ProFootballDoc: Thursday Night Injuries and Week 5 Projections

Lots of injuries in Week 5 so that should provide more health advantages to keep our 67% (12-6-2) record against the spread going.

Which quarterbacks will play thru his ankle injury: Mac Jones, Daniel Jones or Zach Wilson? Our order for likelihood of play and production are Wilson > D Jones > M Jones.

For tonight’s game, Jonathan Taylor is ruled out as expected and Javonte Williams season is over. No Shaq Leonard or Randy Gregory either. Russell Wilson will play thru his throwing shoulder injury.

IND +3.5 @ DEN

On a short week, you have to just play the hand you are dealt. Yes, the Colts are without their best offensive player but the rest of the team is healthy. Contrast the Broncos with five offensive players dealing with injury issues. Although we typically reserve the five weekly picks for Sunday, the Colts getting 3.5 seems like a good early pick especially in a potentially low scoring contest. For more injury-based picks based on the SIC Health Score algorithm check out SIC Picks.

Good luck and let’s enjoy the start of NFL Week 5.

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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