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Injury Aftermath: Week 7

Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham
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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).

Browns Receiver Odell Beckham -- Knee (Season)

Per Josina Anderson, Odell Beckham has confirmed that he tore his ACL against the Bengals. As with all ACL injuries, Beckham will require season-ending surgery. Scans will confirm whether Beckham avoided further damage to the soft tissue of his knee, which would lengthen the recovery process -- Beckham's former teammate, Saquon Barkley, tore his ACL in Week 2, but his surgery was delayed to allow his MCL to heal first. Beckham is likely to begin the 2021 offseason on the reserve (PUP) list, but he has a good chance to recover in time for the opening day of next season.

Eagles Receiver DeSean Jackson -- Ankle (Season)

DeSean Jackson fractured his ankle on Thursday night against the Giants and he will miss the rest of the season. Once one of the most explosive receivers in the league, the now-33-year-old has barely played over the past two seasons due to injuries -- Thursday night was his first appearance since Week 3, and only his seventh in the last two years.

Jaguars Receiver Dede Westbrook -- Knee (Season)

Dede Westbrook injured his ACL returning a kickoff on a play that CBS considered too gruesome to replay. If the injury was as alarming as the description implies, that suggests a strong likelihood of additional soft tissue damage. At this stage in the season, such additional damage and the resultant delay would put in jeopardy Westbrook's chances of being healthy for opening day. As usual, scans will reveal more, but either way Westbrook will miss the rest of this season.

Cornerback Sidney Jones was evaluated for a concussion but cleared, then later injured his back and was ruled out. Backup halfback Devine Ozigbo injured his hamstring. A small majority (around 55%) of hamstring injuries cause halfbacks to miss at least one game, but just under 75% of halfbacks who suffer them miss less than two weeks.

Chargers Tight End Virgil Green -- Ankle (IR)

Though it has not yet been officially confirmed, Virgil Green appears to have suffered a major ankle injury on his touchdown reception against the Jaguars. The injury occurred when Green's cleats caught in the artificial turf, the latest example of a recurring problem that has the NFLPA today calling for all stadiums in the league to switch to natural grass surfaces. We will update this post with more information when Green's diagnosis is confirmed, but for the moment we are expecting bad news.

UPDATE: The afternoon brings surprising good news, courtesy of Ian Rapoport, that Green's X-rays showed no fracture and he merely suffered a lateral low-ankle sprain. He will miss several weeks, likely entailing some time on injured reserve, but the injury is not as severe as first feared and he should return later in the season.

Washington Safety Landon Collins -- Achilles (Season)

One of the selections on Scramble's recent last-men-standing NFC East select, Landon Collins, is no longer among that group after tearing his Achilles against the Dallas Cowboys. Collins will require surgery, which will end his season. Collins is also likely to begin the offseason program on PUP, but he has a strong chance to be ready for opening day, 2021, assuming he encounters no setbacks with his surgery and rehabilitation.

Broncos Defensive Lineman Mike Purcell -- Foot (Season)

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has confirmed that Mike Purcell suffered a Lisfranc injury against the Chiefs that will require surgery and end the player's season. Purcell should recover fully in time for the offseason program, but he will not play again in 2020. Linebacker Derrek Tuszka and receivers Diontae Spencer and Tim Patrick are all considered "day-to-day" after leaving the defeat against Kansas City.

Jets Defensive Lineman Kyle Phillips -- Ankle (Season)

Jets head coach Adam Gase has confirmed that defensive lineman Kyle Phillips will miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury he suffered against the Bills. Gase did not specify the injury, but stated that it requires surgery and has "multiple issues" -- a description in keeping with a fracture/dislocation or severe high-ankle sprain and fracture. Assuming no complications, Phillips should be ready to return in time for next season.


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

  • Bengals center Trey Hopkins
  • Broncos halfback Phillip Lindsay
  • Cowboys Quarterback Andy Dalton
  • Jets receiver Breshad Perriman
  • Patriots receiver N'Keal Harry
  • Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin
  • Washington defensive lineman Montez Sweat

Andy Dalton's injury was particularly notable for the viciousness of the hit, which appeared to knock Dalton out briefly and resulted in the ejection of Washington linebacker Jon Bostic. Dalton was awake and alert after the game, and he returned to Dallas with the team, but he is very unlikely to pass through the league protocol in time for the team's crucial Week 8 Sunday Night game against Phildelphia.

