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Injury Insights

Dr. Edwin Porras shares his insights and brief commentary on recent injuries across the league, including return-to-play timeline, historical factors and more. Sign up for a Fantasy Points subscription using promo code 21PORRAS10 for 10% off to read more of Dr. Porras’ work.
Antonio Brown - Ankle

Arians is calling this "a sprain around his heel" which is obscure but technically possible. Usually these are severe injuries and result in the joint actually being dislocated. There's no evidence that's what happened with Brown, but there's a chance Brown is out the next several weeks.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hamstring

Hopkins has logged two DNP's leading up to Thursday night. As usual, this is to be expected from Hopkins. It is a little scary now that hamstring has been slapped onto the designation but just continue to monitor this to ensure he's active on Thursday..

Kenny Golladay - Knee

Golladay has a decent chance of suiting up this week. Monitor his practice status for confirmation.

William Fuller V - Finger

Fuller is still another 1-2 weeks away.

Kadarius Toney - Ankle

Toney's practice status will help identify his readiness to return to the field. This could be about 1-2 weeks for Toney.

Latavius Murray - High ankle

Strangely, many of you degenerates are asking about Murray. He's got a high ankle sprain and given he hasn't been placed on the IR, he can likely return in Week 8 or 9 barring a setback.

Dak Prescott - Ankle/shoulder

Dak's calf injury doesn't seem serious and there's little reason to believe he'll be impacted greatly.

Miles Sanders - Ankle

There's no telling how long Sanders will be out or if he'll be out at all. Typically players can return from a low ankle sprain within 1-2 weeks. If the team is ultra-conservative it can turn into 2-4 weeks. Watch his practice reports and if he goes on Wednesday or Thursday he'll likely be a go.

Nick Chubb - Calf

Chubb is looking to make his return Week 8. He's moderately volatile.

Michael Gallup - Calf

Gallup has returned to practice and should make his return to the Cowboys' starting lineup.

Jerry Jeudy - High ankle

Jeudy will return in Week 8. By the sounds of it, he could have gone in Week 7 but Denver chose to be conservative. Based on a study from 2016 to 2020, there's about a 17% drop off in production in skill players' first week back from a high ankle sprain. This is likely due to snap counts and general conditioning. Whether or not Jeudy is truly *back* from this injury will be very evident in Week 8. He's not a bad WR3 with upside option.

Saquon Barkley - Ankle

The Giants are playing it slow with Barkley. Hope for Week 8 but expect Week 9.

Davante Adams - COVID

Adams was placed on the COVID list today and is highly unlikely to play on Thursday.

Alex Collins - Groin

Collins was a limited participant in practice this week meaning he really does have a decent shot to play this week. His volatility will be the highest it's been, though, as soft tissue strains are not kind. Unless you're desperate (which may be the case) it's really hard to be confident in Collins' ability to play and be productive for four quarters.

Darren Waller - Ankle

Waller damaged the "inside ligament" of his ankle per Adam Schefter. What's worse, the ankle "doesn't feel great". This is a nightmare scenario and managers should pick up late slate backup options. In DFS, Waller is a fade.

Dawson Knox - Hand

Knox suffered a confirmed hand fracture. The BIlls state this isn't much of a concern and some of the literature would agree. This is likely a 2-4 week injury for Dawson Knox with minimal concern moving forward.

Antonio Gibson - Ribs

Gibson had an MRI on his "lower leg". The clinical bottom line here is that Gibson either has a stress fracture or what many know as "shin splints". Both conditions, although very different, respond well to the same treatment which is near-complete rest. A short term IR placement for Gibso is not out of the cards. Conversely, Washington is a bit of a wildcard as it pertains to how they handle injuries. Consider Gibson the most physically volatile RB in the NFL until this injury is appropriately addressed.

Rashaad Penny - Calf

Few careers have rarely been more sporadic or littered with bad luck than Penny's. Now that Alex Collins is banged up and Chris Carson is on the IR, this could finally be a time for the former first round pick to show something.

Odell Beckham Jr. - Shoulder

Beckham was diagnosed with an AC joint sprain that is allegedly a grade III. That would almost gurantee re-injury or, perhaps in a best case scenario for OBJ, a scratch for TNF. He's questionable as of now but if he goes, he's at high risk for re-injury.

Jarvis Landry - MCL

Mary Kay Cabot reports that Landry's TNF status will likely hinge on how he feels after two consecutive practices. If active, he might be eased in but volatility is low.

Baker Mayfield - Shoulder

Baker was finally ruled out for TNF and this is not looking good rest of season. He'll almost certainly need surgery if the labrum tear is indeed as large as he makes it seem. Clincally, Mayfield would really benefit from a short-term IR stint but there's no telling what Cleveland will do. He's highly volatile ROS.

Michael Thomas - Ankle

The reports are that Thomas is "still a couple weeks away". Plan on Week Eight or Nine for Thomas.

Daniel Jones - Concussion

This is Jones' first documented concussion and he'll need to clear protocol before Sunday. The mode of missed time after first time concussions is zero weeks.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Hamstring

MVS is on short-term IR and won't return until Week Seven.

Mike Williams - Knee

It seems as though the three practices Willams missed were planned. Start Mke Williams with moderate volatility but big upside.

Rashod Bateman - Groin

Batemane will be eased in slowly today more than likely.

Kareem Hunt - Wrist/Knee

Hunt was also out of practice Thursday. If both of the CLE backs are out on Sunday, some combo of Demetric Felton and D'Ernest Johnson will see carries.

