Week 4 injury report is already full of names, too many for anyone to put into one article. However, I have compiled a list of the injuries that are moving the NFL Odds this week and ones that could provide some value once these players have been ruled in or out.
Even though Pete Carroll told reporters that he expects Russell Wilson to play this week, the sportsbooks have yet to release NFL Odds for this one, leading me to believe that Coach Carroll might be withholding his true feelings on Wilson’s injury.
Wilson went down early in the second half with a sprained MCL, but the Seahawks are saying that he is planning on practicing this week. If he is indeed on the practice field, even on a limited basis, his prospects of playing this week look good. Look for the Seahawks to be solid field goal favorites on the road against the Jets if Wilson is ready to go.
Jacoby Brissett/Jimmy Garoppolo
The Patriots’ quarterback situation is probably the next most volatile of the injuries this week. Reports out of New England say that the Patriots are hopeful that both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are ready to go.
If they are both on the practice field this week, it looks as if the Pats will be able to put up with one more week of Tom Brady-less football before their embattled leader returns from his suspension. The sportsbooks, however, have yet to release NFL Odds for this game either.
Jay Cutler and Jeremy Langford
The Bears’ injury list would take up this entire article, but after losing several key starters on defense and Jay Cutler, the Bears lost Jeremy Langford as well last week against the Cowboys. Langford has been listed as doubtful for this game, but the real question here is Cutler.
Brian Hoyer did nothing to make the Bears want to keep Cutler out for another week and yesterday John Fox said Cutler is day to day. Right now Bears are +2½ home underdogs at 5Dimes against the Lions, but if Cutler ends up playing, that may be an immense bargain.
Dez Bryant hurt his knee in Sunday night’s game but returned to the field to finish the game. However, he was supposed to undergo an MRI on his knee Monday, but that has not happened yet. Whether it’s not necessary because it’s not serious, or whether it’s actually more serious that we thought, both are key to the odds of their game this week against the Niners. Right now BetOnline has Dallas as a -3 road favorite.
If Bryant is missing or limited somehow, that may give some value back to the Niners, who have been a very good home underdog team over the last dozen seasons. Keep an eye on Bryant's and all of these player's practice reports starting on Wednesday to make your NFL week 4 picks.