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 halfback Jeff Wilson suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Patriots. Such injuries are typically long-term injuries for halfbacks: Around 40% of players who suffer them miss three or four weeks, and a further 40% miss at least the eight weeks mandated under the pre-2020 injured reserve rules. Less than 20% return within three weeks, and those are usually Grade I sprains. Realistically, the best expectation for Wilson is probably a three- or four-week absence. Also, 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel injured his hamstring. Around half of hamstring injuries to receivers cause at least one missed game, but 75% of players who suffer them are back within two weeks.

Bengals tackles Jonah Williams and Bobby Hart both left the defeat to Cleveland and did not return, but their exact injuries have not yet been specified.

Cardinals halfback Kenyan Drake was carted off the field with an ankle injury against the Seahawks. Though X-rays after the game were negative, the team does still expect him to miss time. More details will be made available following MRI scans today. Three other Cardinals players were injured: offensive lineman Zach Allen injured his knee, linebacker David Irving injured his neck, and defensive lineman Jordan Phillips injured his hamstring. As with Drake, more details are likely to be available later today.

Packers safety Raven Greene left Sunday's game with an oblique injury. Just over one-third of abdominal injuries to defensive backs result in missed time, and 80% of players who suffer them are back in the lineup within one week.

Panthers left tackle Russell Okung injured his calf against the Saints. A majority (60%) of calf injuries to offensive linemen do not cause missed games, and 75% of players who suffer them return within two weeks.

Patriots guard Joe Thuney sprained his ankle against the 49ers, but the injury is a minor low-ankle sprain that should have no long-term ramifications.

Saints left tackle Terron Armstead injured his arm against the Panthers and did not return. We have no generic data for arm injuries, so we would need further specifics before we could project a potential recovery timetable.

Seahawks halfback Chris Carson sprained his foot against the Cardinals and will be evaluated by MRI. While most foot injuries to halfbacks do not result in missed time, "mid-foot sprain" is an ominous designation that likely places Carson into the roughly 30% of players who do miss games. Of that 30%, just under half are season-ending, and just under half are very short term (one or two weeks). An MRI scan will confirm the severity of the sprain, but given the specific injury named, and the fact that Carson has only recently returned from another injury, it is reasonable to expect that he will miss at least a game or two.

Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson injured his lower leg and left the game, but Johnson believes that the injury is just a bruise and that it will not affect his preparation for Week 8.

Texans cornerback Bradley Roby missed almost all of Sunday's defeat to Green Bay after injuring his ankle, but head coach Romeo Crennel does not believe the injury to be major.

Titans rookie cornerback Kristian Fulton injured his knee and will miss a few weeks, but it is unclear whether the absence will be long enough for the team to place him on injured reserve.


5 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2020, 12:29pm

1 Factors...

It's par for the course in Philly.  I wonder if DeSean is going to retire, though.  He's barely played the past two years.

OBJ is likely to move on from Cleveland.  A fresh start is best...

2 I don't suppose OBJ would…

In reply to by DIVISION

I don't suppose OBJ would necessarily want to move from Cleveland, but they could move on from him very easily since apparently there's no dead money after this year even though his contract runs for three more years. I don't pretend to understand all the specifics but since he signed the contract with the Giants originally, the Browns don't have the usual cap hit where all the bonus money gets moved up to the current year when you cut a guy. It'll be interesting to see if they go that route rather than pay ~$15 million/year to a guy who hasn't been elite since coming to CLE and is now coming off an ACL injury.

If they cut him, they paid a little more than $30 million, gave up a starting safety, a mid-first-round pick, and a third-round pick for 22 games (not including Sunday when he barely played) of ~ 4.5 catches for 62 yds, with 7 total TDs. Not the outcome the Browns or the pundits envisioned when they got him, to say the least.

The lesson, ever and always: trades are hard to evaluate in the moment...except for maybe the Hopkins to ARZ for DJohnson and 2nd-rounder. That was crazy.

3 Danielle Hunter

he hasn't played this season and apparently finally decided to have season ending surgery to try and fix his issue that was originally described as a "tweak".   The current state of the Vikings may have had something to do with that decision.

5 increase/decrease in injury rate?

I may have missed it but does FO analysis suggest there is an increased injury rate in 2020 with the shortened pre-season? or decreased injury rate with fewer meaningless games?