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3 Biggest Injury Storylines To Follow Ahead Of Sunday’s Games

A detailed view of the NFL logo is seen at SoFi Stadium during the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams on October 03, 2021 in Inglewood, California.
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

 

Week 10 of the NFL season is upon us.

It was kicked off on Thursday night with the Miami Dolphins’ stunning victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

We have an exciting slate of games coming up tomorrow that will continue to shape the rest of the NFL campaign.

For reasons that encompass but are not limited to fantasy football, wagering, team fandom, or general interest, we’ll be glued to our phones to see if key players nursing injuries will be able to suit up in tomorrow’s games.

Let’s take a look at the three biggest injury storylines to keep an eye on before kickoff on Sunday.

 

1. Kyler Murray

The Arizona Cardinals were able to impressively dismantle the San Francisco 49ers last week without the services of quarterback Kyler Murray.

Murray is on the road to recovery after suffering an ankle injury against the Green Bay Packers a couple of weeks ago.

He’s listed as a game-time decision for the Cardinals’ Week 10 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

Last week, Arizona got a major boost from running back James Conner, who accounted for three total touchdowns.

If Murray is unable to go, it’s almost a certainty that Conner will face eight men in the box from Carolina’s defense, especially if wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is also unable to play.

 

2. Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson

The New England Patriots are extremely banged up in their backfield.

Running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are both dealing with concussions suffered in last week’s victory against Carolina.

Running the ball effectively with a rookie under center has been a key factor for the Patriots this year, and missing Harris, or Stevenson, or both, would leave Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor most of the work.

Bolden is an institution in New England at this point, but does not possess the innate running ability that the first two players do.

That could be a problem against a stout Cleveland Browns front seven, who can get into the backfield without having to blitz.

Keep an eye on the 11:30 AM EST active/inactive announcements-it wouldn’t be surprising if Patriots head coach Bill Belichick kept the Browns guessing as long as possible.

 

3. Chris Godwin

Despite still being one of the favorites in the NFC, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had to weather a flurry of injuries to skill position players this season.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been in and out of the lineup with a rib injury, and he’s now out for Sunday’s game against Washington with a back injury.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown has missed the last few weeks with an ankle ailment, and is not ready to get back on to the field for Week 10.

Coming out of Tampa Bay’s bye, fellow wide receiver Chris Godwin is dealing with a foot injury, and his status is up in the air.

If he can’t play, Mike Evans should receive upwards of 12 targets.

Tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate would also likely be a key part of the game plan if Godwin is unable to suit up.



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