NFL Injury Analysis: Running Backs Woes

NFL Injury Analysis: Running Backs Woes

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

Aaron Jones

The Green Bay running back appears poised to miss time after suffering a knee injury in the Packers win over the Seahawks. The injury was diagnosed as a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain during the game, and further testing revealed the sprain to be mild. The MCL sits on the inside aspect of the knee and helps with stability during lateral movement. While his impending absence is frustrating, it could have been much worse. Fibers of the MCL are intertwined with the medial meniscus, and meniscus damage often accompanies an MCL sprain. Fortunately for Jones, his meniscus remains intact, and he will not have to consider surgery. The Packers estimate Jones will miss a week or two, with AJ Dillon set to take over the feature back role. Dillon has played well in recent weeks, including Sunday against the Seahawks where he finished with 128 total yards from scrimmage and two rushing touchdowns.

Cordarrelle Patterson

Atlanta's veteran running back has been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2021 fantasy football season, collecting career highs in total yards from scrimmage while chipping in seven touchdowns. Unfortunately, he sprained his ankle in Sunday's lopsided loss to the Cowboys and played a season-low 28 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps. The injury appears to have played a major factor in his limited usage, and there are some concerns he won't be ready to play in Week 11. While the problem does not appear to be a high ankle sprain, Atlanta

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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