NFL Week 9 Injury Updates

November 5, 2021

Week 9 of the NFL season is here, and there has been some big injury news this week.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery for a foot injury suffered in Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Green Bay Packers are not counting on quarterback Aaron Rodgers for their matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs after Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19. Green Bay, however, will get its best catcher back this week, as Davante Adams returned to practice after missing last week due to a positive COVID-19 test.

There is good news for quarterbacks, specifically in Texas. Dak Prescott is ready to start with the Dallas Cowboys after missing last week’s game with a calf injury. Tyrod Taylor was named the Houston Texans starter after missing the previous six games with a hamstring injury. In another positive development, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey designated him to return from injured reserve. If activated, he could hit the field for the first time since week 2.

As you prepare for NFL football weekend, our reporters have the latest updates on key players and their health in Week 9.

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Injury: groin

The Ravens listed two of their top three wide receivers as questionable: Bateman (groin) and Sammy Watkins (hamstring). It seems that Bateman is the safest option to play against the Vikings. After he didn’t practice Friday, coach John Harbaugh said the first-round rookie pick “has a very good chance” to play. Harbaugh was more vague on the status of Watkins, who has missed the last two games. Bateman could score some significant numbers against the Vikings, who allowed 100-yard games to two Cowboys wide receivers a week ago. – Jamison Hensley

Injury: ribs

Beasley is questionable for Sunday’s game, but coach Sean McDermott expressed optimism regarding his status against the Jaguars. He did not participate in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but was limited on Friday while wearing a contactless jersey in practice. It is a trend for him to be available this week.

Injury: hand

Knox will miss a second straight game with a hand injury suffered in the team’s loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 6. He did not practice this week. Tommy Sweeney replaced well as a blocker in Knox’s absence and will do so again this week, but he hasn’t been much of a threat.

Injury: shoulder

Poyer, part of the Bills’ dominant starting safety duo, suffered a shoulder injury in practice Wednesday. He did not participate on Thursday but was limited on Friday. McDermott said they’d need to see how he did it during practice Friday, but it’s officially questionable for the game. – Alaina Getzenberg

Injury: concussion, shoulder

The shoulder is as worrisome to Darnold as the concussion. If he gets free of the concussion protocol, chances are he will be at least PJ Walker’s endorsement this week. Darnold could possibly start if it clears, but there is a real concern about the force in the shoulder. Walker has also received the most first-team reps. In addition, running back Christian McCaffrey will be evaluated Saturday to determine if he comes off the disabled list after missing five games due to a hamstring injury. Even if he leaves IR, the final decision on him will be game time, and even then it would probably be on a pitch count. – David Newton

Injury: dislocated elbow

Cleveland’s All-Pro right tackle will miss the first of several games due to a dislocated elbow he suffered Sunday against Pittsburgh. Blake Hance will start in his place in Cincinnati. – Jake Trotter

Injury: ankle

Smith has been ruled out due to an ankle injury he aggravated last week at Minnesota. Terence Steele, who started the last six games at right tackle, will side with Smith and La’el Collins will return to his familiar spot at right tackle. Dak Prescott will return after missing a game with a calf strain, but the Cowboys don’t feel compromised without Smith due to how well Steele has done on the right side. And there’s this: Denver traded Von Miller this week. Wide receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are questionable, but both are expected to play. – Todd Archer

Injury: hip

The Broncos traded Von Miller on Monday and Bradley Chubb is on injured reserve, so any injury to Reed, the guy who has replaced Miller and Chubb in the past three seasons, will cause a stir on defense. Reed was out of practice Friday and the Broncos want to see how he moves into field work Saturday before heading to Dallas. If Reed can’t play the Cowboys, get ready to see rookie Jonathon Cooper and Stephen Weatherly, both of whom the Broncos acquired in a trade two weeks ago, at both outside linebacker spots. – Jeff Legwold

Injury: heel

Coach Urban Meyer said Robinson would move a bit on the practice field Friday and the team will see how his bruised right heel responds on Saturday and Sunday. Robinson, who was injured last week in Seattle, did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, although he was on the field. – Michael DiRocco

