We’re going to take a look at each game from this week in the NFL Week 5 Injury Report. All information from NFL.com.
Teams on Bye in Week 5: New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons
NFL Week 5 Injury Report – Early Games:
Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals
- Jordan Matthews (O) will be out for about a month after injuring his thumb in Week 4. Matthews underwent surgery to have a pin inserted into his thumb. Expect Matthews back in the lineup sometime in mid-November.
- Tyler Eifert (O) will miss another game as he continues to deal with an injury in his low back. The Bengals are on bye in Week 6, so the Bengals could be targeting a Week 7 return for Eifert with the extra week of rest.
New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns
- Matt Forte (O) will miss his second consecutive game while dealing with turf toe. He didn’t practice at all this week, so his Week 6 status is also in question. Bilal Powell will continue to see the majority of carries with Elijah McGuire also getting some touches.
- Kenny Britt (D) is battling groin and knee injuries and will most likely miss Week 5. He has not been a factor this season after getting a hefty paycheck in the off-season.
Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions
- Kelvin Benjamin suffered a what appeared to be a scary injury in Week 3, getting his leg bent awkwardly. He was able to play in Week 4 and the same appears to be true for Week 5 as he didn’t suffer any setbacks. He was limited in practice this week but the Panthers were likely just managing his reps. He’ll be out there on Sunday.
- Kenny Golladay (O) missed Week 4 with a hamstring injury and missed practice all week, indicating he could miss another week after Week 5. Of note, the Lions are on bye in Week 7, so it’s possible the Lions keep Golladay out until after the bye.
- Ameer Abdullah tweaked his ankle in Week 4 but this is not believed to be a serious injury. He was limited on Wednesday but got in full practices on Thursday and Friday. He’ll be out there on Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts
- Carlos Hyde got banged up in Week 3 with a hip injury but has not missed any time as a result of the injury. He got a full workload in Week 4, totaling 21 touches for 95 yards from scrimmage. Hyde was limited early in the week at practice but got in a full session on Friday. He’s good to go for his Week 5 matchup against the Colts.
- Andrew Luck (O) will miss Week 5 as he continues to work his way back from off-season shoulder surgery. One positive from this is that Luck has finally started practicing with his teammates. The Colts have been conservative with Luck all along, so don’t expect them to rush him back. I expect him to sit for at least another two weeks, but watch what he does in practice next week.
- Jack Doyle (O) will miss Week 5 with a concussion from Week 4.
Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins
- Marcus Mariota (Q) injured his hamstring in Week 4, forcing him to leave early from the game. Mariota was obviously hampered by the injury as he had difficulty stepping into his throws, forcing him to throw a pick prior to his exit. The Titans will likely be cautious with their superstar but figures to be a game-time decision. If he sits, Matt Cassel will start in his place.
- Corey Davis (O) will miss his third consecutive game while dealing with a hamstring strain. The fact that Davis keeps getting ruled out early in the week shows that he is not close to returning.
Dolphins – No fantasy relevant players on the NFL Week 5 Injury Report
Los Angeles Chargers vs. New York Giants
Chargers – No fantasy relevant players on the NFL Week 5 Injury Report
- Odell Beckham Jr. was limited all week in practice after dislocating his index finger on his right hand and tweaking his ankle in Week 4. He didn’t end of missing any time during the game but was dealing with soreness this week, which is why the Giants were managing his reps. He’s in no danger of missing Week 5.
- Paul Perkins (O) injured his ribs in Week 4 and will miss Week 5. He got in a limited session on Wednesday but didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday. Wayne Gallman will get the opportunity to show what he can do as he is likely to get the majority of touches.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles
- John Brown (Q) was limited in practice all week after he made his return to the field in Week 4 with a quadriceps strain. Brown originally injured his quad in the preseason and has been in and out of the lineup ever since. He managed to get through Week 4 without any known setbacks, so his questionable tag is likely just a formality at this point. It’s worth noting that Arizona limited Brown to 53/86 offensive snaps. Expect him to be out there again in Week 5 and expect the Cardinals to again be selective with Brown’s usage as they try to prevent any setbacks.
- J.J. Nelson (Q) was limited all week as he continues to deal with lingering hamstring issues. He hasn’t missed any time due to the hammy but only played in 25 offensive snaps in Week 4. Like Brown, expect the Cardinals to again limit Nelson’s snaps, using him selectively as a deep threat to stretch the field. He should be out there in Week 5.
