Week 4 came and went and a number of teams who were bit by the injury bug are now filled with optimism as they get their key players back.
Here’s a rundown of all the major injury news for every team:
The Cardinals lost a pair of offensive starters, RB Kenyan Drake and G Justin Pugh, but Kliff Kingsbury said Drake was already working out again on Monday morning and Pugh “felt better [Monday].” The bigger concern for Arizona remains their safeties, where Budda Baker, Jalen Thompson (IR), and Chris Banjo remain out. Deionte Thompson and Curtis Riley got the start against Carolina, but Charles Washington played 42 percent of the defensive snaps after playing just 2 snaps all year. Arizona’s defense shouldn’t be too stressed against the New York Jets in Week 5.
Atlanta was already without starting safeties Ricardo Allen (elbow) and Keanu Neal (hamstring), but things got even worse at that position Monday night. Damontae Kazee was carted off the field in the second quarter and Jaylinn Hawkins left the game in the second quarter with a head injury. But more importantly, Julio Jones missed the entire second half after aggravating a hamstring injury that had him listed as questionable on last week’s injury report. Some good news for the Falcons, on Wednesday, rookie CB AJ Terrell returned to practice after spending two weeks on the COVID list.
Ronnie Stanley was inactive on Sunday with an upper body injury, but John Harbaugh is hopeful the All-Pro left tackle will be ready to go in Week 5. Veteran DJ Fluker filled in for Stanley in Week 4.
Once again, the Bills linebacking depth is being tested after Matt Milano suffered a pectoral injury in Week 4. Sean McDermott classified him as “week-to-week.” This won’t be the first time rookie Tyrel Dodson is pressed into duty, he made a start in Week 2 and has notched two tackles for loss and a sack through four games. Starting CB Levi Wallace is also “week-to-week” with an ankle injury.
Eli Apple was activated from the IR for the first time in 2020, but didn’t even get to play a defensive snap after suffering a hamstring injury playing special teams in the first quarter. Matt Rhule seemed non-committal on Apple’s status moving forward. Rasul Douglas has started the last three games for the Panthers and hasn’t missed a snap in the last two weeks. The former Eagle has allowed just 5.8 yards per target and zero touchdowns this season.
Khalil Mack was limited again in the Bears practice on Monday, but he hasn’t missed a game in 2020, despite being questionable every week with a knee injury. However, after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday, Deon Bush was listed as a non-participant on Monday. It could be tough for him to recover in time for the Bears’ Thursday night game against Tampa Bay.
The Bengals got some good news this week when Zac Taylor told the media that DT Geno Atkins could make his 2020 debut in Week 5 against the Ravens. The return of Atkins could be huge for the Bengals, who currently rank 23rd in rushing YPA and have to compete with a Ravens rushing attack that is averaging 5.4 YPA in 2020.
Cleveland out-lasted Dallas in a track meet on Sunday, but they lost Nick Chubb to an MCL sprain and will be placing him on the IR. Chubb should be back in about six weeks, but Kareem Hunt filled in nicely on Sunday, picking up 71 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries. The Browns host the Colts and their stingy defense in Week 5. Indy has allowed just one rushing touchdown all season and opponents are picking up just 3.6 yards per carry against them this season.
Dallas got LT Tyron Smith back after he missed two games with a neck injury. However, the offensive line took another hit when C Joe Looney sprained his right knee on Sunday. Looney is only expected to miss one game, but RT La’el Collins had hip surgery and will miss the rest of 2020. Top backup tackle Cam Erving remains on the IR with a sprained knee, leaving undrafted rookie Terence Steele as the starting right tackle, although he was benched for Brandon Knight on Sunday.
The Broncos lost rookie WR KJ Hamler to a hamstring injury on Thursday night, but his status, and TE Noah Fant’s, remains questionable for Week 5. Where Denver is really struggling is on defense, where they currently have eight players listed on the IR, including big names such as Jurrell Casey and Von Miller, both of whom are lost for the season. CB AJ Bouye is eligible to return from the IR next week, but Vic Fangio doesn’t sound optimistic about his star corner returning in Week 5.
