Each week players across the NFL suffer injuries. This weekly article will explore the injuries that affect your dynasty squads. We will briefly discuss both the injured players themselves and the players who stand to benefit or suffer as a result. To make them easier to follow, we will break down the injuries by division. Without further ado, let us examine the regular season Week 4 injuries and the next men up.
Miami WR Will Fuller was forced from his team’s Week 4 loss with a hand injury. Further testing revealed a broken finger. It has been an absolute nightmare of a start to the 2021 campaign for the former 1st round pick. Coming back from an early-season suspension that stemmed from a PED test last year, Fuller has struggled with early-season injuries. According to reports, the speedy WR will miss a few weeks with this ailment. Look for the Dolphins to lean on DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle, and Mike Gesicki. In Fuller’s place, Miami would likely turn to Albert Wilson, which is not a preferred fantasy option in 2021.
Jaguars WR DJ Chark exited Thursday Night Football with a broken left ankle. The talented contract year WR has enjoyed an up and downtime in Duval throughout his career. The former 2nd rounder seemed destined for a nice target share in 2021 based on his early-season usage. This devastating injury will likely end his season and send him into a murky free agency. In his place, Jacksonville will suddenly be scrambling to fill their 3rd WR. On Thursday, they seemed to favor Tavon Austin in the slot to go along with Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault. Former Minnesota 1st round pick and preseason standout Laquon Treadwell could be a name to stash away. Newly acquired TE Dan Arnold could also take on a much larger role in the passing game with his WR background.
Bengals RB Joe Mixon sustained a left ankle injury late in his team’s Week 4 victory. There have been some conflicting reports as to the nature of the injury. Head Coach Zac Taylor implied that the injury was minor in nature, and he was not overly concerned about his workhorse ball carrier. However, other reports have surfaced that show that the talented RB sustained a dreaded high ankle sprain. Fortunately for Cincinnati and Mixon’s dynasty owners alike, he has some extra time to rest up after the Thursday Night game. Depending on how his body reacts to treatment, he could very well play Week 5 or miss a game or two. Were he to miss time, the Bengals would likely turn to Samaje Perine as the primary ball carrier with rookie Chris Evans mixing in on a couple of plays. Keep an eye on the Bengals backfield as the week progresses.
Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger is reportedly dealing with a hip injury. It is unclear if he sustained said injury in Week 4 or if it was a previous ailment. What is clear is that the future Hall of Famer has been struggling through a forgettable 2021 campaign. A combination of Ben’s diminished skill set and a questionable offensive line has been a disastrous combination. Were the Steelers to sit Big Ben, it is unclear if they would turn to long-time backup Mason Rudolph or offseason acquisition Dwayne Haskins. Both players are fine stashes for your super-flex rosters in the event Big Ben cannot go.
Week 4 delivered a concussion to Denver QB Teddy Bridgewater. Teddy has been solid in his stead as the Broncos starter. Upon his departure, the offense promptly hit a brick wall with former 2nd round pick Drew Lock at the helm. Despite Teddy’s significant injury history, he does not have a history of concussions. He will have to progress through the league’s protocols ahead of his Week 5 date with the Pittsburgh Steelers. If he is unable to gain clearance, Denver will turn back to Lock. If that is the case, it would be a downgrade for the Broncos offensive weapons.
Washington TE Logan Thomas was forced from his team’s dramatic Week 4 victory with a hamstring injury. He was in noticeable pain on the sideline after the early exit. These can be tricky injuries for skill players to overcome. If Thomas misses game action, the Football Team will turn to Ricky Seals-Jones. The former Texas A&M standout made a highlight TD catch earlier in the season and filled in for Thomas in Week 4 after the injury. The Football Team will likely give a heavy workload to the WRs and RBs if Thomas does miss game action. Pay attention to news out of D.C. about Logan Thoams as the week progresses.
Dallas WR Amari Cooper briefly exited his team’s Week 4 victory with a hamstring injury. He was able to return to the game and had a big impact down the stretch. In all likelihood, this won’t be an issue as he made it back into the game but keep an eye out for news of any lingering effects from the hamstring injury.
Washington WR Dyami Brown was forced from his team’s Week 4 victory with a knee injury. There has been very little information as to the severity of the injury. Luckily for Washington, Week 4 also marked the return of offseason acquisition Curtis Samuel. Both Samuel and superstar Terry McLaurin would garner significant looks in the passing game if Logan Thomas and Brown missed time. Adam Humphries would also maintain his significant snap share with a Brown absence. It is also possible the passing-down specialist J.D. McKissic could also have some additional looks schemed his way.
Saints RB Tony Jones Jr was carted off the field in his team’s Week 4 defeat with a significant leg injury. Specifics are not yet available, but it had the look of a long-term injury. Following the release of Latavius Murray late in the preseason and this injury, the Saints now find themself thin on depth behind All-Pro RB Alvin Kamara. Currently, former Packers RB/WR Ty Montgomery sits as the next man up behind Kamara. The team also has Dwayne Washington and will likely explore the free-agent market if indeed Jones Jr is out for an extended period.
Chicago RB David Montgomery suffered a scary knee injury late in his team’s Week 4 victory. Video of the actual injury was hard to dissect. However, at a minimum, it was reported as a hyperextension of his left leg. An early week MRI revealed that Montgomery did not tear his ACL. Despite the encouraging news, the talented RB will likely miss between 4-5 weeks. In his place, the Bears will turn to off-season acquisition Damien Williams with rookie Khalil Herbert behind him. Both players are worth a pickup as the Bears appear to be running their offense through the RB position. Williams should be the waiver wire add of the week in leagues where he is available.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook seems to have aggravated his previous ankle injury in his team’s Week 4 loss. The uber-talented RB had a quiet day early before fading from the game plan down the stretch. There has been no indication that Cook has a significant issue with the ankle. However, were he to miss time, the Vikings would again turn to talented youngster Alexander Mattison. Keep an eye out for any news about this injury as the week progresses.
San Francisco QB Jimmy Garpppolo was knocked from his team’s Week 4 loss with a calf injury. The QB himself said he would likely miss several weeks with the ailment. This would be the third year in a row that the 49ers will be without their starting QB for multiple weeks. In his place, the team will turn to talented 1st round rookie Trey Lance. The youngster will bring his unique athletic profile to the San Francisco starting lineup, likely altering the balance of the team’s point distribution. His addition could possibly jumpstart the San Francisco rushing game as defenses will be forced to honor his big-play rushing upside. Lance will be a Super-Flex must start based solely on his rushing ability.
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