We’re roughly one-fourth of the best way by way of the NFL season — and it hasn’t upset so far. Getting into Week 5, that is the place the contenders start to separate themselves from the pretenders. As groups put together for his or her opponents this week, in addition they must assess the accidents amongst their gamers.
It was a troublesome week for some squads that suffered vital accidents to some high gamers. The Chicago Bears misplaced their beginning working again, David Montgomery, after he sprained a knee towards the Detroit Lions. In accordance with ESPN’s Dan Graziano, he might miss 4 to 5 weeks, a troublesome blow given how he he performed final week. The Washington Football Team misplaced linebacker Jon Bostic for the remainder of the yr after he injured a pectoral muscle. The New England Patriots even have a participant with a pectoral damage, as defensive finish Henry Anderson will miss the remainder of the 2021 season due to it. Lastly, the San Francisco 49ers positioned kicker Robbie Gould on injured reserve as a result of he’s nursing a groin damage.
Earlier than the motion kicks off on Sunday, our NFL crew reporters are again to offer you vital notes and updates about key gamers and their availability heading into Week 5.
Edmonds can be a game-time determination, coach Kliff Kingsbury mentioned. The Cardinals will see how he feels after warming up Sunday. After final weekend’s recreation, Edmonds mentioned his injured shoulder was advantageous even whereas carrying an enormous bag of ice on it throughout his information convention. The Cardinals’ run recreation can be advantageous with out him, but when there’s any method Edmonds can go, particularly in one other essential NFC West recreation, he’ll be on the market. — John Weinfuss
Damage: Private matter
Ridley, the Falcons’ most proficient receiver, did not follow on Thursday and did not journey with the crew to London for his or her recreation towards the New York Jets, making him formally out. He’s coping with a private matter. — Michael Rothstein
Gage will miss his third recreation with an ankle damage he suffered towards the Buccaneers. With Atlanta’s high two receivers out, count on to see Olamide Zaccheaus and Tajae Sharpe as the highest two potential choices for Atlanta. Past them, it is a very, very inexperienced bunch with Christian Blake and rookie Frank Darby (who has not taken an NFL snap at receiver) on the energetic roster and Keelan Doss, Austin Trammell and Juwan Green on the follow squad. Do not be stunned if there are quite a lot of two-back and two-tight-end units towards New York, as a result of gamers in these positions (RBs Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson together with TEs Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst) are all skilled pass-catchers.
That is notable for a couple of causes. First, if Williams — listed as uncertain after being injured Thursday — does not play, Atlanta can be on its third nickel nook in every week after Isaiah Oliver (knee) was misplaced for the season towards Washington. Second, the potential choices — until Atlanta strikes Fabian Moreau or A.J. Terrell inside — are T.J. Green and a bunch of unproven gamers, together with rookie security Richie Grant and rookie nook Darren Hall, neither of whom have performed a lot. Kendall Sheffield, who’s eligible to return off injured reserve, may very well be another choice, however he hasn’t performed but this season. Williams’ damage additionally leaves Atlanta with a query at punt returner. Olamide Zaccheaus — the crew’s No. 1 receiver this week — may very well be an possibility, as might follow squad receiver Austin Trammell if he is referred to as up.
Regardless of Christian McCaffrey‘s optimism, saying after Thursday’s follow that he would possibly play, he’s listed as uncertain and isn’t anticipated to go. If that’s the case, meaning rookie Chuba Hubbard can be up towards the Eagles, who rank second to final in run protection. Simply as vital is left deal with Cameron Erving (neck) being out. — David Newton
Newsome is anticipated to overlook his second consecutive recreation with a calf damage. Greedy Williams, who had the game-clinching interception final weekend towards the Minnesota Vikings, will get the beginning rather than the rookie once more. — Jake Trotter
Elliott didn’t follow Wednesday and was restricted Thursday and is formally listed as questionable for Sunday after their “mock recreation” on Friday. However coach Mike McCarthy mentioned he totally expects the crew’s high again to be obtainable. Elliott has been on a superb run the previous three weeks and has three 100-yard video games vs. the New York Giants. — Todd Archer
Bridgewater was a full participant in follow Friday, and if he’s cleared in his medical examine on Saturday earlier than the crew leaves for Pittsburgh, he’s anticipated to begin Sunday towards the Steelers. Bridgewater had practiced on a restricted foundation Thursday and took some snaps with the starters and was cleared for full participation in Friday’s exercise. If Saturday’s examination goes because the Broncos count on, he’ll begin Sunday. — Jeff Legwold
Sutton rolled an ankle in Friday’s follow and was restricted within the exercise after the damage. The crew has added him to the damage report and formally listed him as questionable.
The seventh total choose of the 2021 NFL draft missed two practices this week whereas nursing an ankle damage, earlier than returning Friday on a restricted foundation. Lions coach Dan Campbell mentioned there’s an opportunity he performs on Sunday, though offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn is not 100% assured he can be within the lineup. “Proper now, we’re planning on going with out him, but when he is prepared, that will be nice,” Lynn mentioned on Thursday. — Eric Woodyard
Detroit’s Professional Bowl tight finish missed Wednesday’s follow to be precautionary whereas nursing a knee damage, earlier than returning to the Thursday and Friday periods on a restricted foundation. Lions coach Dan Campbell says “he is gotten higher each day,” whereas Hockenson claims he feels good after being hit low a few occasions throughout final week’s loss at Chicago. “You by no means play on this recreation 100 % so it is a kind of issues,” Hockenson mentioned on Friday. There’s a probability he performs on Sunday.
