NFL Week 9 injuries – Mark Andrews, Corey Davis, more


Week 9 of the NFL season has arrived, but injuries prevent some stars from joining their teams on the field.

Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen is facing a setback in his recovery from a week 8 hamstring injury that took his team.

Elsewhere in SoCal, Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp is expected to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, despite an ankle injury he sustained in last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

A handful of backfields in the league will be thin this week as running backs Jonathan Taylor and D’Andre Swift missed a lot of practice time this week.

James Conner and Chuba Hubbard were limited training participants for the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers, respectively.

Here are more week 9 injury updates from our NFL Nation reporters:

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Injury: Knee

Patterson returned to training from the injured reserve on Wednesday. Although he had not yet been activated, Falcons coach Arthur Smith did not rule out Patterson’s availability for Sunday against the Chargers.

Patterson took part in every training session this week and appeared to be in good spirits, calling himself “90 percent” on Wednesday after his first official training session back at the club. When Patterson returns, the Falcons will get back one of their most versatile players and best rusher – he averaged 5.9 yards per carry before his injury. If he doesn’t return, expect the Falcons to continue using a combination of Caleb Huntley and Tyler Allgeier in the backfield. When he’s back, both Huntley and Allgeier can still play a part as Patterson is a player who can be used anywhere in a formation to create mismatches for the opposing defense.

–Michael Rothstein

Injury: Knee/shoulder

Andrews missed his second day of training in a row meaning he is leaning towards not playing. He has never missed a game in his five-year career due to injury, but it might be smarter for Baltimore to stop him. If Andrews sits, he would get 24 days of rest between games (the Ravens get a farewell next week) and be healthier heading into the second half of the team’s schedule. Isaiah Probably would probably start instead of Andrews.

Injury: Hamstring

It looks like Edwards has a chance to play Monday night after missing his second training session in a row. If Edwards doesn’t play, the Ravens would rely on Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill vs. the Saints. Drake leads Baltimore running backs with 251 yards rushing this year, and Hill outperforms all Ravens RBs by an average of 6.4 yards per carry. This looks to be a tough game for Baltimore, which will be without Andrews on the tight end and No. 1 wide receiver Rashod Bateman.

–Jamison Hensley

Injury: Elbow

Poyer will miss his third game of the season with a left elbow injury sustained late in the team’s win against the Green Bay Packers. He hasn’t trained all week. With safety Micah Hyde (neck) out for the season, safety measures Damar Hamlin and Jaquan Johnson are expected to begin. In the games he has played, Poyer has been a key high school veteran, starting the year with four interceptions (tied for second most in the NFL). Linebacker Matt Milano (oblique) and right tackle Spencer Brown (ankle) are both in doubt for the game against the Jets.

–Alaina Getzenberg

Injury: Only

With Hubbard out for the second straight game, look for D’Onta Foreman to get the bulk of the carries again. Foreman has rushed 118 yards in each of the past two games, but his ball contacts went up significantly last week against Atlanta with Hubbard out. He had 15 carries against Tampa Bay and 26 against the Falcons. See if he’s back in the 20-carry range.

–David Newton

Injury: Shoulder and concussion, respectively

Having their most reliable receiver (Lazard) and their most explosive receiver (Watson) can be a game-changer for the struggling Packers attack. Aaron Rodgers didn’t have a Lazard (shoulder) against the Bills last week and lost Watson (concussion) in the first heat. Both returned to training this week. Coach Matt LaFleur said Lazard will be a pre-match decision, while Watson has yet to take another step to clear protocol.

— Rob Demovsky

Injury: Only

Taylor has been battling injuries for weeks and is now struggling with an ankle injury. He aggravated the previous injury during last week’s loss to Washington and will not play against New England. The question now is whether Taylor can make enough progress by sitting out on Sunday to get healthy, or whether he will have to endure it in the coming weeks.

— Stephen Holder

Injury: Hamstring

Waller has not played since sustaining a hamstring injury after eight snaps in Kansas City on Oct. 10, and he is officially listed as doubtful to play in Jacksonville after being limited in practice all week. “Nobody wants to play faster than Darren,” said Raiders coach Josh McDaniels. If Waller, who will test the leg before Sunday’s game in Jacksonville, can’t go, expect Foster Moreau to rise again. Moreau is coming off a career-high-tying six catches against New Orleans last week.

— Paul Gutierrez

Injury: Hamstring and ankle, respectively

The Chargers will be without their best two wide receivers on Sunday, with Allen being ruled out after another setback in his recovery from a nagging hamstring injury and Williams dealing with a high ankle sprain. To make matters even more worrisome, trusted backup DeAndre Carter is in doubt due to an illness.

— Lindsey Thiry

Injury: Calf

Tomlinson doesn’t get a lot of prominence in the league, but he’s had a Pro Bowl-caliber season behind him as a nose tackle in the Vikings’ new 3-4 schedule. The Vikings will rely on a number of backups against Washington on Sunday, from James Lynch to Khyiris Tonga to Ross Blacklock, in hopes of stopping the commanders’ internal play.

— Kevin Seifert

Injury: Disease

Harris, who is second on the team with 302 yards on 71 carries (4.3 average) and three touchdowns, did not participate in practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He is officially listed as questionable. Although Rhamondre Stevenson has taken over the No. 1 duties, he can’t do everything, and that’s where Harris is an important addition. If Harris doesn’t fit on Sunday, the team will have rookies Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris as backup options, with JJ Taylor on the practice squad.

— Mike Reiss

Injury: Only

With Michael Thomas now on IR, Landry is the last major receiver not to play for a month after injuring an ankle. Landry returned to practice on a limited basis this week, so it’s up to you whether he can return against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday or if he needs more time to heal.

— Katherine Terrell

Injury: Knee

Davis will miss his second game in a row, leaving QB Zach Wilson without his most reliable receiver against the Bills’ top scoring defense. Again, Davis will be replaced by Denzel Mims, with Garrett Wilson likely to start as the other outside receiver. The Jets expect Davis to return in Week 11, following their farewells.

— Rich Cimini

Injury: Hamstring

Dotson will miss his fifth game in a row due to a hamstring injury. He didn’t train this week and only worked on a side field on Friday. However, Washington coach Ron Rivera said the team hopes Dotson returns next week. Sophomore receiver Dyami Brown returns after missing the past two games with a groin injury.

Injury: Foot

Holcomb was ruled out for a second consecutive game. The problem is that his backup, David Mayo, won’t play either due to a hamstring injury. However, Washington has veteran Jon Bostic to play alongside the improving Jamin Davis. Washington also likes to use a five-man defense line — which often resembles a 3-4 front — or security Kamren Curl in a major role. Curl mentioned the defensive signals last week.

— John Keim

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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