Week 15 Fantasy Football Injury Recap

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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 15 and take a look at what fantasy managers can expect heading into Week 16 and beyond.

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QB Trevor Lawrence

Concussion: Week-to-week
Lawrence self reported concussion symptoms after the team’s loss Sunday night against the Ravens and now enters the NFL’s concussion protocol. We’ll have to wait and see how he progresses throughout the week, but for now, Lawrence should be considered questionable for Week 16 against the Bucs. If he can’t clear protocol, it’ll be C.J. Beathard under center with a depleted group of pass catchers given the injuries to Zay Jones (see below) and Christian Kirk (Core muscle, IR).

Players impacted: C.J. Beathard, Calvin Ridley, Evan Engram

QB Will Levis

Left High Ankle Sprain: Likely Out Week 16
Levis got his left leg trapped under a defender and was awkwardly bent backward, causing his ankle and knee to twist. This mechanism is consistent with a high ankle sprain, and on Monday, HC Mike Vrabel said that the key for Levis moving forward is his ability to protect himself. In other words, if his mobility is affected (which it probability will be because of this injury), it’s likely we see Ryan Tannehill under center for Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Players impacted: Ryan Tannehill, DeAndre Hopkins

QB Zach Wilson

Concussion: Week-to-week
Wilson didn’t return for the second half on Sunday against the Dolphins due to a head injury. It was originally described as dehydration by the CBS broadcast, but the team did confirm that Wilson left the game due to a concussion. Like Lawrence, he should be considered week-to-week moving forward.

Players impacted: Trevor Siemian, Garrett Wilson

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RB Keaton Mitchell

ACL Tear: Out for the year
Mitchell tore the ACL in his left knee on Sunday night against Jacksonville when he took an awkward step, causing his leg to knee to buckle. Unfortunately, based on the way his knee shifted, this injury is likely an ACL+. In other words, there’s concern for potential damage to other ligaments and/or the meniscus. For now, we’ll have to wait until more details emerge, but there’s a strong possibility that this injury lingers well into the 2024 season. With Mitchell headed to IR, the team called up Melvin Gordon from the practice squad.

Players impacted: Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, Melvin Gordon

RB Zack Moss

Right Wrist/Shoulder Sprain: Questionable for Week 16
Moss fractured his right forearm in training camp and missed Week 1 earlier this year. He re-injured that right arm on Sunday when he fell on his wrist when reaching for the goal line on his TD reception. During the game, the team described the injury as a wrist injury, and based on video that’s certainly what it looked like, but on Monday, Adam Schefter reported that Moss injured his shoulder. X-rays were negative for fracture, so this sounds like a sprain. Part of the equation here is ball security and whether or not the injury affects his ability to catch the ball and pass block. Expect Moss to miss some practice time this week. If Moss can’t go, look for Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodson to be in line for RB touches next week against the Falcons.

Players impacted: Trey Sermon, Tyler Goodson

WR Michael Pittman Jr.

Concussion: Week-to-week
Pittman took a brutal hit from the Steelers safety on Saturday and is now in the league’s concussion protocol. He left that game early and did not return. If there’s one silver lining here, it’s that Pittman’s injury came on a Saturday instead of a Sunday or Monday, so he’ll have an extra day to recover ahead of Week 16 when the Colts play the Falcons. For now, Pittman should be considered week-to-week with his concussion.

Players impacted: Gardner Minshew, Josh Downs

WR Ja’Marr Chase

Right Shoulder AC Joint Sprain: Likely Out Week 16
Chase left Saturday’s game against the Vikings due to a right shoulder injury and did not return. He was seen with his arm in a sling on the sideline and following the game, it was confirmed that Chase sprained his AC joint in his shoulder. On Sunday morning, Jay Glazer reported that the Bengals are preparing to be without Chase and that he would undergo an MRI on Monday. For mild AC joint injuries, this is not the typical course of care, so this is likely a Grade II injury, which would sideline Chase for 2+ weeks. Expect the Bengals WR1 to sit in Week 16, and consider him questionable at best for Week 17.

Players impacted: Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Jake Browning

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WR Zay Jones

Left Hamstring Strain: Likely out Week 16
Jones injured his left hamstring while trying to chase down a deep ball in the 4th quarter on Sunday night against the Ravens and did not return. On Monday, Doug Pederson told reporters that Jones is “day to day”, but I’d consider him on the wrong side of questionable for Week 16 against Tampa. WRs with even a mild hamstring injury usually miss at least one game, and those that do play through the injury tend to lack top end speed and explosiveness to be effective. With the injury and a potential backup QB under center, fantasy managers should be exploring other options for next week.

Players impacted: Calvin Ridley, Evan Engram, Parker Washington

WR Marquise Brown

Aggravated Heel Injury: Likely out Week 16
Brown has been battling a heel injury since Week 11. He played through it Week 12 then left the team’s Week 13 game against Pittsburgh early. Coming out of the bye, Brown went DNP, LP, LP in practice this past week and was listed Questionable entering Week 15 against the 49ers. Following the game, Brown told reporters that the plan was going to be to limit his reps and snaps in the game, but he wasn’t able to make it through the game. This injury has been going on for over a month and is unlikely to resolve with him playing through it. Look for Brown to sit next week.

Players impacted: Kyler Murray, Michael Wilson, Trey McBride

WR Skyy Moore

Knee Injury: Placed on IR
Following this past week’s game, Andy Reid told reporters that Moore left the game early due to swelling in his knee. On Monday, the team put Moore on IR, so his regular season is over, but he could return for the playoffs depending on what specifically is going on with his knee injury. As of this writing, details on Moore’s injury aren’t known, but often times, a small meniscus injury can cause irritation and swelling in the joint. It’s possible he’ll undergo a scope procedure in the next week or so to address the issue.

Players impacted: Rashee Rice, Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdes-Scantling

WR Jayden Reed

Toe Injury: Questionable for Week 16
Reed put up another solid stat line for fantasy prior to picking up a toe injury on Sunday against Tampa. The team called him questionable to return, but his day ended early after playing just 42% of the snaps, his lowest since Week 9. Toe injuries are particularly difficult for WRs to play through as it affects your ability to push off while running. The severity of the injury has not been reported as of this writing, so fantasy managers will need to keep an eye on Green Bay’s practice reports. I’d consider Reed Questionable for Week 16 against the Panthers.

Players impacted: Jordan Love, Dontayvion Wicks, Romeo Doubs, Christian Watson

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TE Hunter Henry

Left Knee Injury (Specifics Unknown)
Henry got hit in the left thigh/knee when catching a pass in the flat on Sunday against Kansas City. By video, he appeared to get hit more in the lateral quad than the knee, and his leg was not planted on the ground at the time of impact, which usually helps to avoid a more serious injury. After the game, Henry did talk to reporters (which is not something players usually do after a more serious injury) and declined to say whether or not he could have come back into the game but he did say his knee feels “alright.” As of now, I’d consider Henry on the good side of questionable for next week, but fantasy managers will need to track the Patriots’ injury report.

Players impacted: Bailey Zappe, Mike Gesicki 

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