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Lions WR Tyrell Williams headed to I.R. with concussion

Detroit’s top wide receiver will miss at least the next three weeks.

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Tyrell Williams of the Detroit Lions runs in action against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter of the preseason game at Ford Field on August 13, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Thursday update: The Detroit Lions will be without their top wide receiver for at least three weeks after he went on I.R. with a brain injury, per Kyle Meinke. Quintez Cephus has taken over as the lead receiver and has some value in fantasy football while Williams is out.

The Detroit Lions will attempt to get their first victory of the 2021 season against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, but will have to do so without their top wide receiver. Tyrell Williams, who entered concussion protocol in the Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, is expected to miss the game, which will be his second missed game. Williams is in a one-year deal with the Lions, but has had a significant injury history during his NFL career.

Fantasy football implications

With Williams out, expect Quintez Cephus, T.J. Hockenson and Amon-Ra St. Brown to see additional targets. The Lions aren’t a great offense to invest in for fantasy football given Jared Goff’s inconsistencies, but there are still some pass-catching options to play. Hockenson is a natural choice given the lack of good options at tight end, while St. Brown has value in keeper and dynasty formats. Cephus enters flex territory due to Williams’ absence. Both Lions running backs remain relevant in fantasy football, but it appears D’Andre Swift has the edge as far as the preferred play.