The Training Room: Week 11 Injury Updates

Nov 22, 2022
The Training Room: Week 11 Injury Updates

Thanksgiving is truly a special time of the year and is easily my favorite holiday. You can get time with family/friends, eat a ton of good food and watch football. You're likely here for fantasy football content, but some things are more important than this silly game. Hopefully, you have a lot to be thankful for this year - enjoy the holiday...and football, of course.

Justin Fields, QB Chicago Bears

Injury: AC joint sprain

Projected Timetable: 2-8 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Trevor Siemian

Initial Thoughts:

The good news is that Justin Fields did not dislocate his shoulder —this type of injury could probably end his season. The bad news is Fields still might return this season. Justin Fields is dealing with an AC joint sprain, and there are rumblings that it could be a Grade-III sprain. For Grade-II sprains, the timeline is 2-4 weeks, but for Grade-III the timeline nearly doubles.

Why the huge timeline difference? Besides being very painful, Grade-III sprains can result in more serious medical conditions/injuries. We will have to wait and see what news comes out of Chicago but for the time being, there is still hope Fields can finish the 2022 season.

Kyle Pitts, TE Atlanta Falcons

Injury: MCL sprain

Projected Timetable: 4 weeks to potentially season-ending

Potential Replacement(s): MyCole Pruitt

Initial Thoughts:

After what has been a rather disappointing season for anyone who drafted Kyle Pitts, the Falcon TE has been placed on IR after his knee injury on Sunday. Pitts has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain, and the initial reports indicate that Pitts and the team are contemplating surgery - although MCL sprains without any additional ligament damage rarely need surgery.

If Pitts was to have surgery, he could return to ~ eight weeks, but by that point, the season would be over. The average return to play time for MCL sprains is roughly four weeks. The door is still open for a return, but it is not promising. At this point, if you need roster space, you have permission to drop Pitts.

Wan'Dale Robinson, WR New York Giants

Injury: ACL tear

Projected Timetable: season-ending

Potential Replacement(s): Darrius Slayton, Richie James

Initial Thoughts:

Unfortunately, after his most promising performance of the season, Wan'Dale Robinson's season is over. There is not much to add for redraft leagues.

If you are in dynasty leagues and roster the former Kentucky Wildcat, there is reason to be optimistic for 2023. The average return to play timeline from surgery date is ~48 weeks, with some recent examples of wideouts returning sooner at 35-38 weeks (Chris Godwin, Michael Gallup, Robert Woods). Depending on when his surgery is, this would set up Robinson to return around Week 3/4 with a chance to even be active in Week 1.

Joe Mixon, RB Cincinnati Bengals

Injury: concussion

Projected Timetable: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Samaje Perine

Initial Thoughts:

Joe Mixon sustained a concussion at Pittsburgh this weekend. He will have to clear the concussion protocol prior to his return. These usually cause RBs to miss a week or two.

Matthew Stafford, QB Los Angeles Rams

Injury: concussion

Projected Timetable: 2-3 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): John Wolford (when healthy), Bryce Perkins

Initial Thoughts:

Matthew Stafford suffered this second concussion in as many weeks and did not finish Sunday's game. Concussions that stack up like that back-to-back typically cause a longer absence. The injuries continue to stack up this season, and it's possible the Rams will shut down Stafford altogether.

John Wolford is the back and has been nursing a neck injury himself. If he is unable to go, Bryce Perkins appears to be the next man up.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB Kansas City Chiefs

Injury: high ankle sprain

Projected Timetable: 4 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Isiah Pacheco, Jerrick McKinnon

Initial Thoughts:

Another high ankle sprain?!? It would appear so, the latest victim - Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Isiah Pacheco had already taken the starting role away from CEH, but now instead of the Chiefs' backfield being a 3-man committee, it will likely be spearheaded by Pacheco, with McKinnon operating as the #2.

Jaylen Warren, RB Pittsburgh Steelers

Injury: hamstring strain

Projected Timetable: 2-3 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Benny Snell Jr.

Initial Thoughts:

If you thought Najee Harris was going to cede more and more touches to the rookie Jaylen Warren, think again...well, at least for the next few weeks. Warren had been impressing the past few weeks, but hamstring strains typically result in three-week absences with a high re-injury risk. It's likely Warren misses some time.

