Week 4 of the NFL season certainly saw its share of injuries, but there weren't any truly catastrophic season altering disasters. Here are some injuries that could affect NFL odds for Week 5.
Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
Luck missed not just the first game but also first snap of his NFL career Sunday against Jacksonville, which the Colts barely beat behind backup Matt Hasselbeck. It's a short week for the Colts in Week 5 as they visit Houston on Thursday. I will preview that game here at SBR. Alas, there is no line on NFL odds yet because of Luck's uncertain status. He did throw in practice on Monday with what is being called a partially separated shoulder. According to Coach Chuck Pagano, Luck is "trending in the right direction:" to play. The Colts should be slight favorites on NFL odds if Luck plays but likely at least 3-point underdogs if he doesn't.
Joique Bell, RB, Haloti Ngata & Tyrunn Walker, DLs, Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
Detroit was on the wrong end of a horribly botched call in Monday night's loss to Seattle that dropped the Lions to 0-4. And not only that, they lost Walker for the season to a broken fibula. He has been a pleasant surprise with what has largely otherwise been a disappointing defense. Ngata suffered a calf injury and Ebron a knee problem in the loss. Their status for Sunday's game against Arizona are in question. Ditto Bell, who sat out Monday with ankle injury. Rookie Ameer Abdullah would start again if Bell can't go. Right guard Larry Warford was out for Detroit for Monday night with an ankle injury despite practicing all last week. He has a good shot of playing Sunday. The Lions are +3 on BetOnline. I recommended taking the points on NFL picks in my preview of this game here at SBR.
Marshawn Lynch & Fred Jackson, RBs, Seahawks
Lynch missed Monday's win with "some findings" on an MRI of his hamstring, which he injured in Week 3. So he's questionable for this week's tough game at unbeaten Cincinnati. Jackson suffered a high ankle sprain and those usually take a few weeks to recover from at a minimum. So it could be a heavy dose of undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls vs. the Bengals. He carried 17 times for 48 yards vs. the Lions. Seattle is +3 this week on NFL odds.
Lance Dunbar, RB, & Sean Lee, LB, Cowboys
Dunbar had emerged as perhaps Dallas' best playmaker with Dez Bryant and Tony Romo out injured, but Dunbar's season is over with a torn ACL suffered in the Week 4 loss to New Orleans. Dunbar had 21 catches for 215 yards on the year. He had a 45-yard run on the second play from scrimmage against the Saints and had five carries for 67 yards for the season. He averaged 24.3 yards per kick return. The Cowboys really need to trade for Bears running back Matt Forte. Lee, the heart and soul of that Dallas defense, is in the league's concussion protocol. Dallas is a 9-point dog to a New England team coming off its bye week and quite healthy.
LeSean McCoy & Karlos Williams, RB, Bills
McCoy missed Week 4 with a hamstring injury and isn't likely to return this week. The rookie Williams had been terrific in his place but he's in the league's concussion protocol. Thus it's very questionable if he will be cleared in time for Sunday's game at Tennessee. So it's quite possible the Bills will turn to the likes of Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood this Sunday in Tennessee. The team did sign former Colt Boom Herron on Tuesday, passing over former first-round bust Trent Richardson. Buffalo is -2.5 at the Titans.
Alec Ogletree, LB, Rams
Pretty significant loss for that talented St. Louis defense as Ogletree had surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured right ankle. Coach Jeff Fisher and the Rams will choose between two options: injured reserve with the designation to return or regular injured reserve. So Ogletree is out at least eight weeks and maybe the season. Ogletree has 42 tackles and two sacks this season. Akeem Ayers will take his starting spot. St. Louis is +9.5 this week at Green Bay.
Malcom Floyd, WR, & Brandon Flowers, CB, Chargers
Both guys are in the NFL's concussion protocol. Floyd has eight catches for 167 yards and a touchdown this season. Flowers has just 10 tackles but is one of the better cover corners in the NFL. There is good news this week as tight end Antonio Gates will return from a four-game suspension. The Bolts are -3 for Monday night's game against visiting Pittsburgh.