This great nation of ours is built on a number of excellent traditions. One of my personal favorites is the way we are rewarded with three back to back to back football games on Thanksgiving. With a number of teams on short weeks for our entertainment, this Week 12 injury report should be checked early and often! Nothing like a pivotal fantasy football or DFS win to make us feel grateful.
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Week 12 Late Inactives:
JaMycal Hasty (RB) San Francisco 49ers
Anthony Schwartz (WR) Cleveland Browns
Week 12 1PM Inactives:
AJ Brown (WR) Tennessee Titans
Jeremy McNichols (RB) Tennessee Titans
Antonio Brown (WR) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jordan Howard (RB) Philadelphia Eagles
Sterling Shepard (WR) New York Giants
Calvin Ridley (WR) Atlanta Falcons
Eric Ebron (TE) Pittsburgh Steelers
Michael Carter (RB) New York Jets
Kaden Smith (TE) New York Giants
Kadarious Toney (WR) New York Giants
Kyle Rudolph (TE) New York Giants
Corey Davis (WR) New York Jets
AJ Brown (WR) Tennessee Titans
Chest, Rib, and Hand Injuries, Initial Injury: 11/21/21
The Titans are losing playmakers left and right in recent weeks. With offensive stars Julio Jones and Derrick Henry already out for an extended period of time, AJ Brown is joining them. Brown was placed on the injured reserve list today with a slew of injuries he suffered last week. The Tennessee WR is dealing with injuries to. his chest, ribs, and hand currently. The severity of the injuries is unknown at this time but it was significant enough for him to land on IR. He will miss at least three games and will need to be monitored for a longer absence.
Brown is on IR with multiple injuries and is out for at least three weeks. – SIT/IR
Aaron Jones (RB) Green Bay Packers
MCL Sprain, Initial Injury: 11/14/21
Green Bay is off to another great start to the year, and the balance they have on offense is a key component to this success. RB Aaron Jones leads the Packers backfield and was having a modest game before suffering a gruesome-looking knee injury last week. Thankfully, for Cheeseheads and fantasy managers the injury was revealed to be only an MCL sprain. After testing and an MRI, it was confirmed to be a mild MCL sprain and should not be a long-term concern.
An MCL sprain refers to damage to one of the stabilizing ligaments of the knee. Specifically, the MCL is located on the inner part of your knee and plays a role in side-to-side stability. This is a common injury and is usually the least concerning for knee ligament injuries. This injury does limit Jones’ ability to make cuts and accelerate through the hole. A typical recovery timeline is one to three weeks for this injury barring any setbacks with rehab. Fortunately for the Packers, they have another stud RB on their roster who has been splitting carries in AJ Dillon.
Jones currently goes into this afternoons game with a questionable injury designation. He has been able to practice all week but the Packers do not want to take an unnecessary risk with a bye next week. The Packers RB will reportedly be a true game-time decision. Green Bay will make the call after pregame warm ups. I still expect fellow RB AJ Dillon to receive a healthy workload this week.
Jones suffered a mild MCL and has a chance to return this week based on his pregame warm ups. – MONITOR/SIT
Eric Ebron (TE) Pittsburgh Steelers
Knee Injury, Initial Injury: 11/21/2021
The time Steelers TE will spend on this Week 12 injury report is currently up in the air, but it’s not looking good. Eric Ebron has been slowly phased out of the offense this year but did record a season-high three catches last week. However, he also suffered a knee injury that will likely force him to have surgery in the near future. There are still tests and evaluations being done but it is looking likely that Ebron will be facing an extended absence. Ebron has been officially placed on the injured reserve list and will miss at least three games. With the emergence of rookie TE Pat Freiermuth in the Steelers offense, Ebron may have placed his last snaps in Pittsburgh.
