NFL Fantasy: Beckham, Kelce and other Week 5 early injury news

The Giants spent 5 weeks figuratively looking for help on offense. This week, they will be literally looking for help on offense.

This week’s injuries list was looking rather short compared to other weeks until the Giants played. We already know they lost two wide receivers for the season. By the end of the day, they should have a better idea if they need to replace two more and their iron-man quarterback. Here’s what we know about New York and all the other teams’ injured players so far.

QB Eli Manning, NYG

Left tackle Ereck Flowers has had a tough time protecting Eli Manning this season, but if Manning’s consecutive-games streak comes to an end in Week 6, he will never live it down. Flowers inadvertently kicked Manning in the head on the second-to-last play of the game Sunday. Manning stayed on the field and threw an interception in what turned out to be his final play. However, he was taken for neck x-rays soon after the game. X-rays are reportedly negative, and Manning says he does not have a concussion, although he couldn’t be blamed if his head was spinning after losing four wide receivers and a running back during the game. Official word on his injury is pending.

QB Matthew Stafford, DET

Matthew Stafford has started 101 straight games for the Detroit Lions, but it took some fancy tape work for him to finish this one. During the game, he received supportive tape jobs, first on his thigh and then later the ankle and foot of the same leg. He was literally skipping onto the field by the end of the game, seemingly unable to bend or bear weight on the leg. He was also bleeding from his hand at one point.

Stafford refused to talk about his injuries and the Lions never gave the press an injury report, something the league may want to discuss with head coach Jim Caldwell this week. Caldwell said after the game he did not know if any of Stafford’s injuries would be a problem in Week 6.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr NYG

Odell Beckham won’t be playing through his latest ankle injury, a fibia fracture sustained when he landed awkwardly under the weight of a defender. Reports are that the ankle will require surgery to fix. Beckham was the fourth Giants wide receiver knocked out of the game. An official prognosis was not released, but a comeback this year would be a miracle. Randall Cobb suffered a similar injury in Week 6 of 2013, and it wasn’t until Week 17 that he was able to return to the field; unless the Giants somehow turn everything around and are in the driver’s seat for the NFC East come late December, he’s almost certainly done for the season.

WR DeVante Parker, MIA

Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins’ offensive woes weren’t helped when DeVante Parker limped off the field in the first quarter. He could not return after injuring his ankle. No more specific diagnosis was given, pending further tests Monday.

WR Sterling Shepard, NYG

Sterling Shepard was the first Giants wide receiver to go down against the Chargers Sunday. He suffered an ankle injury that looks similar to a low-ankle sprain he suffered in the preseason. The injury shelved him for two weeks then. He will need an MRI to check for anything more serious than that. Shepard looked determined to re-enter the game but was eventually ruled out by the medical staff.

WR Brandon Marshall, NYG

Just a few minutes after Sterling Shepard left the game, Brandon Marshall looked ready to step up. He made a beautiful grab of a 12-yard sideline pass, but stepped awkwardly and appeared to roll his ankle as he went out of bounds. The Giants announced that Marshall has an ankle sprain, but did not specify the severity or location pending an MRI.

WR Tyler Boyd, CIN

Tyler Boyd was helped off the field after a short sideline pass and did not return. The team said he had a right knee injury and would be further evaluated Monday.

WR Dwayne Harris, NYG

Dwayne Harris was the third Giants wide receiver to leave the game Sunday. He has already been told his season is over due to a fracture in his foot. Harris was also the primary kick and punt returner for the Giants.

WR Chris Conley, KC

Kansas City coach Andy Reid said he thinks Chris Conley suffered a torn Achilles in Sunday night’s game. Conley went up high for an errant pass and came down unable to bear weight and in obvious distress. An Achilles tendon injury would end the season for the Chiefs’ #2 wide receiver.

RB Bilal Powell, NYJ

Bilal Powell was removed from the Jets game against Cleveland with a calf injury. The Jets said he would need to be reevaluated on Monday. Matt Forte is still shelved with a turf toe injury, too.

RB Terrance West, BAL

It looked like Terrance West might take over the Ravens running game when he started the day with 17 yards on his first pair of carries. Unfortunately, he suffered a calf injury on the second rush and could not return to the game. The team said they will have to see how the injury looks during the week to know how serious it is.

RB Orleans Darkwa, NYG

Giants’ running back Orleans Darkwa suffered a calf injury on a 23-yard touchdown run Sunday, He returned to rush twice more, but could not continue after that. He finished the day with 8 carries for 69 yards. He will need further evaluation to determine the seriousness of the injury.

TE Travis Kelce, KC

The Chiefs announced that Travis Kelce was being tested for a concussion after taking a hit in the first half of Sunday night’s game.

TE Charles Clay, BUF

Buffalo’s leading receiver, tight end Charles Clay was knocked out of the game against Cincinnati early. He took a sideway hit that left him limping with a knee injury. The Bills said they would need an MRI to determine if there is any serious damage or not.


We don’t report too many defensive injuries, but JJ Watt is lost for the season with a broken leg. The Texans are stocked on defense, but Watt’s absence will surely impact the team, especially with linebacker Whitney Mercilus also lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Better get a jump on the waiver wire

Between new injuries, four more teams on their bye week, and lingering questions about Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, Ty Montgomery, and others, a lot of us probably need to jump on the waiver wire this week. Look for our recommendations coming up! And don’t forget to send your NFL fantasy questions to [email protected] We’ll post answers every Wednesday in our NFL Fantasy Mailbag!

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Pat Opperman

Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.