside for that one.

The Patriots have placed WR Malcolm Mitchell on IR with a knee injury. We don't have any other details, but it's certainly worth noting that Mitchell tore an ACL in 2013 and required another surgery on the same knee in 2014. We'll see if New England tabs him their "designated-to-return" player, but there's no reason to roster Mitchell in redraft leagues right now. Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola are locked in as New England's top 3 WRs.

The Patriots "suspect" WR Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL in Friday night's preseason game against the Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "But do not definitely know," Schefter adds. "MRI on Sunday to determine full extent of injury." These "he-probably-tore-his-ACL" reports usually turn out to be torn ACLs. If that's the case, Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season. That'd open up a boatload of targets in 1 of the top passing games in the NFL. WR Chris Hogan would stand as the most likely beneficiary. WR Danny Amendola would also see a big boost in snaps. And WR Brandin Cooks, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB James White would pick up some extra targets.

Saints WR Brandin Cooks returned to practice on Saturday. He ended up missing just 2 days with the still-undisclosed injury. It's obviously nothing to worry about. Cooks remains a borderline WR1 for your fantasy squad.

Saints WR Brandin Cooks missed practice on Thursday with a concussion.  He wasn't on the injury report on Wednesday, but it's unclear what he suffered the head injury.  Regardless, he's now in serious danger of missing this weekend's game against the Bucs.  Check back tomorrow for another update.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Saints WR Marques Colston suffered a separated right shoulder "at the least" in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. There reportedly also could be structural damage. We'll see what the timetable is for this injury, but it certainly sounds like he'll miss some time -- perhaps a while. That can only help the target numbers for WRs Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks, plus the RBs. Losing Colston for any amount of time shouldn't hurt fantasy owners. He has made little impact through 5 weeks. Feel free to drop Colston if you see help on your waiver wire.

The Saints have placed WR Brandin Cooks (thumb) on IR.  He was originally expected to be back in 4-6 weeks, so it's possible that the injury turned out to be more serious than initially thought.  It shouldn't impact his 2015 offseason or fantasy outlook, though.  Cooks finishes his rookie campaign with 53 catches, 550 yards and 3 TDs in 10 games -- a 16-game pace of 85-880-5.  Cooks also rushed for 73 yards and a score.  He's sitting 25th among WRs in non-PPR fantasy points and 22nd in PPR.  The Saints will move forward with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as their clear top 2 WRs.


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