Player injury update: Week 15

Player injury update: Week 15

Injury Analysis

Player injury update: Week 15

There were more big injuries in Week 14. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups, especially during fantasy playoffs. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community:

Josh McCown, QB New York Jets – McCown broke his left hand in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos. He’ll need surgery and miss the rest of the season. Bryce Petty will start in Week 15 for the Jets. The fantasy value of Robbie Anderson and the other Jets offensive players decreases with McCown out.

Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers – Rodgers practiced in pads last week and he has a real chance of playing on Sunday. He’s scheduled to undergo a CT scan this week to determine if he’s ready to be activated off injured reserve. If Rodgers isn’t cleared, Brett Hundley will once again be under center versus the Carolina Panthers.

Tyrod Taylor, QB Buffalo Bills – Taylor missed Week 14 with a knee injury. Nathan Peterman got the start against the Indianapolis Colts but suffered a concussion. Bills coach Sean McDermott said Taylor remains the starter when healthy. If neither Taylor or Peterman can go this week, Buffalo will be forced to turn to Joe Webb versus the Miami Dolphins.

Carson Wentz, QB Philadelphia Eagles – Wentz suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. It’s a devastating blow to both the Eagles offense and fantasy owners. Wentz is the leading candidate to win the Most Valuable Player award this season. Backup Nick Foles will now lead the top team in the NFC.

Tevin Coleman. RB Atlanta Falcons – Coleman is dealing with a concussion he got in Thursday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints. He’s in the league’s concussion protocol. Coleman only got nine touches last week but Devonta Freeman will see an even bigger workload if Coleman can’t go against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Alvin Kamara, RB New Orleans Saints – Kamara left Thursday night’s game against the Falcons during the first series with a concussion. He’s in the league’s concussion protocol but expects to play in Week 15. Kamara’s early departure was a damaging blow to owners in the opening round of fantasy playoffs. For those who survived, Kamara will hopefully be ready to go this week against the Jets.

Joe Mixon, RB Cincinnati Bengals – Mixon missed last week’s game against the Chicago Bears with a concussion. Giovani Bernard got the start and led the Bengals in both rushing and receiving. Bernard will get a second straight start this week and be an RB2 if Mixon doesn’t get cleared.

Adrian Peterson, RB Arizona Cardinals – Peterson missed his second straight game on Sunday with a neck injury. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said there’s no timetable for his return. Kerwynn Williams will continue to start in Peterson’s place until he’s healthy. Williams isn’t an attractive starting option during fantasy playoffs.

Damien Williams, RB Miami Dolphins – Williams missed his second straight game on Monday night with a shoulder injury. Kenyan Drake got the start again versus the New England Patriots. Drake will continue to be the feature back as long as Williams is sidelined.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR Buffalo Bills – Benjamin left Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a knee injury. It’s the same knee that cost Benjamin two games already this year. He’s still being evaluated. Benjamin should be considered questionable for Week 15.

Amari Cooper, WR Oakland Raiders – Cooper left Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after reaggravating his ankle injury. He tried to play through the injury, despite being a game-time decision all week. There’s a good possibility Cooper will miss Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Cordarrelle Patterson and Seth Roberts will see more snaps if Cooper can’t play.

Robert Woods, WR Los Angeles Rams – Woods remained sidelined in Week 14 with a shoulder injury. He’s expected to return on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Assuming Woods plays, he’ll be a WR3 in that matchup.

Zach Ertz, TE Philadelphia Eagles – Ertz missed Sunday’s game against the Rams with a concussion. He was close to playing but still had headaches late in the week. Ertz is likely to be back for a mouthwatering matchup versus the New York Giants. However, like the rest of the Eagles offensive players, Ertz’s fantasy value takes a big hit without Wentz at quarterback.


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