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NFL Fantasy: Injuries to monitor in Week 6

At first glance, Sunday seemed like a quiet day on the injury front. Nary a soul was mentioned during broadcasts. NFL Fantasy owners weren’t checking their rosters for backups or scanning the waiver wire.

Then came the post-game press conferences and the Monday morning MRIs…

Here are the injuries from Week 5 most likely to impact your NFL Fantasy plans for this weekend:

RB Jay Ajayi- Knee, ACL

Jay Ajayi played through the pain of a fractured transverse process in his back for most of the season. Maybe that’s why I didn’t think much of it when he wasn’t a big part of the Eagles’ second half.

But on Monday came the announcement that the Eagles primary rusher was done for the season with a torn ACL. It’s a tough break for any player, but especially one in a contract year like Ajayi.

RB Matt Breida- ankle

Matt Breida lifted the spirits of many NFL Fantasy owners when he scored a touchdown and racked up 12.60 standard NFL Fantasy points in the first quarter.

Then, he went down. Trainers helped him (and my chance to go 3-2 in my main NFL Fantasy league!) off the field for ankle x-rays. The x-rays were negative, as was a Monday MRI, but early reports are he could still miss Week 6. We’ll need to watch the practice reports carefully.

RB Adrian Peterson- knee, shoulder

Adrian Peterson is a tough guy. He limped off the field early with a knee injury Monday night, only to return with a wrap. Then he left again with a shoulder injury, only to return with another wrap.

But he didn’t get any more touches after his second return, apparently serving as a decoy as he revealed after the game he was playing with a dislocated shoulder. He will be an iffy prospect for Week 6, too.

RB Chris Thompson- ribs

Washington could be in real trouble at running back if Chris Thompson’s rib injury keeps him from playing next week. We could see Samaje Perrine and Kapri Bibbs instead of Peterson and Thompson against a re-energized Panthers defense.

RB Corey Grant- foot, Lisfranc fracture

Corey Grant’s knack for big plays, along with the opportunity presented by Leonard Fournette’s injury, made him a popular flex option this week.

Unfortunately, his season is over after he suffered a Lisfranc fracture in Sunday’s game. We’ll have to see who gets the call to back up TJ Yeldon because…

RB Leonard Fournette- hamstring

Okay, this is old news… but new news, too. The Jaguars already ruled out Fournette for Week 6. That leaves Yeldon, who has had injury issues himself this season, and Brandon Wilds on the roster.

Orleans Darkwa and Matt Dayes worked out for the team last week. Jamaal Charles and Charcandrick West reportedly have invitations this week.

RB Saquon Barkley- back

Saquon Barkley gained over 100 total yards in each of his first five games, but the rookie had fans and coaches gasping more over the amount of time it took him to get up than the body-twisting, long-jumping, football-extending play that gave the Giants a (very) temporary lead with a minute-plus Sunday.

Although it looked like it could an ankle or knee problem, the rookie reported he felt a “shot through his back” on impact. Everyone says he’s fine because he could move okay after the game. But anyone who has ever had a tweaked back knows, this bears watching during the week.

RB Kerryon Johnson- ankle

Kerryon Johnson left his game early with an ankle injury and did not return. However, he told reporters after the game he could have returned if needed. He did not appear to be walking with much difficulty after the contest, giving credence to his assessment.

RB Lamar Miller- stomach

Houston kept Miller on the active roster for Sunday night’s game, and then killed the NFL Fantasy owners who kept him on their rosters by not letting him on the field. Miller was nursing a stomach injury and ceded the full workload to Alfred Blue.

Miller is expected back in Week 6. Blue didn’t do anything Sunday night to threaten Miller’s lead back status.

RB Dalvin Cook- hamstring

Dalvin Cook followed up his early week comments about not being 100-percent and how the Vikings fans shouldn’t expect too much until he is with an insistence that he could play in Week 5.

But coach Mike Zimmer did the right thing and benched his young runner. There is a good chance Cook will be back in form by Week 6.

QB Matt Ryan- foot

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons had a tough day all around Sunday, but it may have been tougher than we thought.

The team reported Ryan had x-rays of his foot after the game. The x-rays were negative, and they already announced he will play in Week 6. They did not say if he will miss any practice leading up to the divisional game against Tampa Bay.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins- core

Jacksonville announced that Austin Seferian-Jenkins will have surgery to repair the core muscle injury that slowed him all season. They placed him on injured reserve, with the chance to return in Week 14.

Niles Paul and James O’Shaughnessy will handle the tight end duties, which doesn’t make it likely the Jaguars will contribute much more to the NFL Fantasy tight end position than they have so far.

WR Brandin Cooks AND Cooper Kupp- concussions

One of the scariest things about Week 5 was how the Los Angeles Rams lost both Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks to concussions, and barely skipped a beat on offense.

Both receivers are in the concussion protocol to start Week 6.

WR Rashard Higgins- knee

Cleveland’s only touchdown Sunday came on a 19-yard pass to Rashard Higgins, but a late-game knee injury will force him to miss the Week 6 matchup with the Chargers. Higgins escaped a serious diagnosis, but the strained MCL could mean a few weeks in street clothes.

Rishard Matthews was already scheduled to come in for a tryout this week, but rookie Derrick Willies looked good with three catches in relief, prompting coach Hue Jackson to say he might stay put with who he has.

WR Paul Richardson- knee

Paul Richardson was helped off the field with a knee injury and did not return. It is unclear if he could have returned if the game was not out of hand for the Redskins. We’ll have to wait on a better report from Washington to know his status for Week 6.

WRs Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb

Geronimo Allison failed to clear the concussion protocol in time for Sunday’s game and Randall Cobb’s hamstring made him inactive for a second week. That left Aaron Rodgers with a banged-up Devante Adams and three rookie receivers with straight line speed and little else.

Allison should be back for Week 6, but we expected him to be ready for Week 5, too. We’ll have to watch reports out of Green Bay.

LT Larry Tunsil- concussion

We don’t mention many offensive linemen, but if you watched the Miami Dolphins offense completely break down after Tunsil left Sunday’s game, you’ll understand how missing game 6 could affect the NFL Fantasy value of every Dolphins player. His status bears watching, too.

K Mason Crosby- fractured ego

Okay… this is mean. But it is interesting to note that coach Mike McCarthy seems to have enough faith that Crosby will never, ever repeat his performance of Sunday- with four missed field goals and an extra point- to give him a chance to rebound in Week 6.

Better news: tight ends coming back?

Both Evan Engram and Greg Olsen say they hope to play in Week 6. No official word has come from either club, however.