Fantasy Football: Week 9 Injury Recap

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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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Chase Edmonds

Left High Ankle Sprain: Out 4-6 weeks
Edmonds injured his left ankle in the first play of the game yesterday, suffering a high ankle sprain. He didn’t play another snap, which lead to James Conner going bonkers against the 49ers. Edmonds will now miss at least a month as he rehabs his injured left ankle. A short-term IR stint is likely.

Players impacted: James Connor, Eno Benjamin

Zack Moss

Concussion: Week to week
Moss exited early in Week 9 with a concussion and didn’t return. He’s now in the league’s concussion protocol and will be monitored throughout the week.

Players impacted: Devin Singletary

Damien Harris & Rhamondre Stevenson

Concussion Protocol: Week to week
The Patriots top two backs left early Sunday with head injuries and didn’t return after their respective injuries. Typically, a “head injury” designation signals a concussion, and while that hasn’t been confirmed by the team, that should be the assumption moving forward until we hear otherwise. The recovery process following a concussion is non-linear, so each back needs to be monitored individually as the week progresses.

Players impacted: Brandon Bolden, J.J. Taylor

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Devontae Booker

Hip Contusion: Day to day
Booker took a direct hit to the outside of his hip towards the end of the game, resulting in a hip contusion. Speaking after the game, the Giants RB confirmed his hip was sore but that he felt “pretty good.” With the Giants going on bye in Week 10, Booker isn’t in danger of missing any time. Worth noting, Saquon Barkley (ankle) is expected back in Week 11 following the team’s bye week.

Players impacted: Saquon Barkley

Jonnu Smith

Shoulder Injury (Diagnosis Unknown): Week to week
Jonnu Smith was in this article a few weeks ago after he injured his shoulder, suffering an AC joint sprain. He exited on Sunday with a similar injury and didn’t return. Moving forward, he should be considered questionable for Week 10 and is sure to pop up on the Patriots injury report this week.

Players impacted: Hunter Henry, Mac Jones

Trevor Lawrence

Right Ankle Sprain: Day to day
Lawrence exited with a right ankle injury after getting stepped on by his offensive lineman. Initially, the injury looked like it could knock him out of the game, but he returned and finished the game. He’s likely to pop up on the Jags injury report for Week 10, but he isn’t in danger of missing time. He’s a name to monitor ahead of Week 10.

Players impacted: Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault, Jamal Agnew, Dan Arnold

Ezekiel Elliott

Right Knee Contusion: Day to day
Zeke was in and out of the lineup on Sunday, battling a right knee contusion. He could be seen with a wrap and a hot pack on his knee while on the sideline. After the game, Elliott told reporters he’s been dealing with a minor knee issue for a few weeks, but it’s unclear if this recent injury is related. Zeke did finish the game and should play in Week 10, but he may be at a little less than 100%. Look for Dallas to manage his reps in practice this week.

Players impacted: Tony Pollard

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D.J. Moore

Rib Contusion: Day to day
Moore took a shot to the right side of ribs on a hospital ball from Sam Darnold. Moore was visibly in pain for several minutes but stayed in the game. Rib injuries typically become more painful the first couple of days following the injury, so it’s likely we see Moore’s name on the Carolina injury report ahead of Week 10. He’s still likely to play, but this situation is worth monitoring.

Players impacted: Sam Darnold, Robby Anderson, Terrace Marshall

Albert Okwuegbunam

Knee Injury (Diagnosis Unknown): Day to day
Albert O was questionable entering Week 9 with a knee injury that limited him in practice all week. He got his knee checked out during the game but still played 81% of the snaps with Noah Fant on the Covid-IR. As of now, it doesn’t sound like his injury is anything serious, but given his injury history this season (hamstring strain, knee injury), the Broncos TE is likely to show up on the Denver injury report.

Players impacted: Noah Fant, Teddy Bridgewater

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