Week 4 NFL Injury Report With Betting Advice
Injuries can definitely impact how NFL games go. Tony Romo and Jay Cutler were out last week and the Cowboys and Bears both lost. Arian Foster has missed the first three games of the year and the Texans are just 1-2. Drew Brees missed week three and the Saints dropped to 0-3.
Those teams weren’t complete locks to lose any given game they were without their top star player, but those absences surely helped you feel better about your NFL picks. There are some more big names to track in the pro football betting world this week, so let’s go over their statuses and how much they could impact they game if they’re out:
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts – Questionable
Luck is probably the biggest injury to monitor for NFL betting this week, as the Colts could easily lose to the Jaguars if he sits and Matt Hasselbeck is ineffective in his place. Indy has expressed confidence he’ll be good to go, but injuries to quarterback’s shoulders are never good. Keep tabs on his status and if he’s in the Colts are the easy pick, but if he’s out Jacksonville heats up as this week’s upset special.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys – OUT
Romo remains out and Brandon Weeden will try not to mess it up for the second week in a row. On the road in the Superdome against a desperate Saints team, that’s unlikely. New Orleans would be the better pick this week.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears – Questionable
Cutler is working his way back from a hamstring issue and did practice some this week. His availability is key, as the Bears would certainly have a much better chance at home if he was under center. Consider the Bears if he plays, but if Jimmy Clausen is out there again you have to roll with Oakland all day.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints – Probable
Brees is about as close to a guarantee to play this week as it gets. He could give the Saints a major shot in the arm if he’s back to his old self.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans – Questionable
Houston is supposedly letting Foster decide if he wants to return this week, but that still puts his odds at playing at about 50%. The Falcons are a tough opponent on the road either way, but if he’s in the starting lineup you could take a stab at Houston getting the upset.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills – OUT
Shady is out this week but it’s not a big blow for a strong Bills team at home. Karlos Williams has looked fantastic so far this year, so Buffalo is still the favorite against the Giants.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles – Questionable
Murray sat out and the Eagles won, so now they’ll lose when he gets back in week 4, right? Maybe, but the Redskins aren’t great overall, so adding a solid talent shouldn’t hurt Philly. He’s questionable to play.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks – Questionable
Beast Mode was limited last week due to back and calf issues and early reports suggest it’s more likely than not that he’ll sit this week when the Lions come to town. Thomas Rawls got a ton of work in his place last week and easily topped 100 rushing yards, so it’s fairly likely Seattle doesn’t miss a beat.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals – Questionable
Ellington is expected to make his return from a knee sprain, but with Chris Johnson and David Johnson playing so well, he should have a smaller role than usual. Arizona should get to 4-0 with or without Ellington.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears – OUT
Jeffery is going to be held out yet again with leg issues so he can get fully healthy. If he and Cutler are both out the Bears are in serious trouble this week.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins – OUT
Jackson remains out with a hammy strain and he could miss quite a bit more time. No revenge versus his old team and one less weapons at Kirk Cousins’ disposal. It’s bad news for the Redskins.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants – OUT
Cruz is still hampered by a lingering calf issue and may miss even more time. New York could use the extra body in the passing game and things won’t be easy in Buffalo against the Bills.
Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings – OUT
Minnesota already faces a tough task on the road versus a stout Broncos defense this week, and now they’ll be without top receiver, Charles Johnson. The Vikings aren’t looking like a fun pick in week four.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers – Questionable
Adams exited last week’s big win over the Chiefs after hurting his injured ankle further and now he’s in doubt to face the 49ers. Green Bay got by fine without him in week three and they’re likely to do so again in week four.
Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers – Questionable
Green sat out last week with a concussion issue but he’s tentatively expected to return this week. San Diego needs him badly, both to help with blocking and to give them a strong red-zone presence. His absence would hurt them with the Browns coming to town.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers – Doubtful
Davis is very doubtful to face the Packers this week. He hasn’t been going off early this year, but taking quality bodies out of a struggling Niners offense isn’t going to do Colin Kaepernick any favors. Green Bay continues to look like one of the safest bets of week four.
Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars – OUT
Thomas has been out all year and still isn’t back from a hand injury. The Jaguars have been so-so without him and now try to take down the Colts in Indy. The only way that happens is if Andrew Luck sits.
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