Jon Margulis @jon_magulis
Week 5 – 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.
NE @ TB
Rob Gronkowski (Thigh)
A thigh contusion made Gronk a late scratch for the game against the Buccaneers. He made the trip to Tampa and just didn’t suit up. It seems that if they felt they needed him he would have played, and indicates that the injury is minor and he should be good to go. The Patriots have a mini-bye with 10 days rest, so this should be good news for Gronk.
Fantasy Impact: Gronk should be good to go in a ‘must-win’ matchup with the Jets in week 6. Expect Gronk to see heavy use as the offense will again need to help the Pats struggling defense.
NYJ @ CLE
Kenny Britt (Knee)
Britt missed the whole week of practice and was a ‘no surprise’ inactive in the week 5 matchup with the Jets.
Fantasy Impact: It has seemed like the Browns had been fading out Britt from the offense until Corey Coleman went down. Britt then became the defacto #1. Now in Britts absence, Ricardo Louis has stepped up and taken over. Louis looks to be a serious contender moving forward even if and when all the Browns WRs get healthy.
Bilal Powell (Calf)
Powell was pulled from the second half of the Jets win over Cleveland with a strained calf muscle. He is considered day to day and should be considered fully questionable going into the matchup with the Patriots.
Fantasy Impact: With Forte out, the man in the backfield is by default Elijah McGuire. He had a huge game against Jacksonville and could see the start against a Patriots suspect defense that is allowing an average of 124 yards per game on the ground.
CAR @ DET
Matthew Stafford (Ankle & Thigh)
Stafford appeared to injure his ankle and thigh on his right leg. He played through the injuries and almost completed a classic Stafford comeback in the 4th quarter while injured. The lions are ‘optimistic’ that Stafford will be good for week 6.
Fantasy Impact: Sounds like coaches speak but it is definitely something to track through the week. Without Stafford the Lions will be garbage.
TEN @ MIA
Marcus Mariota (Hamstring)
Mariota is still dealing with the lingering hamstring injury. It is looking like he may miss another week or two. Initially ruled a 1 week injury, the Titans have come out and said it may be 2-3 weeks.
Fantasy Impact: Without Mariots, the Titans are faltering and are nothing. Every facet of the game needs Mariota and his playmaking abilities.
Devante Parker (Ankle)
Parker went to the locker room in the first quarter of the game with Dolphins training staff, and the team subsequently announced that he was questionable to return with an ankle injury before downgrading him to out in the second half. After the game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Dolphins believe Parker has a sprained ankle.
Fantasy Impact: Since the injury is looking minor, Parker should be good to go next week. The problem is that the Miami offense as a whole has been struggling and there a lot that needs to be fixed, maybe starting with coaches that don’t do drugs.
BUF @ CIN
Charles Clay (Knee)
Clay was helped to the medical tent on the sideline with help from two trainers under each arm late in the first quarter and was subsequently carted off to the locker room. Bills coach Sean McDermott said Charles Clay underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Monday morning and will miss multiple weeks. Pro Football Talk reports Clay is dealing with a torn meniscus and sprained MCL.
Fantasy Impact: This is a huge hit not only to the Bills offense but also to fantasy playoff hopefuls who had found the Clay gem on the waiver wire. The Bills passing offense went through and drove through Charles Clay and will be missing his 27 targets for 258 yards and 2 TDs. Expect a lot more LeSean McCoy (we say that seemingly every week now) but it will be Zay Jones who will need to really step up his game moving forward.
Adam Jones & Dre Kirkpatrick (Back & Shoulder)
A lower back issue and shoulder injury sidelined both Bengals CBs in the first half of the game. They never came back in. It brutal to lose both your corners in a game. This will have to be monitored moving forward to see how the defense will hold up.
Fantasy Impact: It’s looking like if these two won’t play the Bengals secondary might have some gaping holes that teams can take advantage of.
LAC @ NYG
Odell Beckham Jr. (Ankle – IR)
Late in the fourth quarter, Beckham injured his left ankle after his lower left leg was pinned beneath a defender after attempting to catch a pass. After being attended to by Giants medical staff, Beckham was carted off the field. It looked bad on the field and it was confirmed afterwards that he had broken a bone in his lower leg. They were seeking second opinions but OBJ ultimately will go under the knife and have season ending surgery.
Brandon Marshall (Ankle – IR)
Brandon Marshall was forced from the Giants’ Week 5 game against the Chargers with a left ankle/Achilles’ issue. It was reported on Monday night vis Marshall’s instagram that he will have season-ending surgery.
Dwayne Harris (Ankle – IR)
Harris left on a cart in the third quarter and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. While Harris is primarily a special-teams contributor, his injury left the Giants with two healthy wide receivers on the active roster. During the fourth quarter, the Giants announced that Harris suffered a fracture in his foot. Sunday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Harris will miss the rest of the season with the injury.
Fantasy Impact: I am just going to do one fantasy impact for all 3 of these injuries. I am also not gonna sugarcoat this. Brutal. Only word for it. The Giants lose 3 out of 4 of their WRs for the rest of the season. Moving forward the giants WRs are now 1) Sterling Shepard 2) Roger Lewis 3) Tavarres King 4) Travis Rudolph. That is more soul crushing than an 0-5 start.
Sterling Shepard (Ankle)
Shepard injured his ankle and was seen with an air cast on it. He was ruled out of the game after the injury. He was initially considered week to week, but after an MRI, which presumably showed good results, Shepard has been labeled day to day.
