Week 10 was another devastating week for a number of playoff-hopeful teams. We saw a Hall of Fame quarterback go down as well as a number of key veterans.
Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of all the biggest injury news as we head into Week 11:
The Cardinals head to Seattle on Thursday night so their injury report is pretty cluttered already, given the short turnaround time. Running back Kenyan Drake (ankle) and Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) were both limited on Monday, but neither had any issues suiting up in Week 10. However, there were 11 players listed as “did not practice” including DT Corey Peters who was carted off the field on Sunday with a knee injury. Trevon Coley played a season-high 45-percent of the defensive snaps on Sunday. The four-year veteran has two tackles for loss in limited action this season, but hasn’t recorded a full sack since 2017.
The Falcons got some good news coming out of their bye week when WR Calvin Ridley returned to the field on Monday, working on the side of the field with trainers. Ridley has been out since Week 8 with a sprained foot and coach Raheem Morris said he will wait until Wednesday before commenting on Ridley’s Week 11 availability. Prior to his injury, Ridley was enjoying a breakout season, setting career-highs in receptions per game, yards per game, and yards per target.
The Ravens suffered a number of multi-week injuries on Sunday. Defensive tackle Brandon Williams injured his ankle in the first half on Sunday and CB Terrell Bonds will be out “a couple weeks” after injuring his knee. Tight end Nick Boyle is done for the season with a major knee injury. The Ravens might get some help if Calais Campbell comes back next week. Campbell missed Week 10 with a calf strain.
Buffalo enters their bye week with a few key players banged up. Wide receiver John Brown injured his ankle after catching six passes for 72 yards and rookie DE AJ Epenesa left Sunday’s contest early with a concussion. Epenesa has recorded two sacks and seven quarterback pressures in 64 pass-rushing opportunities.
Running back Christian McCaffrey is considered “week-to-week” with his shoulder injury, although Matt Rhule is “hopeful” McCaffrey could be back in Week 11. Backup Mike Davis did leave early on Sunday with a dislocated finger, but that shouldn’t linger. The other big news was Teddy Bridgewater suffering a knee injury, however, Rhule told reporters that his quarterback will be at practice on Wednesday. Bridgewater’s injury is not on the same knee he injured in 2016.
Quarterback Nick Foles was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter. The former Super Bowl MVP suffered an awkward hit and seemed to be motioning toward his leg as he was carted off the field. It is expected he will miss significant time, possibly thrusting Mitchell Trubisky back into the starting role in Week 12, provided Trubisky heals up during the Bears’ bye week. The former second-overall pick is dealing with a shoulder injury.
Cornerback Mackensie Alexander left Sunday’s game early with a concussion and may be out in Week 11. Alexander missed a couple games earlier in the season and Darius Phillips filled in for him, allowing three completions for 38 yards on six targets. However, Phillips was placed on the IR over the weekend so it may be up to Jalen Davis to fill in if Alexander can’t go in Week 11. The three-year vet has allowed a passer rating of 79.5 on 14 targets in his career.
The Browns are getting healthy after their Week 9 bye and Week 10 win over the Texans. Running back Nick Chubb returned from IR and Cleveland ran for 250 yards against Houston in some terrible conditions. Despite leaving Week 10 healthy, the Browns facility was shut down on Monday after FB Andy Janovich tested positive for COVID-19. Guard Chris Hubbard tested positive last week, leading to the facility to be shut down prior to Sunday’s game.
Quarterback Andy Dalton seems poised to return to the starting lineup after missing two games due to a concussion and COVID-19. Dalton returned to practice on Monday and “looked good,” according to Mike McCarthy. Dallas’s pass game has struggled since losing Dak Prescott, putting up 59, 132, and 220 yards in the past three games.
Quarterback Drew Lock suffered a rib injury on Sunday and may miss a game due to the soreness. Lock has struggled in 2020 and Week 10 was no different. He completed less than 50-percent of his 47 passes and threw four interceptions. Lock has recorded a passer rating below 60 in four of his seven starts this season. Brett Rypien could start for Lock on Sunday.
