We saw another busy day in the medical tent in Week 6. We are getting to the point where some of these injuries may impact your fantasy playoffs, or quite possibly even the start of next season. Here’s a recap of this week’s injuries.
Baker Mayfield – Left Shoulder Dislocation
Mayfield was dealing with some instability due to a previous dislocation/labrum tear to his non-throwing shoulder prior to Week 6. During Week 7 he landed very awkwardly on it again, causing another dislocation. If this was his throwing arm, he would be done for the season. Since it’s his non-throwing shoulder, this is something he will likely play with the rest of this season. Surgery this off-season is a certainty. Since he’s now injured the labrum twice, he is at a greater risk of injuring the labrum past the point of no return, landing him on IR with season ending surgery. To avoid putting himself in a precarious position risking further injury, I would expect Baker to give his best Ben Roethlisberger impression going forward, as far as mobility is concerned.
Antonio Gibson – Lower Leg Stress Fracture
Gibson has been playing through this for at least a couple of weeks now. It’s gotten worse to the point where it’s limiting his effectiveness and he’s missing playing time. This is likely going to bother him the rest of the season, if not send him to IR, unless he gets some significant rest time; even then this is something that might not be 100% until the off-season. If you are rostering him, I would try to make moves to protect yourself for your fantasy playoffs. I would not feel comfortable counting on him as I would expect him to be on IR to finish the year. If he is active, I would not expect him to be very effective or a reliable starting option. This injury went from maybe manageable to a ticking time bomb pretty quickly. McKissic might still be cheap enough to go get now.
Kareem Hunt – Calf Strain
Hunt lands on IR and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. I would count on the later given the area and the severity that has been reported thus far. The calf is an area that generates much power during running and cutting, so any injury to this area will need ample time to heal prior to returning to high level competition. Coming back too soon increases the chances of re-injury and further missed time.
Parris Campbell – Foot Sprain
As of this writing, I don’t have details on the severity of Parris Campbell’s injury. Current information details this as a “significant injury” and that it should likely end his season. To me, this sounds eerily like a potential Lisfranc injury. This would end his season and would put the label of “injury prone” on Campbell going forward, whether or not you believe in that sort of designation. Campbell seems to have trouble staying healthy, but his dynasty value continues to be propped up based on the kind of player he could be, rather than the kind of player he has been. Watch to see what Indianapolis does at the WR position this off-season, as Campbell could end up buried on the depth chart.
Julio Jones – Hamstring Strain
Julio’s re-injury of his hamstring is the epitome of how likely strains are to reoccur for athletes. I would expect him to land on IR at this point and miss 4 weeks, as this would keep him healthier for a late season/playoff push for the Titans. Julio has battled these types of injuries for quite some time now, so this is nothing new to managers rostering him. At this point you hold and hope he gives you a playoff push, or as a contender he could be a high risk/high reward buy candidate as his price should be relatively cheap.
Terrace Marshall – Concussion
As is with all concussions, his return is largely dependent on how quickly he progresses through the concussion protocol. If he misses 2 weeks we would start to get concerned about longer term issues.
Kadarius Toney – Ankle Sprain
Toney has been trying to play with an ankle issue over the last several weeks. This was aggravated early in Week 6. At some point the Giants need to give their rookie WR some time to rest. He’s shown several flashes that have silenced some of his biggest critics, for now. The worst thing the Giants can do at this point is let him to continue to play through this ankle issue. I expect him to miss 1-2 weeks.
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