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Injury Insights

Dr. Edwin Porras shares his insights and brief commentary on recent injuries across the league, including return-to-play timeline, historical factors and more. Sign up for a Fantasy Points subscription using promo code 21PORRAS10 for 10% off to read more of Dr. Porras’ work.
Daniel Jones - Concussion

This is Jones' first documented concussion and he'll need to clear protocol before Sunday. The mode of missed time after first time concussions is zero weeks.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Hamstring

MVS is on short-term IR and won't return until Week Seven.

Mike Williams - Knee

It seems as though the three practices Willams missed were planned. Start Mke Williams with moderate volatility but big upside.

Rashod Bateman - Groin

Batemane will be eased in slowly today more than likely.

DeAndre Hopkins - Illness

Hopkins has had a (presumably) non-COVID illness two days in a row. There always seems to be something with Hopkins leading to DNPs, however given it's illness-related, this warrants monitoring.

Kareem Hunt - Wrist/Knee

Hunt was also out of practice Thursday. If both of the CLE backs are out on Sunday, some combo of Demetric Felton and D'Ernest Johnson will see carries.

Nick Chubb - Calf

Chubb's injury is to his calf meaning this could be a George Kittle situation. After not practicing on Thursday, this is something to monitor.

Jamaal Williams - Hip/Illness

Williams was downgraded to DNP on Thursday because of a hip injury. This is something to monitor because if he's out, Swift is going to be the (admittedly chalk) slam dunk on Sunday.

Jarvis Landry - MCL

Landry is more than likely going to be back in Week 7.

Damien Williams - COVID

Williams is on the COVID list making it virtually impossible for him to be actice on Sunday. Khalil Herbert is the next man up.

Christian McCaffrey - Hamstring

McCaffrey's rehab took a turn for the worse and despite the team's reports, it's very likely he had a setback. He's on the IR now and can't return until Week Nine at the earliest.

Jerry Jeudy - High ankle

Jeudy was designated to return to IR and has a good chance at returning in Week Seven.

Dalvin Cook - Ankle

The Vikings have a bye week in Week 7 and given Cook tried returning too soon, the decision might be to sit him until Week 8. However, Mike Zimmer has a history of being aggressive with returning players so keep an eye on this one.

Joe Mixon - Ankle

As expected, Mixon saw just 28% of snaps in Week 6. Now that Perine is on the COVID list, Mixon will likely assume his normal workload assuming he had no setbacks in Week 5. He's still moderately volatile

Sterling Shepard - Hamstring

The average missed time is 2-4 weeks for these injuries so anticpate him trying to give it a go this week.

Michael Gallup - Calf

Mike McCarthy says no other players will come off IR until after their bye in Week 7.

Rob Gronkowski - Ribs/chest

Gronk's injury was serious and will likely be on the longer end of the 2-4 week timeline. Given the quick turnaround, Week 7 is much more likely.

Julio Jones - Hamstring

The average missed time is 2-4 weeks for these injuries so anticpate Julio trying to give it a go this week.

Chris Carson - Neck

Carson is on the IR and cannot return until Week Nine at the soonest.

Samaje Perine - COVID

Perine will need to clear COVID protocols after a positive test before Sunday which will be difficult to do.

Travis Kelce - Neck/stinger

Kelce took a shot that led to a stinger. 85% of these resolve within an hour and take 5-6 days at worst. As of today, there's no reason to believe Kelce will be out Week 6.

Dallas Goedert - COVID

Goedert is on the COVID list and is highly unlikely to be available by Thursday,

Curtis Samuel - Groin

This is a dangerous game Washington continues to play with Samuel. A third recurrence now almost gurantees surgery is being discussed. Fade Samuel in all formats until further notice.

Kadarius Toney - Ankle

Toney's injury was a vague ankle sprain on a catch down the sideline. It was to the same ankle he already had tape on which means it likely just flared a previous issue. Joe Judge, as always, was vague and said it wasn't "season ending". Toney was able to return to the game before ultimately being ejected. At worst, this will sideline him one week.

Kenny Golladay - Knee

Golladay has a hyperextended knee and will miss Week 6 more than likely. These injuries typically resolve within 2-3 weeks on average meaning we could see Golladay back in Week 7/8.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire - MCL

CEH was carried off the field with a confirmed MCL injury. Rapsheet once again lines up with the literature stating this will be about a 3-4 week injury. CEH is a candidate for the IR but this shouldn't impact him rest of season.

