@TheFantasyPT's Week 8 Update
Mahomes dislocated his right patella (kneecap) on Thursday night in Week 7 and got positive reports on his MRI. The concern with this type of injury is cartilage damage to the cartilage on the kneecap and the underlying surface of the femur, but Mahomes appears to have dodged this concern. However, the ligament that helps stabilize the knee cap is likely torn, so offseason surgery can’t be ruled out. For now, Mahomes will attempt to return in a few weeks while wearing a brace to help stabilize the knee. Look for Mahomes’ mobility to be affected when he returns. He was seen at practice on Wednesday do some light throwing and jogging but won’t play in Week 8.
Matt Ryan is dealing with a low grade high ankle sprain in his right ankle and did not practice on Wednesday. Look for the practice reports later in the week to confirm, but the team says they are planning to start Ryan in Week 8. To me, this doesn’t make much sense with the team in a downward spiral and having no chance at the playoffs. Plus, the Falcons have a bye in Week 9. Why not give him the extra week to recover and reduce the risk of this becoming a season-long issue?
Brees injured the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right thumb in Week 2 and had surgery to repair the ligament shortly after. He’s now 6 weeks out from surgery and right on track to return. Brees has apparently been crushing his rehab, and reports I’ve read looks great throwing the ball. The future hall of famer will push to play this week, but we may not see him until Week 10 with the Saints on bye in Week 9. The Saints are 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater under center, so they may just roll with him again and let Brees have an extra couple of weeks to acclimate back to football.
Kamara injured his ankle in practice leading up to the team’s Week 6 game then actually got injured again in Week 6, suffering a sprained MCL. He’s now dealing with a high ankle sprain and a low grade MCL injury, which forced him to miss Week 7. He did not practice on Wednesday, so this is a situation to monitor as the week goes by. Certainly, it would probably make the most sense for Kamara to sit an extra week with the bye week looming, but the team did release Zach Zenner, indicating they are probably hopeful to have Kamara in Week 8.
Johnson’s 2019 season is over, as he has landed on IR with a right knee injury, which required arthroscopic surgery. The Lions are a team who don’t really give us too much information regarding injuries, so I don’t actually know specifically what’s going on, but it sounds like a type of meniscus injury. Worth noting, this is not the same knee Johnson injured in 2018, as this was his left knee and an MCL injury.
Johnson appears unlikely to play in Week 8 after missing practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. He didn’t practice at all last week, and he only played 3 snaps in Week 7 before removing himself from the game. Kingsbury told reports that if their Week 7 game had been played on the previous Friday, Johnson would not be active, so it’s no surprise he wasn’t 100% just two days later. The team recently signed Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris, indicating they are probably planning to be without Johnson for at least this week and potentially beyond.
AP is dealing with a grade I high ankle sprain and a grade II low (lateral) ankle sprain, both of which he suffered on the same play late last Sunday. Now just 4 days removed from injury, there is no way Peterson is 100% going into Thursday Night Football. He is listed as questionable but is likely to play. I’d look elsewhere this week given the injury and tough matchup with Minnesota.
Thompson missed Week 7 with turf toe and has already been ruled out for Week 8. As we’ve seen with Davante Adams, these injuries are tricky and typically take multiple weeks. Thompson doesn’t appear to be close to returning.
Smith injured his neck on Sunday while blocking and suffered a concussion. He also suffered a stinger injury, which is a stretch or compression of the brachial plexus (the bundle of nerve exiting the neck and going into the arm). This can lead to numbness, tingling, and weakness and usually takes a couple of weeks to resolve. Not surprising, Smith has already been ruled out for Week 8. He might be able to return after the Week 9 bye.
Thielen suffered a hamstring strain this past week making an incredible TD catch. Despite optimism around the team, he won’t play on Thursday and has been ruled out. All reports indicate this seems to be minor, and with the extra rest, Thielen has a good chance to be ready for Week 9.
Will Fuller suffered a hamstring strain this past Sunday, which was described as “significant.” Fuller’s history of prior hamstring injuries and his ACL surgery from last year predisposes him to these types of injuries. Unfortunately, I project Fuller to miss about a month, so if you’re relying on Fuller, you’ll need to make other plans for the next few weeks.
Adams remains out for the Packers as he battles his way back from a significant turf toe injury. He’s missed the last month and appears to be still a couple of weeks away. Good news, however, is that he did do some light stretching with the team on Wednesday and has reportedly found a pair of cleats that feel more comfortable on his toe. Adams won’t play in Week 8. A Week 10-12 return seems more likely.
Jackson hasn’t played since Week 2 as he’s dealing with a sports hernia (Core muscle injury). Head coach, Doug Pederson, told reports that Jackson wouldn’t do much in the early practices this week, and he didn't practice Wednesday. Jackson is likely headed for sports hernia repair surgery at some point this year. He remains week to week.
Walker played just a handful of snaps on Sunday before exiting early after aggravating his ankle injury that he’s battled for the past couple of weeks. A late week downgrade in his practice status (limited to DNP) should have signaled that Walker wasn’t 100%, and we saw that Sunday. He should truly be considered questionable for Week 8, but I don’t believe he plays.
Davis has been ruled out for Thursday Night Football once again as he battles concussion symptoms. He hasn’t played for the past 3 weeks but has been doing some activity in practices, indicating he could be getting closer to return soon. Jeremy Sprinkle will start again on Thursday.