Fantasy Football Injury Recap for Week 12

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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 12 and take a look at what fantasy managers can expect heading into Week 13 and beyond.

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Daniel Jones

Right Hamstring Strain: Out multiple weeks
The Giants starting QB is going to miss multiple weeks with what appears to be a grade II hamstring injury. Jones attempted to return to the game yesterday after exiting early but was unable to do so because of pain. As a mobile QB, this injury is likely to affect Jones’ rushing ability for the rest of the season.

Players impacted: Colt McCoy, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram

D.J. Moore

Right Ankle Injury: Questionable for Week 14
Late in the game, D.J. Moore went down with a non-contact right ankle injury and had to be helped off the field. He injured the ankle while jumping up for an overthrown ball by Teddy Bridgewater. At the time of injury, the fear was for a calf injury, but news surfaced on Monday that Moore had x-rays on his ankle, which were negative. This tells us that Moore is likely battling an ankle injury rather than a calf strain. With the Panthers going on bye in Week 13, we likely won’t hear too many updates over the next week, but his situation is worth monitoring for the fantasy playoffs. He’ll be considered questionable for Week 14.

Players impacted: Teddy Bridgewater, Curtis Samuel, Robby Anderson

Teddy Bridgewater

Arm/Shoulder Injury: Day to day
This flew under the radar, but Teddy Bridgewater left the field on the last offensive play of the game before the Panthers’ field goal attempt with his arm sort of dangling by side and grabbing his upper arm. I didn’t see any specific injury on video, but on Monday, Bridgewater told reporters that his arm is “completely fine.” With the Week 13 bye week, he should be fine, but it’s worth monitoring in Week 14.

Players impacted: Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, P.J. Walker

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Dalvin Cook

Left Ankle Sprain: Day to day
Cook exited briefly with what initially looked like a more serious ankle injury, but he was able to return and finish the game, playing at less than 100%. I anticipate Cook will miss some practice time this week, but as of now, I have confidence he will be available for the Vikings’ Week 13 matchup with the Jaguars.

Players impacted: Alexander Mattison

Josh Jacobs

Right Ankle Sprain: Questionable for Week 13
Jacobs suffered what appeared to be a high ankle sprain but the severity per NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport isn’t as bad as what the team initially thought based off initial evaluation. Even with the favorable initial evaluation, I have serious doubts we see Jacobs in Week 13. The injury did look like a high ankle sprain at the time of injury and even a mild high ankle sprain requires more than a week to heal. There’s also been rumors that Jacobs posted on his instagram that he was in a walking boot, but I have not been able to confirm this. For now, consider Jacobs questionable for Week 13, but he’s more likely to sit than play.

Players impacted: Devontae Booker, Jalen Richard

Phillip Lindsay

Right Knee Injury: Week to week
With his knee fully flexed, Lindsay got his right knee twisted on Sunday against the Saints, in a mechanism of injury usually consistent with a mild MCL sprain. Lindsay did return to the game, suggesting this is a mild injury. However, this has not yet been confirmed by the team. Lindsay is a player to monitor this week as I expect we’ll see him on the Broncos injury report.

Players impacted: Melvin Gordon, Royce Freeman

Josh Allen

Right Knee MCL Sprain: Day to day
Allen’s injury was very similar to that of Lindsay, and like the Broncos RB, Allen was able to return and finish the game with a brace on his knee. I’m calling Allen more day to day than week to week, as Allen is most likely to be able to play through this injury given the position he plays. Look for him on the Bills practice report this week.

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Players impacted: Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Matt Barkley 

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