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Zach Ertz expected to play Sunday against Raiders in Week 2

We break down news that Zach Ertz has a calf injury, but is expected to play Sunday. What it means for Week 2.

Tight end Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals scores a touchdown as linebacker Darius Harris #47 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the fourth quarter of the game at State Farm Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Sep 16 PM Update: Ertz is not listed on Friday’s injury report and is expected to play on Sunday.

Sep 15 update: Ertz returned to practice on Thursday. It looks like he’s not 100% with his calf, but will likely play through the injury for now.

Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz has been dealing with a calf injury and did not participate in the team’s open practice on Wednesday.

Ertz was listed as questionable heading into Week 1 against the Chiefs, but ended up playing 39 snaps and scoring a touchdown in the Cardinals’ loss.

Fantasy football implications

Ertz only brought in two receptions and four targets in Sunday’s game, and hasn’t officially been ruled out for the upcoming game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday in Week 2.

If he does sit out with a calf injury, tight ends Maxx Williams and Stephen Andersen will both see more snaps at the position, but it’s unlikely that either will make a significant impact in terms of yardage or receptions.

The Cardinals tight end group should probably sit on the bench in fantasy for Week 2, whether or not Ertz sees playing time.