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That’s Going to Leave a Mark – Week 8 Injury Report

Quarterback was the unlucky position to sustain the bulk of the Week 8 injuries. @JohnnyBGoodeDFF assesses how long you can expect these players to be out

Kirk Cousins – Torn Achilles, Out for Season

It’s an unfortunate way for Cousins to enter the free agent market in 2024, coming off of a significant lower extremity injury. The good news is that when he comes back, he shouldn’t see any dip in his rushing stats; they are low to begin with! The bigger impact is on the Vikings’ pass catchers, who now get to catch passes from Josh Dobbs going forward.

Matt Stafford – Thumb, 1-4 Weeks

This was such a fluke reinjury. Stafford leaves the game briefly to have his thumb taped. He returns and catches a touchdown, only to seemingly hurt himself further. Now confirmed as a UCL sprain, this is something that he should probably take some time to let heal. This is the same injury that he had surgery on in 2020. A stint on the IR could be coming, but it sounds like the Rams might be seeing how he progresses early first. Downgrade all pass catchers in the Rams offense, and even when Stafford returns, he could be at high risk for reinjury in the first few weeks.

Tyrod Taylor – Rib, 1-2 Weeks

Taylor was taken to the local hospital and stayed overnight. This was to rule out any injury to his lungs. Taylor seems to have bad luck when it comes to his lungs. Daniel Jones appears to be ready to return to the game, so the extent of this injury is minor for dynasty managers.

Kendrick Bourne – Torn ACL, Out for Season

Bourne was having a resurgence of his career this year until he tore his ACL during Week 8. A typical return to sport is ten months following surgery, so Bourne has a chance to be ready for Week 1 next season. Where the soon-to-be 29-year-old is playing and to what extent he is involved in that offense is the bigger question.

Drake London – Groin, 1-3 Weeks

Groin strains can linger and are difficult to play through for running backs and wide receivers. This is due to the change of direction and diagonal cuts these positions need to make. I would count on him being out for at least one week, possibly more. This has a high likelihood of reinjury upon his return to action. That said, if he only misses one week, I am probably benching him in Week 10 with anticipation that he could be more of a decoy or on a snap count.

Joshua Palmer – Knee, Week to Week

This knee was giving Palmer trouble during the week and was aggravated during his Week 8 game. While he did return to the game, he wasn’t heavily involved. The extent of this injury is unknown, so consider him week to week with a high probability of sitting Week 9.

Darren Waller – Hamstring Strain, 1-3 Weeks

Another aggravation of a previous injury. Waller will likely miss some time, given his history with hamstring strains. The Giants have a Week 13 bye. It’s plausible that the Giants put him on the shelf until Week 14. Plan accordingly

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