Week 16 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 16 and take a look at what fantasy managers can expect heading into Week 17 and beyond.

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QB Trevor Lawrence

Right Shoulder AC Joint Sprain: Questionable for Week 17
Lawrence entered the week questionable due to the NFL’s concussion protocol, but he was able to clear Saturday and start this week’s game. He picked up a right shoulder injury against the Bucs when he dove with the ball outstretched, picking up a minor AC joint sprain. He didn’t return to the game, but it’s likely the score played a role in that with the team down by three scores when the injury happened. On Monday, he underwent an MRI and per Ian Rapoport, “it’s not believed to be a major injury.” Lawrence could miss some practice time this week, but given the need for the Jags to win their next two games to get into the post-season and secure the AFC South, I expect Lawrence to push to play. The issue is that even a mild AC joint sprain for a QB is a big deal; his availability will come down to his ability to deliver the ball with power and accuracy.

Players impacted: Calvin Ridley, Evan Engram, Travis Etienne Jr.

QB Brock Purdy

Stinger: Likely to play Week 17
Purdy picked up a stinger in Week 15 but was able to return to the game and play through the injury. He was not on the injury report ahead of Week 16 against the Ravens, but he aggravated that injury in the second half on Monday night. Purdy was evaluated in the blue medical tent and was cleared to return, but he never did. It’s possible that the score played a role in this as the 49ers were down multiple scores late in the game. While I think it’s likely Purdy plays next week, it’s also important to note that he could have symptoms throughout the week, so it would not be surprising to see him on the injury report.

Players impacted: Sam Darnold, Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle

RB Isiah Pacheco

Concussion: Week-to-week
Pacheco enters the concussion protocol after leaving Monday’s game against the Raiders with a head injury. Given that the injury happened on a Monday as opposed to a Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, Pacheco is up against the clock when it comes to his chances of clearing protocol before Week 17. He’ll have just six days to progress through the protocol. With Jerick McKinnon on IR because of a groin injury, CEH could be in line for a big role if Pacheco can’t go.

Players impacted: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

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WR Jaylen Waddle

Left High Ankle Sprain: Out Week 17, Could sit in Week 18
Waddle left the game with what the team called a shin injury but on Monday at his press conference, head coach Mike McDaniel confirmed that Waddle’s injury is “more of a high ankle.” The team has not reported any results of his MRI, so his availability moving forward is largely dependent on the severity of the injury. Either way, I do not expect him to play this week against the Ravens. He could easily sit for multiple games with the Dolphins having their eyes set on the post-season.

Players impacted: Tyreek Hill, Tua Tagovailoa

WR D.J. Moore

Right Ankle Sprain: Questionable for Week 17
Moore injured his right ankle two weeks ago against the Lions and has been playing through the injury. He aggravated it this past Sunday against the Cardinals and left for a period of time but did return. Upon returning, he clearly wasn’t 100% and was pretty much only used as a decoy. This injury is likely to limit Moore throughout the week. It is not a guarantee that he plays in Week 17, and if he does, he’s unlikely to be at 100%.

Players impacted: Justin Fields, Darnell Mooney, Cole Kmet

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WR Courtland Sutton

Concussion: Week-to-week
Sutton was only targeted once on Sunday night against the Patriots. It was a sideline jump ball that caused Sutton to land hard and hit the back of his head on the ground. Denver’s WR1 was then ruled out with a concussion and did not return. We’ll see if Sutton is able to progress through the league’s protocol throughout the week.

Players impacted: Russell Wilson, Jerry Jeudy, Marvin Mims

WR Jordan Addison

Right Ankle Sprain: Questionable for Week 17
Addison suffered a right ankle sprain while trying to make a tackle on an interception return in the 2nd quarter. On Monday, it was reported that Addison is considered “week-to-week.” He’ll be limited throughout the week but has a chance to play on Sunday night against the Packers depending on how he responds to treatment throughout the week.

Players impacted: Nick Mullens, Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn

WR Dontayvion Wicks

Chest Injury (Severity Unknown): Situation to monitor
Wicks entered the week questionable with an ankle injury, but it was a chest injury that forced him to leave Sunday’s game against the Panthers. The injury happened on his 21-yard TD reception. He was called questionable to return but never did. Typically a ‘chest’ injury has to do with the ribs, so if this is just a bruise, he could play in Week 17, but if this is a rib cartilage injury, he’s unlikely to go in Week 17 without a pain-relieving injection.

Players impacted: Jordan Love, Jayden Reed, Christian Watson

TE T.J. Hockenson

Right Knee Torn ACL and MCL: Out for the year
Hock suffered a right knee hyperextension on a low tackle in the 3rd quarter when he caught a pass over the middle of the field. He limped off the field, walked into the locker room, and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. On Monday, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the initial outlook on the TE’s injury is “not good.” An MRI confirmed the Vikings’ worst fear – Hockenson is done with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Obviously, Hockenson’s season is over, and given the timeline of the injury, Hockenson’s injury recovery is likely to spill over into the 2024 regular season. When you have an MCL injury in addition to the ACL, surgery is usually delayed a few weeks to allow the MCL to heal and to allow the swelling to calm down. Look for Hockenson to undergo surgery sometime in January, which means he’ll be limited the entire off-season.

Players impacted: Nick Mullens, Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison

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TE Cole Kmet

Knee Injury (Diagnosis Uknown): Questionable for Week 17
Kmet entered the week questionable with a quad injury. He was indeed active and got off to a hot start early, but he was forced to leave the game due to a knee injury. Kmet was called doubtful to return and of course, never did. As of Tuesday morning, there have not been any details on the injury to Chicago’s TE. With the Bears’ chances of making the post-season all but gone, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kmet shut down for the final two weeks of the year.

Players impacted: Justin Fields, D.J. Moore, Darnell Mooney

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