The Cowboys may find themselves without their top two quarterbacks in Week 8 after Andy Dalton (concussion) was concussed on a dirty hit by Washington linebacker Jon Bostic. Dalton will be one of the main players to track throughout the week. Elsewhere around the league, Odell Beckham was lost for the year after tearing his ACL while attempting to make a tackle following a turnover.
As for players returning from injury, Christian McCaffrey (ankle) will likely need one more game to recover from his high ankle sprain, but there is a small chance he does play on Thursday night against the Falcons. Dalvin Cook (groin) is the much more likely back to return to the field following Minnesota’s Week 7 bye.
As always, we’ll be updating this page throughout the week with all the latest injury news and practice reports.
Week 8 NFL Injury Report
Browns WR Odell Beckham (knee): Beckham was forced out of yesterday’s victory over the Bengals with a knee injury he sustained while making a defensive play after a Browns turnover. Beckham confirmed today that he suffered a torn ACL that will end his 2020 campaign.
The Browns are already without Austin Hooper, who is recovering from an appendectomy performed last week. Rashard Higgins and rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones absorbed most of Beckham’s snaps after he left yesterday’s game, a trend that will likely continue moving forward.
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle): McCaffrey was present and in uniform at Panthers practice today for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2. While that’s a good sign, CMC is still a “long-shot” to play on Thursday against the Falcons. For the time being, McCaffrey should be penciled in for a Week 9 return.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson (foot): An MRI Monday showed that Carson sustained a mid-foot sprain last night against the Cardinals. He is currently being considered “week-to-week”.
Carlos Hyde led the team in carries yesterday, converting 15 carries into 68 rushing yards with one touchdown. Travis Homer (knee) also suffered an injury last night, so Hyde could be even busier in Week 8 against the 49ers if Carson and Homer are unable to play.
Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (ankle): Drake was carted off the field last night after suffering an ankle injury late in the game against the Seahawks. He underwent a post-game X-ray, which came back negative, and will undergo an MRI early this week to determine the severity of the injury. The Cardinals are on bye in Week 8, leaving Drake 13 days to heal before the next game.
Cowboys QB Andy Dalton (concussion): Dalton was knocked out of yesterday’s game by a vicious hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic. The ex-Bengal has subsequently entered the concussion protocol and his Week 8 outlook is currently unclear.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys are not likely to sign another quarterback to its roster, meaning it could be Ben DiNucci under center this weekend if Dalton is unable to clear the protocol in time.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (concussion): Lindsay has also entered the concussion protocol after suffering a head injury on Sunday. It’s been an injury-plagued season so far for Lindsay, who was was only two weeks removed from a turf toe injury that caused him to miss four games earlier in the season. It’s unfortunate timing as he was well on his way to his second consecutive game exceeding 100 rushing yards at the time of his injury.
49ers WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring): Samuel suffered a hamstring injury in Week 7 that could cause him to miss some time, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, although Samuel thankfully appears to have avoided a long-term injury. The 49ers also lost Jeff Wilson (ankle) and Jeff Wilson (ankle) to injuries yesterday.