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NFL Week 4 injuries: Patriots’ Mac Jones, Chargers’ Keenan Allen ruled out; Chris Godwin game-time decision

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Injuries have been the focus of the NFL as Week 4 begins, largely in light of Tua Tagovailoa’s brief hospitalization on Thursday night after a head and neck injury forced him to avoid a loss to the Dolphins. Miami isn’t the only team with center uncertainty ahead of the weekend. Some clubs are much healthier than others and quite a few big names are still questionable to gear up on Sunday. Here we have compiled all the final injury reports for week 4.

All NFL odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

Vikings (-3) in Saints

  • Vikings: CB Andrew Booth (ATV) OUT; OLB Za’Darius Smith (knee) QUESTIONABLE
  • The Saints: WR Michael Thomas (foot), OG Andrus Piet (concussion), S Markus May (ribs) OUT; QB Jameis Winston (ankle/back) Dubious; RB Alvin Camara (ribs), WR Jarvis Landry (ankle) TBD
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The Saints will be missing at least some opportunities, with the biggest absence likely to be at the center, where Winston is recovering more slowly than expected from lingering problems. Former Bengals veteran Andy Dalton, last seen with the Cowboys and Bears, is on track for his first start in 2022. Rookie Chris Olav and reserves Tre’Quan Smith could see even more goals as Thomas is eliminated and Landry is beaten while Kamara stays. He is expected to fit but could be on the field with Mark Ingram.

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Vikings are much healthier: back running star Dalwyn Cooke (shoulder) disappears from the record after a full return to training. Starting quarterbacks Eric Kendricks (big toe) and Harrison Smith (concussion) are also good.

Chargers (-5.5) for Texans

  • Charging device: WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) OUT; C Corey Linsley (knee/rest), TE Donald Parham (hamstring) TBD
  • Texans: TE Brevin Jordan (ankle), OL Austin Deculus (ankle) OUT; TE Pharaoh Brown (shoulder), DL Kurt Hinisch (foot), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (back), CB Isaac Yadom (thigh)
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Allen did not practice on Friday and was out of the game for the third consecutive game. With Jalen Guyton absent this year, expect significantly more DeAndre Carter reps this week. Justin Herbert (ribs) was a full member, and JC Jackson (ankle) will play for the Chargers on Sunday.

Dameon Pierce (thigh) was a full member of Texans Friday. He will play on Sunday after he was not given an injury.

Jaguars vs. Eagles (-6.5)

  • Jaguars: WR Zay Jones (ankle), LB K’Lavon Chaisson (ankle), CB Shaquill Griffin (thigh), G Cole Van Lanen (hamstring) TBD
  • Eagles: CB Avonte Maddox (ankle), RB Boston Scott (ribs)

Jones was unexpectedly absent from practice on Thursday after being added to the injury record, but was capped on Friday. Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson stated he wanted to make sure Jones was 100% ready, so the dubious appointment was given. Griffin missed last week’s game with a hip injury and hasn’t practiced all week.

Former 49ers third-rounder Trey Sermon will debut at 2/3 RB for the Eagles without Scott, behind Miles Sanders and Kenny Gainwell. With Maddox out after being out of practice all week, expect Zeke McPherson to fill in as slot guard.

Browns (-1) in the Falcons

  • Brown: OT Joe Hag (concussion), DT Taven Bryan (hamstring) OUT; DE Myles Garrett (bicep/shoulder), DE Jadeveon Clowney (ankle) TBD
  • Falcons: RB Cordarrell Patterson (knee) QUESTION

Garrett, the Browns’ top forward, is still recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash this week. Although he is listed as a decision during the game, he said that if it was up to him, he would be on the field.

If Patterson can’t move to the Falcons, Arthur Smith’s team will likely turn to backups Tyler Allgayer and Avery Williams on the ground.

Seahawks vs. Lions (-3.5)

  • Seahawks: CB Justin Coleman (calf) Dubious; S Joey Blount (hamstring) QUESTION
  • Lions: RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder), WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle), DE John Kominsky (wrist), G Jonah Jackson (finger), K Austin Seibert (right groin) OUT; WR DJ Chark (ankle), WR Josh Reynolds (ankle)

The Seahawks fit relatively well in this game. Rookie Kobe Bryant is about to start his third straight slot game and Coleman doubts he can play.

Jared Goff will be left without his best weapons at home and Jamaal Williams will have to do RB1 duties and TJ Hockenson could also get some extra looks in the passing game. If Chark and Reynolds can’t get away, who will play through the wide receiver? Expect a big dose of Kalif Raymond and Quintez Cephus as starting outs if the top three can’t get away.

