The Training Room: Week 16 Injury Updates

Dec 27, 2022
The Training Room: Week 16 Injury Updates

After injuries kicked our butts all season long, Week 16 finally provided some line-up nirvana. This week, the week most leagues either started their playoffs or were in the semifinals, there were minimal injuries. Good news for you and good news for the guy writing the injury column for 4for4. Still, there were a few situations that bear mentioning. I do so below.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB Miami Dolphins

Injury: concussion

Projected Timetable: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Teddy Bridgewater

Initial Thoughts:

Once again, Tua Tagovailoa is in the concussion protocol, and once again, there may be some controversy around Miami looking the other way when their quarterback sustains a head injury…

Does Tagovailoa actually have a concussion, or is he just in the protocol as a precautionary measure? Time will tell. Expect the NFL and the public to be monitoring this situation closely. If there is any doubt that the Dolphin QB is symptom-free, then he should be out in Week 17.

I have mentioned this in past Training Rooms, but for whatever reason, QBs tend to miss less time than skill position players after a concussion.

Christian Watson, WR Green Bay Packers

Injury: hip injury

Projected Timetable: 0-1 week

Potential Replacement(s): Romeo Doubs, Randall Cobb

Initial Thoughts:

The "Christian Watson Experience" has been an absolute roller coaster this season. After a slow-injury-plagued start, Watson went nuclear in Weeks 10-13. Now the former North Dakota State wideout is injured again with a hip injury. By video Watson's injury appeared to be nothing more than a hip contusion. Hip contusions typically don’t result in much, if any, time missed. It sounds like because Green Bay is still in the playoff hunt, Watson's chances of playing in Week 17 are looking good.

Hunter Henry, TE New England Patriots

Injury: knee injury

Projected Timetable: 1-2 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Jonnu Smith

Initial Thoughts:

Even in an ugly TE landscape, Hunter Henry has been far too risky to consider in most fantasy leagues. Henry's fantasy stock just became a lot more fragile as he is not dealing with a knee injury. The early word out of New England is that Henry is "day-to-day" but looking at the average time missed for TEs with a knee injury, most miss at least a week (avg. = 2.2 weeks). Even when tight ends play through knee injuries and don't miss any time, typically, they see a ~36% dip in fantasy production. All of this points to you looking for another TE in Week 17.

Tyler Boyd, WR Cincinnati Bengals

Injury: finger injury

Projected Timetable: 0-1 weeks

Potential Replacement(s): Trenton Irwin

Initial Thoughts:

Tyler Boyd had a quiet game Sunday, and a portion of his poor fantasy performance could be attributed to his finger injury. Boyd originally dislocated his finger back in Week 14 but has been playing through the injury. Despite a decent Week 15, this is the risk that comes with starting players in your fantasy lineup who are nursing injuries, as Boyd aggravated his injured finger again and saw his season-low snap share (minus Week 14, where Boyd left the game early).

Trenton Irwin benefited from Boyd staying on the sidelines and broke paydirt not once but twice! If you are in a deep league or one where you start 3-4 WRs and have been rostering Boyd, due to his finger injury, I am not sure you can trust him next week.

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 17
Cooper Kupp WR Los Angeles high ankle sprain Week 10 SEASON ENDING
Zach Ertz TE Arizona knee Week 10 SEASON ENDING
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 17
Rondale Moore WR Arizona groin strain Week 11 SEASON ENDING
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
Hayden Hurst TE Cincinnati calf strain Week 13 Week 16
Kyler Murray QB Arizona ACL Week 14 SEASON ENDING
Deebo Samuel WR San Francisco MCL sprain + ankle injury Week 14 Week 18
Dameon Pierce RB Houston high ankle sprain Week 14 Week 18
Mike White QB New York Jets rib injury Week 14 Week 17
Jalen Hurts QB Philadelphia AC joint sprain Week 15 Week 17
Jonathan Taylor RB Indianapolis high ankle sprain Week 15 SEASON ENDING
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
Chris Olave WR New Orleans hamstring strain Week 15 Week 18
Tua Tagovailoa QB Miami concussion Week 16 Week 18
Christian Watson WR Green Bay hip injury Week 16 Week 17
Hunter Henry TE New England knee injury Week 16 Week 18
Tyler Boyd WR Cincinnati finger Week 16 Week 17

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