Ebron suffered a knee injury that is expected to require surgery and a long absence. – MONITOR/DROP
Michael Carter (RB) New York Jets
High Ankle Sprain, Initial Injury: 11/21/2021
The Jets’ rookie RB has been one of the few bright spots on the team this year. Putting together another nice game on Sunday, Carter, unfortunately, injured his ankle and was unable to return. Head Coach Robert Saleh updated his status, saying he would miss a couple of weeks with a mild high ankle sprain. This is a bit of concerning news for fantasy managers due to the type of injury. Additionally, Carter has been placed on IR and will miss at least the next three games
High ankle sprains refer to damage to the ligaments above the ankle, which hold together the lower leg bones. These injuries have a longer recovery timeline than the common low ankle sprains. More force is required for these injuries to occur which correlates to more damage done. I would not expect Carter to make a fully healthy return until three to four weeks from now. New York RB’s Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman will battle to take over the Jets’ backfield.
Carter will miss multiple weeks with a mild high ankle sprain. – SIT/IR
Kareem Hunt (RB) Cleveland Browns
Calf Strain, Initial Injury: 10/17/21
The Cleveland Browns are slowly regressing towards the lack of success in their recent history. Injuries are certainly not helping them this year. Kareem Hunt was RB1 last week, with fellow RB Nick Chubb out with a calf injury. After a fairly productive day, Hunt went down in the 4th quarter and eventually had to be carted off into the locker room. Reports are that he suffered a calf strain and the injury is “significant”.
A calf strain refers to damage to the muscle in the back of your lower leg. With the injury being described as severe, this comes with about a four to six-week recovery timeline. Hunt will likely be put on the IR to focus on his recovery. Calf strains come with a high reinjury risk and are not an injury that should be played through or rushed back. These injuries limit a player’s lower body power and Hunt would not be able to be his usual explosive self until fully healed.
Hunt has been activated off of the IR and returns to practice this week. He has a chance to play this Sunday but his practice status will need to be monitored. Hunt states he wants to play this week and will likely assume his high volume RB2 role in his return. The Cleveland RB is on track to play Sunday night and should barring any setbacks in pregame warm ups.
Hunt has returned to practice and is expected to play this week. – START/MONITOR
Sterling Shepard (WR) New York Giants
Quadriceps Strain, Initial Injury: 11/1/21
The New York Giants are consistent in one area this year, players landing on the injury report, with Week 12 being the same. Giants WR Sterling Shepard injured his quadriceps four weeks ago against Kansas City and has yet to return. He has not even logged a practice participation at this point. Shepard is dealing with a quadriceps strains which refers to damage to the muscle on the front part of his upper leg. Muscular strains can be difficult to manage due to their high reinjury rate of the already damaged musculature. Shepard has officially been ruled out of his third consecutive game this week, and is in danger of missing more time. Fellow WR Kenny Golladay is one of the few Giants offensive weapons healthy and should benefit from an increase in targets.
Shepard is dealing with a quadriceps strain and will miss his third straight game. – SIT
Justin Fields (QB) Chicago Bears
Bruised Ribs, Initial Injury: 11/21/2021
The Justin Fields experiment may be put on pause for Week 12, due to the injury report. The Chicago rookie has had an up and down year, and is facing another setback this week. He reportedly is dealing with a rib injury after taking a hard hit early in the third quarter. The injury caused him to miss the rest of the game and set up for a chance for QB Andy Dalton to play the hero last week. There was initially good news regarding the injury as X-rays of his ribs came back negative.
However, rib injuries are extremely tricky. There have been numerous cases this season alone where X-rays do not catch a more serious rib injury. Look to Rob Gronkowski or Tua for an example. For now, the injury is being called bruised ribs and it is not believed to be a major injury. I would still caution you to await further news once more tests are performed. Fields has officially been ruled out for Thursday’s game with his rib injury. The severity of the injury is still unknown to the public at this point.
Fields is dealing with a rib injury and is ruled out for this week. – SIT
Alvin Kamara (RB) New Orleans Saints
MCL Sprain, Initial Injury: 11/7/21
Alvin Kamara is a pivotal player on this Saints offense and many fantasy football teams around the globe. The Saints RB suffered a mild knee sprain in Week 9 and was unable to practice at all or play in Week 10. New Orleans featured back returned to practice Wednesday (11/17) as a limited participant. However, it seems his knee was not ready to return so soon. Kamara went on to be held out of practice Thursday and Friday last week and ultimately missed the Week 11 game. As of Tuesday (11/24) this week, Kamara has still not practiced and is in danger of missing his third straight game. He still has one more chance to practice but there is not much optimism at this point.
