Fantasy Football Injury Recap for Week 9

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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 9 and take a look at what fantasy managers can expect heading into Week 10 and beyond.

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Christian McCaffrey

Right Shoulder Injury (Likely AC or SC joint Sprain): Week to week
McCaffrey landed on the top of his right shoulder, as seen in the video below with the defender’s body weight driving his shoulder into the ground. This is the classic mechanism for an injury to one of the joints that connect the collarbone to the shoulder blade and the sternum. The specifics of the injury haven’t been confirmed, but I’m expecting CMC to sit in Week 10 and potentially longer depending on the severity of the injury.

Players impacted: Mike Davis

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Kyle Allen

Left Ankle Dislocation: Out for the year
Allen suffered a brutal ankle injury on Sunday and was carted off with an immobilizer around his dislocated ankle. Allen reportedly also suffered a chip fracture in his ankle and will undergo surgery. He will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.

Players impacted: Alex Smith, Dwayne Haskins

David Johnson, David Montgomery & Jack Doyle

Concussion: Day to day
All three of these players – David Johnson, David Montgomery, and Jack Doyle suffered concussions and exited early on Sunday. They all remain in the concussion protocol and should be considered day to day moving forward. Johnson, Montgomery, and Doyle will enter the league’s five-step protocol and attempt to progress throughout the week. Worth noting, the Colts play on Thursday night, making Doyle the most likely of the three to miss Week 10.

Players impacted (David Johnson): Duke Johnson

Players impacted (David Montgomery): Ryan Nall

Players impacted (Jack Doyle): Trey Burton, Mo Alie-Cox

Justin Jackson

Knee Injury (Diagnosis Unknown): Week to week
Jackson played literally one snap on Sunday before exiting early with a knee injury. Worth noting, Jackson was listed on the injury report in Week 7 as questionable with his knee issue but did play and has since been listed on the injury report in Weeks 8 and 9 but as a full participant. It’s unclear what exactly is bothering Jackson, so this is a situation to monitor throughout the week.

Players impacted: Joshua Kelley, Troymaine Pope

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Preston Williams

Foot Sprain: Week to week
Williams caught a TD on Sunday then came up limping after the play. He didn’t return to the game, but fortunately, x-rays were negative, suggesting there is likely not a fracture involved. This should be treated as a foot sprain (likely a mid-foot sprain), and depending on the severity of the sprain, Williams could miss multiple games.

Players impacted: Tua Tagovailoa, DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki

Laviska Shenault Jr.

Hamstring Strain: Week to week
Shenault injured his hamstring in Week 9 and exited early after just one catch for -1 yard. The rookie WR had an MRI on Monday which showed a mild hamstring strain, but even these mild injuries require at least one week to heal, suggesting that if Shenault plays, he’ll be at less than 100%. He’s iffy at best for Week 10.

Players impacted: D.J. Chark, Keelan Cole, Chris Conley, Jake Luton/Gardner Minshew

Ben Roethlisberger

Left Knee MCL Sprain: Day to day
Big Ben went down on Sunday where a defender hit the outside of his knee, causing his knee to dive inward where the MCL is stressed. Fortunately for Ben, he was able to return later in the game and finish the game, suggesting this is a mild injury. However, he is likely to miss practice time this week and play in Week 10 against the Bengals.

Players impacted: Mason Rudolph, Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool

Noah Fant

Aggravated Right Ankle Sprain: Week to week
Fant aggravated his right ankle injury that he picked up in Week 4. At the time, the injury kept him out from Weeks 5-6 but he returned at less than 100% in Week 7 and was just rounding back into form. He appeared to aggravate his high ankle sprain this past Sunday when he limped off the field. Fant did return to finish the game but was largely ineffective upon returning to the field. He could miss a game or two.

Players impacted: Nick Vannett, Drew Lock, Jerry Jeudy

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Albert Okwuegbunam

Torn ACL: Out for the year
Albert O, the rookie TE, for the Broncos is done for the year after he tore the ACL in his knee. Head coach, Vic Fangio, told reporters on Monday, “The fortunate thing of it is it’s just the ACL and the ACL only.” As a result of the TE avoiding additional damage, it’s safe to project a full recovery for Okwuegbunam for 2020, but he may be limited in training camp given the timeline of his injury.

Other players impacted: Noah Fant, Nick Vannett

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