By: Jon Margulis @jon_magulis
Week 4 – Injury Update
This weekly column brings you a weekly update on all the injuries that happen of the course of the weekend. Please keep in mind that information on these players is always changing and statuses may change later in the week. This column comes out only on Tuesday and should be treated as just a preliminary reaction to injuries that happen in-game.
I am going to preface this week but just saying, “Holy Injuries Batman!” I mean come on, it’s like everyone and their mother got hurt this week. This may be the longest injury column I have ever had to write. So without further ado, here are this week’s injuries to watch matchup by matchup.
CHI @ GB
Ty Montgomery – Ribs
Montgomery left the game with a rib injury in the first quarter. His status is uncertain. Initial reports came in of broken ribs, but that has since been downgraded to a less serious injury. Adam Schefter reports that Montgomery could play as early as week 5. UPDATE: Reports came in as I was writing this that Montgomery suffered multiple fractured ribs. This looks to be more serious than initially anticipated.
Fantasy Impact: With what looked to be a serious injury everyone thought they would be scrambling for Jamaal Williams in the waivers. Until he also got hurt in this matchup. Up came Aaron Jones, a personal favorite of this backfield for me. If Montgomery isn’t a go in week 5, which I doubt he will be, look for Aaron Jones to take the reins. He more than capable.
Jamaal Williams – Knee
Williams sprained his knee in the second quarter. MRI results came back negative and it looks like Williams has managed to avoid serious injury to his knee. He is considered week to week.
Fantasy Impact: It looks like drafting 2 RBs this season paid off for the Packers, as they now will likely have to rely on rookie Aaron Jones to lead the backfield in the absence of Williams and Montgomery.
Davante Adams – Concussion
Its one of those car crash types of hits that you don’t want to see but you can’t look away. Adams was hit, helmet to helmet by Danny Trevathan. It was an ugly hit and Adams was knocked out cold. Adams was carted off the field and immediately taken to a nearby hospital. Reports were that he was already joking in the ambulance ride to the hospital. MRIs came back negative for Adams on his neck and it seems he has avoided serious injury. He will be in concussion protocol and will unlikely play in week 5.
Fantasy Impact: With Adams out we will see another week of an understaffed Packers receiving corps. Look for Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison to fill the void while Adams is sidelined.
NO @ MIA
Willie Snead – Hamstring
Snead was supposed to come back from a 3 game suspension but apparently got a hamstring injury in practice. It was serious enough for him to miss the London game. With a week 5 bye, expect him to be fully healthy going into week 6.
Fantasy Impact: Looks like the days of Coleman, Fleener, and Ginn are limited. Expect Snead to take away volume from these guys.
TEN @ HOU
Marcus Mariota – Hamstring
Mariots left the blowout game against Houston with a hamstring injury and did not return. He underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed the extent of his injury. HC Mike Mularkey stated that the injury is similar to the one DeMarco Murray has been playing through. Mularkey said that MAriota does not need to practice to start. He should be considered a true game time decision and is day to day.
Fantasy Impact: If Mariota misses time, expect the passing game to suffer. Look for a heavy dose of Murray and Henry.
Corey Davis – Hamstring
Davis has been dealing with a hamstring issue for a couple weeks now. He has already been ruled out for week 5.
Fantasy Impact: Davis has huge upside but missing 3 straight is highly discouraging. Keep an eye on him. He can be dropped in any redraft format.
DET @ MIN
Dalvin Cook – ACL (IR)
This is kind of the “highlight” of this week’s injuries. Cook went down with a non-contact knee injury after gaining 66 yards and a touchdown. It was feared that he completely tore his ACL and tests on Monday confirmed as much. Cook will be placed on IR and is done for the season. He will undergo surgery.
Fantasy Impact: As far as season changing injuries go, this is right up there with David Johnson’s injury. Cook was consistently giving you RB1 numbers and was RB6 through 4 weeks averaging just over 13 fantasy points per game. His production will be hard to replace. Murray will take the lead in the Minnesota backfield, but don’t expect anywhere near the same production that Cook had. The talent is nowhere near the same.
BUF @ ATL
Jordan Matthews – Thumb
Matthews injured his thumb in the fourth quarter of the win over Atlanta. Reports on Monday have come out that he will need surgery on his thumb and will likely miss at least a month. He needs a pin placed in the thumb, it needs to heal, and then he needs to rehab it to get grip strength back. This is not a quick injury fix.
Fantasy Impact: It’s not like this offense was passing all that much but this opens the doors for Zay Jones and Andre Holmes to get more looks. However, you should expect an even heavier dose of LeSean McCoy in Matthews absence, but the main attraction will be as always, Charles Clay, who has been the receiver in Buffalo.
Julio Jones – Hip
Julio suffered a hip flexor sprain and is considered week to week. While fighting to get back into the game, he was held out of the rest of the matchup. The Falcon’s bye week comes at a perfect time for Jones to heal up. He should be a full go come week 6.
Fantasy Impact: There should be no instant reactions here. Jones will be good to go week 6. The concern is the fantasy production. Jones has yet to record a touchdown this season.
