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Fantasy Football Week 6 Injury Updates: Isaiah Crowell, LeSean McCoy, T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory, Matt Jones

Isaiah Crowell

Isaiah Crowell

Running backs are always on the injury report, and Week 6 is no exception. Most of the big names in fantasy are either already ruled out (such as Jamaal Charles) or are healthy. However, we'll go through all of the running backs that most fantasy owners do need to know about.

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The ball carriers playing in later games can be found here, and be sure to check out the other positional injury reports too: QBs, WRs (early games, later games) and TEs.

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

Teams on bye:  Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis, Tampa Bay

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Probable – Hamstring

While McCoy originally said he wouldn't play until he was 100 percent, it appears those plans were scrapped. McCoy has admitted he's not at 100 percent, but was given the probable tag. He's put in limited practices, and will try to give it a go on Sunday. The risk with McCoy is that if he aggravates his injury during the game. He's a RB2, but a very risky one.

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans


Even though Yeldon did not practice this week, the Jaguars have said he is still a game-time decision to play on Sunday. It's hard to trust Yeldon, although the matchup is a good one. Fantasy owners should consider sitting Yeldon, even if he's active. Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart would take Yeldon’s place in the backfield, but neither should be trusted in fantasy leagues. (EDIT UPDATE: OUT – Groin)

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos

Questionable – Toe

Crowell has put in limited practices and the reports sound like he will be active on Sunday. However, against the Broncos, he's not a recommended start. Between being banged up, a tough matchup, and the fact that the Browns will likely be playing from behind, Crowell should be left on fantasy benches.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins

Probable – Quadriceps

Ivory is listed on the injury report, but he has been practicing in full, so he will be playing on Sunday. With Bilal Powell banged up (see below), expect Ivory to get the majority of the carries. The Redskins have done a good job against the run this season, so Ivory is just an RB2.

Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins at New York Jets

Questionable – Toe

With the exception of one game (Week 2), Jones has been less than spectacular this season (as has Alfred Morris, to be fair). However, with the questionable tag for a toe injury, it's tough to recommend starting him, even if active. The Jets’ run defense is tough, and after a week of just being limited in practice, it may be safest to bench Jones if possible for Week 6.

Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Out – Concussion

Williams is still in the NFL's concussion protocol. He's been ruled out for Week 6, however, fantasy owners should hang on to him if possible. LeSean McCoy (above) is likely going to play, but not at 100 percent, he's at risk for aggravating his hamstring injury. If McCoy has to miss more time, and Williams can get healthy, he's a solid fill-in.

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

Questionable – Ankle

Bell has been able to get some full practices in, so he will likely play on Sunday. However, the role he will have is a question mark. Theo Riddick also is banged up (see below), and the Lions are not trusting Ameer Abdullah. Bell did score a touchdown in the last game he played (Week 3), but he probably shouldn’t be started in most leagues. He will likely get carries, including goal-line work, but if he doesn't get in the end zone, his value is nil.

Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

Questionable – Groin

After missing practice on Friday, Riddick is likely on the doubtful side of his questionable tag. He suffered the injury in Thursday's practice (limited practice) and then didn't practice on Friday. Usually when players have mid-week downgrades, their status for the weekend is in doubt. Look for Riddick to sit Week 6 out, giving Ameer Abdullah a slight boost.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins

Questionable – Groin

Powell left the Week 4 game with a groin injury and clearly hasn't gotten past it despite last week’s bye. He's questionable, although as long as Chris Ivory (above) is able to carry the load, he will likely do so. Leave Powell on waivers.

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