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Josh Reynolds doubtful for Week 9 vs. Packers

We break down the news that Josh Reynolds has a back injury. What it means for Week 9 and beyond.

 Josh Reynolds #8 of the Detroit Lions scores a touchdown against the Washington Commanders during the second quarter at Ford Field on September 18, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Reynolds is officially doubtful to play this week. Leave him on your fantasy benches.

Friday update: Reynolds once again wasn’t practicing on Friday, per Jeremy Reisman. It doesn’t look like there is much of a chance he will play this week. Amon-Ra St. Brown appears to be the only starting WR healthy for this matchup with the Packers.

Thursday update: Reynolds was not practicing on Thursday, per Dave Birkett. It appears that Reynolds suffered his back injury in practice on Wednesday. Right now it doesn’t look great for his availability this week.

Wide receiver Josh Reynolds was limited in Wednesday practice ahead of the Detroit Lions’ Sunday matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Reynolds is working through a back injury, and has also played through ankle and knee issues this year.

Fantasy football implications for Week 9

Reynolds leads the Lions still on the roster in receiving yards for the season with 357 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end T.J. Hockenson holds the current leading statistic, but he was traded to the Vikings this week. A Reynolds absence would be a brutal loss in what is already going to be a very challenging matchup for this Detroit team — particularly without Hockenson out there as well.

The Lions will likely lean on their running backs for yardage and could give them targets as well, but Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond can expect to see more work if Reynolds ends up sitting on the sidelines this Sunday.