Injury Roundup and Analysis: Week 2

Atlanta Falcons:
-RT Kaleb McGary injured his left knee in the first quarter and did not return. It’s believed to be a minor sprained MCL that will cause him to miss just 1 week.
-LB Foyesade Oluokun left the game with cramps.
-S Ricardo Allen left the game with an elbow injury.

Breakdown: McGary is a 2019 1st round pick who struggled in his rookie year (53 PFF grade) and hasn’t been great this year either. He’ll be replaced by Matt Gono, who is likely capable of play similar to McGary. It’s a poor offensive line with or without him.

I haven’t heard anything new on Oluokun’s ominous “cramps” issue. He’s an undersized/athletic LB who mostly has coverage responsibilities. He’ll be replaced by former safety Deone Bucannon, which I think it’s a perfectly fair replacement. Ricardo Allen once upon a time was a very promising safety, but he’s been plagued by injuries in recent years and hasn’t played a ton thus far.

TL;DR: Nothing major for the Falcons.

Baltimore Ravens:
-CB Tavon Young tore his ACL and will be out for the season.

Breakdown: Tavon Young was essentially the teams fourth corner behind Jimmy Smith, Marcus Peters, and Marlon Humphrey. Young did have slot duties, and Humphrey will be asked to kick inside more for the remainder of the season.

Buffalo Bills:
-TE Dawson Knox left in the third quarter with a concussion.

Breakdown: Dawson Knox isn’t that great, but he was the Bills top receiving option at tight end. Tyler Kroft will likely step up to take those snaps.

Carolina Panthers:
-RB Christian McCaffrey injured his ankle and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Breakdown: McCaffrey is a massive piece of the Panthers offense, probably to a greater extent then any running back in the league. He essentially plays every snap, handles every RB carry, and is a lock for 100+ targets a season.

Mike Davis is the next man up for the Panthers. He did haul in all 8 of his targets while only running 16 routes in McCaffrey’s absence. What was interesting is he only had a single carry while WR/former college RB Curtis Samuel had 4. Whatever happens going forward, the Panthers offense takes a hit.

Chicago Bears:
-RB David Montgomery injured his neck in the second quarter, but later returned and is believed to be fine.

Breakdown: Since he’s fine, there’s nothing further to add. Moving on.

Cleveland Browns:
-DE Adrian Clayborn left the game in the second quarter with a hip injury and did not return.

Breakdown: Clayborn is mostly a rotation edge defender when Oliver Vernon is healthy. With Vernon missing last week, that pushed Clayborn to a starting role. With Vernon likely coming back next week, I don’t view this as a huge loss if Clayborn is unable to go.

Cincinnati Bengals:
-TE CJ Uzomah was carted off after tearing his Achilles. He’s on IR and will miss the rest of the season.

Breakdown: Uzomah is a better blocker than receiver, though he was running a decent number of routes. 2019 2nd round pick Drew Sample will take Uzomah’s spot.

Denver Broncos:
-QB Drew Lock injured his shoulder and will be out “at least” two weeks.
-WR Courtland Sutton tore his ACL and is out for the season.
-DT DeMarcus Walker injured his calf in the second half.
-DT Dre’Mont Jones injured his knee in the second half. He’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Breakdown: Drew Lock simply hasn’t played well so far in his young NFL career. The Broncos have since signed Blake Bortles. Whether it’s Bortles or Jeff Driskle that gets the start, the drop in play won’t be too dramatic. The bigger loss is Courtland Sutton, who had a breakout second year and was set to be the Broncos top receiver. They’ll look to 2020 15th overall pick Jerry Jeudy to take on a bigger role with a quarterback he likely hasn’t taken many reps with. It’s certainly less than ideal.

DeMarcus Walker and Dre’Mont Jones were rotational players that hurt Denver’s depth more than anything.

Green Bay Packers:
-WR DeVante Adams left with a hamstring injury and did not return.
-C Corey Linsley left with a hand injury and did not return.

Breakdown: DeVante Adams has long since been the clear #1 option without a solid #2. Nothing has changed in 2020. If he can’t go, the Packers offense takes a big hit. Corey Linsley has the 10th best PFF grade since 2016. When he went down, Lucas Patrick moved from RG to C and 2020 6th round pick Jon Runyan came in to play RG. It’s a very good offensive line, but it certainly takes a hit without Linsley.

Indianapolis Colts:
-WR Parris Campbell was carted off the field after hurting his left knee on the Colts second play. Though he avoided an ACL tear, he did tear his PCL and will be out indefinitely.
-S Malik Hooker tore his Achilles. His season is over.

Breakdown: Cambpell was in the process of cementing himself as the Colts #2 receiver behind TY Hilton. Michael Pittman and Zach Pascal will need to step up without him. The Colts secondary takes a big hit without Malik Hooker. 2020 3rd rounder and former Utah Utes Julian Blackmon will step into the free safety role.

Jacksonville Jaguars:
-C Brandon Linder injured his knee in the third quarter. He was able to limp to the sidelines where he needed help to the bench. He did not return. The early reports are he avoided a serious injury and is day to day.

Breakdown: Linder is a very good center playing on a bad offensive line. It sounds like he’s ok, luckily.

Kansas City Chiefs:
-RB Darrel Williams left with an ankle injury and did not return.
-DE Frank Clark left the game with an illness, but is expected to recover in time for week 3.
-Slot CB Antonio Hamilton left the game with a groin injury.

