At least four teams face quarterback injuries headed into the quarter point of the NFL season, and they're not the only offensive players in pain. From running backs to wide receivers, it seems like skill position players have taken their fair share of punishment so far in 2016. With an eye on fantasy football in particular, here are the 10 biggest injuries that will shape Week 4 of this NFL season.
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Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks (knee)
Wilson suffered a sprained MCL after a third-quarter sack against the 49ers on Sunday, but coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday that he expects the Seahawks QB to play this week: "He is remarkably well off for having a play like that. He looks good. We feel like he's going to be fine." The Seahawks opened as 1.5-point underdogs on the road against the Jets in Week 4.
Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys (knee)
Bryant returned to Sunday night's game against the Bears after tweaking his knee in the first quarter, but he was originally supposed to undergo an MRI on Monday to make sure there was no structural damage. ACcording to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, however, that MRI hadn't happened as of Tuesday, and it was unclear if Bryant still needed the imaging. Jones expects Bryant to be available for Week 4.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Patriots (thumb)
There were conflicting reports as to the severity of Brissett's thumb injury after New England's Thursday night win over the Texans, but it might not matter in the end. The Patriots are reportedly "hopeful and confident" that both Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo will be ready for Week 4 against the Bills. Although there are no indications at this time of which QB would start if both are healthy, we assume Garoppolo would get the nod.
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Jay Cutler, QB, Bears (thumb)
Cutler reportedly remains day-to-day with a sprained thumb he suffered early this season and aggravated in Week 2. More ominously, Bears coach John Fox told reporters that Cutler might not earn back the starting job once he is healthy. "I don't think there are any givens, and that's no indictment of anybody," Fox said. "This is a day-to-day, week-to-week, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, and so we're just trying to get the best 11 guys out there regardless of the position to where we can play a full 60 minutes and get a victory."
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Jeremy Langford, RB, Bears (ankle)
Langford will reportedly miss four to six weeks with a sprained ankle, but that might not be the worst news for Bears fans. Backup Jordan Howard has looked solid in Langford's place through three weeks and is definitely worth a waiver wire claim if he's still available in your fantasy football league.
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Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals (concussion)
Floyd entered the NFL's concussion protocol after hitting his head in Arizona's blowout loss to the Bills, and coach Bruce Arians said that the wide receiver experienced headaches on Monday. Floyd was initially cleared to return to the game on Sunday.
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Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals (ankle)
If you're anticipating a return of the Bengals' tight end, you might want to wait another week. Eifert said he's "still working through some things" in practice this week and that he's "trusting the process" of getting back to full health. Coach Marvin Lewis told reporters that Eifert's return is close, although he did not say anything specifically about Week 4.
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Joe Haden, CB, Browns (groin)
Coach Hue Jackson called sitting Haden in Week 3 "a true game-time decision": "I think it was the right thing to do for Joe and his long-term health and for the health of our team as we continue to move forward. I expect Joe to be back and playing [Sunday]." The Browns face Washington in Week 4, and Haden's presence could be a big boost if QB Kirk Cousins continues to find his rhythm.
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Arian Foster, RB, Dolphins (groin)
A short week will spell trouble for the Dolphins, as Foster will miss Thursday night's game against the Bengals this week. "It would be tough for us to get him back this week," coach Adam Gase told reporters. Foster missed Week 3's OT win over the Browns with a strained groin and hamstring. He has been held out of mid-week practices this year in an effort to stay healthy.
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Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons (shoulder)
Atlanta could be facing significant problems with its wide-receiving corps. Julio Jones was limited to just one catch on seven targets against the Saints on Monday night as he dealt with a calf injury. Jones is not on the Falcons' injury list, but it's worth keeping an eye on his status. Sanu, meanwhile, exited the game with a shoulder injury in the first half, but he is expected to play against the Panthers.