A couple of quarterbacks exited Sunday's NFL games with injuries in Matthew Stafford and Ben Roethlisberger. Meanwhile, Chargers WR Mike Williams nearly came up with a game-winning TD catch, but he ultimately got hurt going to the ground and dropped the ball. All three of these key fantasy football contributors could be fine for Week 10, but owners will want to know before they make some tough decisions on the waiver wire.
Matthew Stafford injury update
In the fourth quarter of the Lions' loss to the Vikings, Stafford exited the game after a hit to the head. He was tested for a possible concussion and didn't return. However, according to Tim Twentyman of Lions.com, Stafford cleared concussion protocol and was feeling good after the game.
Provided that Stafford continues to avoid concussion-like symptoms in the coming days, he should be fine to suit up in Week 10 against the Washington Football Team. Though Stafford isn't a recommended play against a solid Washington defense, his presence will benefit Marvin Jones and T.J. Hockenson. If backup Chase Daniel were to play, Jones would slip to the low-end flex range while Hockenson would be a fringe-TE1. So, Stafford's impact could have a ripple effect, but it looks like he will be okay.
Ben Roethlisberger injury update
UPDATE: Roethlisberger has been placed on the COVID list after close contact with someone who tested positive. As long as Roethlisberger doesn't test positive, he will be able to play on Sunday, and he'll also be able to rehab his knee injury in team facilities. For now, it looks like Big Ben will play in Week 10, but nothing is definite.
Just before halftime against the Cowboys, Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury and he went to the locker room early. At the time, there was some concern about the injury, but Roethlisberger ultimately returned to the field for the second half and helped lead the Steelers to the win.
At this time, there doesn't appear to be any major concern about Roethlisberger's knee. He may get some days off in practice this week to rest the injury, but it doesn't seem like he will miss time. That will be good news for his star-studded receiving corps, as he will continue to get them the ball often.
Roethlisberger's backup is Mason Rudolph, so if there are any unexpected developments with his knee injury, he would be the man. For now though, it looks like Big Ben should be ready to go in Week 10 against the Bengals.
Mike Williams injury update
On the penultimate play of the Chargers' loss to the Broncos, Mike Williams went up to grab a potential game-winning touchdown but was unable to secure the catch. Making matters worse, Williams was down injured on the play for a while and then got up and walked slowly off the field.
Since the injury occurred so late in the game, there hasn't yet been an update on Williams' condition. He'll need to be watched considering that he does have a history of leg injuries that have hampered him, and he has been an important part of the Chargers' offense. If he has to miss time, Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry will be the only two Chargers pass-catchers worth playing. The other receivers the team has are just too inconsistent to trust.