Monday, October 5, 2015

Week 5 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Week 4 in the NFL was a little quieter on the injury front than Weeks 1-3.  It was certainly a week of interesting games, however.  We'll cover some of the week's waiver wire gems shortly, but first let's highlight injury situations that you'll want to consider for Week 5.

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Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona - Ellington was inactive for Week 4's game against the Rams, even though many had expected he would return from his knee injury.  Our thinking is that the Cardinals were giving him a extra week to heal, and with Chris Johnson performing well in his absence that seems to be a reasonable decision.  He is day to day entering Week 5.

Steve Smith Sr, WR, Baltimore - Smith left Sunday's game with a back injury, and it has since been revealed that he has four microfractures in his back.  Smith will miss at least Week 5 and there aren't many receiving options remaining for the Ravens, who have now lost Smith and Breshad Perriman for the near future.

Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore - Perriman had an operation to inject stem cells into his knee, a procedure done after he appeared to suffer a setback during Week 3's pregame warmup.  He is now out indefinitely and those outside of deeper leagues can search the wire for other options.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - A calf injury kept Watkins out of Week 4's game and at this point he is highly questionable for Week 5.  An update is expected on Tuesday.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo - McCoy's hamstring injury has apparently gotten worse, as an MRI revealed a new tear this week.  The team reports that he will probably miss four weeks.  Buffalo has a bye in Week 8, so we may see McCoy come back for Week 9.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago - Jeffery was close to returning in Week 4 from his hamstring injury, and the Bears are hopeful that he'll be on the field for Week 5. It would be nice for the Chicago offense to have the Cutler-Jeffery connection again.

Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas - This one hurts for the Cowboys, as Dunbar tore his ACL on Sunday night and is done for the season.  Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Christine Michael will split work in the offense, but to what degree each back is used remains uncertain.  The Dallas offense has been absolutely decimated so far this year.

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay - Adams missed Week 4 with an ankle injury, and it sounds as if he will miss a little more time.  Ty Montgomery would continue to fill in for Adams if he doesn't suit up for Week 5.

Cecil Shorts WR, Houston - Shorts dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's matchup against Atlanta.  According to the Texans, he will miss Thursday's game versus the Colts, but could return for Week 6.

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis - In a somewhat surprising decision, Luck was declared inactive for Sunday's game with shoulder issues.  The Colts said Luck looked good on Monday, and that he is considered likely to play on Thursday night.

Victor Cruz, WR, NY Giants - Cruz had a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection in his calf during Week 4 and is out indefinitely.  Players holding on to Cruz in hopes of a return can look elsewhere for help on the waiver wire.

Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego - Johnson pulled up during a route on Sunday and sat for the rest of the game with a hamstring injury.  Updates out of San Diego should come early this week.

Malcolm Floyd, WR, San Diego - Floyd suffered a concussion during Week 4's matchup against the Browns and left for the day.  He will enter the league's concussion protocol.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle - Lynch has been ruled out of Monday night's game with a hamstring injury.  Any updates for Week 5 should come out early this week.  Thomas Rawls will carry the RB load for the Seahawks for Week 4.

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington - Reed suffered a concussion on Sunday in the fourth quarter along with a sprained ankle and knee.  He is really beat up at this point and should not be considered for Week 5's game.  Derek Carrier would start in Reed's place.

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