Injuries: Zach Wilson Sprains Knee Ligament
NFL Week 7 - The NFL retained last season's relaxed injured reserve rules for 2021, meaning that any player who is placed on injured reserve after the final roster cutdown day is eligible to return to practice after missing three weeks. As a result, we will continue to distinguish between players who will be placed on injured reserve (IR) and players who will likely miss the entire remainder of the season (Season).
Jets Quarterback Zach Wilson—Knee (IR?)
Jets Linebacker Jamien Sherwood—Achilles (Season)
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick from April's draft, will miss two to four weeks after spraining his posterior cruciate ligament against the Patriots. Fortunately, a PCL injury is much less severe than an ACL injury, and Wilson should be fine without surgical intervention. Head coach Robert Saleh is optimistic that his quarterback will be able to return against Buffalo in Week 10, but if that looks unlikely, Wilson could instead be placed on injured reserve later this week.
Saleh also confirmed that rookie linebacker Jamien Sherwood will miss the rest of the season after tearing his Achilles against the Patriots. Sherwood, a fifth-round pick in April, quickly worked his way into a starting role, playing the third-most snaps on the Jets defense since making his debut in Week 2.
Halfback Tevin Coleman injured his hamstring. Most hamstring injuries to running backs cause at least one missed game, but only 25% of players who suffer them miss more than two. Linebacker Blake Cashman hurt his groing and is awaiting MRI scans to determine the injury's severity.
Dolphins Halfback Malcolm Brown—Quadriceps (IR)
Dolphins Safety Jason McCourty—Foot (IR)
The Dolphins placed halfback Malcolm Brown on injured reserve due to the quad injury he suffered against the Falcons. This is unusual for a quad injury: only around one in eight (12.5%) quad injuries cause an absence of three or more games. Brown is very likely to return from injured reserve in November, and to be fully healthy when he does.
Safety Jason McCourty suffered a foot injury that may require surgery, which is expected to keep him out for quite a while. That probably means he either fractured a bone or suffered a Lisfranc injury; other foot injuries seldom result in missed time.
Linebacker Jerome Baker injured his ankle, but the injury is believed to be minor.
Packers Wide Receiver Davante Adams—COVID List
Though not technically an injury, the Packers got some very bad news on Monday when Adams, one of the league's top wide receivers, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he will not play on Thursday Night Football when Green Bay plays at Arizona. Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry will also miss that game after testing positive for the virus. If all goes well, Adams should be able to return for Green Bay's game at Kansas City in Week 9.
Ravens Tackle Patrick Mekari—Ankle (IR)
Ravens offensive tackle Patrick Mekari suffered a high-ankle sprain which is likely to keep him out for three to six weeks. The Ravens have suffered extensive injuries along the offensive line, meaning they are likely to place Mekari on injured reserve and sign a replacement during their bye week.
The following players left their respective games with concussion symptoms and enter the league protocol:
- 49ers defensive end Dee Ford
- Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell
- Jets linebacker Quincy Williams
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.
49ers defensive backs Jaquiski Tartt and Emmanuel Moseley added to the team's rash of injuries at the position, suffering knee and back injuries respectively. Of those, Tartt's is more likely to cause missed time, but no specifics are yet public for either.
Buccaneers cornerback Dee Delaney hurt his ankle against the Bears, but he expects to be fine for Week 8.
Chiefs Patrick Mahomes was bashed and bruised against the Titans, but he would have been fine to return to the game but for a coach's decision. He cleared the concussion protocol and is expected to play against the Giants in Week 8.
Eagles halfback Miles Sanders suffered what appears to be a standard low-ankle sprain. Around one in three backs misses time after suffering such an injury, but only around 20% of those players miss more than two games. Receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside hurt his back, but no further news is yet public.
Falcons defensive backs Erik Harris, Fabian Moreau, and Avery Johnson all left Sunday's game with injuries, in addition to A.J. Terrell's concussion. Though none of the injuries has been announced as serious, that does leave the team shorthanded in the defensive backfield, so they are expected to sign at least one defensive back this week.
Washington Football Team receiver Dyami Brown suffered a minor knee injury against the Packers, but he is not expected to miss much time.
Giants safety Jabrill Peppers suffered knee and ankle injuries and is likely to miss time. It's common for combination knee/ankle injuries to involve the MCL and a high-ankle sprain, as the mechanism for a high-ankle injury can cause damage to both. If that is the case, Peppers is likely to miss around a month with the injuries, making him a candidate for injured reserve. However, nothing official has yet been released to that effect. Linebacker Lorenzo Carter hurt his ankle and did not return.
Lions cornerback AJ Parker is expected to miss time with a shoulder injury, though the exact injury has not been specified. The most likely candidate for an injury that will cause missed time but not end his season is some form of sprain, which would usually mean around a month to six weeks' absence.
Panthers guard Josh Miller suffered a low-ankle sprain against the Giants, which is likely to keep him out for two to four weeks. That may result in the team placing him on injured reserve this week. Cornerback CJ Henderson returned from a shoulder injury but was unable to finish the game.
Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones was placed on injured reserve last week, so this is not a new injury, but news broke today that Jones is likely to miss the rest of the season following shoulder surgery. Tight end Jonnu Smith injured his shoulder, but the injury does not appear to be major. Linebacker Harvey Langi sprained his MCL and is likely to miss around a month. Safety Devin McCourty left the game with an abdominal injury, but only around one in five abdominal injuries cause an absence of more than one game. The same is true of guard Shaq Mason, who also left with an abdominal injury. Linebacker Carl Davis hurt his wrist. Complicating matters was the score in the game: many players who might otherwise have been able to return did not because the game was a blowout. Practice participation reports will tell us more about the status of these players.
Raiders halfback Josh Jacobs left Sunday's game with a chest injury and was quickly ruled out, but the team does not believe that Jacobs suffered a significant injury. With the help of the bye week, he is not expected to miss time.
Rams cornerback Robert Rochell hurt his knee against the Lions, but initial tests showed no major injury and the team expects Rochell to be fine.
Texans linebacker Christian Kirksey injured his thumb against the Cardinals, and initial reports suggest that the injury is a fracture. For most positions, that would entail a lengthy spell on the sidelines—about 40% of all thumb injuries cause the player to miss the rest of the season—but at linebacker, it is possible that Kirksey might be able to play with a splint or brace on the injured hand. If Kirksey does miss time, Kevin Pierre-Louis appears to be the next in line to assume the starting role.
Titans tackle Kendall Lamm sprained his ankle against the Chiefs, but the sprain was mild and the team expects him to play against Indianapolis in Week 8.