Originally posted: November 28, 2017
Stay up to date with all the current injuries that happened this past week to determine what you should do with your rosters before your waiver wires run! We will update these injuries throughout to week to reflect practice participation and expectations heading into this upcoming week.
The Training Room
|Player||Position||Team||Injury||Projected Timetable||Potential Pickup||Comments|
|Greg Olsen||TE||Panthers||Strained Foot||Day to Day||Ed Dickson||Olsen looked to have re-aggravated his surgically repaired foot in the 3rd quarter of this past week’s game against the Jets, but early reports are that everything has checked out fine. The Panthers will be very careful with Olsen as they need him to healthy to make a deep playoff run, so there’s a good chance he doesn’t practice this week. His status for Sunday is up in the air, but it sounds like there’s a possibility he plays if the soreness he has continues to subside. I would continue to expect Olsen’s snaps to be limited over the next few weeks so that they avoid any further irritation.|
|Doug Martin||RB||Buccanneers||Concussion||Week to Week||Jacquizz Rodgers||Martin apparently suffered the head injury early in the game and was then later ruled out. Martin will go through the concussion protocol with Rodgers and Sims to take up the slack should Martin not get cleared in time for Week 13.|
|C.J. Beathard||QB||49ers||Sprained Knee||1-2 Weeks||Jimmy Garappolo||Beathard stated that he thinks he is just dealing with a bruise, but we’ll get a better idea if that is the case as the week progresses. There’s a good chance the 49ers give Garappolo the job and have him keep it throughout the remainder of the season to see how he fares.|
|Coby Fleener||TE||Saints||Concussion||Week to Week||Josh Hill||Fleener somehow was allowed to stay in the game after a vicious helmet to helmet hit. Any casual football fan could’ve told you that he should’ve been checked for a concussion right off the bat and how he was allowed to stay in the game is strange.|
|Paxton Lynch||QB||Broncos||Sprained Ankle||Week to Week||Trevor Siemian||Lynch was knocked out of the game in the 3rd quarter and although he was trying to test his ankle out on the sidelines, the Broncos chose to hold him out the rest of the game. There’s a chance he’s available for Week 13, but his performance in Sunday’s game might not give him another opportunity to play barring any injury.|
|Amari Cooper||WR||Raiders||Concussion, High Ankle Sprain||2-4 Weeks||Seth Roberts||Cooper will enter the league’s concussion protocol. The hit on Cooper was scary, but as we’ve seen with players like Davante Adams, scary hits don’t always necessarily mean that they’ll miss extended time. However, in addition to the concussion Cooper sustained, he also looked like he is dealing with a high ankle sprain as he was coming down from the illegal hit. His left foot caught underneath his body and turned outward while his foot was still planted. The concussion, although scary, should have a tendency to resolve gradually, the high ankle sprain though could be something that could be more problematic in terms of returning sooner than later. We probably won’t hear much on the ankle until Cooper is cleared through concussion protocol because he likely won’t be able to test the ankle out much if he experiences any increased symptoms from his concussion. This is something to definitely monitor.|
|Damien Williams||RB||Dolphins||Dislocated Shoulder||2-4 Weeks||Kenyon Drake||Williams appears to have suffered a dislocated shoulder and will likely be out multiple weeks. His recovery depends on whether or not there’s any significant shoulder damage in the shoulder due to the dislocation. If he does return sooner than later, then he’ll likely wear a stabilization harness around the shoulder to continue to give the shoulder support. My guess is that he’s at least out for 2 weeks if not longer.|
Wondering when a player is going to return from either an injury or a suspension? See below for our On The Radar section, which goes over players that are recovering from an injury sustained in previous weeks and what their timetables are for returning to the field.
