ProFootballDoc: Injury Impact on Saints at Seahawks Monday Night Football

Not 5-0 but a good 4-1 Sunday five injury-based selections against the spread leaves us at a healthy 23-12 on the season, which is slightly ahead of last year’s 50-30-5.

The road underdog Bengals not only covered but dominated and won easily versus the Ravens. The Patriots singlehandedly hit the over. The Giants and Panthers finished the first half with a baseball score of 5-3 and was an easy under. The Packers prevailed by two touchdowns. The Lions surprised with an early lead, and even though the Rams won easily, they did not cover the large margin and accounted for our only loss of the five health advantage picks of the day.


The Seahawks are still without Russell Wilson and Chris Carson and thus are disadvantaged on offense. Wilson is having the pin in his finger removed next week and is on track to return Week 10, but that won’t help his team now. Carson is still on IR for his neck and his return is less predictable. Alex Collins carries a SIC score of less than 50, indicating a chance he doesn’t play with his groin. Even if he does, his effectiveness will be limited. Rashaad Penny returns from IR and may get the majority of touches.

The Saints come off a bye and are getting healthier. They have designated seven players to return off IR, though none of them are named Michael Thomas. The Saints are the healthier side by 9 on the SIC score scale. We lean to New Orleans, but our advantage comes with hidden injuries and everyone knows about Wilson and Carson.

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Written by Dr. David Chao

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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