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NFL Week 14 Injury Report

Quarterbacks

 

  • Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Stafford finds himself on the injury report with a back injury heading into Sunday’s game versus the Cardinals. He practiced in a limited fashion all week, so he should be okay for Sunday, but he’ll likely be in some soreness. It’s no surprise, as Stafford has been seeing the turf a lot in the backfield. He’s been sacked 36 times so far this year, 7th most in the league.
  • Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco injured his hip in Week 9 and hasn’t seen the field since. However, that time is getting closer, as Flacco officially practiced in full for the first time since his injury more than a month ago. He’s listed as questionable, but I do expect him to be active for Sunday’s game as a backup to Lamar Jackson.
  • Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears – Trubisky injured his right shoulder late in the team’s Week 11 game against the Vikings and then missed Weeks 12 and 13. The team has been smart and conservative with their second-year quarterback, and it looks like he is ready to go for Sunday Night Football against the Rams. He has been removed from the injury report and will start.
  • Sam Darnold, New York Jets – The Jets’ first-round pick, Sam Darnold, hasn’t played since Week 9 as he rehabbed a sprained foot for the last month. He is set to return this week against the Bills and will start.

 

Running Backs

 

  • James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers – Conner is out for Week 14 with a high ankle sprain. Coach, Mike Tomlin, originally described his injury as a lower leg contusion, but after further testing, this injury was correctly diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. Conner could miss more than one game, but this is just speculation given that we don’t know the severity of the sprain. Most high ankle sprains take longer to heal than your typical low ankle sprains, so if I own Conner I’m planning to be without him in Week 15. Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley will handle the backfield touches for Pittsburgh.
  • Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers – Melvin Gordon is out for Week 14 as he continues to rehab his MCL sprain, which he suffered in Week 12. It’s no surprise given that his injury carries about a 2-4 week recovery timeline. Owners who rode Gordon into the playoffs could get him back for Week 15. For another week, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will handle backfield duties for the Bolts.
  • Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions – Johnson is out once again for Week 14, as he will miss his second straight game. He injured his knee, suffering what appeared to be a PCL sprain during the team’s Week 11 game against Carolina and hasn’t played since. He will miss his third straight game on Sunday and may miss Week 15 as well given that he hasn’t practiced yet.
  • Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets – The Crow is questionable for Week 14 with a toe injury that forced him to miss practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He returned to practice on Friday in a limited fashion, so he’s got a chance to suit up on Sunday. The details regarding Crowell’s toe injury are unknown at this time, but I’d be erring on the side of caution if I have a better option at the running back position for Week 14. If Crowell sits, Elijah McGuire will see a bump in his workload against the Bills.
  • Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders – Martin popped up on the injury report this week with a knee injury but doesn’t appear to be in danger of missing Week 14 despite being listed as questionable. He practiced in full on Thursday and Friday, so I’d be shocked if he sits on Sunday. Worth noting, the team signed C.J. Anderson as potential insurance for Martin earlier this week.
  • Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks – Carson dislocated one of his fingers last week and didn’t return to the game. X-rays were negative, which means there is no broken bones, but Carson will definitely be playing with soreness off and on for the next couple of weeks. He is not expected to miss Monday night football, but I expect him to play with his finger taped or splinted for some extra support. He shouldn’t have many limitations when it comes to ball security.
  • Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers – Breida aggravated his ankle during pregame warm ups last Sunday against the Seahawks. It’s the same ankle that has plagued Breida for the majority of the season, but it’s a different type of sprain. His current injury is a low ankle sprain while his initial injury was a high ankle sprain. Breida will sit in Week 14 while Jeff Wilson Jr. will handle the vast majority of the touches for the Niners against the Broncos.
  • Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams – No one is starting Brown in fantasy, but this is relevant for all of the Todd Gurley owners and John Kelly truthers out there. Brown broke his clavicle last week and underwent surgery this week. His season is over after being placed on injured reserve. Rookie, John Kelly, is now the immediate backup to Gurley.

 

Wide Receivers

 

  • Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos – Manny Sanders tore his Achilles tendon in practice on Wednesday and is done for the year. He recently underwent successful Achilles tendon repair surgery and will begin rehab in an effort to get ready for 2019. Unfortunately for Sanders, who turns 32 in March, you have to think this is the last time we’ve seen him in a Broncos uniform. Research shows that older players coming back from this injury take more time and perform worse the following season when they do get back on the field, so his dynasty value is at an all-time low. Sanders will most certainly begin the year on the PUP list and hope to be back in the middle of the season. Rookies Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Tim Patrick have a real opportunity to show what they can do.
  • Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals – Kirk’s rookie campaign has come to an end, as he was placed on injured reserve this week. He broke a bone in his foot last week and recently underwent surgery to stabilize the broken bone, ending his season. He finished 2018 with 43 receptions, 590 yards, and 3 TD.
  • Bruce Ellington, Detroit Lions – Ellington is listed as questionable heading into Week 14 with back soreness, but he’s not in danger of missing Sunday. He was listed with the same injury for the last two weeks and played through it. He practiced in a limited fashion all week, so he is expected to be out there again on Sunday playing his usual slot role for the Lions.
  • A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals – It’s an unfortunate end to a disappointing season for A.J. Green, who has been dealing with a turf toe injury since Week 8. He finally returned to the field last week, but aggravated the toe injury. You could see Green try to push off his right foot at the start of his route, and he simply fell to the ground, grabbing his right foot. This motion is what stresses a turf toe injury, hyperextending the big toe joint. Green will now undergo season ending surgery on his toe to repair the ligaments and faces a 3-4-month recovery timeline. He will be ready to go for training camp next year.
  • Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys – Gallup finds himself on the injury report with an illness. He practiced in full on Thursday then popped up on the injury report Friday. There’s not much to say here, as owners hoping to start Gallup will simply need to check the active and inactive list an hour and a half prior to their 4:25 EST showdown with the Eagles.
  • Keke Coutee, Houston Texans – Coutee has been dealing with a hamstring injury for the majority of the year and his hamstring troubles continue here in Week 14. He has missed a total of 7 games so far this year after sitting in Week 13. Head coach, Bill O’Brien, stated that Coutee will be a game-time decision once again this year. He’s difficult to trust given that he will test his hamstring in pregame warm ups and the high risk of reinjury if he does in fact play.
  • T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts – Hilton injured his right shoulder in Week 13 versus the Jaguars. His injury appeared to be consistent with an AC joint sprain. This injury can limit the athlete’s ability to raise their arm overhead, depending on the severity of the injury. If it’s a low-grade sprain, he should be fine and play without limitations, but if it’s a grade II injury, I’d really temper expectations for Hilton this week. He didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday but returned to a limited practice Friday. He’s questionable for Week 14.
  • Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs – Watkins suffered a setback in practice this week with his troublesome foot injury that has plagued him for the majority of his career. With the Chiefs cruising into the playoffs, the Chiefs are expected to let Watkins heal to be ready for the postseason. I would not expect to see Watkins back on the field at all for the remainder of the regular season. The team recently signed Kelvin Benjamin after he was released by the Bills.
  • Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings – Diggs almost missed last week against the Patriots with his knee injury but did play through some soreness and swelling. He woke up with swelling in the knee on Sunday morning but the medical staff did a great job of getting him ready to go for their Week 13 match up. Diggs is likely still battling some soreness and occasional soreness so it’s no surprise to see him on the injury report again for Week 14. Owners who are hoping to start Diggs will want to double check the injury report Saturday afternoon, as the Vikings play the Seahawks on Monday night. He’s been limited so far, and I’d expect a third straight limited practice on Saturday as the team limits his practice reps.
  • Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks – Baldwin popped up on the injury report with a new injury. He’s got a hip issue heading into Week 14, and the extent of this injury is unknown at this time. However, he missed practice on Thursday and Friday, so his practice status on Saturday will be crucial for his availability on Monday night football. He will need to get in a limited practice to have a chance to suit up against the Vikings.
  • Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins – Amendola is questionable for Week 14 after missing last week with a knee injury. He practiced on a limited basis all week, so all signs point to Amendola returning for his revenge game versus the Patriots on Sunday.
  • DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jackson has been dealing with thumb injury for the past few weeks and won’t play again in Week 14. There have been rumors that Jackson may need surgery, so it’s not surprising he might sit for the rest of the 2018 season. Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries have been fantastic in recent weeks without Jackson in the lineup.
  • Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins – Doctson has drawn the questionable tag for Sunday’s match up versus the Giants. He is listed with a hip injury and practiced on a limited basis on Friday. It’s unclear what’s going on with Doctson, but it doesn’t appear as though he’s in danger of missing Week 14. Double check the final injury report from the Redskins on Sunday morning.

 

Tight Ends

 

  • Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers – Olsen’s 2018 and potentially his career, is over after he ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot last week. Olsen has dealt with right foot injuries for the last two years, which originally started in 2017 with a Jones fracture early in the year. After two surgeries and a third one looming, you have to wonder if this is the last time we’ve seen Greg Olsen on an NFL football field. His newest surgery will be for a bone graft to the 5th metatarsal, the bone on the outside of the foot. It’s unclear if the plantar fascia will be repaired or not, as this injury doesn’t always require surgery. Ian Thomas will step in as the Panthers’ starting tight end.
  • Evan Engram, New York Giants – Engram suffered a hamstring strain during pregame warm ups in Week 12 and didn’t play a single snap. He missed Week 13 but is set to return in Week 14. He got in a full practice on Thursday and Friday before being removed from the final injury report. Engram is very difficult to trust given his minimal usage when healthy, but if you don’t have a better option, he’ll be out there on Sunday.


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