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Zach Ertz off injury report for Week 3 vs. Rams

We break down the update that Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz isn’t practicing to start the week. What it means for Week 3 and beyond.

Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals attempts to catch a pass against Nate Hobbs #39 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the fourth quarter at Allegiant Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images

Friday update: Ertz is off the injury report and is expected to play on Sunday.

Thursday update: Ertz will likely continue to get Wednesday rest days moving forward. He should be fine to go this week after returning to practice Thursday.

The Arizona Cardinals will take on the Los Angeles Rams in a battle of the NFC West in Week 3 of the NFL season. Starting tight end Zach Ertz has been dealing with a calf injury. Even with the injury, Ertz has been able to suit up for the Cardinals' first two games of the season. He has 10 receptions on 15 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy football implications

Ertz missing from practice isn’t shocking to start the week. These teams don’t play until Sunday, so it could just be a veteran rest day. Ertz has been limited in practice to start the first two game weeks of the season and still played. He is expected to play despite his absence from the first day of practice this week. If he did aggravate the injury and ends up missing the game this week, Stephen Anderson and/or Trey McBride would likely serve as the starting tight end. They wouldn't garner any fantasy relevance, though, and any uptick in targets or involvement would likely go to the backup wide receivers.