Just as NFL fantasy rosters were settling down, we are left to analyze the impact of another wave of injuries and scramble to fill holes and question marks. Here’s what we know so far about Sunday’s injuries.
RB Dalvin Cook, Minnesota
Minnesota’s dynamic rookie is probably done for the season after he tried a juke move that his knee would not support. Team trainers said they believe Dalvin Cook’s injury is a near-total tear of the ACL. Cook had 74 total yards and a touchdown before he went down, losing the ball as he crumbled in a heap after the injury. Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon combined for 21 yards rushing on nine carries over the rest of the game; Murray is likely the starter going into next week.
RB Chris Carson, Seattle
As Seattle tried to run out the clock against Indianapolis, Chris Carson got gang tackled and did not get up. He was carted off with an air cast on his leg, with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll calling it a “significant” ankle injury after the game. Eddie Lacy looked good finishing the game with 52 yards on 11 carries, but Seattle also introduced JD McKissic to the NFL with 65 yards and a pair of scores on just five touches. Thomas Rawls was a healthy scratch while McKissic was activated for the first time.
QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee
Marcus Mariota was hobbled by a hamstring injury and removed from the game in the third quarter. The word from the sideline was that he might return later, but with Houston pulling away with a team-record 57 points, Matt Cassel finished the game. Mariota will have an MRI on Monday to see if the injury is more serious than it initially appeared.
QB Derek Carr, Oakland
Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit and twisted on a sack and immediately grabbed his lower back. He walked off under his own power but did not return to the game. He will also get an MRI Monday to see what caused his pain. EJ Manuel is the backup quarterback and finished the contest against Denver, ending the game with 11 completions for 106 yards and an interception on 17 attempts.
WR Julio Jones, Atlanta
Julio Jones didn’t want to come out of the game against Detroit. He was pulled to be evaluated on the sideline and soon was escorted to the locker room for x-rays. His status was initially questionable to return but was quickly downgraded to out for the game due to a hip injury. An exact diagnosis was not released, nor is it known whether the hip problem is related to the back issues that limited Jones in practice all week.
WR Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta
Mohamed Sanu, Jones’ NFL fantasy handcuff, also went down with a hamstring issue. It is unclear how serious it is pending further evaluation Monday. Taylor Gabriel and Justin Hardy combined to catch two short passes out of 11 targets. Tight end Austin Hooper led the team with five catches from seven targets and his 55 yards was second only to Tevin Coleman’s 65 yards receiving. Coleman and Hooper might be better pickups than any of the Atlanta wide receivers if either Jones or Sanu miss Week 5.
WR Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco
San Francisco announced that Marquise Goodwin was being evaluated for an eye and head injury before ruling out a return due to a concussion. He will have to clear the concussion protocol during the week.
WR Jordan Matthews, Buffalo
Jordan Matthews predicted he and his fellow wide receivers would get more involved in the offense soon. Sure enough, he caught an early touchdown pass. Unfortunately, he was knocked out of the game early in the second half with a thumb injury. Rookie Zay Jones led all wide receivers with five targets. Once again, it was tight end Charles Clay who had the most targets and yards on the day.
Ty Montgomery & Davante Adams, Green Bay
The injured Green Bay Packers starters both have a chance to play in Week 5 after getting knocked out of the Thursday night game. Montgomery has a chest wall injury but did not break any ribs as previously thought. Davante Adams is in the concussion protocol but says he feels great and is optimistic of a prompt return.
WR Odell Beckham Jr, NY Giants
Odell Beckham had a dislocated finger reset during the game and returned. He was assisted by trainers two times after that for what appeared to be ankle injuries. He returned each time although with a limp. He told reporters he was fine, but it might be another week of watching practice updates from New York.
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