Updates on Russell Wilson and others heading into Week 6

The NFL injury report is always full of some of the game’s top stars, leaving fans and fantasy football managers scrambling to figure out who will be playing. In Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season, that’s more evident than ever.

Bookmark this page for daily injury updates and news on NFL stars from around the league, whether they will play in Week 6 and how their injuries affect fantasy football.

Here’s the latest injury news for some of the NFL’s biggest stars and the impact they’ll have on Week 6 in Sportsnaut’s NFL Injury Report.

Related: NFL Week 6 power rankings

Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback, Miami Dolphins

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Update: Tagovailoa is out against Minnesota in Week 6. Rookie seventh-round pick Skylar Thompson will start.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left a Week 4 game with a head injury after his head hit the ground, prompting a fencing reaction. He was carried off the field on a stretcher and hospitalized, and during the night he underwent a series of tests.

The NFL Players Association will pursue 'every legal option' regarding the handling of Tua Tagovailoa's injury

Tagovailoa, who appeared to first suffer the head injury against Buffalo, missed last week’s game against the New York Jets. At this point, it appears that Tua will also have to sit out Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings. Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel all but confirmed that on Monday.

“He’s not ready to take the step to do some football stuff yet,” McDaniel on Tua Tagovailoa’s status.

Dolphins backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is also in concussion protocol after being pulled from Miami’s loss to the Jets last Sunday. But after being unable to practice in full, rookie Skylar Thompson is in line to start. Additionally, Tua’s likely absence will have an impact on star wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, as it did in Week 5. With Thompson under center, that will be magnified even more.

Tyreek Hill, wide receiver, Miami Dolphins

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  • Update: Hill has trained fully and will start.

Hill left Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets with a foot injury after getting stepped on. Although the All-Pro wide receiver was seen wearing boots after the game, it doesn’t look too serious.

“He looked pretty good today, but we’ll take it day by day. I know he won’t – if and when there is a next time, he won’t be playing in football boots. That much I know.”

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel on Tyreek Hill

Hill entered Week 5 leading the NFL in receiving yards. He had a poor performance catching passes from Bridgewater and Thompson. If Bridgewater can leave, Hill is the obvious DFS play. Of course, that depends on whether the Cheetahs are able to battle the 4-1 Minnesota Vikings this week.

Jonathan Taylor, running back, Indianapolis Colts

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  • Update: Taylor has had back-to-back limited practices but is questionable for Sunday.

The Colts were “hoping” Taylor would be able to take the field for last Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos. He suffered an ankle injury in last week’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. After he had to play a short week, Indianapolis cut him.

It remains to be seen if Taylor will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars. We’ll have updates on his status in this NFL injury report as they become available. For now, the Colts are confident he can play. If he is unable to go, second-year player Deon Jackson will likely get the bulk of the carries with Nyheim Hines injured. Jackson gained 62 yards on 13 attempts against the Broncos.

Russell Wilson, running back, Denver Broncos

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  • Update: Wilson returned to full practice on Friday and will start on Sunday.

After a brutal performance in last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, reports surfaced that Russell Wilson had a right shoulder injury. After the loss, Wilson flew to Los Angeles to receive an injection of platelet-rich plasma. Apparently he’s been dealing with a strained lat muscle all season.

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett told reporters on Tuesday that Wilson should be good to go against the Los Angeles Chargers next Monday night. From a fantasy perspective, the struggling future Hall of Fame quarterback remains a questionable play. Through five games with his new team, Wilson has caught four passes and three interceptions. That said, his status deserves a mention in our updated NFL injury report.

Rashaad Penny, running back, Seattle Seahawks

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In more brutal news for the former first round pick, Penny suffered a fractured tibia in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. He is now out for the rest of the season. With their RB1 out, the Seahawks will rely on second-round pick and reigning Heisman finalist Kenneth Walker III to do his thing in the backfield with Geno Smith.

Walker III broke loose on a 69-yard run against the Saints and provides plenty of fantasy space with Seattle still committed to the run despite Smith’s brilliant start to the season. The Seahawks will take on an Arizona Cardinals defense this week that has allowed the sixth-fewest rushing yards of the season.

Related: Sportsnaut’s Week 6 NFL defensive rankings

Mac Jones, quarterback, New England Patriots

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  • Update: Jones returned to limited practice this week and is questionable for Sunday. Zappe is expected to start.

Mac Jones – dealing with a high ankle sprain – has missed the past two weeks with the injury. He was initially replaced by veteran Brian Hoyer in Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, but Hoyer suffered a head injury of his own.

