We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Long-time local beat reporter Terez Paylor had the first report on Patrick Mahomes II’ injury, “Hearing early indications are that Patrick Mahomes II has a dislocated knee but at the moment it looks like it isn’t fractured, per a source. MRI coming tomorrow when we’ll know more, but it’s a positive early sign.” Dr. David Chao chimed in, “Medically we say dislocated knee cap not knee. No risk for artery or nerve. This is why @TerezPaylor says positive early sign.” Later Thursday night, Adam Schefter tweeted, “Chiefs will be awaiting MRI results on Patrick Mahomes II’ right knee Friday, but one league source said that ‘if there’s no damage, the best case would be around three weeks.’ But that’s best case. Worst is downright dreary for the Chiefs, their fans and the league as a whole.” The best-case was affirmed and Mahomes will be able to return to the field this season if he can put off having the surgery. Inside Injuries tweeted, “Patrick Mahomes II’ MRI showed that the kneecap dislocation caused minimal damage. He is expected to miss 3 weeks. Based on this news there is likely some slight ligament or cartilage damage, but he can play through it with a brace. Surgery could still come after the season.” Dr. David Chao brought some perspective to the opinions and expectations flying around, “A) @Chiefs haven't said anything yet, only reporters. B) Reports said "not significant additional damage". It didn't say no damage (to me implies the expected to MPFL injury). C) Let's see what ultimately happens. Expect more definitive updates in the coming days. As the focus moves toward Matt Moore for a few weeks, James Palmer tweeted, “Matt Moore told me tonight he taken exactly ZERO reps this season.” The Chiefs defense will not look the same as Moore does not have the arm strength of Mahomes, nor the ability to make ad hoc plays. Expect coach Andy Reid to adjust his play-calling accordingly.
Last Monday, Adam Schefter gave an update on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, “Panthers’ QB Cam Newton’s foot injury has healed well and he is expected to be ready to practice after the team’s bye this week, per league source. Panthers have said they will make a QB determination when Newton is healthy; that looks to be coming soon.” With the way Kyle Allen has turned around the Carolina season, it will be difficult for coach Ron Rivera to make a move to the declining Newton. The Panthers were on bye this past week so expect much chatter on the topic this week.
Ace beat reporter Mike Klis reported last week that rookie quarterback Drew Lock should return to practice this week. Given the poor play of the statuesque Joe Flacco, the Broncos need to evaluate Lock’s ability this season. With a 2-5 record, Denver might be in position for a top-five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Yes, Gardner Minshew has played well after Nick Foles went down to injury, but the veteran is likely to regain the starting job once healthy. Last week, coach Doug Marrone told reporters Foles would begin practicing this week. Early indications gave Foles a Week 11 or Week 12 return date so this would be an early return. Minshew could be playing for his job the next few weeks. He did not play well against the Bengals but the still drew the victory.