Injury Recap: Week 4

Arizona Cardinals
-RB Kenyan Drake went down on one of his final touches, but was able to walk off the field.

Breakdown: He’s probably fine, and Chase Edmonds has been the better running back anyway.

Atlanta Falcons
-WR Julio Jones missed week 3 due to a hamstring injury. He left in the 2nd half after reinjuring it.
-S Damontae Kazee tore his Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season.
-S Jaylinn Hawkins suffered a concussion.

Breakdown: That can’t be good for the 31 year old star receiver. I have to think the Falcons give Jones at least a game off, probably more.

The Falcons were already without starting safeties Keanu Neal (hamstring) and Ricardo Allen (elbow). Neither practiced ahead of week 4, which is a sign that they probably won’t be ready for week 5. The Falcons secondary is already terrible, and they’ll need to reach deep into the depth chart for week 5.

Buffalo Bills
-CB Levi Wallace left with an ankle injury and did not return.

Breakdown: Levi Wallace is the Bills number 2 corner behind Tre’Davious White. Josh Norman will take his place. Norman and Wallace were fighting for this job in camp — I see Norman as a slight step down.

Carolina Panthers
-CB Eli Apple reinjured his hamstring that caused him to miss the first 3 games.

Breakdown: The Panthers secondary is pretty terrible already, and they’ve essentially played the entire season without Apple.

Cincinnati Bengals
-WR AJ Green injured his shoulder and did not return.

Breakdown: Green has been a shadow of himself since missing the entire 2019 season with a foot injury. Tree Higgins had 4 catches on 7 targets for 77 yards in Green’s absence.

Cleveland Brown
-WR KhaDarel Hodge injured his hamstring in pre-game warmups and did not play.
-RB Nick Chubb sprained his MCL. He’ll be out roughly 6 weeks, which will land him on IR.
-DT Larry Ogunjobi left with an abdominal injury and did not return.

Breakdown: The Browns went on to have the most efficient rushing attacks this season after Chubb went out. I don’t see the running game changing much at all with Chubb out. Hodge is 6th on the team in targets, so that isn’t a huge loss either. Larry Ogunjobi has been exceptional against the run this year. The Browns run defense will take a slight hit without him.

Dallas Cowboys
-C Joe Looney sprained his MCL on the first play of the game and did not return. He’ll be out 2-4 weeks.

Breakdown: Joe Looney simply isn’t a good center — his only full season in his 9 year career was 2018 where he had a 53.3 PFF grade. Rookie Tyler Biadasz will replace him. There’s an outside chance this improves the offensive line.

Denver Broncos
-WR KJ Hamler left with a hamstring injury. Hamler missed most of training camp and week 1 with a hamstring problem.
-TE Noah Fant was carted off with an ankle injury. Adam Schefter has reported that he will miss week 5.

Breakdown: Fant is tied with Jerry Jeudy for most targets on the Broncos. Hamler was 5th on the team in targets after missing week 1, but I’m sure the Broncos were hoping the rookie speedster could have made a bigger impact.

Detroit Lions
-DT Nick Williams injured his shoulder and did not return.
-CB Desmond Trufant was inactive weeks 1-3 with a hamstring injury. He was active for the first time week 4, but left in the 3rd quarter after re-aggravating it.

Breakdown: I’ll be honest, Nick Williams isn’t very good. Desmond Trufant, however, was expected to be a contributor for the Lions defensive backfield. The Lions defense is 4th worst in the NFL in PFF coverage grades.

Indianapolis Colts:
-LB Darius Leonard left with a groin injury.

Breakdown: Darius Leonard is one of the better inside linebackers in football. The Colts defense will take a hit if he can’t go.

Green Bay Packers
-TE Josiah Deguara tore his ACL and is out for the season.
-CB Kevin King injured his quadriceps.
-Slot CB Chandon Sullivan suffered a concussion.

Breakdown: Rookie Deguara had hardly played so far. Here’s to hoping he can recover and get back out there for his second season.

