Fantasy Football Injury Report
We have reached the fantasy football semi-finals It is hard to imagine any roster surviving unschated by this point. FullTime Fantasy‘s Fantasy Football Injury Report catches you up on the latest injuries around the league that will impact your Week 16 lineups.
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Now, let’s break down all the latest fantasy-relevant injury news in this week’s Fantasy Football Injury Report for Week 16. We will continually update this list.
Tyreek Hill (WR) Miami Dolphins – Hill nearly suited up last week, so there is optimism that he will be good to go in Week 16. Miami was easily able to dispatch the hapless Jets without Hill. However, a Christmas Eve matchup against the Cowboys should be much more challenging. I expect Hill to be close to 100% and will keep the Discord Channel updated.
Ja’Marr Chase (WR) Cincinnati Bengals – Chase suffered an AC joint separation and is week-to-week. Normally, this injury would take 2-4 weeks to recover from, so fantasy managers should plan on not having Chase in their lineups for the remainder of the fantasy season. However, if he beats that timeline and the Bengals remain in the Wildcard chase, it is possible Chase could play next week, so don’t drop him quite yet.
Michael Pittman (WR) Indianapolis Colts – The hit that forced Pittman to exit Week 15 resulted in a concussion and a suspension. Hopefully, Pittman will be able to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol this week.
Of course you eject Damontae Kazee for this hit.
Michael Pittman Jr. doesn’t deserve a brain injury – or spine – for trying to make a great catch. (He got a #concussion)
It’s a new day in sports. These are human beings first.
We can adjust how we play. pic.twitter.com/agYEGM5khw
— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) December 16, 2023
C.J. Stroud (QB) Houston Texans – Stroud is still on the NFL’s concussion protocol. As of Tuesday, Stroud isn’t particularly close to returning to practice. Additionally, the Texans have a tough matchup against Cleveland’s top-ranked defense. Stroud managers should plan on starting another signal-caller in the semi-finals. UPDATE: Aaron Wilson has all but ruled Sroud out.
#Texans signing Tim Boyle to practice squad one day after they didn’t get Nathan Rourke on waiver claim. C.J. Stroud remains in #NFL concussion protocol, still has symptoms, per sources. Texans are preparing Case Keenum to start second game in a row with Stroud not set to return…
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 19, 2023
Jonathan Taylor (RB) Indianapolis Colts – After missing three games, Taylor will return to practice this week. This is an excellent sign that he will play in Week 16. Conversely, the timing is impeccable. Zack Moss exited last week’s win with a shoulder injury.
Josh Jacobs (RB) Las Vegas Raiders – The quad injury that kept Jacobs out of Thursday’s game is not a long-term condition. Jacobs should return to practice this week. When he does, he will take back control of the Raiders’ offense.
Trevor Lawrence (QB) Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars are reeling. Now, the team’s quarterback must clear the NFL’s concussion protocol before he can return to practice. Nearly two-thirds of players miss at least one week after being diagnosed with a concussion.
With Trevor Lawrence in concussion protocol, the Jaguars are signing quarterback EJ Perry to their practice squad, per his agent @seanstellato.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 19, 2023
Geno Smith (QB) Seattle Seahawks – Reports indicate that Smith was very close to playing on Monday Night Football. However, Pete Carroll elected to err on the side of caution in the rainy weather. With another week off to heal his groin injury, we expect Smith to start in Tennessee.
Nico Collins (WR) Houston Texans – Collins is dealing with a calf injury but there is optimism that he will return this week.
Keenan Allen (WR) Los Angeles Chargers – LA’s season is over, so there is no real reason for the team to bring Allen back before he’s 100%. This week’s practice attendance will be telling and he’s off to a bad start by missing Tuesday’s session.
Christian Watson (WR) Green Bay Packers – This has been a lost season for Watson. However, after missing two more games with another hamstring ailment, Watson may return in Week 16. If he can get in a full practice session this week, expect Watson to play.
Chris Olave (WR) New Orleans Saints – Some good news: Olave appears to be trending in the right direction.
Only a walkthrough today for the Saints, and we didn’t see everyone. However, Chris Olave was present during the open portion of practice made available to the media.
— John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) December 19, 2023
Rhamondre Stevenson (RB) New England Patriots – Stevenson is still dealing with a high-ankle sprain. However, there is a chance he will return to practice this week. We will have an update as New England’s Sunday Night game approaches.
Marquise Brown (WR) Arizona Cardinals – Brown’s heel injury popped back up in Week 15. Brown has only topped 50 receiving yards once since Week 5. There is little reason for the Cardinals to trot Brown back out in a lost season. Therefore, fantasy managers can move on.
Jayden Reed (WR) Green Bay Packers – Reed injured his toe in the fourth quarter of Green Bay’s Week 15 loss. Reed has been Green Bay’s top wideout. However, a turf toe injury could sideline him for the rest of the fantasy season. We should know more about his status as the week progresses.
Kenny Pickett (QB) Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers are expected to start Mason Rudolph this week. However, Pickett returned to practice on Tuesday and could presumably be cleared to return to the starting lineup.
Aaron Rodgers (QB) Green Bay Packers – To the surprise of no one, Rodgers is highly unlikely to suit up in a lost season for the Jets. Presumed Week 16 starter Zach Wilson is also in the concussion protocol.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 19, 2023
Will Levis (QB) Tennessee Titans – A high-ankle sprain is expected to sideline Levis for 2-3 weeks. Subsequently, Ryan Tannehill should reclaim the starting job to conclude the 2023 season for Tennessee.
Keaton Mitchell (RB) Baltimore Ravens – Mitchell’s season is over after tearing his ACL during Baltimore’s Week 15 victory. Justice Hill will see more snaps and Melvin Gordon will be active on game day.
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