An MCL sprain refers to damage to a ligament responsible for side to side stability of the knee. In mild cases such as this, the recovery timeline is usually one to two weeks. Unfortunately, it seems like Kamara reinjured his knee when he returned to practice. This setback has extended his recovery timeline and will likely cause him to miss this week. At this point, Kamara has officially been ruled out for this Thursday’s game. He has been unable to practice since he tested his knee out last week, which is a discouraging sign for his future availability.
Kamara will miss his third straight game as he has been ruled out this week. – SIT
Logan Thomas (TE) Washington Football Team
Hamstring Strain, Initial Injury: 10/3/21
Washington survived an offensive shootout in Atlanta last week without one of their top targets. The converted tight end Logan Thomas limped off the field on the team’s first possession of the game and was unable to return. Thomas injured his hamstring in a non-contact injury while running upfield. Unfortunately, hamstring strains are tricky injuries that require at least two weeks to recover from.
These injuries have a high reinjury rate which often causes a more severe injury than the original. Hamstring strains can linger throughout the season will limit a player’s running and jumping ability. Thomas has been placed on the IR and is expected to miss four weeks. This move means there has been substantial damage to his hamstring and returning to play in four weeks seems optimistic.
There is an expectation for Thomas to return to practice this week to hopefully return to play soon. However, there was this expectation last week as well and nothing came from it. Thomas officially returned to practice on Wednesday (11/24). It remains seen if Washington will activate their TE off the injured reserve list.
Thomas is dealing with a hamstring strain but may be activated off IR soon. – MONITOR
CeeDee Lamb (WR) Dallas Cowboys
Concussion, Initial Injury: 11/21/2021
“America’s team” could play Week 12 with its two top WRs stuck on the injury report. Amari Cooper has already been ruled out with a positive COVID test last week. His partner in crime, WR CeeDee Lamb is also in danger of being ruled out for this week. Lamb suffered a concussion near the end of the first half last week. He went up for a ball, which was ultimately intercepted, and came down on the turf hitting his head. The NFL has a step by step concussion protocol that Lamb would have to pass by Thursday.
Typically, NFL players take about seven days before being able to return to play from a concussion. Due to the disruption of the brain’s function, the brain is in a more fragile state while in recovery. Although unlikely he is able to return for Thursday, Lamb was in team meeting’s on Monday which is a step in the right direction. His status will need to be monitored as his brain’s reaction to practice will decide his availability.
Lamb is in concussion protocol and has a small chance to play Thursday- MONITOR
Aaron Rodgers (QB) Green Bay Packers
Toe Injury, Initial Injury: 11/14/21
The Green Bay QB provides the mystery injury for this Week 12 report. Aaron Rodgers has been hiding the truth all season it seems, and is continuing that philosophy with his toe injury. What we do know is that the injury is to his pinky toe and that it is not turf toe (which occurs in the big toe). Rodgers has described the pain he is dealing with as “more painful than turf toe”. Expect Rodgers to not practice much this week and start on Sunday. He will be pushing through the pain for another week before the Packers bye in Week 13. As far as his ability, Rodgers had his best performance of the season so far last week and did not seem to be hindered by the injury.
The Green Bay QB has finally revealed the nature of his injury, a fractured or broken pinky toe. Rodgers has already shown his ability to play through the pain and be effective. The hope is this injury will improve after being able to have an extended rest in Week 13 with the Packers bye week.
Rodgers is dealing with a toe injury but is expected to play this week. – START
Jamal Agnew (WR) Jacksonville Jaguars
Hip Injury, Initial Injury: 11/21/2021
Jamal Agnew has been a jack of all trades for Jacksonville this year. He was the team’s primary returner on punts and kicks, as well as a receiving and rushing threat on offense. Unfortunately, the Jaguars season will likely become worse as Agnew injured his hip last week. He has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Already with a kick return and missed field goal return for a TD, Agnew also lead the team in all-purpose yards. Not even Tebow could save Jacksonville now.
