With week 3 in the books and most of the injury news being reported, we take a look at what happened and how it impacts each team moving forward.
-WR Russell Gage suffered a concussion.
-DT Grady Jarrett injured his hip in the second half and did not return.
Breakdown: Russell Gage has operated as the Falcons number 3 receiver. At this point, I think most concussions lead to players missing the next week. With Julio Jones also out and potentially missing another week, the Falcons could find themselves thin at wide receiver
Grady Jarrett will be a player to monitor. He’s a beast on the inside, and easily the Falcons best player on their front 7. The defense is pretty brutal even with him on the field.
-S Budda Baker inured his thumb. It will require surgery that will cause him to miss at least one game.
-S Chris Banjo left the game with a hamstring injury.
Breakdown: The Cardinals lost both of their starting safeties. Baker is excellent against the run, but always struggled against coverage. Banjo is their free safety that has had an impressive start to the season (71.5 PFF grade). It’s certainly never fun to lose two players from the same position group.
-WR John Brown injured his calf and did not return.
Breakdown: Brown is the Bills deep threat and is third on the team in targets with 16 (Diggs has 28 and Cole Beasley has 19). If he can’t go, it will limit the Bills ability to stretch the field.
-CB Donte Jackson injured his toe during the second half and did not return.
Breakdown: Yeah, this defense is pretty bad with or without Jackson.
-RB Tarik Cohen tore his ACL and is out of the season.
Breakdown: The injury happened right after Cohen signed a 3 year extension. Cohen is the Bears change of pace/receiving back, and even though he’s always good to break out a few big plays, he isn’t the engine driving this offense. That honor belongs to big dick Nick Foles.
-CB Denzel Ward injured his groin. The expectation on groin injuries is he’ll likely miss a week with a solid chance of returning week 5.
-CB Sean Murphy-Bunting injured his hamstring which will certainly sideline him week 4, and likely week 5 as well.
-K JoJo Natson tore his ACL and is out for the season.
Breakdown: The Browns have already been without CB Greedy Williams. Denzel Ward is fantastic in man coverage, certainly capable of limiting the opposing teams top outside receiver. Murphy-Bunting had been manning the slot, where QB’s have only targeted him 4 times all year. This is a big blow to the Browns secondary, but at least they’ll only be without each for a year.
-DT Jurrell Casey injured his biceps and is likely out for the season.
Breakdown: This team is a fucking mess. Jurrell Casey is consistently one of the better interior lineman in the league. Unfortunately for the Broncos, injuries continue to be an issue.
Green Bay Packers:
-LB Christian Kirksey injured his shoulder during the second quarter and did not return.
Breakdown: Christian Kirksey kinda sucks and I’m sure his replacement will be fine.
-S Andrew Wingard suffered a core muscle injury and left at half time.
Breakdown: Wingard was replacing an injured Jarrod Wilson, who is on IR with a hamstring injury. Even still, this defense (and the secondary) are terrible.
Kansas City Chiefs:
-RG Andrew Wylie was did not play week 3 after having a stomach issue. Andy Reid says he’ll be fine.
-CB L’Jarius Sneed broke his collarbone.
Breakdown: Wylie is apparently going to be ok, so we don’t have to dive too deep into that one. Sneed has had a very promising start to his rookie season, but he’ll be out for quite some time. The Chiefs secondary isn’t great to begin with, and it probably wasn’t realistic for Sneed to keep up that level of play, but it’s a tough blow nonetheless.
Las Vegas Raiders:
-CB Damon Arnette left with a thumb injury.
Breakdown: Arnette was taken in the first round this year (19th overall) by the Raiders. He’s had a tough start to his rookie year, being targeted 11 times, allowing a 149.1 QB rating when targeted, and has a 54.4 PFF grade.
Los Angeles Chargers:
-WR Mike Williams injured his hamstring that will likely sideline him at least 1 week.
-RT Bryan Bulaga injured his back and did not return.
-CB Chris Harris Jr will miss up to 6 weeks after inuring his ankle.
Breakdown: Mike Williams has been a very inconsistent wide receiver since entering the league, and currently sits at 4th on the team in targets (behind Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler). Bulaga was a fantastic addition to what has historically been a bad offensive line, and that’ll make rookie QB Justin Herbert’s life a lot more difficult if he can’t go. Chris Harris Jr is a veteran manning the slot. Without Harris, Desmond King should take on that role — King has been the Chargers slot corner before Harris came along from the Broncos, and he’s played well there. King has been playing safety with Harris at slot corner. It hurts their defensive back depth, but King can cover the slot just fine.
