Week 5 of the NFL season is upon us, and injuries have already impacted several teams’ depth charts.
The Atlanta Falcons put running back Cordarrelle Patterson on injured reserve after he underwent knee surgery Monday. Patterson will be out for at least four weeks, but head coach Arthur Smith said the Falcons are expecting him “sooner rather than later.”
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is still recovering from a thumb injury, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones hasn’t ruled him out for Sunday’s fight against the defending champion Los Angeles Rams. If Prescott can’t leave, Cooper Rush, who is 3-0 as a starter this season, will continue under center.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is expected to play against the Seattle Seahawks this week. On Wednesday he said he was feeling “great, healthy, ready to roll” after missing out last week with a rib injury. However, both quarterback Jameis Winston (back) and receiver Michael Thomas (toe) missed practice this week.
Our NFL Nation reporters have the latest updates on key players ahead of the action:
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Pitts missed every practice this week and was ruled out for the game against Tampa Bay. While Pitts, who has 10 catches for 150 yards this year, didn’t have the performance many expected in the first month of the season, the attention he’s drawn from opposing defense has helped improve the offensive line-up to open falcons.
With Pitts out and Cordarrelle Patterson running back on injured reserve, Atlanta’s primary offensive option will be rookie receiver Drake London. In the end, a combination of Parker Hesse, Anthony Firkser and Feleipe will replace Franks Pitts.
A committee made up of Tyler Allgeier, Caleb Huntley and Avery Williams will fill in for Patterson at running back.
Bateman, the Ravens’ No. 1 wide receiver, is set for Sunday’s showdown with the Bengals. He injured his foot in the third quarter last Sunday and did not play in the fourth quarter. Devin Duvernay becomes Lamar Jackson’s top target on the outside. Duvernay averages just 43 yards per game but ranks third in the NFL with three touchdown catches.
– Jamison Hensley
Starting safety Poyer will miss his second game of the season after fellow safety Micah Hyde is out for the year with a neck injury sustained in Week 2.
Poyer, the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, is struggling with a rib injury from his second of two interceptions in the fourth quarter last week against the Baltimore Ravens. Backup security Jaquan Johnson is expected to start in his place.
injury: foot and hamstring
Knox will miss his first game of the year after dealing with multiple injuries earlier in the season. He hasn’t attended practice all week and head coach Sean McDermott said the team will “hopefully get it [Knox] back here next week.” After the Bills host Pittsburgh in Week 5, they will travel to the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of the team’s bye week.
– Alaina Getzenberg
Higgins has been restricted from training all week but tends to play on Sundays. Bengals coach Zac Taylor told reporters Friday that he was “positive” Higgins and TE Hayden Hurst (groin) could play against the Ravens. Taylor said the training restrictions are to ensure Higgins and Hurst can feel as good as possible on Sunday.
– Ben baby
injury: shoulder, biceps
After sitting out last weekend’s game in Atlanta after a car accident, Garrett will return against the Chargers on Sunday. Garrett trained all week and although he was restricted, he was left off the injury report on Friday. Fellow DE Jadeveon Clowney (ankle), meanwhile, finally returned to training on Friday after sitting out the last two games. Clowney is listed as possible for Sunday.
– Jake Trotter
Peters was injured in training on Thursday and could take a couple of weeks to get back on the field. The injury doesn’t affect the Cowboys at the starting point as Connor McGovern remains on the left flank, but it does affect their depth. Peters has played a handful of series in the last two games as the Cowboys ramped up his work after signing ahead of the season opener. Last week was something of a second preseason game for Peters in terms of snaps played. Since McGovern was there full-time, the Rams were able to use Aaron Donald over him full-time instead of moving him elsewhere. As of 2017, Donald has an 18.9% pass rush win rate over the Cowboys and has just one sack in four games.
– Todd Archer
injury: shoulder and ankle
For the second straight week, the Lions are without Swift, their most dynamic playmaker. Detroit will rely on Jamaal Williams as the lead until Swift is healthy enough to return, likely after bye week.
St. Brown had a record start to the season before suffering an ankle injury in Week 3 in Minnesota and then missing the Week 4 game against Seattle. He missed Wednesday and Thursday practice before making a limited return for Friday’s session. He is listed as possible to play in New England on Sunday.
