Dr. Budoff’s Week 5 Injury Update: Calvin Johnson, Vernon Davis, Others

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Fantasy Football Injury Report

A review of recent fantasy football injury implications. This week’s edition features Calvin Johnson, Jake Locker, Ladarius Green, Vernon Davis, and Mike Evans.


Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson has a sprained ankle.  He played Week 4, but was used mainly as a decoy, hauling in only 2 catches for 12 yards. He says he feels better this week, but did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. If there’s any question, you’d hope the Lions would sit him to let him heal, rather than risk derailing his entire season with chronic ankle issues. It’s tough to sit him if he’s playing, but that doesn’t mean that you have to feel good about it.

Jake Locker

Jake Locker is dealing with a sore right wrist that caused him to miss Week 4. Reports state that he’s now feeling better. He practiced in full both Wednesday and Thursday and is fully expected to play in Week 5.

Ladarius Green

Ladarius Green was active Week 4, but did not play due to a hamstring injury suffered during that week’s practice. He was limited in practice Wednesday, but practiced fully on Thursday. Playing behind Antonio Gates at less than 100% it’s tough to fully trust him. Personally, I’d have trouble starting him. I’d be more comfortable in ‘watch and see’ mode, as he’s clearly shown that suiting up and actually running pass patterns are two different things.

Vernon Davis

Already dealing with an ankle injury, Vernon Davis was healed enough to play Week 4, when he was hit in the back, leading to back spasms.  Davis did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He’s still having problems and considers himself ‘day to day’. Check the Friday practice report for the most up to date information. Even if he practices on Friday, I’d have a backup plan ready, as back spasms can be unpredictable.

Mike Evans

Mike Evans suffered a groin strain during Week 4, is not currently practicing, and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. The Buccaneers have a Week 7 bye, so they may well keep Evans out until Week 8. With new QB Mike Glennon throwing the passes, Evans hauled in 4 catches for 65 yards and 1 touchdown, so he’s someone to consider stashing if he’s available on your waiver wire.