Week 4 NFL Injury Reports to Monitor for Sunday (2022)
Every Saturday, I review each NFL team’s injury reports to get a sense of the players I need to monitor on Sunday morning, and then I update the following:
- Week 4 Favorites
- Week 4 Player Rankings
- Week 4 Player Projections
- Week 4 BettingPros Spread Projections
- Week 4 BettingPros Total Projections
Here are the injury reports and players I’m monitoring.
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (in London)
- RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) was on the injury report earlier in the week, but he practiced fully on Thursday and Friday. He’ll play on Sunday.
New Orleans Saints
- I expect both RB Alvin Kamara (rib) and WR Jarvis Landry (ankle) to play through their questionable tags.
- With WR Michael Thomas (foot) out, I have bumped up WR Chris Olave and Landry in my rankings.
- I strong expect QB Jameis Winston (back, ankle) to sit and QB Andy Dalton to start. Update: Winston has been ruled out for Week 4.
- Given Dalton’s lack of downfield aggressiveness, I expect him to focus most on Landry and Kamara.
Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons
|Myles Garrett||DE||Shoulder, Biceps||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
- EDGE Myles Garrett (shoulder, biceps) and DT Taven Bryan (hamstring) are out, and I expect EDGE Jadeveon Clowney (ankle) to sit after not practicing at all this week. On top of that, EDGEs Chase Winovich (hamstring) and Stephen Weatherly (knee) and LB Anthony Walker (leg) are all on IR. The Browns could be very weak against the run and rushing the passer this week.
- RB Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) got in a limited practice on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. I expect he’ll play through his questionable tag.
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens
- The Bills could be vulnerable in the secondary, given that No. 1 CB Tre’Davious White (knee) and S Micah Hyde (neck) are on IR, No. 4 CB Christian Benford (hand) is out and No. 2 CB Dane Jackson (neck) and S Jordan Poyer (foot) are questionable.
- With backup WR Jake Kumerow (ankle) out, the Bills will be thin at the position if No. 2 WR Gabe Davis (ankle) is unable to play or suffers an in-game aggravation of his injury.
- DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring) is out, so the Bills will be shorthanded on the interior of their defensive line and weaker against the run if DT Ed Oliver (ankle) is unable to play through his questionable tag.
- Starting LT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) seems likely to make his 2022 debut, and it comes just in time as No. 2 LT Ja’Wuan James (Achilles) is on IR and No. 3 LT Patrick Mekari (ankle) is doubtful to play.
- EDGE Justin Houston (groin) is doubtful and EDGEs Tyus Bowser (Achilles, PUP), David Ojabo (Achilles, PUP) and Steven Means (Achilles, IR) are all out, so the Ravens could struggle to pressure the quarterback, even with the new addition of EDGE Jason Pierre-Paul.
Washington Commanders at Dallas Cowboys
|Charles Leno Jr.||OT||Shoulder||DNP||LP||LP||Questionable|
- RG Wes Schweitzer (concussion) is out, and that’s a big problem for the Commanders because he had been starting at center for them — because No. 1 C Chase Roullier (knee, IR) and No. 2 C Tyler Larsen (Achilles, PUP) are both out. Without Schweitzer, the Commanders will start C Nick Martin, whom they just signed on Sept. 20. The Commanders could be exceptionally weak running and pass protecting on the interior.
- LT Charles Leno (shoulder) seems likely to play.
|Dak Prescott||QB||Right Thumb||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
- WR Michael Gallup (knee) was on the injury report earlier in the week, but he was left of the final version after practicing fully on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He’s playing this week.
- Both TE Dalton Schultz (knee) and LG Connor McGovern (ankle) seem likely to be active after practicing limitedly all week.
- QB Dak Prescott (thumb) is out, but Week 5 is a realistic possibility for his return.
Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
- The Seahawks have one of the worst secondaries in the league anyway, and they’ll likely be without starting CB Justin Coleman (calf).
|Austin Seibert||K||Right Groin||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||WR||Ankle||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
- No. 1 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) is out and Nos. 2-3 WRs D.J. Chark (ankle) and Josh Reynolds (ankle) are questionable. I expect both Chark and Reynolds to play — and they get a boost in my rankings without St. Brown — but the Lions are thin at the position. Update: D.J. Chark has been downgraded to out.
- No. 1 RB D’Andre Swift (ankle, shoulder) is out. In his absence, No. 2 RB Jamaal Williams is a top-12 option, even without LG Jonah Jackson (finger).
- K Austin Seibert (groin) is out. Backup K Dominik Eberle might be a viable plug-and-pray option, given that the game could shoot out — but it feels risky going with a practice squad kicker.
Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans
Los Angeles Chargers
|Corey Linsley||C||Knee/NIR — Rest||LP||LP||DNP||Questionable|
- QB Justin Herbert (ribs) and No. 1 CB J.C. Jackson (ankle) both practiced fully on Friday and were left off the final injury report. They’re playing.
- No. 1 WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) seemed on track early in the week to play, but then he missed practice on Friday and was declared out. Without Allen and also rotational WR Jalen Guyton (knee, IR), WRs Mike Williams and Joshua Palmer both get a boost in my rankings.
- C Corey Linsley (knee) seems likely to start after getting limited sessions on Wednesday and Thursday and then a planned rest day on Friday.
- With No. 1 TE Brevin Jordan (ankle) out and No. 2 TE Pharaoh Brown (shoulder) questionable, No. 3 TE O.J. Howard might have some viability … but I highly doubt it.
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
- Without LB Zach Cunningham (elbow) and S Amani Hooker (concussion), the Titans will be without two important run defenders.
- The Titans will be vulnerable against the pass if CB Roger McCreary (back) is unable to play, as they are already without CBs Elijah Molden (groin) and Chris Jackson (knee, IR).
- WR Kyle Philips (shoulder) seems likely to play.
- DT DeForest Buckner (elbow) seems unlikely to play after missing practice all week. And LB Shaquille Leonard (back) hasn’t played yet this year despite practicing fully in previous weeks. If they are both out, the Colts run defense will suffer.
Chicago Bears at New York Giants
|Velus Jones Jr.||WR||Hamstring||LP||LP||FP||Questionable|
- No. 1 RB David Montgomery (ankle, knee) is out, so No. 2 RB Khalil Herbert is an automatic fantasy starter.
- No. 1 CB Jaylon Johnson (quad) is out — but that might not matter much against the Giants.
- K Cairo Santos (personal)
New York Giants
- WRs Kadarius Toney (hamstring), Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and Sterling Shepard (knee, IR) are all out. In their absence, WRs Richie James, Davis Sills and, yes, even Kenny Golladay get a bump in my rankings.
- Backup CBs Cordale Flott (calf) and Nick McCloud (hamstring) are out. Those sound like made-up names.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles
|Cole Van Lanen||G||Hamstring||DNP||DNP||LP||Out|
- WR Zay Jones (ankle) seems likely to play.
- The Jaguars defense could be more vulnerable via the passing game if No. 1 CB Shaquill Griffin (hip) doesn’t play.
New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
New York Jets
- QB Zach Wilson (knee) practiced fully this week and will make his first 2022 start. Not sure that’s actually a good development for the Jets and their skill-position players.
- Without starting CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring), the Steelers will be forced to rely on backup CBs Art Maulet and Levi Wallace, which (in theory) would be good for Jets wide receivers.
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
|Matt Prater||K||Right Hip||LP||LP||LP||Questionable|
|Marquise Brown||WR||NIR – Rest/Foot||DNP||LP||Questionable|
- No. 1 WR DeAndre Hopkins (suspension), No. 3 WR A.J. Green (knee) and No. 5 WR Antoine Wesley (groin, IR) are all out. Whoever is left standing at the position could get a lot of targets. Speaking of which …
- Perimeter WR Marquise Brown (foot) popped up on the injury report on Friday with a limited practice. It’s normally a bad sign if a guy appears on the injury report late in the week — but he still got in a limited practice, and beat reporters haven’t indicated that the team is worried about his availability for Week 4. I expect him to play.
