By: Jon Margulis @jon_magulis
Week 7 – 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.
It seems like every week the injuries pile on and end seasons of high-profile players. We have lost David Johnson, Julian Edelman, Eric Berry, J.J. Watt, Dalvin Cook, Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and now… Aaron Rodgers. I might be seriously regretting writing this column, it’s making me too sad.
CHI @ BAL
Maxx Williams – Ankle
On a play during which he fumbled the ball, Williams appeared to be kneed in the head as his legs were tangled with two Bears defenders. He appeared woozy while being helped to the sideline and headed to the locker room after being examined on the sideline. He was subsequently declared out for the remainder of the game because of an ankle injury.
Fantasy Impact: Another Ravens TE bites the dust. Williams was supposed to be the guy in Baltimore, but it’s all ‘old man’ Watson these days. Might be a good pick up right about now.
GB @ MIN
Aaron Rodgers Collarbone (Possible IR)
Landing awkwardly after taking a hit from Anthony Barr, Rodgers walked off the field under his own power, but he was replaced by Brett Hundley for the next play. Rodgers then headed to the medical evaluation tent on the sideline before being carted back to the locker room for further evaluation. He was declared questionable to return with a shoulder/collarbone injury but was downgraded to out near the start of the second half. Shortly after downgrading him to out, the Packers announced that Rodgers has a broken collarbone and that there’s a chance he could miss the rest of the season. On Monday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy indicated that Rodgers will have surgery “in the near future,” and his season “potentially could be over.”
Fantasy Impact: I’m not sure there are bigger impacts to any team, fantasy or other than losing your mainstay, your captain, and your leader. The Packers are now without their QB and this means many of you who thought you had a stud QB for 16 weeks are scrambling to find a replacement. Some of you (read: me) are now question whether your 5-1 team can even make it to the playoffs without rodgers. Hopefully someone like Tyrod Taylor or Ben Roethlisberger is still on the waivers, and if they are i hope you can get some priority other wise I hope you have capital to trade with. Either way, I am in the trenches with you.
DET @ NO
Golden Tate – Shoulder
Tate was assisted to the locker room by Lions medical staff in the fourth quarter and was originally declared questionable to return with a shoulder injury before being downgraded to out.
Fantasy Impact: Looks like Tate is dealing with a sprained AC joint. He is waiting to get back the MRI results but it sounds like he might miss some time. I think this will impact Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron the most. Expect to see a higher dose of them.
TB @ ARI
Jameis Winston – Shoulder
Winston was knocked out of the game during the second quarter as he was tackled by Chandler Jones and landed hard on his throwing shoulder. He was examined on the sideline, and the team quickly declared him doubtful to return with a shoulder injury; he did not return. After the game, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter indicated that the X-rays on Winston’s shoulder were negative, but that he’ll undergo an MRI on Monday. Monday afternoon, Koetter updated the situation, indicating that Winston has a sprain in the AC joint of his throwing shoulder, and the QB is considered day-to-day.
Fantasy Impact: Sounds like this is a minor injury and that he stands a chance to play in week 7. He may end up being a game time decision. I hope you have a back up to Winston. Un less Winston was you backup to Rodgers, then you might as well drop to your knees and pray to the fantasy gods!
Patrick Peterson – Quad
Peterson exited the game in the fourth quarter due to a quad injury.
Fantasy Impact: Peterson is a game changer. If he misses time, WRs like Sammy Watkins can reap the benifits.
NE @ NYJ
Chris Hogan – Torso
Hogan was hit hard in the torso by Jets safety Marcus Maye. He remained on the ground but was able to get up and walk off the field under his own power. After skipping a few plays, he returned to the game on the next drive.
Fantasy Impact: Looks like Hogan should be fine if he can get in the rest he needs. He came back in but he was limited in his production. Hogan has been a Red Zone machine dating back to last season. He is an integral part of this offense.
LAR @ JAC
Leonard Fournette – Knee
Fournette appeared to hyperextend his right knee during a run in the fourth quarter. He hopped awkwardly to the sideline afterwards and was spotted having his right foot examined by Jaguars medical staff. The team quickly declared him questionable to return because of an ankle injury but shortly thereafter announced that he would return to the field on the next offensive possession. He did not return — due to game flow — and after the game, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone commented that Fournette has a sprained ankle, the severity of which will be determined after further testing.
Fantasy Impact: It should be noted that Fournette has come out and said that he is alright and just sore. Sounds like he is downplaying the injury but it means he has a shot to be on the field come week 7.
PIT @ KC
Charcandrick West – Concussion
West was pulled out of action in the third quarter, and the team announced that he is in the concussion protocol.
Fantasy Impact: Looks like the power train that was the Chiefs is slowly crumbling. With Conley out and Wilson banged up, Kelce dealing with concussions, West was just a back up, but he was also an effective change of pace guy. Unlikely you were starting him but if he misses time, Hunt could be used like a rag doll.
NYG @ DEN
Trevor Siemian – Shoulder
Following an interception by Janoris Jenkins, Siemian dove in an attempt to tackle the Giants cornerback, and landed awkwardly on his left arm and shoulder. He came out of the game immediately to be examined by Broncos medical staff, and Brock Osweiler took over in his stead. Siemian retreated to the locker room, and was declared questionable to return due to a shoulder injury. Siemian made his return in the second half.
Fantasy Impact: Adam Schefter has said that the injury is “minor” and Siemian will play week 7. Sounds like he will be alright and will get the rest he needs.
Demaryius Thomas – Leg
Thomas left with a leg injury in the fourth quarter, but returned. It won’t be surprising if he misses some practice time this week. With Emmanuel Sanders sidelined, Thomas is locked into heavy targets moving forward. Even in a tough matchup, he’s a top-15 play for Week 7
Fantasy Impact: He should be good to go week 7 and will have a huge load of work with Sanders out. He is a tried and test player who hasn’t missed a game in over 4 years. #reliable
Emmanuel Sanders – Ankle/Lower-Leg
While Sanders was running a crossing route in the third quarter, Giants safety Landon Collins made a diving play for the ball on the ground, colliding with Sanders’ legs in the process. During the hit, it appeared Sanders sustained a lower-leg or ankle injury. After being helped off the field and examined by medical staff, Sanders was declared out of the game due to an ankle injury. On Monday, Broncos coach Vance Joseph indicated that Sanders is week-to-week with the ankle injury, and will miss the club’s Week 7 matchup against Los Angeles.
Fantasy Impact: It’s never good when a player is rules out for the following week on Monday. This looks like it will be an injury that will make Sanders miss a couple weeks. With out Sanders drawing equal shares of targets look for Thomas to gain targets. AJ Darby may be in line for more work but the team really needs to get CJ Anderson more involved.