Week 14 Fantasy Football Injury Recap
As The Fantasy Footballers’ lead injury analyst and sports physical therapist, I’ll be recapping the previous week’s injuries and giving a projected timeline for recovery all season long. Let’s look at the biggest injuries from Week 14 and take a look at what fantasy managers can expect heading into Week 15 and beyond.
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Fractured Right Index Finger: Out at least Week 15
Herbert fractured his right index finger this past Sunday and is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday. These injuries can be complex and difficult to evaluate at the time of the injury, so we won’t know for sure how long Herbert will be out until the surgeon is able to get in there and evaluate the extent of the injury. Regardless, this is the right index finger for a QB, which makes it very difficult to throw the ball with accuracy. Herbert will not play on Thursday night this week against the Raiders, but I would not be surprised to see him miss the remainder of the year given that the Chargers are essentially eliminated from postseason contention.
QB C.J. Stroud
The odds on favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year is now concussion protocol after hitting the back of his head on the MetLife turf Sunday afternoon against the Jets. After Stroud was hit in the fourth quarter, he was evaluated on the sideline and quickly taken to the locker room for further evaluation but did not return. We’ll see if Stroud can progress through the protocol throughout the week, so monitoring his practice participation this week is important. If he can’t clear protocol in time, Davis Mills will be under center for the Texans next week when they take on the Titans.
RB Josh Jacobs
Right Knee Hyperextension: Out Week 15
Josh Jacobs hyperextended his knee on Sunday against the Vikings and limped off the field before being ruled out. The specifics of the injury have not been reported, but I suspect we’ll hear more in the next day or so regarding any potential ligament injury after he gets an MRI. It’s worth noting that the team listed him as a DNP with a quad injury on Monday’s estimated practice report ahead of Week 15’s TNF game against the Chargers. Expect him to miss Week 15 at a minimum with Week 16 looking doubtful as well.
Players impacted: Zameer White, Ameer Abdullah
Right High Ankle Sprain: Out multiple weeks
Mattison picked up a high ankle sprain on Sunday against the Raiders and did not return. We’re still waiting to hear about the severity of the injury, but even mild high ankle sprains tend to cost players are least one game. Expect Mattison to sit this week, but he is likely to miss multiple games if this is a moderate sprain. Mattison’s season (at least for fantasy football) could be over. Ty Chandler is likely to get the start moving forward.
Players impacted: Ty Chandler
Chest/Rib Injury: Day to day
Jefferson took a huge hit to the right side of his ribs on Sunday against the Raiders and was quickly ruled out. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation to rule out any internal injuries. Fortunately, those scans came back clean and JJetts was able to return to the stadium and fly home with the team. On Monday, head coach Kevin O’Connell called his star WR “day to day.” I believe Justin Jefferson has a chance to play this week, but if he’s unable to go, he should be back by Week 16.
WR Nico Collins
Calf Strain: Likely out multiple games
Collins missed one game in Week 10 due to a strained calf. He then re-injured that calf on Sunday against the Jets and was ruled out after seeing just one target early in the game. Given that calf injuries can linger and the fact that he’s had this injury, it would not be surprising for Collins to miss 2-3 weeks. We’re still waiting to hear more about the severity of Collins’ injury, but fantasy managers who made the playoffs should plan to be without him for Week 15 and likely Week 16 as well.
WR Tyreek Hill
Mild Left High Ankle Sprain: Questionable for Week 15
Tyreek got his left ankle trapped under a tackler last night against the Titans. His mechanism is consistent with a high ankle sprain, but fortunately, his foot did not get caught in the turf. If that had happened, Hill’s injury would have been more severe. Tyreek returned intermittently throughout the game, but he only played 47% of the snaps, and his ankle was heavily taped at one point. Speaking after the game, Hill revealed to reporters that he’s been dealing with ankle injuries throughout the season, and if you remember their Black Friday game against the Jets, he did injure his ankle in that game but returned and played through the injury with his ankle taped. Even though Hill was able to return to the game in a limited capacity, it is not a guarantee that he’ll be able to play next week. This injury needs to be monitored closely throughout the week.
Right Shoulder Injury: Day to day
Kincaid landed on his right shoulder Sunday when he was tackled by a Chiefs defender. He was listed probable to return and did, finishing with 5 catches for 21 yards on 8 targets. Following the game, Kincaid had this to say about his shoulder: “Football’s a collision sport, bumps and bruises. Do what I can to be back next week.” On Monday, Sean McDermott called his TE “day to day.” Kincaid could be limited in practice this week, but I fully expect him to play this week against the Cowboys.