Week 4 Injuries: Bostic, Okwara Out for the Season
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).
Lions Edge Rusher Romeo Okwara—Achilles (Season)
Reports today suggest that Detroit Lions edge rusher Romeo Okwara tore his Achilles against the Bears, a major injury that will require surgical repair and end his season. Okwara had a breakout season with 10.0 sacks in 2020, and his solitary sack this season brought him to 20.0 for the Lions since joining the team in 2018. He will not play again this year, but he has a strong chance to return in time for opening day of 2022.
Center Frank Ragnow left the game with a "turf toe" ligament injury, and he is unlikely to be available for Week 5.
Patriots Defensive End Henry Anderson—Pectoral (Season)
Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots believe rotational defensive lineman Henry Anderson tore his pectoral against the Buccaneers. If confirmed, the injury will require surgery and end his season. The 30-year-old is in his first season with the Patriots after three years each with the Jets and Colts. He has 11.5 career sacks, 7.0 of which came in his 2018 season with the Jets.
Football Team Linebacker Jon Bostic—Pectoral (Season)
Washington linebacker Jon Bostic injured his pectoral against the Falcons and the team believes that the injury is serious. Similar to Henry Anderson above, Bostic is likely to miss the rest of the season if scans confirm those initial concerns.
Guard Brandon Scherff suffered a sprained MCL. Most MCL injuries to offensive linemen result in at least a four-week absence, and around 25% are season-ending. There is no indication that Scherff's injury will place him in that latter group, but he is very likely to miss around a month.
Tight end Logan Thomas injured his hamstring and is considered week-to-week. Just over 50% of hamstring injuries to tight ends cause missed time, but over 75% of players who suffer them return within three weeks.
Receivers Dyami Brown and Cam Sims also left the game with injuries, but no news is available on either player.
San Francisco 49ers—Various
49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his calf against the Seahawks and will have further tests on the injury today. Around half of calf injuries to quarterbacks cause at least a one-game absence, but only around 10% cause an absence of longer than two games. That meshes with Garoppolo's expectation that he will miss a week or two with the injury.
Kicker Robbie Gould injured his groin and did not play against the Seahawks. Around half of groin injuries to placekickers and punters result in missed time; among the half that do cause missed time, 75% of players miss two or more games and the median time to return is around four weeks. That timetable would make Gould a candidate for injured reserve.
Offensive lineman Trent Williams injured his shoulder, but there is no indication yet that the team believes the injury to be major.
The following players left their respective games with concussion symptoms and enter the league protocol:
- 49ers edge rusher Arden Key
- Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
- Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield
- Chiefs linebacker Ben Niemann
- Jets cornerback Brandin Echols
- Jets safety Jarrod Wilson
- Titans guard Rodger Saffold
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.
Bears halfback David Montgomery injured his knee against the Lions, but the team believes the injury to be a hyperextension that did not result in significant injury. Montgomery will have MRI scans on the knee today. Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks injured his groin; just under half of groin injuries to defensive lineman cause missed games, and 75% of players who suffer them return within two weeks.
Bills linebacker Matt Milano injured his hamstring. Though around 65% of hamstring injuries to linebackers cause missed time, the injuries are usually short-term. 75% of players who suffer them return within a couple of weeks.
Broncos receiver Diontae Spencer and cornerback Patrick Surtain were both hurt against the Ravens, but both players are considered day-to-day according to head coach Vic Fangio.
Browns tackle Jedrick Wills left Sunday's game after aggravating his existing ankle injury. This is not the first time; Wills is trying to play through the injury, but consistently missing snaps or leaving games early. He is unlikely to be ruled out of the team's next game unless the Browns specifically choose to have him rest the injury.
Chiefs defensive end Joshua Kaindoh injured his ankle against the Eagles, but no further specifics are yet public.
Cowboys safety Trevon Diggs felt tightness in his back and left the game, but head coach Mike McCarthy indicated that he could have returned if needed.
Dolphins receiver Will Fuller broke a finger against the Colts and will not play in Week 5. He is considered week-to-week. Cornerback Byron Jones injured his quad and is considered day-to-day.
Giants safety Jabrill Peppers injured his hamstring against the Saints. Most hamstring injuries to defensive backs cause at least a one-game absence, but 75% of players who suffer them return within three weeks.
Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander injured his shoulder against the Steelers and was carted to the locker room. Reports indicate that he suffered an "AC joint injury," which could mean a fracture, dislocation, subluxation, or merely some manner of shoulder sprain. Without further specifics, we cannot estimate his likely absence. We will update if further information becomes available.
Ravens tackle Alejandro Villanueva left Sunday's game with an injury, but head coach John Harbaugh described the injury as "nothing serious … just kinda sore" after the game.
Texans edge rusher Jonathan Greenard injured his chest against the Bills, but the team believes he avoided major injury. Halfback Rex Burkhead injured his hip, with no further specifics on the injury's severity.
Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland left Sunday's game with an illness. Defensive lineman Michael Pierce injured his elbow, and will have that injury scanned today by MRI.