Rookie Jayden Waddle potentially becomes WR1 against Bucs
The Miami Dolphins signed Will Fuller this offseason, recognizing he can be one of the best wide receivers in the AFC when healthy. But, unfortunately, issues keep sidelining him. he missed Week as part of a ban from the 2020 season, then was away from the team in Week 2 for personal reasons. Now, the injury bug is back.
Fuller suffered a broken finger against the Indianapolis Colts and is considered week-to-week. While there’s a chance he could play, he’s more likely to sit in Week 5. If Fuller is inactive, Jayden Waddle becomes a player to expect a lot from against Tamba Bay Buccaneers injured cornerbacks.
A potential season-ending injury to David Mongomery
Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery was dominating in Week 4, rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. But he went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter and was immediately ruled out from the game.NFL Network´s Ian Rapoport said initials tests indicated Montgomery avoided a severe injury. But his status for Week 5 is uncertain.
A name to monitor on the NFL injury report this week, Damien Williams becomes a top waiver-wire target if Montgomery misses time. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that Chicago is fairly confident Montgomery avoided a torn ACL, but he is week-to-week and not expected to play against Las Vegas. But as far as getting a positive response from the initial test, the Bears should be happy with David Montgomery being week to week.
Rob Gronkowski finally listened to his body
Rob Gronkowski is recognized for playing through pain in his legendary career, but even he couldn’t suit up in Week 4. The future Hall of Fame tight end suffered four fractured ribs and punctured his lung on a massive hit against the Los Angeles Rams. While he isn’t definitively ruled to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 5, the expectation is he won’t play. In his absence, O.J. Howard becomes a streaming option. Playing against an injured Miami Dolphins it seems like a game where you can wait for Rob Gronkowski to come back from his injury.
One more problem at wide receiver in Pittsburgh
Already dealing with injuries at wide receiver, things got worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers at practice. Chase Claypool hurt his hamstring, causing him to miss the final practice before Week 4 and quickly being ruled out for the game shortly after. Ideally, Pittsburgh is just exercising caution and the No. 1 receiver will return in Week 5. But the NFL injury report will be telling before a matchup against the Denver Broncos. Should it be the case that Claypool will be ruled out the famous “No Fly Zone” in Denver should see an easier game where Najee Harris will be their biggest problem.
Cincinnati Bengals biggest star at RB potentially out with mild ankle sprain
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon exited the Thursday Night Football victory with an ankle injury, putting his availability for Week 5 in jeopardy. Fortunately, head coach Zac Taylor said Cincinnati’s featured running back is only dealing with a mild ankle sprain. He’ll be a name to monitor on the Week 5 NFL injury report, but 10 days of rest gives him a realistic chance to play against the Green Bay Packers.
Mixon is currently considered “week-to-week” with a low-grade ankle sprain. If he plays and gets a full workload, Mixon is a top-10 running back. But as we saw in 2020, Cincinnati is willing to play it safe. Target Samaje Perine on the waiver-wire, in case Mixon can’t suit up for Week 5.
Titans manage to lose against New York Jets but injury worries continue as we enter week 5
When the Tennessee Titans acquired Julio Jones, everyone was excited about the best wide receiver duo in the NFL. Thus far, the results haven’t been what anyone was hoping to see. Both Pro Bowl weapons missed Week 4 with hamstring injuries and there is some concern about extended absences.
Neither Brown nor Jones practiced last week and they were ruled out 48 hours before the game. It’s widely expected that Brown, who has just 92 receiving yards in three games, will not play in Week 5. Considering Tennessee faces the Jaguars, the organization might also play it safe by resting Jones. But as shown against the New York Jets, playing it safe could result in an L to what is considered a weak Jacksonville Jaguars.