NFL Injury Report: Jamaal Charles, Odell Beckham Jr., Marshawn Lynch
There is a long list of players to discuss so let’s get to it. Here is a quick recap of some key injuries that happened in Week 5 with updates on players hoping to return to action soon.
- Nelson Agholor (PHI WR) suffered a left ankle injury and will have an MRI because team doctors held him out for the remainder of Sunday’s game against New Orleans. Reports indicate that it is a muscle injury and Agholor expects to practice this week. “That’s the game plan,” he said. “I plan to prepare for all of that. I can’t control what happens. I’ll have an MRI (Monday) so we’ll figure it out. Other than that, my mindset is to practice, recover and get myself ready to play.” He was worth a look after a solid game against Washington last week but this injury could push him back to the bench in fantasy leagues.
- Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG WR) suffered a hamstring injury and, though reports indicated it was from celebrating a touchdown, he indicated it occurred five or six plays before his touchdown catch. He was able to return to the game but he will be re-evaluated on Monday. “We were trying to win a game, he wanted to go, the medical people said let him go, I let him go,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’ll see what he’s like [Monday].”
- Jamaal Charles (KC RB) suffered a non-contact knee injury during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bears. When watching the video you can see Charles right knee buckle when he attempts a cutback to his left. Early reports are indicating that Charles suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which would certainly end his season. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday to determine the exact extent of the injury but be prepared for the worst. Charcandrick West is the back to own in this handcuff situation.
- Tevin Coleman (ATL RB) played just nine snaps in Sunday’s game against Washington in his return from a fractured rib. Devonta Freeman appears to be the Falcons’ workhorse moving forward so consider Coleman to be nothing more than a handcuff.
- Elvis Dumervil (BAL LB) left Sunday’s game with a groin injury, further hampering the Ravens’ pass rush. With Terrell Suggs out, if Dumervil misses significant time the Baltimore Defense might not be worth using this season.
- Justin Forsett (BAL RB) had a big day against Cleveland before injuring his right ankle and missing the overtime session against the Browns. Monitor his status throughout the week, but don’t be surprised if he is inactive come Sunday.
- Marshawn Lynch (SEA RB) missed his second straight game because of a hamstring issue. While it does sound like he is improving, head coach Pete Carroll indicated the Seahawks wanted to play it safe with Beast Mode. “He actually did get a little bit of work (in practice on Thursday) and he is running very well,’’ Carroll said of Lynch. “However it’s just two weeks now. He’s just getting over it. We’ve seen some guys around the league try to come back. He could try to come back and play, but we think he’d be vulnerable. He needs another weekend to get through it. Then by next week, by Wednesday or something, we think we can get him going again. He’s just about over the hump.” If Lynch is not able to ramp it up in time for Sunday’s game I would expect him to be ready, barring setbacks, for Seattle game against San Francisco on Thursday, October 22.
- LeSean McCoy (BUF RB) is still uncertain for Buffalo’s next two contest, though he thinks he will return sooner than the four weeks he was projected to be out with his hamstring injury. “It’s all about how you feel, how you feel each day, with treatments and rehabs,” McCoy said. “So the injury may say that, but everybody is different. Everybody’s body responds differently. I’m a quick healer, so I should be fine. I doubt it will take four weeks for me to get back.” From a fantasy perspective, don’t expect significant contributions from McCoy until Buffalo returns from its bye week on November 8.
- Sammy Watkins (BUF WR) is making progress and could be active for Buffalo’s Week 6 contest against the Bengals. Plan on having him active for Sunday.
- Cierre Wood (BUF RB) left Buffalo’s Week 5 game against the Titans early due to a knee injury. While Woods is not fantasy relevant this injury does mean the Bills have just two healthy running backs on their roster; Boobie Dixon and Boom Herron.
- T.J. Yeldon (JAX RB) suffered a groin injury in the game against Tampa Bay but the injury is not believed to be serious.
Jeremy Tiermini is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Jeremy follow him @JeremyTiermini.