Week 9 was a wild one with multiple COVID-19 outbreaks among teams and multiple starting quarterbacks going down.
Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of all the biggest injury news in the NFL as we head into Week 10:
Dre Kirkpatrick was inactive in Week 9 due to a thigh injury, however, he is currently considered day-to-day. Kevin Peterson started in Kirkpatrick’s place, but suffered a concussion early in the game and was replaced by undrafted rookie Jace Whittaker. Whittaker was targeted just twice, but allowed two completions and a touchdown. Kenyan Drake hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury in Week 7, but has a shot of suiting up in Week 10.
The Falcons will enter their bye week without Takk McKinley, who was cut by Atlanta after missing the previous two games with a groin injury. Dante Fowler was held out of Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, but should be ready to go when the Falcons take the field again in Week 11.
Defensive end Calais Campbell suffered a calf strain on Sunday, but his prognosis remains unclear, per John Harbaugh. Campbell could be a huge loss for the Ravens, Pro Football Focus ranks him 20th among defensive linemen in defensive grade this season. Derek Wolfe played a season-high 75-percent of the Ravens defensive snaps, tallying two pressures in 38 opportunities. Marlon Humphrey is expected to return after missing Week 9 due to COVID. Humphrey has allowed a passer rating of 78.6 when targeted this season. Rookie Terrell Bonds was targeted 10 times in coverage on Sunday, allowing seven completions for 66 yards.
The Bills suffered three injuries on their offensive line, but RG Brian Winters and RT Daryl Williams were able to return to the game. Cody Ford was carted to the locker room after suffering an ankle injury, but had his helmet on the sideline later in the afternoon. All-Pro CB Tre’Davious White also went down with an ankle injury, but Sean McDermott didn’t seem too concerned, telling reporters on Monday there was “nothing new overall on the injury front.” The Bills travel to Arizona in Week 10 before entering their bye week.
Running back Christian McCaffrey played for the first time since Week 2, but is now considered day-to-day after suffering a shoulder injury on Sunday’s final drive. Rookie safety Jeremy Chinn is expected to be back in Week 10 after missing Sunday’s game with a knee injury. Former Temple Owl Sam Franklin started for Chinn and recorded the first sack of his career. Dennis Daley started at left tackle for Russell Okung (calf) instead of former second-round pick Greg Little. Daley graded out well as a pass-blocker, allowing just one quarterback pressure.
Starting running back David Montgomery suffered a concussion on Sunday and will spend the week in concussion protocol, putting his status for Week 10 in jeopardy. Montgomery has struggled in 2020, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry, but the Bears have nobody prepared to take over his workload. Montgomery has 131 carries this season, over 100 more than any other Bear. With Tarik Cohen on IR, WR Cordarrelle Patterson is the only other non-quarterback on the roster with multiple carries this season.
The Bengals are coming off their bye week, but were missing all five of their starting offensive linemen as well as RB Joe Mixon. However, all of the linemen, including Xavier Su’a-Filo who is currently on IR, and Mixon could return in Week 10. We’re still waiting on an update from the Bengals this week.
A month after suffering a sprained MCL, RB Nick Chubb was designated to return from the IR and participated in individual drills during Monday’s practice. He has a shot of playing on Sunday. Chubb was averaging 5.9 yards per carry before going down. Tight end Austin Hooper is also expected to return on Sunday after missing some time with appendicitis. Myles Garrett and G Wyatt Teller are also expected to be healthy after a week off.
Rookie CB Trevon Diggs broke his foot on Sunday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, however it is possible the Cowboys sit him for the rest of the season. With Diggs out, the return of Chidobe Awuzie could be a big one, however, he has been out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury. Andy Dalton recovered from his concussion in time to play on Sunday, but a COVID-19 diagnosis scratched him in favor of Garrett Gilbert. After Gilbert’s uninspiring performance, Dalton should still be handed the starting job once he’s healthy again. The Cowboys also got good news on the offensive line as Joe Looney started at center for the first time since Week 4. Looney has allowed seven quarterback pressures in his five starts this season.
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio told reporters that AJ Bouye (concussion) and Bryce Callahan (ankle) are expected to participate in practice this week and he’s optimistic the duo will be able to play on Sunday after both being out in Week 9. In their absence, Michael Ojemudia and Davontae Harris started against the Falcons, but allowed Matt Ryan to compile a passer rating of 112.1 and throw three touchdowns.
Rookie CB Jeff Okudah suffered an ankle injury on Sunday and his status for Week 10 is questionable. The third overall pick of the 2020 draft has struggled this season, compiling a coverage grade of just 31.3, per PFF. Amani Oruwariye filled in for Okudah and allowed a 35-yard completion. Oruwariye has played well this season, allowing just 46.2 percent of his targets to be completed. Quarterbacks have a passer rating of just 71.5 when targeting Oruwariye.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers got some good news on Monday as CB Kevin King (quadriceps) and LB Christian Kirksey (pectoral/IR) both returned to the practice field. Kirksey is the Packers’ highest-graded run defender this season, but King has allowed a passer rating over 113 when targeted in coverage this season. All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari continues to work his way back from a chest injury and CB Jaire Alexander (89.9 coverage grade) remains out with a concussion.
