Is Terry McLaurin playing on Thanksgiving? Fantasy injury update for Thursday’s Washington-Cowboys game (Updated)
Terry McLaurin has been one of the most productive receivers in the NFL this season, but ahead of a Thanksgiving afternoon clash with the Cowboys, the Washington Football Team receiver has been slapped with the dreaded “questionable” tag as he deals with a knee injury. McLaurin seems to be trending in the right direction, but fantasy football owners will surely be looking for injury updates, as a potential McLaurin absence would have an impact on start ’em, sit ’em decisions.
We’ll continue to update this post with news on McLaurin up until the active/inactive report comes out on Thanksgiving Day at about 3 p.m. ET. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
Is Terry McLaurin playing on Thanksgiving?
UPDATE: McLaurin is officially ACTIVE.
McLaurin (knee) is officially listed as questionable, according to Washington’s official injury report, but it seems that the talented young wideout should be able to play against the Cowboys.
Each day leading up to the game, McLaurin saw his practice status improve. During Monday’s estimated practice report, McLaurin was listed as a non-participant. On Tuesday, he got in a limited session. Then, during Wednesday’s session, he was reportedly a full participant.
The fact that McLaurin got in a full practice is an excellent sign he should play. In a normal week, there wouldn’t be any questions about his status if he logged a full practice on Wednesday, so this may just be a case of Washington getting him a little bit of extra rest to keep him fresher on a short week.
That said, McLaurin will still need to be monitored before Thurday afternoon’s game. On the off chance that McLaurin is out, Cam Sims would suddenly become the No. 1 receiver for Washington, and he would be an intriguing start as a WR3 in a great matchup against Dallas’ porous secondary. Steven Sims and Isaiah Wright would also compete for playing time, but they’d be more for DFS contests than for standard leagues. TE Logan Thomas would be well-positioned to benefit from a McLaurin absence, as well. He has averaged 5.6 targets per game and would likely exceed that in the event that McLaurin was out.
For now, McLaurin’s designation doesn’t seem like anything to worry about, so feel free to include him in your season-long lineups and NFL DFS contests. Just be ready to pivot in case something unexpected happens.