Enter into the equation rookie fourth round pick Bailey Zappa who was extremely good in last week’s win over the Detroit Lions. Zappe completed 17 of 21 passes for 188 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It is still unknown if Jones will be able to play in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns. If not, Zappe could actually be a solid under-the-radar DFS play.

Jameis Winston, quarterback, New Orleans Saints

  • Update: Winston will not start this week. Andy Dalton will return to the starting lineup.

Dealing with multiple fractures in his back, Jameis Winston still suited up for the Week 3 contest against the Carolina Panthers, but didn’t have much success. He then sat out the last two weeks. In his place, Andy Dalton performed at an extremely high level.

Even if Winston is able to return at some point soon, it is not a foregone conclusion that he will take over the QB1 spot. Either way, Michael Thomas (if healthy) and Alvin Kamara remain obvious fantasies.

Related: Sportsnaut’s NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

Michael Thomas, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints

  • Update: Three weeks after the injury, Thomas still hasn’t returned to training. It came out on Sunday.

Just when Michael Thomas was finally back on the field looking healthy, the All-Pro wideout suffered a toe injury. He had to sit out the Week 3 loss to Carolina, though Ian Rapoport suggested the injury “it is not believed to be serious.” Serious or not, the Saints top target has now missed two straight games and could miss another in Week 6 against Cincinnati.

Kyle Pitts, tight end, Atlanta Falcons

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  • Update: Pitts suggests he will play, but the team lists him as questionable.

Marcus Mariota didn’t have one of his best targets in Week 5 as Kyle Pitts is dealing with a hamstring injury. While that setback isn’t expected to keep Pitts out of the lineup long-term, he was questioned in Week 6 against the league’s best San Francisco 49ers. Even if Pitts can return, no one on the Falcons offense is relevant from a fantasy perspective. San Francisco is giving up a team-low 12.2 points per game. Opposing teams have recorded 111 yards in five games against their defense.

Damien Harris, running back, New England Patriots

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  • Update: Limited in practice, it appears Harris will not suit up on Sunday. The Pats elevated Kevin Harris from the practice squad, a clear indication that Damien may not be able to leave.

The New England RB1 is expected to be out for several weeks with a hamstring injury after suffering it last week against the Detroit Lions. A third-year commit from Alabama, Harris has rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns in five games this season. In his place, Rhamondre Stevenson becomes the obvious fantasy option. The second-year running back from Oklahoma leads New England with 372 yards. He’s also coming off a career-best 161 rushing yards against the Lions in Week 5.

Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers

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  • Update: Allen was a limited walk-on Thursday, but has an extra day to prepare for Monday’s game.

Allen suffered a hamstring injury in the opener against the division rival Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1. The star wide receiver has missed four games since then, and Los Angeles has lost two games.

Obviously, this isn’t the news Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert wanted to hear. He lacked consistent weapons in the passing game with Allen on the sidelines. Good news? Allen is now considered day-to-day and could be back on the field in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos.

Related: Week 6 NFL offense rankings

Cordarrelle Patterson, linebacker, Atlanta Falcons

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Patterson was placed on injured reserve with a knee problem. The earliest this star quarterback can return is Week 9. Rookie fifth-round pick Tyler Allgeier was one of the biggest standouts this past weekend, totaling 104 yards on 11 touches. He should split time with Caleb Huntley until Patterson returns.

Rashod Bateman, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens

Update: Bateman will be inactive on Sunday.

Taking over for Marquise Brown as the Ravens’ best wide receiver, Bateman left last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a foot injury. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh indicated that he was from day to day. But Bateman missed last week’s outing against the Bengals.

Baltimore is slated to play the surprising New York Giants in Week 6. Harbaugh noted that Bateman has a chance to leave. That will largely depend on whether he gets training time during the week.

Related: Young fantasy football stars targeted in 2022

Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys

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  • Update: While Prescott has not been ruled out for Sunday, Cooper Rush is expected to start again.

Dak Prescott has missed each of the past three games after undergoing surgery on his throwing arm. He appears to be at least a week away from returning, according to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. In his place, Cooper Rush played at a high level.

  • Cooper Rush Stats (2022): 61% completions, 737 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 95.9 QB rating

With Prescott now likely in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Rush becomes an underrated QB1 option in DFS leagues. We also love how CeeDee Lamb looked with Rush throwing rocks at him for the past four weeks.

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