The Training Room: Week 4 Injury Updates

Oct 04, 2021
The Training Room: Week 4 Injury Updates

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Mattie is a golden retriever (the best breed of all time - yes I am extremely biased). Like most dogs, Mattie likes to get into stuff: dirt, mud, ocean water, lake water, mulch, etc. You get the message. Because of her mischief, Mattie’s beautiful coat tends to get dirty. My wife and I are diligent about cleaning her but sometimes the fur is beyond repair and needs to be cut out/removed. I hate doing it because she has such a great coat but after a while if I don’t, it gets out of control. She needs to be groomed.

As we roll into Week 5 of the NFL season, it’s time to cut bait on some players. Remove them from your roster before your record gets out of control. Unfortunately, some of this roster trimming might involve cutting injured players simply because you need a healthy player so you are able to compete next week. I have been a big advocate of holding Jerry Jeudy despite the possibility of him missing 6+ weeks. Uttering “high ankle sprain” makes fantasy managers quiver because of how it affects running backs in the NFL. Typically the effects on wide receivers is less severe. Going back to 2010, RBs see a 20% dip in fantasy production for the rest of the season, compared to only 7% for WRs. For this season I believe Jeudy could return to form when he is able to get back on the field. But if your fantasy team is struggling with three or four losses, I understand if you need to let him go among others. Despite your roster looking pretty after the draft, it might need some grooming.

Joe Mixon, RB Cincinnati Bengals

Injury: left ankle sprain - likely high ankle

Timetable for recovery: 1-4 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Samaje Perine

Initial Thoughts:

An injury that happened early this week but might have been forgotten about is the injury to Joe Mixon’s left ankle. Mixon’s injury has seemingly been swept under the rug after his head coach, Zac Taylor called his injury “minor.” Reviewing the video it would appear that Mixon sustained a high ankle sprain. Although the severity of this high ankle sprain might be minor, this injury typically is associated with a few games missed. It would not surprise me if Mixon sat next week, making Samaje Perine a sneaky waiver wire stash.

D.J. Chark, WR Jacksonville Jaguars

Injury: ankle fracture

Timetable for recovery: NA

Potential Replacement(s): Marvin Jones Jr., Tyron Johnson

Initial Thoughts:

Very early in Thursday night’s football game D.J. Chark exited the game with an ankle fracture. By now most have heard but this injury will effectively end his season. He is safe to drop in all redraft leagues.

Rob Gronkowski, TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Injury: rib fracture

Timetable for recovery: 4-6 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard

Initial Thoughts:

When I wrote about Gronkowski’s injury in last week’s Training Room Article, at that time we were told that Gronk did not have any fractures, however, it would need to get some additional tests done. Turns out those additional tests found that Gronkowski actually did have a fracture, several to be exact, with a punctured lung. It could take several weeks for Gronkowski’s fractured ribs to heal.

Elijah Mitchell, RB San Francisco 49ers

Injury: shoulder

Timetable for recovery: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Trey Sermon

Initial Thoughts:

When Elijah Mitchell originally popped up on the injury report, we were told that he was dealing with a stinger. Later Kyle Shanahan informed the media that Mitchell’s injury was a little bit more severe than just a stinger. It is possible that Mitchell was also dealing with an AC joint sprain since stingers usually do not result in a multi-week absence. The average games missed for an RB with an AC joint sprain is two. I am optimistic that fantasy managers who spent a majority of FAAB on the 49ers RB will have him back in Week 5.

David Montgomery, RB Chicago Bears

Injury: knee (unspecific)

Timetable for recovery: 2-6 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Damien Williams

Initial Thoughts:

Late in the game vs. the Detroit Lions, David Montgomery sustained a scary knee injury which ended his day. Initial testing is optimistic that Montgomery did not sustain a season-ending injury (such as an ACL tear) but that does not mean he is out of the woods. Montgomery’s left knee is blocked in the game replay, but word is that it was a hyperextension injury. This means there are a lot of possibilities regarding how much time Montgomery could miss. A bone bruise could mean Montgomery could miss ~2 weeks, while damage to his MCL, LCL or PCL (knee ligaments that could be injured when the knee is hyperextended could mean that Montgomery ends up on IR and miss 4-6 weeks. We will have more information this week, but make preparations to be without Montgomery in the near future.

Dalvin Cook, RB Minnesota Vikings

Injury: ankle sprain

Timetable for recovery: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Alexander Mattison

Initial Thoughts:

Early in the second half, Dalvin Cook re-aggravated his right ankle and exited the game briefly before returning. Granted, Cleveland has a stout run defense, Cook did not have a great afternoon, averaging under four yards a carry. Minnesota could elect to shut down Cook the next two weeks to give him time to fully recover, as Alexander Mattison has proved to be competent in the past.

Logan Thomas, TE Washington Football Team

Injury: hamstring strain

Timetable for recovery: 2-4 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Ricky Seal-Jones

Initial Thoughts:

Logan Thomas left the game early on Sunday with a hamstring injury and did not return. We have seen the dreaded hamstring injury pop up many times this season and thus far it has resulted in a few missed games. Hamstring data for tight ends is similar to other skill positions, meaning that Thomas could be out a minimum of two weeks.

Will Fuller, WR Miami Dolphins

Injury: hand (unspecific)

Timetable for recovery: NA

Potential Replacement(s): Jaylen Waddle

Initial Thoughts:

Will Fuller injured his hand Sunday and did not re-enter the game. His last target in the second quarter did not show an obvious injury. If Fuller fractured a finger he could miss 1-3 weeks while a more serious injury like a UCL sprain could mean 3+ weeks missed. Hopefully, by early next week, Miami relays the severity of the injury.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB Denver Broncos

Injury: concussion

Timetable for recovery: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Drew Lock

Initial Thoughts:

Teddy Bridgewater will be in concussion protocol this week. It is not uncommon for quarterbacks to miss a game due to a concussion. Each one is different, there is no grading system for the severity of each concussion. Eligibility depends on how the player is able to respond during the following week. On a positive note, players listed as questionable with a concussion on the final injury report played 90% of the time. Typically if a player is going to miss, they are ruled out sooner. Follow Denver’s practice reports for insight on Bridgewater’s Week 5 availability.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB San Francisco 49ers

Injury: calf strain

Timetable for recovery: 2-4 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Trey Lance

Initial Thoughts:

Jimmy Garoppolo is no stranger to lower-body injuries and was hit with another when he was removed prior to the second half with a calf injury. There is concern it could be a serious injury, as Garoppolo will get an MRI this week. Soft tissue injuries like calf strains can take 2-4 weeks to fully heal which leaves the door open for Trey Lance to steal the starting job.

Past Injuries Discussed:

Player Team Position Injury Week Projected Return
Michael Gallup Dallas WR calf strain 1 Week 5
Jerry Jeudy Denver WR high ankle sprain 1 Week 8
Tua Tagovailoa Miami QB rib fracture 2 Week 6
Jarvis Landry Cleveland WR MCL sprain 2 Week 7
Elijah Mitchell San Fransico RB shoulder 2 Week 5
Tyrod Taylor Houston QB hamstring strain 2 Week 6
Andy Dalton Chicago QB bone bruise 2 Week 5
Christian McCaffrey Carolina RB hamstring strain 3 Week 7
Sterling Shepard New York (G) WR hamstring strain 3 Week 7
A.J. Brown Tennessee WR hamstring strain 3 Week 7
Chase Claypool Pittsburgh WR hamstring strain 3 Week 5
Rob Gronkowski Tampa Bay TE rib fracture 3 Week 8
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