With bye weeks finally here, stars hampered by injury like Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, and Geronimo Allison should all benefit from additional rest this weekend. However, for other teams, the season continues to roll along and players will fight to suit up this weekend. With that said, here is everything you should know regarding injuries going into Week 7.
Dealing with a hamstring injury that occurred in Week 1 Leonard Fournette missed another game in Week 6. Coach Doug Marrone told the media that Fournette ran and has a chance to take the field in Week 7. This directly conflicts with a report earlier in the week that Fournette may be sidelined till Week 10. Practice reports should be telling, but Fournette remains week-to-week until further notice.
Returning from his concussion, Cooper Kupp landed a separate knee injury in Week 6. Kupp had to be carted off but miraculously returned to the game for a brief period of time. On Monday the injury was revealed to be a sprained MCL. Coach Sean McVay said Kupp will likely miss Week 8 and he will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
After multiple reports surfaced that Dalvin Cook would play in Week 6, his balky hamstring caused him to miss his second consecutive game. The Vikings upgraded Cook to full practice late last week, suggesting he should return in near future. For now, Cook should be considered probably to suit up in Week 7.
On top of his ongoing hand injury, Quincy Enunwa sprained his ankle in the first half and did not return to the game. Diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, Enunwa will reportedly miss at least three weeks of game action.
Calvin Ridley/Mohamed Sanu
Both Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu exited Week 6’s game with ankle and hip injuries respectively. An MRI revealed Ridley sustained a mere bone bruise and Sanu’s injury looks like a minor aggravation of a previous injury. Speaking on Monday, Coach Dan Quinn remained hopeful that both receivers would suit up for Week 7.
Leaving Sunday’s game early with a concussion, Amari Cooper will now work through concussion protocol. With the Raiders on bye in Week 7, Amari should be able to gain clearance ahead of Week 8. However, head injuries can be tricky and Cooper should be monitored throughout the bye.
Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury after a big hit in the third quarter. Allen attempted to stay in the game, but ultimately finished the game on the bench. The rookie is reportedly dealing with a UCL issue in his elbow that will cost him at least Week 7 and potentially additional weeks. For now, Allen should be considered week-to-week.
In what could be a lost season, the Falcons placed Devonta Freeman on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Freeman will reportedly undergo groin surgery, but could potentially make a comeback this season. However, with the Falcons struggling, it would be surprising to see them rush their star back unless they make a drastic turnaround.
A surprising late scratch to Sunday’s game, Ryan Tannehill missed Week 6 with a shoulder injury to his throwing arm. Speaking on Monday, coach Adam Gase called Tannehill day-to-day. Gase also said he needs to see Tannehill throw before the Dolphins determine Tannehill’s status. His status could come down to a game time decision again this week.
After Alex Smith nearly killed Chris Thompson on an errant pass in Week 5, Chris Thompson subsequently missed Week 6 with a rib injury. Thompson practiced on a limited basis last week, but coach Jay Gruden called him day-to-day again on Monday. Thompson appears more likely than not to play in Week 7, but practice time will be important.