FaniumPT Week 6
Quarterbacks Mason Rudolph: Man, what a scary injury this was. Rudolph scrambled to his left and got sandwiched between two Ravens while taking a nasty shot to the head, going unconscious as before his head slammed against the turf. He laid unconscious on the turf for a few minutes before being helped to his feet and walking gingerly to the sideline with the assistance of trainers. He appeared to have all motor function in his limbs and told teammates repeatedly, "I'm good." Ironically, he was not carted off because the cart broke down. He should have been carted off. Regardless of that mishap in Pittsburgh, Rudolph remains in the concussion protocol and is unlikely to play in Week 6 on Sunday Night Football. Cam Newton: Newton remains out as he recovers from his Lisfranc injury early this season. He has been adamant that he won’t return until he’s 100%, so it’s now surprise that the Panthers have already ruled him out for Week 6. Newton remains a few weeks away from returning to the field. Patrick Mahomes : Mahomes originally injured his left ankle in Week 1 suffering a minor high ankle sprain. During Sunday Night Football against the Colts, Mahomes re-injured the ankle and was clearly affected. He returned to the game with his ankle heavily taped, but he was never the same the rest of the game. Part of what makes Mahomes so special is his ability to escape pressure and make ridiculous throws down the field. In the second half, he was unable to do that, and this could be something we see for the next couple of weeks. Ultimately, I don't expect Mahomes to miss time, but his mobility will be affected. Sam Darnold: Darnold hasn’t played since Week 1 as he recovers from mononucleosis. This illness can be serious because the spleen enlarges, and if Darnold would have returned too quickly and taken a hit to the spleen, he could have suffered major long term health complications. Despiser practicing last week, Darnold remained out versus the Eagles but has been medically cleared for Week 6. He will start on Sunday against the Cowboys. Running Backs David Johnson: Johnson injured his back in the first half and reportedly played through back pain in the Cardinals' win over the Bengals on Sunday. His back must have been pretty flared up, as he couldn't even sit at his locker to talk to reporters. Typically (but not always), disc injuries tend to correlate with pain with sitting, so this is certainly a situation to monitor. Undoubtedly, Johnson will be on the team's injury report this week and is unlikely to be 100% before the team's Week 6 matchup with the Falcons. Wayne Gallman : Gallman suffered a concussion last week and won’t play on Thursday night against the Patriots. His status will be updated next week. Saquon Barkley: Despite Barkley making strides in his return from a right high ankle sprain, he won’t play on Thursday against the Patriots. He got in limited practices on Monday and Tuesday, but the team is going to be smart with their franchise player. The nice thing about this Thursday game is that it gives Barkley the ability to rehab for an additional 10 days before Week 7. Barkley was correct - he absolutely crushed his rehab timeline and will be back for Week 7.
Jaylen Samuels : News broke on Tuesday that Jaylen Samuels underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday and is expected to miss about a month. He tore the meniscus in his left knee and will be out 3-4 weeks after a trim procedure to remove a small piece of the torn meniscus. For reference, this injury is similar to that of Michael Gallup. Darren Sproles: Sproles strained his quad on Sunday and exited early. He is likely to miss at least one week with the potential to miss multiple weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. Sproles wasn't playing a ton of offensive snaps (just 9 snaps in Week 5), but this should at least clear the way for Miles Sanders to be the team's primary receiving back. The Eagles will also need to find a new punt returner. Rex Burkhead: The Patriots’ RB has been battling a foot injury for the past 3 weeks. Despite playing one game in that time span, he missed Week 5 and should be considered truly questionable for Thursday Night Football. The Patriots are easily going to win this game, so it makes sense to keep Burkhead on the bench and avoid risking further injury. He’ll likely return in Week 7. Wide Receivers Phillip Dorsett: Dorsett injured his hamstring in the first quarter on Sunday against the Redskins and didn't return. Playing on a short week on Thursday night against the Giants, I would expect Dorsett to be inactive because of the hamstring strain. He didn’t practice on Monday or Tuesday, so things are trending in the wrong direction for Dorsett on a short week. Look for his status to be updated next week. Sammy Watkins: Watkins popped up on the injury report late last week with a hamstring injury and clearly, he returned to play too soon. He barely played at all on Sunday night, aggravating his hamstring injury in the first five minutes. He played just two snaps. Watkins will certainly be on the Chief's injury report ahead of their Week 6 tilt with the Texans. He'll likely enter the week as questionable. Sterling Shepard: News broke on Monday that Sterling Shepard started experiencing concussion symptoms once again. He was evaluated for a concussion on Sunday after taking a hit to the head and neck area but cleared protocol and returned to the game. However, his concussion symptoms started after the game, which is not uncommon. This is Shepard's second concussion in less than four weeks (missed Week 2), so fantasy owners can expect a longer recovery, as research indicates subsequent concussions usually require a longer recovery. He has already been ruled out for Thursday Night Football against the Patriots. James Washington: Washington was seen with his arm in a sling after Sunday’s game and has been diagnosed with an AC joint injury, otherwise known as a separated shoulder. If Washington’s injury is more severe (grade II or III), he’ll miss Week 6. However, a grade I AC joint injury typically only requires 1-2 weeks to return, so Washington does have a shot to play this week if the injury is mild. However, the sling indicates he’ll probably miss one game. If active, he might have difficulty reaching overhead, which could limit his catch radius. Tight Ends
Evan Engram: Engram is unlikely to play on Thursday night against the Patriots after suffering a sprained MCL. Even a mild (grade I) injury takes a least a week to heal, so it’s no surprise that Engram won’t play this week. He has a shot to play in Week 7. James O’Shaughnessy: An MRI on Monday confirmed what the Jaguars feared - a torn ACL in the left knee of James O’Shaughnessy. He'll undergo season-ending surgery and be placed on injured reserve. The Jaguars TE wasn't really on anyone's fantasy football radar, but his injury could open up more playing time and targets for Geoff Swaim.