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5 NFL Injury Storylines to Watch Week 9

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Oct 30, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs
Oct 30, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Will Cooper Kupp be Available in Week 9?

Rams' receiver Cooper Kupp suffered an ankle sprain when his legs were rolled up on with 1:02 left in their 31-14 loss to the 49ers. 

Kupp said all indications are he “dodged a bullet" on the play and the Pro Football Docs agree and add that he should be available against the Buccaneers. 

The 29-year-old made eight receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown working alongside Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, and Tyler Higbee for the first time this season. 

Eagles Lose Jordan Davis, Rookie Won't Play Thursday vs. Texans

Defensive lineman Jordan Davis was carted off of the field and spotted in a walking boot and crutches after suffering a reported right ankle injury in the Eagles' win over the Steelers.

Ian Rapoport reported that Davis is believed to have suffered a high-ankle sprain, but the Pro Football Docs have worry for a potential Achilles injury because there is no clear ankle sprain mechanism on the play. 

The No. 13 overall pick has 12 total tackles this season and a PFF grade of 77.7 in seven games for the 7-0 Eagles.

Packers Lose Another Receiver in Loss to Bills

Rookie wide receiver Christian Watson suffered a concussion in the first quarter in Week 8 and is doubtful to play next week, according to the Pro Football Docs.

Watson was thrust into a major role because of the absence of Allen Lazard, who – along with Randall Cobb – has a strong chance to miss Week 9 against the Lions.

Running back AJ Dillon suffered a mild left MCL sprain in the second half and, while he returned and was effective, he could be limited next week depending on how his injury recovers. 

Will Parker Play for Pats vs Colts?

Deep-play threat DeVante Parker was ruled out after suffering a right MCL sprain on the Patriots' first offensive play of their win. 

The 29-year-old will be in an uphill battle to play in Week 9, according to the Docs. 

In his absence, Rhamondre Stevenson brought in seven catches for 72 yards and Jakobi Meyers had nine receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown.

Will Ankle Sprain Linger, Limit Jonathan Taylor?

Running back Jonathan Taylor aggravated his right ankle sprain on a long rush in the first quarter and returned but was limited during the Colts' loss to the Commanders.

The 23-year-old's practice pattern will help give some insight into his health and availability against the Patriots next week, who have given up 126 rushing yards per game. 

Taylor hit his over rushing prop of 72.5 yards but did it on unequal efficiency: he gained 38 yards on five rushes, including a 27-yarder, before the injury and had 38 yards on 10 carries after he returned.

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