There were some critical injuries during Week 4 of the NFL season as names like Jonathan Taylor, Javonte Williams, and Cordarrelle Patterson all going down. As Week 5 approaches, there are ton of names linked to all of our fantasy football teams dealing with some type of injury. Who will we need to add off of the waiver wire to replace them? Let’s take a look at everything as Week 5 is officially here.
2022 NFL Injury Report Week 5
NFL Quarterback Injury Report
Tua Tagovailoa, MIA - Concussion
It was a horrific sight on Thursday night to see Tua Tagovailoa injured the way he was just a week after he suffered what was seemingly a concussion. Miami claimed it was a back injury but this time around, there was absolutely no doubting what the injury was. Amazon prime gave us 67 replays to make sure of it. He’s officially been ruled out for Week 5.
Tua said he’s doing OK, which is the most important thing.
Russell Wilson, DEN - Shoulder
It doesn’t seem like too much of a concern in Broncos land, or should I say country, so let’s see how much the Broncos let Russell Wilson ride. All kidding aside, Wilson’s shoulder is reportedly just sore and with Denver releasing their estimated practice report, Wilson was listed as a limited participant. With the short week, this is definitely something to monitor.
Daniel Jones, NYG - Ankle
After leaving the Giants Week 4 with an ankle injury, he was forced to return due to an injury to backup Tyrod Taylor and it was clear Daniel Jones was having mobility issues. So much so they set him out wide and ran entire series out of the wildcat with Saquon Barkley playing quarterback.
Nevertheless, the Giants are saying that this injury is viewed as day-to-day and that’s good news for Jones’ Week 5 status as the Giants travel to London to take on the Packers.
Dak Prescott, DAL - Thumb
With Dak Prescott having his stitches removed, he’s scheduled to begin throwing this week but according to a report by Ian Rapoport, a Week 6 return seems the likeliest. Plus, in Rapoport’s report, Prescott still has swelling at the thumb, so it’s going to be tough for him to suit up for Week 5. We’ll see how this week of practice goes, but with Cooper Rush 3-0 in Prescott’s absence, there’s no need to rush him back before he’s ready to go.
Jameis Winston, NO - Back
Jameis Winston’s back injury kept him out of practice all week and then he was ruled out for Sunday’s game as well. There’s nothing new at this moment about Winston’s back, but we’ll have to monitor the Saints practice report this week because if things haven’t improved, we’ll see Andy Dalton under center for a second consecutive game.
NFL Running Back Injury Report
Jonathan Taylor, IND - Ankle/Toe
The Colts have seemingly dodged a bullet with Jonathan Taylor’s ankle injury as X-rays came back clean and it’s been reported that he has a chance to play in Week 5 despite it being a short week. We’ll have to see how things play out for Taylor early in the week with practice considering the Colts play on Thursday night.
It’s now been reported by the Colts, through an estimation of player participation, that Taylor was not available for Monday’s walkthrough.
Javonte Williams, DEN - Knee
This is a brutal blow to the Broncos running back as Javonte Williams will miss the remainder of the 2022 season due to a torn ACL, LCL, and posterior lateral corner. Williams has all the upside of the world as he he now rehabs back from the serious knee damage he suffered. Melvin Gordon and Mike Boone are the two Broncos running backs next up on the depth chart.
Alvin Kamara, NO - Ribs
There’s nothing new on Alvin Kamara this this time. Head coach Dennis Allen made that clear on Monday. Kamara is still dealing with the ribs injury.
Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL - Knee
What an unfortunate injury for Cordarrelle Patterson who has continued to look like a guy who should’ve been a running back from the start of his career. Patterson was dealing with an injury heading into Week 4 and re-aggravated it during the game, leading him to get a minor procedure on his knee. He’s been placed on IR and he’ll miss at least four games because of it. The expectation is that he’ll be back as soon as he’s eligible to return.
Brian Robinson, WAS - Leg
It is absolutely INCREDIBLE that Brian Robinson has been cleared to practice just four weeks after being SHOT twice in an armed robbery. So what happens now that Robinson has been activated off of the NFI or the non-football injury list is that Washington has 21 days to determine if Robinson is ready to go or if they’ll leave him on the NFI all season long. All signs are pointing to Robinson returning sooner rather than later, let’s monitor practice reports this week.
Justice Hill, BAL - Hamstring
Are Baltimore running backs just cursed? Justice Hill looked really good before his hamstring blew on a 12-yard run. Hill’s involvement in the offense would have likely subsided as J.K. Dobbins’ rose, but now it’s likely he’s going to miss some time.
Look at this impressive run by Hill with a blown hamstring. What a beast.
Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Keenan Allen, LAC - Hamstring
We haven’t seen Keenan Allen since Week 1 and the Chargers will continue to take it day by day with him as that’s what they’re listing him as heading into Week 5. Allen has played through many of injuries the last few years and in his age-30 season, the Chargers are looking after his availability for later in the season.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET - Ankle
There’s no new news on Amon-Ra St. Brown but he was close to playing in Week 4, so we should definitely like his chances for Week 5. This is the news we got last week, before he was officially ruled out.
Reading the tea leaves, St. Brown should be back sooner rather than later, if he misses one more game in Week 5. He’ll be back sooner after that.
Tee Higgins, CIN - Ankle
There were reports after Thursday Night Football that Tee Higgins was dealing with an ankle injury but it hasn’t really been talked about all that much, especially considering the monster game Higgins had. Considering the Bengals played on Thursday, Higgins has more time to heal before the Bengals Week 5 match-up against the Ravens. He’s expected to play and for it to be a non-issue.
Michael Thomas, NO - Toe
Much like Alvin Kamara, there’s no real update on Michael Thomas. Head coach Dennis Allen just said he’s still dealing with a toe injury. We’re going to have to monitor the practice reports this week for Thomas’ status.
Rashod Bateman, BAL - Foot
If you were wondering why we didn’t see Rashod Bateman in the fourth quarter of the Bills game, he was dealing with a mid-foot injury. He’s considered day-to-day, but we’ll see how this plays out throughout the week considering he was seen leaving the stadium in a walking boot.
Still, even after that, he’s been listed day-to-day and the Ravens do not think it’s serious.
Treylon Burks, TEN - Toe
After leaving the Titans Week 4 game with an apparent foot injury, Treylon Burks has been diagnosed with turf toe and will miss time. At this point, there is seemingly a chance Burks lands on the IR considering these injuries usually average 3-4 missed weeks by wide receivers.
Jakobi Meyers, NE - Knee
There’s nothing new at this time for Jakobi Meyers. We did get a few limited practices in at the end of the week before the Packers game, but it still kept him out of action. We’ll have to see how things go during Tuesday’s practice to get a clearer picture on Meyers’ status heading into Week 5.
Jahan Dotson, WAS - Hamstring
After leaving the Commanders Week 4 game against the Cowboys, Jahan Dotson will likely miss 1-2 weeks with a hamstring injury, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Dotson’s been a touchdown machine to start the year for Washington.
Zay Jones, JAX - Ankle
We got some great news today from Jaguars camp as head coach Doug Pederson as he suspects Zay Jones will be good for Week 5, but we’ll learn more later in the week. Wednesday’s practice will tell us what we need to go in regards to his status for the upcoming game.
Isaiah McKenzie, BUF - Concussion
With news that Jameson Crowder has been placed on IL, Isaiah McKenzie would be a great pickup in deeper formats, but McKenzie himself has been placed in concussion protocol. We’ll see if he’s able to return this week, but with how things were handled in other concussion-related injuries, it’s likely he isn’t rushed back.
Jamison Crowder, BUF - Ankle
This was a tough blow for the Bills as another receiver went down with an injury. Jamison Crowder has been diagnosed with a broken ankle and will be placed on the IR and is out indefinitely.
Kenny Golladay, NYG - Knee
It’s not as if you could even tell Kenny Golladay was on the field, but now he’s dealing with a knee injury that will likely keep him out of the Giants Week 5 game in London according to head coach Brian Daboll. We, everyone in the world not in the NFL, are only trailing Golladay by two receptions this year. We’re tied over the last three weeks.
Noah Brown, DAL - Neck
The Cowboys received good news on Noah Brown as his neck injury that did not limit him at all in Week 4 looks good. He ran 25 routes, which was the third most on the team, and he continues to be a great weapon for Dallas, even with Michael Gallup back in the lineup. Brown likely suits up in Week 5 as long as their are no setbacks.
Laviska Shenault, CAR - Hamstring
Despite having a hamstring injury coming into Week 4, Laviska Shenault tweaked his other hamstring in Week 5. Can anybody lend this man a healthy hammy, or what? We’re unsure what this means for Shenault’s Week 5 status, but it’s definitely not a good thing.
Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Cameron Brate, TB - Concussion
This is, well, another awful look for the NFL’s concussion protocol. Brate was injured on a play near the end of the first half, injured to his head, was able to check back into the game and finish the half. At halftime, he was placed in concussion protocol. This likely keeps Brate out in Week 5, but let’s see how things play out in practice.
Jonnu Smith, NE - Ankle
Jonnu Smith left the Patriots Week 4 game with an ankle injury that he was eventually ruled out of. With Smith not initially ruled out and the Pats giving us a glimmer of hope that he could’ve returned when the ruled him questionable to return, maybe that means he’ll be available for Week 5. If he’s not, Hunter Henry is the last standing healthy tight-end the Pats have.
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