Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Week 7 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Week 6 in the NFL raised a lot of questions, in my opinion. 

Let's get to the injuries that we are watching heading into Week 7:

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - After missing prior weeks with a calf injury, Watkins started Sunday's game against the Bengals but didn't make it past the first half.  He injured his ankle on a TD reception and was on crutches during the second half.  Reports are that he has a sprained ankle and looks doubtful to play Week 7.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver - Sanders suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday and early reports are that he sprained his AC joint.  This is the same injury that is plaguing Randall Cobb of Green Bay.  Cobb injured his shoulder early this season and is still having issues.  Sanders has a bye this week, so he will have some extra time to focus on recovery.

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit - Abdullah injured his shoulder in the second half of Sunday's game while attempting to recover his own fumble.  He missed the rest of the game and Lions coach Jim Caldwell said it was due to his shoulder, not his fumble.  We expect Abdullah to be ready to go this week but keep an eye out for updates just in case.

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit - Bell missed the Week 6 game, but should be over his ankle injury and ready for Week 7.

Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay - Montgomery left Sunday's game on a cart after apparently injuring his ankle.  Initial tests on the ankle have come back negative, so this may be a sprain.  Green Bay has their bye this week so he will have an extra week to heal.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville - Robinson left Sunday's game with a leg injury and did not return.  We have learned Monday that he suffered a leg contusion, and was on crutches after the game.  He should be considered questionable right now at the very least.
Update:  Robinson's X-rays came back negative, which is a good sign.  He's still somewhere between probable and questionable, but it's a little better situation now that it's just considered a deep bruise.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City - Maclin left Sunday's game with a concussion and did not return.  He will enter the league's concussion protocol and should be considered doubtful for Week 7.

Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans - Colston missed Week 6 with a shoulder injury, but the Saints hope that he will be back for Week 7.  Colston hasn't had the production we've been used to in years past, and Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks are above him on the totem pole now anyway.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - Roethlisberger is being called week-to-week with his knee injury, but early reports are that a Week 8 return is most likely.  Keep an eye out for anything that may lead to Big Ben playing this week, though.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego - Allen was a target monster on Sunday, catching 14 passes for 157 yards before leaving the game with a hip injury in the third quarter.  He attempted to return but quickly went back to the sideline.  We are waiting for an update on his status at this point.
Update:  Reports are that Allen has a minor hip sprain and will likely be able to play Week 7.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde has been battling a foot injury and exited Sunday's game for a bit with what looked to be a possible reaggravation.  He would return to the game but the 49ers appeared to limit him in the process.  San Fran's next game is on Thursday night, so check to make sure that Hyde is good to go on a short week.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee - Mariota sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain on Sunday.  He remained in the game for a while before getting pulled for Zach Mettenberger late in the game.  We haven't heard that he's out for Week 7, but normally his injury is considered to be a multiple-week recovery.  Stay tuned for any updates.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas - It's looking like Bryant is "extremely unlikely" to play Week 7, according to the NFL Network.  He is working on rehab and conditioning, but getting into game shape still appears to be a week or two away.

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