Agnew will miss the rest of the year with a hip injury. – DROP
Adam Trautman (TE) New Orleans Saints
MCL Sprain, Initial Injury: 11/21/2021
New Orleans Saints TE Adam Trautman started the season on the injury report and now rejoins in Week 12. During a productive game, Trautman went up to make a catch and was hit by two defenders, hurting his knee. He is dealing with an MCL sprain is expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury. An MCL sprain refers to damage to one of the ligaments of the knee that works to stabilize it during side to side movement. There is likely significant damage to the ligament as the recovery timeline for a mild injury is only one to three weeks. This injury pretty much knocks Trautman out for the rest of the fantasy season. He would be likely able to return if the Saints are able to make a push for the postseason.
Trautman has a grade 2 MCL sprain is out four to six weeks. – DROP/IR
Allen Robinson (WR) Chicago Bears
Hamstring injury, Initial Injury: 11/17/21
WR Allen Robinson has been a major disappointment this season in terms of production. If you are still somehow holding on to him as a fantasy manager, I would encourage you not to. Robinson appeared on the injury report last week and Week 12 will likely not be the end of it. Robinson emerged from the bye week with a hamstring injury and was unable to practice or play at all last week. As of Monday, he has still not been able to practice and his chances of playing this week are looking slim. Hamstring injuries are one of the most difficult to deal with in the NFL. They have a high reinjury rate and severely limit a player’s ability to run fast and jump high. Chicago’s offense as a whole has been one to avoid this fantasy football season, and the train wreck continues.
Robison is dealing with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play this week. – SIT/DROP
Chris Carson (RB) Seattle Seahawks
Neck Injury, Initial Injury: Preseason (Long Term Issue)
In a bit of surprise, Seattle’s starting running back made his way onto the injury report last Tuesday ahead of their Thursday night game. Initially, it was unclear how serious of an issue this would be but at this point, Carson has not practiced in two weeks and will miss his second straight game. There have also been talks about possibly putting Carson on the IR with this neck issue. A clear diagnosis has not been given but Carson is likely dealing with a disc issue in his neck. These types of injuries take a while to get under control and often require surgery or weeks of rehab to be fully treated.
This clearly has been bothering Carson for some time as the Seahawks running back was on the Week 1 injury report with a neck injury. He was able to fully practice that week and started all four games earlier in the year but he appears to have aggravated the injury in practice. After trying to manage his injury with rest, Carson was unable to progress as originally hoped. The decision has been made for the Seahawks RB to undergo neck surgery to help treat his disc issue. This is a season-ending surgery and Carson’s season ultimately ends as a disappointment.
Carson will have season-ending neck surgery. – DROP
Amari Cooper (WR) Dallas Cowboys
Dallas has been rolling so far this season, lead by an explosive offense. A major reason for their success has been due to having two star WRs to attack defenses. However, Dallas will be without their more experienced WR Amari Cooper for at least the next two games. He tested positive for COVID-19 and as unvaccinated player, he will have to miss a minimum of 10 days. The Cowboys play on Thanksgiving next Thursday, so Cooper has already been ruled out for Week 13. This is a big blow to the offense, but look for WR Michael Gallup to see a boost in targets in Cooper’s absence.
Cooper will miss the next two games with COVID-19 as an unvaccinated player. – SIT
Julio Jones (WR) Tennessee Titans
Hamstring Strain, Initial Injury: 9/26/21, Re-injured: 10/18/21, 11/12/21
Ahead of Week 12, star WR Julio Jones finds himself in a familiar place over these last few years, the injury report. Back in Week 3, Jones initially left the game due to what was being called hamstring “tightness”. This was a big undersell as Jones would go on to miss the next two weeks with this hamstring strain. He was finally able to return last Monday night but left the game in the fourth quarter and was unable to return with the same injury. After being able to suit up for Week 9, Jones again aggravated the injury in practice last week and is on the IR.
Hamstring injuries have a high reinjury rate and can lead to more severe injuries if a player returns too soon. Jones is a prime example here, as it seems the hamstring muscle was not fully healed and now has even more damage after this re-injury. A hamstring strain also limits a player’s speed and jumping ability. After improper management of the injury, Jones will finally be able to fully focus on rest and rehab while on IR. He is eligible to return Week 14 but his fantasy season has been a major disappointment due to this injury. Tennessee WRs AJ Brown and Chester Rodgers are in line to receive a boost in targets with Julio sidelined again with this injury.
