NFL Week 7 injuries: Joe Mixon, Austin Hooper, Zack Martin, John Brown among players ruled out

Week 7 in the NFL got underway on Thursday night when the Eagles and Giants kicked off this week’s action in Philadelphia. Injuries were a key storyline in that eventual comeback win by the Eagles as DeSean Jackson and Lane Johnson both exited that contest after getting dinged up. New York may not have come away with a W on Thursday, but they did see the return of receiver Sterling Shepard after being activated off IR. He was immediately a factor in the passing game, totaling 59 receiving yards and a touchdown. 

As we turn the page to the rest of the Week 7 slate, injuries will, as always, take center stage as to how we’ll view each matchup. The Bengals have already ruled out running back Joe Mixon and the Cowboys will be without guard Zack Martin, further putting the Dallas offensive line in shambles. Of course, we’ll also be keeping an eye on the Las Vegas Raiders, who have been dealing with a number of COVID-related issues.

To get a more comprehensive look at those situations along with the rest of the league, check out our full injury rundown below that also includes game statues for Week 7. 

Bills (-12) at JetsBills: WR John Brown (knee), LB Tyrel Dodson (hamstring), G Cody Ford (knee), TE Dawson Knox (calf), CB Josh Norman (hamstring) OUT; CB Cam Lewis (wrist), LB Matt Milano (pec), CB Tre’Davious White (back) QUESTIONABLEJets: TBD

Buffalo has ruled corner Josh Norman out for Sunday’s matchup with New York after he injured his hamstring during Thursday’s practice. Receiver John Brown — who did return to action in Week 6 — has also been ruled out. One name to keep an eye on is star corner Tre’Davious White, who was not able to practice on Friday. 

Lions at Falcons (-2.5) Lions: TBDFalcons: DE Takk McKinley (groin) QUESTIONABLE

Atlanta’s injury report is small as McKinley is the lone player on it to end the week. That’s good news for both Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley after the two star receivers were limited when they were able to practice this week. Carrying no injury designation into this game indicates that they both have the green light for Sunday. 

Steelers at Titans (-1)Steelers: FB Derek Watt (hamstring), CB Mike Hilton (shoulder) OUTTitans: None

After not practicing all week, it’s no surprise to see both Derek Watt and Mike Hilton be ruled out. After not practicing on Wednesday and being limited on Thursday due to non-injury reasons, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was a full-go on Friday and carries no destination heading into this matchup. David DeCastro (abdomen) along with JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (back) all are clear to play in Week 7 as well. Meanwhile, Tennessee is completely healthy heading into this game as they have zero players listed on the injury report. Tight end Jonnu Smith (ankle) was a full participant in practice the previous two days. 

Browns (-3) at Bengals Browns: TE Austin Hooper (illness), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), G Wyatt Teller (calf) OUT; S Karl Joseph (hamstring) QUESTIONABLEBengals: RB Joe Mixon (foot), CB William Jackson III (concussion) OUT; WR John Ross (illness), S Shawn Williams (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE

Cleveland will be without No. 1 tight end Austin Hooper after he needed to undergo an appendectomy on Friday. On a positive note, running back Kareem Hunt (ribs) was listed as a full participant on Friday and carries no injury designation for Week 7. With Joe Mixon out, Cincinnati will turn the keys to its backfield to Giovani Bernard. Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams will back him up. 

Cowboys (-1) at Washington Cowboys: TBDWashington: TBD

Zack Martin being ruled out for Dallas only highlights the massive amount of injuries the O-line has faced this season. The Cowboys will now enter Week 7 with just one original starter along the offensive line. 

Packers (-3.5) at Texans

Analysis to come. 

Panthers at Saints (-7.5)Panthers: CB Donte Jackson (toe), G John Miller (ankle), WR Curtis Samuel (knee), CB Eli Apple (hamstring) QUESTIONABLESaints: TBD

Carolina has listed receiver Curtis Samuel as questionable for Sunday after being limited all week in practice. Samuel missed the Panthers’ Week 6 loss to the Bears. Meanwhile, Jackson has been battling turf toe all season and remains questionable. Not having him against New Orleans would be a big blow to the secondary. Kicker Joey Slye was activated off the reserve/COVID list so he will be good to go. 

49ers at Patriots (-2)

Analysis to come. 

Chiefs (-9.5) at Broncos 

Analysis to come. 

Jaguars at Chargers (-7.5) Jaguars: S Jarrod Wilson (hamstring), LB Myles Jack (ankle), TE Tyler Eifert (neck) OUT; OL A.J. Cann (shoulder) QUESTIONABLEChargers: TBD

The notable news out of the Jaguars’ injury report is that wide receiver D.J. Chark (ankle) has been completely removed from it after being limited this week. He was questionable heading into Week 6 but played and was targeted 14 times. Now that he’s a full go, he could once again see a sizable workload. 

Seahawks (-3) at CardinalsSeahawks: TBDCardinals: TBD

Analysis to come. 

Bears at Rams (-6)

Analysis to come. 

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