We’re now entering Week 8 of the 2022 NFL season, and the daily practice reports are getting longer and longer as more injury news comes in. There is one player to keep an eye on ahead of Week 8 Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.C. Metcalf, who left last week’s game with a knee injury.

Which is the latest on Metcalfe’s status, and it should fantasy football managers preparing to be without him Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants?

DK Metcalf injury update

The first time Metcalf was taken to the locker room, it turned out to be a quite a fun situation. If you gotta go, you gotta go. The second time is not so funny.

Metcalf left last week’s game with a knee injury, which was unfortunate for the Seahawks, fantasy managers and anyone who could have gotten more of his receiving yards. Outsider fantasy.

It was unclear exactly what happened, and Metcalfe appeared to say the words, “I’m fine,” while sitting in a wheelchair. At first it didn’t seem too serious.

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After the game, seriousness was in the air. Metcalf needed an MRI to completely rule out an ACL tear. Fortunately, Metcalf did not tear his ACL and thus his season was not over. Unfortunately, he’s dealing with a patellar tendon.

On Monday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Metcalf was dealing with Pete Carroll described as a patellar tendon problem, but surgery will not be necessary. Carroll did not provide a timetable for Metcalfe’s return.

Metcalfe did not practice Wednesday

The Seahawks held a walkthrough on Wednesday. According to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, Metcalf was present but not officially involved. Carroll added that Metcalf likely won’t practice at all this week.

While this is a great sign that Metcalfe was present at all, his lack of involvement combined with Carroll’s words paint a bleak picture.

I’m sure we’ll see Metcalfe again this season. Still, the words “no timetable for his return” don’t exactly inspire confidence in his ability to suddenly hit the field without missing a game.

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Carroll is notoriously unreliable when it comes to charting injuries, but he’s usually unreliable in terms of over-optimism. When he says that Metcalf likely won’t practice all week, we can interpret that even more negatively than what would come from coaches who are more transparent.

Different teams handle injury reports differently. Some teams like to play games. It’s entirely possible that the Seahawks are listing Metcalf as questionable, which will really only serve to prevent fantasy managers from placing him on IR.

Having said that, I just don’t see the world Metcalfe is playing in this week. Of course, I can’t say anything with 100% certainty on Wednesday or Thursday, but it has all the signs of a multi-week injury.

Tyler Lockett currently checks in at WR21 on our Week 8 Fantasy Football Ratings. Once our rankings are updated with more accurate injury news, expect him to move up a few spots. Lockett is a locked-down WR2 this week.

As for the main benefit of Metcalfe’s absence, that honor goes to the Marquess of Goodwin. Last week, the 32-year-old speedster caught four balls for 67 yards and two touchdowns. He is the presumptive favorite for the WR2 role and a desperate WR5 this week. D’Wayne Eskridge would love to move into the WR3 slot, but he’s way off the fantasy radar.