NFL Fantasy Week 5: Early Injury Report

Not to jinx anyone playing Monday night, but through Sunday, quarterbacks and running backs made it through Week 4 mostly intact.

Well, except for Leonard Fournette, but you know… that’s every week.

Here is a look at other injuries that should warrant the attention of NFL Fantasy owners.

TE Rob Gronkowski- ankle

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left the field in obvious discomfort after what looked like an uneventful 9-yard reception in the third quarter. The team ruled him out with an ankle injury shortly thereafter.

Gronkowski was listed as questionable coming into the game due to an ankle issue. It’s possible he tweaked whatever that ailment was because he did not appear to roll or twist the ankle on his last play.

Wit a short week, Gronkowski hasn’t got much time to heal. That could present a problem for the Patriots who only have one other healthy tight end on the roster, Dwayne Allen. Allen caught his only target – his first of the season- for minus-4 yards.

The other Patriot tight end, Jacob Hollister, is expected to miss a few more games with a chest injury.

TE Tyler Eifert- ankle/leg

Eifert owners are always looking for the first sign of trouble with the oft-injured Eifert, but they didn’t expect his season to end as abruptly as it did.

Eifert was carted off the field in an air cast with what multiple publications described as a “gruesome” lower leg injury.

Tyler Kroft filled in well for Eifert last season and is a must-add for Week 5.

TE OJ Howard- knee

Tampa Bay pulled OJ Howard from their blowout loss with what they hope is a minor knee injury. An MRI will verify whether Howard might have to sit out any games or not.

The Buccaneers must have been concerned when Cameron Brate got up slowly after a late-game hit, too. However, he stayed in the game and no problem was mentioned afterward.

If Howard misses time, Brate’s NFL Fantasy value will jump for Week 6. However, with a Week 5 bye, Howard could have enough time to heal up.

TE Will Dissly- knee

Seattle’s rookie surprise, tight end Will Dissly, could be done for the year with a patellar tendon injury, according to team sources. He will definitely miss extended time.

That leaves Nick Vannett as the only tight end on the roster. With Doug Bryant back in the mix, it is unclear how much of an asset Vannett will be to NFL Fantasy owners. On the other hand, given the current state of tight ends, he could be worth a shot.

WR TY Hilton- hamstring

TY Hilton left Sunday’s game early with a chest injury that looked like it could have been a collarbone after he took the full weight of a defender against the turf. But, he returned after getting checked out to catch 4 passes for over 100 yards.

Then he had to leave again due to a hamstring issue that head coach Frank Reich said will “probably” keep the Colts’ top receiver out of Thursday’s game against the Patriots.

Will Fuller V- hamstring

Will Fuller kept his streak of catching at least one touchdown in every game he plays with Deshaun Watson alive before exiting the contest with a hamstring injury.

Fuller has been on the injury report almost every week as dealing with hamstring issues. He also missed time last season with the same malady. He could miss the Battle of Texas next week.

WR Geronimo Allison- concussion

Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison left Sunday’s game to be placed in the concussion protocol. It is at least the second concussion for the young wideout, but he has as good a chance as anyone of being cleared for an important Week 5 game against the Lions.

Aaron Rodgers called out his offense, saying they are not playing “playoff-caliber” football. We’ll see if loss of practice time affects Allison’s target count come Sunday.

WR Tavon Austin- shoulder

Tavon Austin injured his shoulder, landing on it with his full weight while trying to make a catch early in Sunday’s game. He kept getting treated on the sideline but returned for most of the game.

Afterward, he said he had a lot of pain, but it was “good” pain since the Cowboys won. An MRI will determine if there is any serious damage.

WR Dante Pettis- knee

When rookie Dante Pettis was carted off the field with a knee injury yesterday, fans feared the worst. However, the 49ers staff believe he dodged a bullet, avoiding any major damage.

An MRI will determine what kind of recovery period the youngster will need. If you didn’t already jettison Pettis from your roster when Jimmy Garoppolo went down, this might be a good time to look for a replacement.

WR Kelvin and Travis Benjamin

We believe in providing full service. So, for the small percentage of you who roster either Kelvin or Travis Benjamin, we will note that Kelvin starts the week in the concussion protocol and Travis left the game after re-injuring his troublesome foot on his first catch of the game.

RB Leonard Fournette- hamstring

Leonard Fournette made it back into a game this week but was gone by halftime with a tight hamstring. With a healthy TJ Yeldon and Corey Grant available, there was no reason to push the issue in a game well-in-hand.

Still, Fournette’s health is a real issue to his NFL Fantasy owners who usually have to deal with last-minute decisions about whether their (mostly) second-round pick will play at all, and then have to worry if he’ll finish.

Defensive news-

There were several defensive injuries that could impact the NFL Fantasy outlook of some offensive players next week. Kenny Vaccaro went down for Tennessee, so Buffalo wide receivers might… oh. Never mind.

But one injury that will make an impact is the loss of Earl Thomas in Seattle. As much of a thorn as he has been to Seattle management, Thomas was a key piece of the backfield for the Seahawks. So, you might consider starting all the Rams wide receivers…. Oh right. Never mind on that, too.

New old-news

Before Week 4’s games, I warned you all I had a bad feeling about the Seahawks’ running game and Pete Carroll. Yet, I conceded that Chris Carson should start, even as Carroll said he was “resting him after a big week, but we expect him to be fine Sunday.”

Then Carroll made Carson a last-minute scratch. Hopefully, you were able to switch runners before the game started. But hopefully, you didn’t switch to Rashaad Penny, because Carroll’s next move was to elevate Mike Davis in the depth chart.

So, we can report that a fracture, thought healed, has re-emerged in the trust line between me and the Seattle head coach.

Packers’ wide receiver Randall Cobb was also a scratch after missing practices all week with a hamstring issue. We’ll have to watch that as the Packers head into a potential shootout in Detroit.

Be sure to keep up with practice reports and injury updates all week. Except for the Seattle reports. They are a lesson in misdirection.

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