We bring the most important injury updates from around the NFL to get you ready for an action packed week 9.
Big injuries for two teams in the NFC North
The Minnesota Vikings will be without Stefon Diggs when they take on the Detroit Lions. It appears Diggs suffered the injury to his ribs in last week’s game and did not practice all week. The Vikings have a bye coming up and they will be looking to give their star wide receiver as much time to recover as possible heading into the second half of the season.
Meanwhile the Chicago Bears will be without their best player again this week. It appears that Khalil Mack still has not fully recovered from an ankle injury.
According to team sources if the game was against a tougher opponent then he would probably play. This week the Bears go up against the worst offense in the NFL so it makes sense that they would take this opportunity to let Mack try to fully recover.
He will most likely be back for the pivotal division game against the Detroit Lions next week.
What is clear is that the Bears defence really needs Khalil Mack as soon as possible. The difference in their pass rush without him is staggering.
Chargers at Seahawks game could be without a starting running back
Both teams are dealing with injuries to their running backs and it seems like there is more room for optimism for the Los Angeles Chargers heading into this one.
Melvin Gordon was able to practice Friday and will play today. He had an issue with his hamstring so he might not be able to play as many snaps as he normally would. The Chargers will need him against a tough Seattle run defense. The Seahawks have only allowed 5 rushing touchdowns all season and 3 of them were in one game.
The Seattle Seahawks have said that Chris Carson will be a game time decision with a hip injury. When speaking to the media on Friday, head coach Pete Carroll did say he expected him to play. According to reports, they will test him out before kick off today to see if he can go.
The Seahawks run the ball more than any other team in football and it isn’t even close. When you look at Russell Wilson’s stats on play action passes, you see that not only is this his number one weapon, it’s really the identity of the team.
In a pass first NFL, the Seattle Seahawks have gone against the grain and it is working for them.
A quick look at the rest of the NFL
The Ravens have said that running back Alex Collins is expected to play after recovering from a foot injury. The team is already without starting tackles Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst for their divisional matchup with their bitter rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For the New York Jets it looks like wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson might play this week. That would be a huge boost for rookie QB Sam Darnold. The return of these two should provide a huge boost to the offense.
Finally, we have the mess in Buffalo where Derek Anderson has been ruled out after suffering a concussion on Monday night against the Patriots. That means Nathan Peterman will make his second start of the season.