This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 8 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
Another week brings another injury report with many of the NFL's Who's Who making an appearance. This week, the running back and receiver positions are in a dead heat in terms of star power, with multiple absences already confirmed. Meanwhile, there are continued health-related sabbaticals on the quarterback side, although that's partly offset by one noteworthy return. Without further ado, let's dive into the latest on who's trending toward starting or sitting as of early Sunday morning:
The Panthers' Cam Newton (foot) will remain out in Week 6 against the Buccaneers in London. Newton was spotted without his walking boot at this past week's practice, but a timetable for return is still firmly up in the air. Kyle Allen will draw his fourth straight start and has still to throw an interception through three games helming the Carolina offense.
The Saints' Drew Brees (thumb) remains out for Week 6's interconference battle against the Jaguars. Teddy Bridgewater, who now boasts a 3-0 record as a starter in Brees' stead and threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns versus the Buccaneers in Week 5, will once again helm the New Orleans offense against a Jaguars defense that has a chance to get Jalen Ramsey (back) back in action this week.
The Jets' Sam Darnold (illness)