Steve Smith breaks back
Sunday’s games were relatively quiet in regards to injuries. That’s good news for everyone. Hopefully Monday night’s game follows that trend.
Nevertheless, there is a lot of fantasy-relevant injury news you need to know heading into Week 5. As with every week, this article will be updated throughout the week as more is known regarding these injuries.
Andrew Luck dealt with a sore right shoulder all last week, and was inactive for Sunday’s game. He underwent an MRI. It reportedly showed he had a bruised shoulder, and no significant structural damage. The exact diagnosis is unclear, but it may be similar to what Drew Brees was dealing with a couple of weeks ago: a rotator cuff contusion.
If that’s the case, Luck’s return will be based solely on the resolution of his symptoms. He likely missed Sunday’s game due to having decreased throwing range of motion with pain. Once his shoulder regains full active range of motion, and he can throw the ball with minimal pain and adequate power, he will return to play.
The Colts play on Thursday night this week. Luck’s absence from Sunday’s game gave him an additional five days of rehab. It’s difficult to gauge how long it will take his symptoms to resolve, but I think it’s a reasonable expectation for him to play on Thursday. His practice participation on Wednesday will give us a better indication of his Week 5 availability.
Dave Pratt, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist and a former collegiate football player. He has years of experience analyzing game footage and injuries. Throughout the NFL season, he will breakdown and discuss all fantasy-significant injuries in this weekly column. The first edition of the column will be made available on Monday afternoons, and updates will be made throughout the week. An accelerated update on all of the pressing injury news will be made available on Sunday mornings. Follow him on Twitter @PFF_DavePratt