The 2020 NFL season has been a pretty bad year for injuries so far and we still have a ways to go to finish the season. Then there are the playoffs upcoming and every player in the league will want to be healthy for those games. The only team who might continue to be in a horrible spot is San Francisco, but there’s not much that can be done to help them at this point.
NFL Injuries Keep The Best Away
The biggest disappointment in the injury department comes to us from the NFC South where Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is back on the sidelines for the big upcoming matchup with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a nagging shoulder injury he suffered late in the Kansas City Chiefs game last week.
McCaffrey did play last week when the Panthers visited the Chiefs as ten-point underdogs and almost beat the Chiefs outright. The Chiefs did not cover the spread last Sunday due, in part, to the presence of McCaffrey in the game at running back, where he racked up 69 yards on 18 carries and one rushing touchdown.
McCaffrey also grabbed 10 out of 10 targets from Teddy Bridgewater for 82 yards and a receiving touchdown. Pretty typical Sunday for McCaffrey, truly amazing for most anyone else. He will be sorely missed against Tom Brady and the Bucs, as 5.5 point favorites, in the early game this Sunday.
The Fins Aren’t Swimming
Elsewhere in the league, the Miami Dolphins will be without wide-out Preston Williams with a foot injury and running back Matt Breida is questionable for the game. Running back Mark Ingram is still limping with a hurt ankle and won’t play much if at all for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Ravens’ linebacker Matt Judon and defensive end Calais Campbell also will not play.
Running back David Johnson of the Houston Texans suffered a concussion and is questionable to play against the Browns. Arizona gets linebacker Devon Kennard and cornerback Byron Murphy from the COVID-19 list but loses cornerback Kevin Peterson, who is out with a concussion. However, the Cardinals will also see defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence and offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy back from the IR.
The Cincinnati Bengals will be getting linebacker Jordan Evans and cornerback Mackensie Alexander back from the COVID-19 list. Running back Joe Mixon has not been at practice and is doubtful to play on Sunday.
The Chargers And Giants Need A Hand
The LA Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is still in concussion protocol and is doubtful for the Dolphins game. Running back Devonta Freeman has a bad ankle and receiver Sterling Shepard, with a bad hip, will probably not play much if at all for the New York Giants for their big matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
The Colts, at 5-3, will be on Thursday Night Football without tight end Jack Doyle, who is dealing with a concussion but they do get wide-out T.Y. Hilton back off of the IR just in time to take on the 6-2 Titans tonight.
The Jags quarterback Gardner Minshew still has a bad right thumb and will miss a chance to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers as 13.5-point underdogs in the early window on Sunday and Alec Ingold, the fullback for the Las Vegas Raiders, suffered two broken ribs last Sunday, but plans to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon.
Are The Saints Headed To The Super Bowl?
The New Orleans Saints are banged up for their meeting with the 49ers in the Superdome this Sunday. Quarterback Drew Brees has a right shoulder injury and wide receiver Michael Thomas is still dealing with ankle and hamstring problems. Center Erik McCoy has a hurt elbow and offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk has a bad back. Still in all, the Saints are 9-point favorites to beat an equally banged up San Francisco squad. After destroying the Bucs last week, the Saints have shown they can play serious football, even when injured.