There were many football games this weekend. There were many injuries this weekend in said football games. There were many fantasy owners affected by said injuries in previously said football games. Here’s a look at what we’re saying:
Cody Kessler, Cleveland Browns
Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler hit the ground hard after being pressured and hit his head on the turf, resulting in a concussion. He has entered the league’s concussion protocol and will have to wait to pass several tests before being able to return to the field. Another injured Browns quarterback, Josh McCown, may be ready to take the field in Week 8, so Browns practice is something (for the strong willed) to keep an eye on this week.
The Doc’s Take: Kessler has been diagnosed with a concussion and will now be in the NFL concussion protocol. He will not be allowed to return to play until his neuropsychological testing returns back to baseline. There’s no way to predict this time line.
Geno Smith, New York Jets
The Jets started the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, hoping he still had some of the Fitzmagic left from last year. He didn’t. Fitzpatrick was benched and in came Geno Smith. For a few plays. Smith tore his ACL and is out for the year, making Fitzpatrick the starter again, only a few days after he was benched and whined about it to the media. Good thing the Jets were the only team in years to carry four quarterbacks on their roster…
The Doc’s Take: surprisingly, an MRI of his knee today showed an ACL tear. If true, he will require surgery and his season is over. 9 – 11 months for him to return to play.
Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears
Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer had been filling in for Jay Cutler, who was inured. Hoyer was playing so well, however, that Cutler was expected to return as Hoyer’s backup once he was ready to play. That all went up in smoke (get it?) when Hoyer broke his arm and had to undergo surgery. He is out for the year, and while Matt Barkley came in to “play quarterback” after Hoyer left, Cutler is expected to be under center in Week 8.
The Doc’s Take: Hoyer had surgery this weekend for his broken forearm. He broke his radius bone. A plate with multiple screws was likely placed in the operating room. Given that this is his non-throwing arm, at best he will be back on the field in about eight weeks.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons really had something going with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman wreaking havoc out of the backfield. It’ll be the Freeman Show for at least a few weeks now, though, as Coleman hurt his hamstring and is expected to miss some time. Devonta Freeman should be an almost every-down back in Coleman’s absence.
The Doc’s Take: Coleman has a hamstring strain. An MRI is likely to determine the grade of the injury. Depending on the grade, he will be out 2 to 6 weeks.
Jaron Brown, Arizona Cardinals
With Michael Floyd under performing and John Brown dealing with leg pain caused by his sickle-cell trait, Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown had been taking on a much bigger role of late. That all ended on Sunday, as Brown suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. JJ Nelson’s role should increase in Brown’s absence.
The Doc’s Take: Brown with an ACL tear. His season is over.9-11 months until he can return to the field.
Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
49ers running back Carlos Hyde had been one of the very, very few fantasy-relevant pieces of the San Francisco offense. He missed Week 7 due to a shoulder injury and it is unclear how much more time he will miss, although he is currently expected to be able to play the next 49ers game in two weeks.
The Doc’s Take: unclear what the shoulder issue is exactly, however with the bye during week 8, Hyde should be ready by week 9.