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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 9 Injury Fallout

Here is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 9 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

McCaffrey suffered a rib injury late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. He appeared to suffer the injury when safety Daniel Sorensen tackled him after a catch, and he looked uncomfortable after he got up. He continued to play for most of the final drive. The Panthers have not provided any updates on the injury.


We don’t know the severity of the injury at this point, so all we can do is wait for the team to fill us in. Nevertheless, it was encouraging that McCaffrey was able to continue playing throughout the final drive. If McCaffrey is unable to play in Week 10 against the Buccaneers, then Mike Davis would once again become the team’s bell-cow back. Davis was excellent during the six-week stretch when McCaffrey was sidelined with an ankle injury, so he would move back into top-12 territory if McCaffrey is forced to sit out again.


David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans

Johnson left Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with a head injury in the second quarter. He suffered the injury when he endured a hard hit from linebacker Myles Jack, and he was subsequently ruled out with a concussion.


Johnson will now have to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol in order to play in Week 10 against the Browns, so keep an eye on his status as Sunday approaches. If he is unable to clear the protocol in time for that game, then Duke Johnson would be the team’s lead back. Because of David Johnson’s injury, Duke Johnson received a career-high 16 carries in Sunday’s game, converting one into a short touchdown. He unfortunately also lost a fumble, but his potential workload and his receiving ability would make him a top-25 PPR option if David Johnson is out.


David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

Montgomery left Sunday’s game against the Titans to be evaluated for a concussion in the fourth quarter. He did not return for the final five minutes of the game, and the team has not provided any updates.


It’s unclear if Montgomery actually suffered a concussion, but his inability to return to the game suggests that it’s a distinct possibility. If he does have a concussion, then he will need to clear the league’s protocol in order to play in Week 10 against the Vikings. If he is unable to do that, then Cordarrelle Patterson would likely be the main ball carrier for the Bears, although Ryan Nall would probably also get significant usage. Neither of those players is particularly appealing when you consider how lackluster Chicago’s rushing attack has been, but if you’re absolutely desperate, then Patterson’s dual-threat athleticism would make him a top-40 running back (assuming he has running back eligibility in your league).

About Jay Devineni

A journalist by trade, Jay is in St. Louis and still a loyal Rams fan. He earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is a published sports writer.