Who is ready for some football? Anyone reading this article, I am willing to wager. In the coming weeks, this space will highlight those defensive players that are on the move, whether up in the rankings, or dropping off the list of IDP you want on your roster. There will also be a handy short list of the waiver wire options, those players that you have a chance to snap up and that have been given a fuller profile in the opening portion of the article to assist with your add/drop decision(s). A matchup discussion will also appear once we have enough statistical data to provide realistic analysis of just how offenses and defenses are performing this season, probably around Week 3 or thereabouts.

Every week will also wrap up with the current injury report and that is just what you will find presented immediately below. Injury reports are notoriously unreliable despite the league’s efforts to compel full disclosure, and with the activation/deactivation time frame being shortened this season, it will behoove you to check the game day injury reports carefully when setting your lineups for the weekly matchups, especially on Sunday and Monday.

Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.


Defensive End
Player Team Injury Status
Charles Harris ATL Ankle  
Akiem Hicks CHI Quadriceps  
Carlos Dunlap CIN Lower Body  
Myles Garrett CLE Wrist  
Curtis Weaver CLE Foot IR
George Obinna CLE Triceps IR
Trevon Young CLE Undisclosed IR
Austin Bryant DET Undisclosed PUP
Kemoko Turay IND Ankle PUP
Kenny Willekes MIN Leg IR
Danielle Hunter MIN Undisclosed  
Anthony Lanier NO Undisclosed IR
Jabari Zuniga NYJ Quadriceps IR
John Franklin-Myers NYJ Groin  
Jordan Willis NYJ Knee  
Player Team Injury Status
Genard Avery PHI Lower Body  
Daeshon Hall PHI Knee-Acl PUP
Vinny Curry PHI Lower Body  
Derek Barnett PHI Ankle  
Stephon Tuitt PIT Undisclosed  
Ronald Blair SF Knee-Acl PUP
Branden Jackson SEA Spine IR
Benson Mayowa SEA Undisclosed  
Ryan See WAS Undisclosed IR
Defensive Tackle
Player Team Injury Status
Marlon Davidson ATL Knee  
Justin Madubuike BAL Leg  
Vernon Butler BUF Hamstring  
Zach Kerr CAR Illness  
Renell Wren CIN Quadriceps IR
Jashon Cornell DET Achilles IR
Treyvon Hester GB Undisclosed IR
Montravius Adams GB Toe  
Dontavius Russell JAX Undisclosed IR
Michael Barnett NE Undisclosed IR
Beau Allen NE Undisclosed IR
Jalen Dalton NO Triceps IR
R.J. McIntosh NYG Foot  
Hassan Ridgeway PHI Lower Body  
Javon Hargrave PHI Pectoral  
Chris Wormley PIT Shoulder  
Julian Taylor SF Knee-Acl PUP
Player Team Injury Status
Kendall Sheffield ATL Foot  
Ricardo Allen ATL Ankle  
Keanu Neal ATL Achilles  
Tashaun Gipson CHI Lower Back  
Shawn Williams CIN Calf  
Grant Delpit CLE Achilles IR
Xavier Woods DAL Undisclosed  
Derwin James LAC Knee IR
Nate Brooks MIA Undisclosed IR
Myles Dorn MIN Undisclosed IR
Saquan Hampton NO Undisclosed IR
Johnson Bademosi NO Undisclosed IR
Xavier McKinney NYG Foot IR
Marcus Maye NYJ Calf  
Matthias Farley NYJ Hamstring  
Player Team Injury Status
Avonte Maddox PHI Lower Body  
Will Parks PHI Lower Body IR
Marcus Epps PHI Lower Body  
Terrell Edmunds PIT Undisclosed  
Jamal Adams SEA Finger  
Justin Evans TB Foot PUP
Dane Cruikshank TEN Undisclosed IR
Simeon Thomas WAS Abdomen IR
Corner Back
Player Team Injury Status
Robert lford ARI Pectoral IR
Iman Marshall BAL Knee IR
Josh Norman BUF Hamstring  
Eli Apple CAR Ankle IR
Michael Joseph CHI Undisclosed IR
Artie Burns CHI Knee-Acl IR
Trae Waynes CIN Pectoral IR
Darius Phillips CIN Lower Leg leg
Mackensie Alexander CIN Personal  
Greedy Williams CLE Shoulder  
M.J. Stewart CLE Hamstring  
Kevin Johnson CLE Abdomen  
Chidobe Awuzie DAL Leg  
Jourdan Lewis DAL Ankle  
Michael Ojemudia DEN Quadriceps  
Player Team Injury Status
Mike Ford DET Leg IR
Will Sunderland GB Undisclosed IR
Kabion Ento GB Undisclosed IR
Gareon Conley HOU Ankle IR
Alex Brown KC Knee-Acl IR
Damon Arnette LV Thumb  
Byron Jones MIA Achilles  
Xavien Howard MIA Knee  
Montre Hartage NYG Hamstring IR
Darnay Holmes NYG Lower Body  
Kyron Brown NYJ Quadriceps PUP
Pierre Desir NYJ Hamstring  
Brian Poole NYJ Illness  
Jason Verrett SF Hamstring  
Tre Flowers SEA Ankle  
Carlton Davis TB Shoulder  
Kendall Fuller WAS Calf


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