Cannon didn’t follow this week due to a again damage. The appropriate deal with is listed as questionable on the damage report, however left deal with Laremy Tunsil indicated in his information convention Friday that Charlie Heck can be beginning for Cannon. “Charlie goes to get the job completed too,” Tunsil mentioned. — Sarah Bishop
The Chiefs held Jones out of shape all week, although he might play on Sunday evening towards the Payments. Coach Andy Reid mentioned the damage has been a “distraction” for Jones, who does not have a sack for the reason that win over the Browns in Week 1. — Adam Teicher
Mullen suffered a toe damage Monday evening that required him to be carted from the sideline to the locker room, and he has put out a number of cryptic tweets since, although he isn’t the one Raiders cornerback who can be out towards the Bears. Damon Arnette injured his groin and coach Jon Gruden intimated injured reserve is a risk for each gamers, saying he expects Keisean Nixon to be activated off IR to hitch latest signee Brandon Facyson towards the Bears. “And, after all, Nate Hobbs and Casey Hayward give us some fairly good corners and provides us an opportunity,” Gruden mentioned. — Paul Gutierrez
Prepare dinner remains to be coping with an injured proper ankle and is listed as questionable for the Detroit recreation after the Vikings held him out of shape this week. Whereas Prepare dinner insists he isn’t getting any worse, the working again admitted he is nonetheless not feeling 100%. Minnesota ought to be capable of beat the Lions with Alexander Mattison beginning, however it’s attainable the crew splits carries between Prepare dinner and his backup for a second straight week. — Courtney Cronin
Barr was not on the ultimate damage report and is anticipated to make his 2021 season debut on Sunday.
Wynn has been on the reserve/COVID-19 listing and has not practiced all week. The Patriots are planning for him to overlook their recreation towards the Texans. That’s solely the start of New England’s issues on the O-Line. — Mike Reiss
Very like Wynn, Onwenu can be coping with COVID-19, leading to him lacking follow this week. The Patriots are continuing as if he will not be obtainable to play.
Mason has been nursing an stomach damage, and he’s formally out for this week’s recreation.
Brown has been bothered by a nagging calf damage that he suffered on the primary drive within the first recreation of the season. He can be sidelined for one more week, that means the Patriots must piece it collectively upfront, which has an apparent trickle-down impact on the remainder of the roster in Sunday’s street recreation towards the Texans.
This got here out of nowhere however it’s an actual concern. The Giants might very effectively be with out their beginning left deal with simply when he began enjoying his finest soccer. Thomas is prone to be a game-time determination on Sunday towards the Cowboys. If he does not play, Nate Solder flips to left deal with and Matt Peart is inserted into the lineup on the fitting aspect. — Jordan Raanan
After lacking one recreation, the proficient rookie is anticipated to play Sunday towards the Falcons in London. The highest three receivers performed effectively final week, together with Moore’s substitute, Keelan Cole. Nonetheless, Moore is very regarded by the coaches and may have a outstanding position within the recreation plan. — Wealthy Cimini
Sutton is the sixth starter to overlook time with a groin damage, and his absence is successful for the flexibility within the secondary. Sutton primarily performs outdoors nook, however he can play in every single place, together with the slot. With out him, the Steelers will rely extra on James Pierre and Justin Layne outdoors and Arthur Maulet and Tre Norwood at slot. Maybe extra regarding than this particular person damage is the buildup of soft-tissue accidents for the Steelers which might be forcing gamers to overlook video games. — Brooke Pryor
The Niners hoped to have Kittle observe the same path to what he did final week when he was in a position to play by way of his calf damage. However that did not occur, as Kittle was unable to follow even on a restricted foundation Friday and did not follow in any respect Wednesday and Thursday. He is formally listed as uncertain on the damage report, which implies he might miss rookie quarterback Trey Lance‘s first begin. If Kittle is unable to go, Ross Dwelley would begin in his place. — Nick Wagoner
Damage: Damaged ribs
Gronkowski will miss his second consecutive recreation this yr with damaged ribs and a “small pinch” in his lungs, coach Bruce Arians mentioned. On a constructive be aware, Gronk has been using a stationary bike this week, so he is progressing. — Jenna Laine
Winfield had an interception and a pressured fumble within the Bucs’ 19-17 win over the Patriots final week but additionally suffered a concussion within the fourth quarter. He couldn’t get by way of the protocol and can be out towards the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The Titans count on Brown to play after he was a full participant in follow all week. Brown did not follow final week due to a hamstring damage however moved effectively by way of drills, exhibiting the power to begin and cease fluently. Getting Brown again within the lineup is a welcome addition contemplating how the receivers struggled to get open final week towards the Jacksonville Jaguars. — Turron Davenport
Samuel performed 22 snaps final week in his season debut, which was delayed by a groin damage. However he then could not follow on Wednesday or Thursday. Nonetheless, he was restricted on Friday, which was a constructive growth. Washington coach Ron Rivera mentioned lots depends upon how Samuel feels Saturday morning after working right now, however he added that his wideout is “trending in the fitting path.” — John Keim