NFL Week 3 Injury Report and Analysis

Week 3 of the NFL season is here and this week’s injury reports are down with practice attendance for Wednesday and Thursday available for evaluation.

In Week 3, let’s dive into the most questionable players and who could move up for their respective teams.

All stats are from PFF and Sports information solutions.

Practical participation: FP, FP

Injury: knee

Just like last week, Dobbins is in full training and appears fit for week 3. In terms of his health, Dobbins seems quite ready to make his return. That being said, Baltimore has clearly approached this situation very cautiously and may choose to hold him off for another week.

We expect Dobbins to fit into this game, but even if he does, he’s still not safe to start in fantasy football leagues. The Ravens filmed their running back room for two weeks:

Week 1 and Week 2 Snapshots:

Mike Davis: 7, 18

Kenyan drakes: 33, 15

Justice Hill: 11, 21

Things aren’t much better for rushing attempts as no player has had more than six in the past week and all have been between three and six rushing attempts. It’s a rough division of labor that no one should want to be a part of. The sooner Dobbins can return the better. He certainly won’t get out of the gate to a workhorse role, but he should be able to work his way into a majority stake in this backcourt fairly quickly until his health holds up.

Let’s say Dobbins returns this week. What kind of workload would he expect? Well who knows. The Ravens returned Marcus Peters last week for the first time since tearing his cruciate ligament last year, and he registered 44 snaps on defense. It’s not fair to expect Dobbins to wait for that kind of snap count on his return, but it stirs the mind to think how much work he could get in an underperforming backfield.

Participation in practice: DNP, DNP

Injury: concussion

At the moment it seems doubtful that Renfrow will play in Week 3. He hasn’t even taken part in limited training and is therefore very likely to be ruled out before Sunday. Unfortunately for Renfrow, he lost the Raiders’ Week 2 game to a fumble and apparently won’t be able to make it up this week.

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Curiously, Renfrow led the team last week with a 23% target share. In typical Renfrow fashion, he rolled in seven of his nine targets for just 59 yards, averaging 8.4 yards per reception and 91.4% of his snaps in the slot.

The Raiders need to find a replacement. For the past week, Davante Adams (65 snaps) and Mack Hollins (58 snaps) have been the mainstays alongside Renfrow. There’s no definite replacement, although Tyron Johnson could be a guy who finds more snaps in Renfrow’s place when he can’t go.

Either way, Johnson probably won’t have much of an impact. Renfrow’s absence could free up more targets for, you guessed it, Adams and Darren Waller.

Practical participation: LP, LP

Injury: Ribs

Like some of the names above, Kamara could be a very good fit this week. Fit or not, the Saints will operate with a committee in their backfield:

The only question is will Kamara be a part of it, or will Mark Ingram and Tony Jones Jr. take the lead again in his place? Going back to Week 3, Jones Jr. probably passed Ingram because the veteran was struggling with an ankle injury. If he’s healthy, Ingram is likely the snap leader, although the snap count would likely be close to a 55/45 or 60/40 split at best. If Kamara leaves, Jones Jr. is likely to fall out of the rotation and the Saints would rely on their star player to chime in with Ingram, as he usually does.

Participation in practice: DNP, DNP

Injury: knee

Like Renfrow, Meyers doesn’t look like he’ll play in Week 3. This is unfortunate news for an already anemic Patriots passing offense. They’re not looking well and losing their top receiver certainly wouldn’t help. Meyers was as productive as he was efficient — he ranked second on the team in snaps (105), first in goal percentage (29.2%), and first in passing snaps (66). As expected, Meyers is primarily a slots player as he lines up in this orientation on 62.1% of his snaps.

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There’s no doubt the Patriots like to push the ball down a little more times without Meyers on the field. When Meyers is off the field, the Patriots are 14% more likely to aim for deep middle field and 7% more likely to aim for deep left field. But the offensive as a whole is more productive with Meyers on the field:

If Meyers cannot pass, both quarterback Mac Jones and the Patriots offense will be hit. Those goals have to flow somewhere, and depending on where Meyers wins, expect a player with a short to medium yard to inherit most of the work. Potentially, tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry could both get more work, but at the same time, the Patriots could choose to push the ball deeper infield without Meyers, as the numbers suggest. No receiver has a higher average target depth (aDOT) on the team than DeVante Parker (19.3), although Kendrick Bourne could also play a role (16.3).

Practical participation: LP, LP

Injury: hamstring

It remains to be seen if Allen will compete this week but he seems like a really questionable player going into this game. If Allen plays, he will reclaim his starting spot in the slot and should play almost every snap if possible. With Allen out, we can expect Mike Williams and Josh Palmer to start in two-receiver sets, with DeAndre Carter filling the role of WR3.

Going back to Week 2, Palmer (68 snaps), Williams (66), and Carter (49) led the team in snaps. It’s likely they’ll recreate a similar situation if Allen is unable to leave, but back-to-back participation in training suggests Allen could be available this week.

It could all be for nothing if Justin Herbert (ribs) isn’t playing. He’s been restricted in two practice sessions this week but is moving well and throwing the ball without pain.

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Participation in practice: DNP, DNP

Injury: Ribs

From the looks of it, Jeudy looks like he might be in danger of missing out on this competition. The stud receiver suffered a rib injury after just 10 snaps in Week 2 and hasn’t trained this week. There’s no doubt the Broncos could use Jeudy’s talent as the offense looked underperformed in two games.

Instead of Jeudy, the Broncos opted to split the snaps as such:

Courtland Sutton – 66 snaps

Kendall Hinton – 55 snaps

Tyrie Cleveland – 31 snaps

Montrell Washington – 12 snapshots

There’s no reason to think the team would act any differently despite KJ Hamler not being in the game last week and he seems well suited this time. If that’s the case, Hamler should inherit most of Hinton’s snaps, with each player knocking over a pin. When Jeudy is off the field, the Broncos’ aDOT increases from 7.0 to 9.1, although the team also runs the ball more often.

BUF S Micah Hyde (neck) – DNP, DNP

BUF C Mitch Morse (elbows) – LP, LP

MIA LT Terron Armstead (toe) – DNP, DNP

CIN RT La’El Collins (rear) – DNP, DNP

NO RT Ryan Ramczyk (elbows) – LP, LP

BAL LT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) – LP, LP

BAL CB Marlon Humphrey (groin) – DNP, LP

DET C Frank Ragnow (groin, foot) – LP, LP

IND LB Shaquille Leonard (rear) – FP, FP

CHI LB Roquan Smith (hip) – DNP, DNP

LAC C Corey Linsley (knee) – DNP, DNP

LAC QB Justin Herbert (ribs) – LP, LP

LAC CB JC Jackson (ankle) – DNP, DNP

ARI DE JJ Watt (Calf) – LP, LP

GB LT David Bakhtiari (knee) – DNP, LP

DEN CB Pat Surtain II (Shoulder) – DNP, LP

NYG DT Leonard Williams (knee) – DNP, DNP

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