With week 7 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.
Arizona Cardinals: (Week 8 bye)
-RB Kenyan Drake was carted off with an ankle injury. XRays were negative, but he is still expected to miss time.
-DE Zach Allen injured his knee and did not return.
-DT Jordan Phillips injured his hamstring.
Breakdown: The Cardinals are on bye this week, but when they come back they’ll be forced to play their best running back, Chase Edmonds. For the defensive guys, we’ll need to monitor their progress when they return to practice next week. Neither has been particularly good this season, so I don’t imagine it making a big impact on the Cardinals 9th ranked defense by DVOA.
Carolina Panthers: (Week 13 bye)
-LT Russell Okung injured his calf, putting his week 8 status in jeopardy.
Breakdown: The Panthers are strong at the tackle positions and week at the interior. If Okung can’t go, it’ll be a tough loss for the offensive line.
Chicago Bears: (Week 11 bye)
-WR Allen Robinson suffered a head injury in the 4th quarter and did not return. He is officially in the concussion protocol.
-C Cody Whitehair suffered a calf injury. I haven’t found any MRI results, so we’ll need to monitor.
Breakdown: Robinson is easily the best Bears wide receiver. He is much needed within that offense. Whitehair has been OK, but I don’t think losing him would be a huge impact.
Cincinnati Bengals: (Week 9 bye)
-C Trey Hopkins suffered a concussion.
-LT Jonah Williams left Sunday’s game with a neck injury. It’s not supposed to be overly serious, but it sounds like he might miss week 8 then return after their week 9 bye.
-RT Bobby Hart suffered a knee injury that will cause him to at least miss week 8.
Breakdown: Lots of offensive line issues for the Bengals, but their line is terrible with or without these guys.
Cleveland Browns: (Week 9 bye)
-WR Odell Beckham Jr tore his ACL. His season is over.
Breakdown: Naturally, this is a tough loss for the Browns who were also without TE Austin Hooper (appendicitis). Rashard Higgins will have a bigger role in the offense, and to his credit he’s been productive so far this season. Donovan Peoples-Jones will be the third receiver.
Dallas Cowboys: (Week 10 bye)
-QB Andy Dalton suffered a brutal concussion on a dirty hit from Jon Bostic. I’d expect him to miss at least week 8.
Breakdown: Dallas, man. Just brutal. UDFA rookie Ben DiNucci is the next man up.
Denver Broncos: (Week 5 bye)
-RB Phillip Lindsay suffered a concussion.
-DT Mike Purcell suffered a Lisfranc injury that will require surgery and end his season.
Breakdown: Lindsay is the Broncos secondary option behind Melvin Gordon, nothing major for real football. For fantasy, I’d expect Gordon to get even more work if Lindsay can’t go. Purcell is a pure run stopping tackle. He’s been solid this season and is yet another productive player to go down for the Broncos defense.
Green Bay Packers: (Week 5 bye)
-S Raven Greene suffered an oblique injury. It could cause him to miss a game, but unlikely anything more than that.
Breakdown: Greene has been solid against the run, but struggles in coverage. Green Bay will have a bad defense with or without him.
Houston Texans: (Week 8 bye)
-CB Bradley Roby injured his ankle and did not return. It’s not supposed to be anything major.
Breakdown: The Texans have a bye this week, giving Roby an additional week to recover.
Jacksonville Jaguars: (Week 8 bye)
-WR Dede Westbrook tore his ACL. His season is over.
Breakdown: Westbrook was mostly playing special teams. This won’t impact the Jaguars offense at all.
Los Angeles Chargers: (Week 6 bye)
-TE Virgil Green suffered a significant low ankle sprain. He’ll likely go on IR, which will take him out 3 weeks.
Breakdown: Green has been more of a blocker than anything as he only has 6 targets on the entire year. Hunter Henry will remain the top receiving tight end option with Donald Parham getting additional snaps.
New England Patriots: (Week 6 bye)
-WR N’Keal Harry suffered a concussion.
-LG Joe Thuney sprained his ankle, but it sounds minor and he should be ok.
Breakdown: 2019 1st rounder N’Keal Harry simply hasn’t been good this season. The Patriots brought in Jakobi Meyers for additional snaps last Sunday, and he honestly might be the better receiver. Thuney is a very good guard and will be missed if he cannot play.