Bears vs Giants (-3)

  • The Bears: RB David Montgomery (ankle/knee), CB Jalon Johnson (quadriceps), DB Dane Cruikshank (hamstring) OUT; TE Ryan Griffin (Achilles), OLB Matthew Adams (hamstring) Dubious; WR Velus Jones Jr. (hamstring), DE Robert Quinn (illness), LB Sterling Weatherford (ankle), K Cairo Santos (personal)
  • Giants: WR Cadarius Tony (hamstring), WR Van’Dale Robinson (knee), DE Leonard Williams (knee), CB Nick McCloud (hamstring), CB Cordale Flott (calves) OUT

The New York hosts will once again be without Tony, a 2021 first round player who also missed Week 3. Cowboys last week.

The Bears will also be without several of their best players; Khalil Herbert is about to start running back and Montgomery is sidelined, and Johnson’s absence leaves Chicago without a #1 cover man.

Commanders in Cowboys (-3)

  • Commanders: C Weight Schweitzer (concussion) OUT; LT Charles Leno (shoulder) QUESTION
  • Cowboys: QB Duck Prescott (right ankle) OUT; G Connor McGovern (ankle), TE Dalton Schultz (knee), S Jaron Kears (knee) TBD

The Commanders are failing the offensive line that has dropped the most sacks in the NFL this season. Leno dealt with that shoulder injury and was sidelined on Friday. If he can’t get away, Cornelius Lucas will start with a left tackle. Nick Martin will start at center and Schweitzer will be out. He is Washington’s third starting center in four games. Right tackle will be played by Sam Cosmi (knee).

Michael Gallup (knee) is back with the Cowboys and will be making his season debut after being uninjured. Dak Prescott (ankle) isn’t throwing yet, so he’s out and Cooper Rush starts. It’s unclear if Dalton Schultz will play after being capped on Friday.

Titans at the Colts (-3.5)

  • Titans: LB Zach Cunningham (elbow), S Amani Hooker (concussion) OUT; OLB Ola Adenyi (neck), WR Kyle Philips (shoulder), WR Cody Hollister (back), CB Roger McCreery (back)
  • Colts: S. Julian Blackmon (ankle) KNOCKS OUT; DT DeForest Buckner (shoulder), LB Shaquille Leonard (rear), TBD

Hooker failed to pass the concussion protocol in time, so he will miss Sunday’s game. The Titans are weak on the secondary roster due to all of their injuries, leading to McCreery in the slot and Christian Fulton on the outside guard. Trailon Burks will change into a wide receiver after missing practice due to illness earlier in the week.

Against Derrick Henry and company, the Colt defense could be left without a couple of key starting points if Buckner doesn’t come up; The interior star defender didn’t practice before the game. Leonard, meanwhile, could make his debut in 2022 as a midfielder after missing the first three games while recovering from his back surgery, though manager Frank Reich has made it clear he won’t be 100 percent anyway.

Jets to Steelers (-3.5)

  • Jets: ILB Quincy Williams (ankle) NO; CB Brandin Echols (hamstring) QUESTION
  • Steelers: CB Ahello Witherspoon (hamstring) OUT

The biggest news here is Zach Wilson’s absence from the Jets’ record as QB is completely cleared of knee surgery that kept him out of the first three games. He will make his debut in 2022 replacing backup Joe Flacco. Quincy Williams hasn’t been training all week, so he won’t be here on Sunday.

The Steelers got some good news: Minka Fitzpatrick has cleared concussion protocols, so he’ll play Sunday. Pittsburgh is relatively good at this.

Accounts (-3) in Ravens

  • Accounts: WR Jake Kumerow (ankle), DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring), CB Christian Benford (arm) OUT; WR Gabe Davis (ankle), TE Dawson Knox (back/thigh), C Mitch Morse (elbow), OL Justin Murray (foot), DT Ed Oliver (ankle), CB Dane Jackson (neck), S Jordan Poyer (foot) DOUBTFUL
  • Ravens: T Patrick Mekari (ankle), OLB Justin Houston (groin) OUT; T Ronnie Stanley (ankle/rest) QUESTION

After missing Week 3, Davis told reporters that he would return to the field despite the questionable tag, running as Josh Allen’s WR2 opposite Stephon Diggs. This does not mean that Buffalo will remain unscathed, and Morse and Oliver will doubtfully be in the trenches. Less than two weeks after suffering a horrific head injury against the Titans, Jackson also said he planned to play in the second round for the Bills, despite the decision being made during the game.

If Stanley could play for the Ravens Sunday, that would be awesome. Left grip injuries are on the rise, and Stanley has been training hard all week. He will make a decision based on the information he receives from the coaching and medical staff. Round four rookie Daniel Faalele will start with a left tackle if Stanley and Mekari can’t get away.

Cardinals in Panthers (-1)

  • Cardinals: WR AJ Green (hamstring), DL Rashard Lawrence (arm), LB Ezekiel Turner (ankle) OUT; WR Marquis Brown (foot), WR Rondale Moore (hamstring), C Rodney Hudson (knee), DE JJ Watt (calf), LB Zaven Collins (shoulder)
  • Panthers: RB Christian McCaffrey (thigh), WR Laviska Chenault Jr. (hamstring), DE Marquis Haynes (knee), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (Achilles)…


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