The Packers secondary has been mostly solid, but it hasn’t been thanks for either King or Sullivan. Their coverage grades are 58.7 and 66.6, respectively.

Jacksonville Jaguars
-TE Tyler Eifert suffered a concussion.
-LB Myles Jack injured his ankle in the first half and did not return.
-CB CJ Henderson left in the first half with a shoulder injury and did not return.
-CB DJ Hayden injured his hamstring late in the 2nd half and didn’t return.

Breakdown: Poor Tyler Eifert can never stay healthy.

Myles Jack has been one of the better linebackers in football this season. He’s great in both coverage and against the run. CJ Henderson has been the Jags #2 corner and has played well. DJ Hayden covers the slot — QBs have a rating of 134 when targetig him this season.

Kansas City Chiefs
-DE Michael Danna injured his hamstring.

Breakdown: Danna has a grand total of 5 pressures this year. That’s not a lot.

Las Vegas Raiders
-DT Maliek Collins injured his shoulder and did not return.

Breakdown: Perhaps some time off would be good for Collins…

Los Angeles Chargers
-RB Austin Ekeler suffered a hamstring injury and a hyperextended knee that will cause him to miss 4-6 weeks.

Breakdown: Josh Kelley and Justin Jackson will be just fine.

Los Angeles Rams
-LB Micah Kiser injured his groin in the third quarter.

Breakdown: Kiser’s first season as a starter has gone poorly.

New Orleans Saints
-RT Ryan Ramczyk suffered a concussion.

Breakdown: Ramczyk has been a bit beat up this year, but when healthy he’s one of the best tackles in football. The Saints line will take a hit if he can’t play.

New York Giants
-OLB Oshane Ximines injured his shoulder.
-OLB Kyler Fackrell injured his neck.
-S Adrian Colbert injured his neck.

Breakdown: Zimines and Fackrell have a combined 6 pressures this year. Adrian Colbert was getting additional snaps due to Jabrill Peppers (ankle) sitting.

New York Jets
-QB Sam Darnold suffered a shoulder strain.
-LT Chuma Edoga injured his shoulder and had to leave.
-LT Mekhi Becton injured his should week 3 and was questionable leading up to week 4. He ended up being active, but Edoga started over him due to injury concerns. When Edoga went down, Becton came in, but later had to leave himself.
-CB Bless Austin injured his calf.

Breakdown: It’s unreal how stupid the Jets were with Becton. He’s been the lone bright spot on the offensive line. You drafted him 10th overall. You’re playing on a Thursday night. Give the freakin kid a night off. Sam Darnold likely won’t start week 5, but the Jets at least have Joe Flacco. Bless Austin has a 35.8 PFF coverage grade. I’d think the Jets could replace that.

Philadelphia Eagles
-RT Lane Johnson left in the first half with an ankle injury, but was able to return.
-LB T.J. Edwards injured his hamstring in the first half and did not return.

Breakdown: It seems Lane Johnson is fine. That’s a sigh of relief for an already injured Eagles offensive line. TJ Edwards is a 2019 UDFA who had a solid rookie season but has taken a step back in his sophomore campaign.

San Francisco 49ers
-DE Ziggy Ansah suffered a torn bicep season which will end his season.
-CB K’Waun Williams suffered a knee sprain that will land him on short term IR.

Breakdown: The 49ers can’t catch a break. Their offense is at least getting healthy.

Ansah was brought in after the injuries to Nick Bosa (ACL), Ronald Blair III (knee), Solomon Thomas (ACL), and Dee Ford (neck). K’Wuan Williams has been solid this season — even without Richard Sherman they hold the second best PFF coverage grade.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-TE OJ Howard ruptured his Achilles tendon. His season is over.
-RB LeSean McCoy injured his ankle in the first half and did not return.
-RB Kenjon Barner suffered a concussion.

Breakdown: The running backs are here for fantasy football tracking only. OJ Howard was getting limited snaps due to the Rob Gronkowski signing, but he had played solid thus far.

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