Fantasy Football: Week 10 Injury Recap
Aaron Jones, RB, GB
MCL Sprain: out 3-6 weeks
Aaron Jones burst onto the scene just a few short weeks ago, taking over the lead back duties in Green Bay. However, his rise to stardom came to a crashing halt on Sunday when he was carted off with a knee injury. His knee bent awkwardly in an inward fashion, and he didn’t return to the game, leaving in the first quarter. An MRI on Monday confirmed a sprained MCL, and he was given a timeline of 3-6 weeks, which is consistent with a grade 2 sprain. Fortunately, the MCL has excellent blood supply and can heal on its own without surgery. Jones could be back in about a month, but at that point, the starting job may not be his. At the worst, Jones will miss the rest of the fantasy season.
Ty Montgomery, RB, GB
Rib Injury: week to week
Shortly after the Packers lost Aaron Jones, Ty Montgomery exited with a rib injury. It’s unclear whether or not this is a new rib injury or he re-aggravated the injury he’s been dealing with for most of the season. Either way, Jones will most definitely be questionable for next week, and you can expect the Packers to limit his reps in practice this week. If he can’t go, Jamaal Williams will have the backfield to himself.
Other players impacted: Jamaal Williams
Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
Concussion: week to week
Freeman exited early in Sunday’s win over the Cowboys with a concussion and entered the protocol shortly thereafter. This is Freeman’s second concussion this season. Therefore, it’s not surprising that reports came out on Monday that Freeman is unlikely to play next week, as subsequent concussions generally take longer to recover.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, IND
Concussion: week to week
Brissett was evaluated for a concussion after taking a hit in the 2nd quarter of Sunday’s game against the Steelers, but he was cleared to return. It wasn’t until after the game that the Colts placed their QB in the concussion protocol. It’s possible that his symptoms didn’t come on until after the game is over, which is not uncommon. The Colts are on bye in Week 11, so he has a good chance to be ready for Week 12.
Rob Kelley, RB, WAS
High Ankle Sprain, MCL Sprain: out at least a month
Kelley got his leg bent awkwardly when another player rolled into him on Sunday. He left the game early and didn’t return. After getting imaging on Monday, Kelley was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and an MCL sprain. The MCL sprain will likely heal faster than the high ankle sprain, which could sideline him for the rest of the year. At a minimum he’ll be out for at least 4 weeks, but injured reserve is a possibility as well at this point in the season.
Allen Hurns, WR, JAX
Lower Leg Injury: week to week
Hurns took a hard hit to his lower leg late in the 4th quarter and wasn’t even able to stand, as he had to crawl to get off the field. The fact that he wasn’t able to weight bear after the injury or after the game was over is concerning, as he was seen on crutches leaving the locker room. A formal diagnosis wasn’t given so it’s difficult to comment on his prognosis. Regardless, Hurns looks like he won’t play in Week 11.
Philip Rivers, QB, LAC
Concussion: week to week
Rivers didn’t miss any time in the Chargers’ game on Sunday or take any obvious shots to the head, but he must have reported to the LA facility on Monday with concussion symptoms. It’s not uncommon for a player to get symptoms the next day even if he doesn’t have symptoms the day of a game. His status should be updated throughout the week.
Will Fuller, WR, HOU
Broken Ribs: week to week
Will Fuller took a brutal shot to the ribs in Sunday’s game against the Rams and didn’t return. Imaging on Monday confirmed broken ribs, which explains the amount of pain he was in following the hit he took on Sunday. As we’ve seen from other players throughout this season, broken ribs are difficult to play through given the high pain levels, so his Week 11 status is in doubt.
Drew Stanton, QB, ARZ
Sprained Knee: week to week
A formal diagnosis wasn’t provided following the game, but Stanton could miss Week 11 with a sprained knee. His practice reports this week will tell the story. If he sits, Blaine Gabbert will start.
Brett Hundley, QB, GB
Hamstring strain: day to day
Hundley didn’t miss any time in Green Bay’s win over the Bears but he appeared to pull up awkwardly during a scramble in the second half. The fact that he didn’t miss time during the game is a positive sign for his Week 11 status, but given how troublesome hamstring injuries can be, his status bears monitoring heading into Week 11.
Deshone Kizer, QB, CLE
Rib Injury: day to day
Kizer took a shot to the ribs when he was hit on a drop back late in the game. He exited under his own power and later returned, which is a good sign. However, his status bears monitoring heading into Week 11. Expect the Browns to limit his reps early in the week at practice, but he should be fine for next week.