Saquon Barkley - Ankle

Barkley has a run-of-the-mill lateral ankle sprain and this shoudn't be a big issue moving forward. Ian Rapoport's reports are in line with the data stating Barkley will likely only miss two weeks at most. This is the rare opportunity to acquire the top 5 RB at a discount if you missed out on the overblown ACL concern.

George Kittle - Calf

Placed on IR and cannot return until Week Eight

A.J. Brown - Hamstring

Highly volatile in Week Five

Russell Wilson - Finger

Jeremy Fowler confirmed this is basically worst case scenario and Wilson will miss at least one month. They'll check in again at the one month mark, but all of the literature shows at least 6-8 weeks is necessary for adequate healing.

Logan Thomas - Hamstring

Thomas will be out for at least four weeks according to John Keim.

Jimmy Garoppolo - Calf

It's been confirmed Garoppolo did not suffer a strain. Given he could not finish the game and Shanahan stating they'll re-evaluate his injury on Wednesday, it's best to not plan to utilize him even if active Week 5.

David Montgomery - Knee

Dan Graziano reports this will be about a 4-5 week absence for David Montgomery. He dodged a bullet. For those unaware Tarik Cohen cannot return until Week 7.

William Fuller V - Finger

Fuller fractured a finger. He's considered week to week. The best comparison for now is 2020 Chris Godwin. The average amount of time missed is 3 days with a standard deviation of about 13 days. In other words, a 2-3 week absence is worst case scenario unless further damage is uncovered later on this week.

Josh Jacobs - Toe/Ankle

Jacobs is a game time decision. If active, he'll be highly volatile. It might be wise to be ready to swap with Peyton Barber.

Darrell Henderson Jr. - Ribs

Henderson will be active and minimally volatile.

Darius Slayton - Hamstring

OUT for Week Four.

Antonio Gibson - Toe

Gibson will be active and should see his normal amount of work.

Laviska Shenault Jr. - Shoulder

He practiced in full on Wednesday and is looking to be active with min-moderate volatility.

Danny Amendola - Hamstring

The veteran will be out 2-3 weeks.

Nico Collins - Shoulder

This is likely to be a 2-3 week absence for Collins.

Ben Roethlisberger - Pectoral/chest

Big Ben said this injury to his non-throwing arm bothered him during Week Two. He says he doesn't know when the injury occured. This sounds like a potential soft tissue strain from over-stretching of the muscle during contact. Its unlikely to keep him out but if he's admitting it's a problem, it's tough to start him as he's moderately volatile and has looked every bit of 39 years old.

Giovani Bernard - High ankle

Two full practices in a row. Min-mod volatility due to the "minor" high ankle sprain.

Trey Lance - Finger

Lance shed the splint today and was participating in non-throwing drills. He's progressing well from this minor finger injury and it shouldn't be a problem moving forward.

Joe Burrow - ACL/MCL/PCL/Meniscus

Burrow looks on track to start Week One. It's not unreasonable to expect a skittish Burrow until he gets settled in. That could mean more three-step drops and dump offs than we're used to. Burrow needs to show he's mentally over the injury.

Irv Smith Jr. - Meniscus repair

Meniscus repair that will lkeep Smith out all year.

Hunter Henry - Shoulder

Shed his non-contact jersey yesterday in practice. This could be an inside the joint issue for Henry raising his volatility in 2021.

Cam Akers - Achilles

Whatever you think his ceiling was, the literature and the science don't allow for us to assume he can reach that after an achilles rupture. Plan for an 85-90% Akers until he proves otherwise.

Dak Prescott - Ankle/shoulder

The ankle hasn't been a problem since earlier this year. The shoulder is progressing well and he threw in 11 on 11 drills. Dak will start Week One and there's minimal concern of him bouncing back.

Travis Etienne Jr. - Foot

Etienne suffered a Lisfranc fracture/sprain that is unstable in nature. This means he needs surgery to fix the problem. For a rookie who already looked lost in an offense on top of this injury that causes a dip in offensive production, there's legitimate reason to believe that the first round pick won't be back until late 2022 if not 2023.

Stefon Diggs - Knee

The Diggs knee injury has been a bit mysterious but it seems that he will be just fine as he is already back at practice. No need to worry.

Justin Jefferson - AC Joint

Suffering a grade II AC joint sprain, Jefferson should take the time to heal up and be ready by Week One. Very minimal concern for re-injury.

Damien Harris - Ribs

Harris will be active in Week Six with mod to max volatility