The fantasy football injuries weren’t as severe in Week 5, but big names such as Eddie Lacy, Steve Smith Sr. and Jeremy Hill were forced to miss time, which will certainly have an effect on the top waiver wire pickups for Week 6. Plus, there are plenty of previously injured players that undoubtedly have fantasy owners worried (Jonathan Stewart, Doug Martin, Arian Foster, Latavius Murray, Charles Sims).

Here are the latest updates for your injured fantasy stars. 

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Eddie Lacy injury update

Lacy hurt his ankle on his second carry in the second half and didn’t return to Green Bay’s Sunday night game against the Giants. USA Today’s Ryan Wood noted that Lacy “was able to walk unassisted after the game,” which is obviously good news. The running back added he “should be all right” for Week 6.

Everything is trending toward Lacy returning next week, but, as always, his health is worth monitoring. If he does miss time, James Starks would be a must-add option on waivers.

Steve Smith Sr. injury news

The Ravens receiver left the game in the first quarter, hobbling off on an injured ankle. He never returned, although he reportedly pleaded with the team to let him play. According to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec, Smith said he rolled his ankle and “it’s going to be a pain tolerance thing with him going forward.”

Knowing Smith’s toughness, it seems unlikely he’ll miss much time, if at all. ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported Smith “isn’t expected to miss any time,” which is good news. If he does miss time, expect a bump in production for Dennis Pitta, Mike Wallace and possibly Breshad Perriman.

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Is Jeremy Hill hurt?

The Bengals running back was listed on the Week 5 injury report with a chest injury heading into Sunday’s game, and the team announced he re-injured the chest against the Cowboys. Hill left the game in the third quarter and did not return.

Backup/co-starter Giovani Bernard actually got the start for Cincy on Sunday, perhaps because of Hill’s injury. While Hill was “adamant” after the game that he is “okay,” his health is still worth monitoring. Even if he’s active next week, the Bengals could rely more on Bernard again.

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Will Dez Bryant play in Week 6?

“We’ll test that this week,” owner Jerry Jones said after the game, in refence to Bryant’s injured knee. “He was limited on his cuts there. He was feeling good about things. But we’ll just monitor all of these injuries here this week. …But that’s a pretty good crew that started off there tonight. It’s not going to hurt us to go with that.”

While Jones seems optimistic about Bryant’s injury, we’re not so sure he’ll return this week. It just make sense for Dallas to rest him in Week 6 against the Packers, and then let him heal during the bye week following that. The team previously announced they expected it to be a three-week injury, and the Packers game would make it three.

Jonathan Stewart injury update

Stewart (hamstring) will not play Monday night

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against the Buccaneers, but coach Ron Rivera says he feels “pretty comfortable” with J-Stew returning in Week 6.

Doug Martin, Charles Sims injury updates

Martin (hamstring) is doubtful and not expected to play Monday after not practicing all week, and Sims (knee) is also doubtful and not expected to play. Jacquizz Rodgers will get the start and handle the bulk of the RB carries for Tampa against the Panthers. The Bucs have a Week 6 bye, so it’s likely that all three backs will be healthy enough to play in Week 7, but nothing is set in stone.

Arian Foster injury news

Foster (hamstring, groin) returned to practice last week, and one reporter claimed he was moving “really well.” There’s a chance he returns in Week 6, but even if he does we expect him to come back to a committee backfield. Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, and Damien Williams have all seen touches in Foster’s absence, with Ajayi seemingly emerging as the “lead back” this past week.

Latavius Murray update

Murray (toe) is in a similar boat as Foster. Although he’s more questionable for Week 6, backups DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard have outperformed him, which means the Raiders will likely use all three guys once Murray is healthy. Richard is one of our top waiver wire pickups this week.