Breaks, Bumps, and Bruises: NFL Week Five Injury Impact

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 13, 2009

DETROIT , MI - OCTOBER 11: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers October 11, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Johnson was injured on the play. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Oh no! Not my guy!  This may be the feeling you get when seeing a player from your fantasy football team get helped off the field. So what if you put all your eggs in his basket, hoping he’d produce enough points every week to put you over the top. Now it’s time to see who got banged up in Week Five and when they are in line for a return to the field.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Perhaps the biggest injury of the week, as Johnson got hurt early in his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after making his first catch for 2 yards. He came into the game with a quad injury and the rumors are the injury on Sunday was to his right knee.

Johnson was hobbling around the facility with ice wrapped around the knee, but tests are being done to see the nature of the injury. This is a situation you will have to monitor closely, as he may miss some time. If you own Johnson, keep the Bruno Boys tab open on your web browser throughout the week as we bring you the latest on this injury.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Manning did not miss any time with his foot injury, as he completed 8 of 10 passes for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns before calling it a day in the Giants route of the Oakland Raiders.

Had it been a close game, Manning would have been in there, but there was no need to risk an injury with the game basically out of hand by halftime. Manning should be on the field once again Sunday with a big game in New Orleans against the 3-0 Saints.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants: Manningham suffered a chest contusion in the Oakland game but word is if this were a close game, he would have been still playing. With the Giants up big on the laughing stock that is the Oakland Raiders, they were able to rest not only Manning but also one of his big targets in Manningham.

Both guys may rest part of the week, but the up and coming receiver will be ready to face the Saints in the Super Dome. 

Glen Coffee, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Can anyone running out of the 49ers backfield stay healthy? The rookie running back from Alabama left San Francisco’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with a left foot injury. He was taken for X-Rays and there has been no word on how those tests turned out.

The 49ers couldn’t ask for a better time to get a bye week then right now with both Frank Gore and Coffee banged up. Gore should be healthy enough to go when the team returns to action in Week Seven against the Houston Texans but this will be something to monitor over the next two weeks.

If for some reason both Gore and Coffee had to miss time, Michael Robinson would be the de facto running back for the 49ers and would be a good play against a Houston team that allows lots of points. If you think both guys will end up missing and have an extra roster spot, it doesn’t hurt to own Robinson simply to see if the injury to Coffee ends up being more serious then projected. 

Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: No, Sims-Walker is not hurt. Many people believe that he is though and his name exists here simply to clarify what happened to him on Sunday. He was put on the inactive list right before kickoff due to violation of team rules.

There is no word on what he exactly did or if he will miss any additional games. He is 100 percent healthy though and as long as you are able to monitor his status next week through the Bruno Boys, you will have a good inclination of whether he plays. If he does, he is a good play against the St. Louis Rams and their grade school defense. 

Kevin Curtis, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Curtis has done little to help in terms of fantasy football this season, as a knee injury has limited his play. His injury has opened the door for rookie receiver Jeremy Maclin and he busted out in a big way on Sunday. Not only will his knee injury limit his success the rest of the way, but also the strong play of Maclin may now limit his opportunities on the field when he is 100 percent. 

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Stafford did not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers and according to head coach Jim Schwartz, he wasn’t even given the opportunity to see if he could go.

With the bye week coming in Week Seven for Detroit, and considering Daunte Culpepper put up an above average performance, it would not be a surprise if the Lions decided to sit Stafford one more week to rest his knee and get him ready for Week Eight. 

Marc Bulger, QB, St. Louis Rams: Bulger came in late in the fourth quarter after replacement quarterback Kyle Boller got banged up and did well, completing all seven of his passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Seeing him come in and gain some confidence (albeit against the Vikings second string defense) means he should be healthy enough to go next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Bulger may not be worth owning on your fantasy football team, it does add value to stud running back Steven Jackson and makes wide receiver Donnie Avery a considerable play against the terrible Jaguars secondary. 

Nick Harper, CB, Tennessee Titans: Harper left the game Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts with a broken right arm and returned to the sidelines in the second half with a cast on his arm. There is no word on how long he may miss but this is a huge blow to an already poor secondary.

Injuries have riddled this unit this season and with Harper down, you will want to always look to play any quarterback or receiver playing the 32nd ranked Titans pass defense. Tennessee’s defense was already getting to the point of being cut bait and this injury should all but seal the deal.

Kawika Mitchell, LB, Buffalo Bills: A huge blow to the Bills defense, who has been trying to keep its offense from falling completely flat on its face of late. Mitchell will undergo knee surgery and be place on injured reserve, ending his season.

With fellow linebacker Paul Posluszny already missing action and linebacker Marcus Buggs going down for the year as well with a knee injury, the Buffalo defense may be in for a dreadful season. Look to start any offensive players on your fantasy team who plays Buffalo and never pickup the Bills defense unless you are in dire need.

Remember, injuries happen all the time. Even if it is your star that goes down, finding the replacements before the other owners in your fantasy football league may be the difference at the end of the year. With that be said it will benefit you to check out our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up article to identify which player to pick up.

Have a guy on our injury list and not sure what to do with your roster? Contact our injury expert Greg Warnock for advice. He can be reached at