Injuries Wipe Out Four Giants Wide Receivers
Odell Beckham Jr. WR, Giants: fibula fracture
Let's start with the biggest offensive injury of the week. Beckham got his left leg trapped under the defender as he was tackled, causing a severe eversion ankle injury. Initial scans showed a fibula fracture, and he may also have ligament damage to the ankle. The fibula runs through the lower leg and connects at the ankle, so the fracture is likely near the joint. An MRI will confirm any additional damage. Surgery is expected for OBJ, but a final decision and timeline won't be made until he undergoes additional tests on Monday. This is a huge blow for the Giants and for OBJ, who is looking for a new contract.
Don't forget that Beckham also missed the start of the season due to a high ankle sprain. We initially gave him a six-week optimal recovery time, and while he returned sooner than that, he finally looked like he was getting healthier around that six-week mark. Unfortunately, he remained an Elevated Injury Risk because these ankle injuries cause the ligaments to loosen, making them weaker and more susceptible to future injuries. That's just what happened, and now his season could very well be over.
Sterling Shepard WR, Giants: ankle sprain
Beckham may have been the biggest name to go down with an injury, but a total of four Giants wide receivers were hurt. Sterling Shepard injured his ankle on the same play as Marshall. He was not able to return to the game. Shepard will undergo additional scans on the ankle, but we have calculated a standard grade 2 sprain, which is moderate in severity. The Optimal Recovery Time is four weeks, so he may not return to the field until November.
Brandon Marshall WR, Giants: ankle sprain
Marshall was the third Giants receiver to suffer an ankle injury. He attempted an acrobatic grab near the sideline and came down wrong on his ankle. Marshall had to be carted off the field. Coach McAdoo called it a "sprain," which can mean a wide variety of things. Until he undergoes an MRI we won't know exactly what is going on. Like Shepard, we are currently calculating a grade 2 injury with a four-week recovery. Marshall has a long history of injuries, so he was already an Elevated Injury Risk. Now he is High Risk and could remain there for the rest of the season.
Dwayne Harris WR, Giants: foot fracture
Of the four Giants receivers to get hurt Sunday, the loss of Harris stings the least for the offense. However, Harris was a valuable special-teams player and would have been a welcome addition to the starting lineup with the other three receivers ahead of him on the depth chart all injured. Unfortunately, Harris' season is likely over.
While the team has not confirmed the location of the fracture, a Jones fracture is likely. This is to the fifth metatarsal and is a notoriously difficult injury for wide receivers. Dez Bryant, Julio Jones and Sammy Watkins are just a few of the players who’ve suffered this same injury. Surgery is likely and a follow-up procedure is common as well. Harris won't be close to 100 percent until the start of next season, and even then, he will remain an increased injury risk.
Travis Kelce TE, Chiefs: concussion
Kelce suffered a concussion on Sunday night and is now in the league’s concussion protocol. Kelce was injured on a play in the first half and returned to the field. But when the Chiefs came back out at halftime, Kelce was nowhere to be found. Symptoms can often be delayed, so upon further evaluation, the medical staff decided to keep him off the field. Coach Reid said that Kelce was not remembering things well, a big sign of a concussion. With a week to recover, it is possible he is cleared in play in Week 6, but no guarantee.
Charles Clay TE, Bills: knee injury
Clay took a big hit to the outside of his left leg following a reception, injuring his knee. The first concern is damage to the MCL, the ligament on the outside of the knee. There is also some concern over the ACL. An MCL sprain alone could keep him out anywhere from 2-6 weeks depending on the severity. An ACL tear would end his season. Clay will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of any ligament damage in his knee.
Matthew Stafford QB, Lions: right leg injuries
Stafford never left the game on Sunday, but his right leg was heavily wrapped from his ankle to his thigh. His mobility was still good enough, but whenever a play was over he was noticeably limping. Expect Stafford to be limited at practice throughout the week. He has likely already been sent for x-rays on his leg and he may even undergo an MRI to confirm that there is no significant injury.
Stafford has taken six sacks in each of the last two weeks, a ridiculous number. That's far too many hits for a quarterback to take. He's as tough as they come, but his body is breaking down. Stafford was not made available for his regular postgame press conference, the first time that has been the case for him. On top of the foot/ankle/thigh injuries, Stafford also finished the game with a bloodied left hand.
Jordy Nelson WR, Packers: possible hamstring strain
On the Packers game-winning drive, top receiver Jordy Nelson was nowhere to be found. No injury was announced, but it was clear there had to be a reason why he was not on the field. A few reports suggested a possible hamstring injury. It would make sense. Until practice statuses are released later in the week, we may not know much more than that.
Nelson was previously limited with a quad injury and missed the Packers' Week 2 game. He has been an Elevated Injury Risk ever since. Muscle injuries often recur or lead to other related injuries, as could be the case here. Check back with Inside Injuries later in the week for additional analysis once we learn more specifics about the injury.
Orleans Darkwa RB, Giants: calf strain
After missing Week 4 with a back injury, Darkwa returned in Week 5 as the Giants' starter due to the rib injury to Paul Perkins. His day ended early when he suffered a calf strain. Like many other players who were injured this week, our algorithm calculated an increased Injury Risk for Darkwa, an indication that he is more likely to get hurt. Right now, it is calculating a moderate (grade 2) calf strain, which comes with a four-week Optimal Recovery Time. If it is less severe, he may need just two or three weeks for it to heal. Calf injuries are tough on running backs, so he needs to be cautious throughout his recovery.
Terrance West RB, Ravens: calf strain
West went down with a calf injury on the Ravens' opening drive and had to be carted back to the locker room. Right now, we have him listed with a grade 2 calf strain. He was in a lot of pain and will likely undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. This could be a lengthy absence.
Bilal Powell RB, Jets: calf strain
Yes, another running back down with a calf injury. Powell was the third starter to suffer this injury on Sunday. He was hurt on an 11-yard reception late in the first half. Powell returned to the sideline for the second half but never re-entered the game. If this is a mild sprain, two weeks may be long enough for him to recover. But like we said before, calf strains are tricky for running backs because of the power they must generate with their lower body. He was already an Elevated Injury Risk, and now he has moved to High Risk.
DeVante Parker: ankle sprain
It's unclear how serious Parker's ankle injury is. When Parker was injured he hobbled to the sideline with a sprained ankle. But he was later seen on the Dolphins' sideline running sprints and testing it out. While he never returned to the game, it looked like he avoided a serious injury. Following the game, Parker was seen leaving the stadium on crutches. The swelling and pain may have started to kick in after a few hours once the adrenalin wore off.
Parker, who injured his ankle earlier in the season and was then limited at practice, was an Elevated Injury Risk entering Week 5. We listed him as a "Risky Start," so hopefully, all his Fantasy owners listened. Consider him week-to-week and highly questionable for Week 6.
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