A player's injury status can have a significant effect on fantasy football — it can alter draft strategy, roster construction and, most importantly, start-or-sit decisions for your fantasy team.
Each week, I will review the positional players’ injuries from Thursday's and Sunday’s games. Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @mario_pilato on Twitter.
Sunday, Oct. 18
Denver Broncos: N/A
New England Patriots: N/A
Houston Texans: N/A
TE Jonnu Smith, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: TE4 — Ankle injury
Smith injured his ankle in the third quarter. He was seen on the sideline taped up and trying to run, but he did not return to the game. I believe he suffered a high ankle sprain. Return to play ranges from three days to three-plus weeks.
QB Baker Mayfield, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: QB22 — Rib injury
Mayfield was pulled out of the game in the third quarter due to his rib injury. He suffered the injury in Week 5 but was playing poorly in Week 6. It is possible the rib injury was affecting his ability to play.
Pittsburgh Steelers: N/A
RB Mark Ingram, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: RB26 — Ankle injury
Ingram injured his ankle in the first quarter. He came back into the game with a heavily taped ankle in the second quarter and exited for good after just one carry. The Ravens have a bye in Week 7, and I expect Ingram to be ready to play in Week 8.
RB Miles Sanders, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: RB7 — Knee injury
Sanders injured his knee on a 74-yard run in the third quarter. The mechanism of the injury leads me to believe he injured his meniscus. He will get an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity. The return-to-play timeline for a meniscectomy is two to six weeks, and a meniscus repair is six to eight months.
TE Zach Ertz, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: TE5 — Ankle injury
Ertz suffered an ankle injury early in the fourth quarter. He is set for an MRI on Monday, but his injury is believed to be minor. Ertz has a short week, with the Eagles set to play on Thursday Night Football.
Washington Football Team:
WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: WR104 — Hamstring injury
Gandy-Golden suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and did not return to the game. The severity of the strain will be determined with further evaluation. I expect him to miss Week 7.
New York Giants:
WR C.J. Board, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: WR91 — Head/Neck injury
Board was carted off the field and taken to the hospital in the third quarter. The severity of his head and neck injuries are unknown.
Atlanta Falcons: N/A
Minnesota Vikings: N/A
Detroit Lions: N/A
Jacksonville Jaguars: N/A
RB Joe Mixon, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: RB10 — Foot injury
Mixon injured his foot in the first half. He returned after halftime, but Giovani Bernard saw an expanded role. He needs to be monitored as the week progresses.
Indianapolis Colts: N/A
Chicago Bears: N/A
Carolina Panthers: N/A
New York Jets: N/A
WR DeVante Parker, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: WR17 — Groin injury
Parker injured his groin in the fourth quarter and did not return to the game. The severity is unknown, and he will undergo further evaluation. Parker will rest during his Week 7 bye and most likely be ready for Week 8.
Green Bay Packers: N/A
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: N/A
Los Angeles Rams: N/A
San Francisco 49ers:
RB Raheem Mostert, PFF Week 6 Consensus Rank: RB14 — Ankle injury
Mostert injured his ankle in the second quarter. He tried to return in the third quarter but was ruled out for the rest of the game. Mostert will undergo further evaluation on Monday. I believe he either suffered a high ankle sprain or a moderate-lateral ankle sprain.
Mario Pilato has a master's degree in Kinesiology and a bachelor's degree in Exercise Sports Science, along with eight years of experience in the strength and conditioning industry, including at the collegiate and NFL level. His injury analysis articles will appear weekly.