Despite working his way back from a knee injury, CB Bradley Roby was inactive in Week 9 due to disciplinary reasons. Despite this, Roby is expected to play for the first time since Week 7 next week, barring any unforeseen issues. Running back David Johnson suffered a concussion on Sunday and it’s unknown whether he will be ready for Week 10. Duke Johnson is the only other non-quarterback to record multiple carries for the Texans this season, but he is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry on 34 rushes.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was held out of Week 9 with a groin injury, but he was a full participant in Monday’s practice and could be ready to go by Thursday night depending on how he feels the rest of the week. It’s been a tough season for Hilton, who is currently averaging career lows in receptions per game, yards per game, and yards per target. Meanwhile, defensive end Kemoko Turay remains on the PUP, but is getting close to returning from ankle surgery.
Gardner Minshew is expected to miss another week while recovering from thumb surgery. Rookie Jake Luton performed admirably in his first NFL start, averaging eight yards per pass attempt and finishing with a passer rating of 90.2. Rookie WR Laviska Shenault received good news from the MRI on his injured hamstring and could play against the Packers. Shenault has been very efficient this year, catching nearly 77 percent of his targets and has had at least three catches in every game except for the one he got injured.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs enter the bye at a good time as a number of guys seem to be dealing with nagging injuries. Mitchell Schwartz hasn’t played since getting hurt in Week 6 and his backup, Mike Remmers, suffered a pectoral muscle on Sunday. WR Sammy Watkins has been out with a hamstring injury since Week 5. On the defensive side of the ball, Taco Charlton announced he fractured his ankle on Sunday, but it is unclear if he will be able to return this season.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers made two significant additions to their offensive line this year, but neither move has paid off due to injuries. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga has started and finished only two games while dealing with a back injury that he aggravated just two snaps into Sunday’s game. Meanwhile, G Trai Turner played in Week 2, but has sat out every other game this season with a groin injury. The Pro Bowler has been active in practice the last couple weeks, so he has to be close to getting back on the field. Cole Toner has filled in for Turner the last two weeks, allowing just one quarterback pressure in 100 pass-blocking opportunities. Joey Bosa was inactive due to a concussion, but we’re still waiting on an update for his status in Week 10.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have been pretty healthy all year and are coming out of their bye week with even better news. Rookie safety Jordan Fuller has been designated to return from IR after missing the last three games with a neck injury. Los Angeles has 21 days to add him to the active roster or else Fuller will be ineligible to return in 2020, but Sean McVay told reporters the plan is to have Fuller activated for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. Fuller played well in his four starts this year, receiving a defensive grade of 72.4 from PFF and holding opposing QBs to a passer rating of 79.4 when targeted.
Las Vegas Raiders
Fullback Alec Ingold left Sunday’s game with a rib injury in the second quarter and was taken to a hospital almost immediately. As of Monday, Ingold was expected to get x-rays on his ribs, but head coach Jon Gruden said the team was “concerned” with Ingold’s injury. If Ingold does miss time, the Raiders will have to conduct an external search for a replacement fullback. In other news, the Raiders put Trent Brown back on the COVID/reserve list last week and expect him to miss at least a month. Brown missed Week 8 after a mishap with a pregame IV led to his hospitalization. Sam Young will continue to fill in for Brown, however, Young’s play has slipped in recent weeks. Young hasn’t received a pass-blocking grade over 40 since Week 4 from PFF and has allowed six pressures and three sacks in the last two weeks.
Miami has seen a number of their skill players go out in recent weeks, but they dodged a bullet in Week 9 when x-rays on WR Preston Williams’ foot came back negative. He is considered “day-to-day” and could be eligible to play against the Chargers in Week 10.
The Vikings didn’t suffer any new injuries on Sunday, but they were still without their top two cornerbacks. Minnesota held Matthew Stafford to a passer rating of 76.4 and intercepted three passes on Sunday, but Cameron Dantzler sat out after being carted off the field in Week 8 and Holton Hill was placed on the exempt list with no explanation prior to Sunday. Minnesota has the Bears in Week 10. Chicago’s offense has struggled since Nick Foles was named the starting QB, scoring no more than 23 points in any of their last six games and ranking 28th in yards per drive and 31st in points per drive this season.
