Week 5 Injury Report: Rams May Be Without Kupp & Cooks

Fantasy Football Expert Bill Enright brings you this Week 5 injury report which highlights the significant injuries at the Fantasy-relevant positions.

Might be awhile before we see Matt Breida back in action and will the Rams offense slow down if two of their top three wide receivers miss extended action with concussions? Here’s the Week 5 Injury Report:


NFL and Roger Goodell are smiling today. No QBs were injured in Week 5. Keep those protect the QB rules coming…

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Running Back

Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles (ACL)

Bit of a shocker as there were no reports about Ajayi doing damage to his knee after the game, but the Eagles are putting their running back on Injured Reserve with a Torn ACL. Ajayi fumbled a goal-line carry in Week 4 and will finish the year with three TDs and a 184 yards on the ground.

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles backfield is a mess. Darren Sproles and Corey Clement all both battling injuries, leaving Wendell Smallwood and undrafted rookie Josh Adams as the only healthy backs. None of the above are handling a full workload, so fully expect a RBBC going forward.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (Knee/Ankle)

The No. 2 overall pick came down awkwardly on his knee/ankle during his touchdown catch with about a minute left in the 4th Quarter. Barkley leaped over a defender en route to crossing the goal-line, but when his foot landed, his knee buckled a bit. He had a slight limp while walking to the sidelines.

Fantasy Impact: The Giants have a short week as they take on the Eagles on Thursday. Expect Barkley to miss or be limited in practice this week. Don’t think he’s in danger of missing action but we wouldn’t be surprised if we find out he undergoes an MRI or X-Ray-cross your fingers for negative results…

Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers (Ankle)

Breida was well on his way to having another big day in Week 5 rushing for 56 yards on eight carries and catching a touchdown pass. But he exited the game in the 1st Quarter after twisting his ankle. He needed a lot of assistance from trainers to get off the field and couldn’t put any weight on his ankle.

Fantasy Impact: Breida is expected to miss at least a game. X-Rays came back negative, so we know he didn’t break anything, but we’ll get MRI results later in the week and fully expect it to reveal he has a mid-to-high ankle sprain, in which case he could miss up to a month.

Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions (Ankle)

Johnson was having a productive day, rushing for 70 yards on 12 carries (despite LeGarrette Blount vulturing two TDs) but injured his ankle on a 24 yard run in the 2nd Half. Johnson left the game, was spotted trying to walk off the injury on the sideline, but ultimately went to the locker-room and did not return to action.

Fantasy Impact: The Lions have a BYE in Week 6, so it’s perfect timing for Detroit’s rookie running back to take a week off. Depending on the severity of the ankle sprain will determine if he’s available to return to action in Week 7.

Corey Grant, Jacksonville Jaguars (Lisfranc)

Grant was carted off the field in the 1st Half of the team’s loss to the Chiefs. The Jaguars third string RB will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury.

Fantasy Impact: The Jaguars are now suddenly very thin at running back. With Leonard Fournette nursing a hamstring injury and Corey Grant out for the year, TJ Yeldon is now the lone man in Jacksonville’s backfield. Don’t be surprised to hear the team signs a veteran free agent sometime this week.

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Wide Receiver

Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (Concussion)

The Rams second-year receiver was on his way to notch his second consecutive 100-yard game, catching six passes for 90 yards in the 1st Half while also scoring his fifth TD of the season but his game was cut short by a concussion. Kupp was questionable to return but never did.

Fantasy Impact: We know concussions can be tricky as they have different levels of severity. We’ve seen players miss multiple weeks while others are cleared from the protocol by the end of the week. If Kupp is still in the protocol on Friday, he’d likely end up missing Week 6.

Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams (Concussion)

Like his teammate Cooper Kupp, Cooks suffered a concussion in Week 5, but the hit he took was much scarier compared to Kupp’s. Cooks was laid out on the field for a few minutes before walking off under his own power and headed straight to the locker room.

Fantasy Impact: With Kupp and Cooks dealing with a concussion, the Rams may be without two of their starting three wide receivers for Week 6. Look for Josh Reynolds to step up in the starting rotation if Cooks or Kupp cannot play against the Broncos.

Other injuries: Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (Lower Leg). Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns (Knee)

Tight End

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jacksonville Jaguars (Groin/Core Muscle)

The Jaguars tight end has been dealing with a core-muscle/groin injury all year but seems to have re-aggravated it in Week 5. ASJ was only targeted once in the first half and didn’t play in the second half because of the injury. Seferian-Jenkins will be placed on injured reserve eligible to return. With ASJ on the sideline, Niles Paul racked up seven catches for 65 yards.

Fantasy Impact: IR-ETR is at least two months of missing action.With ASJ out for a lengthy time, Paul is a decent tight end flier.

Other injuries: Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals (Foot)

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