Week 11 kicked off with major injuries in Thursday’s Night’s AFC North showdown between the Bengals and Ravens. Joe Burrow (wrist) and Mark Andrews (ankle) were both lost for the year, and unfortunately the injuries didn’t end there as several notable stars went down on Sunday.
There were several injuries in the Seahawks vs. Rams game as Geno Smith, Kenneth Walker and Cooper Kupp all missed significant time in Los Angeles’ 17-16 win.
Smith hurt his throwing elbow after taking a massive blow from Aaron Donald in the third quarter. He stood on the sideline with a wrap on his arm as the Seahawks blew a 16-7 lead. However, he returned with 1:31 remaining and marched the offense down the field to set up a potential game-winning field goal. Should Smith end up missing future games, Action Network Director of Predictive Analytics Sean Koerner says there will be a 2.5-3 point difference going to Drew Lock.
Walker hurt his oblique in the first quarter and was replaced by Zach Charbonnet. The rookie carried the ball 15 times for 47 yards while also catching six passes for 22 yards. The Seahawks have a quick turnaround as they face the 49ers Thursday night, so they may be up against the wall getting him back. Koerner says Charbonnet is a must add in fantasy football.
Kupp left midway through the first half with an ankle injury. The Rams initially listed him as questionable before announcing he would not return later in the second half. Kupp had one catch for 11 yards before departing. He previously missed the first four games of the year with a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, running back De’Von Achane went out early in the Dolphins’ win over the Raiders in his return from injured-reserve. The dynamic rookie missed four games with a knee injury, and he lasted only three plays after taking a hit to that very same knee. Luckily, Dolphins’ head coach Mike McDaniel called it precautionary. The Dolphins entered Week 11 with the ninth-best Super Bowl odds at ESPN BET (+900).
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In Green Bay, Aaron Jones was carted off the field in what appeared to be a significant knee injury. Fortunately, head coach Matt LaFleur said it appeared to be a short-term injury, while Jones told the media he “caught a break.”
Jones wasn’t the only running back to leave the Packers’ 23-20 win over the Chargers, though, as Emanuel Wilson hurt his shoulder. A.J. Dillon ended up the last running back left, finishing with 14 carries for 29 yards.
The Chargers also suffered a significant injury as star pass-rusher Joey Bosa (foot) left the game on the Packers’ first drive. He was in visible pain writhing on the sideline, and was emotional as he was carted into the locker room.