Fantasy Football: Week 9 Injury Recap
Hip/thigh injury (diagnosis unknown): week to week
Chris Carson was added to the injury report last Thursday with a hip injury but ended up playing at less than 100% on Sunday after he was a game-time decision. In hindsight, this was probably the wrong move given that he left this game early with an aggravation of that injury and didn’t return. He could be seen on the sideline with a wrapped bag of ice around his groin after the injury occurred. It’s unclear what the exact injury is at this point, but don’t be surprised to see Carson miss Week 10 when the Seahawks play the Rams. Worth noting, Carson has been on the injury report off and on for much of the season and has already missed one game in Week 4 with this hip issue. Look for more updates throughout the week regarding the Seattle running back. If Carson misses time, Mike Davis would be an intriguing play as he received 22 total touches in relief of Carson on Sunday.
Core muscle injury: out at least 6 weeks
Allison was coming off of a hamstring injury from a few weeks prior, but that’s not the reason he finds himself in this article. Allison sustained a groin injury during Thursday’s practice and didn’t play in Week 9. News broke on Monday from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Allison saw the esteemed Dr. William Myers in Philadelphia in order to assess a core muscle injury. Allison will undergo core muscle surgery, which carries about a 6-week recovery timeline. As a result, it’s possible that Allison ends up on injured reserve. His season may be over.
Right big toe injury: out at least two weeks
A.J. Green, the Bengals star wide receiver, injured his right big toe in Week 8 at the end of the game and was seen in a walking boot after the game. All reports indicated that this walking boot was just precautionary, but it turns out Green is dealing with a legitimate injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Green saw Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot specialist, in order to determine if surgery was necessary. For reference, Dr. Anderson is the surgeon who operated on Greg Olsen‘s Jones fracture last season. When speaking to reporters today, head coach, Marvin Lewis said that Green won’t require surgery but he is expected to miss at least two games. Look for more updates regarding the specifics of Green’s injury this week, but fantasy owners will need to plan to be without him for multiple games. Tyler Boyd will step in as the team’s new number one option in the receiving game.
Fractured right forearm: out for the year
The Colonel, Raheem Mostert, was looking great on Thursday Night Football against the Raiders before going down with a right forearm fracture. If you watched the game, you knew exactly what happened as Mostert’s arm very clearly got bent in the wrong direction as he attempted to break his fall during a tackle. Mostert will undergo season-ending surgery and has been placed on injured reserve. Unless the team makes a roster move at running back, the Niners will use a combination of Matt Breida and Alfred Morris moving forward.
Left shoulder injury
Chris Ivory injured his shoulder late in the team’s Week 9 loss to the Bears when he attempted to dive into the end zone. After being evaluated on the sideline, Ivory was carted to the locker room and ruled out. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport stated that Ivory was actually taken to a local Level 1 trauma center for further evaluation after the game, but head coach, Sean McDermott, told reporters that this was not because of his shoulder injury. His mechanism of injury appeared consistent with an AC joint sprain and/or a clavicle injury but for now, consider Ivory’s injury a sprain. Look for more details regarding Ivory to surface this week.
AC Joint Reconstruction surgery: out for the year
It’s been a brutal season for Paul Richardson when it comes to injuries, as he’s missed time off and on for both a shoulder and knee injury. This time, it’s the shoulder injury as the culprit for why he’s on the injury recap article. Richardson will undergo season-ending surgery in order to stabilize his AC joint and be placed on injured reserve. Whenever an athlete experiences a high-grade AC joint sprain, the ligaments can be stretched out too much or even ruptured, causing the shoulder to be unstable, as was the case with Richardson. He should be back for Week 1 next season.
Potential right shoulder injury: day to day
Ben Roethlisberger finds himself on this injury recap article more as a precautionary name to monitor than anything else. Big Ben was great on Sunday, so it is certainly possible that this is nothing, but it’s worth noting in case fantasy football owners see his name on the injury report this week. He had a defender fall on top of his right shoulder and chest and was down in pain during the game. Shortly after, he was being evaluated for a shoulder injury on the sideline but told reporters after the game that he got the wind knocked out of him. Given that Ben played extremely well on Sunday after coming back in, he’s probably telling the truth, but I wanted to include his name on this list so that owners aren’t blindsided this week.
Left foot sprain (diagnosis unknown): week to week
The Titans’ second-year wideout, Taywan Taylor, exited Monday Night Football early and didn’t return. He got his left ankle caught in the turf as he was being tackled, causing his foot to bend awkwardly as his momentum carried him forward. He was able to walk off under his own power but was visibly in pain. For now, consider Taylor week to week until we get more details, but I fear that he could miss time, as his injury may have been consistent with a Lisfranc injury. Taylor will likely get an MRI to further evaluate the injury. Look for more details later this week.