@TheFantasyPT's Week 10 Injury Update
Brissett injured his left leg last Sunday when one of his offensive linemen was driven back into his plant leg when stepping into a throw. The contact to the outside of the leg caused his ankle and knee to collapse inward, which is the mechanism of injury for an MCL sprain at the knee and a medial ankle sprain. His MRI on Monday revealed a minor injury, indicating this is likely a grade I sprain. This indicates that the ligament was not torn, which is excellent news for his prognosis. Brissett should be able to play on Sunday with a brace and play well, as these injuries typically carry just a 1-2 week recovery timeline. He has been practicing on a limited basis and is expected to play Sunday.
Mahomes dislocated the kneecap in his right knee about 3 weeks ago and is on track to return in Week 10 after getting in two full practices on Wednesday and Thursday. All along, Mahomes has been progressing well and has been pushing the training staff to let him play, but it was a smart decision by the medical team to hold him out for 3 weeks as this helps to reduce the reinjury risk upon return to the field. Expect Mahomes’ mobility to be affected when getting out of the pocket, as limiting the amount of rushing, planting, and cutting he will have to do will help to reduce the risk of another dislocation.
Matt Ryan suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 8 but appears on track to play in Week 10 coming out of the bye week. He’s been practicing in a limited fashion this week and reportedly, this is a minor high ankle sprain. Even a low grade ankle sprain can affect a player’s mobility, so I’d certainly be more concerned if this was a RB or WR, but Ryan is a pocket passer through and through. I think he’ll be okay.
News broke on Monday that Le'Veon Bell suffered a knee injury on Sunday against the Dolphins, which required an MRI. Fortunately, the MRI didn’t reveal any structural damage, but Adam Gase told reporters that Bell was “sore” and that they would manage his practice reps this week. He didn’t practice on Wednesday but got in a limited practice on Thursday. He should truly be considered questionable for Week 10.
Conner missed Week 9 with an AC joint injury in his right shoulder and appears to be on track for another absence in Week 10. He got in a limited practice on Wednesday but was downgraded to DNP on Thursday. He is considered doubtful for Week 10 and will likely require another week of rest. Grade II AC joint injuries typically require 2-4 weeks of recovery.
Kamara is set to return to the lineup after missing the past 3 weeks with a mild MCL injury and a high ankle sprain. He has been practicing in a limited fashion but the coaching staff has confirmed the plan is to have Kamara available on Sunday. I don’t have much concern regarding Kamara’s health, but one thing to consider is that it may take him a week or two to get back up to football speed. Also worth mentioning, New Orleans beat reporters have suggested the team may utilize Latavius Murray more in Week 10 given his strong play in Kamara’s absence and the fact that Kamara is returning from injury.
Jackson returned to his first game since Week 2 as he's been out for two months battling a sports hernia. A sports hernia is a 'junk' medical term referring to a muscle injury to one or more of the muscles that attach onto the pelvis, which is why this is sometimes referred to as a groin injury and sometimes referred to as an abdominal injury. It's unfortunate to say, as hindsight is 20/20, but if Jackson would have had surgery in Week 2 after the injury originally happened, he would be making his return to the field for the rest of the year. He underwent surgery earlier this week to address his sports hernia and has been placed on injured reserve.
Adam Thielen entered Week 9 questionable because of his hamstring strain from Week 7. He sat in Week 8 then got in limited practices last week but clearly was not 100%. He aggravated the same hamstring injury from two weeks ago, exiting early in the first half. Unfortunately, this is the reality of hamstring strains. They carry the highest risk of re-injury when it comes to muscle injury, and this is bad news for Thielen’s rest of season prognosis. Because of the second injury to the same hamstring, Thielen will likely require at least 4 weeks of rehab. He has already been ruled out for Week 10.
Green was supposed to return to the lineup this week but reportedly suffered a setback on his ankle and is out indefinitely. This hasn’t been confirmed, but I’m going to put this out there - Green won’t play in 2019. When you factor in that his injury happened in late July and it’s November, you’re looking at a 3.5 month process and he hasn’t even been able to make it through consecutive practices. We’re entering Week 10, and the Bengals are winless. It makes absolutely no sense to bring him back at this point given the long and complicated road he’s taken to get here. He’s a free agent in 2020.
Cooper gave owners a scare on Monday night when he exited briefly with a knee injury. It’s being described as a bruise, but it’s unclear if this is more of a superficial bruise or a bone bruise. Regardless, the sentiment right now is that Cooper will play in Week 10. Look for updates into the weekend.
It's unfortunate news for Preston Williams, the impressive rookie WR for the Miami Dolphins, but his season is over. He tore his ACL on Sunday and will undergo season-ending surgery to reconstruct the torn ligament in his knee. Williams is likely to miss OTAs, Mini-camp, and is likely to be limited in training camp. He's not a lock to be ready for Week 1 in 2020. Parris Campbell The Colts' rookie WR is set to miss some time after fracturing a bone in his wrist on Sunday. He will have surgery to stabilize the fracture and faces a recovery timeline of about 4-8 weeks. The wide range of recovery depends on a few things: the bone that was broken, the type of fracture, and how his healing process/recovery goes. Regardless, it looks like the Colts will be without Campbell and their star WR, TY Hilton (calf) for several weeks.
Kittle gave fantasy owners a scare last week when he hyperextended his left knee on the first drive of the game. The knee hyperextension can lead to ligament injury, but fortunately for Kittle, this was not the case. He is, however, dealing with a bone bruise, which can take a few weeks to heal. It’s not impossible to play through a bone bruise but it’s extremely painful. Kittle didn’t practice on Thursday and should be considered questionable for Week 10 on Monday night despite the fact that he finished the game in Week 9.
Walker has missed the last few weeks with an ankle injury, which required him to be in a walking boot. He now has the boot off, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to play and definitely means he isn’t close to 100%. This is the same ankle that Walker injured in Week 1 in 2018 and required surgery for his fracture-dislocation. Don’t expect much from Walker in Week 10 even if he’s active.
Engram is dealing with a sprained foot and has been ruled out for Week 10. The Giants are on bye in Week 11, but there is no guarantee that he’s ready for Week 12. A mid foot sprain is problematic for skill position players because of the way the foot is stressed during cutting and lateral movements. Engram is a tricky situation for fantasy owners because if the Giants rush him back too quickly, he could suffer a setback and his season would be over.