Week 5 NFL Injury Report With Betting Advice
The NFL injury report grows with each passing week, but week five has at least one big name coming off of it. Saints quarterback Drew Brees returned to action last week and is now a full go to proceed into the fifth week of the season.
There are still a ton of injuries to get caught up with, both to help you finalize any daily fantasy football action you’ve got going on, or to help you lean one way or the other with your weekly NFL betting.
Let’s touch on all of the major players who enter week five in reasonable doubt:
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks – OUT
Beast Mode has some tissue problems in his ailing hamstring and the Seahawks have opted to hold him out for the second week in a row. Seattle probably needed him to take down the Bengals in Cincy, so their odds of doing so certainly decrease with this news.
LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills – OUT
The Bills are down to the plodding Anthony Dixon at running back this week. The matchup in Tennessee against the Titans still slightly favors the Bills, but without their top two running backs they will surely be on upset alert.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals – Probable
Ellington figures to return this week against the Lions, but with how well Chris and David Johnson have played while he was out, his role is uncertain. Detroit’s run defense has been stingy lately, so Ellington isn’t overly likely to have a huge impact on this game, one way or another.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions – OUT
It’s all about Ameer Abdullah this week, as Bell is out again against the Cardinals. Bell wasn’t playing very well when active anyways, so this doesn’t necessarily kill the Lions, although they’re already picked to lose again this week.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears – Doubtful
Jeffery has missed the last three weeks with a calf issue that just won’t go away. It’s looking like it will keep him out for at least one more game. Chicago probably needed a healthy Jeffery to feel good about taking down the Chiefs at Arrowhead this week.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins – OUT
D-Jax is slowly working his way back from a hamstring issue but he’s already been ruled out for the week. Pierre Garcon will have a heavy load of targets in Atlanta against the Falcons in a likely losing cause.
Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens – Doubtful
Smith has some mild fractures in his back and is expected to sit out at least this week. Smith’s absence leaves Joe Flacco and the Ravens without a true threat in the passing game as they try to take down the rival Browns.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers – Questionable
Adams sat out last week and barely played the week before that, so his likely absence shouldn’t be a huge problem for the Packers this week.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – Questionable
Bryant was set to make his 2015 debut after missing the first four weeks due to suspension, but that is now in doubt. He reportedly “tweaked” his knee and now may not return for another week. Pittsburgh could still get past the Chargers this week, but doing so just got a lot harder.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins – OUT
Reed is battling a litany of injuries and has already been ruled out for week five. The Redskins were going to lose to the Falcons in Atlanta, regardless.
Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars – Questionable
Thomas is nearing his return from hand surgery and has gotten in limited practices, but is still not expected to suit up this week. He still has a slight chance, but don’t plan on him being a big part of what the Jaguars do, either way.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions – OUT
Ebron is out with a bad knee bruise and may miss up to three weeks. The Lions will have to replace him with some sort of combination of Brandon Pettigrew and Tim Wright. It’s a mild hit to Detroit’s intermediate and red-zone games and it comes at a bad time as the Lions take on the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona is a pretty safe pick, while the Lions should drop to 0-5.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers – OUT
The Niners have ruled out Davis for week five with a sore knee. Davis sat out last week, as well. He could have given the 49ers a minor boost across the field and in the red-zone, but given how poorly quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been playing, it likely wouldn’t have mattered. Roll with the Giants this week with confidence.
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