The Training Room: Week 15 Injury Updates

Dec 20, 2022
The Training Room: Week 15 Injury Updates

We finally made it. Some of us sprinted - fully healthy, and most of us limped/crawled into the fantasy football playoffs as injuries decimated our teams. But nevertheless, the playoffs are here. If you are reading this most likely you still have something to play for, and for that you deserve a congratulations!

Who knows what will happen in the weeks to come but the only way you can win the playoffs is by qualifying first. Let's prepare by looking at the injuries from Week 15.

Jalen Hurts, QB Philadelphia Eagles

Injury: shoulder injury - likely AC Joint sprain

Projected Timetable: 2-3 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Gardner Minshew

Initial Thoughts:

By video (and later confirmed by Adam Schefter on Monday Night Football), it looks like Jalen Hurts is dealing with an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder (right). However, Hurts was able to finish the game and throw a 68-yard bomb to A.J. Brown after his shoulder injury; playing through an AC joint sprain when the adrenaline is flowing is not uncommon. It is very likely that today and the next 10-14 Hurts is going to be dealing with some pain following this injury.

For a mobile QB such as Hurts who is not always avoiding contact when he runs, re-injury and reaggravation is always a risk. With Philly basically locking up the division, it sounds like the Eagles want to ensure that their signal caller is 100% for a deep playoff run. As a result, I think Hurts misses a minimum of two weeks, maybe even three.

Jonathan Taylor, RB Indianapolis Colts

Injury: high ankle sprain

Projected Timetable: 4 weeks - season ending

Potential Replacement(s): Deon Jackson, Zack Moss

Initial Thoughts:

The lingering ankle injury that has been slowing down Jonathan Taylor all season finally got the best of the All-Pro running back. Jonathan Taylor sustained a high ankle sprain early in Saturday’s game and will most likely end his season. The Colts are not playing for anything except a high draft pick at this point, and with high ankle sprains typically resulting in a 3-4 week absence, it makes little sense for Taylor to return.

Austin Ekeler, RB Los Angeles Chargers

Injury: shoulder injury

Projected Timetable: 0-1 week

Potential Replacement(s): Joshua Kelley

Initial Thoughts:

Despite missing out on the Chargers’ first touchdown Sunday due to a shoulder injury, Brandon Staley told reporters Monday that tests on Ekeler’s shoulder came back negative. It sounds like there could have been a concern for a labral injury due to subluxation/dislocation since Ekeler had an MRI done.

There is a small uptick in Ekeler’s re-injury risk, so if you’re in your fantasy playoffs and are counting on Ekeler, you need to handcuff him with Joshua Kelley. With that said, it is looking like we will see Ekeler in Week 16.

Tyler Lockett, WR Seattle Seahawks

Injury: finger fracture

Projected Timetable: 3 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Marquise Goodwin

Initial Thoughts:

Tyler Lockett fractured his finger while trying to catch a pass during Thursday Night Football -an injury that required surgery. Looking at historical comps, it is likely that Lockett missed at least two weeks. Due to the surgery, three weeks feel more realistic. Lockett has been a solid fantasy asset this season, but with benches getting tight in the playoffs, I understand if you need Lockett to go. I don't think he will help you for the next two weeks.

Marquise Goodwin has shown flashes this season and could be serviceable if you're in a pinch.

Colt McCoy, QB Arizona Cardinals

Injury: concussion

Projected Timetable: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Trace McSorely

Initial Thoughts:

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback injuries continue to pile up. At this point, if I was in the quarterback in AZ, I would make sure I have a good short-term disability. The latest injury - Colt McCoy's concussion. Yet another concussion to discuss. McCoy will have to clear the concussion protocol before he returns, but with the trend in 2022, it’s likely third stringer Trace McSorely will get the start in Week 16.

Ryan Tannehill, QB Tennessee Titans

Injury: high ankle sprain

Projected Timetable: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Malik Willis

Initial Thoughts:

Ryan Tannehill needed to be carted off the field with a high ankle sprain but was somehow able to return. We have seen QBs play through high ankle sprains in the same game but later on miss time, and I believe this is the case for Tannehill. There is a decent chance the Titans roll out rookie Malik Willis yet again.

Mike White, QB New York Jets

Injury: rib fracture

Projected Timetable: 2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Zach Wilson

Initial Thoughts:

Despite getting “cleared” after a hospital visit last week, team doctors did not release Mike White to return to game action following his rib fracture.

The Jets were not being transparent last week as Mike White’s rib fracture clearly still left him at risk for a pneumothorax (lung picture). Looking over the past five seasons, quarterbacks who had a similar injury as White missed three weeks, meaning White is projected to return in Week 18…assuming Zach Wilson yields the starting role…again.

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
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
Mecole Hardman WR Kansas City abdomen/core Week 9 Week 15
Cooper Kupp WR Los Angeles high ankle sprain Week 10 SEASON ENDING
Zach Ertz TE Arizona knee Week 10 SEASON ENDING
Dallas Goedert TE Philadelphia shoulder Week 10 Week 16
Kyle Pitts TE Atlanta MCL sprain Week 11 Week 16-17
Wan'Dale Robinson WR New York Giants ACL sprain Week 11 SEASON ENDING
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
Rondale Moore WR Arizona groin strain Week 11 SEASON ENDING
Damien Harris RB New England quadriceps Week 12 Week 18
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)
Lamar Jackson QB Baltimore knee Week 13 Week 17
Jimmy Garoppolo QB San Francisco foot Week 13 SEASON ENDING
Treylon Burks WR Tennessee concussion Week 13 Week 16
Courtland Sutton WR Denver hamstring strain Week 13 Week 17
Hayden Hurst TE Cincinnati calf strain Week 13 Week 16
Kyler Murray QB Arizona knee Week 14 SEASON ENDING (likely)
Deebo Samuel WR San Francisco MCL sprain + ankle injury Week 14 Week 18
Dameon Pierce RB Houston high ankle sprain Week 14 Week 18
Russell Wilson QB Denver concussion Week 14 Week 16
Jeff Wilson Jr. RB Miami hip injury Week 14 Week 17
Tee Higgins WR Cincinnati hamstring strain Week 14 Week 18
Tyler Boyd WR Cincinnati finger/hand Week 14 Week 17
Mike White QB New York Jets rib injury Week 14 Week 18
Kenny Pickett QB Pittsburgh concussion Week 14 Week 16
Jalen Hurts QB Philadelphia AC joint sprain Week 15 Week 18
Jonathan Taylor RB Indianpolis high ankle sprain Week 15 SEASON ENDING
Austin Ekeler RB Los Angeles Chargers shoulder Week 15 Week 16
Tyler Lockett WR Seattle finger fracture Week 15 Week 18
Colt McCoy QB Arizona concussion Week 15 Week 17
Ryan Tannehill QB Tennessee high ankle sprain Week 15 Week 18

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