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Fantasy Football Week 7 Injury Recap: Odell Beckham Jr., Diontae Johnson, Chris Carson and more

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) is walked to the locker room after being injured on a play in the first quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. The Bengals led 17-10 at halftime. Cleveland Browns At Cincinnati Bengals

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.

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Thursday, Oct. 22

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles 

New York Giants: 

RB Devonta Freeman, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: RB2 — Ankle injury

Freeman suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter. He possibly suffered a high ankle sprain, which would cost him a couple of days to three-plus weeks, depending on severity. Freeman will undergo further evaluation to determine the specific injury and severity.

Oct 22, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) is carted off the field after being injured during the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles:

WR DeSean Jackson, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: WR68 — Ankle injury

Jackson suffered a non-displaced fracture in his ankle in the fourth quarter of Thursday Night Football. He will miss the next six to eight weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 25

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans

Pittsburgh Steelers: 

WR Diontae Johnson, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: WR32 — Ankle injury

Johnson exited the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. I don’t believe this is a serious injury, but he will have some discomfort.

Tennessee Titans: N/A

Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Football Team

Dallas Cowboys:

QB Andy Dalton, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: QB21 — Head injury

Dalton suffered a serious head injury when he took a cheap shot in the third quarter. He will likely enter the five-step concussion protocol. I do not expect him to be ready for Week 8.

Washington Football Team: N/A

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets

Buffalo Bills: N/A

New York Jets: 

WR Breshad Perriman, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: WR44 — Head injury

Perriman suffered a head injury late in the game. He will enter the five-step concussion protocol. 

Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints

Carolina Panthers: N/A

New Orleans Saints: N/A 

Green Bay Packers @ Houston Texans

Green Bay Packers: N/A

Houston Texans: N/A

Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns: 

WR Odell Beckham Jr., PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: WR20 — Knee injury

Beckham tore his ACL during the first quarter. I believe his foot inverting may have prevented an ACL tear but that was not the case.  I believe he also damaged his meniscus. Beckham will undergo surgery and he will miss the remainder of the season. 

Cincinnati Bengals: N/A

Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions: N/A

Oct 25, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage (83) is tackled by Detroit Lions linebacker Jahlani Tavai (51) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons:

WR Russell Gage, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: WR50 — Knee injury

Gage sustained a knee injury in the first quarter but returned to play in the second half.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Las Vegas Raiders

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: N/A

Las Vegas Raiders: N/A

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Los Angeles Chargers

Jacksonville Jaguars: 

WR Dede Westbrook, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: WR NR — Knee injury

Westbrook was carted off in the fourth quarter with a serious knee injury. I believe he suffered a torn ACL. Westbrook will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm his injury. 

Los Angeles Chargers:

TE Virgil Green, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: TE55 — Ankle injury

Green suffered an ankle injury during a touchdown catch in the third quarter. The injury looks like a low-lateral ankle injury. I expect him to land on IR and miss several weeks.

San Francisco 49ers @ New England Patriots  

San Francisco 49ers: 

WR Deebo Samuel, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: WR34 — Hamstring injury

Samuel injured his hamstring in the fourth quarter. I believe it is a Grade 1 strain that will cause him to miss the next two to three weeks. 

RB Jeff Wilson Jr., PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: RB55 — Ankle injury

Wilson injured his ankle while scoring his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter. I believe he suffered a high ankle sprain. He could miss a couple of days to three-plus weeks, depending on the severity.

New England Patriots: 

WR N’Keal Harry, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: WR58 — Head injury

Harry sustained a head injury in the second quarter. He will enter the five-step concussion protocol. 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs: N/A

Denver Broncos:

WR Tim Patrick, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: WR39 — Hamstring injury

Patrick suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter. I believe he suffered a Grade 1 strain and will miss the next two to three weeks.

RB Phillip Lindsay, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: RB36 — Head injury

Lindsay suffered a head injury in the first half. He will enter the five-step concussion protocol.

Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks:

RB Chris Carson, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: RB5 — Foot injury

Carson suffered a mid-foot sprain in the second quarter of Sunday Night Football. If it is a Grade 1 sprain, he will miss one week. If it's a Grade 2 sprain, he will miss up to five weeks. He will undergo further evaluation Monday.

Arizona Cardinals:

RB Kenyan Drake, PFF Week 7 Consensus Rank: RB22 — Undisclosed injury

Drake left in the fourth quarter due to an undisclosed injury. He will undergo further testing Monday to determine the specific injury and severity. 

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.

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