Most top-level closed wings are finally healthy, except for Evan Engram, who is in the right direction for Week 15. But the background fantasy beginners in the TE ranking still have a series of question marks, including Jared Cook, Greg Olsen, Noah Fant, Gerald Everett and David Njoku. We have the latest news and updates on mid-week injuries at these six tight ends below.
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Jared Cook Concussion Update
Cook (concussion) received a blow to the head in the second of his touchdown catches last Sunday and did not return to action. Payton said of Cook on Monday: "He had excellent touchdowns last night. I don't know if he remembers them." It is not yet known if Cook will eliminate the concussion protocol, so until that happens, his status for Monday night's game against the Colts is in doubt.
If Cook stays out, Josh Hill will be the starter in TE, while Taysom Hill will also have more action in that position. If you own Cook and would like to interpret it this week, Josh Hill is a suitable filler that you can save now and exchange Monday night if necessary.
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Evan Engram injury news
Engram (foot) and Giants No. 2 TE Rhett Ellison (concussion) were both limited in New York practice on Wednesday. Engram had returned to practice on a limited basis last week before being discarded before Monday Night Football. But a limited practice on Wednesday is usually a good omen to play on Sunday. The Giants receive the Dolphins at 1 p.m. ET.
Assuming Engram returns, he should be reconnected to the fantasy lineups as a No. 1 TE. If Engram remained out, Ellison would take over the main tasks if he was healthy, or Kaden Smith would keep them if both were out.
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Greg Olsen's injury update
Olsen (concussion) returned to practice on a limited Wednesday, only participating in individual drills. Olsen remains in the league's concussion protocol, while interim coach Perry Fewell said it was "funny"to see Olsen back in the field.
(Update: Olsen was limited again in practice on Thursday and has yet to clear the concussion protocol.)
Carolina will have a starting fantasy TE in his lineup this week against the Seahawks, who only allowed Tyler Higbee more than 100 yards. If Olsen is back, it's him, and if he's out, it's Ian Thomas, who saw 10 goals a week ago in Olsen's absence. Thomas would be an excellent transmission if Olsen is out.
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Noah Fant's injury status
Fant needed to be eliminated in Sunday's game due to a foot injury. He could not participate in the Denver practice on Wednesday, although the head coach Vic Fangio said The rookie's perspective is "positive in general."
Denver has a friendly showdown with TE on Sunday against the Chiefs, but if Fant isn't there, Jeff Heuerman isn't an ideal pivot. It would be a TD or bust play, but if you already trust Fant, it could be the best thing you can do in those circumstances.
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Is Gerald Everett playing week 15?
Everett (knee) has not yet returned to Rams practice after missing the last two games, two contests in which Tyler Higbee exceeded 100 yards. "His knee is progressing, but he is not yet ready to go out and practice with us," Sean McVay he told reporters on wednesday.
It seems that at least another week of Higbee as the main TE of Los Angeles. The Rams face the Cowboys, who have been below average in the defense of the tight end, so Higbee is a limit fantasy start if Everett is still out in Week 15.
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David Njoku injury update
Njoku was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a previously unknown knee injury. Njoku only had one catch in his first game on Sunday against the Dolphins, and the Browns face the Cardinals at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday.
Njoku seems like an obvious play against the Cardinals, and as long as he looks healthy, he is a fantasy starter this week. But keep in mind the slight risk after he only played 21 snapshots, about a third of Cleveland's offensive plays, in Week 13. Njoku is the most talented TE the Browns have, so he plays against Cardinals assuming he is healthy.