Week 8 NFL Injury Report With Betting Advice
More NFL betting is on it’s way, as we get another early kickoff with the Chiefs and Lions battling in London. That means you’ll need to be all over the injury report earlier than usual, for both that game and all of the other week eight contests.
Let’s check out the biggest names and see whether or not their status could impact your football betting this week:
Josh McCown, QB, Browns – Questionable
McCown is dealing with an injury to his throwing shoulder and is still regarded as a game time call for week eight. Johnny Manziel could see the field against the Arizona Cardinals, but this isn’t a good spot for either of these guys. Bet big on Arizona in week eight.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers – Probable
Big Ben could be back this week in a huge game at home against the undefeated Bengals, but he previously said he won’t be “getting his hopes up”. Whatever that means. He could play, and if he does, the Steelers will have a shot at handing Cincy their first loss of 2015. If not, the Bengals are a pretty safe pick.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans – OUT
Mariota is out for the second week in a row due to a mild knee sprain. He could play in the Titans’ next game, but they’re just playing it safe here. Tennessee could easily top the Texans this week, but Zach Mettenberger being under center certainly hurts their chances.
Arian Foster, RB, Texans – OUT
This will be the last time we talk much about Foster, as he tore his Achilles tendon last week and is done for the year. It’s worth mentioning in case you missed it, though. Alfred Blue tentatively takes over as Houston’s lead back, but this is obviously a massive blow to an already pedestrian offense. If the Texans weren’t facing Zach Mettenberger this week, they’d be the easiest team to pick against in week eight.
Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers – OUT
Hyde is still dealing with a fracture in his foot and he will sit out of week eight and possibly miss much more time. Reggie Bush figures to start, while Mike Davis and Jarryd Hayne could also be sprinkled in. It’s bad news for an inept offense on the road against the Rams.
Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys – Questionable
Bryant could be making his long awaited return this week, but if he does it’ll be in a brutal matchup with the Seahawks. He still gives Dallas a nice shot in the arm if he’s a full go, but picking against Seattle this week still isn’t advised.
John Brown, WR, Cardinals – Questionable
Brown is a little banged up and could miss week eight, but that’s been the case the past two weeks and he’s still played – and played well. Arizona would love to have him again this week, but they don’t need him to take down the Browns.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers – Doubtful
Jackson is almost certain to miss week eight with a knee injury. He’s been talked about as an inactive all week and hasn’t been able to get in practice time. With V-Jax sitting, Mike Evans will see a massive role yet again but it probably won’t lead to a Tampa Bay win in Atlanta.
Eric Decker, WR, Jets – Questionable
Decker is questionable with his ongoing knee sprain. He’s been able to play through it to this point, but whether or not the soreness is worse than it was a week ago will be the key question. The Jets could use him against the Raiders on the road, but they’re still a solid bet even if he doesn’t suit up.
Steve Smith, WR, Ravens – Probable
Smith is listed as probably but there’s little doubt he’ll play this week. He’s sat out one game due to small back fractures but he’s been back in action the past couple of weeks and he’s a trooper. Baltimore is an awful 1-6, but with or without Smith they’ll have a chance at home against the Chargers.
Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers – Probable
Boldin is listed as probably with a hamstring issue, but he’s publicly stated there’s “no doubt” he’s going to play. His availability won’t make a huge difference against a stingy Rams defense, though, and the Niners will be tough to pick with or without him.
Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers – Questionable
Gates is still nursing a sprained knee and is in doubt for the second week in a row. He missed last week and is iffy again as the Bolts prepare to take on the Ravens in Baltimore. San Diego’s chances of pulling this one out probably lessen without him on the field.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Buccaneers – Doubtful
ASJ hasn’t played since week two due to a shoulder sprain and he’s likely going to sit out at least one more week. Tampa Bay is probably losing to the Falcons on the road this week, regardless.
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