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Sunday morning injury updates

News on Doubs and others

On Sunday morning, there will sometimes be significant developments that affect lineup decisions. Adam Schefter and others of his ilk get advance notice about inactive players or those who will be limited.

Here are a few of the key ones so far this morning, some discussed elsewhere on the site.

  • As Ian posted last night, Mark Andrews is expected to be out for Baltimore. Broadly, this is a reminder that John Harbaugh can be kind of unhelpful when providing injury information. He often says things "He should be fine" early in the week. I suspect he does this to reduce the amount of questions he'll get over the next day or two, or maybe it's the old "competitive advantage" of making an opponent waste time preparing for a player who won't be playing. Anyway, Andrews isn't playing, and Isaiah Likely looks like a top-10 PPR tight end.

  • Schefter reports that while Romeo Doubs (hamstring) will play, he will likely be limited. It seems weird to me that you'd risk playing someone with a hamstring injury that might limit him -- aren't you basically saying he's at significant risk of aggravating the injury and making it worse? That was behind my feeling in answers yesterday that Doubs was fine to use this week. Schefter's report clouds that idea and I would now not want to risk using Doubs. Maybe he's only going to play near the goal line or something. Or maybe he's perfectly fine and Schefter is unnecessarily gloomy. Either way, I don't think he's worth the risk.

  • Jerry Jeudy (hamstring) isn't expected to play. That was my thinking when we were working on the Weekly initially, and our rankings show where Courtland Sutton and Marvin Mims rank. No, I would not use Lil'Jordan Humphrey.

  • Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) is expected to play.

  • George Kittle (groin) is expected to play. Darren Waller (hamstring) too. I would use those guys. There is risk of reaggravation, of course, but barring a report from someone that either guy will be limited, I'm OK using them unless you have another option ranked right next to them.

  • Adam Thielen (ankle) is expected to play.

  • It's being reported that DeVon Achane (shoulder) is not expected to play. No one should have been considering Achane anyway, but it's a little annoying in that Achane practiced fully all week and wasn't listed on Miami's final injury report. Either he had a setback lifting a heavy box or something at his home, or Mike McDaniel just felt like making us all think he'd play, I don't know. This doesn't change my view of Raheem Mostert, since I don't think Achane was going to take much if any work away from him. Salvon Ahmed will be the No. 2 and I wouldn't consider him as an appealing option.

If I see anything else noteworthy before the early kickoffs, I'll post in the comments below.

--Andy Richardson

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