Desmond Trufant left Sunday’s game after aggravating the hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 2 and Week 3. Matt Patricia didn’t sound terribly concerned about any of the Lions injuries, but Detroit is heading into their bye week, so DT Nick Williams (shoulder), RB Kerryon Johnson and Trufant have a chance of being available when the Lions head to Jacksonville in Week 6.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers secondary took a few hits on Monday night as both CB Kevin King (quad) and CB Chandon Sullivan (concussion) exited the contest early. DT Kenny Clark left the game early with a groin injury and WR Devante Adams was inactive due to his hamstring injury.
The firing of head coach Bill O’Brien was the big news on Monday. Tight end Jordan Akins suffered a concussion on Sunday. If he is forced to miss some time, veteran Darren Fells should get more snaps, he played a season-high 80-percent of Houston’s offensive snaps after Akins went down. Fells had his best year in 2019, his first in Houston, catching 34 passes for 341 yards and 7 touchdowns, all career highs.
The NFL’s number-one ranked defense suffered a number of blows on Sunday. Star LB Darius Leonard missed the end of the game with a groin injury and starting LB Bobby Okereke underwent surgery on his injured thumb Monday. Top backup LB EJ Speed had to undergo a scan on his elbow. Despite the seemingly grim news, Frank Reich refused to rule anyone out for Week 5.
Jacksonville had a tough Week 4, losing five starters to injury, although Doug Marrone offered an optimistic prognosis on Monday. LB Myles Jack (ankle), T Cam Robinson (knee), CB CJ Henderson (shoulder), CB DJ Hayden (hamstring), and rookie WR Laviska Shenault (hamstring) all exited prematurely due to injury. Marrone promised to have more information on the guys by Wednesday, but the lack of any report should be considered good news.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs beat the Patriots without the services of star DT Chris Jones, who missed the contest with a groin injury he sustained in Week 3. The Chiefs’ defensive line suffered another injury on Monday night when DE Mike Danna went out with a hamstring injury. Andy Reid didn’t have much info in his postgame press conference, so we will have to wait until later in the week to get an update on the severity of Danna’s injury.
Los Angeles Chargers
RB Austin Ekeler left Sunday’s game early with a hyperextended knee that is expected to see him miss 4-6 weeks, although Ekeler is supposedly looking to get a second opinion on that prognosis. The Chargers have struggled to run the ball in 2020, averaging 3.9 yards per carry and gaining just 46 yards on the ground against Tampa Bay. Joshua Kelly leads LA in rushing attempts, but is averaging just 3.3 YPC. Quarterback Justin Herbert was the team’s leading rusher on Sunday.
Los Angeles Rams
Micah Kiser left Sunday’s game prematurely with groin and chest injuries. The middle linebacker had yet to miss a defensive snap prior to his injury and won NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his 15-tackle effort against the Eagles in Week 2. Kiser is only considered day-to-day by the Rams, so it’s possible he’s ready for Week 5 but if he isn’t, expect the Rams to divide his snaps between Kenny Young, Troy Reeder, and Justin Hollins.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders wide receivers continue to be banged up with Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards both inactive in Week 4, with Tyrell Williams currently on the IR. Through four weeks, TE Darren Waller is the only Raider with more than 200 receiving yards. Hunter Renfrow is enjoying an increase of production the last couple weeks, catching 11 of his 17 targets for 141 yards and a touchdown in the last two games.
The Dolphins are allowing a league-worst 9.3 yards per pass, but help could be on the way in the form of Byron Jones. The high-priced cornerback has missed the last two games with Achilles and groin injuries, but he could play on Sunday, depending on how he looks in practice, per Brian Flores.
The Vikings remain relatively healthy, but after seeming optimistic about a potential return, it sounds like Danielle Hunter could be lost for the season due to the neck injury he’s been dealing with all year. Hunter sought out a second opinion on his injury last week. Minnesota picked up its first win on Sunday, but is still having trouble pressuring the quarterback. Yannick Ngakoue remains the only Viking with multiple sacks and Ifeadi Odenigbo is the only other Viking with multiple QB hits.
