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Week 9 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Marcus Mariota, Antonio Gates, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jordan Cameron

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

While not many quarterbacks are on the Week 9 fantasy injury report, there are plenty of tight ends (below), as well running backs and wide receivers. Be sure to check the actives when they are released about 90 minutes before game time to ensure your guys are playing.

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For this the QB/TE report, players that practiced in full and are listed as probable (Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Peyton Manning, Matt Cassel and Julius Thomas, for example) are not included. Those guys are expected to play. Don't forget to check out the QB/TE and WR injury updates (early games, later games) too.

Teams on bye: Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Seattle

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

Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers vs. Chicago Bears (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Knee

Gates played through his MCL injury last week and will likely suit up again. He practiced on a limited basis, which indicates that he didn't suffer any setbacks after Week 8. He will likely see more targets with Keenan Allen out for the rest of the season. Gates is Philip Rivers’ favorite target, especially in the red zone, which makes him a TE1 this week and the rest of the way, as long as he stays healthy.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints

Probable – Knee

After Eli Manning picked apart the Saints’ defense to the tune of 350 yards and six TDs, Mariota’s fantasy owners were hoping he would be cleared to play in Week 9. Mariota put in full practices this week and interim head coach Mike Mularkey declared that the No. 2 overall pick would be back under center. Even with the tasty matchup, Mariota is only a QB2. He doesn't have the weapons that Manning has, he will be playing with a brace on his knee, and the Titans are looking to focus on the run game. And it’s not likely that this game would turn into another high-scoring, back-and-forth affair, because there’s no reason to think that Mariota would be able to hang with Drew Brees from a passing standpoint, like Manning did last week.

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Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

Questionable – Hamstring

Cameron was fine in Week 8, but showed up on the injury report in the middle of this week with a hamstring injury. He was able to get in a limited practice on Friday, but he should be considered a game-time decision. The Bills are tough against opposing tight ends, so this isn't a great matchup for him, even if he is active. He's a low TE2, and if you have better options, play one of them. Even if Cameron does play, based on his injury history, it's not a sure bet he makes it through the game.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Shoulder

The good news is that ASJ was able to practice all week, including a full session on Friday. All signs point to him playing, but the bad news is that he is still being called a game-time decision. The game is later Sunday afternoon, and he didn't play last week after practicing some. This is a gamble. It looks like he should play, and the Giants have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, so it's a great matchup. However, if ASJ is ruled inactive, hopefully you have a better emergency plan than say the Giants’ Will Tye.

Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers vs. Chicago Bears (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Doubtful – Ankle

After being spotted in a walking boot and not practicing this week, it doesn't look good for Green this week, even with the Chargers not playing until Monday night. Because of the late game, be safe and leave Green on your bench. He most likely won't play, and even if he does, will not be very effective with the ankle injury.

Garrett Celek, TE, San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Concussion
Now that Vernon Davis is in Denver, Celek steps up to be the No. 1 tight end in San Francisco. However, with Blaine Gabbert replacing Colin Kaepernick at quarterback and a 49ers offense that is struggling mightily, it's hard to recommend starting Celek even if he does get cleared from the concussion protocol. Because of the late start of the game, avoid Celek for this week (but if you have a roster spot, he is worth taking a flyer on).

Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Out – Neck

After Donnell left last week’s game with a neck injury, the Giants, and his fantasy owners, were understandably concerned. However, it appears that he escaped a serious injury and the reports out of New York are simply a "sore neck" and that he is day-to-day or week-to-week. Donnell is out for Week 9, which means Will Tye will start. Don't look to pick up Tye, or immediately drop Donnell.

— 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.