- Slot WR Rondale Moore (hamstring) seems likely to make his 2022 debut this week after getting in three limited practices. If Moore, plays backup slot WR Greg Dortch will likely be pushed back to the sidelines. If Moore is out, then Dortch will continue to see regular usage within the offense.
|Laviska Shenault Jr.||WR||Hamstring||LP||DNP||LP||Questionable|
- RB Christian McCaffrey (thigh) seems likelier than not to play after getting in a limited session on Friday, but he’s far from certain to play — and even if he plays he could have a reduced role. I’m bumping McCaffrey down my rankings.
New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots
- QB Mac Jones (ankle) is out. Backup Brian Hoyer will start in his place. Gross.
- No. 1 WR Jakobi Meyers (knee) is out again. WR DeVante Parker will get a bump up in my rankings.
- DT Lawrence Guy (shoulder) is out, which means a poor run defense could be even worse.
- S Kyle Dugger (knee) and LB Raekwon McMillan (thumb) were both questionable last week and then sat out. If they do the same thing this week, the Patriots run defense will, again, be even worse.
Green Bay Packers
- No. 1 CB Jaire Alexander (groin) is uncertain to play. If he’s out, Patriots WR DeVante Parker will get a small upgrade in our rankings.
Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders
- RT Billy Turner (knee) and RG Quinn Meinerz (hamstring) are both out. The right side of the offensive line could underperform in both run and pass blocking.
- I expect LG Dalton Risner (ankle) to play after practicing fully on Friday, but if he’s out than the offensive line will be even more vulnerable.
- DT D.J. Jones (concussion) has cleared the league’s protocol, so he seems likely to play. His run-stuffing presence means a small drop down the rankings for Raiders RB Josh Jacobs.
Las Vegas Raiders
- With slot WR Hunter Renfrow (concussion) and No. 2 TE Foster Moreau (knee) both out, WRs Davante Adams and Mack Hollins and No. 1 TE Darren Waller all get upgrades in my rankings.
- No. 2 CB Anthony Averett (thumb, IR) is already out, and No. 1 CB Rock Ya-Sin (knee) and No. 5 CB Sam Webb (hamstring) are questionable. I expect them to play, but if one or both of them is out, the Raiders will be thin at corner.
Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kansas City Chiefs
|Harrison Butker||K||Left Ankle||LP||DNP||DNP||Out|
- K Harrison Butker (ankle) will miss his third game in a row. Practice squad K Matthew Wright will replace him.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- WR Breshad Perriman (knee, hamstring) is unlikely to play, but WRs Chris Godwin (hamstring), Julio Jones (knee) and Russell Gage (hamstring) all have real chances to play this weekend.
- LT Donovan Smith (elbow) seems likely to return after practicing limitedly all week.
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Note: Written prior to injury reports for Saturday.
Los Angeles Rams
- C Brian Allen (knee) is unlikely to play. If LG David Edwards (illness) is also out, the Rams could be vulnerable on the interior of their offensive line.
- I doubt that CBs David Long (groin) and Cobie Durant (hamstring) will play, and they are already without No. 2 CB Troy Hill (groin, IR). The Rams could be severely shorthanded in the secondary.
San Francisco 49ers
- I think this tweet pretty much says it all …
The #49ers currently don’t have enough for 48-man game day roster
Did not practice
Azeez Al-Shaair (knee)
Arik Armstead (foot)
Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle)
Ross Dwelley (rib)
Danny Gray (hip)
Javon Kinlaw (knee)
Tyler Kroft (knee)
Tarvarius Moore (hamstring)
Trent Williams (ankle)
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) October 1, 2022
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