With week 9 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.
Baltimore Ravens: (Week 7 bye)
-DT Calais Campbell suffered a left calf strain on the third play of the game. He is expected to miss “multiple weeks.”
Breakdown: Cambpell hasn’t quite been his normal dominant self, but he’s still the best player along the Ravens defensive line. He has 16 pressures on the season and is also very good against the run. The Ravens do a great job scheming up pressure via the blitz, but their line will miss Campbell’s talent.
Carolina Panthers: (Week 13 bye)
-RB Christian McCaffrey injured his shoulder. It was likely either an AC Join or SC Joint injury. This will likely cause him to miss at least one game.
Breakdown: As we’ve seen with McCaffrey and virtually every other running back in the game, their absences do not make a difference. I’d expect Mike Davis to jump back into being an all purpose back for the Panthers.
Chicago Bears: (Week 11 bye)
-RB David Montgomery suffered a concussion. Concussions typically cause players to miss their next game.
Breakdown: See above. WR/RB Cordarrelle Patterson was the only other back to get carries last week, while RB Ryan Nall caught 4 targets. The Bears running situation has been horrid all year, ranking 30th in DVOA.
Cleveland Browns: (Week 9 bye)
-QB Baker Mayfield was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list during the Browns bye week. Mayfield was added after being called a close contact to a staff member who tested positive. It’s likely he’ll be able to play, but we’ll want to monitor things either way.
Breakdown: Case Keenum is the Browns QB, though Mayfield should be able to play as long as his COVID tests come back negative. Keenum is one of the more experienced backup QBs in the NFL, but he’s a step down nonetheless. I’m seeing the Browns as 3 point favorites over the Texans next week at most books, so Vegas expects Mayfield to play.
Detroit Lions: (Week 5 bye)
-QB Matthew Stafford suffered a concussion.
-CB Jeffrey Okudah injured his ankle.
Breakdown: It’s becoming more and more common for players to miss a week after suffering a concussion. Chase Daniel is the Lions back up. He is #notgood. The line in the DET/WAS game is unavailable at most books.
Okudah is the 3rd overall pick from last years draft. He may have a bright future, but he’s struggled immensely so far this year.
Denver Broncos: (Week 5 bye)
-TE Noah Fant suffered a high ankle sprain.
-TE Albert Okwuegbunam tore his ACL. His season is over.
Breakdown: Tough break for the Broncos tight ends. Nick Vannett is the next man up. Fant in particular is a tough loss – he’s second on the team in targets.
Houston Texans: (Week 8 bye)
-RB David Johnson suffered a concussion.
-LG Senio Kelemete suffered a concussion.
-DE Brennan Scarlett broke his forearm that will cause him to miss time. He’ll likely land on short term IR.
Breakdown: Duke Johnson became the work horse back when David Johnson left, getting 16 carries and catching all 4 of his targets. No other Texans RB had a carry. Buddy Howell and Cullen Gillaspia were both active – they played 4 and 5 snaps, respectively.
Brent Qvale came in to replace Kelemete at LG. This is a slight drop off, but Kelmete hasn’t played great either. Brennan Scarlett is an edge rusher with 3 total pressures this year and a 55.3 PFF passing grade.
Indianapolis Colts: (Week 7 bye)
-TE Jack Doyle suffered a concussion. With the Colts set to play Thursday, he’s extremely unlikely to clear protocol.
Breakdown: Doyle has a 53.7 PFF grade this year, and the Colts have solid depth at the tight end position between Mo Allie Cox and Trey Burton.
Jacksonville Jaguars: (Week 8 bye)
-WR Laviska Shenault Jr. injured his hamstring and did not return.
Breakdown: It sounds like Shenault should be OK. The rookie is 3rd on the team in targets. I’d expect journeyman Chris Conley to get extra looks if Shenault can’t go.
Kansas City Chiefs: (Week 10 bye)
-DE Taco Charlton fractured his leg, which will likely end his season.
Breakdown: Taco has been battling injuries most of the year, and has not been very effective in his 7 games of action.
Los Angeles Chargers: (Week 6 bye)
-RB Justin Jackson was injured in pre-game warmups. He apparently suffered a knee injury, but since nobody actually saw it, it’s difficult to say how severe it is.
-RT Bryan Bulaga reinjured his back after playing just 2 snaps. He had missed weeks 4 – 7 with a back injury.
Breakdown: With Jackson out, Kalen Ballage played 31 snaps, had 15 carries, ran 13 routes, and caught 2 of his 3 targets. Joshua Kelley played 43 snaps, had 9 carries, ran 30 routes, and caught all 5 of his targets. It would be hard to trust either in fantasy, but Ballage seems to be the preferred option as a runner and Kelley the preferred option as a receiver. Bryan Bulaga is typically a dominant tackle, but the back injury has hindered his abilities. The Chargers offensive line has yet another weakness without him.
Miami Dolphins: (Week 7 bye)
-WR Preston Williams was carted off with a foot injury. XRays were negative.
Breakdown: Williams was having a decent enough season — he’s currently 4th on the team in targets. Jakeem Grant would be the next man up.
New York Giants: (Week 11 bye)
-TE Kaden Smith suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: Smith is the Giants 2nd tight end after Evan Engram. He hasn’t been particularly great as a blocker either. This shouldn’t have a big impact on the Giants 28th ranked offense by DVOA.
Pittsburgh Steelers: (Week 4 bye)
-QB Ben Roethlisberger suffered an MCL sprain. He’ll likely miss practice this week, but he should be able to play.
Breakdown: The CIN/PIT line seems to be available everywhere. I’d expect him to play. He is Big Ben, after all.
San Francisco 49ers: (Week 11 bye)
-S Jaquiski Tartt suffered a turf toe injury that will cause him to miss time.
Breakdown: Jaquiski Tartt is a veteran presence in the 49ers defensive backfield. It’s yet another injury to their once dominant defense.
Tennessee Titans: (Week 4 bye)
-LG Rodger Saffold suffered a shoulder injury and did not return.
Breakdown: Staffold is a solid guard. Jamil Douglas came in to replace him, and that’s a big time down grade at that position.
Washington Football Team: (Week 8 bye)
-QB Kyle Allen suffered an MCL and ankle injury. His season is over.
Breakdown: It’s Alex Smith time, baby.