- Wendell Smallwood (Q) mysteriously popped up on the injury report on Wednesday with swelling and soreness in the knee. It’s unclear when the injury occurred and details regarding the injury have been scarce. Smallwood didn’t practice at all this week, so his questionable tag is a bit misleading, as I expect him to sit in Week 5. If he misses, LeGarrette Blount will see most of the early down work with rookie, Corey Clement, getting a chance to see his an uptick in touches.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Marqise Lee (Q) is dealing with a rib injury. He didn’t practice early in the week but got in a limited session on Friday. Rib injuries can be very painful to play through, so monitoring Lee’s status on Sunday morning is warranted as he’s in serious danger of missing Week 5.
Steelers – No fantasy relevant players listed on the NFL Week 5 Injury Report
NFL Week 5 Injury Report – Late Games:
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Doug Baldwin was removed from the team’s final injury report after getting in full sessions late in the week. He injured his groin in Week 3 and was a game-time decision last week in Week 4, ultimately suiting up for Sunday Night Football. He only played in 68% of snaps, so he was probably on a pitch count in an effort to avoid a setback. Expect the Seahawks to give Baldwin more freedom in Week 5.
Rams – No fantasy relevant players listed on the NFL Week 5 Injury Report
Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders
- Jeremy Maclin (Q) is listed on the injury report with a hand injury. He was able to practice in full all week, so Maclin is more likely to play than not.
- Ben Watson (Q) didn’t practice on Wednesday and Thursday but got in a full session on Friday. The Ravens are likely just managing his reps as he played in Week 4 with this same calf injury. He should play in Week 5, but his situation is worth monitoring Sunday morning.
- Derek Carr (Q) will most likely miss Week 5 after fracturing the transverse process in his back in Week 4. Fortunately, this injury has a relatively quick recovery and is often more of a pain issue limiting the player’s return to the field. The transverse process is basically a small wing off the side of the vertebrae, and it is not a load-bearing structure. There are muscles that attach here, so this is likely the reason Carr was dealing with muscle spasms when he initially injured the back. For what it’s worth, Tony Romo had this same injury in 2014 and only missed 1 game, so Carr could be back as early as Week 6 if he sits in Week 5. E.J. Manuel will start in his place if he can’t go.
- Michael Crabtree sat in Week 4 after injuring his chest in Week 3. He was removed from the final injury report, so he is good to go for Week 5 against the Ravens.
Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys
- Ty Montgomery (D) left Week 4 early with multiple rib fractures. As we’ve seen with other players, this injury is one that can be very difficult to play through due to high pain levels. Montgomery did practice in a limited fashion all week, but his doubtful tag indicates that he will most likely sit in Week 4. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams will lead the Green Bay backfield.
- Davante Adams (Q) shockingly has a chance to play in Week 5 after leaving Week 4 with a scary injury after a helmet to helmet hit, leaving him motionless on the field. Adams was released from the hospital the following morning and ever since, he’s made a quick recovery. This just proves that concussions are not time-based. Rather, they are criterion-based. Adams appears to be hitting those criteria and progressing nicely. He has a real shot to play in Week 5, but his 4:25 EST game time gives his owners a tough choice. Expect a final decision on Adams early Sunday morning.
Cowboys – No fantasy relevant players listed on the NFL Week 5 Injury Report
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
Chiefs – No fantasy relevant players listed on the NFL Week 5 Injury Report
Texans – No fantasy relevant players listed on the NFL Week 5 Injury Report
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
- Sam Bradford has finally returned to practice this week after sitting since Week 1 with soreness and swelling in his knee from a bone bruise. He was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday, so his practice status on Saturday is definitely worth monitoring. Expect Bradford to either be ruled out prior to MNF or draw the questionable tag. If Bradford sits again, Case Keenum will draw the start.
- Jerick McKinnon got banged up in Week 4 with an ankle injury but has been practicing in full, so he’s not in danger of missing Week 5. With Dalvin Cook out for the year, the Vikings will be looking for Latavius Murray and McKinnon to pick up the slack for the rest of the season.
Bears – No fantasy relevant players listed on the NFL Week 5 Injury Report