The Training Room: Week 3 Injury Updates

Sep 28, 2020
The Training Room: Week 3 Injury Updates

We're glad to report that while Week 3 did bring about some new injuries that we need to cover, it wasn't as insanely ridiculous as last week. Our on the mend section of our article returns this week that will cover players that are potentially close to returning and what the expectation could be heading into this week. We'll give you our initial thoughts about those players on the mend and then will give you our take based on the length of time they've been out and where they currently stand in the recovery process. Let's get right into it! UPDATED SUNDAY 10/4/20

DeAndre Hopkins, WR Cardinals

Injury: Sprained Ankle

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Potential Replacements: Larry Fitzgerald, Andy Isabella

Initial Thoughts: Hopkins has not practiced all week as he is dealing with an ankle issue. The fact that the reports are stating that Hopkins is pushing to play Week 4 indicates that he's going to need to convince the medical staff he's healthy to play. However, GM Steve Kleim is going to allow Hopkins to make the final call as to whether or not he plays. I'm not sure how much stock I'd put in the GM letting a player play if he's putting himself at more risk for prolonging the issue. It sounds like Hopkins is going to do everything he can to try and play, but don't be surprised if he's inactive due to potential re-aggravation and long term health concerns from the Cardinals.

Chris Carson, RB Seahawks

Injury: Sprained Knee

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Potential Replacements: Carlos Hyde

Initial Thoughts: Carson's knee sprain intiailly looked worse than it actually was. The fact that he's able to be ready a week later is a good sign. I wouldn't expect too much of a drop off in terms of usage as the Seahawks wouldn't rush him back if he felt he wasn't ready.

Terry McLaurin, WR Washington Football Team

Injury: Thigh Injury

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Potential Replacement: Dontrelle Inman, Steven Sims

Initial Thoughts: McLaurin did not practice Friday which usually means that he doesn't have a great chance to play that week. However, the Washington Football Team states that they expect him to play. WIth Dwayne Haskins struggling and facing a Ravens team this week, McLaurin doesn't have a great matchup.

Christian Kirk, WR Cardinals

Injury: Strained Groin

Timetable For Recovery: Game time decision for Week 4

Potential Replacement: Larry Fitzgerald, Andy Isabella

Initial Thoughts: Kirk will test out his groin during pre-game and see how it responds to cutting, decelerating, and sprint work. He's truly a 50/50 shot at this point so keep an eye on his status heading into today's games.

Joe Mixon, RB Bengals

Injury: Chest Injury

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Potential Replacements: Giovani Bernard

Initial Thoughts: The chest injury that Mixon has been dealing with is apparently minor so I wouldn't be overly concerned with his availability heading into this week's matchup against the Jaguars.

Chris Godwin, WR Buccaneers

Injury: Strained Hamstring

Timetable For Recovery: 2-4 Weeks, Ruled OUT for Week 4

Potential Replacements: Scott Miller, Justin Watson

Initial Thoughts: It's never good to be on this injury report twice when we're only three weeks into the season. Godwin is unlikely to suit up for Week 5 due to the Bucs playing Thursday night. I would say Week 6 there is an outside chance but for now there needs to be more tangible evidence that he's ready to start practicing and ramping up to return.

John Brown, WR Bills

Injury: Strained Calf

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Potential Replacement: Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis

Initial Thoughts: Brown was removed from the injury report as the Bills are set to face the Raiders. I'm a little skeptical about Brown's overall availability for Week 4 as calf strains are high risk for re-aggravation and usually take some time to make a full recovery. I'd say if you have another option then consider it but keep an eye on Brown's pre-game status to ensure he doesn't experience any tightness or renewed soreness.

Dallas Goedert, TE Eagles

Injury: Fractured Ankle

Timetable For Recovery: Placed on IR

Potential Replacement: Zach Ertz, Richard Rodgers

Initial Thoughts: Goedert injured his ankle in the first quarter when a defender pulled him down from behind and ended up landing on his ankle. Further testing revealed a small fracture in his ankle which led to the Eagles putting him on IR which will cost him at least 3 weeks. Even when he is eligible to return, it'll be interesting to see how limited his ankle might be when he suits up.

Tarik Cohen, RB Bears

Injury: Torn ACL

Timetable For Recovery: Out for season

Potential Replacement: David Montgomery, Cordarrelle Patterson

Initial Thoughts: Coach Nagy told reporters after the game that Cohen did in fact tear his ACL. He'll get an MRI to confirm the diagnosis and will be out for the rest of the season. It's a tough break for Cohen after just signing a three-year extension with the Bears but he should make a full recovery to be ready for next season.