Mohamed Sanu – Hamstring
Sanu strained his hamstring early in the game. He left the game and did not return. He is reported to be out for 2-3 weeks. So while the bye comes at a great time, he is still likely to miss some games.
Fantasy Impact: This could mean some more looks to Julio, but look for the rest of the team to get some bumps as well. Taylor Gabriel, Freeman, Coleman, and Hooper, stand to benefit.
PHI @ LAC
Melvin Gordon – Knee
Gordon suffered a bruised knee in week 3. He played hurt in week 4 against the banged up Eagles defense and have only 22 yards on the ground to show for it. He did not look 100% on Sunday. Look for him to get back on track in week 5, but he has a tough matchup against the Giants stout running defense.
Mike Williams – Back
Williams was held out for a 4th straight week. Indications show that he will finally make his NFL debut in week 5.
Fantasy Impact: This is a hard nut to crack, he will probably be eased into his role, but this is one heck of a crowded offense. With Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Hunter Henry, Antonio Gates, and Tyrell Williams. He has the talents to be a star, but there is very little room for him to prove it.
NYG @ TB
Paul Perkins – Ribs
Perkins left the game in the third quarter with a rib injury and did not return. An MRI came back negative, so it looks like Perkins is just dealing with soreness and pain.
Fantasy Impact: Not that anyone in the Giants backfield should be owned, this does not bode well for Perkins who has been worse than ineffective so far this season.
Odell Beckham Jr. – Ankle/Finger
OBJ sprained his finger after it got dislocated. After it was worked on, he went back into the game and didn’t show signs that it was afflicting him. Later in the game, OBJ appeared to have sprained his ankle. He was then in and out of the rest of the game.v He is considered day to day and will likely miss some practices. He will be rested with hopes that he will play week 5.
Fantasy Impact:Diva Beckham is at it again. He will likely complain about this and that, ultimately line up week 5. He may be limited in that matchup and could be used much in the same way he was in week 2. If OBJ sits, expect the Giants and Manning to waver like they did in weeks 1 & 2 without him.
SF @ ARI
Marquise Goodwin – Concussion/Head
Goodwin exited the game in the first half to be examined for a head or eye injury. He was then diagnosed with a concussion and did not return to the game.
Fantasy Impact: While the passing attack has not been anything to write home about, this does mean even more looks for Garcon as well as some more passing opportunities for Carlos Hyde.
OAK @ DEN
Derek Carr – Back
Carr suffered a fractured vertebrae and could miss anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks. Initially it was said that he was dealing with back spasms but later it came out that he had a fractured transverse process, a small protrusion of the vertebrae. Tony Romo had the same injury in 2014 and only missed one week.
Fantasy Impact: This a game changer for the Raiders. Just back from his 2016 injury, Carr is the machine that drives this offense. Look for reduced production from Cooper and the rest of the receivers. We will see a lot more of a running game. Look for Lynch, Richard, and Washington to step up in the upcoming weeks.
Michael Crabtree – Lung
Crabtree suffered a bruised lung in week 3. He is still dealing with this injury. It’s more seriously than initially anticipated but he should be back in week 5.
Fantasy Impact: Being injured and most likely without Carr, Crabtree will not see so much production week 5. He may be relied on by EJ Manuel however as Cooper has been having trouble with drops this season.
IND @ SEA
Cliff Avril – Neck
Avril suffered a neck injury this week which should keep him sidelined for a while. He has been experiencing numbness in his arm. This sounds serious and should be followed carefully.
Fantasy Impact: This does not bode well for the Seahawks defense as they already have let up an average of 141.5 yards from scrimmage and 14.4 fantasy points per game to RBs.
Chris Carson – Ankle (IR)
Carson broke his leg in the fourth quarter. He was pinned under multiple players. He was carted off the field and an air cast was applied to his leg. He fractured his lower leg as well as high ankle sprain. The Seahawks have placed Carson on the IR and he is eligible to return in 8 weeks.
Fantasy Impact:Just as Carson truthers were getting excited, he gets injured. Welp, that’s football. On to the next guy, oh wait, who would that be. It looks like Prosise will return in week 5. In Carson’s absence, JD McKissic took over. He may be a sneaky stash now. But I think its Prosise’s backfield now.
WAS @ KC
Josh Norman – Ribs
Norman left the game late in the first half with a rib injury. Right after halftime it was reported that he will miss a couple of weeks. This turn around means that it is clear whats going on and what the outcome will be.
Fantasy Impact: In a game where the Redskins lost their whole defense to injury, they looked like swiss cheese. Moving forward they will need to tighten up those gaps and get healthy. Meanwhile, opponents can breath easy as opposing WRs won’t have to be covered by Norman for a couple weeks.
Rob Kelley – Ankle
Kelley was knocked out of action during the first half, and was first declared questionable to return due to an ankle injury, before subsequently being designated as doubtful to return.
Fantasy Impact: With Kelley out, Samaje Perine got the bulk of the show. HC Jay Gruden said he would not involve Thompson more than he has already and he was true to his word. With Kelley sidelined it’s anyone’s backfield now.