NFL Week 9 accidents: Sammy Watkins dominated out, Christian McCaffrey poised for return, and extra


The Inexperienced Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers kicked off Week 9 on Thursday night time, as Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams flew previous Nick Mullens and Co., 34-17. The 49ers’ loss this week can most likely be blamed on accidents, as they grew to become the primary staff because the 1970 merger to play a recreation with out their beginning quarterback and 6 of their high seven gamers in yards from scrimmage, exterior of the 1987 substitute participant video games.

They will not be the one staff that should try to beat important accidents this week, nevertheless. For instance, the Jacksonville Jaguars should do with out beginning quarterback Gardner Minshew and the New York Giants won’t have Devonta Freeman. A number of different necessary gamers are set to return to the sphere this week, nevertheless, corresponding to Christian McCaffrey and Chris Godwin.  

Take a look at our full harm rundown beneath that additionally consists of recreation statues for Week 9 beneath. All NFL odds come by way of William Hill Sportsbook. 

Giants at Washington (-2.5)

Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis are anticipated to hold the load for the Giants within the backfield, as Freeman can be out with an ankle harm. He did return to observe on Thursday and Friday as a restricted participant however apparently didn’t really feel adequate to have the ability to swimsuit up on Sunday. 

Washington not having certainly one of their beginning offensive tackles in Christian is worrisome, however the excellent news is that defensive finish James Smith-Williams, go rusher Montez Sweat, tight finish Logan Thomas and extensive receiver Isaiah Wright are good to go in spite of everything being restricted contributors earlier within the week. 

Seattle will as soon as once more be with out beginning working again Chris Carson together with Carlos Hyde for this matchup in opposition to Buffalo. Meaning one other week of DeeJay Dallas, who rushed for 41 yards and a landing in Week 8 whereas catching all 5 of his targets for 17 yards and one other rating. The excellent news for the Seahawks, nevertheless, is that security Jamal Adams doesn’t carry an harm designation heading into this recreation that means he is good to go. 

The Payments will once more be with out a number of notable starters on Sunday. There’s particularly regarding in terms of the offensive and defensive fronts, as Morse is out whereas Butler, Ford and Johnson are questionable to play. 

Ingram is uncertain to play on Sunday as a result of an ankle harm, so anticipate the majority of the carries to be given to Gus Edwards and rookie J.Okay. Dobbins. 

Hilton didn’t observe all week as a result of a groin harm, however the Colts are nonetheless giving him a small probability to play on Sunday. Alie-Cox sat off form on Thursday with a knee harm, however did return as a restricted participant on Friday. He’s questionable to play. 

The large storyline for the Lions is Golladay being out with a hip harm, as he didn’t observe all week. One other participant to bear in mind is quarterback Matthew Stafford, since he was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 listing earlier this week. He has an opportunity to be activated for Sunday’s recreation, however he was not in a position to observe all week. 

The Vikings clearly have some points within the secondary, as they’ve already dominated out three cornerbacks for Sunday and have one other listed as questionable. Hand was a restricted participant in observe all week, nevertheless, which implies he ought to have a good probability to swimsuit up. 

The Panthers get their greatest participant again this week, as star working again Christian McCaffrey will take the sphere for the primary time since injuring his ankle in Week 2. Carolina may very well be with out certainly one of its greatest participant on the defensive facet of the ball, nevertheless, as Chinn is questionable to play with a knee harm. The Panthers will definitely want him in the event that they need to try to carry the Chiefs’ passing assault in examine. 

Kansas Metropolis will as soon as once more be with out beginning offensive sort out Mitchell Schwartz after he could not get on the observe discipline this week. Whereas the Chiefs might miss their sort out for Week 9, there was an opportunity Sammy Watkins would return to motion after being restricted in observe, however he is since been dominated out, leaving Tyreek Hill,  Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman’s to shoulder the load. 

Bears tight finish Cole Kmet missed Thursday’s observe after tweaking his groin however was in a position to get again on the filed in a restricted capability on Friday. If that groin harm flares up over the weekend, veteran Jimmy Graham ought to be in line for a ton of labor. 

Tennessee can be with out receiver Adam Humphries after he was unable to clear concussion protocol and observe this week. His absence ought to improve the goal share for A.J. Brown, Corey Davis, and presumably even tight finish Jonnu Smith. As for Jadeveon Clowney, he is not trending in a optimistic course after not practising in any respect this week. Whereas he could also be listed as questionable, lacking all the week does not make his prospects of taking part in all too promising. 

Texans (-7) at Jaguars

Houston has a particularly small harm report popping out of its bye. Tight finish Jordan Atkins (ankle, concussion) and extensive receiver Randall Cobb (sickness) had been each full contributors on Friday, signifying that they’re able to roll for Sunday. 

