NFL Injury Report: Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, Marcus Mariota
While Sunday was a relatively quiet day regarding injuries there were still some with significant fantasy impact. Here is my injury update from Sunday’s action, heavy on Buffalo Bills.
- Keenan Allen (SD WR) injured his hip during yesterday’s game against the Packers. Look for updates on his status throughout the week before having him active next week. With Philip Rivers throwing for 503 yards, San Diego certainly has plenty of players capable of getting catches on a weekly basis.
- Percy Harvin (BUF WR) missed the Week 6 loss against the Bengals and is scheduled to visit a specialist to determine the specific nature of his hip injury. There is concern that Harvin will be out for a significant period of time. Keep him on your bench for now but be prepared to move on from Harvin if reports on his hip are not good.
- Jeremy Maclin (KC WR) left Sunday’s contest early because of a concussion and will go through the league’s concussion protocol. At this point I expect Maclin to be inactive in Week 7.
- Marcus Mariota (TEN QB) will have an MRI on his injured left knee, though he did stay in Sunday’s game after suffering a low hit. Tennessee hopes it is just an MCL injury but watch for updates after his MRI.
- Ty Montgomery (GB WR) injured his ankle in Sunday’s game against the Chargers but tests came back negative for structural damage. Green Bay has a bye in Week 7 so it appears as if Montgomery will be okay with the extended break.
- Allen Robinson (JAX WR) had a solid game this week, with six receptions for 86 yards, including a touchdown. Unfortunately, he also experienced a leg contusion and was using a crutch to move around after this week’s game against Houston. I expect him to be active for next week’s game in London against the Bills.
- Emmanuel Sanders (DEN WR) sprained the acromioclavicular (AC) joint in his shoulder diving to make a catch against the Browns. This injury is commonly referred to as a “separated shoulder” and the time missed depends on the severity of damage to the ligaments that hold the clavicle, or collar bone, in place. Denver is on a bye next week so don’t expect the Broncos to rush to reveal the extent of Sanders’ injury.
- Tyrod Taylor (BUF QB) missed Sunday’s game against Cincinnati and, despite the impressive opening drive engineered by E.J. Manuel, the Bills’ offense struggled. He is questionable for next week against the Jaguars but, based on Manuel’s lackluster play, Buffalo will get Taylor on the field as soon as he is healthy enough to do so. Sprains to the MCL will impact a player’s side-to-side mobility so, when he does return, expect Taylor to limit his running until he is fully healthy.
- Michael Vick (PIT QB) injured his hamstring during Sunday’s game against Arizona. He was replaced by Landry Jones who was impressive in leading the Steelers to a 25-13 win. While head coach Mike Tomlin did not reveal the severity of Vick’s injury I expect Jones to get the start next week, unless Ben Roethlisberger is cleared to return.
- Sammy Watkins (BUF WR) did his best Keyshawn Johnson imitation and was actually thrown “the damn ball,” reeling in a 22-yard touchdown catch on Sunday against the Bengals. Unfortunately, Watkins injured his left ankle on the play and the television broadcast showed him entering the Buffalo locker room on crutches. Watkins’ frailty this season continues to frustrate his owners, as he was returning from a right calf injury. X-rays were negative so the current diagnosis is a sprain. Buffalo travels to London for next Sunday’s game which means rosters will lock early. Monitor reports throughout the week before setting your lineup but, if it is just a mild sprain, I expect Watkins to be available next week.
- Karlos Williams (BUF RB) is still battling the symptoms of a concussion, not having practiced this week. He is not expected to make the trip to London with the Bills for their Week 7 contest against the Jaguars.
- Kyle Williams (BUF DT) injured his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in Week 6 and is expected to miss a few weeks of action with hope he could return in Week 9, after the Bills’ bye week. With Buffalo’s offense struggling to find any rhythm the defense needs to step up next week. Losing Williams hurts their cause. Jacksonville’s offense is not exceptionally explosive, with the running game ranked in the bottom third of the league, so Buffalo’s D/ST is still a solid play next week.
- T.J. Yeldon (JAX RB) did not practice all week and missed this week’s game because of his groin injury. Denard Robinson was not particularly impressive against the Texans, so Yeldon should get a bulk of the carries again once he is healthy.
Jeremy Tiermini is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Jeremy follow him @JeremyTiermini.