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Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Updates: Jay Cutler, Charles Clay, Julius Thomas, Jordan Reed

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler

As we enter Week 5 of the NFL and fantasy seasons, we have more injuries to analyze. At least we didn’t lose another quarterback in Week 4, so be thankful for the little things. Actually the only quarterback on the injury report is Jay Cutler, but given the matchup he could be a potential difference-maker, so he gets some attention here.

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There are also the injured running backs (here and here) and wide receivers (group 1, group 2) that you need to keep an eye on before setting your starting lineup.

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Teams on bye: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs

Questionable – Hamstring

Cutler will continue to be on the injury report as he bounces back from his hamstring injury. He played in Week 4, and threw for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The matchup against Kansas City is a good one for him, and he's a QB2.

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans

Probable – Calf

There was some concern in the fantasy world when Clay was on Thursday's injury report with a calf injury. Rex Ryan downplayed it, and with the probable listing, Clay should play on Sunday. He's a TE1 with Sammy Watkins likely out again.

Julius Thomas, TE Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Questionable – Hand

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In somewhat of a suprise, it's reported that Thomas will finally make his Jaguars debut this afternoon. The matchup is appealing, so if you want to start Thomas it just depends on what your other options are. Just remember, Blake Bortles isn't Peyton Manning, so don't count on Thomas catching a TD pass right away.

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons

Out – Concussion

The danger of drafting Reed was his injury history. Sure enough, here he is set to miss another game. He has had a history of concussions and will have to clear the NFL's protocol before he can play. Be prepared to be without Reed in Week 6 as well.

Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

Out – Calf

Gillmore missed Week 4 and he has already been ruled out for this afternoon too. Maxx Williams is the next man up, but he only had two receptions for 17 yards last week with Gillmore out. Avoid the Baltimore tight ends.

Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

Out – Knee

After suffering a knee injury last week, Ebron has already been ruled out for this afternoon too. The diagnosis was a bruised knee and he could miss a few weeks. Watch the practice reports to see if he’s able to return in Week 6.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

Probable – Hamstring

With Ebron out, Pettigrew will have less competition for snaps and presumably targets. Tim Wright will also be on the field, but both should be avoided for fantasy purposes.

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants, Sunday 8:30 p.m. ET

Out – Knee

Davis has been ruled out for Sunday night's game, which helps fantasy owners by knowing that he won't be available. Next in line for the 49ers is Garrett Celek, but he's a desperation option.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.