Week 9 final injury reports: Giants rule out Saquon Barkley; Panthers list Sam Darnold as questionable

Teams across the league are putting the finishing touches on their week of practice leading up to the full Week 9 slate. This upcoming weekend in the NFL has a number of notable matchups, including Cardinals-49ers, Packers-Chiefs and Titans-Rams, to name a few. What each of those games have in common, however, is that injuries (or a player’s unavailability) are at the forefront, which brings us to the main subject of this piece. 

As teams turn in their final injury reports of the week, let this be your hub for knowing who is in, who is out, and whose status may still be up in their leading up to kickoff. Below, you’ll find every injury report and analysis of what it all means for Week 9. 

Tyrod Taylor, who hasn’t played since the second quarter in Week 2, will start for the Texans, with rookie Davis Mills headed to the bench. For a ninth straight game, Watson will be inactive. Watson was not traded before the deadline after conversations with the Dolphins. 

Baker and Tagovailoa were limited at practice throughout the week. Dolphins coach Brian Flores said on Friday that he is optimistic that Tagovailoa will face the Texans on Sunday. 

The Giants will once again be without Barkley. While he was able to clear COVID-19 protocols this week, his ankle continues to keep him sidelined for New York. Meanwhile, Shepard is also out while Golladay is questionable, so the wide receiver unit remains pretty banged up.

Patriots: DT Christian Barmore (foot), LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (ribs), DL Carl Davis (hand), DB Cody Davis (hand), DB Kyle Dugger (neck), K Nick Folk (left knee), LB Dont’a Hightower (ankle), OL Shaq Mason (abdomen), LB Josh Uche (shoulder), LB Kyle Van Noy (groin), P Jake Bailey (right knee), WR N’Keal Harry (knee) QUESTIONABLE Panthers: QB Sam Darnold (concussion, right shoulder), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver III (toe), G Pat Elflein (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE

Each of the Patriots’…

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