Week 15 Fantasy Football Injury Recap
Just like in Week 14, there were some big-time names who went down with an injury in Week 15. 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 15.
Left Shoulder Injury (Diagnosis Unknown): Likely to miss at least one week
If you’ve made it to your fantasy football championship week with Dalvin Cook you make need to win that #FootClanTitle without Dalvin Cook. He’s been battling an SC joint injury on his right shoulder for the past month, but that’s not what is likely to keep Cook out this week. This new injury is to his left shoulder, but the exact details of the injury are unknown at this point. During the tackle, the defender seems to grab his left arm and yank on it while trying to get Cook to the turf. He then immediately gets up in pain, grabbing for the front of his left shoulder. With Alexander Mattison also banged up (ankle) and missing practice every day last week, Mike Boone should be the top waiver add of the week.
Other players impacted: Mike Boone, Alexander Mattison
Left Hamstring Strain: Out for the year
Last week it was Mike Evans, and this week it was Chris Godwin. He left early on Sunday with a serious hamstring injury to his left leg. With just two weeks left in the season, Godwin’s breakout campaign is over. His final stat line: 86/1,333/9.
Hamstring Strain: Out at least one week
Like Godwin, Miller is likely to miss Week 16 as he also left early on Sunday with a hamstring strain. He entered the week on the Bucs’ injury report because of the same hamstring issue, and because of this aggravation, it is safe to project a longer recovery timeline for Miller. Winston will be without Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Scotty Miller in Week 16.
Other players impacted: O.J. Howard, Breshad Perriman, Jameis Winston, Justin Watson
Stinger: Week to week
McKissic exited early with a stinger, which is a nerve injury to the bundle of nerves that exit the neck and go into the shoulder and arm. This injury typically recovers in a few hours to a week, as nerve healing is tricky and difficult to predict. This Lions backfield is going to get messy in Week 16, as Bo Scarbrough missed Week 15 with a rib injury and Kerryon Johnson is eligible to return from the injured reserve from a knee scope on October 22 to address a torn meniscus.
Other players impacted: Kerryon Johnson, Bo Scarbrough, Ty Johnson