Breakdown: Nothing major here. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the top dog anyway, Frank Clark is fine, and Antonio Hamilton isn’t very good.

LA Chargers:
-QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs) was injured during warmups for his week 2 game and did not play.
-RT Bryan Bulaga injured his knee in the first quarter and did not return.
-DE Justin Jones injured his shoulder in the second half and did not return.

Breakdown: We’ll have to see on Tyrod. I’m not sold on rookie Justin Herbert, but I can’t say there’s a big difference in talent level anyway. Bryan Bulaga is an exceptional tackle, and the line (which is already poor) will take a hit without him. Justin Jones is a starter who had a decent start to the year against the run, but wasn’t very good in 2018/2019.

Miami Dolphins:
-CB Byron Jones left in the first quarter with a groin injury and did not return.

Breakdown: Byron Jones was the big splash in free agency for the Dolphins. The secondary is much improved from a year ago, but Jones is the top dog and a massive loss if he misses time.

Minnesota Vikings:
-LB Anthony Barr tore his pectoral and is on season-ending IR.

Breakdown: Anthony Barr took a big contract going into 2019, but his PFF grade of 56.3 shows a major down year. The Vikings defense is in utter disarray.

Los Angeles Rams:
-RB Malcolm Brown injured his finger, but he’s fine and is expected to play week 3.
-RB Cam Akers injured his ribs in the first quarter and did not return. He was officially diagnosed with “separated cartilage in his ribs” and is day to day. He’ll have an outside shot at playing week 3.
-LG Joe Noteboom left in the third quarter with a calf injury.

Breakdown: The RB news is for fantasy purposes only. It doesn’t matter much for the overall offense. The Rams interior offensive lineman are pretty terrible and Noteboom is no exception, so I don’t see this as a massive loss.

New York Jets:
-WR Breshad Perriman injured his ankle in the first half and did not return.
-C Connor McGovern injured his hamstring in the first half and did not return.
-CB Quincy Wilson suffered a concussion in the 4th quarter.

Breakdown: Only divine intervention will save the Jets now. I’d start by letting Chris Herndon do something other than just blocking. McGovern is coming off a career 2019 season. He’s playing in a bad offensive line already, so it’s simply more bad news. Quincy Wilson isn’t an exceptional player, but he’s a starter nonetheless. The Jets defensive backfield is already in trouble.

New York Giants:
-WR Sterling Shepard injured his toe in the first half and did not return. It’s officially been ruled turf toe.
-RB Saquon Barkley tore his ACL. His season is over.

Breakdown: It sounds like the Giants will sign Devonta Freeman to replace Barkley. Sterling Shepard is a consistent producer at wideout. Damion Ratley will step up to take his snaps if he can’t go.

Oakland Raiders:
-LG Richie Incognito left the game in the first half with an Achilles injury. That’s notable for Incognito as he had been limited in practice leading up to the game with an achilles injury.

Breakdown: The Raiders were already without LT Trent Brown and his backup Sam Young. Incognito was replaced by 4th round rookie John Simpson.

Philadelphia Eagles:
-LG Issac Seumalo left in the second quarter with a knee injury. He’s been placed on short term IR, meaning he’ll be out at least 3 weeks.

Breakdown: Normally the Eagles have one of the better lines in football. With G Brandon Brooks (achilles) and T Andre Dillard (biceps) on IR, and Lane Johnson missing week 1, it’s been a group that cannot keep Carson Wentz upright.

San Francisco 49ers:
-QB Jimmy Garoppolo (high ankle sprain) was injured week 3 and is “week to week.” He’ll miss at least a few weeks.
-RB Tevin Coleman injured his knee and is expected to miss multiple weeks.
-RB Raheem Mostert sprained his MCL and is likely out at least two weeks.
-DE Nick Bosa tore his ACL and is out for the season.
-DT Solomon Thomas tore his ACL and is out for the season.

Breakdown: Yikes. Where to start — Jimmy G will likely be replaced by Nick Mullens, as he was in 2018. That year Mullens was one of the worst starters in football (30th in PFF grades). At running back, Jerrick McKinnon will be asked to take on a bigger load. McKinnon has missed all of 2018 and 2019 with injuries, so he’ll certainly need some help. They’ll still be without WR Deebo Samuel and TE George Kittle will be a question mark.

The pass rush already took a hit after trading away DeForest Buckner in the offseason. With Dee Ford battling a neck injury and Nick Bosa/Solomon Thomas being done for the year, the defensive line is completely different from a year ago. They’ll still also be without Richard Sherman. The injury bug is knocking these guys back to mediocrity.

Seattle Seahawks:
-OLB Bruce Irvin tore his ACL and is done for the year.

Breakdown: Brutal – the Seahawks had one of the worst defensive lines in football even with Irvin.

Tennessee Titans:
-C Ben Jones limped to the sidelines in the fourth but later returned.
-CB Jonathan Joseph injured his leg in the second half and did not return.

Breakdown: With CB Adore Jackson on IR, 1,000 year old Jonathan Joseph stepped into a starting role. 2020 2nd rounder and former LSU Tiger Kristian Fulton would likely be the next man up. It’s tough to count on a rookie, but there isn’t a ton of talent difference here.

Washington Football Team:
-RG Brandon Scherff sprained his MCL and is expected to miss 3-5 weeks.

Breakdown: Brandon Scherff is the best lineman on the team, which isn’t saying much. He’s a big loss.

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