Julio Jones WR, Falcons: hip pointer
Jones entered Week 4 with concerns over his lower back but ended up leaving with a hip pointer injury. He lobbied to re-enter the game, but it already wasn’t the best idea to play through his back injury. Jones’ explosiveness was a concern.
While these are injuries to two different body parts, they are related; hip injuries become more common when a player is playing through a back injury. The bye week is coming at a great time for the Falcons. With two weeks to rest and rehab, Jones will be closer to hitting the four week Optimal Recovery Time for this injury. He has a good chance to suit up in Week 6 but will remain a High Injury Risk for the foreseeable future.
Mohamed Sanu WR, Falcons: hamstring strain
At some unknown point in the first half, Sanu injured his hamstring. He was ruled out just after halftime. Our algorithm is currently calculating a grade 2 (moderate) strain, which comes with a five week Optimal Recovery Time (ORT). The Falcons are indicating that it’s a 2-3 week injury, but our ORT is longer because he won’t be at 100 percent yet if he does return in that window.
The Falcons may send Sanu for an MRI to assess the severity of the strain, then we will have a better idea of how much time he will miss. He is a High Injury Risk right now and also suffered a groin strain last season. These repeat lower body muscular injuries are a concern and may keep him as a risky Fantasy play for the remainder of the season.
Derek Carr QB, Raiders: back spasms
When Carr took a knee to the back, he had to receive medical attention on the field and walked gingerly to the sideline. It looked like a play that could cause a fracture, but an x-ray was clean. Carr will undergo an MRI on Monday but for now the team believes he is dealing with back spasms. This is an injury that may pop back up again throughout the season, but it is possible that he will be available to play in Week 5. He does not have a history of back problems.
Right now our analytics show a grade 1 back injury for Carr. The Optimal Recovery Time is two weeks. He has now moved to an Elevated Injury Risk, but this doesn’t look like a long-term injury.
Dalvin Cook RB, Vikings: torn ACL
Initial tests on Dalvin Cook’s knee indicate a nearly complete left ACL tear. Cook suffered a non-contact injury in the third quarter. He planted trying to juke a defender and immediately grabbed his knee, causing him to fumble. ACL tests are very accurate, but he will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis. If it is an isolated ACL tear and there is no other ligament damage or a meniscus tear, Cook has a good shot to be back by training camp next season.
Odell Beckham, Jr. WR, Giants: dislocated finger
OBJ has remained an Elevated Injury Risk despite making progress in his recovery from a high ankle sprain. Well, on Sunday he suffered a new injury, this time dislocating his right index finger on a dropped pass. Once popped back into place, a player can be good to go right away as long as there is no ligament damage. It will be painful and may lead to future drops, but within a week or two he should be back to normal.
Beckham’s ankle remains a concern as well, and he appeared to re-aggravate it twice in the fourth quarter. It won’t be enough to keep him out another game, but this is a lingering problem that could continue pop up.
Ty Montgomery RB, Packers: rib fractures
On the very first play of the Thursday night game Montgomery suffered a chest injury. He tried to play through it but left later in the first quarter. He has rib fractures and should be sidelined for over four weeks if the reports are accurate. The Packers are calling him day-to-day, but this would be a very quick turnaround if he played in Week 5. Multiple rib fractures need four-plus weeks to heal, and if they are displaced fractures it could take even longer. A player can comfortably return from a single rib fracture within a few weeks.
Jamaal Williams RB, Packers: knee sprain
When Montgomery went down with the injury to his ribs, rookie Jamaal Williams was first in line to take over as the Packers’ lead back. Unfortunately, his day did not last very long. Williams left with a knee injury and was unable to return. An MRI showed that he does not have any ligament damage, but he is still in danger of missing a game. With a two or three week Optimal Recovery Time, we should see Williams back on the field in the next few weeks.
Davante Adams WR, Packers: concussion
Adams took a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit to the head when Danny Trevathan came charging in at the end of a play on Thursday night. Adams had to be immobilized and carted off of the field. He was able to give a thumbs up on his way out and was taken straight to the hospital where he stayed overnight. He was evaluated for both head and neck injuries. Adams is currently in concussion protocol but an MRI on his neck was clean. There is no timeline for his return, and concussion recovery times are nearly impossible to predict.
Chris Carson RB, Seahawks: leg fracture and high ankle sprain
After initial tests Monday morning, the Seahawks had a glimmer of hope that Carson avoided a serious injury. But further tests showed that he has a fracture higher up on his leg just below the knee, not around the ankle where they were originally looking. He also has a high ankle sprain, indicating some ligament damage.
Carson was hurt when his left leg got caught under a defender as he was tackled. It looked like a horrible injury, and he was carted off with his leg in an air cast. There haven’t been any reports yet on a timeline for return, but this is a long-term injury. Carson could miss the rest of the season.
Jordan Matthews WR, Bills: thumb surgery
Matthews injured his thumb on Sunday and will require surgery to stabilize the joint. While the team has not said it is a ligament issue, it is likely that or a fracture. He was seen with his right arm in a cast following the win and will now be sidelined at least a month. With a five week Optimal Recovery Time, it’s best he stay out a bit longer than that to ensure that he does not get re-injured. He was already an Elevated Injury Risk, and now he has moved to High Risk.
Marcus Mariota QB, Titans: hamstring strain
Mariota injured his hamstring on his second touchdown run of the day. He tried to stay in the game but threw an interception on the next possession, likely influenced by the injury. Mariota is getting an MRI, but for now the Titans are cautiously optimistic that he avoided a strain that would cause a multi-week absence. Even if it is a mild (grade 1) strain, he needs two or three weeks to fully recover.
Mariota’s mobility has been slowly improving as he works his way back from the leg fracture that ended his season, so this is a slight setback. With games against the Dolphins, Browns and Colts on the horizon, the Titans may be able to get away with Matt Cassel under center.
Ameer Abdullah RB, Lions: ankle sprain
Abdullah finally looked healthy and effective on Sunday, rushing 20 times for 94 yards and a touchdown in the first three quarters. But with 13 minutes remaining Abdullah rolled his ankle, ending his day. Inside Injuries has calculated a mild sprain, which isn’t a long-term concern. Abdullah may be limited throughout the week. The Lions could also take extra precautions with their running back because this is the same leg where he suffered a Lisfranc tear that ruined his 2016 season. It’s a different injury, but that’s a lot of trauma to one body part. He has a good chance to suit up in Week 5, but keep an eye on him throughout the week.
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