NFL Injury Report: Le’Veon Bell, Matt Forte, Khiry Robinson
While Week 7 was relatively light on significant fantasy injuries, Week 8 more than made up for it. The scariest injury of the week happened in Dallas, when Seattle’s Ricardo Lockette was injured on special teams and appeared to be unconscious before he hit the turf. While he was immobilized and removed from the field on a spine board he was able to wave to the crowd. Later reports indicated that he had full movement in his extremities and the most significant injury is a concussion.
Here is this week’s long list of injury updates from Sunday’s contest, with two starting running backs suffering MCL sprains.
- Keenan Allen (SD WR) missed the second half of Sunday’s contest because of back spasms. Monitor his activity closely this week because back issues can linger. If you own Allen make sure you have a backup plan in place for next week.
- Le’Veon Bell (PIT RB) injured his right knee during Sunday’s game against the Bengals, with the injury severe enough that he was transported from the stadium for an immediate medical evaluation. Later reports indicate that Pittsburgh believes Bell’s ACL is intact and that the injury is isolated to the MCL. Unfortunately, it appears that the damage to the MCL will sideline Bell for the remainder of the season.
- Reggie Bush (SF RB) was returning a punt against St. Louis when he was pushed out of bounds on the 49ers’ bench. As he was slowing down he ran onto the concrete near the sideline wall. Bush’s cleats slid on the concrete and his legs bent awkwardly. He will have an MRI when the team returns to San Francisco but early reports are that he has a torn ACL. If so, Bush will miss the remainder of 2015.
- Orleans Darkwa (NYG RB) was forced from Sunday’s shootout against the Saints due to back injuries. Expect the Giants to update his status later in the week.
- Mike Davis (SF RB) left Sunday’s game early with a hand injury and did not return. Expect San Francisco to update his status later in the week. With Carlos Hyde out of action and with Reggie Bush’s injury the 49ers are suddenly short on running backs.
- Mike Evans (TB WR) had a quiet day but the Buccaneers have not released any reports about an injury, though he did need extra attention from the athletic training staff, getting stretched out a few times throughout the game. Watch for updates throughout the week.
- Larry Fitzgerald (ARI WR) injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against Cleveland. He was re-taped and remained in the contest. The Cardinals have a bye next week, and I expect Fitzgerald to be fine for the team’s next contest.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ QB) sprained a ligament in his left (non-throwing) thumb and will have an MRI on Monday. The Jets believe that Fitzpatrick will be able to play next week which is good, since backup Geno Smith also suffered shoulder and abdomen injuries in Sunday’s game against Oakland. The biggest issue for Fitzpatrick will be his ability to receive the ball on the snap. If he has issues throughout the week and is unable to go next week you need to downgrade all of the Jets’ skill players.
- Matt Forte (CHI RB) injured his right knee during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Chicago head coach John Fox did not offer any update in his post-game news conference but early reports indicate the injury is to Forte’s MCL. “They did the evaluation and they have an idea, but I hate to speculate until they get medical evidence,” Fox said. “We’ll keep you posted on that.” If it is the MCL, expect Forte to be out for two or three weeks. Jeremy Langford will see more action in the Chicago backfield and should be added if you need running back help.
- Ladarius Green (SD TE) inured his ankle during Sunday’s contest and missed the second half. Watch for updates throughout the week.
- Dwayne Harris (NYG WR) sprained a knee and an ankle in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans, though he did finish the contest. He caught two touchdowns today and I expect him to be fine moving forward though, if you won him, you should monitor his progress throughout the week.
- Calvin Johnson (DET WR) reaggravated an ankle injury and left Detroit’s blowout loss to the Chiefs early. With Detroit struggling with a 1-7 record Johnson could be on the trading block, though this injury could hamper any deals. If he remains with the Lions I expect Johnson back in action on November 15, after the team’s bye week.
- Brandon Marshall (NYJ WR) suffered two injuries this week, with a toe injury on one foot and an ankle injury on the other leg. With injuries to both quarterbacks, combined with these two injuries, Marshall is a risky play next week.
- Josh McCown (CLE QB) injured his ribs in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals and was eventually replaced by Johnny Manziel. While McCown hopes to play next week don’t be surprised if Manziel is named the starter.
- Khiry Robinson (NO RB) had his leg rolled up on during a goal line attempt during Sunday’s game against the Giants. Initially, I knew this was a serious injury because the athletic training staff used a vacuum splint to immobilize his lower leg. However, upon watching the video, you can Robinson’s leg buckle in the middle of his lower leg. The only question is the severity of the fracture but Robinson is most likely out for the season. Look for C.J. Spiller to see an increased number of touches for the Saints.
- Eddie Royal (CHI WR) has been dealing with multiple injuries this year and left Sunday’s contest against the Vikings with a knee injury. Expect Chicago to provide an update later in the week but don’t be surprised if he is out of action next week.
- Steve Smith (BAL WR) will miss the remainder of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s game against the Chargers. With Smith repeatedly stating he would retire after the season his career could be over. However, there are some people in the Ravens organization that believe Smith will return next season.
- Nate Washington (HOU WR) suffered a hip injury while catching a touchdown in Sunday’s win over Tennessee though he should be fine going forward. “It (lower back/hip) just got tight on me,” Washington said after the game. “It’s just football at the end of the day. You take a hit like that and those things get stiff. I’m perfectly fine.”
- Kendall Wright (TEN WR) was forced out of Sunday’s game against Houston because of a knee injury. Look for the Titans to update his status later in the week.
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