Jamaal Williams - Hip/Illness

Williams was downgraded to DNP on Thursday because of a hip injury. This is something to monitor because if he's out, Swift is going to be the (admittedly chalk) slam dunk on Sunday.

Damien Williams - COVID

Williams is on the COVID list making it virtually impossible for him to be actice on Sunday. Khalil Herbert is the next man up.

Christian McCaffrey - Hamstring

McCaffrey's rehab took a turn for the worse and despite the team's reports, it's very likely he had a setback. He's on the IR now and can't return until Week Nine at the earliest.

Dalvin Cook - Ankle

The Vikings have a bye week in Week 7 and given Cook tried returning too soon, the decision might be to sit him until Week 8. However, Mike Zimmer has a history of being aggressive with returning players so keep an eye on this one.

Joe Mixon - Ankle

As expected, Mixon saw just 28% of snaps in Week 6. Now that Perine is on the COVID list, Mixon will likely assume his normal workload assuming he had no setbacks in Week 5. He's still moderately volatile

Sterling Shepard - Hamstring

The average missed time is 2-4 weeks for these injuries so anticpate him trying to give it a go this week.

Julio Jones - Hamstring

The average missed time is 2-4 weeks for these injuries so anticpate Julio trying to give it a go this week.

Chris Carson - Neck

Carson is on the IR and cannot return until Week Nine at the soonest.

Samaje Perine - COVID

Perine will need to clear COVID protocols after a positive test before Sunday which will be difficult to do.

Travis Kelce - Neck/stinger

Kelce took a shot that led to a stinger. 85% of these resolve within an hour and take 5-6 days at worst. As of today, there's no reason to believe Kelce will be out Week 6.

Dallas Goedert - COVID

Goedert is on the COVID list and is highly unlikely to be available by Thursday,

Curtis Samuel - Groin

This is a dangerous game Washington continues to play with Samuel. A third recurrence now almost gurantees surgery is being discussed. Fade Samuel in all formats until further notice.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire - MCL

CEH was carried off the field with a confirmed MCL injury. Rapsheet once again lines up with the literature stating this will be about a 3-4 week injury. CEH is a candidate for the IR but this shouldn't impact him rest of season.

George Kittle - Calf

Placed on IR and cannot return until Week Eight

A.J. Brown - Hamstring

Highly volatile in Week Five

Russell Wilson - Finger

Jeremy Fowler confirmed this is basically worst case scenario and Wilson will miss at least one month. They'll check in again at the one month mark, but all of the literature shows at least 6-8 weeks is necessary for adequate healing.

Logan Thomas - Hamstring

Thomas will be out for at least four weeks according to John Keim.

Jimmy Garoppolo - Calf

It's been confirmed Garoppolo did not suffer a strain. Given he could not finish the game and Shanahan stating they'll re-evaluate his injury on Wednesday, it's best to not plan to utilize him even if active Week 5.

David Montgomery - Knee

Dan Graziano reports this will be about a 4-5 week absence for David Montgomery. He dodged a bullet. For those unaware Tarik Cohen cannot return until Week 7.

Josh Jacobs - Toe/Ankle

Jacobs is a game time decision. If active, he'll be highly volatile. It might be wise to be ready to swap with Peyton Barber.

Darrell Henderson Jr. - Ribs

Henderson will be active and minimally volatile.

Darius Slayton - Hamstring

OUT for Week Four.

Laviska Shenault Jr. - Shoulder

He practiced in full on Wednesday and is looking to be active with min-moderate volatility.

Danny Amendola - Hamstring

The veteran will be out 2-3 weeks.

Ben Roethlisberger - Pectoral/chest

Big Ben said this injury to his non-throwing arm bothered him during Week Two. He says he doesn't know when the injury occured. This sounds like a potential soft tissue strain from over-stretching of the muscle during contact. Its unlikely to keep him out but if he's admitting it's a problem, it's tough to start him as he's moderately volatile and has looked every bit of 39 years old.

Giovani Bernard - High ankle

Two full practices in a row. Min-mod volatility due to the "minor" high ankle sprain.

Trey Lance - Finger

Lance shed the splint today and was participating in non-throwing drills. He's progressing well from this minor finger injury and it shouldn't be a problem moving forward.

Joe Burrow - ACL/MCL/PCL/Meniscus

Burrow looks on track to start Week One. It's not unreasonable to expect a skittish Burrow until he gets settled in. That could mean more three-step drops and dump offs than we're used to. Burrow needs to show he's mentally over the injury.

Irv Smith Jr. - Meniscus repair

Meniscus repair that will lkeep Smith out all year.

Hunter Henry - Shoulder

Shed his non-contact jersey yesterday in practice. This could be an inside the joint issue for Henry raising his volatility in 2021.

Cam Akers - Achilles

Whatever you think his ceiling was, the literature and the science don't allow for us to assume he can reach that after an achilles rupture. Plan for an 85-90% Akers until he proves otherwise.

Travis Etienne Jr. - Foot

Etienne suffered a Lisfranc fracture/sprain that is unstable in nature. This means he needs surgery to fix the problem. For a rookie who already looked lost in an offense on top of this injury that causes a dip in offensive production, there's legitimate reason to believe that the first round pick won't be back until late 2022 if not 2023.

Stefon Diggs - Knee

The Diggs knee injury has been a bit mysterious but it seems that he will be just fine as he is already back at practice. No need to worry.

Justin Jefferson - AC Joint

Suffering a grade II AC joint sprain, Jefferson should take the time to heal up and be ready by Week One. Very minimal concern for re-injury.

Damien Harris - Ribs

Harris will be active in Week Six with mod to max volatility