NFL Week 7 injury updates

October 22, 2021


The NFL season is in Chapter 7, and teams are beginning to find their identities as they trudge along each week. Some teams understand that they are not among the league’s elite, while others are still trying to prove they belong in that conversation. Injuries have been a constant variable between teams this season.

Entering week 7, many teams have to manage their rosters after learning of their players’ ailments. Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is dealing with a lot of problems with his left shoulder, keeping him out of Thursday’s 17-14 win over the Denver Broncos. The Indianapolis Colts took a major hit in high school when safety Julian Blackmon tore an Achilles tendon in practice Wednesday, knocking him out for the season.

Additionally, the Tennessee Titans lost rookie Caleb Farley for a year after the cornerback tore an ACL in his team’s Monday night win over the Buffalo Bills – heartbreaking news given the number of injuries already has suffered with only 22 years.

Before the weekend action begins, our NFL Nation reporters are back with critical injury updates for key players.

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Injury: knee

The Falcons won’t have their best running back Dante Fowler Jr. on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Fowler has two sacks and two forced fumbles in those sacks. He is the most explosive pass rusher on the team and a player that opposing offenses need to watch out for. Atlanta could look in multiple directions without him in the lineup, including more playing time for veterans Steven Means and Brandon Copeland and rookie Ade Ogundeji. – Michael Rothstein


Injury: neck / disease

Erving was limited Thursday with a neck injury and missed practice Friday with illness, making it questionable for Sunday against the Giants after missing the Eagles game two weeks ago. Regardless, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Panthers picked rookie Brady Christensen. He started two weeks ago at right tackle, with Taylor Moton moving to the left side to replace Erving, but Christensen is more of a natural college left tackle. The Panthers just didn’t want their first start to be on the left side.

Line play is critical, as coach Matt Rhule promised to have a very different look to the offense that relies more on the run. A solid block up front could mean a lot to rookie running back Chuba Hubbard. – David Newton


Injury: knee

Hockenson is looking to get back on track, and the Lions coaching staff is making a conscious effort to keep him engaged. He told reporters he would be ready to start earlier this week, though he is listed as questionable after being mostly limited in practice all week. – Eric Woodyard

Injury: groin

Swift’s groin injury has been monitored by the Lions since the start of training camp. He’s listed as questionable after limited practice during the week, but he’ll be ready to go.


Injury: oblique

Smith has never missed a game in his seven NFL seasons. He’s 102 of 102, but the outside linebacker streak will be in jeopardy Sunday. He played just eight plays last week before quitting and didn’t return to practice until Friday, when he was limited and listed as questionable.

The Packers no longer have their other starting running back, Za’Darius Smith. If Preston doesn’t play, Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke would face the Packers without his first two running backs. – Rob Demovsky


Injury: Quad

Hilton did not practice all week and is questionable for the game against the San Francisco 49ers due to a quadriceps injury suffered in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans in Week 6.

“I mean, he’s probably not going to go away, but I’m not going to rule it out just yet,” coach Frank Reich said. “I just want to talk to him [Saturday]Look how it feels. “

Quarterback Carson Wentz will already be without a key receiver, as Parris Campbell could miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. Not having Hilton will put even more pressure on Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal. – Mike Wells


Injury: wrist

The Chiefs expect Jones to be available Sunday against the Tennessee Titans for the first time since playing in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles. It will be only the second game this season that the Chiefs will have both Jones and their other highly paid pass rusher, Frank Clark. The Chiefs have just seven sacks. Jones has two and Clark has none. – Adam Teicher


Injury: personal matter

Jefferson, whose two sacks rank third on the team, missed practice this week as he was absent dealing with a family situation. However, he is expected to return by the time of the game, and interim coach Rich Bisaccia said his availability will be decided then. Jefferson has started all six games and also has six QB hits and a forced fumble. If he’s not available, expect Solomon Thomas, who has 2.5 sacks, to step in as the starter. – Paul Gutierrez


Injury: shoulder

Dealing with a shoulder injury, Michel did not practice Wednesday and was listed as a limited participant for the remainder of the practice week. However, coach Sean McVay said before practice Friday that Michel is expected to play the Lions. In a role behind running back Darrell Henderson Jr., Michel has rushed for 205 yards and a touchdown on 54 carries in six games. – Lindsey Thiry


Injury: shoulder / groin

Even if only Howard was questionable for Sunday’s game, his absence would be a huge loss for the Dolphins. But alongside him on the questionable list are cornerback Byron Jones and former first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene, which means Miami could be three corners when it hosts the Falcons this week. If all three are offside, it’s an explosive place for everyone on Atlanta’s offense. – Marcel Louis-Jacques


Injury: shoulder

Jones is the Patriots ‘best cornerback, so his absence from the game (he was ruled out on Friday) has a trickle-down effect when considering the New York Jets’ passing attack and potential big plays by veteran rookie Jamison Crowder. Elijah Moore and others on the inside of the field. In addition to Jones, the Patriots could be unstarted DT Davon Godchaux (finger) and LB Dont’a Hightower (elbow / ankle). – Mike Reiss


Injury: ankle

Barkley will be out for another game after injuring an ankle against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. Devontae Booker will remain the leading running back, but that’s just the beginning of New York’s offensive injuries. – Jordan Raanan

Injury: knee

The G-Men will not have their most talented receiver in Golladay this week, further limiting firepower on New York’s offense. Sterling Shepard is expected to be the number one option, but he is also dealing with a hamstring injury that could affect his effectiveness.

Injury: ankle

Toney is the second pass receiver to miss the Giants’ contest against the Panthers. His ankle injury has not healed enough, which means that quarterback Daniel Jones will not have three of his best playmakers, not to mention that he will not have LT Andrew Thomas protecting his blind side, as he also is out due to injury.


Injury: elbow / ankle

Williams was a surprise addition to this week’s injury report after speaking to the media and participating in Monday’s practice, where he apparently exacerbated the ankle problem that began in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals. But he did not practice Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday night against the Colts. That would be a huge loss for the 49ers, who will turn to rookie Jaylon Moore if Williams can’t play. And with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returning from his own calf injury and Trey Lance unavailable with a sprained knee, protection will have to be even more valuable than usual. – Nick Wagoner


Injury: knee

Jackson was limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, but did not participate on Friday. Instead, he worked on a side field with coaches. It is listed as questionable. Jackson has been inconsistent in his first season with Washington as he adjusts to a new scheme and techniques. But it would still be a loss for Washington. If he can’t play, rookie Benjamin St-Juste would start in his place alongside Kendall Fuller. Washington has already lost cornerback Torry McTyer to a torn ACL, so his depth isn’t very good. Danny Johnson or Corn Elder could jump in if Jackson can’t play. – John Keim


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