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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 5

Another week, another Pro-Bowl QB hits the injury report. The NFL truly does stand for “Not for Long” No matter, @reflipewthenuz is here to break down all of the injury information relevant to your squads here @dynastynerds.

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AFC East:

Buffalo QB Josh Allen suffered a concussion in his week 4 matchup against the division-rival Patriots. The injury occurred on a brutal helmet to helmet shot courtesy of New England CB Johnathan Jones. Allen attempted to come back into the game after the injury but was not allowed to return. It seems likely that he will be fine for the team’s Week 5 matchup against the Titans. If he is unable to gain clearance before the game look for Matt Barkley to fill in. 

Miami WR Jakeem Grant suffered a hamstring injury in the Dolphins Week 4 loss to the Chargers. The injury should help pave the way for the return of slot WR Albert Wilson who is himself returning from a lower-body injury. If for some reason you are playing Grant, he can now be safely dropped. 

AFC South:

Colts RB Marlon Mack injured his ankle in the 4th quarter of last week’s game against the Raiders. Mack did not play down the stretch as the team was in catchup mode. In his place, Nyheim Hines soaked up carries and targets out of the backfield. Mack claims he could have returned to the game but with his extensive injury history if might be prudent to have a contingency plan in case he is unable to make it back for next week’s showdown with the Chiefs. If he is unable to go, look for Jordan Wilkins to form a tandem with Hines in what figures to be a shootout.  

Texans WR Kenny Stills suffered a hamstring injury in the Week 4 loss to Jacksonville. The newly acquired Stills was just getting comfortable in his new home. This injury will likely hamper him for a couple of weeks. Speed players like Stills are particularly affected if they are unable to go full throttle. His absence will open up additional opportunities for last year’s darling Keke Coutee to get some more work. Keep an eye on this injury and how Stills works through practice this week. With matchups against the Falcons and Chiefs over the next two weeks Houston will need all the firepower they can get to keep up with the competition. 

AFC North:

Cleveland WR Jarvis Landry was forced from his team’s Week 4 victory over the division rival Ravens with a concussion. What a bummer. Landry was finally having that big breakout game his owners had been waiting for and he was unable to finish the game leaving in the 3rd quarter. Landry was shredding the Ravens banged-up secondary which was selling out to contain OBJ. To my knowledge, Jarvis does not have a lengthy concussion history and will likely not miss a whole lot of time. If he does, look for newly reinstated Antonio Callaway to get some playing time with the starters. Landry’s absence could potentially also lead to additional carries for Nick Chubb. 

Bengals WR John Ross injured his right shoulder in the teams Monday night contest with division rival Pittsburgh. It had not been revealed what type of injury Ross suffered by the time this article went to edit. However, if I was forced to guess I would speculate that Ross suffered a stinger or possible collarbone injury while being slammed to the ground after making a first down catch. 

AFC West:

The AFC West seems to have made it through the week largely healthy.

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NFC East:

The NFC East escaped week 4 largely intact from a fantasy standpoint. 

NFC South:

It was revealed this week that Panthers QB Cam Newton has been dealing with a lisfranc injury. Newton insists that he does not need surgery to fix the issue. Multiple sources have suggested that a 4-8 week absence is likely. It stands to reason that Carolina will not rush him back until after the team’s Week 7 bye. In his stead the team will continue to turn to impressive 2nd year player Kyle Allen who has led them to back-to-back victories. Allen has been a better steward of the offense as he has involved multiple WRs and kept stud RB Christian McCaffrey fed as the team’s bell cow. 

NFC North:

Green Bay RB Jamaal Williams was forced from Thursday’s game with a head/neck injury. It looked scary as Williams was carted off the field on a medical stretcher. It was later reported that he was doing fine and he is back with his teammates. He has yet to resume full practices but keep an eye on how his week progresses. Williams has been a thorn in the side of Aaron Jones owners all year as new coach Matt LaFleur has been unwilling to give Jones the full load. If Jamaal Williams is unable to gain clearance for next week’s big showdown with the Cowboys, look for the Packers to activate rookie RB Dexter Williams to pair with Aaron Jones in their brutal matchup with Dallas. 

Green Bay WR Davante Adams came down late in the team’s loss to Philadelphia with a case of turf toe. This injury put an end to what was by far the WRs best game of the season. Turf toe can be a nagging injury that slows down a WR for an extended period. I do not expect Adams to miss game action but this could limit his effectiveness for a couple of weeks. Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Geronimo Allison would move up the target pole if for some reason Adams is unable to play. 

Chicago Pro-Bowl QB Mitchell Trubisky injured his non-throwing shoulder in the team’s Week 4 victory over the division-rival Vikings. Trubisky was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game after being examined by team doctors. Following his Monday MRI, it was revealed that he had suffered a dislocation and partial tear in his labrum. In his absence, the Bears turned to seasoned backup Chase Daniel. Having been in the league for over a decade, Daniel has the experience to help the team weather the storm. Depending on the length of any absence Chicago will likely look to the FA market to bring in a backup QB. In this game, the skill players did not take that big of a hit. The team seems to think Trubisky has a chance to return following their week 6 bye. Look for an uptick in carries for the RBs if Mitchell misses an extended amount of time.

Detroit TE TJ Hockenson suffered a serious shoulder injury and a concussion against KC. The exact nature of the shoulder injury has not been revealed at this time. However, we know that it was a severe one as I.R. was being discussed as a possible outcome. Hockenson has struggled a bit following a huge week 1 against Arizona. If he is forced to miss time look for Jesse James and Logan Thomas to hold down the fort until the 1st round pick is able to return to the field. 

NFC West:

In one of the more cryptic injuries of the week Cardinals, WR Christian Kirk suffered a left leg injury. Early speculation has suggested an ankle or even a possible MCL injury. Kirk is scheduled for further testing later this week to determine the exact nature of the injury. The Cardinals have been relatively tight-lipped about their talented 2nd-year pass catcher. If Kirk is forced to miss time look for the Cardinals to turn to their plethora of rookies to fill the void. Keesean Johnson and Andy Isabella will be the primary beneficiaries of a Kirk absence. In particular, Isabella will see a significant uptick in time with the starters. Kirk has been among the most targeted WRs in the entire NFL and his absence would open a sizable amount of looks for his fellow WRs. This will be a situation to monitor as the week progresses and more information becomes available. 

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