Patriots Sony Michel’s Knee Injury a Concern | Pair of Dolphins Dealing with Injuries
The latest in-depth injury insights from insideinjuries.com
LeSean McCoy RB, Bills: concussion
Already a High Injury Risk at 36%, McCoy' Injury Risk jumped even higher after a head injury on Sunday. McCoy appeared to tweak his ankle but ended up being ruled out due to a concussion. He remains in concussion protocol and is in a race against the close to clear ahead of the Bills' tough Week Eight matchup with the Patriots. McCoy hasn't suffered a concussion in recent years, but he did miss four games in 2012 with a very serious concussion. That could complicate his recovery a bit, as we know repeat head injuries increase the overall concern going forward.
Sony Michel RB, Patriots: knee injury
Michel dodged a bullet after suffering a very scary looking knee injury against the Bears. He already has a concerning history of problems with his left knee that includes a past ACL tear, multiple sprains and a cleanup procedure earlier this summer. It even caused many teams to remove him from their draft boards. Michel was then limited at practice last week when his knee flared up, but he was cleared to play in the game. Then on a second quarter run his left leg was twisted as he was tackled, resulting in a fumble and help from the trainers getting off of the field.
An MRI showed no structural damage, meaning all ligaments are intact. Meniscus damage is still possible (this was Inside Injuries' initial speculation), but surgery doesn't sound like it is being considered at this point. Michel sounds week-to-week, so don't expect him to play Week Eight, especially when you consider his history of left knee problems. Michel should return sometime in November, but his Injury Risk will continue to be at a high level going forward. It won't take much to aggravate his left knee once again. [More]
Matt Breida RB, 49ers: aggravated ankle sprain
Breida won't hit his Optimal Recovery Time for a moderate ankle sprain until the end of the month, so it was no surprise that he aggravated the injury on Sunday. Breida played just five snaps and was hurt on his first carry of the game. He was initially hurt Week Five and somehow returned to play Week Six. He did very well playing through the injury, but that doesn't mean his Overall Injury Risk improved. It now sits as 21% and won't improve much if he continues to try to play through this. Taking a week off to rest and allow the ankle to fully heal would be very beneficial for his long-term health.
Keke Coutee WR, Texans: hamstring strain
Coutee initially injured his hamstring during the preseason and then aggravated it a few weeks ago. Inside Injuries continued to warn that this could be easily re-aggravated, and sure enough, he wasn't able to finish the game on Sunday. With the Thursday Night game this week, Coutee won't be able to recover in time to take the field. Our algorithm is showing a new two-week Optimal Recovery Time if it really is mild, but because this is a recurring injury, he needs closer to four weeks for it to heal. Coutee also had issues with his hamstring in college.
The Texans should take a cautious approach with their young WR. Just look at Will Fuller—he already missed the start of his rookie season last year and has battled a hamstring strain on and off since the preseason this year. The last thing this offense needs is long-term hamstring injuries to two of their top receivers.
Adam Vinatieri K, Colts: groin strain
Vinatieri has been kicking through a groin strain since he popped up on the injury report in Week Five. He missed two extra points on Sunday after aggravating the injury and could now be looking at a multi-week absence. Groin strains are one of the toughest injuries for a kicker to recover from and play through. If it's very mild he could recovery in two to three weeks, but based on his age and the fact that this is a lingering problem, he likely needs closer to four to six weeks. If he plays Week Eight, his Injury Risk will be incredibly High.
Kenny Stills WR, Dolphins: groin strain
Stills pulled up with an injury on the Dolphins’ final drive. He is dealing with a groin strain that will sideline him for Week Eight, and possibly longer. It's a tricky injury to recover from and could lead to a lengthy absence. A mild strain comes with a two-week Optimal Recovery Time, but a moderate strain jumps up to five weeks. His Injury Risk is High (32%) while his HPF (Health performance Factor - our metric for predicting performance) is Poor, so he won't play well if he tries to tough it out and play through the injury anytime in the next few weeks.
Albert Wilson WR, Dolphins: hip injury
A hip injury could end Wilson's season. It's clear he is going to miss multiple games, but a second opinion could result in season-ending surgery to repair a labrum tear. Even if he avoids surgery, the IR is still a possibility. Wilson suffered the injury when he took an awkward step while trying to avoid a tackle at the end of a reception. He had to be helped off of the field and limped to the locker room. No matter what, there won't be any good news here, and it's time to drop him in all leagues.
Rob Gronkowski TE, Patriots: back spasms
Everyone knows about Gronk's history of back problems, which includes season-ending surgery in 2017, so his setback ahead of Week Seven is a serious concern going forward. Painful back spasms popped up on Friday, forcing him to miss the game. While the Patriots don't expect this to be a lengthy absence (he could return in Week Eight), it is another reminder that his back could flare up at any moment.
Marshawn Lynch RB, Raiders: groin surgery
The Raiders were forced to place Lynch on IR with a groin injury. Unfortunately with an older running back with a concerning injury history, a season-ender can quickly pop up without warning. Lynch previously landed on IR in 2015 after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia. That's likely what is in his future yet again. It is fairly common for a player to suffer a sports hernia on one side and later suffer the same injury to the other side (it's less common to have multiple sports hernias to the same side). We may have seen Lynch play his final NFL snap.
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