New England Patriots
The Patriots currently have some questions at quarterback after Cam Newton missed Week 4 following a positive COVID-19 test on Saturday. Brian Hoyer struggled mightily against Kansas City, posting a QBR of 38.8 before giving way to Jarrett Stidham, who went 5-13 for 60 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. The 2-2 Patriots host the Broncos next week before going on their bye. We’re still waiting on an update on Newton’s condition, but his absence shouldn’t extend past the bye week. On Wednesday, it was reported All Pro CB Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID.
New Orleans Saints
One week after losing Andrus Peat to an ankle injury, the Saints lost T Ryan Ramczyk to a concussion against the Lions. New Orleans had rookie Cesar Ruiz to step in for Peat, but undrafted rookie Ethan Greenridge got his first offensive snaps in place of Ramczyk on Sunday. The Saints were also forced to play without both of their starting cornerbacks, Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins. Veterans Patrick Robinson and PJ Williams stepped in and held Matthew Stafford to just 206 passing yards on 31 attempts.
New York Giants
The Giants didn’t suffer any major injuries on Sunday against the Rams and Joe Judge had no new information on any of the guys who were just banged up.
New York Jets
After losing both tackles on Thursday, Mekhi Becton and George Fant, it sounds like Sam Darnold expects to play in Week 5 after injuring his shoulder. Darnold hasn’t even practiced in the last few weeks, but the winless Jets are in desperate need of help on offense, they currently rank last in first downs (36), passing yards (718) and net yards per attempt (4.7).
The Eagles mustered their first win of 2020 without their top three wide receivers and four starting offensive linemen. Lane Johnson struggled to stay in the game, leaving twice in the first half due to pain in his surgically-repaired ankle. While it doesn’t seem like Johnson will miss time, Doug Pederson admitted the injury could linger and it might take some time each week to get it loosened up. Rookie Jack Driscoll has been Johnson’s backup all year.
The Steelers had their Week 4 game postponed due to COVID-19. They host the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers got George Kittle back on Sunday night and he dominated the Eagles, catching all 15 targets for 183 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. San Francisco is hoping Jimmy Garoppolo is available in Week 5, but his status remains unknown. Nick Mullens struggled against Philadelphia, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble as well before being benched for CJ Beathard. Beathard completed 14 of 19 passes for 138 yards and a TD in mop-up duty.
The Seahawks are hoping to get some reinforcements in their secondary this week as CB Quinton Dunbar was running on the practice field on Monday after missing the last two weeks with a knee injury. Safety Jamal Adams is a bit further behind, but Pete Carroll wouldn’t completely rule him out for Week 5. Seattle’s pass defense has allowed the most passing yards in the NFL through four weeks and ranks 29th in NY/A (7.8). However, their six interceptions are the second-highest total in the league.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have a short week before their Thursday night game against the Bears and their Monday injury report featured a number of key contributors. WR Mike Evans (ankle), WR Chris Godwin, (hamstring), WR Scotty Miller (ankle), RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) and RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) were all listed as non-participants. Meanwhile at the tight end position, OJ Howard was placed on the IR with an Achilles injury and Rob Gronkowski was limited in Monday’s practice with a shoulder injury.
The Titans game against the Steelers was postponed after multiple Titans players tested positive for COVID-19. Despite the team facility being closed for workouts, injured players were still able to get treatment, so T Taylor Lewan, CB Adoree’ Jackson and WR AJ Brown could potentially be ready once Tennessee is back on the field. There were zero positive COVID tests on Monday and Tuesday. However, multiple Titans tested positive on Wednesday, putting the status of their Week 5 game against the Bills in question.
Washington Football Team
Rookie DE Chase Young was inactive in Week 4 after suffering a groin injury in Week 3. The injury wasn’t considered serious a week ago, so Young shouldn’t be expected to miss much more time. Veteran Ryan Kerrigan got his first start of 2020, but still played a season-low 51-percent of the defensive snaps, probably because of the lopsided nature of Sunday’s game.