The Week That Was Football: The Injuries From Week 15

Big name injuries highlight this week’s Football Week That Was.

For 2014, The Week that Was: NFL will focus on injuries and their effects. 

Keenan Allen:  According to reports, Keenan Allen was wearing protective boot on his right foot as he exited the stadium.  He was carted off the field in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury.  The many targets and garbage time points for which folks were hoping for did not materialize as Allen’s departure hurt a lot of fantasy owners this week (yours truly included).  Check back during the week for Allen’s status but if he can heal quickly, he may be in for a nice game against a 49er’s team that has been eliminated from the playoffs and who are playing for a coach they know is not likely to be back.

Carlos Hyde:   Carlos Hyde left the game due to what was reported as an ankle injury.  Later reports had Hyde saying it was a back injury, not an ankle injury.  Either way, any injury is a tough break for the rookie who was running well after Frank Gore left the game with a concussion.  Given that the Niners are out of contention, it is unlikely they will take chances with either of the RBs next week.  That means that the Chargers could be a good DST to start.  Think about it and watch the news carefully.

Jordan Cameron:    The good news is that Cameron made it through the whole game without getting hurt today.  The bad news is that he caught one ball one target for 4 yards.  Yep, one target.  Thanks for nothing.  Cameron is one of the most talented TE’s around but with his injury history and Johnny Football’s dreadful starting debut, there is no way one can rely on Cameron for a fantasy super bowl.  Next!

Rashad JenningsRashad Jennings left the game early after reinjuring his balky ankle.  Ugh.  Andre Williams took over and proved that he is just not in Jennings’ class.  Against the lowly Washington football franchise, Williams carried the ball 18 times for 44 yards.  So, bottom line is that unless you are sure Jennings is healthy – and how could you be? – the Giants at a rested Rams team is not where to look for RB fantasy points.

Julius Thomas:   The good news is that Thomas returned to the field of play after missing 3 weeks.  The bad news is that he was targeted only twice, hauling in one of those targets for 30 yards.  If you own Thomas in a deep league, you are stuck.  Just hope for a TD.  However, he is simply not on Peyton’s radar right now.   Those in daily leagues should stay far, far away.  

Ryan Fitzpatrick Ryan Fitzpatrick broke his leg ending his season.  If that was not bad enough, Ryan Mallett is already out for the year and third-stringer Tom Savage is headed for an MRI on his knee tomorrow.  Obviously, you will not be starting a Texan QB in any format.  However, the real problem is that you have to downgrade both DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson (assuming he passes the concussion protocol).  I am staying far, far away from Houston when they play the Ravens next week.

Andre Ellington With Andre Ellington officially out for the year, the Cardinals turned to the two headed monster of Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams.  Ugh you say?  Not so fast!  Williams rushed 15 times for 75 yards and Taylor 14 for 61.  Not too shabby!  Unfortunately, the Cardinals have a date with the Seahawks next week and there is not one Arizona offensive player I am interested in starting in that matchup.

Final Thought: Injury news changes quickly so make sure to check back right here at for all the news you need to know.