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Injury Aftermath: Week 9

Washington Football Team QB Kyle Allen
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During the 2020 season, injured reserve only requires that a player miss a minimum of three weeks, so teams will use that list more freely than in previous seasons. We will therefore distinguish between players placed on injured reserve (IR) and players who we expect to miss the rest of the season (Season).

Washington Quarterback Kyle Allen -- Ankle (Season)

Kyle Allen suffered an obvious ankle dislocation against the Giants, accompanied by a small fracture and almost certainly significant ligament damage. The injury will require surgery, and his season is over. Allen did not have enough attempts during his four-game stint as the starter to qualify for the DYAR leaderboard, but his -16.0% DVOA would have ranked 26th of 33 passers. Assuming no complications from his surgery, he should be able to return for the start of the team's offseason program. With Dwayne Haskins recently inactive on game days, Alex Smith appears set to return as the team's starting quarterback for the trip to Detroit in Week 10.

Texans Linebacker Brennan Scarlett -- Arm (IR?)

Multiple reports indicate that Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett fractured his forearm against the Jaguars, further thinning an already depleted unit on the Texans defense. Though the team has not yet officially stated as much, Scarlett is likely headed for injured reserve: over 95% of arm fractures keep players out for at least four games, 75% cause absences of six or more games, and more than half are season-ending. The severity of the fracture will determine where Scarlett lands on that scale, but he is likely to miss at least the rest of November and early December. Defensive end Charles Omenihu injured his leg, but no further information is yet public.

Chiefs Defensive End Taco Charlton -- Ankle (IR)

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed after Sunday's game that defensive end Taco Charlton fractured his ankle against the Panthers. No timetable was given for his return, which may be possible this season depending on the injury's severity, but Reid did state that Charlton will be placed on injured reserve.


The following players left their respective games with concussion symptoms and enter the league protocol:

  • Bears halfback David Montgomery
  • Cardinals defensive back Kevin Peterson
  • Colts tight end Jack Doyle
  • Giants tight end Kaden Smith
  • Texans halfback David Johnson
  • Texans guard Senio Kelemete

Based on our current data, a growing majority of players now miss at least one game following a diagnosed concussion, but around 80% return within two weeks.

Other Injuries

49ers defensive back Jaquiski Tartt suffered a turf toe ligament sprain against the Packers. We do not have data by position for this injury, but around 65% of players miss at least two games, and just under half miss four or more.

Broncos rookie tight end Albert Okwuegbunam tore his ACL against the Falcons and he will miss the rest of the season. As we move into the second half of the season, the chance of the injury causing missed time next season increases. At the very least, Okwuegbunam is likely to begin OTAs on the reserve (PUP) list and to miss a significant portion of the offseason program.

Chargers offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga left Sunday's game with a recurrence of the back injury that had kept him out of the team's previous three games.

Dolphins receiver Preston Williams injured his foot against the Cardinals. X-rays showed no fracture, but the team believes that Williams has a sprain. Assuming it is not the worst case -- a Lisfranc sprain -- there is reason for optimism. Less than half of receivers with a foot injury miss a game, and only 25% miss more than two games.

Jaguars receiver Laviska Shenault injured his hamstring against the Texans. Around half of hamstring injuries cause at least a one-week absence, but 75% of players who suffer them return within two weeks. Kicker Josh Lambo aggravated the gluteus medius injury that caused him to miss time earlier in the season and will return to injured reserve. Players can only return from injured reserve once per season, so that will mean Lambo's season is over.

Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah injured his ankle against the Vikings, but no further update is yet available.

Panthers halfback Christian McCaffrey injured his shoulder against the Chiefs, but head coach Matt Rhule described him as "day-to-day" at his Monday press conference, pending the results of further scans.

Raiders fullback Alec Ingold left Sunday's game with a rib injury that landed him in hospital, most likely as a precaution. Only a shade over 25% of rib injuries to running backs cause missed games, and almost 95% of players who suffer them are back on the field within a month.

Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell strained his calf early against the Colts, but head coach John Harbaugh does not believe that the injury is major. Around 60% of calf injuries to defensive lineman keep them out for at least one game, but around 70% return within three weeks.


4 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2020, 12:24am

1 Titans left guard Rodger…

Titans left guard Rodger Saffold suffered a shoulder injury in yesterday's game and did not return. Asked about his status today, Mike Vrabel declined to provide an update. At this point, I'd guess Jamil Douglas starts Thursday against the Colts.

2 One more

Tennessee's other injury of particular note was to blocking tight end MyCole Pruitt, who did not return after suffering a knee injury. Per Tom Pelissero, it's a sprain rather than something more serious. He won't play Thursday, but "optimism he's back soon."

3 Thanks

In reply to by Tom Gower

Thanks, Tom. I hadn't seen Pruitt, and all I had on Saffold was effectively no comment.

4 Jaire Alexander was…

Jaire Alexander was concussed in the 49ers game. That's kinda big considering that he is clearly the best secondary player on the team and I've heard others say one of the best corners in the league.