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That’s Going to Leave a Mark : Week 11 Rehab and Recovery

@johnnybgoodeff assesses injuries from week 11 to provide insight on recovery timelines, including how they may impact your fantasy playoffs

Justin Fields – Bruised Ribs

We’ve seen a few of these injuries this season. This is largely a pain tolerance issue for Fields. I would expect Chicago to play it safe with their franchise QB to not rush him back for meaningless games. Regular season reps are valuable for a young rookie QB, so I would expect him to be back at some point. I would expect him to be out on Thanksgiving and back in Week 13.

Aaron Rodgers – Toe

Aaron Rodgers shares new details about his toe injury
Photo by Dan Powers – USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis

Aaron Rodgers developed a toe injury this week. Reports described the injury as more painful than turf toe. Turf toe is extremely painful and limiting on its own. The PAckers expect Rodgers will continue to play through the pain for the rest of the season. This may limit his mobility, or, in the event of a blowout, Rodgers may get more likely to get some rest.

Chris Carson – Neck Fusion

This wasn’t an in-week injury. Nonetheless, it deserves a comment in this article. Quite possibly, the most significant neck fusion in the NFL in recent memory is Peyton Manning, who had multiple levels fused and dealt with some lingering weakness after. Carson is reportedly waiting some time to get his fusion done and would be ready by late spring. Any spinal fusion takes several months to heal fully. The biggest concern on this injury is the healing time and integrity of the fusion come time to put pads on in 2022. It’s not out of consideration that Carson is not ready for contact at the start of the 2022 season.

Michael Carter – High Ankle Sprain

NFL: NOV 21 Dolphins at Jets
Photo by Rich Graessle – Icon Sportswire

The reported timeline for Carter is about three weeks, which seems a bit optimistic. Running backs require much more power and change of direction than more straight-line NFL athletes. Therefore I would expect him to miss about 4-5 weeks. If he does come back within 2-3 weeks, I would expect his explosiveness and agility to be significantly affected. Count on other options for your fantasy playoffs.

Jamal Agnew – Hip Dislocation

Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew was sent to the injured reserve list after a hip injury he suffered on this play Sunday when he was tackled by San Francisco's Jimmie Ward.
Photo By Corey Perrine Florida Times-Unio

Surgery may likely be indicated for Agnew to repair any labral or other soft tissue damage to the hip joint. This can be career-ending for some individuals. Hip dislocations are much more traumatic than shoulder dislocations due to the inherent stability of the hip joint; the socket is very deep in the hip vs. shallow in the shoulder. The tradeoff for more stability is less mobility. I would not expect Agnew to be ready for the 2022 season and to start on the PUP.

CeeDee Lamb – Concussion

With the Cowboys playing Thanksgiving, he is not expected to be cleared from the concussion protocol. If he isn’t ready to go Week 13, then we may begin to worry about longer-term effects of his injury. For now, count on him out for week 12 and hope he clears by next week.

Adam Trautman – MCL Sprain

An IR stint is likely in Trautman’s future with a projected timeline of 4-6 weeks of missed time. Don’t plan on him being much of an option, if at all, for the fantasy playoffs. He should be ready to go after this off-season.

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