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NFL Injury Report: Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, David Johnson, Josh Jacobs

NFL Injury Report: David Johnson

NFL Injury Report: David Johnson

It's Week 8, which is the midpoint to the fantasy season. It also means players have been getting beat up on the field for seven or eight weeks and they are missing practice time.

Often missed practice means missed game time. However, those that followed the David Johnson saga last week saw that he was active, despite the missed practices. Unfortunately being active meant that Johnson started the game and that was about it. Even when fantasy owners are checking the active/inactive reports before game time, starting an injured player is always a risk.

For Week, 8 quarterbacks and running backs that have already been ruled out include Matt Ryan, Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton, Kerryon Johnson (was put on injured reserve), Ito Smith, and Darren Sproles. Be sure to check out the WRs (and one TE) before setting your lineups.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Baltimore, Dallas

Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 27.

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Drew Brees (thumb), QB, New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.

With a bye in Week 9, the thought with Brees has been that he'll return from thumb surgery in Week 10. Brees has been limited in practice, but he hardly needs to get in a full practice to play. The team says that Brees will start in Week 8. That makes him a QB1, albeit a risky one. There is a possibility that he is rusty after missing time, but he is Drew Brees. If you own him and he's active, you start him.

Alvin Kamara (ankle), RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.

The Saints are likely considering sitting Kamara for the second week in a row, given that they have a bye in Week 9. Even if Kamara is active, it's is certainly possible that they are going to use him as an emergency back in case Latavius Murray gets injured. With the bye coming up, the limited or missed practices and the fact that he's not 100 percent, Kamara should be kept on fantasy benches for Week 8.

David Johnson (ankle), RB, Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.

This writeup can be brief: sit Johnson. Learn from Week 7. Johnson did not practice all week, and even if he's active, fantasy owners could find themselves in a situation like they did last week. He had one carry for two yards. If you can afford to get just 0.2 points from your running back in leagues that offer fractional points, take the risk. Otherwise, wait until he practices before putting him in your starting lineup. Hopefully, if you own Johnson you also were able to add Chase Edmonds as a handcuff at some point.

Josh Jacobs (shoulder), RB, Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans, 4:25 p.m.

Possibly the biggest running back injury question mark this week is Jacobs. He injured his shoulder in Week 7 and missed some practice time this week. The team has said they expect him to play, although it appears he is looking more like a game-time decision. This makes it tough for fantasy owners as he plays in the late-afternoon window. If he is active, he's an RB2. The shoulder injury makes him hard to trust. There also is the possibility that he plays but is limited. Most fantasy owners do not have better options, so this is a case of cross your fingers and hope for the best.

Rex Burkhead (foot), RB, New England Patriots vs. Cleveland Browns, 4:25 p.m.

Burkhead has been putting in limited practices, but inevitably being ruled out for the game. He hasn't played since Week 4, and fantasy owners should not trust that he's going to be active this week. Even if he is, Burkhead probably should be left on the bench. It's a risk to start him knowing the pattern of the team ruling him out close to the start of the game, but for fantasy owners with another option in the later games, he could be an RB3 if active.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.