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Jahan Dotson questionable ahead of Week 7 vs. Packers

We break down the news that Jahan Dotson has a hamstring injury. What it means for Week 7 and beyond.

ahan Dotson #1 of the Washington Commanders warms up against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 2, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Friday update: Dotson is listed as questionable for Sunday after re-aggravating his hamstring injury on Thursday.

Thursday PM update: Dotson re-aggravated his hamstring injury on Thursday, per Jordan Schultz. His status for this week is in doubt.

Thursday update: Some bad news for Dotson, as he came up limping on a route in practice and left with trainers, per Sam Fortier. It’s impossible to know if he re-aggravated his hamstring injury or suffered a different injury. This appears to put his possible return in Week 7 in peril.

Thursday update: Dotson was once again seen practicing on Thursday, per Sam Fortier.

Wednesday update: Dotson was officially listed as limited on Wednesday. He appears on track to return this week.

Washington Commanders wide receiver Jahan Dotson returned to practice on Wednesday ahead of their Sunday matchup against the Green Bay Packers. The rookie has missed the past two weeks with a hamstring injury after making an immediate impact, scoring four touchdowns in his first four games as an NFL player after being selected as the 16th overall pick in this year’s draft.

Fantasy football implications for Week 7

Dotson’s return is a major boost for the Commanders’ passing game. He totaled 152 yards over 12 receptions this season before sitting out for two games with a hamstring issue. The bigger issue at hand is QB Carson Wentz’s broken finger (no pun intended). Expected to be out for 4-to-6 weeks, last year’s starter Taylor Heinicke will likely lead Washington’s offense for the coming month.

Dotson will still be a starting receiver, but his chemistry with Heinicke and the offensive coordinator’s changing scheme are up in the air at the moment. Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel are the team’s leaders in receiving yards, but no Washington WR has found the end zone as often as Dotson this year.

Heinicke completed 65% of his passes in 2021, compared to Wentz’s 62.1% completion rate thus far this season.