• Tommy Morris

@TheFantasyPT's Week 9 Update

Matthew Betz @TheFantasyPT lets you know how injuries will effect your fantasy players:

Will we see Cam Newton back next week?

Cam Newton - Newton continues to rehab his Lisfranc sprain from earlier this season but is making strides in his return. Reports I’ve seen indicate team team is aiming for a Week 10 or 11 return, but for Week 9, Newton has been ruled out. Kyle Allen will start again this Sunday.

Patrick Mahomes - Mahomes is likely to miss his second straight game as he recovers from his dislocated patella of his right knee. The good news - there’s no cartilage damage. The bad news - if he returns this week, he’s at a high risk of dislocating his kneecap again. Each week that he takes to rehab and recover reduces likelihood of suffering a second dislocation. I think we see Mahomes in Week 10, three and a half weeks out from his date of injury.

Joe Flacco - Flacco herniated a disk in his neck this past Sunday and won’t play in Week 9. This typically requires at least a one month recovery timeline and can take up to six weeks. If Flacco struggles to recover with conservative management (i.e. rehab), he may need surgery and could go on IR.

Is Thursday night too soon for a return for David Johnson?

David Johnson - Johnson has been battling back and ankle injuries for the past three weeks and is listed as questionable for Week 9. He’s being called a game time decision, but I doubt he actually plays. With Chase Edmonds out (hamstring), the team recently traded for Kenyan Drake. I think Johnson could be active in an emergency situation once again, but there’s no way you can put him in your fantasy lineup.

James Conner - Conner suffered an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder on Monday night but has a chance to play this week despite not practicing on Wednesday. Conner is likely to miss practice again on Thursday but could start even if he doesn’t practice this week. The AC joint (at the tip of the shoulder) responds well to injection for pain relief and typically the rehab team will put an extra piece of cushion on the AC joint to provide extra protection.

Worth noting, Jaylen Samuels is expected to return this week as well from his knee scope from 4 weeks ago.

Miles Sanders - Sanders injured his shoulder on Sunday but an x-ray and MRI revealed no major injuries. He did not practice on Wednesday, but I suspect we will still see Sanders ramp up his practice activity later in the week and ultimately be active for Sunday’s game against the Bears.

Matt Breida - Breida suffered a lateral ankle sprain on his left leg this past week and is questionable for Thursday night. He was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday, and he’s typically a guy who pushes to play, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see him active. However, it’s worth noting that Breida’s ankle issues from last year were also on his left side and that matters because it can lead to repeated ankle injuries. He’s a very risky player from a health perspective on a short week if he plays.

Davante Adams has not played since week 4.

Davante Adams - The Packers star WR practiced on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a turf toe injury in Week 4. The turf toe injury is a hyperextension of the big toe joint and results in an injury to the ligaments at the big toe. For a wide receiver, this is a big time injury given that the big toe is extremely important for the push off at the line of scrimmage and for sprinting. Turf toe carries a high risk of reinjury if the athlete comes back too quickly. I’ll want to see Adams get in two full practices to feel confident in his return this week.

Adam Thielen - Thielen injured his hamstring in Week 7 and missed Week 8 on a short week (played on Thursday). He returned to a limited practice on Wednesday, so he appears on track to return this week assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback in practice. On Sunday, he’ll be two weeks removed from injury, keeping him at an elevated risk of reinjury. If he can make it through Sunday’s game, I will feel confident in Thielen’s health rest of season.

DeSean Jackson - Jackson hasn’t played since Week 2 because of a sports hernia (core muscle injury). He returned to practice today for the first time since getting injured but still isn’t a lock to be ready for Week 9. These injuries carry a high risk of reinjury, and if DJax can’t get right soon, he’ll likely have sports hernia surgery and be out for at least 6 weeks.

Marquise Brown - Hollywood Brown returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his ankle in Week 5. He appears on track to return on Sunday night but gets the Patriots in his first game back and figures to see a healthy dose of Stephon Gilmore. He’s difficult to trust after being out for a month.

Sterling Shepard - Shepard has been out for over a month while dealing with concussion symptoms after suffering two concussions in a 4 week timespan. However, he was practicing on Wednesday without a non-contact jersey indicating he’s likely to return this week. Let’s see how the rest of his practice week goes first, but he’s trending in the right direction.

Brandin Cooks - Cooks suffered his third concussion on Sunday since 2016 and his second of the season. The team is on bye this week and is visiting a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh while on bye. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is one of the leading institutions for concussion research, so this does not spell good news for Cooks’ short term outlook. He’ll likely miss multiple games, similar to Sterling Shepard.

It may be risky for OJ Howard to return too soon.

O.J. Howard - Howard’s terrible 2019 season continues as he could miss another game with a hamstring injury. Coming out of the Week 7 bye, Howard showed up on the injury report and missed Week 8. He did not practice on Wednesday and is no lock to be ready for Sunday. If active, he’ll carry a high reinjury risk.

Delanie Walker - Walker did not practice on Wednesday after missing Week 8 with an ankle injury. He’s been battling the ankle issue Week 6 and aggravated it in Week 7, forcing him to miss last week’s game. If Walker can’t go, Jonnu Smith will get the start.