NFL Injury Report: The Key Injuries That Could Cripple Your Fantasy Team

Daniel StackContributor IIOctober 9, 2011

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 03: Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Raymond James Stadium on October 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Considering all the injuries that occurred in the first four weeks, Week 5 was relatively minor when it comes to dinged up players.
The significant names to suffer injuries on Sunday were LeGarrette Blount (leg), Mike Tolbert (concussion), Chris Johnson (hamstring), Isaac Redman (cramps), Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral muscle), Donald Jones (ankle) and  Joseph Addai (hamstring). But each injury doesn't seem to be all that crippling.

Let’s break down each injury.
LeGarrette Blount: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Blount left the game in the third quarter due to a leg injury. The Bucs were behind in the game all day and Blount never had a chance to get going. Check back during the week, but it doesn't appear that Blount’s injury is all that serious.

Mike Tolbert: San Diego Chargers
Concussions are a serious matter in the NFL, and we’ll have to see if Tolbert can pass the mandatory concussion tests in the coming weeks. Considering how well Ryan Mathews is running, and the fact that the Chargers are on a bye next week, there is no rush for Tolbert to get back all that quickly.

Chris Johnson: Tennessee Titans
Johnson had another mediocre outing on Sunday with 14 carries for 51 yards. Johnson did score his first touchdown of the season though, but left the game in the fourth quarter as a precautionary matter after feeling tightness in his hamstring. With the Titans also on a bye, expect Johnson to be back and raring to go in Week 7.

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 9:   Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on October 9, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated the Titans
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Isaac Redman: Pittsburgh Steelers
Redman, backup to running back Rashard Mendenhall, was a victim to cramps and had to leave the game in the fourth quarter. With Mendenhall shelved for the day, it was supposed to be Redman who carried the load for the Steelers. However, it was Jonathan Dwyer who ran with authority on the day (107 yards on 11 carries). When the Steelers play the Jacksonville Jaguars next week, Mendenhall could re-assume his featured back role, or it could be a split between Redman and Dwyer.   

Tarvaris Jackson: Seattle Seahawks
While Jackson is a scrap heap quarterback option, he was playing well before getting knocked out with a pectoral muscle injury. Jackson has a Week 6 bye and will likely be back for the Seahawks in Week 7.

Donald Jones: Buffalo Bills
Jones, who recorded two catches on the day versus the Philadelphia Eagles, was taken off the field and was reported to be suffering from an ankle injury that can potentially sideline him for a couple of weeks. Jones is a low-end receiver who can assuredly be left on either the bench or the waiver wire.

Joseph Addai: Indianapolis Colts   
Addai, who had a good matchup at home against the Chiefs, had to leave in the first quarter with an apparent hamstring injury. Addai, who finished with 19 yards rushing on six carries, will likely be questionable all week with this injury.