Monday Morning Trainer’s Room: Dalvin Cook, Julio Jones and Derek Carr Highlight the Week 4 NFL Injury Report

Week 4 was another disastrous week for fantasy football owners.

Injuries are a part of the game, but for fantasy football, they’re a major part of the game. One player gets hurt and your whole roster could crumble if you don’t have a backup plan. We’re here to update you on the most fantasy-relevant injuries and how their team plans to move forward.

Dalvin Cook was on his way to another great game… then disaster struck when the rookie attempted to juke out a defender, but fell to the ground and fumbled after suffering a non-contact knee injury. The team’s fear of an ACL tear was confirmed, which ends his potentially great rookie campaign. Latavius Murray (ankle is still not 100-percent) will likely handle goal line and early-down touches and Jerick McKinnon (injured ankle on Sunday) will catch balls out of the backfield, but it looks like an uninspiring committee for fantasy owners. Check back on Tuesday for The Wolf’s Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets to put a band-aid on your catastrophic wound. In the meantime, we made a list of potential running backs to target.

Julio Jones left the field at the end of the first half with a hip flexor injury on Sunday and did not return to the field for the remainder of the game. Luckily for the Falcons and his fantasy owners, the Falcons have a bye week next week, which will allow the star receiver to return for Week 6. Jones’ nagging injury history is the major reason why we were on Mike Evans as fantasy football’s WR2 entering this season.

Another key running back bites the dust as Chris Carson was carted off the field against the Colts on Sunday Night Football after breaking his ankle. Carson surprisingly won the job this season and was the clear bell-cow for the Seahawks, but it looks like we’ll get hit with another disastrous committee.  Eddie Lacy led the team in carries after Carson’s departure, while Thomas RawlsJ.D. McKissic and CJ Prosise will all be involved. Might be smart to stay away from this until we learn who Pete Carroll plans to lean on.

It’s Déjà vu all over again for Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, because for the second season in a row, the two quarterbacks were forced out of their respective games due to injury. Fortunately though, both teams are optimistic about the injuries. Carr suffered back spasms, while Mariota dodged a bullet and is day-to-day with a hamstring injury. We’ll keep you updated throughout the week on their practice availability.

3:30 PM UPDATE: Mariota will be a game-time decision for Week 5.


Cold Tub:

  • Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is “all right” after finger and ankle injuries
  • Bills WR Jordan Matthews is expected to undergo thumb surgery and will likely be done for a month
  • Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu is out 2-3 weeks with a hamstring injury




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