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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 9 Injury Fallout

Week 9’s biggest injury news was actually about a player who was on a bye week. On Sunday, it was reported that Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will see a foot specialist for the injury that he suffered in Week 8, and that the team is prepared for him to miss some games. To see how this affects Cincinnati’s receiving corps in Week 10, check out what I wrote about Green in last week’s article. Aside from that, there thankfully isn’t much injury news for this week, save for a few running backs who got banged up. Here’s everything we know about those injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Carson left Sunday’s game against the Chargers with a hip injury. He was originally listed as doubtful to return, and he did not re-enter the game. In the post-game press conference, head coach Pete Carroll did not elaborate on the severity of the injury, but he confirmed that it was the same hip injury that Carson had been dealing with all week.

Impact

Since Carroll is playing it close to the vest, we’ll have to wait for this week’s practice reports to know if Carson’s future availability is in jeopardy. If Carson is forced to miss Week 10 against the Rams, fourth-year back Mike Davis would be in line to get the majority of the carries. After averaging a paltry 2.85 yards per carry coming into the season, Davis has played considerably better in 2018, averaging 4.30 yards per carry in seven games. In addition, he totaled over 100 yards from scrimmage in Week 4 and Week 9 — the two games in which Carson missed significant playing time. With the Seahawks being the most run-heavy team in the league, Davis should be a solid volume-based flex if Carson sits out. If Carson’s injury begins looking like a long-term issue, then Rashaad Penny would also be worth a speculative add, just to see if the first-round rookie can play his way back into a large role.

 

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Mostert left Thursday’s game against the Raiders with a forearm injury in the third quarter. He did not return, and the injury was revealed to be a broken forearm after the game. Mostert underwent surgery on Friday and has been placed on injured reserve.

Impact

The injury will end Mostert’s season, which is an unfortunate result for the fourth-year back, who has averaged an excellent 7.68 yards per carry in a complementary role this season. With Mostert on IR, the only running backs left on San Francisco’s roster are Matt Breida, Alfred Morris, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. The 49ers could add another running back this week (they have Matt Dayes and Jeff Wilson on their practice squad), but Breida will undoubtedly remain the starter, with Morris regaining the No. 2 role. As things currently stand, Breida should be a solid flex play moving forward, and he could re-enter the RB2 discussion if he’s fully healthy. Morris has been inefficient this season (3.50 yards per carry) and shouldn’t be started in most leagues, but he is now rosterable as a handcuff, especially since Breida has been banged up all season.

 

Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills

Ivory left Sunday’s game against the Bears with a left shoulder injury in the fourth quarter. He suffered the injury when he dove for the end zone on a failed goal-line carry, and he did not return to the game. He walked off the field while holding his left arm, and he was subsequently carted to the locker room.

Impact

The severity of Ivory’s injury is unclear at this point, so you’ll want to monitor his status throughout the week. If Ivory is forced to miss Week 10 against the Jets, then fourth-year back Marcus Murphy would be elevated to the No. 2 role behind LeSean McCoy. Murphy has easily been Buffalo’s most efficient runner this season, carrying the ball 22 times for 129 yards (5.86 yards per carry) in the six games he has played. Still, he would clearly play second fiddle to McCoy, and that role is not very valuable in this struggling offense. Leave Murphy on the waiver wire unless you’re truly desperate.

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.