Injury Report: Post Week 1
Welcome! Here we'll be taking a deep dive into the injuries that took place over the 16 games in week 1. We'll talk about who has what injury, what that means in term of time missed compared with the player's injury history, and the fantasy implications.
Michael Thomas - High Ankle Sprain - 3-4 Weeks
The WR1 of 2019, and the all time single season catch record holder had his ankle rolled up on during a disappointing Week 1 for his fantasy owners. He had 5 targets, catching 3 for 17 yards, and was able to actually stay on the field after the injury. Thomas played 85% of the snaps too, so the injury is not necessarily to blame for the poor performance. Ankle sprains can be different, and they can be difficult. They effect many people differently, and have different degrees of pain depending on the person and type of sprain. Mike T has only missed one game since entering the league in 2016, so he knows what it's like to play through pain. Expect him to be back by week 5. I have already picked up Tre'Quan Smith in my dynasty league. Expect him, Jared Cook, Emmanuel Sanders, and Kamara to shoulder the load for however long MT is out.
George Kittle - Knee Sprain - Questionable
George Kittle suffered an awkward leg injury during a tackle made by Budda Baker in Week 1's loss to Arizona. Kittle did come out of the game, but he only missed one snap, still playing 61/62 (98%) snaps. Kittle would come back into the game and finish with 5 targets and 4 receptions for 44 yards. Kittle said he feels fantastic after the game, and we are very lucky that he didn't suffer a significant injury, because his leg was very close to bending too far the wrong direction. Keep your eye on Kittle's knee, but there should be no problem moving forward here.
Le'Veon Bell - Pulled Hamstring - IR (Minimum 3 Weeks)
Le'Veon, who has had his fair share of significant injuries in his career, went down again during the Jets loss to the Bills on Sunday. Le'Veon played 57% of the snaps on Sunday, and carried the ball 6 times for 14 yards, adding on 2 catches for 32. Bell has since been placed on the Injured Reserve, which means that by the new rules, he must miss a minimum of 3 weeks. This means that Le'Veon is eligible to return when the Jets play the Cardinals in week 5. Bell has no past issues with his hamstring. He has, however missed serious time due to knee issues, so we'll see, but he should make a full recovery soon. For now, the Jets have signed Kalen Ballage, and will use him with Frank Gore. I would stay away from this backfield altogether until Le'Veon returns.
Marlon Mack - Torn Achilles - Out for Season
Mack had a devastating injury against the Jaguars on Sunday, when he went down with a non contact injury after catching a pass. It was later announced that Marlon Mack has a torn achilles, and he is out for the rest of the season. Mack will be back for Week 1 of next year, but by then, it will be Jonathan Taylor's backfield. For the rest of the year, target Taylor, and Nyheim Hines, who will be this year's Austin Ekeler for Philip Rivers, who threw a whopping 37% of his passes to running backs on Sunday. Macks time as the starter for the Colts is likely over, as its now rookie stud Jonathan Taylor's time to shine.
DeVante Parker - Hamstring - Questionable
Dolphins' star receiver DeVante Parker missed snaps in Week 1 due to a hamstring issue. He was able to play 37% of the team's offensive snaps before coming out, and hauled in 4 catches for 47 yards. He practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday, and is currently listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, who are a tough matchup. Parker probably shouldn't miss any time, but it's something to keep an eye on, and if he does, Preston Williams borders must start territory for me.
Blake Jarwin - Torn ACL - Out for Season
Jarwin also went down with a non-contact injury during Sunday Night Football, and it was pretty evident from the sight of it that he had torn something in his knee. Jarwin who many say was poised for a breakout campaign in 2020, has his season cut short by 15 games. Personally, even from a Cowboys fan, I didn't think this was the year for Jarwin, as the offense is just too crowded at the moment, but it hurts the team severely to have Dalton Schultz out there catching passes. This boosts the stock of the Cowboys' wide receiver trio, and ever so slightly hurts Dak. Jarwin should be ready for next year's season opener, but nonetheless a sad injury to see.