Week 6 of the NFL season is an opportunity for a number of teams to either separate themselves from the pack or to salvage what is starting to look like a lost year.
For the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts, Sunday is looking more like the latter than the former.
All three teams have key players who have been dealing with injuries, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided this update on them.
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Last week was an ugly one for Carolina, as it got blown out by the San Francisco 49ers, which was then quickly followed by the firing of Matt Rhule, its head coach.
A number of its players are rumored to be on the trading block, and if it is to have any hope of making the playoffs, it needs to start piling up wins, beginning with Week 6’s contest versus the Los Angeles Rams.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered an ankle injury in the loss to San Francisco, and he is doubtful to suit up against the defending Super Bowl champs.
If he is unable to play, P.J. Walker, who replaced him late in last week’s contest, will replace him.
Winston has been dealing with four fractured vertebrae and will not play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Andy Dalton, who has started the Saints’ last two games, will once again be under center.
He was solid last week, going 16 of 24 and throwing a touchdown pass as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 39-32.
Taylor, who is arguably the NFL’s best running back, has a high ankle sprain, and he is ruled out.
Jonathan Taylor hasn’t rushed for 100+ yards since Week 1 🚑
His longest drought since the first three weeks of 2021. pic.twitter.com/rajLQiafaA
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