Wide receiver Kenny Golladay missed his second-straight game with a hip injury, but Marvin Hall proved to be a worthy replacement, catching a 55-yard touchdown pass against Washington. Quarterback Matthew Stafford needed x-rays on his thumb, but the early prognosis is optimistic.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers were without both of their starting cornerbacks on Sunday against Jacksonville as Kevin King missed his fifth-straight game with a quad injury and Jaire Alexander was inactive with a concussion he suffered in Week 9. The Packers drew a favorable matchup against Jake Luton and held the rookie to 169 yards on 35 pass attempts for a passer rating of 62.7. Matt LaFleur told reporters his secondary achieved “mixed results” without King and Alexander. Green Bay has to face a Colts offense that is fifth in the NFL in yards per attempt in Week 11.
Houston didn’t suffer any new injuries on Sunday in Cleveland, but they put LB Dylan Cole (back) and RB David Johnson (concussion) on the IR prior to the game. Houston’s rushing attack has struggled this year, ranking 26th in yards per attempt, and Sunday was no different. Duke Johnson led the team with 54 yards on 14 carries. To replace Cole on the active roster, the Texans activated DE Nate Orchard off the Commissioner’s exempt list.
Defensive end Kemoko Turay will be activated off the PUP list this week, over a year after suffering an injury in Week 5 of 2019. Turay had a stellar 91.3 PFF grade at the time of his injury and will be a huge boost to a defense that ranks seventh in pressure rate this season. In other news, CB Kenny Moore suffered a rib injury on Sunday, but Frank Reich didn’t have an update on his condition as of Monday. Same for TE Jack Doyle, who missed Week 10 with a concussion.
Gardner Minshew will miss Week 11, but will throw a little in practice this week, per Doug Marrone. Rookie Jake Luton will make his third-straight start. He’s compiled a QBR of 58.2 in those contests. The 1-8 Jags did get some good news this week as C Brandon Linder is expected to be back and T Cam Robinson shouldn’t miss any additional time after suffering a shoulder injury on Sunday. Linder’s 88.2 pass-blocking grade is tops among centers this season and Robinson has allowed 21 pressures in 367 pass-blocking snaps.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs lost both of their starting tackles on Monday to the COVID/reserve list. Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz could be out in Week 11, depending on the results of their COVID-19 tests this week. That duo joins WR Mecole Hardman on the COVID/reserve list. Schwartz has been out since Week 6 due to injury, but Fisher hasn’t missed an offensive snap and his 80.8 overall grade ranks 14th among NFL tackles. Mike Remmers will continue to replace Schwartz, although Remmers suffered a rib injury in Week 10, so his availability could be in question as well. Yasir Durant has 14 offensive snaps in his career, but could be in line for his first NFL start on Sunday.
Los Angeles Chargers
Joey Bosa has missed two straight games with a concussion and Anthony Lynn told reporters his star pass-rusher remains in concussion protocol. There is some good news for the Chargers as Austin Ekeler seems to be trending toward getting back on the field. The running hack hasn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 4. The Chargers’ running back committee has struggled to be effective, or even stay healthy, ranking 22nd in yards per carry and using six different running backs.
Los Angeles Rams
Veteran LT Andrew Whitworth injured his knee on Sunday and has already been placed on the IR, but is only expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a Grade 3 MCL injury. Whitworth is PFF’s fourth-highest graded tackle in 2020 and his 90.5 pass-blocking grade ranks second behind Ronnie Stanley. Joseph Noteboom, who returned from an eight-week stint on the IR in Week 10, will replace Whitworth in the interim. The former left guard allowed a quarterback hit in 19 pass-blocking snaps, but finished with a 70.3 PFF overall grade for his performance against Seattle.
Las Vegas Raiders
Both DT Maurice Hurst and LT Kolton Miller were inactive on Sunday with ankle injuries, but Jon Gruden is optimistic the duo can return in Week 11 against the Chiefs. Miller has allowed just one sack all season and Hurst has compiled an 81.1 PFF overall grade in limited action. Running back Jalen Richard had x-rays on his injured chest, but they came back negative.
Running back Matt Breida hasn’t played since Week 8 with a bad hamstring. With the release of RB Jordan Howard, newly promoted Salvon Ahmed played well, rushing for 85 yards and a TD on 21 carries. However, Breida could be back as soon as Week 11 and assume the starting role once again.
The Vikings did not suffer any new injuries on Monday Night Football.