Los Angeles Rams:
-S Jordan Fuller did not return after injuring his shoulder in the first half.
Breakdown: Fuller is a rookie 6th rounder. They’ll be fine.
-WR Michael Pittman injured his leg and will be out at least 8 weeks.
Breakdown: The Colts lost Parris Campbell last week as well. TY Hilton remains the top dog, but the receiving core is getting depleted.
New Orleans Saints:
-G Andrus Peat injured his ankle. The Saints believe it’s a high ankle sprain, which would mean he’ll miss multiple weeks.
Breakdown: Poor Andrus Peat never seems to be able to stay on the field. Without Peat, Nick Easton should move from RG to LG, and 2020 1st rounder Cesar Ruiz will play RG. The Saints line should be fine.
New York Giants:
-S Jabrill Peppers suffered a low ankle sprain week 4. Low ankle sprains are better than high ankle, and he could conceivably play week 5.
Breakdown: The Giants secondary is pretty terrible regardless.
New York Jets:
-LT Mekhi Becton injured his shoulder and did not return.
Breakdown: Becton was the 11th overall pick in the draft and has been playing well, earning a 76.9 PFF grade. The Jets have the Thursday night game and Becton has been limited in practice.
-WR DeSean Jackson injured his hamstring and did not play the second half.
-TE Dallas Goedert suffered an ankle fracture and is on IR. He’ll be back this season, but not in the month of October.
-CB Avonte Maddox had an unspecified injury, but it’s also believed to be a high ankle sprain.
Breakdown: The Eagles receivers are all dead and Carson Wentz has been the worst quarterback in football. Avonte Maddox isn’t very good, so that at least shouldn’t change much.
-WR Diontae Johnson suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: That’s a tough one for the Steelers, as it looked like Diontae Johnson and JuJu were set to be 1A and 1B as the receivers. I’m hoping for a quick recovery, but it looks like the Steelers will give deep threat rookie Chase Claypool some extra snaps, and he’s been fantastic in limited playing time thus far.
San Francisco 49ers:
-TE Jordan Reed injured his ankle. It’s expected to be a low ankle sprain which gives him a shot at playing week 4.
-CB Emmanuel Moseley suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: It seems like George Kittle has a good shot to return week 4. Even still, Reed is well past his prime. Emmanuel Moseley is another loss to the 49ers secondary, as they’ve been without Richard Sherman.
-RB Chris Carson suffered a knee sprain and is expected to miss time.
-C Ethan Pocic injured his knee and did not return.
-LG Mike Iupati injured his knee and did not return.
-RG Damien Lewis sprained his ankle, but it’s expected to be a low ankle sprain.
-S Jamal Adams injured his groin which will likely cause him to miss week 4.
Breakdown: We’ll have to see with the offensive line, but they’re already pretty terrible to begin with. Chris Carson is a big part of the offense, but we’ve seen time and time again that the running back position simply isn’t important. Jamal Adams is a swiss army knife of a player — the Seahawks changed their defense to allow for his skillset to shine. It’s a tough loss, but it seems he’ll be back soon.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
-WR Chris Godwin left the game with a hamstring injury that will likely sideline him at least 1 week.
Breakdown: This is Godwin’s second injury of the season, as he suffered a concussion week 2. He’s a tough loss to a talented Bucs offense.
-LT Taylor Lewan hurt his shoulder in the first quarter and did not return.
Breakdown: Taylor Lewan is a great offensive tackle. It’s a hit to the offensive line if he can’t return.
The Titans also had four positive COVID-19 test. The players are DT DaQuan Jones, LB Kamalei Correa, LS Beau Brinkley, and TE Tommy Hudson. Jones is the only starter — Correa plays behind Jadaveon Clowney and Harold Landy, and the other two are a long snapper and a practice squad player.
Washington Football Team:
-DT Matt Ioannidis injured his biceps and is likely out for the season.
-DE Chase Young injured his groin, but is expected to be fine.
Breakdown: The Football Team has a great defensive line, and Ioannidis was a big part of that. He’s a rare player that can generate consistent pressure from the inside.