Week 12 Fantasy Football Injury Recap
Just like in Week 11, there were some big-time names who went down with an injury in Week 12. As The Fantasy Footballers’ injury analyst and sports physical therapist, the majority of my content will cover injuries in the NFL. All season long, I’ll be recapping the previous week’s injuries and giving a projected timeline for recovery. Let’s look at the biggest injuries from Week 12.
Sprained Wrist: Day to day
Haskins played the vast majority of the game Sunday but had to exit at the end because of a sprained wrist. Case Keenum came in to take the final snap of the game to kneel down in the victory formation. All reports indicate this is not a serious injury, and Haskins should be fine for Week 13.
Other players impacted: Terry McLaurin, Case Keenum
Bruised Right Hand: Day to day
Wentz got his right hand caught in a defender’s jersey while trying to make a tackle after a fumble. He exited briefly but did return to finish the game. The team is calling this injury a “bruise” but this is probably more like a sprain given the mechanism of injury. Regardless, this is not a serious injury, x-rays were negative, and Wentz should be fine for Week 13 against Miami.
Other players impacted: Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor
Sprained AC Joint: Week to week
Julio exited briefly on Sunday with a shoulder injury but returned to finish the game. He landed on the top of his shoulder, the classic mechanism for an AC joint sprain. He likely received an injection on the sidelines before returning and could do the same in order to have him available for Thursday Night Football. On a short week, Julio probably won’t do much in practice. Even a minor AC joint typically requires 1-2 weeks for full recovery, so if Julio plays on Thursday, he won’t be at full strength. Worth noting, he entered Week 12 with a foot injury as well.
Other players impacted: Calvin Ridley, Matt Ryan, Russell Gage
Hyperextended Left Elbow: Day to day
Moore appeared to hyperextend his left elbow on Sunday but didn’t miss much time. He returned with a sleeve on his left arm and was productive, finishing with two TD and 126 receiving yards, clearly showing he could be effective despite being less than 100%. Moore will probably be sore in the early part of the week but is not in danger of missing Week 13.
Other players impacted: Curtis Samuel, Kyle Allen, Greg Olsen
Concussion: Day to day
Tate entered the league’s concussion protocol after his hit on his TD reception in the 4th quarter Sunday. The vast majority of players miss at least one game with the concussion protocol, but we’ll see how he progresses throughout the week.
Other players impacted: Sterling Shepard, Daniel Jones, Evan Engram
Hunter Renfrow injured his ribs and punctured a lung on Sunday in Week 12. He’ll now miss multiple weeks as he recovers, which is to allow the lung to heal. If the Raiders fall out of playoff contention over the next 2-3 weeks, expect the Raiders to shut him down for the rest of 2019.
Other players impacted: Derek Carr, Darren Waller, Tyrell Williams
Right Hamstring Strain: Week to week
Foster hasn’t been relevant this season for fantasy football, but it’s worth noting that he won’t play in Week 13 with a strained hamstring. He accelerated on the sideline and immediately grabbed his right hamstring, exiting for the remainder of the game. The Bills play on Thursday in Dallas, and Foster’s absence could open up targets for the other pass catchers in Buffalo.
Other players impacted: Josh Allen, Dawson Knox, John Brown, Cole Beasley
Ankle Surgeries: Out for the year
News broke on Monday that Ebron would require surgery on both of his ankles, ending his 2019 season. He’s been battling ankle injuries for the majority of the season, and in a post on Twitter, admitted that his pain levels were preventing him from playing well. The fact that the team planned for Ebron to attempt to play through the injury suggests this is likely an arthroscopic procedure. He’ll be ready for training camp next year.
Other players impacted: Jack Doyle, Jacoby Brissett