Week 9 NFL Injury Report With Betting Advice
Last week may have been impacted by injuries more than any other week. We saw some massive injures go down, as stars like Steve Smith, Le’Veon Bell and Matt Forte all exited games. Their contests were close, too, while the Steelers and Bears could have used their star running backs in losses.
Not only did those three huge injuries impact last week, but Forte is out for a couple of weeks and both Smith and Bell are out for the rest of the season. Naturally, their absences are going to hurt their teams at least to a certain degree going forward.
They’re not the only NFL injuries to track that could sway a game going into week nine, either. Let’s take a look at all of the top injuries and see if a player being active or not could affect their game:
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans – Probable
Mariota returns from a sprained knee this week. He sat out two games and a bye week and will make his return against a really bad Saints pass defense. The Titans probably won’t win, but he gives them a chance to keep it interesting.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Jets – Probable
Fitzmagic went down early last week with a hand injury and burned people who bet on the Jets to beat the Raiders. He’s back under center this week, though, so perhaps he can redeem himself against the lowly Jaguars.
Matt Forte, RB, Bears – OUT
Forte has a sprained knee and is for sure out for week nine. San Diego has a bad run defense, so rookie running back Jeremy Langford could have a good enough matchup to alleviate the loss. Chicago still isn’t a lock to get the win, of course.
Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers – OUT
Hyde is out again with a mild fracture in his foot. The 49ers are a hot mess with Blaine Gabbert starting for them. Even if Hyde were active, it wouldn’t matter. Bet hard on the Falcons this week.
Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers – OUT
Allen was one more “out for the year” guy we didn’t touch on, but he wasn’t ruled out for the year until just a few days ago. In case you missed it, here’s your reminder that he’s out. Stevie Johnson will see a bigger role and while it’s a pretty big blow, San Diego has enough weapons in place to have a fair shot at taking down the Bears at home this week.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts – Doubtful
Hilton is technically listed as questionable with a foot injury but he hasn’t practiced all week. He is almost certainly out and his absence hurts a Colts teams that is already in trouble against the visiting Broncos.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills – Questionable
Watkins has been out for the past couple of weeks but figures to return this week. Percy Harvin isn’t so lucky, though, as he’s been placed on injured reserve.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets – Probable
Marshall is a little banged up and is technically listed as questionable, but he’s firmly expected to play. Not having him would hurt the Jets quite a bit against Jacksonville, though.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins – Probable
D-Jax went down in week one with a hamstring issue but looks to finally be back on the field this week. It could make things a little more entertaining but the Redskins aren’t beating the Patriots in New England.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers – OUT
V-Jax is out again with a troublesome knee. Mike Evans will get all of the targets in a likely loss to the Giants.
Kendall Wright, WR, Titans – OUT
Wright is out with a sore knee, which naturally hurts Marcus Mariota in his return. Tight end Charles Clay could be targeted a ton in this one.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers – Questionable
Bryant is dealing with the flu but practiced near the end of the week and should be good to go for Sunday. Bryant has a juicy matchup at home against a really bad Oakland pass defense.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Buccaneers – Probable
ASJ is no lock to play this week but he’s as close as ever. With teammate Vincent Jackson out, he’ll probably give it a go and appear in just his third game of the year. His presence shouldn’t change things, though, as Tampa Bay is likely to lose to the G-Men.
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