Matt Ryan, Adam Thielen, Kerryon Johnson, and Will Fuller were among those injured on Sunday of Week 7 in the NFL season.
Here’s a recap of the injuries to players across the league and how it could impact fantasy football:
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (foot)
Ryan exited the game during the fourth quarter after a strip sack by Aaron Donald. He initially went to the injury tent, then to the locker room with a visible limp and was spotted with a walking boot on after the game, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN. While there is little initial indication of the severity of the injury, the Falcons are now 1-6 on the season after their 37-10 loss to the Rams on Sunday and will have little reason to force Ryan back early. Their next matchup is in Week 8 against the Seahawks.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (hamstring)
Thielen was injured diving for his only catch of the day, a 25-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of the Vikings win over the Lions. He was ruled out for return and will have an MRI exam on his hamstring on Monday. Thielen was optimistic afterwards, but Pro Football Talk reported that the Vikings consider it a week-to-week injury. Receiver Stefon Diggs, who had seven catches for 142 yards on the day, would see additional targets if Thielen were to miss any time.
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions (knee)
Johnson played less than one quarter during the Lions’ 42-30 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. There was optimism once he returned to the sideline with a knee brace, but he was ultimately done for the day. He finished with five carries for 23 yards and was replaced by Ty Johnson, who had ten carries for 29 yards. Ty would be the waiver add if Kerryon’s injury proved to be serious.
Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans (hamstring)
Fuller was injured on the first drive of the game and was quickly ruled out for return. No updates have been provided yet, but if the injury is serious, receiver DeAndre Hopkins would see more outside work, with Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee taking more snaps in the slot.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers (concussion, eye)
Breida suffered a head injury during the third quarter of Sunday’s 9-0 win over the Redskins. He cleared the concussion protocol, but did not return because he was poked in the eye. He had eight carries for 35 yards. The nature of the injury does not suggest he will miss any time.
Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons (concussion, neck)
Smith suffered a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Cory Littleton in the second quarter of the Falcons’ loss to the Rams. He had to be carted off the field to be evaluated for a concussion and neck injury and was ruled out for return. Vaughn McClure reported that Smith suffered a stinger. In the likely event Smith has to miss time, Devonta Freeman and Brian Hill would shoulder the workload in the Falcons backfield.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans (ankle)
Walker re-aggravated an ankle injury that bothered him throughout the week. He had zero catches on the day and was ruled questionable for return and replaced by Jonnu Smith.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders (shoulder)
Jacobs exited the game briefly during the Raiders’ first drive after a 42-yard run. He was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a shoulder injury and returned for the next drive. The injury did not appear serious and he finished the game with 21 carries for 124 yards.