It was a relatively quiet injury Sunday for our star fantasy players, but these guys still keep running as fast as they possibly can and ramming into each other, so some muscles, ligaments and brain cavities were stretched and strained and smashed and will need to “ice up son.”
Teddy Bridgewater was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s win over the Falcons with a left ankle injury. He was taken for X-rays, but they came back negative. It looks like he’s just dealing with a sprain. His play on Sunday was conservative, but decisive and accurate and gave the Vikings some hope after a lot of hopelessness. Hopefully this injury won’t keep him out next week, but even if it does it doesn’t appear to be long term.
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Andre Johnson suffered an ankle injury in the matchup with the Bills on Sunday, but he was able to return to the game and says he is “fine.” He’ll most likely miss some practice, but should be day-to-day. If he has any kind of setback DeAndre Hopkins becomes a top fantasy receiver.
DeAngelo Williams hurt his ankle in the second quarter of the Panthers loss to the Ravens. He has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and is headed for further testing Monday. He had missed Week 3 due to a hamstring injury, so it doesn’t look like he aggravated that, but we’ll need to see how bad this sprain is. With Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker all hurting, the Panthers are down to UDFA Darrin Reaves and practice squad player Tauren Poole.
Derek Carr was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and a high-ankle sprain following Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins in London. They have a bye next week, but this injury should keep him out multiple weeks. Either Matt Schaub or Matt McGloin will be his replacement and streaming your D/ST might have just gotten a bit easier.
Vernon Davis says he’s experiencing back spasms, that X-rays were negative and he expects to play in Week 5. We of course will need to keep an eye on his status, but this is probably the best news his fantasy owners could get as he was wincing and walking gingerly to the locker room when he left Sunday’s game.
Calvin Johnson caught just two passes for 12 yards against the Jets as he was only on the field for around half of the Lions’ snaps. He was also used primarily has a decoy whenever he was on the field, but it does appear as if he’s avoided any setbacks.
Joique Bell suffered a concussion against the Jets in the third quarter. He’ll have to go through the league’s concussion protocol and if he can’t go against the Bills in Week 5, Reggie Bush gets a big fantasy bump.
Ahmad Bradshaw left the stadium Sunday with a walking boot on his left foot after injuring his ankle against the Titans. He was able to continue playing and even scored a touchdown after his injury. He should just need a little extra rest this week.
Cecil Shorts exited Sunday’s game against the Chargers with a left hamstring injury. This has become an overly familiar refrain with Shorts and a reason to keep rostering Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.
Mike Evans had to leave the game against the Steelers with a groin injury. He caught his first NFL touchdown in this game and was not at all pleased to leave the game. He said after the win that he didn’t know the severity of the injury. This kind of soft-tissue injury can linger. Don’t expect him to be ready Week 5.
Falcons left guard Justin Blalock exited the game against the Vikings with a back injury; right tackle Lamar Holmes left with a foot injury, and center Joe Hawley was carted off with a knee injury. Tight end Levine Toilolo had to play right tackle to finish the game. We’ll have to see just how severe these injuries are, but this is not good news for the Falcons.
Other Injury Notes:
David Nelson was forced from the Jets’ game against the Lions with an ankle injury. . . . Lions running back Theo Riddick was forced from the Jets’ game after aggravating his hamstring injury he had been dealing with this week in practice. . . . Left tackle Terron Armstead was forced from the Dallas game after getting shaken up on the Saints’ first series. He will be evaluated for a concussion. . . . Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne left Sunday night’s game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. . . . Falcons strong safety William suffered a shoulder injury against the Vikings. . . . 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis left Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a knee injury. . . . Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright sustained a sprained right MCL against the Jaguars. . . . Jaguars’ cornerback Dwayne Gratz exited Sunday’s game with an apparent head injury. . . . Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams left the game against Houston with a knee injury. . . . Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham left Sunday’s Week 4 game against the Texans with a knee injury. . . . Buccaneers’ safety Dashon Goldson suffered an ankle injury against the Steelers. . . Strong safety Calvin Pryor left the Jets’ game against the Lions with a thigh injury.
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