The Training Room: Week 14 Fantasy Football Injury Report

The Training Room: Week 14 Fantasy Football Injury Report

By Russell Manalastas (Injury Expert), last update Dec 9, 2017

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Stay up to date with all the current injuries that happened this past week to determine what you should do on the waiver wire. We will update these injuries throughout the week to reflect practice participation and expectations heading into this week. 

The Training Room

Player Position Team Injury Projected Timetable Potential Pickup Comments
Tyrod Taylor QB Bills Patellar Tendon Contusion GAME TIME DECISION, Week to Week Nathan Peterman Taylor returned to a limited practice on Friday, but it still sounds like his knee is giving him trouble. Coach McDermott states that Taylor could be active but not start just to reduce the risk that his knee doesn't get re-aggravated. This is a situation to monitor but we should find out early as the Bills play at 1pm against the Colts
Dak Prescott QB Cowboys Bruised Hand EXPECTED TO PLAY SUNDAY Cooper Rush Prescott's swelling in his hand has gone down significantly and has been able to throw without issue all week in practice. Deploy him like you normally would. 
Matthew Stafford QB Lions Bruised Hand QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY, EXPECTED TO PLAY  Jake Ruddock Stafford has been able to practice in a limited fashion all week, which puts him on track to play Week 14. Although the Lions list him as questionable, it would take a lot for Stafford not to be out there on Sunday. 
Braxton Miller WR Texans Concussion RULED OUT FOR SUNDAY, Week to Week  Christopher Thompson, Andre Ellington Miller sustained the concussion in the 2nd half and was ruled out of the game shortly thereafter. He'll enter the concussion protocol in hopes to be cleared for Week 14. 
Zach Ertz TE Eagles Concussion QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY, Week to Week Trey Burton Reports on Thursday came out that Ertz had cleared the league's concussion protocol, but that wasn't the case. He has been practicing in a limited fashion, but has yet to clear protocol yet, making him questionable for Sunday. There has still been no word as to his status so we will update it as soon we get word. 
C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Texans Concussion PLACED ON IR, Out For Season Stephen Anderson Fiedorowicz has been placed on IR after suffering his second concussion of the year. 
Bruce Ellington WR Texans Strained Hamstring PLACED ON IR, Out for Season Christopher Thompson, Andre Ellington Ellington's strained hamstring is apparently significant enough to shut him down for the rest of the season. The Texans will continue to rely on Deandre Hopkins and Will Fuller
Joe Mixon RB Bengals Concussion RULED OUT FOR SUNDAY, Week to Week Giovani Bernard Mixon was ruled out for Week 14 after suffering a concussion on Monday night. He should have enough time to clear the protocol before Week 15, but continue to monitor his progress. 
Alex Collins RB Ravens Migraines EXPECTED TO PLAY Javorius Allen Collins was not listed on the injury report by the Ravens and seems to be ok after dealing with migraine type symptoms after last weeks game. Expect him to start against the Steelers on Sunday night. 
Hunter Henry TE Chargers Knee Pain EXPECTED TO PLAY Antonio Gates Henry was never in real danger of missing Week 14, as the limited designation early in the week was most likely to help rest some soreness he was experiencing. 
John Brown WR Cardinals Sprained Toe RULED OUT FOR SUNDAY Jaron Brown John Brown missed practice late in the week due to a toe injury and has been ruled out for Sunday's game. 
Marquise Lee WR Jaguars Sprained Foot EXPECTED TO PLAY SUNDAY Dede Westbrook Lee has taken limited practice reps all week and has been removed from the injury report. Foot issues can all be at high risk for aggravation, but it seems like Lee has been able to manage his symptoms over the past few weeks. 
Sterling Shepard WR Giants Strained Hamstring QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY, GAME TIME DECISION Tavarres King Shepard has been limited in practice all week, but he has not experienced any setbacks leading up to this weekend. He'll be a game time decision but is expected to play. 