On The Radar
|Player||Position||Team||Injury||Timetable For Recovery||Potential Pickup||Comments|
|Devonta Freeman||RB||Falcons||Concussion||Day to Day||Tevin Coleman||Freeman returned to a limited practice participation last week and looks like he is trending in the right direction to be available Week 13. Still consider him day to day but he’s more likely to play this upcoming week.|
|Will Fuller||WR||Texans||Broken Rib||Day to Day||Bruce Ellington||Fuller continues to be sidelined with a rib injury. Pain tolerance is always something that can be troublesome when dealing with rib injuries so he’ll continue to be day to day until we see him practicing again.|
|Jordan Reed||WR||Redskins||Strained Hamstring||2-3 Weeks||Vernon Davis||Reed has yet to return to practice as he is still recovering from a strained hamstring. There is no definitive timetable for Reed, but hopefully he’ll attempt to do some running sooner than later so we can better give an estimation moving forward.|
|Ty Montgomery||RB||Packers||Rib Injury||1-2 Weeks||Jamaal Williams||Montgomery will continue to be week to week depending on how his pain levels are when trying to ramp up his activity. The Packers are fading from the playoff picture, so depending how things go moving foward they might not rush him back.|
|Chris Hogan||WR||Patriots||Sprained AC Joint||1-3 Weeks||Phillip Dorsett||Hogan continues to be struggling with progressing through a sprained AC joint. The fact that they were originally looking at whether surgery was an option when Hogan first hurt his shoulder should tell you the severity of the injury. With the Patriots failing to divulge any real information, it will be hard to trust Hogan moving forward even when he does make his eventual return.|
|Robert Woods||WR||Rams||Spained AC Joint||2-4 Weeks||Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp||Woods will continue to be sidelined with a sprained AC joint. His practice participation, or lack thereof, will give you a better indication as to when he might return.|
|Kelvin Benjamin||WR||Bills||Torn Meniscus||1-3 Weeks||Zay Jones||We finally have a diagnosis as to what Benjamin is dealing with. Meniscus tears are injuries that can be played through, but the location of the tear and the size/type of the tear is important for recovery and when Benjamin should be expected back. He’ll continue to be week to week until we get better clarity of when he returns to practice.|
|Sterling Shepard||WR||Giants||Migraines||Day to Day||Roger Lewis||Shepard missed Thursday’s game against the Redskins due to migraines. He should have enough time to get his symptoms under control barring any setbacks.|
|Mike Davis||RB||Seahawks||Strained Groin||Day to Day||Thomas Rawls, J.D. McKissic||Coach Carroll states that he expects Davis to return to the field in Week 13, but until he returns to the practice field we can’t be so sure. The severity of Davis’ injury when it initially occurred made it sound like he would miss multiple weeks but we’ll get a better idea with this week’s practice.|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster||WR||Steelers||Strained Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||Martavius Bryant||Smith-Schuster did not practice at all this week and is not a guarantee to play this week. With the Steelers having Bryant as his replacement, they might try and make sure Smith-Schuster is as close to 100% before he returns.|
|Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Cowboys||Suspended||Eligible To Return Week 16||Alfred Morris, Rod Smith||Elliott is currently serving his 6 game suspension after the roller coaster that fantasy owners had to endure for most of the season. He is a hold right now for those in playoff contention as he could be the difference maker should you get to Week 16 and you’re still alive.|
|David Johnson||RB||Cardinals||Wrist Surgery||Unlikely To Return This Season||Adrian Peterson||Johnson continues to rehab from his wrist surgery, although wrist rehab can be difficult in terms of regaining range of motion and strength. Coach Arians has stated that he has not made any significant progress so he is unlikely to return. Those who still have DJ should be able to cut bait as the Cardinals are unlikely to risk having him return if he’s not anywhere near close to 100%.|
|Aaron Rodgers||QB||Packers||Shoulder Surgery||2-4 Weeks, Eligible to return Week 15||Brent Hundley||Rodgers continues to make good progress from his shoulder surgery, but it may not matter as the Packers continue to slide in the playoff race. He’s eligible to return Week 15, but they will not risk that if the Packers are out of playoff contention.|
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