New England Patriots
The Patriots upset the Ravens on Sunday night, but are still without CB Stephon Gilmore (knee) and LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin). However, there is some good news for the Patriots as Bill Belichick hinted that RB Sony Michel could be activated off the IR soon. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry played for the first time since suffering a concussion, albeit in a limited role. Harry played just 35 snaps and didn’t receive a target.
New Orleans Saints
Perhaps the most devastating injury of the weekend occurred in the first half of the Saints game when Drew Brees suffered fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. Brees has three fractured ribs on his left side and at least two on his right. However, some of those ribs were injured a week earlier in Tampa Bay, but could not be seen on initial x-rays. With Brees out at least 2-3 weeks, the Saints will turn to a rotation of Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill at quarterback. Winston went 6-10 for 63 yards in the second half of Sunday’s game while Hill ran for 45 yards on eight carries, but did fumble twice.
New York Giants
Kevin Zeitler suffered a concussion on Sunday. The right guard has not allowed a sack or quarterback hit all year, but is responsible for 21 pressures in 409 pass-blocking snaps. Will Hernandez, fresh off the COVID/reserve list, filled in at left guard once Zeitler went out, with rookie Shane Lemieux sliding over to right guard. Lemieux has struggled in his rookie campaign, receiving a seemingly impossible 9.2 pass-blocking grade from PFF. The Giants’ issues with COVID-19 have persisted though, K Graham Gano was placed on the COVID/reserve list on Tuesday.
New York Jets
Rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton is expected to return in Week 11. The 11th-overall pick suffered a chest injury in Week 9 and missed last week. However, Sam Darnold’s outlook isn’t nearly as optimistic, but he expects to play again in 2020. Darnold will miss his second-straight game with a shoulder strain, it will be the fourth game he’s missed in 2020. Joe Flacco will continue to start in Darnold’s place. The former Raven had his best game of the season in Week 9 against the Patriots, completing 72-percent of his passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns.
Miles Sanders returned from the IR and ran for 85 yards on 15 carries, his first action since Week 6. The Eagles also activated the 21-day return window for TE Zach Ertz, who is trying to return from an ankle injury. The Eagles special teams took a hit when ace S Rudy Ford suffered a hamstring injury. Ford leads the NFL in special teams tackles. The Eagles also placed reserve CB Craig James on the COVID/reserve list and activated CB Michael Jacquet off the practice squad.
The Steelers remain undefeated after their win on Sunday and remain one of the healthiest teams in football. Tackle Zach Banner, who has been on the IR with a torn ACL since Week 1, is the only starter who is currently injured.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers continue to have issues keeping their running backs healthy. JaMycal Hasty broke his collarbone on Sunday and Jerick McKinnon exited the game with a stinger. However, both Raheem Mostert, who is on the IR with an ankle injury, and Tevin Coleman, who hasn’t played since Week 8, are expected to be back when the 49ers return from their bye in Week 12.
The Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, and while Seattle has a number of veterans banged up, LB KJ Wright (ankle), TE Greg Olsen (foot), and WR Tyler Lockett (knee) among them, the big issue will be at center. Starting center Ethan Pocic is still in concussion protocol after missing Week 10 and his backup, Kyle Fuller, suffered a high ankle sprain against the Rams, although he did play every offensive snap. It will be interesting to see what Seattle does if neither guy can get ready by Thursday. No other offensive lineman on their active roster has taken a snap at center in the NFL.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No new injuries for Tampa Bay in their win over Carolina. However, Tampa Bay is still without LG Ali Marpet, who has missed two straight games with a concussion. The Buccaneers moved C Ryan Jensen to Marpet’s spot and had AQ Shipley fill in at center against the Panthers. Despite the success the Bucs enjoyed offensively, that duo received overall grades of 58.7 and 57.1 from PFF, respectively. Marpet’s status for Week 11 remains in question.
The Titans activated CB Adoree’ Jackson off the IR prior to their Thursday night game against Indianapolis, but that move was strictly because his 21-day practice window had run out. Jackson remained inactive on Thursday night and has yet to play in 2020 due to a knee injury.
Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team made it through Week 10 relatively unscathed, but had to shut down their facility on Tuesday after a player tested positive for COVID-19. No news on who the player is yet, but reports are the player hasn’t been to the facility since last week and did not travel with the team over the weekend.