New England Patriots
Left tackle Isaiah Wynn left the game with an ankle injury, but returned after missing just one drive. Running back Damien Harris left the game in the fourth quarter with a chest injury. We will have to wait on updates for both guys. Stephon Gilmore (knee) headlined a group of five starters who were inactive on Monday night. Other inactives included LB Ju’Whaun Bentley (groin), DE Lawrence Guy (shoulder), and WR N’Keal Harry (concussion). JC Jackson struggled to replace Gilmore against the Jets, allowing a pair of touchdowns, but he did have an interception.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints didn’t suffer any new injuries on Sunday and got Michael Thomas back in the fold for the first time since Week 1. Drew Brees must’ve enjoyed having his favorite target back, as the veteran QB posted a season-high completion percentage, passer rating and threw for four touchdowns in a blowout win over the Buccaneers.
New York Giants
The Giants put CB Ryan Lewis on IR last week, leaving Isaac Yiadom as the team’s starting cornerback opposite of James Bradberry. However, Yiadom has struggled this season and Sunday was no different. The former Bronco allowed all three of his targets to be completed for 109 yards and a touchdown. For the season, Yiadom has a pass coverage grade of 40.5 from PFF. Golden Tate was inactive for disciplinary reasons in Week 9, but should be back against the Eagles this week. Devonta Freeman is still recovering from an ankle injury, but Wayne Gallman has averaged 4.3 yards per carry in his two starts and scored a pair of touchdowns.
New York Jets
Rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton has been a bright spot for the 0-9 Jets, but he left Monday’s game with a chest injury and never returned. Becton has struggled to stay healthy this season, playing in just 53 percent of the Jets offensive snaps in 2020. Chuma Edoga filled in for Becton and allowed a sack and three quarterback pressures in the loss. Adam Gase did not have an update on Becton’s condition following the game.
The Eagles have been banged up all year on the offensive line, but could be getting help in the form of Isaac Seumalo soon. Seumalo was designated for return from IR on Monday after suffering a knee injury in Week 2. Nate Herbig has been filling in at left guard for the most part and has received a grade of 64.0 for his effort from PFF. However, with Seumalo returning, Herbig could slide over to RG and replace the struggling Matt Pryor. Running back Miles Sanders is also expected to return against the Giants after missing two games with a knee injury. Alshon Jeffery could make his 2020 debut in Week 10 as well.
Ben Roethlisberger injured both his knees on Sunday, but perhaps more concerning is the quarterback was placed on the COVID/reserve list for being “close contact” with TE Vance McDonald who tested positive on Monday. Roethlisberger must isolate himself from the team for a minimum of five days, but he will be allowed to enter the team facility to rehab his knees. Mason Rudolph could start in Week 10 if Roethlisberger is unable to go. Rudolph filled in for Roethlisberger at the end of the first half last week, completing two passes for three yards. Rudolph went 5-3 as the Steelers starter in 2019.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have been ravaged by injuries in 2020 and the bad luck didn’t stop in Week 9. Cornerback K’Waun Williams suffered a high ankle sprain and Jaquiski Tartt is now dealing with turf toe. However, despite those two defensive backs going down with, albeit minor, injuries, Richard Sherman is now designated to return from Injured Reserve. The two-time All-Pro has been out since Week 1 with a calf injury. The 49ers were without Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel on Sunday due to COVID, however, both guys have tested positive and are no longer on the COVID/reserve list.
Carlos Hyde and Chris Carson are both expected to return to practice in an effort to return in Week 10. The Seahawks struggled to run the ball against Buffalo in Week 9 as DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer combined for 47 rushing yards on 13 carries. Linebacker KJ Wright was able to participate in practice on Monday after suffering an ankle sprain on Sunday. However, Pete Carroll told reporters that Quinton Dunbar has a “chronic” knee injury and rest is the best treatment. Dunbar has played in each of the last three games, but expect his name to pop up on the practice report every week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ali Marpet missed Sunday’s game with a concussion. The Bucs’ best offensive lineman (84.9 PFF grade) was replaced by Joe Haeg, who struggled in pass protection and allowed seven pressures on Sunday. Linebacker Lavonte David should be fine after hyperextending his knee on Sunday night.
Both Adam Humphries and AJ Brown were listed as non-participants on Monday’s estimated practice report. Brown played in Week 9, but has been dealing with a bone bruise in his knee, so this move is probably precautionary considering the short week leading into Thursday Night Football. Humphries missed Week 9 due to a concussion. Jadaveon Clowney also sat out in Week 8 and didn’t participate in Monday’s practice due to a knee injury. Clowney is still looking for his first sack of 2020 and his 26 quarterback pressures rank 28th in the NFL.
Washington Football Team
Quarterback Kyle Allen is out for the season after undergoing surgery on his broken ankle. Washington turned to Alex Smith on Sunday, but the veteran turned in an uneven performance, throwing three interceptions, but also averaging 10.2 yards per pass attempt. Despite the 2-6 record, Washington is still very much in the playoff hunt thanks to the putrid NFC East, so it remains to be seen if they give former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins another chance after he was benched following Week 4.