Fatukasi is out this week with a quadriceps injury. He was a key part of the team’s running defense that led the NFL through the first three weeks at 55 yards per game. However, the Jaguars struggled with last week’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, giving up 210 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Texas rookie running back Dameon Pierce has rushed for the first 100 yards of his career and is 10th in the NFL in rushing for 313 yards.
– Michael Dirocco
The hamstring injury Allen sustained in Week 1 continues and he will not play the Browns on Sunday. It’s the fourth straight game Allen will miss and the Chargers could be particularly skinny at receiver, with receiver Joshua Palmer questionable with an ankle problem.
– Lindsey Thiry
After Perryman came back on the field with an ankle injury in the first set after missing more than two games, the Raiders’ defense looked significantly quicker and more organized last week. Then the Pro Bowler suffered a concussion after five tackles, including two for a loss, in just 11 snaps. With an extra day to prepare for Monday night’s game in Kansas City, the Raiders signed Blake Martinez, who has experience in defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s system, to the practice squad. Without Perryman, Divine Deablo has worn the green dot communications helmet.
– Paul Gutierrez
Having missed the past two weeks, Meyers expressed confidence that a return to action is imminent. Meyers believed he was close last week and if he gets the green light against the Lions on Sunday it would give a boost to an offense likely to be without QB Mac Jones and TE Jonnu Smith, both doubtful with ankle injuries .
– Mike Reiss
injury: The back
Andy Dalton will start for the second straight week as the Saints try to get Jameis Winston healthy.
Kamara will return to the Saints line-up after missing out last week with a rib injury.
Thomas will miss a second straight game with a toe injury. The only other question is wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who didn’t practice on Friday. But coach Dennis Allen said he feels good about Landry playing despite his “questionable” status.
– Katherine Terrell
Brown is expected to make his Jets debut after spending the first four games on injured reserve, though he has yet to be activated by IR before 4 p.m. Saturday. RG Alijah Vera-Tucker, who made an emergency start in the left tackle last week, could start in the right tackle as the Jets attempt to field their top five linemen.
– Rich Cimini
Quarterback Jalen Hurts’ blind side could be more vulnerable than usual against Arizona on Sunday, and Mailata is unlikely to pass. The team’s second left tackle, Andre Dillard, is still on the way from forearm surgery, meaning duties likely fall to Jack Driscoll, who hasn’t started a game at this point since his freshman year in 2016.
– Tim McManus
Walker is listed as questionable for Sunday in New Orleans after appearing on Thursday’s injury report as restricted. The rookie pick for round two was Seattle’s RB2 behind Rashaad Penny. His status is gaining momentum as the Seahawks have already lost a running back to Travis Homer, who is with IR. If Walker is out, Seattle’s backfield would be left to Penny and DeeJay Dallas, necessitating a practice team call-up.
– Brady Henderson
Dupree again aggravated a hip injury against the Colts. The injury had already caused Dupree to miss a game two weeks ago and not trained at all this week. Dupree’s absence will take Tennessee’s full-back from deep, and the team will also be without Ola Adeniyi against the Commanders. The Titans used Joe Jones as an outside linebacker last week, but he was also ruled out. Newcomer Mario Edwards has had some success as a downlineman on the outside in tandem with Denico Autry, who switched to defensive tackle.
– Turron Davenport
injury: leg, knee
Robinson has been training for the first time since he was shot twice in his right leg on August 28. Coach Ron Rivera said Robinson has had a good week of training and if he’s feeling good on Saturday after three days of work then chances are he’ll play Sunday. He would probably only have a limited number of snaps.
Dotson was ruled out for Sunday’s game because of a hamstring injury he sustained in a Week 4 loss in Dallas. It’s no surprise considering Rivera said he could be out for a week or two, but it’s a blow.
Thomas did not train on Friday due to a previously undisclosed calf problem. He will take part in the walk-through on Saturday and will test his leg in the pre-game warm-up on Sunday. Regardless, rookie tight end Cole Turner will be activated for the first time this season. If Thomas plays, Washington will go out with four tight ends with receiver Jahan Dotson.
– John Germ
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