NFL Week 8 Injury Report: What To Know About Zach Wilson, Von Miller, More

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Matt Provencher

FOX Sports Injury & Performance Analyst

Here we are in Week 8 of the NFL season, and several teams have been hit by key injuries.

One of them — Zach Wilson's sprained knee — caused the team to go out and make a trade, as the New York Jets nabbed veteran Joe Flacco from the Eagles to step in for their injured rookie quarterback.

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Here's the lowdown on five key injuries, with expected time missed, as well as impact on production when the players return.

Zach Wilson, QB, Jets

Injury: Right PCL sprain

Impact: Affects mobility due to feelings of instability, swelling post-activity, trust in the knee

Surgery: Unlikely

Potential time missed: 3-4 weeks

Impact on production: A quarterback's rushing production typically is reduced 15-18% upon return from this injury, while his passing yards will drop 8-12% for the rest of the season on average. It will improve next year, though, and these numbers will get better.

Notes: The PCL is important for stability of the knee, but it is rarely reconstructed in NFL players, even with a Grade 3 tear (the grades go from 1-3). Players can usually rehabilitate the quad muscles and make the knee strong and functional.

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Von Miller

, LB, Broncos

Injury: Left ankle sprain

Impact: Affects quickness, power and burst speed

Surgery: No

Potential time missed: 0-1 games

Impact on production: Our data predicts a 6-8% drop in SNAP percentage, but that number could be a bit higher, given that this is a recurrence of a prior injury.

Notes: This was the same ankle Miller injured in 2020, and he missed that entire season. X-rays were negative this time around, but Miller did not practice Tuesday, and coach Vic Fangio said Miller is considered day-to-day.

Miles Sanders

, RB, Eagles

Injury: Ankle sprain

Impact: Affects power, cutting, speed

Surgery: No

Potential time missed: 1-3 games

Impact on production: Even if the injury isn't severe, this type of injury is problematic due to his position. Our data shows that Sanders will see an 8-12% reduction in both SNAP percentage and rushing yards in his first three games back.

Notes: Reports say Sanders did not break his ankle and also avoided a high ankle sprain. This is most likely a mild-to-moderate high-ankle injury, given that he was in and out and attempting to play.

Jonathan Jones

, DB, Patriots

Injury: Shoulder

Impact: Affects shoulder mobility, strength, tackling trust until after rehabilitation and return to sport drills

Surgery: Yes

Potential time missed: Remainder of season

Impact on production: Don't anticipate any production losses once he returns

Notes: This was most likely a soft tissue injury to his rotator cuff/labrum. Jones reportedly had surgery this week and will be out for the season. He should be ready for 2022 mini-camp with no restrictions, and I don’t anticipate any production losses.

Jonathan Jones is out the rest of the season with what is likely a soft tissue injury to his rotator cuff/labrum, Dr. Matt Provencher writes.

Malcolm Brown

, RB, Dolphins

 

Injury: Quad 

Impact: Affects speed, push off/burst, reinjury if he takes big hit to same spot

Surgery: No

Potential time missed: At least three games, as he was placed on IR

Impact on production: Brown is likely to experience a 10% drop in SNAP percentage in his first two games back.

Notes: Since Brown was placed on IR, the assumption is that this is a partial quad strain/partial quad tear. The issue with this injury is that it could continue to be aggravated during this same season and even into next season.

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