Kadarius Toney, WR Kansas City Chiefs

Injury: hamstring strain

Projected Timetable: 2-4 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Skyy Moore

Initial Thoughts:

The Kadarius Toney experience in KC is taking a pause right before things started to get going. Toney strained his hamstring Sunday night. Although NFL WRs with this type of soft tissue injury can return in under three weeks, Toney was reportedly dealing with two hamstring strains while in New York. Because of this, his timeline is possibly extended- possibly four-plus weeks.

Mike Williams, WR Los Angeles Chargers

Injury: high ankle sprain (re-aggravation)

Projected Timetable: 3-4 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Joshua Palmer, D'Andre Carter

Initial Thoughts:

After a speedy "recovery" from his high ankle sprain, Williams re-aggravated his injury after a brief stint Sunday and did not return. High ankle sprains are typically a four-week injury. Although Williams was able to return in just two, it's possible that LA exercises caution and gives Williams more time to fully recover as they make a playoff push.

Rondale Moore, WR Arizona Cardnials

Injury: groin strain

Projected Timetable: 2-3 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Greg Dortch

Initial Thoughts:

After the very first offensive snap for Arizona, Rondale Moore strained his groin and did not return. He finished with -0.6 points —brutal. You know that cost people their matchup. NFL WRs have demonstrated the ability to return from this injury in 2-3 weeks. Greg Dortch has been money when Moore has missed time and should provide WR2/3 value while Moore is out.

Injury Tracker - 2022
Player Position Team Injury Week of Injury Projected Return
Damien Williams RB Atlanta rib injury Week 1 TBD
Trey Lance QB San Francisco ankle Week 2 SEASON ENDING
Michael Thomas WR New Orleans toe Week 3 SEASON ENDING
Sterling Shepard WR New York Giants L ACL tear Week 3 SEASON ENDING
Javonte Williams RB Denver ACL/LCL Week 4 SEASON ENDING
Rashaad Penny RB Seattle ankle fracture Week 5 SEASON ENDING
Darren Waller TE Las Vegas hamstring Week 5 Week 14
Marquise Brown WR Arizona foot Week 6 Week 12
Breece Hall RB New York Jets ACL Week 7 SEASON ENDING
Mike Williams WR Los Angeles Chargers high ankle sprain Week 7 Week 11
David Njoku TE Cleveland high ankle sprain Week 7 Week 12
Ja'Marr Chase WR Cincinnati hip injury Week 7 Week 12
Rashod Bateman WR Baltimore foot injury Week 8 SEASON ENDING
Mark Ingram RB New Orleans MCL sprain Week 8 Week 12
Irv Smith Jr. TE Minnesota high ankle sprain Week 8 Week 16-17
Corey Davis WR New York Jets knee injury Week 8 Week 11
Romeo Doubs WR Green Bay high ankle sprain Week 9 Week 14
Deon Jackson RB Indianapolis knee injury Week 9 Week 12
DeVante Parker WR New England knee injury (MCL) Week 9 Week 12
Mecole Hardman WR Kansas City abdomen/core Week 9 Week 13
Cooper Kupp WR Los Angeles high ankle sprain Week 10 Week 15
Jerry Jeudy WR Denver ankle/calf Week 10 Week 13
Leonard Fournette RB Tampa Bay hip pointer Week 10 Week 12
Zach Ertz TE Arizona knee Week 10 SEASON ENDING
P.J. Walker QB Carolina high ankle sprain Week 10 Week 15`
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR Kansas City concussion Week 10 Week 12
Gerald Everett TE Los Angeles Chargers groin strain Week 10 Week 13
Dallas Goedert TE Philadelphia shoulder Week 10 Week 15
Justin Fields QB Chicago AC joint sprain Week 11 TBD
Kyle Pitts TE Atlanta MCL sprain Week 11 Week 16-17
Wan'Dale Robinson WR New York Giants ACL sprain Week 11 SEASON ENDING
Joe Mixon RB Cincinnati concussion Week 11 Week 13
Matthew Stafford QB Los Angeles Rams concussion Week 11 Week 14
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB Kansas City high ankle sprain Week 11 Week 16
Jaylen Warren RB Pittsburgh hamstring strain Week 11 Week 14
Kadarius Toney WR Kansas City hamstring strain Week 11 Week 15-16
Mike Williams WR Los Angeles Chargers high ankle sprain Week 11 Week 15
Rondale Moore WR Arizona groin strain Week 11 Week 14

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