The Training Room: Week 13 Injury Updates

Dec 06, 2022
The Training Room: Week 13 Injury Updates

We are almost there. While some of us are limping more than others, the fantasy football playoffs are on the horizon. If you have come this far, there is not much more to go. Here are injuries from Week 13 of the NFL season and advice on what to do moving forward.

Lamar Jackson, QB Baltimore Ravens

Injury: knee injury - PCL sprain

Projected Timetable: 3-4 weeks.

Potential Replacement(s): Tyler Huntley

Initial Thoughts:

This one hurts, especially given the timing, but it is looking like Lamar Jackson's knee injury (PCL sprain) is going to cause him to miss a few weeks, and very likely this week. PCL sprains can be more problematic for skill position players, but for a mobile QB like Jackson, it can also be quite limiting.

With a PCL sprain there is concern about a bone bruise which would be the most limiting factor for when Jackson could return. Although not exactly the same, this injury is similar to Zach Wilson's preseason knee injury that required surgery and caused him to miss seven weeks. Therefore it's very possible Lamar Jackson will be sidelined till the end of the regular season.

Ken Walker, RB Seattle Seahawks

Injury: ankle sprain

Projected Timetable: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Tony Jones Jr., Travis Homer

Initial Thoughts:

Although Pete Carroll downplayed the ankle injury for Ken Walker Monday, it’s possible that the stud rookie will miss some time. Although the head coach refused to label it a true sprain, it would appear that Walker’s ankle injury is a minor sprain that can result in ~ 2 weeks missed.

Additionally, as David Chao from Sports Injury Central points out, it’s possible Walker is dealing with two injuries.

Should Walker be dealing with a groin strain, it could be related to his sports hernia from earlier this since. This would certainly complicate things and could double his time missed.

DeeJay Dallas filled in admirably but sustained his own injury - high ankle sprain. As a result, I expect Dallas himself to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks meaining that Tony Jones Jr. and Travis Homer remain the lone RBs. Homer did not play in Week 13 due to a knee injury so for my money if you're looking for a Seattle RB this week, Jones Jr. is your man.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB San Francisco 49ers

Injury: foot fracture

Projected Timetable: season-ending

Potential Replacement(s): Brock Purdy

Initial Thoughts:

After Trey Lance sustained a season-ending ankle injury, the injury bug sunk its teeth into another 49er QB - this time Jimmy Garoppolo. The veteran QB exited early with a foot injury, did not return, and then after the game, word broke that his season would be over. San Fran will likely look to add some depth to their QB room, but in the near future, it is going to be the Brock Purdy show.

At this point in the season, you likely are not looking to make any drastic moves, but in Superflex/2QB leagues, you could probably do worse than Brock Purdy. The 49ers have plenty of weapons that could boost Purdy's fantasy numbers.

Treylon Burks, WR Tennessee Titans

Injury: concussion

Projected Timetable: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Robert Woods

Initial Thoughts:

After what has been an up-and-down season for the rookie wideout, Treylon Burks is back on the injury report with a concussion. Looking at the NFL averages for WRs is ~two weeks, and with the NFL tightening their restrictions on return to play following a concussion, it feels like Burks will likely be out Week 14.

Courtland Sutton, WR Denver Broncos

Injury: hamstring strain

Projected Timetable: 3 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Kendall Hinton

Initial Thoughts:

Towards the tail end of a rather disappointing season, Courtland Sutton is unfortunately injured. Sutton is dealing with a hamstring strain which causes NFL WRs, on average, to miss 2.8 weeks. Looking at the data, WRs typically struggle their first few games following a hamstring strain, so if your bench is really strapped, I understand wanting to move on from Sutton. Fantasy football playoffs are rapidly approaching, and the Denver passing game has never really taken off in 2022.

Hayden Hurst, TE Cincinnati Bengals

Injury: calf (gastrocnemius) strain

Projected Timetable: 2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Mitchell Wilcox

Initial Thoughts:

Hayden Hurst was unable to finish Sunday's contents with what was reported as a calf strain. These tend to be problematic for TEs and can result in >30% in fantasy production when they return. Therefore Hurst likely can't be trusted for the next 2-4 weeks.

Injury Tracker - 2022
Player Position Team Injury Week of Injury Projected Return
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
Breece Hall RB New York Jets ACL Week 7 SEASON ENDING
Rashod Bateman WR Baltimore foot injury Week 8 SEASON ENDING
Irv Smith Jr. TE Minnesota high ankle sprain Week 8 Week 16-17
Romeo Doubs WR Green Bay high ankle sprain Week 9 Week 14
Mecole Hardman WR Kansas City abdomen/core Week 9 Week 15
Cooper Kupp WR Los Angeles high ankle sprain Week 10 Week 15
Zach Ertz TE Arizona knee Week 10 SEASON ENDING
P.J. Walker QB Carolina high ankle sprain Week 10 Week 15`
Dallas Goedert TE Philadelphia shoulder Week 10 Week 15
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 14
Matthew Stafford QB Los Angeles Rams concussion/neck Week 11 SEASON ENDING
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB Kansas City high ankle sprain Week 11 Week 16
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
Damien Harris RB New England quadriceps Week 12 Week 15
Michael Carter RB New York Jets ankle Week 12 Week 17
Allen Robinson WR Los Angeles Rams ankle Week 12 SEASON ENDING
Darnell Mooney WR Chicago ankle Week 12 SEASON ENDING
Elijah Mitchell RB San Fransisco knee Week 12 SEASON ENDING (likely)
David Njoku TE Cleveland knee Week 12 Week 14
Lamar Jackson QB Baltimore knee Week 13 Week 17
Ken Walker III RB Seattle ankle Week 13 Week 15
Jimmy Garoppolo QB San Francisco foot Week 13 SEASON ENDING
Treylon Burks WR Tennessee concussion Week 13 Week 15
Courtland Sutton WR Denver hamstring strain Week 13 Week 17
Hayden Hurst TE Cincinnati calf strain Week 13 Week 16

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