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Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Updates: Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Cameron

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

San Francisco’s top tight end looks very iffy for Week 5, while Cleveland should get its back on the field. Here are the key tight end injuries you need to know about before setting your lineup.

Delaine Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns

Probable – Shoulder
Walker was Questionable last week, but not only did he start, he also paced the Titans in receiving (5-84-1) yet again. This week he practiced some Wednesday and Thursday before being a full go on Friday. He’s listed as Probable and Walker definitely needs to be in your lineup.

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Questionable – Back
It has certainly been a rough stretch for Davis. After missing Week 3 due to an ankle injury, a Questionable Davis was back on the field last week despite being a game-time decision. Unfortunately, he was not out there long after taking a big hit to his back. This latest injury prevented him from practicing at all this week so I think it’s safe to add “very” in front of his Questionable designation. Other than a strong Week 1 showing (2 TDs), Davis hasn’t done that much when he has been on the field. Benching him would probably be the safest course of action until he gets a little healthier.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Probable – Knee
Pretty much the only reason Gronkowski remains in this space is because of his stature. The truth is Gronk appears to be in the best health he’s been in a while, as he got in a full week of practice. He’s listed as Probable and even with Tom Brady and the Patriots’ struggles on offense, Gronk needs to be in your lineup. After all, he caught a touchdown pass from rookie Jimmy Garoppolo in garbage time in the Patriots’ Monday night meltdown against the Chiefs.

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Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

Probable – Shoulder
Although he’s not fully healed, Cameron returned to practice following the Browns’ bye week, is listed as Probable and should see his first action since Week 1. Cameron has said he will probably have to deal with a separated AC joint in his shoulder the rest of the season, but as long as he can tolerate and manage the pain, he will be out there. Cameron entered the season as a top-10 TE and should get back to that territory relatively soon, as long as his shoulder doesn’t get worse.

Niles Paul and Jordan Reed, TEs, Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks (Mon.)

Questionable – Concussion; Questionable – Hamstring
Is a TE controversy looming for Washington? Perhaps, but it doesn’t look like it will be this week. Paul and Reed are both listed as Questionable for Monday night, but the former increased his participation in practice during the week while the latter wasn’t even a part of Saturday’s session. Paul appears on track to return after suffering a concussion last week against the Giants, whereas Reed will probably miss another game. Paul’s borderline TE1 potential remains, as does the risk associated with a player coming back from a concussion who won’t play until Monday night.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Questionable – Ankle
Injuries have limited Seferian-Jenkins’ impact as a rookie, as he’s played in just two games. He’s Questionable again this week because of an ankle injury, but he did get in a limited practice session on Friday, which should help his chances of playing today. It’s hard to trust a rookie who’s been in and out of the lineup, but when’s he played he’s been somewhat productive, averaging 17.5 yards per reception. The 1 p.m. ET kickoff should at least allow an opportunity to check in on ASJ’s status before deciding whether to take a chance on starting him this week or not.

Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets

Questionable – Hamstring
Green was active last week, but he didn’t see a single target even though Philip Rivers attempted 39 passes and threw for 377 yards. The good news is Green seems to be getting better, as he was able to practice fully on both Thursday and Friday. He’s listed as Questionable, and seems to be a fairly safe bet for being active against the Jets. Whether he’s “active” on the field remains to be seen, however, as Antonio Gates’ consistent production seemingly continues to limit Green’s opportunities. Unless you start two tight ends in your lineup, Green should probably be left on your bench.

Already Ruled Out:

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings – Rudolph had surgery for a sports hernia last week. The expectation right now is that he will be out a minimum of six weeks, which would put a potential return around mid-November. If you have room, I would keep Rudolph; just understand this will be a prolonged absence.

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars – Lewis is on the injured reserve/designated for return list because of a high ankle sprain. Unless you have an IR spot and/or are smitten with Lewis, there’s no reason to hold onto him or even stash him away.