Jones has finally landed on IR with his lingering hamstring issue. – DROP/IR
Cordarrelle Patterson (RB/WR) Atlanta Falcons
High Ankle Sprain, Initial Injury: 11/14/2021
One of the most electric players in the NFL joins the Week 12 injury report sadly. Patterson has burst on to the fantasy football scene in Atlanta after bouncing around the league mostly as a return specialist. The Falcons RB/WR/FLEX has brought a desperately needed spark to an offense that often lacks production. Patterson was injured during his last game and only saw a limited 15 offensive snaps, which correlated with a struggling Atlanta offense. His ankle sprain is still being evaluated but the mechanism of injury and lack of ability to play through the injury is not a good sign. It is likely he is dealing with a dreaded high ankle sprain, which is much worse than the common low ankle sprain.
High ankle sprains refer to damage to the ligaments above the ankle holding the lower leg bones together. Injuries like these require a lot of force to cause and therefore often take longer to heal due to the damage. Patterson’s route running and explosive play ability will likely be limited for multiple weeks if he is confirmed to be dealing with a high ankle sprain. With Atlanta having a Thursday night game, it makes his chances for playing this week even less likely. Fellow RB Mike Davis and rookie TE Kyle Pitts will likely see a boost in volume if Patterson is unable to suit up this week.
Patterson is believed to have a high ankle sprain and is likely to miss multiple weeks. – SIT/MONITOR
Robert Woods (WR) Los Angeles Rams
ACL Tear, Initial Injury: 11/12/21
Talk about having a bad weekend. Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods injured his knee in practice on Friday. Then, he found out that his team has traded for another WR, who doesn’t mind vocalizing his desire for more targets. Finally, to top it all off, Woods was confirmed to have an ACL tear via further testing of his knee. An ACL tear requires surgery to help restore some stability in his knee, and his season is over. This is an unfortunate break for Woods and the Rams. However, it does increase the importance of the Odell Beckham Jr. acquisition. WR2 in the Rams offense is up for grabs and it will be up to Beckham Jr. or Van Jefferson Jr. to fill it in. Woods should now be focused on rehabbing his knee for next season.
Woods tore his ACL and is out for the season. – DROP
Sam Darnold (QB) Carolina Panthers
Shoulder Fracture, Initial Injury: 10/31/21
Sam Darnold has looked like the Sam Darnold of old these past couple of weeks, horrible. After a promising start to the year, he has quickly strung together a series of poor performances and has taken his team down with him. There may be a reason for the poor play his past few weeks, however. Darnold picked up a shoulder injury in his Week 8 game that was originally overlooked due to him also suffering a concussion. He was questionable for Week 9 with a shoulder issue but did wind up playing.
Well, he either hurt his shoulder further or the true nature of the injury went undetected as he picked up a serious injury at some point. After two days of extensive testing, he was found to have an incomplete fracture of his right scapula or shoulder blade. This breaking of bone does not require surgery but will take several weeks to heal. With this injury occurring on his throwing shoulder, the Carolina QB is expected to be out for at least a month. The Panthers are likely to be moving forward with QB Cam Newton as the starter for the rest of 2021.
Darnold fractured his shoulder blade and will be out for at least a month. – DROP/IR
Chase Edmonds (RB) Arizona Cardinals
High Ankle Sprain, Initial Injury: 11/7/21
Starting RB Chase Edmonds went down early in his game last week and was unable to return. An MRI has confirmed that he suffered a high ankle sprain and will likely be put on the IR, missing at least 3 games. A high ankle sprain refers to an injury above the ankle, with damage to the ligaments holding the lower leg bones together. These types of ankle injuries are more severe and require a longer recovery time than the usual low ankle or common ankle sprains. More force is required to cause this kind of injury and it has more potential to have lasting effects on a player’s ability. Edmond’s cutting and route running abilities are likely going to be hindered for at least four weeks, and up to six weeks. Cardinals RB James Conner shined in Edmond’s absence and is a fantasy start moving forward.