Fantasy Impact: Considering Shepard is their only weapon now out of the WRs, it is safe to assume he will be heavily involved moving forward. The sophomore may be in line for some huge games the rest of the season, but first he will have to get healthy.
Orleans Darkwa (Calf)
Orleans Darkwa started the Giants’ Week 5 loss to the Chargers, but was knocked out with a calf injury.
Fantasy Impact: With Darkwa getting hurt, Wayne Gallman shined bright. It maybe be the 0-5 record but in a day of pure misery for the Giants, Gallman may have been the only bright spot. The backfield is still suspect, but with the current WR corps being who they are, they may have to rely on the backfield a lot more moving forward.
ARI @ PHI
Wendell Smallwood (Knee)
After not practicing all week, it was no surprise that Smallwood was a scratch for week 5. He is still trying to get healthy from a knee injury.
Fantasy Impact: With the backfield decimated, Corey Clement and LeGarrette Blount will have much more increased roles moving forward. The Eagles offense seems to be firing on all cylinders despite the injured backfield. Expect great game scripts for the backfield if Carson Wentz can keep this up.
BAL @ OAK
Terrance West (Calf)
West started the game well, rushing for 17 yards on two carries, but fell to the ground before reaching the sideline, clutching his left leg. He was helped off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room. West was designated as doubtful to return with a calf injury.
Fantasy Impact: Buck Allen took over this week and had a strong week. It looks like he will have first offense work moving forward. Alex Collins has been effective this season as well but he has had an issue with ball security and has fumbled the ball a couple of times.
Derek Carr (Back)
Coach Jack Del Rio said he anticipates Derek Carr (back) to return Week 6 against the Chargers.
Fantasy Impact: It is looking like this offense runs through Derek Carr and they need him back yesterday. His return will hopefully revamp the offense. They need a jump start and Carr’s return might be just that.
GB @ DAL
Jordy Nelson (Hamstring)
NFL Network’s Michael Silver reports Jordy Nelson sat out the final drive of the Packers’ Week 5 win because of a hamstring injury.
The Packers did not announce an injury for Nelson after the game, but he would not have missed what ended up being the game-winning drive unless he was suffering from something. Jordy insisted that he is fine and that he will be ready to go vs. the Vikings come week 6.
Fantasy Impact: Sounds like this is a non-issue. Jordy is a TD machine and basically can’t be stopped so far. He gets lined up with Xavier Rhodes next week and it may be the only week he gets shut down.
Ty Montgomery (Ribs)
As expected, Montgomery missed the week 5 matchup. He is dealing with multiple fractured ribs. He was doubtful all week and could possibly miss another week or two.
Fantasy Impact: SOunds like this will be a couple more weeks and that’s no problem for Aaron Jones owners who filled in for Montgomery like a man of fire, rushing for over 100 yards and a TD. Jones will be an RB2 in Montgomery’s absence.
KC @ HOU
Travis Kelce (Concussion)
Kelce took a hard hit at the tail end of the second quarter, and after getting back on the field for some plays in the first half, did not appear to start the second half. The Chiefs subsequently announced that Kelce had a concussion, and he did not return.
Fantasy Impact: If Kelce is out for anytime, this offense will have lost a WR and its top receiving option in Kelce. A lot more will ride on Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt who has had over 100 yards rushing in each of his 5 starts as a rookie. The only other rookie to do that in history is Adrian Peterson. Hunt is a lock to be huge inj Kelce’s absence in all facets of the game.
Chris Conley (Achilles – IR)
Conley was the fourth Chiefs receiver to leave the field at some point during the game, as he was carted off during the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the injury was the most dire for Conley, as he was diagnosed with a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.
Fantasy Impact: Along with Wilson, Conley is a true WR unlike gadget man Tyreek Hill. Wilson will see more target now that Conley is out for the season and Kelce in concussion protocol.
J.J. Watt (Foot)
Watt suffered a left leg injury while trying to make a play on Alex Smith during the first quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs, and remained on the ground while he was examined by Texans medical personnel. Eventually, Watt rose and made his way slowly to the sideline while attempting to keep weight off that leg. He then was carted off to the locker room for further evaluation. The team quickly announced that Watt was out for the remainder of the game, and he left the stadium in an ambulance. Later during the game, the Texans announced that Watt had sustained a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg. On Monday it was reported that he will miss the rest of the season. This will be the second season in a row where JJ Watt does not playe even half of the games.
Whitney Marcelius (Chest)
Mercilus left the game during the Texans’ first defensive series, and he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game due to a chest injury. And it was more than just a minor injury: Monday morning, it was revealed that Mercilus will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Fantasy Impact: With both Watt and Marcelius out for the season this defense basically doesn’t stand a chance. They are depleted in their secondary, and now lost the two linchpins of their defensive line.
MIN @ CHI
Sam Bradford (Knee)
Bradford, look sluggish in his return, indicating that the injured knee is not 100%. He will likely need a couple more weeks to get back to full strength.
Fantasy Impact: Bradford lit up the league in week 1. However, if he can’t come back to full strength they will rely heavily on Case Keenum. With Teddy Bridgewater almost 100% and Keenum in the mix, the QB situation in MInnesota is very interesting.
Stefon Diggs (Groin)
Diggs left Monday’s game with a groin injury. He missed only one series and was back out there on the next Viking drive. However he was held to 1 catch on 4 targets for the night.
Fantasy Impact: Diggs is notorious for playing through injury but playing very poorly. Keep an eye on this injury, groin injuries are known to linger and Diggs does not play well injured.