 

Wondering when a player is going to return from either an injury or a suspension? See below for our On The Radar section, which goes over players that are recovering from an injury sustained in previous weeks and what their timetables are for returning to the field. 

On The Radar 

Player Position Team Injury Projected Timetable Potential Pickup Comments
Greg Olsen TE Panthers Sprained Foot QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY, EXPECTED TO PLAY Ed Dickson Olsen was a full participant all week and it seems like the Panthers don't plan on limiting his touches when he makes his return in Week 14. In a tough matchup against the Vikings, the Panthers could look to Olsen often.  
Adrian Peterson RB Cardinals Strained Neck RULED OUT FOR SUNDAY Kerwynn Williams Peterson will miss his 2nd straight week due to the neck issue. There hasn't been much detail on the extent of the issue that Peterson is dealing with, but he'll continue to be week to week until further notice. 
Aaron Rodgers QB Packers Broken Collarbone Eligible to return Week 15 Brent Hundley Rodgers has returned to practice, which is a great indicator that he is progressing well since he had shoulder surgery. With the Packers still in the playoff hunt, Rodgers would be a big boost for the team upon his return.  
Doug Martin RB Buccaneers Conccussion EXPECTED TO PLAY Peyton Barber Martin was able to practice in full all week with no setbacks. It looks like Martin is set to resume his starting role, but he could be on a short leash with Peyton Barber performing well. 
Rishard Matthews WR Titans Strained Hamstring EXPECTED TO PLAY  Corey Davis Matthews has been taking full practice reps this week and is set to make his return Week 14. The Titans could certainly use him back in the lineup as they have struggled to move the ball through the air as of late. 
Amari Cooper WR Raiders Concussion/Ankle Sprain QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY, GAME TIME DECISION Cordarrelle Patterson Cooper was surprisingly able to practice in limited fashion on Friday, which makes him a possibility to play on Sunday, depending on how he feels. I still feel that the Raiders take it slow with him and hold him out one more week, but keep an eye on his status as the Raiders play at 1pm against the Chiefs
Damien Williams RB Dolphins Dislocated Shoulder RULED OUT FOR SUNDAY, 2-4 Weeks Kenyon Drake Williams will continue to try and recover from his dislocated shoulder, but normally dislocated shoulders take a few weeks before being able to get back on the field. 
Will Fuller WR Texans Broken Ribs EXPECTED TO PLAY - Fuller returns to the field after missing the last few weeks due to the broken ribs. Tom Savage has downgraded Fuller's potential, offering an all or nothing approach with him since Deshaun Watson went out. 
Kelvin Benjamin WR Bills Torn Meniscus EXPECTED TO PLAY Zay Jones, Jordan Matthews Benjamin was able to return to a full practice on Friday, putting him in line to start on Sunday. Benjamin missed the last two weeks due to the knee injury, but should give the Bills offense a boost depending on who is under center. 
Jordan Reed  TE Redskins Strained Hamstring RULED OUT FOR SUNDAY, 2-3 Weeks  Vernon Davis We are getting to the point in the season where if Reed doesn't make any significant progress, that the Redskins could just shut him down for the rest of the year. Reed is known to be a slow healer from soft tissue injuries, but even if he does return, it would be hard to trust him in the fantasy playoffs. 
Chris Hogan WR Patriots Sprained AC Joint QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY, EXPECTED TO PLAY Phillip Dorsett Hogan has practiced in limited fashion all week, putting him on track to play Week 14. With the Patriots playing on Monday night, I would have a backup plan just in case, but all signs point to Hogan making his return after an extended absence. 
Robert Woods WR Rams Sprained Shoulder QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY, UNLIKELY TO PLAY Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp Woods was able to return to a limited practice on Friday, but there is a sense the Rams might hold him out one more week to avoid any setbacks. The questionable tag might give him an outside chance to play, so keep an eye on his status on Sunday when the Rams face the Eagles
Ezekiel Elliott RB Cowboys Suspended Eligible to return Week 16 Rod Smith, Alfred Morris  

 

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