Edmonds suffered a high ankle sprain last week and will likely miss multiple weeks. – SIT/IR
Calvin Ridley (WR) Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcon’s WR Calvin Ridley was expected to have a break-out year after the departure of fellow WR Julio Jones. Although he has put together a couple of good performances, his season has been negatively impacted by a “personal matter”. It is still unclear what exactly this means but Ridley had missed two of the last three games as a healthy scratch. Ridley recently took to Twitter to share that he needs to “step away” from football and focus on his “mental wellbeing”. I am not going to speculate what is going on here and wish the best for this young man. Ridley has been officially placed on the non-football injury list and will be out a minimum of three games. It is unclear exactly how long Ridley will be out at this time, but I hope he is off the Week 12 injury report soon.
Ridley is stepping away from the team for an undisclosed amount of time. – SIT/IR
Michael Thomas (WR) New Orleans Saints
Ankle Surgery, Initial Injury: 8/13/20, Surgery: June 2021
Adding to this Week 12 injury report is the diva of the group. After a disappointing 2020 season due to an ankle injury, the general consensus was that Thomas was going to have offseason ankle surgery in the offseason and there would be no lingering effects going into the 2021 season. Of course, things didn’t go as planned and he had the surgery done in June, basically guaranteeing he would miss the start of the 2021 season.
The Saints will be without their number one receiver for at least the first six weeks of the regular season as Thomas was placed on the Injured Reserve (IR). On the injury front, the surgery should improve his route running and run after catch ability. Michael Thomas is not a WR you are going to be able to depend on to get you to your fantasy playoffs this year. However, he may help you win in the playoffs IF things go according to plan this time.
It looks like we are going to have our first full season member of the injury report. It has been reported that Thomas has suffered a new and different ankle injury in his rehab to return to the field. He has now been ruled out for the season and will play zero snaps this year. There is a reason he was on my Top 5 Most Worried list this year!
Thomas is out for the season after suffering a new ankle injury. – DROP
Derrick Henry (RB) Tennessee Titans
Foot surgery, Initial Injury: 10/31/21
Derrick Henry has been shattering opposing defenses, rushing records, and the stat sheet. Unfortunately, it has been announced that he suffered an injury that will shatter fantasy managers’ hearts. This is by far the biggest injury on this Week 12 report, and it can be league-altering in my opinion. The Titans running back is the heart and soul of this Tennessee offense and many fantasy teams across the globe.
Henry reportedly suffered a Jones fracture and will undergo surgery this week. A Jones fracture refers to breaking the base of your pinky toe and is a fairly common NFL injury. Wide recovery timelines have been reported ranging from six to twelve weeks but eight is likely a realistic goal. The bone needs proper healing time and this is an injury that can reinjure if Henry is rushed back to the field. The Titans RB should not be limited once the bone is healed, but whether that happens before the fantasy season is over is another story.
Henry will be undergoing foot surgery this week and will likely be out for around two months. – IR
Jameis Winston (QB) New Orleans Saints
ACL Tear, Initial Injury: 10/31/21
After much uncertainty this offseason, it seems like the Jameis experiment was working and the team was headed in the right direction. Unfortunately, the Saints will have to carry on without their newfound starting QB. Jameis Winston was injured in last week’s game with a significant knee injury, having to be carted off the field. It has been confirmed that he has torn his ACL and suffered some MCL damage. These are major knee stabilizing ligaments, and this injury will require surgery. Winston’s season is done and it may be Taysom Hill’s team after all if he can recover from his concussion.
Winston has torn his ACL and will be out the rest of the season. – DROP
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR) Pittsburgh Steelers
Shoulder Dislocation, Initial Injury: 10/10/21
Juju may have played his last snap for the city of Pittsburgh. In the second quarter of the game against the Broncos, he took a hard hit to his shoulder and instantly walked off the field. The Steelers WR dislocated his shoulder and required season-ending surgery. Let’s not forget that Smith-Schuster tested the free agency market before signing just a 1 year deal with Pittsburgh. Juju will have to work hard this off-season to build some stability in his shoulder as dislocations can become a chronic issue for players. Luckily for the Steelers, WRs Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, and James Washington are all capable playmakers.
