As the season goes on, injuries start to stack up, tt’s unavoidable for almost every team. Here is a look at some of the bigger injuries heading into Week 6 and how you should take them into account when making your NFL Picks.
The one game that doesn’t have any NFL Odds associated with it right now is the Panthers and Saints from New Orleans. Cam Newton’s concussion is the biggest reason for this and after blowing a game on Monday night against the Bucs, the Panthers need Newton back asap.
Until he is ruled in or out, the sportsbooks will likely not release odds for this game. BetOnline and SportsBetting both have early NFL Odds of -3 in favor of the road Panthers, but this is bound to change depending on the status of Newton.
The Panthers’ quarterback participated in some drills on Monday before their game, so as long as he practices this week, all signs point to him being back under center in Week 6.
The other big quarterback injury this week is the Browns’ Cody Kessler, who was knocked out of the Browns’ Week 5 game after landing on his throwing shoulder. It looks like he may have some cracked ribs, though, so while you can still play in a flak jacket, if he can’t handle the pain, the Browns might be in serious trouble this week.
Backup Charlie Whitehurst also got hurt in Week 5 and with the NFL Odds heavily favoring the Tennessee Titans in week 6, Kessler’s status means a lot in the NFL Odds this week, with the sportsbooks favoring Tennessee at -7 or -7 ½ this week.
Eddie Lacy was in the middle of a great game in Week 5 before hurting his ankle. Lacy has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts so far this season after a horrible 2015 campaign, but if the Packers are without him, their struggling offense might struggle even more.
This is bad news too with the Cowboys coming to town. Dallas is a +4 underdog right now and if Lacy can’t play, that may be a great value, especially in a teaser.
There are a ton of big defensive injuries to important players this week. Some of them may be fine, but their potential absence could give their opponent’s offense a big advantage in Week 6. Here is a list of guys you need to keep an eye on heading into practices this week.
Trumaine Johnson, CB - Rams
Josh Norman, CB – Redskins
Jonathan Joseph, CB – Texans
Eli Apple, CB, - Giants
Cameron Heyward, DE – Steelers
David Harris, LB – Jets
Double check these guys' practice statuses this week to help you handicap their respective games. And as always, check out all the tools we have to offer here at Sportsbook Review to help you make better NFL week 6 picks!