Jacksonville formally ruling out quarterback Gardner Minshew was merely a formality as Doug Marrone had already revealed his destiny earlier this week. In his place, rookie Jake Luton will get the beginning beneath middle. This may occasionally additionally not be only a one-week stint for Luton as Marrone did point out this week that if the younger quarterback performs effectively, Minshew might not get his beginning spot again so simply. 

  • Broncos: CB A.J. Bouye (concussion) OUT; WR Diontae Spencer (shoulder) DOUBTFUL; CB Bryce Callahan (ankle), RB Philip Lindsay (foot), WR Tim Patrick (hamstring), TE Nick Vannett (foot), S Trey Marshall (sickness) QUESTIONABLE
  • Falcons: CB Jordan Miller (indirect), DE Takk McKinley (groin), DE Dante Fowler (hamstring ) OUT; WR Calvin Ridley (foot) QUESTIONABLE

Broncos working again Phillip Lindsay is trending in the precise course as he is formally listed as questionable with a foot harm. Afer not practising on Wednesday, Lindsay has progressed properly all through the week, which included a Friday session the place he was a full participant. Nook Bryce Callahan is also trending in a optimistic course after practising on a restricted foundation on Thursday and Friday. 

The harm of notice for the Falcons surrounds receiver Calvin Ridley, who’s formally listed as questionable with a foot harm. Atlanta held Ridley off form all week, albeit Friday being a day the place the Falcons closed the power and performed enterprise just about. His standing can be value monitoring as Sunday attracts nearer. Regardless of being restricted on Thursday and Friday, fellow receiver Russell Gage carries no harm designation heading into Week 9. 

Josh Jacobs is the massive title to observe for the Raiders. Whereas he’s formally listed as questionable, the again is trending in a optimistic course to finish the week, taking part in observe on Friday on a restricted foundation after lacking Thursday’s session totally. If Jacobs is not in a position to play or is restricted in any approach, that would open the door for Devontae Booker to see some prolonged carries. 

The Chargers do not anticipate to have star go rusher Joey Bosa on Sunday after he missed all the week of observe as he is nonetheless in concussion protocol. 

  • Steelers: DE Tyson Alualu (knee) OUT; CB Mike Hilton (shoulder), OL Stefen Wisniewski (pectoral) DOUBTFUL; TE Vance McDonald (sickness) QUESTIONABLE
  • Cowboys: P Chris Jones (stomach) OUT; RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring), DE Aldon Smith (knee), LB Joe Thomas (wrist) QUESTIONABLE

The Steelers are comparatively wholesome getting into this Week 9 matchup, however not having Alualu on the defensive position is definitely notable. 

Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones famous that he expects each Ezekiel Elliott and Aldon Smith to play on Sunday in opposition to the Steelers, regardless of their questionable standing. Jones’ feedback together with each Elliott and Smith taking part in observe on Friday on a restricted foundation do level to issues trending in a robust course for 2 key gamers on Dallas’ roster. 

Provided that Matt Breida wasn’t in a position to hit the observe discipline all week, seeing him already dominated out is not precisely jaw-dropping. It does, nevertheless, make for an attention-grabbing backfield for Miami after putting Myles Gaskin on IR earlier this week. Miami did commerce for DeAndre Washington on the deadline so he might see some important carries alongside Jordan Howard as he makes his Dolphins debut. 

With Kenyan Drake out for Arizona, Chase Edmonds will get the nod to begin within the Cardinals backfield. After not with the ability to observe this week, there was little probability that Dre Kirkpatrick was going to have the ability to play and the Playing cards have since shut the door on that risk. 

  • Saints: WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
  • Buccaneers: G Ali Marpet (concussion) OUT; WR Chris Godwin (finger) QUESTIONABLE

The Saints formally listed receiver Michael Thomas as questionable after being restricted all week in observe. That mentioned, the star pass-catcher is anticipated to make his long-awaited return on Sunday Night time Soccer, based on Dianna Rusini of ESPN. Quarterback Drew Brees, who was restricted on Wednesday and Thursday, doesn’t carry an harm designation heading into the weekend, that means he is good to go. New Orleans additionally positioned defensive sort out Sheldon Rankins (knee) and defensive again Justin Hardee (groin) on IR. 

The Buccaneers have a reasonably brief harm report heading into Week 9 and it actually does not have many surprises. Whereas Chris Godwin is technically listed as questionable, he was a full participant in observe on Friday so he’s trending in a optimistic course. Guard Ali Marpet wasn’t in a position to get on the observe discipline all week so his standing is not completely stunning. 

Evaluation to come back.



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