Juju is out for the rest of the season after shoulder surgery. – DROP
Curtis Samuel (WR) Washington Football Team
Groin Injury, Re-injured: 10/10/21, Initial Injury: 6/2/21
Another player I have been concerned about for a while joins the Week 12 injury report. Washington’s offseason addition Curtis Samuel cannot seem to kick this groin issue. The speedy WR originally injured his groin back in June and took several months off before returning to practice. A week before the season started, he reinjured his groin again and started the year on the IR. I tried to warn y’all but this was the first BAD sign. Last Sunday, Samuel suffered another setback, aggravating his groin injury and being held out of the game.
A groin injury limits a player’s ability for a quick change of direction movements due to damage to the inner hip muscle. As a shifty and speedy receiver, Samuel will need his groin to be at full strength for a productive season. Additionally, a groin injury comes with a high reinjury risk, which is what we are seeing here. At this point, this injury is unlikely to go away any time soon and I would look for other fantasy options. Washington WR’s Terry McLaurin and Adam Humphries will see a boost in targets as some of the only healthy options left.
Samuel has again reinjured his groin and his health should not be trusted. – DROP/SIT
DJ Chark (WR) Jacksonville Jaguars
Ankle Fracture, Initial Injury: 9/30/21
This Week 12 report contains an added injury to the insult that is Jacksonville Jaguars football. Last Thursday night, their big-play WR D.J. Chark was rolled up on by a fellow teammate and had to be carted off the field. Unfortunately, Chark fractured his ankle, which will require surgery and likely end his 2021 season. With the Jags looking abysmal, there is no reason for them to risk bringing back their young WR this year. Fellow WRs Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenault should see a boost in targets for the rest of the season.
Chark’s season is likely over with a fractured ankle. – DROP
Will Fuller (WR) Miami Dolphins
Broken Finger, Initial Injury:10/3/21
Will Fuller’s Miami career is off to a rocky start after missing the first two games for non-injury reasons and getting hurt early in Week 4. The Miami WR broke his finger while attempting to make a diving catch on an underthrown ball. He was immediately ruled out of the game and is now expected to miss “ a few weeks”. A broken bone is going to take about six weeks to fully heal normally but there is a possibility he returns closer to the four-week mark. His recovery timeline will be up to how much Fuller and the Dolphins want to risk a reinjury. The Dolphins are fairly healthy at WR otherwise, with DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle leading the way.
Fuller broke his finger and will likely be out four to six weeks. – IR/SIT
Maxx Williams (TE) Arizona Cardinals
Knee Injury, Initial Injury: 10/10/21
Just as the TE was becoming a big part of this Arizona offense, his season is likely over. Maxx Williams suffered a gruesome knee injury last Sunday and the belief is it is a season-ending injury. Finally, confirmation has been received and Williams is out for the year.
Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury. – DROP/MONITOR
Quintez Cephus (WR) Detroit Lions
Broken Collarbone, Initial Injury: 10/10/21
The Lions can ill afford any name added to the injury report for Week 12, especially a bright spot in their dismal passing offense. Quintez Cephus has emerged as Detroit’s WR1 and vertical deep threat this season. The big body receiver had been a productive and reliable target for QB Jared Goff. Unfortunately, Detroit can’t seem to have nice things as the promising young WR will miss an extended amount of time.
Cephus’ shoulder was driven down hard into the ground on a tackle last week and he broke his collarbone. The bone is going to take at least six weeks to heal but could very likely take two full months. He would then have to be slowly worked back into contact as the bone is vulnerable during the healing period. The Lions will turn to WR’s Amon-Ra St. Brown, Kalif Raymond, and KhaDarel Hodge to fill the void. However, these pass catchers are all unproven so it is hard to say which one Goff will trust if any.
Cephus broke his collarbone and will have an extended absence, maybe the rest of the season. – DROP/IR
This injury report updates until Week 12 ends. Make sure to stay up to date on all the latest injuries this season over on Twitter @SGPNFootballDoc!