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Week 3 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Thomas Rawls, Rashad Jennings, Andrew Luck, Delanie Walker

Thomas Rawls

Thomas Rawls

Fantasy owners were lucky to escape Week 2 with their starting two running backs still healthy. However, unlike the wide receivers, which are banged up and may or may not play, most of the injured running backs have already been ruled out. This gives owners time to prepare for their absence instead of waiting to see the inactive list prior to kick off.

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Here are the guys that have already been ruled out: Adrian Peterson (knee), Doug Martin (hamstring), Arian Foster groin), Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), Donte Moncrief (shoulder), Corey Coleman (hand), Josh McCown (shoulder), and Virgil Green (calf). Also, Danny Woodhead (ACL) and Ameer Abdullah (foot) have been placed on injured reserve.

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Now here’s a look at the key quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends that are listed as either Questionable (50/50 shot of playing) or Doubtful (25 percent). And don’t forget to check out the injured wide receivers before setting your lineups.

Note: All players listed below are playing on Sunday

Questionable

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts vs. San Diego Chargers (4:25 p.m. ET)

Luck is going to play, despite the questionable tag. However, the shoulder issue is something to keep an eye on. He's been dealing with this all season (according to the injury reports), but has looked fine on game day. Luck has a great matchup this week and is a clear QB1.

Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins (1 p.m. ET)

Jennings hurt his thumb sometime during last week’s game against the Saints, which may explain his poor performance (40 total yards). He's been fitted with a cast that will let him play through the injury. However, it's hard to trust a running back that has been disappointing through two weeks and isn’t at 100 percent. Shane Vereen will likely have a bigger role in what should be a good matchup against the Redskins. Jennings is a RB3; Vereen is a RB2, especially in PPR formats.

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Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens (1 p.m. ET)

No details were released about Ivory's recent hospital stay, but he was a full participant in practice during the week, so it looks like he will be back on the field. T.J. Yeldon didn't do anything to earn the starting job outright, so expect Ivory to see plenty of work, especially at the goal line. He may be slightly limited, given the time he missed, but he still is shaping up as a RB3 with upside.

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders (1 p.m. ET)

Walker missed practice on Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and then missed practice on Friday with a hamstring injury. He has a great matchup against the Oakland Raiders, and it's hard to sit him if he is active. However, Rob Gronkowski owners know what can happen when you start a tight end that is going to be limited in the game. The safest option for Walker’s owners is to find another tight end for the week. Watch the inactive reports Sunday morning, but be wary even if he is active.

Doubtful

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets (1 p.m. ET)

Finally practicing with the first team, Charles is getting closer to playing, but it's not going to be this week. Fantasy owners should watch next week's practice reports because it is a real possibility he plays in Week 4. As for Sunday, it looks to be the Spencer Ware show again with a side of Charcandrick West mixed in. Ware is a low RB2 in a tough matchup and West is a desperation play.

Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers (4:05 p.m. ET)

Rawls left the Week 2 game with a shin injury, which was later disclosed to be a contusion (bone bruise). While this isn't an injury to keep him sidelined for multiple weeks, it is unlikely he will play in Week 3. The Seahawks would be wise to rest Rawls and let Christine Michael carry the load against the 49ers. It's a great matchup for him, making Michael a high RB2 with upside, assuming Rawls doesn’t play.

Antonio Gates ,TE, San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts (4:25 p.m. ET)

After missing practice all week, Gates is not going to play in Week 3. The Chargers can't catch a break when it comes to injuries to their key offensive skill players. Rookie Hunter Henry will likely get the start and is an intriguing TE2 option for Gates owners (or Delanie Walker owners). The Chargers love to pass the ball, so Henry will see targets headed his way.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys (8:30 p.m. ET)

After spraining his thumb in Monday night’s loss to Philadelphia, Cutler missed practice all week. While the Bears have yet to rule him out, all signs point to him sitting with Brian Hoyer getting the start. It's not a bad matchup, as this could turn into a high-scoring affair, but don’t count on Culter to be a part of it. If you need a replacement, Hoyer is a low QB2 as the Bears’ offense has yet to get its act together this season.

Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys (8:30 p.m. ET)

Carey was just beginning to carve out a role in the Bears’ offense but he suffered a hamstring injury in the Monday night loss. With Jeremy Langford struggling, Chicago needs a running back to emerge as a consistent playmaker. Carey’s likely absence gives Langford another opportunity to claim the No. 1 job, but don’t be surprised if rookie Jordan Howard gets more touches against the Cowboys on Sunday night.

— 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.