Russell Gage, WR Falcons

Injury: Concussion

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Potential Replacement: Calvin Ridley, Olamide Zaccheaus

Initial Thoughts: Gage was removed from the injury report and will suit up Monday night against the Packers. I would expect a high scoring game in this one, and with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley banged up a bit, there's potential Gage could see more usage if the Falcons find themselves in a negative game script.

Diontae Johnson, WR Steelers

Injury: Concussion

Timetable For Recovery: Week To Week

Potential Replacement: Chase Claypool, James Washington

Initial Thoughts: Johnson was doing individual drills in Thursday's practice, but with the Steelers game being postponed due to the Titans COVID outbreak, he'll get another week to fully recover from his concussion. He should be good to go for Week 5.

Jerick McKinnon, RB 49ers

Injury: Bruised Ribs

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Potential Replacement: Jeff Wilson Jr.

Initial Thoughts: McKinnon showed well against the Giants as the 49ers continue to be depleted by injuries and should be in line for another uptick in usage against the Eagles. McKinnon is ranked inside our top 20 RB's in both half and full PPR leagues.

Jordan Reed, TE 49ers

Injury: Sprained MCL

Timetable For Recovery: Placed on IR, expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Potential Replacement: Ross Dwelley

Initial Thoughts: Reed was hit low against the Giants last week and suffered the sprained MCL. Reports have him missing 6-8 weeks which means he's dealing with a higher grade sprain. George Kilttle is potentially available for Week 4 but until we hear any further information on Kittle, Dwelley will be the guy for now.

On The Mend

Julio Jones, WR Falcons

Injury: Strained Hamstring

Timetable For Recovery: Game time decision for MNF

Initial Thoughts: Julio was able to practice in limited fashion all week so there's a strong chance that he plays on Monday night barring any setbacks.

Davante Adams, WR Packers

Injury: Strained Hamstring

Timetable For Recovery: Game time decision for MNF

Initial Thoughts: Adams was able to return to practice in limited fashion all week. He'll test out his hamstring before the game to see where he stands. I think he's got a better chance of potentially suiting up this weekend compared to last but time will tell. If he does suit up, I would not expect him to get his full compliment of snaps as the Packers are normally pretty conservative with their players returning from injury.

Michael Thomas, WR Saints

Injury: High Ankle Sprain

Timetable For Recovery: Day To Day, Ruled OUT for Week 4

Initial Thoughts: The optimism was high early in the week after Thomas was able to practice on Wednesday. However, the Saints are playing the long term game here and don't want to risk potentially re-aggravating the issue and potentially having him out longer. Week 5 looks to be the week he returns.

A.J. Brown, WR Titans

Injury: Knee Bone Bruise

Timetable For Recovery: Day To Day

Initial Thoughts: With the Titans dealing with the outbreak of COVID cases in their organization, the postponement of their Week 4 game doesn't affect Brown much as he wasn't expected to play Week 4. Hopefully the Titans can't get the outbreak under control and be able to move forward and play Week 5 which would allow Brown to return and give a big boost to the Titans offense.

Raheem Mostert, RB 49ers

Injury: Sprained MCL

Timetable For Recovery: Week To Week, Ruled OUT for Week 4

Initial Thoughts: Mostert didn't practice this week and now is two weeks removed from an MCL sprain. He'll need to practicet to show some progress in hopes of an early week practice participation to feel more comfortable that he's trending to play Week 5. Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr. will continue to be the primary beneficiaries of Mostert being sidelined.

George Kittle, TE 49ers

Injury: Sprained Knee

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Initial Thoughts: Kittle was able to practice in full on Wednesday which is a big deal for those who own him. If he is able to make it through the week without setbacks, he'll be ready for Week 4 which will be a welcomed addition to fantasy owner's lineups.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB 49ers

Injury: High Ankle Sprain

Timetable For Recovery: Week To Week, Ruled OUT for Week 4

Initial Thoughts: Garoppolo continues to not practice since his high ankle sprain which was to be expected given the nature of the injury. Garoppolo is highly questionable for Week 5 at this point with high ankle sprains normally taking 3-4 weeks for the ankle to respond in a positive manner. Nick Mullens will make another start in his place.

D.J. Chark, WR Jaguars

Injury: Chest/Back Injury

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Initial Thoughts: Chark has shown enough progress in his recovery that they've taken him off the injury report. He should see his normal compliment of snaps this week and has a nice matchup against the Bengals.

Deebo Samuel, WR 49ers

Injury: Jones Fracture (Foot)

Timetable For Recovery: Expected to play Week 4

Initial Thoughts: Samuel will finally make his debut this week against the Eagles as he's been recovering from surgery to address a Jones fracture in his foot. The 49ers will likely ease him back into game action to make sure the foot responds positively to the increased level of stress, but the 49ers will welcome him back as the teams continues to struggle with injuries on the offensive side of the ball.

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