The Training Room: Week 13 Injury Recap

Dec 04, 2023
The Training Room: Week 13 Injury Recap


Derek Carr, QB NO

Injury: Concussion, Shoulder, Back, Wrist

Projected Timetable: TBD

Initial Thoughts:

Carr has been banged up week after week yet continues to somehow trot out there for the next week’s game. There remains an argument that Jameis Winston is actually better for the Saints offense overall, but time will tell who they roll with into week 14. Monitor Carr’s status moving forward.

Kenny Pickett, QB PIT

Injury: Ankle

Projected Timetable: Week 15-17

Initial Thoughts:

Unable to return to the game after being unable to place much weight on his foot, this may turn into a multi-week absence placing Mitch Trubisky at the helm for a few weeks. In fact, it was just reported that he will be undergoing a procedure on his ankle that will keep him out for 2-4 weeks, likely an arthroscopic cleanup.

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB NE

Injury: Right High Ankle

Projected Timetable: Week 16-17

Initial Thoughts:

The good news is that X-rays did not reveal a fracture, but he is not out of the woods yet. I am anticipating an MRI revealing a high ankle sprain and missing several weeks, which puts his fantasy playoff status in jeopardy.

Zach Charbonnet, RB SEA

Injury: Knee Swelling

Projected Timetable: Week 15-16

Initial Thoughts:

Charbonnet was knocked out of the Thursday night game with a knee injury that reportedly swelled up a good amount post-game. This typically indicates an injury along the lines of a ligament sprain or meniscus pathology, but very little has been reported on the true details. For now, I would anticipate him missing the next game, which could put Seattle in a difficult situation if Kenneth Walker is not ready to return just yet. Monitor this situation, but do not expect much detail from Pete Carroll.

Derrick Henry, RB TEN

Injury: Concussion

Projected Timetable: Week 14-15

Initial Thoughts:

He was removed from the game to be evaluated for a concussion, but there has been no word on if he officially suffered one. Monitor his status on whether he enters protocol or not. If so, Tyjae Spears would be a very intriguing pickup entering Week 14.

D'Andre Swift, RB PHI

Injury: Chest/Ribs

Projected Timetable: Week 14

Initial Thoughts:

He took a brutal hit to the chest and ribs but was able to walk off under his own power. This likely does not limit him going into Week 14.

Brian Robinson, RB WAS

Injury: Hamstring

Projected Timetable: Week 15-17

Initial Thoughts:

He was knocked out of the game and eventually ruled out with a hamstring strain, which is typically a sign of a higher grade and likely a multi-week absence. Washington has their bye week in Week 14, but monitor for expectations on weeks missed. Antonio Gibson could be a decent grab if available going into fantasy playoffs.

Tank Dell, WR HOU

Injury: Left Fibula Fracture

Projected Timetable: Season-Ending

Initial Thoughts:

In possibly the worst news of the week, Dell has suffered a fractured fibula and will miss the remainder of the season. He should be full-go for the 2024 season within 6 to 8 months, similar to Tony Pollard’s timetable this past year. In theory, he should not lose explosiveness entering next season, similar to Jaylen Waddle’s prior situation.

Amari Cooper, WR CLE

Injury: Concussion Screening

Projected Timetable: Week 14-15

Initial Thoughts:

Unfortunately, Cooper has been ruled out of the game with a concussion and will enter protocol. He will need to clear all stages of the protocol to play in Week 14, though most players have missed at least one game.

Puka Nacua, WR LAR

Injury: Ribs

Projected Timetable: Week 14

Initial Thoughts:

The good news is that he was able to return to the game after entering the locker room and missing several drives. He likely received an injection in order to keep playing. Nacua was moving well on his last few touches, but hopefully, the ribs do not swell up and become more painful or limiting entering Week 14. Monitor his status.

Marquise Brown, WR ARI

Injury: Heel

Projected Timetable: Week 15

Initial Thoughts:

While attempting to play through the heel injury for the last two weeks, this game seemed to limit him the most, and may have re-aggravated the injury. The good news is that Arizona’s bye week is Week 14, so he will have a good chance to get back to full health and return to fantasy viability in Week 15 for playoffs.

Christian Watson, WR GB

Injury: Hamstring

Projected Timetable: Week 15-17

Initial Thoughts:

Yet another hamstring mechanism for Watson, this time pulling up and dropping straight to the ground. It reminds me of Diontae Johnson’s, which cost him five weeks including a bye week. I do anticipate this hamstring injury to cost Watson multiple weeks, especially since this is not his first incident and long-standing history of hamstring strains. Be prepared to be without him for most of the fantasy playoffs.

Tyler Higbee, TE LAR

Injury: Concussion

Projected Timetable: Week 14-15

Initial Thoughts:

Higbee is being evaluated for a concussion. If he enters protocol, he will be required to clear all stages of the protocol in order to return next week.

Injury Tracker 2023
Player Position Team Injury Week of Injury Projected Return
Joe Burrow QB CIN Right Wrist Week 11 Season-Ending
Kirk Cousins QB MIN Right Achilles Week 8 Season Ending
Daniel Jones QB NYG Right ACL Week 9 Season Ending
Deshaun Watson QB CLE Right Shoulder Fracture Week 10 Season-Ending
Anthony Richardson QB IND Right AC Sprain Week 5 Season Ending
Dorian Thompson-Robinson QB CLE Concussion Week 12 Week 14
Derek Carr QB NO Concussion Week 13 Week 14-TBD
Rhamondre Stevenson RB NE Right High Ankle Week 13 Week 15-17
D'Onta Foreman RB CHI Right Ankle Week 11 Week 14
Aaron Jones RB GB Left MCL Week 11 Week 14-16
Tyrod Taylor QB NYG Ribs Week 8 Week 14-16
Justin Jefferson WR MIN Right Hamstring Week 5 Week 14
Kenneth Walker RB SEA Left Oblique Week 11 Week 14-15
Amari Cooper WR CLE Concussion Week 13 Week 14-15
Kenny Pickett QB PIT Ankle Surgery Week 13 Week 15-17
Dallas Goedert TE PHI Right Forearm Fracture Week 9 Week 14
Tank Dell WR HOU Left Fibula Fracture Week 13 Season Ending
Kendrick Bourne WR NE Right ACL Week 8 Season Ending
Derrick Henry RB TEN Concussion Week 13 Week 14-15
Cam Akers RB MIN Right Achilles Week 9 Season Ending
Demario Douglas WR NE Concussion Week 12 Week 14
Rashid Shaheed WR NO Thigh Week 12 Week 14-15
Mark Andrews TE BAL Left Ankle, Fracture Week 11 Season-Ending
Brian Robinson RB WAS Hamstring Week 13 Week 15-17
Michael Wilson WR ARI Shoulder Week 10 Week 15
Darren Waller TE NYG Groin Strain Week 8 Week 14
Michael Thomas WR NO Knee Week 10 Week 15
Marquise Brown WR ARI Heel Week 13 Week 15
Joshua Palmer WR LAC Right Knee Week 8 Week 14-16
Christian Watson WR GB Hamstring Week 13 Week 15-17
Zach Charbonnet RB SEA Knee Swelling Week 13 Week 15-16
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