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5 Key NFL Injuries to Watch in Week 5

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Jonathan Taylor is one of several star players dealing with an injury ahead of Week 5.
Jonathan Taylor is one of several star players dealing with an injury ahead of Week 5. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Broncos Facing Two Major MRIs on Monday

The Denver Broncos saw two essential starters, Javonte Williams and Randy Gregory, get carted off the field after suffering knee injuries during their loss in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Based on video, the Pro Football Docs are concerned that Williams and Gregory each suffered significant and potentially season-ending knee injuries in the second half.

Williams and Gregory will undergo MRIs on Monday and Denver will be hoping for good news, according to the Docs. 

Williams suffered a left knee injury on the first play of the second half and was ruled out soon after going into the injury tent while Gregory went down with a right knee injury when he planted and his knee shifted on a blitz in the fourth quarter. 

Will Key Eagles Slay, Maddox, Mailata Miss More Time?

The 4-0 Philadelphia Eagles finished Sunday’s 29-21 win without No. 1 cornerback Darius Slay Jr., No. 3 cornerback Avonte Maddox, left tackle Jordan Mailata and right guard Isaac Seumalo, but saw little impact from their absences.

Maddox suffered a right foot injury during practice and Slay Jr. went out with a forearm contusion he picked up on the third play of the game. The Eagles haven’t released the details of the injuries of any expected return timelines yet, but Maddox was sporting a walking boot and Slay Jr. had a forearm brace postgame according to Josh Tolentino of the Inquirer.

Mailata, meanwhile, went down with a right shoulder injury when he dove after returning Andre Cisco on his pick-six and Seumalo appeared to suffer an ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. Both linemen missed time last season and, in total, eight different tackles and guards played at least 156 snaps for the Eagles. 

Giants Lose Both QBs, Will Davis Webb Start vs. Packers?

New York Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones left their win over the Bears with a mild left high-ankle sprain in the third quarter and later returned in emergency fashion with his left ankle heavily taped.

The fourth-year starter had to come back in because veteran backup Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion on a head-first scramble not long after replacing Jones and is likely out for Week 5. 

Jones is also unlikely to play in Week 5, and even if he does he would have severely limited mobility, which is an essential piece of his production.

The Giants have been a run-first team with Saquon Barkley to start the season, which has guided them to a 3-1 record, but it will be tough to keep winning without a competent quarterback.

Key Colts Injured Ahead of Thursday Night Contest

On the way to dropping to 1-2-1 on Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts lost All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor to an ankle sprain and All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard to a concussion. 

Leonard will miss Week 5 because he will not have time to advance through concussion protocol to be cleared in time for Thursday's game with the Denver Broncos. Even if he could show enough progress by Thursday, the intensified focus on the league's handling of concussions would likely prevent his quick return. 

Taylor didn't return to Sunday's loss and, while unlikely, could play through the injury in four days depending on the level of swelling it develops overnight. Taylor hasn't missed a game in his NFL career and has only missed one practice at any level, which happened last week.

Will Top Titans Rookie Miss Time with Foot Injury?

Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Treylon Burks left Sunday’s game with a left foot injury, and based on video the Docs are concerned for a Lisfranc injury that could be sprain or fracture. Burks stayed in for one play but limped through his route and was carted away sans the cleat and sock on his left foot later in the fourth. 

Lisfranc injuries, like all foot injuries, can range in severity from a season-ending fracture to a mild sprain that sidelines the rookie for 2-3 weeks. The 22-year-old has 10 receptions for 129 yards through four games and is second on the Titans with 16 targets behind Robert Woods, who is coming off of an ACL tear.