Fantasy Football Injury Recap for Week 10
As The Fantasy Footballers’ lead injury analyst and sports physical therapist, I’ll be recapping the previous week’s injuries and giving a projected timeline for recovery all season long. Let’s look at the biggest injuries from Week 10 and take a look at what fantasy managers can expect heading into Week 11 and beyond.
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Fractured Ribs and Collapsed Lung: Out at least 2 weeks
Brees got banged up on Sunday when he took a hard hit on a sack and exited early, grabbing for his ribs and chest region. After additional testing on Monday, imaging showed that Brees had multiple broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung. Collectively, these injuries are going to keep the Saints QB out multiple weeks. He’ll miss at least two weeks but could miss up to four.
Source: Results of medical evaluations performed today on #Saints quarterback Drew Brees revealed that he has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side. Injuries suffered over two weeks. It is uncertain how much time he might miss.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) November 16, 2020
Muscle Strain: Week to week
Lock was in pain all day Sunday as he took a big hit to the ribs early in the game. He didn’t exit early but was clearly affected by the injury all game long. Now, it’s being reported that Lock is dealing with a “muscle strain around his ribs” per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. This likely means Lock is battling an oblique muscle strain, which is a core muscle that attaches onto the ribs and assists with rotation of the core. For a throwing athlete, this muscle is crucial for power and the QB’s ability to deliver the ball downfield. He should be considered questionable for Week 11, but if he plays, he could be limited.
Thumb Injury: Week to week
Stafford injured his thumb on Sunday, but x-rays revealed there is no fracture in his thumb. It’s likely this is some sort of ligament sprain, which could limit his grip strength on the football. Expect Stafford to miss practice time this week, but he’s got the chance to play in Week 11. His situation is worth monitoring as he’ll be evaluated throughout the week.
Right Knee MCL Sprain: Week to week
Bridgewater took a hit to the outside of his right knee on Sunday, causing his knee to collapse inward, which is the classic mechanism of injury for a sprained MCL. The MRI for Teddy’s knee came back showing a “minor” MCL sprain. If this is simply a grade I injury, Bridgewater could play in Week 11, but he’s likely to miss practice time. Worth noting, this injury is similar to that of Ben Roethlisberger from Week 9, and he was able to play in Week 10.
Right High Ankle Sprain: May miss time beyond Week 11
The Bills are on bye in Week 11, but John Brown will spend his off week rehabbing after he picked up what looked like a high ankle sprain towards the end of the game on Sunday against the Cardinals. Bills coaches have reported that Brown “tweaked” his ankle, but unfortunately we won’t get any more details with the Bills on bye. Brown will need to be monitored closely next week as it’s possible he misses game time.
Fractured Clavicle: Out for the year
Hasty’s rookie campaign is over after he suffered a fractured collarbone on Sunday against the Saints. His injury will require surgery and with the 49ers on the outside looking in of the playoff race, Hasty’s 2020 season is over. He’ll go on injured reserve.
Left Hand Injury: Likely out Week 11
Homer was seen on the sidelines with a wrap on his left hand and was declared doubtful to return. He didn’t play a snap in the second half and now has a short week ahead of him. The Seahawks take on the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. Worth noting, Homer was listed as limited in Monday’s estimated practice report. With the Seahawks battling injuries to the RB position, Homer’s status is worth monitoring ahead of TNF. Be sure to catch my full TNF DFS preview in the DFS Pass.