Every week, a new injury or change in practice status leads to line shifts that can catch bettors off guard. Some of the biggest names in the sport are felled by common injuries that affect not only the contest that week but also the playoff hunt.
With injury information changing by the second with the latest press release or tweet, having a licensed physical therapist interpret the NFL Week 9 injury reports will help you gain an advantage.
Below are the top NFL Week 9 injuries to consider when placing your Week 9 NFL betting picks. Please note that all NFL Week 9 odds and lines are current as of Thursday, November 4 at 10 AM EST.
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NFL Week 9 Injuries & Betting Tips
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (Right Jones Fracture)
Tennessee Titans @ Los Angeles Rams
The news of Derrick Henry‘s injury shook the football world when it was announced that he would be out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right foot. It isn’t clear when he suffered the injury, but the specific diagnosis is a Jones fracture commonly seen in offensive players.
A Jones fracture occurs at the base of the fifth metatarsal and occurs as the result of pivoting or inward turning of the forefoot. Surgery is performed by placing a screw into the bone to allow for proper healing with a return-to-play timeline of 10-to-12 weeks.
There is a moderate chance at re-injury if Henry returns too soon, but considering he would return roughly around Week 18 or the start of the playoffs, that is a risk that both he and the Titans may be willing to take.
- Read our full Week 9 Titans vs Rams betting picks & tips.
However, the loss of Henry’s titanic offensive production cannot be replaced with Jeremy McNichols and Adrian Peterson this week against the Los Angeles Rams. This leads to my betting pick of 0.5 units on the Under 53.5 (-110) at Caesars.
Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals (Left Medial Ankle Sprain)
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers
Kyler Murray suffered a left medial ankle sprain in the final moments of Arizona’s loss to the Green Bay Packers last Thursday night. This occurred on a scramble in which he was tackled low as his left foot was caught and turned outward. Shortly after the game, he was observed in a walking boot to control swelling and provide stability.
Murray has had prior ankle sprains, including one to his right ankle late last season that limited him at times. With the focus on rest and rehab, Murray is unlikely to practice much leading up to Sunday. There is concern that his mobility in the pocket will be compromised and he will have difficulty stepping into his throws.
- Read our full Week 9 Cardinals vs 49ers betting picks & tips.
With this Sunday’s matchup slightly favoring the Cardinals according to our NFL gameday odds, the lines may continue to move based on updates regarding Murray’s ankle. Assuming Murray won’t be at full strength, I’m placing 1 unit on the 49ers Moneyline (+105) at Caesars.
Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints (Left ACL, MCL Tear)
New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons
Jameis Winston exited Sunday’s contest following an illegal horsecollar tackle that awkwardly bent his left knee, resulting in a torn ACL and MCL. This pattern of ligament damage is quite common due to the valgus stress placed on the knee during this type of injury.
Winston will miss the rest of the season, putting Taysom Hill in line to start for the Saints if he clears concussion protocol from the hit he suffered in Week 6.
- Read our full Week 9 Falcons vs Saints betting picks & tips.
If Hill still isn’t cleared, then Trevor Siemian would step up in relief against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9. Despite losing their starting quarterback, the Saints are still favored.
However, with uncertainty under center and a Falcons team that is attempting to stay competitive at 3-4 behind Matt Ryan, my betting pick is 1 unit on the Over 42 (-110) at Caesars.
Danielle Hunter, DE, Minnesota Vikings (Torn Right Pectoral Muscle)
Minnesota Vikings @ Baltimore Ravens
Danielle Hunter left Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a right shoulder injury that was later diagnosed as a torn pectoral muscle. This muscle allows a player to engage blocks at the line and wrap up ball carriers for tackles and sacks. While partial tears can be played through, it appears as though he fully tore the muscle.
Without Hunter coming off the edge, the Minnesota Vikings lose their current leader in sacks and a top defensive player. Unless the Vikings have a deep playoff run, Hunter will not return this season as this typically takes 4-to-6 months to fully recover.
- Read our full Week 9 Vikings vs Ravens betting picks & tips.
Minnesota still has Everson Griffen on the other side, but without a strong one-two punch to provide pressure this will open up the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive game plan.
With the loss of Hunter, any potential close scores for Sunday’s Vikings-Ravens matchup are eliminated. My betting pick is 0.5 units on the Ravens to cover the spread at -6 (-110) at Caesars.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (COVID)
Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Aaron Rodgers will miss the Week 9 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a positive COVID test on Wednesday. Further information revealed that Rodgers is unvaccinated despite him previously stating that he was immunized due to previously contracting COVID during the offseason.
Rodgers must stay away from the team for at least 10 days per NFL COVID protocols. When he does return, he will be eligible to play against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10, but unable to practice prior to that game.
It is also unknown how the virus will affect Rodgers, leading to uncertainties regarding his endurance and ability to perform without practice.
- Read our full Week 9 Packers vs Chiefs betting picks & tips.
Prior to the news, this game was shaping up to be a great matchup between Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes in our NFL bet of the day. With Rodgers out, however, the line has swung towards Kansas City. My betting pick is 0.75 units on a close game with the Packers to cover the spread +7.5 (-115) at Caesars.
Other Week 9 Notable Injuries
- Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor is nursing an ankle injury that may affect his availability for Sunday.
- Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold is working through the concussion protocol following a hit on Sunday that also injured his right shoulder. His status for Week 9 is uncertain at this time.
- Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is working through the concussion protocol after hitting his head on the ground following a catch in the fourth quarter. He has been ruled out for Week 9.
- Cleveland Browns OT Jack Conklin will miss several weeks following a dislocated elbow in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had the pin removed in his surgically repaired middle finger and is still on track to return to play in Week 10.
- New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas will miss the rest of the season after suffering a setback in his ankle injury rehab.
- Washington Football Team DE Montez Sweat is out with a broken jaw and is expected to miss at least a month.