Many football fans and bettors expected Week 5 of NFL to be intense, and as anticipated, it did not disappoint. But with the entertainment, some teams had to pay a big price for their wins and even losses, with a number of key players sustaining sensible injuries that will impact teams in their coming matches and that will also affect the NFL odds for Week 6. Below is a summary of the main NFL Week 5 injuries, Week 6 games and the listed lines for each team:
Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions)
On Sunday, Johnson, who was used as a decoy, caught a pass and was ruthlessly tackled by the Bills, hence reinjuring his ankle. Johnson clutched his leg after the play ended, went into the locker room and did not return. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said at his weekly news conference today that he will “strongly” consider sitting Johnson against the Minnesota Vikings to let him rest his injured right ankle.
Next Game: Lions vs. Vikings
Drew Stanton (Arizona Cardinals)
QB Carson Palmer’s replacement Drew Stanton suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to Denver Broncos. As things stand, both Palmer and Stanton are a doubt for their next game against Washington. Going by the way Logan Thomas (Stanton’s replacement last Sunday) struggled mightily, the Cardinals will be hoping and praying for the recovery of either Stanton or Palmer.
Next Game: Redskins vs. Cardinals
Eric Decker (New York Jets)
Decker was able to tough it out last week, but a weekly deactivation report from the Jets indicates that Decker will not feature in this week’s game. For the Jets whose offense is already struggling, this will be a huge blow for them. On a positive note, the New York Daily News revealed that Decker’s hamstring injury “will be a true game-time decision.”
Next Game: Broncos vs. Jets
Jake Locker (Tennessee Titans)
Locker hurt his thumb when he hit a player’s helmet in the Titans’ game against Cleveland. Fortunately, X-rays on his hand came back clean, so he may feature in the game against the Jaguars. But as a precaution, more tests will be done to assess if there are any soft tissue damages.
Next Game: Jaguars vs. Titans
Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints)
Many Saints’ fans are holding their breath waiting for the confirmation of Graham’s status after he sustained a shoulder injury in their win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. However, the great news for the Saints is that there is an upcoming bye week, which will accord them some much-needed rest and hopefully give Graham enough time to heal.
Next Game: On bye week. Week 7 Saints vs. Lions
Rashad Jennings (New York Giants)
In the come-from-behind win against Atlanta, Jennings was withdrawn after spraining his knee. So far, no specific information has been released regarding the injury. However, sources close to the player reveal that he is scheduled for an MRI to asses the extent of the player’s injury. Jennings is an invaluable player and the Giants would be thrilled to have him play against Philadelphia, but if he’s unavailable, the talented rookie Andre Williams could replace him splendidly, as he did against Atlanta.
Next Game: Giants vs. Eagles
Odds: Giants +2.5
Reggie Bush (Detroit Lions)
Though Reggie Bush sustained an ankle injury in the game against the Bills in the fourth quarter, he later said “I feel good, but we’ll see”. The team is waiting for confirmation from the medics regarding the extent of the injury. Bush is awaiting for MRI results on his injured ankle, if unavailable, George Winn is likely to replace him as the running back.
Next Game: Lions vs. Vikings
Other Noteworthy Injuries
- Here’s a list of other mentionable injuries from Week 5 of NFL:
- Malcolm Floyd (San Diego Chargers) — calf injury
- Donald Brown (San Diego Chargers) — concussion
- Zac Stacy (St. Louis Rams) — left calf strain injury
- Montee Ball (Denver Broncos) — groin injury
- Danny Amendola (New England Patriots) — head injury
- Chris Polk (Philadelphia Eagles) — hamstring injury
- Calais Campbell (Arizona Cardinals) — MCL sprain
- David Harris (New York Jets) — shoulder injury
Complete NFL betting lines and odds and analysis for all games in Week 6 will come in the next days. So stay tuned.