NFL Betting: Key Injuries to Consider for your Week 6 Picks
Heading into Week 6 of NFL betting, it’s time to take a look at the most recent NFL injury list. Every player in the NFL is at risk of injury, and while not every injury is a dramatic season-ending setback, even a relatively minor injury can take a player out of the game for a weekend or two. Let’s take a look at all the key injuries in the league at the beginning of October.
#Patriots QB Tom Brady suffered what is thought to be an AC joint sprain in his left, non-throwing shoulder, source said. He said he’ll play
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 10, 2017
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are currently the best performing team in the NFL, and they’ve also been able to limit major injuries for their side. Mitch Morse (center), and Dee Ford (linebacker) are the only players confirmed to be out of play for Week 5. If the Chiefs can continue to minimize damage when they play against the Texans, then they should go into Week 6 with all of their most important players.
The Lions have a number of injuries in the squad, but the good news is that none of them are overly serious, and most of the players currently listed will likely be on the field for the next Lions game. Whether or not these injuries will impact performance, won’t be known until we see some game time. Amir Abdullah (running back) has an ankle injury but has been participating at practice, making it likely that his injury is not hindering performance.
Haloti Ngata (defensive tackle) is suffering from a shoulder injury and has not been seen participating at practice. This makes him questionable for upcoming games. Ezekiel Ansah (defensive end) has a knee injury, but has been participating in a limited capacity during practice, as has Jarrad Davis (linebacker) who is suffering from a neck injury.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers aren’t in great shape for games in the near future. Star running back Ty Montgomery could miss upcoming games due to broken ribs. Montgomery is willing to play, and has commented to media that he doesn’t mind playing even while in pain. However, the team will likely want to prevent the risk of a worsening injury, or even having Montgomery play below his level. It will be surprising if we see Ty on the field this week or next.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are having a breakout season, and, thankfully, none of their key players are currently on the injury list. Jamon Brown (guard) has a groin injury and Lamarcus Joyner (safety) has a hamstring injury, but both could be fit enough to play by the time Week 6 kicks off.
The Vikings are another team that might have to do without their quarterback in upcoming weekends. Sam Bradford is still suffering from issues with his knee, although he has been seen at practice sessions, even if it’s in a limited capacity. Having Bradford return will be a huge boost to the Vikings, and even if he doesn’t play in their late Week 5 game, it shouldn’t be long until we see him back on the field.
Another team, and another quarterback injury. Derek Carr has been having problems with his back in practice sessions, which could have the team take the conservative approach and bench him until he’s made a full recovery. The Raiders have been unlucky with concussions, with David Amerson (cornerback) currently recovering from one. Gabe Jackson (guard) may also miss field time in upcoming games, thanks to a foot injury suffered in Week 4.
The Tennessee Titans could be without their starting quarterback for the next couple of games, depending on what the team medical staff have to say this weekend. Marcus Mariota left the Titan’s Week 4 game with a hamstring injury, and may need more recovery time, especially if the team want to preserve him for the deeper end of the season. The potential loss of their ideal starter could have a significant impact on upcoming games.
The Cincinnati Bengals injury list is extensive, forcing the team to rely on backups and make changes with some of their starters. John Ross (wide receiver) is out with a knee injury, Tyler Eifert (tight end) is out with a back injury, and Ryan Hewitt (running back) is also out with a knee injury. Derron Smith (safety) is another casualty of injury, having sustained damage to his ankle. Eifert is the most worrying of the Bengals injuries. His back problems could be related to those that he experienced in 2016, which cut his season short. Eifert can’t afford to have another season off the field at this stage of his career.
The Colts will receive a boost knowing that Andrew Luck has returned to practice, although it’s still an unknown as to when he will return to the field. The bad news is that Jack Doyle (tight end) won’t be playing for at least the next week, after coach Pagano confirmed that he has a neck injury and is in the concussion recovery process.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers are having a miserable season so far, and injuries aren’t going to make things any better. Joe Barksdale (tackle) has a foot injury, but has been ramping up his participation in practice sessions, hinting that he might be available for upcoming games. Mike Williams (receiver) and Branden Oliver (running back) have both been ruled out of Week 5 and this could continue into Week 6. Williams has a back injury, while Oliver has a hip injury.