Injury: knee

This comes with a caveat as Simpson and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (neck) were the only two Raiders players listed on the team’s injury report this week, and neither had a state of play designation after being full participants throughout the week. Physically, he’s the healthiest the Raiders have been all season. But if Simpson pinches his injured knee again, expect Jordan Simmons to spell it out. The same goes for Darius Philon when it comes to Hankins. – Paul Gutierrez

Injury: hamstring, shoulder

Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Friday that Parker recently suffered a setback due to an injury that kept him out of three of Miami’s last four games. The wide receiver apparently aggravated the injury in practice this week and was placed on injured reserve on Friday. – Marcel Louis-Jacques

Injury: elbow

Pierce didn’t have a setback in practice, according to coach Mike Zimmer, but will not play Baltimore after being demoted from limited to DNP on Thursday and Friday. Against the powerful running attack of the Ravens, which averages the league’s third-highest production at 149.4 rushing yards per game, Minnesota will need to rely on backup nose tackle Armon Watts in place of Pierce and could also be without linebacker Anthony Barr. , who is questionable. with a knee injury, as does cornerback Cameron Dantzler (ankle). – Courtney Cronin

Injury: Illness

Jackson, who is tied for the team lead with three interceptions, missed the first two practices of the week due to illness. The Patriots are already skinny at cornerback, a hot topic this week as they face Stephon Gilmore, who they traded to the Panthers on October 6. If Jackson can’t play Sunday, he would likely push 2019 second-round pick Joejuan Williams into a starting role alongside Jalen Mills. – Mike Reiss

Injury: knee

This isn’t exactly a newsflash as Winston suffered a season-ending ACL tear last Sunday. But this will be the Saints’ first game without him. Coach Sean Payton announced Friday that veteran backup Trevor Siemian would start against the Atlanta Falcons, and Taysom Hill would also play a role on offense after returning from a concussion this week. Siemian did an impressive job replacing during last week’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the Saints (5-2) will continue to rely more on their defense and running game, as they have all season while ranking 31st in the NFL in passing yards. – Mike Triplett

Injury: calf

Kittle has been on injured reserve for the past four weeks, missing three games in the process. But he went back to practicing this week and got through the three days without any problem. The Niners are activating him from injured reserve, which means he will play the Cardinals. How much? Well, coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t like the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčlimiting Kittle if he’s healthy and available, which he seems to be.

“When a boy is not healthy, you always have to [manage them]”Shanahan said.” But I haven’t heard of people running a tight end, especially one like Kittle. The tight ends go. They usually play all the plays. “

Injury: calf

Samuel has been the focal point of San Francisco’s offense all season, but he played his calf problem last week in Chicago and came out the other side a little worse from wear and tear. This week, Samuel has been limited in practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday against Arizona. Samuel adopted an optimistic tone when discussing his injury on Friday, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to play.

“As the days go by, things get better day by day, so we’ve been taking it easy and seeing how it goes,” Samuel said.

Injury: ribs

Mitchell suffered the injury during his 137-yard dash last week, and it has been painful enough to keep him out of practice Wednesday and limit him on Thursday and Friday. Mitchell wore a contactless blue shirt for both sessions. He’s officially listed as questionable for Sunday, and Shanahan indicated that Mitchell’s status is uncertain enough for Sunday that running back Jeff Wilson Jr. could be activated from the physically incapacitated list sooner than the team expected.

“It’s only three practices, but he looked as good and ready as he could be,” Shanahan said of Wilson. “So from a health and everything standpoint, there’s no question about it. Ideally, in a perfect world, we might as well give him a couple more practices. But with Elijah being questionable and the way he looked this week. , that’s why a problem. ” – Nick Wagoner

Injury: knee

Brown did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable due to a knee injury. Brown was in and out of the Iineup last season due to knee injuries. He underwent a procedure on both knees during the offseason and missed part of training camp. The Titans will continue to handle the blows to Brown’s knees going forward. – Turron Davenport