While rankings and projections are beneficial, few things are more important in fantasy football than following injury updates. Injuries not only impact the player in question but the teammates and the offenses around them. Here’s an update on some critical injury reports to watch and their fantasy football impact.
Update 12/10/21: For the most recent injury news, make sure to check out our up-to-date Week 14 Fantasy Injury Report.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: QB update
Let’s go through the injuries currently impacting quarterbacks. Monitor these situations throughout the week and have contingency plans, if necessary.
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow sustained an injury to his right pinky finger. He was seen struggling to cock the ball back on the sidelines after first getting hurt but returned to the game and looked capable of making all the throws. Burrow will almost certainly be listed on the injury report with the pinky but will play through it.
Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon, New York Giants
SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported Daniel Jones is set to miss another week with his neck injury. Those of you who read my weekly injury reports might recall from last week my sense is that Jones is done for the season. I stand by that.
Mike Glennon will continue to start in Jones’ absence when healthy. However, Glennon was concussed last week. Recently signed Jake Fromm is currently poised to make his first career NFL start. Fantasy managers should run to the waiver wire to stream the Chargers’ defense.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers held Ben Roethlisberger out of Monday’s walkthrough due to what they listed as a pectoral and right shoulder issue. They are just managing the old man’s reps on a short week. He’s fine and will play Thursday.
Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Tyrod Taylor is believed to have torn ligaments in his left wrist. It’s possible he could play through it, but unlikely. Davis Mills will almost certainly start the rest of the season.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update
Which running backs are dealing with injuries that may affect their game status? Let’s see which RB committees are hobbled heading into Week 14.
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Unsurprisingly, Dalvin Cook did not participate in the Vikings’ Monday walkthrough. We know he’s not expected to play this week, but the hope is he can return in Week 15. Alexander Mattison remains an elite RB1.
Kenyan Drake, Las Vegas Raiders
Kenyan Drake broke his ankle on Sunday. Unfortunately, his season is over. By the time you read this, he may have already undergone surgery to repair the ankle. Jalen Richard and Peyton Barber will continue to back up Josh Jacobs.
Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals
For the past several weeks, Chase Edmonds has been on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain. Early last week, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Edmonds would have a chance to return on Monday night in Week 14. On Monday, he echoed that sentiment. We will have to wait and see if Edmonds practices this week, starting the three-week clock on his activation.
Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos
Head coach Vic Fangio said Melvin Gordon would return to practice this week. That doesn’t necessarily mean he will or that he’ll play, but I imagine Gordon saw what Javonte Williams did on Sunday night and decided he needs to get back on the field. I fully expect the Broncos to return this to a timeshare with Gordon and Williams potentially flipping roles.
Damien Harris, New England Patriots
On Monday night, Damien Harris tweaked his hamstring. He left the game briefly before returning, but was clearly hampered by the injury. Harris departed again and did not return. Rhamondre Stevenson could be a difference-maker down the stretch.
Elijah Mitchell and Jeff Wilson, San Francisco 49ers
Elijah Mitchell woke up on Monday with concussion-like symptoms. He reported it to the team and is now in the concussion protocol. Jeff Wilson’s knee also flared up during last week’s game. He played just two snaps. The 49ers may be down to just Ja’Mycal Hasty this week, which means they will have to sign someone.
WR Injury Update
How are the fantasy-relevant wide receivers dealing with injuries? Let’s see which pass catchers may require a Plan B for Week 14’s action.
Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
On Monday, the Chargers placed Keenan Allen on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to a positive test. If Allen is vaccinated, he would need consecutive negative tests by Sunday in order to play. We saw that happen last week with T.J. Watt. If Allen is unvaccinated, he is out this week.
Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers listed Chase Claypool as DNP on their estimated Monday practice report. With the game on Thursday, the Steelers did not actually hold practice Monday, but if they did, Claypool would not have participated.
He was in and out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens due to what appears to be an aggravation of his turf toe. His status for Thursday night is in great jeopardy.
Corey Davis, New York Jets
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Corey Davis will undergo season-ending core muscle surgery. It’s an unfortunate ending to an injury-riddled debut season on the Jets.
Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans
On Monday, the Titans designated Julio Jones to return from the injured reserve. He is expected to return to practice this week and has a chance to play Sunday. Jones has been out with a recurring hamstring strain.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
Head coach Kyle Shanahan described Deebo Samuel as day-to-day. He missed Week 13 with a groin strain that was expected to cost him 1-2 weeks. He has an outside of shot of playing in Week 14.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Adam Thielen sustained a high ankle sprain last week. Typically, high ankle sprains come with a 4-6 week timeline, but we’ve seen players return quicker with more mild sprains. Right now, fantasy managers’ primary concern is Week 14. We know Thielen is not going to play Thursday night. Beyond that, it’s wait and see.
Update: An MRI revealed Thielen does not need surgery. We still have no definitive timetable for his return, but he would certainly be back if the Vikings make the playoffs and has a shot to return before the end of the regular season.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: TE Injury Update
Are there any tight end injuries we need to be concerned about? The TE market is already thin, so if you have a TE on this injury report, your alternatives will be grim in all likelihood.
Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team
It was initially believed that Logan Thomas tore his ACL. An MRI revealed his ACL remains intact. While he did sustain a knee injury and will miss time, this is incredible news given what we expected.
Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders
Last week, interim head coach Rich Bisaccia described Darren Waller as week-to-week. On Monday, he described Waller as day-to-day. It’s a subtle yet critical distinction that suggests Waller may not miss much more time. I still tentatively expect Waller to miss Week 14, but it sounds like Week 15 is very much in play.