This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 9 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
Although we're still in the midst of bye weeks, we have a full-sized Week 9 injury report, one that arguably includes as many big names as any thus far all season. There's a bit of everything afflicting every skill position, making it a particularly news-intensive morning for Fantasy players. However, there's good news as well in the form of some returns to health and late clearances to play following COVID-related scares. Without further ado, let's dive into the latest as of early Sunday morning:
The Lions' Matthew Stafford was taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday after testing negative for four consecutive days. Stafford was placed on the list due to a high-risk contact with an infected individual, and he then was able to produce the final negative COVID test he needed to Sunday morning to obtain clearance to play in the Week 9 NFC North matchup versus the Vikings. Stafford will have to manage without top target Kenny Golladay (hip) in the divisional battle, however, as the star receiver has been ruled out for the contest.
The Jaguars' Gardner Minshew (thumb) will not play in Sunday's AFC South battle against the Texans, and considering he's dealing with multiple fractures and a sprained ligament in his right thumb, he could be out multiple games. Coach