Injury Reports:
TeamPlayerPOSStatusDate ReportedNotes
Atlanta FalconsCalvin RidleyWROut For Season – SuspensionMon, Mar 7Ridley has been suspended for the entire 2022 season, due to betting on NFL games in the 2021 season.
Baltimore RavensTyus BowserLBQues Week 1 – AchillesMon, Apr 25Bowser has a torn Achilles, and it is unknown if he will be available for Week 1.
Baltimore RavensRonnie StanleyTProb Week 1 – AnkleMon, Apr 25Stanley is on the mend from ankle surgery, but he is expected to suit up in Week 1.
Carolina PanthersShi SmithWRQues Week 1 – Poss. SuspensionFri, Mar 25Smith is facing a potential suspension due to an off-field incident, and it is unknown if he will be active in Week 1.
Carolina PanthersDamien WilsonLBQues Week 1 – Poss. SuspensionTue, Apr 19Wilson is facing a possible suspension for an off-field incident, and it has yet to be established if he will line up for Week 1.
Chicago BearsByron PringleWRQues Week 1 – Poss. SuspensionMon, Apr 25Pringle is facing a potential suspension for an off-field incident, and it is unclear if he will be available for Week 1.
Cleveland BrownsDeshaun WatsonQBQues Week 1 – Poss. SuspensionThu, Mar 24Watson is facing a potential suspension for an off-field incident, and it is unclear if he will be available for Week 1.
Cleveland BrownsJack ConklinTQues Week 1 – KneeSun, Apr 24Conklin is recovering from a torn patella tendon, and it is unknown if he will suit up for Week 1.
Dallas CowboysMichael GallupWRQues Week 1 – KneeFri, Feb 18Gallup is having surgery to repair his torn left ACL, and it has yet to be established if he will be active for Week 1.
Dallas CowboysKelvin JosephCBQues Week 1 – Poss. SuspensionSun, Apr 17Joseph is facing a possible suspension for his involvement in an off-field incident, and it has yet to be determined if he will be available for Week 1.
Denver BroncosKj HamlerWRQues Week 1 – KneeSun, Apr 24Hamler is recovering from a torn ACL, and it has yet to be determined if he will be available for Week 1.
Detroit LionsJerry JacobsCBDoub Week 1 – KneeFri, Feb 18Jacobs is tending to a torn ACL, and it is unlikely that he will suit up for opening day.
Detroit LionsRomeo OkwaraDEQues Week 1 – AchillesFri, Feb 18Okwara is dealing with a ruptured Achilles, and it has yet to be established if he will be active for the season opener.
Green Bay PackersElgton JenkinsGOut Indefinitely – KneeThu, Mar 3Jenkins is recovering from a torn ACL, and there is no timetable for recovery.
Green Bay PackersRobert TonyanTEOut Indefinitely – KneeFri, Apr 1Tonyan is on the mend from a torn ACL that ended his 2021 season. It is unknown when he will make his season debut.
New Orleans SaintsAlvin KamaraRBQues Week 1 – SuspensionFri, Feb 18Kamara is facing a possible suspension for an off-field incident, and it is unknown if he will be eligible to play in the season opener.
New York GiantsSterling ShepardWROut Indefinitely – AchillesThu, Mar 3Shepard is recovering from a torn Achilles, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.
Philadelphia EaglesShaun BradleyLBQues Week 1 – NeckFri, Feb 18Bradley is having surgery for his neck injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will be active for Week 1.
Seattle SeahawksChris CarsonRBQues Week 1 – NeckFri, Apr 22Carson is recovering from disc-fusion neck surgery, and it is unclear if he will be available for week 1.
Washington CommandersLogan ThomasTEQues Week 1 – KneeSat, Apr 23Thomas is recovering from ACL surgery, and if has yet to be determined if he will be available to suit up for Week 1.

If you are going to have success handicapping the NFL, you have to pay attention to the injury report on a consistent basis. A lot of amateurs make the mistake of focusing only on the injuries to star players and overlooking the guys who don’t receive a lot of attention from the media. ┬áPlus, they don’t know the point spread values assigned to the players that are missing.

It’s no secret that the most important position in regards to how an injury can impact a game is the quarterback, especially if we are talking about a top level signal caller. The elite NFL quarterbacks can be worth anywhere from 4-points to a touchdown on the spread. The thing to keep in mind, is that oddsmakers are almost always going to over-adjust the line in these circumstances, as few are willing to lay their hard earned money on a backup quarterback. So before you jump to fade a team that just lost their starting quarterback, keep in mind that you are betting into an inflated line.

It’s easy to pay attention to injuries to quarterbacks, as the media outlets are quick to bring these to our attention, but it’s not the only position that can have a huge impact on the outcome of a game. On the offensive side of the ball, injuries to wide receivers, tight ends and fullbacks are definitely ones that you want to focus on when it comes to the skill positions, while injuries to running backs aren’t all that important.

This is where a lot of people get in trouble, as it’s easy to over-react to a team that just lost a star running back. In reality it’s not all that important to the overall success of a team. Almost every NFL team has a capable backup running back who can quickly step in and put up similar numbers to that of the starter, but that’s not the case for wide receivers, tight ends and fullbacks.

If you think about it, it makes sense. A teams’ starting wide receivers spend countless hours forming chemistry and most importantly timing with the starting quarterback. Rarely do the backup wide outs get time with the starting unit in practice. When they get forced into action, the chemistry and timing simply isn’t there. An injury to a starting tight end can be even worse, as many times these are the guys that quarterbacks count on being open when under pressure. You might be asking why an injury to a fullback would matter all that much. The key thing to remember here is that few teams carry more than one fullback. If there’s not a capable backup, those formations that require a fullback may be thrown out of the game plan entirely.

It’s also worth noting that injuries to exterior offensive linemen (tackles) typically have a larger impact than that of interior offensive linemen (guards and center). This also makes sense, as it’s a lot easier for a quarterback to avoid pressure up the middle, than on the outside. Also, if the offensive line can’t set the edge on the outside, it will also hurt their ability to run the football.

As far as the defense is concerned, injuries on this side of the ball historically don’t have all that big of impact in the outcome of a game. In terms of importance, linebacker and safety are the two positions that you want to pay attention to, while injuries up front on the defensive line and at cornerback aren’t something you need to be overly concerned with.

While evidence suggests that some positions are more important than others, in order to take full advantage of the value that may or may not present itself when a team suffers an injury to a key player, you need to make sure to check the depth charts of the team in question. Some teams may have a more than capable backup at a key position, where an injury to a starter won’t hurt them. Others may not have adequate depth at some less important positions, where an injury could drastically reduce their chances of winning.