New Orleans Saints: (Week 6 bye)
-LT Terron Armstead injured his arm and did not return.
Breakdown: Armstead is one of the best tackles in the league. He’ll be missed if he cannot play.
New York Giants: (Week 11 bye)
-RB Devonta Freeman injured his ankle and did not return. He has a chance at playing week 8, we’ll need to monitor his practice status for more information.
Breakdown: If Freeman cannot go, Wayne Gallman will get the bulk of the carries. Daniel Jones has also proven to be an effective runner when he isn’t tripping over the 20 yard line.
New York Jets: (Week 10 bye)
-WR Breshad Perriman suffered a concussion.
-OLB Kyle Phillips suffered an ankle injury that will end his season.
Breakdown: Perriman has been one of the top receivers on the Jets, but they were at least able to activate 2nd round rookie Denzel Mims, who ran a route on 27 of 35 drop backs. Kyle Phillips is an edge rusher who struggled to get after the QB with only 6 pressures on the season.
Philadelphia Eagles: (Week 9 bye)
-WR Desean Jackson, who had missed weeks 4-6 with a hamstring injury, fractured his ankle that will cause him to miss the rest of the season.
-RT Lane Johnson, who was inactive week 6 due to an ankle injury, suffered a mild MCL sprain. Players can typically play through that, but the combination of the knee and the ankle may force him to miss time. But he’s also Lane fucking Johnson, so we’ll see.
Breakdown: Desean Jackson had a tough time staying on the field this season and wasn’t a big impact when he was, so we don’t need to make any major adjustments to our Eagles projections. Lane Johnson is an exceptional tackle and one of two starters going into the season who is actually playing. He is very much needed.
Pittsburgh Steelers: (Week 4 bye)
-WR Diontae Johnson injured his lower leg, but he’s apparently fine and will play week 8.
Breakdown: Not much to report on here, Johnson should be fine.
San Francisco 49ers: (Week 11 bye)
-WR Deebo Samuel injured his hamstring. He’s likely to miss next week with a good chance to return week 9.
-RB Jeff Wilson suffered a high ankle sprain. He’ll miss at least 3-4 weeks, but potentially more.
Breakdown: Samuel has only played 4 games this season, but he’s been solid. Rookie Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne will need to step up behind him. Wilson was the 49ers lead back after a slew of injuries. There’s a bunch of possibilities to how this will shake out — Jerrick McKinnon could be in line for more touches, Tevin Coleman could come off IR, and JaMycal Hasty could be more involved. We’ll need to check in on the practice reports to evaluate further.
Seattle Seahawks: (Week 6 bye)
-RB Chris Carson sprained his foot. He’s considered “week to week.”
-RB Carlos Hyde is dealing with hamstring tightness. His week 8 status is uncertain.
-RB Travis Homer bruised his knee.
-CB Shaquill Griffin suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: The RB situation could be dicey for the Seahawks. If Hyde and Homer cannot play, the only running back on the roster is rookie DeeJay Dallas. Due to COVID-19 protocols, it may difficult for the Seahawks to add in additional backs throughout the week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: (Week 13 bye)
-WR Chris Godwin fractured his finger. He’ll miss week 8 but should be back week 9.
Breakdown: The Bucs will be fine, but Godwin is a big loss. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson will be more involved this week.
Tennessee Titans: (Week 4 bye)
-CB Kristian Fulton injured his knee and will reportedly miss at least 2 weeks.
Breakdown: Rookie Kristian Fulton has mostly covered the slot this season, and he’s struggled in that role. Fellow rookie 7th rounder Chris Jackson will likely take his place, but he’s been downright awful. Jackson has been on the field for 106 coverage snaps this season — QBs have a passer rating of 126.9 when targeting him and he has a coverage grade of 29.9.
Washington Football Team: (Week 8 bye)
-DE Montez Sweat suffered a concussion.
-S Landon Collins tore his achilles. His season is over.
Breakdown: Montez Sweat is a very underrated pass rusher — he has 27 pressures and a pass rushing grade of 68 this season. The Football Team already lost DT Matt Ioannidis (biceps). If Sweat can’t play, their dominant pass rush is definitely taking a step back. Landon Collins is a veteran presents, but he was having a tough year. WFT should be able to replace his production.