UPDATE: Friday 12/16 @ 2:00 pm ET
As we head into Week 15 of the NFL season and in many instances, the fantasy football playoffs, we had a LOT of crucial injuries take place this week and the impact they’re likely going to leave on our teams cannot be understated. Let’s dive into all of the injuries we saw and that we’re going to monitor moving forward because names like Rhamondre Stevenson, Kyler Murray, Tee Higgins, and Deebo Samuel all went down and did not return.
2022 NFL Injury Report Fantasy Football Week 15
NFL Quarterback Injury News
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals - Knee
It was a brutal sight to see on Monday night as Kyler Murray went down with a non-contact injury and was immediately carted off the field. There are reports circulating around the internet that the feat is a torn ACL but the team will have to run more tests to confirm. Prayers up to Kyler Murray and we hope to get you back healthy in the near future.
Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos - Concussion
UPDATE: 12/16 @ 3:00 PM ET - Russell Wilson has been ruled out for Week 15. Brett Rypien will start in his place for the Broncos
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - It's amazing to see Russell Wilson's progression out of the concussion protocol at this point after we saw the hit he took last week and the welt he had on his head afterwards. We haven't seen many players return from concussion injuries this fast, but it seems as if he's on the verge of doing so.
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:30 pm ET - After initial reports surfaced that Wilson wasn't practicing on Wednesday, Wilson was on the practice field and was participating. That being said, he has hurdles to pass through in order to play in Week 15. With the Broncos officially knocked out of the postseason, is it worth potentially rushing Wilson back? That remains to be seen.
It was a scary injury for Russell Wilson after seeing him hit the turf and his eyes rolled back as well. Wilson and the Broncos have been ruled out of the playoffs and there’s no reason to rush him back before he’s ready to go. We hope the best for Wilson after Sunday’s scary moment and injury.
Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers - Oblique
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 5:00 pm ET - Brock Purdy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, is expected to start at QB onn Thursday night despite having injuries to his oblique and ribs.
He finished Sunday’s game and didn’t miss any time, but the 49ers sent Brock Purdy in for tests on an injured oblique. The 49ers have a short week as they take on the Seahawks on Thursday night. Purdy has looked sharp over his first two NFL outings and if he can’t play, Josh Johnson will step in as the team’s QB1.
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers - Concussion
UPDATE: 12/16 @ 12 pm ET - Kenny Pickett was listed as doubtful for the game in Week 15. Head Coach Mike Tomlin said he would announce the starter on Saturday.
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:15 pm ET - To see Pickett on the practice field on Wednesday suggests he's progressing through the leagues concussion protocol. He's still in protocol, but this is a good sign heading into Week 15.
After being thrown to the ground and his head bouncing off the turf, Kenny Pickett was able to return and play a few plays before being removed and placed in concussion protocol. We’ll likely have to wait until we see the Steelers take the field for practice before we have any word on Kenny Pickett’s status for Week 15.
Tyler Huntley, Baltimore Ravens - Concussion
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - Tyler Huntley has been removed from the injury report as he's been cleared from the concussion protocol and is going to start the Ravens Week 15 game with Lamar Jackson officially ruled out.
Tyler Huntley left Sunday’s game with a concussion but things seem like they’re trending in the right direction and Huntley seems OK after being ROCKED on the hit that knocked him out. Huntley’s the starter if he clears concussion protocol and if he can’t go, Anthony Brown is going to start for Baltimore.
Mike White, New York Jets - Ribs
UPDATE: 12/16 @ 11:00 pm ET - Mike White has been ruled out for this game. The Doctors would not clear Mike White. Zach Wilson will start in his place in Week 15.
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - Mike White was limited in practice on Thursday once again as the expectation is that White suits up in Week 15. What a tough son of a gun he is.
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 4:00 pm ET - Head coach Robert Salah said Mike White was limited in practice on Wednesday. Salah also named Zach Wilson as the backup, meaning they're expecting Mike White to play in Week 15, which is crazy after you re-watch some of the hits he took in Week 14.
I mean, if the tweet below doesn’t tell you what Mike White went through during Sunday’s game, I’m not sure what will. He left this game twice and returned after being demolished by the Buffalo Bills' defense. He finished the game but went right to the hospital afterward to make sure there was nothing wrong internally. White is dealing with a ribs injury and we’ll have to see what his availability is come Wednesday’s practice. That said, White said his CT scan said everything checked out fine.
NFL Running Back Injury News
Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders - Finger
During the Raiders loss on Thursday night, he suffered a pinky injured that ended up being popped back into place during the game. He had X-rays on it to make sure nothing was seriously wrong, but we haven’t heard anything suggesting there is. The Raiders have a mini-bye considering they played on Thursday. They’ll have 10 days between their Week 14 and Week 15 games.
Kenneth Walker II, Seattle Seahawks - Ankle
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:15 pm ET - After practicing in full on Tuesday, Kenneth Walker II is expected to play on Thursday night barring any sort of setback.
The Seahawks are playing on Thursday night this week and that means they’re required to submit an estimated practice report. Walker was listed as limited after missing practice last week and ultimately missing their Week 14 contest in which resulted in a loss to the Panthers. This is a great sign heading into a crucial match-up against the 49ers on Thursday.
Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots - Ankle
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:15 pm ET - This shouldn't be surprising to see, but Rhamondre Stevenson didn't practice on Wednesday. He's dealing with ankle injury that took him out of that game twice this past week. The Patriots could be very short-handed if Stevenson cannot make it to Week 15's game.
We saw Rhamondre Stevenson leave twice on Monday night with an ankle injury that he tried battling through but ultimately was ruled out for the second half of the game. The Patriots were already without Damien Harris, so if Harris and Stevenson can’t go in Week 15, Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris will be the duo to shoulder the load. If Stevenson’s injury is a high ankle sprain, this could end up being a multi-week absence.
Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans - Ankle
It feels like Pierce’s ankle injury is flying under the radar but he is dealing with an ankle injury that he went for an MRI on Monday. Head coach Lovie Smith said “it would take an awful lot for him not to play” in Week 15 and it just felt like it was a comment in general. That said, reports have come out on Tuesday morning that Pierce has a mild high-ankle sprain that will keep him sidelined 1-2 weeks.
Jeff Wilson Jr., Miami Dolphins - Hip
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - After initial reports that Wilson didn't practice on Thursday, he was seen with his helmet on participating. His status has been in question all week but this is a great sign heading into a critical Week 15 contest.
Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel spoke with reporters on Monday and said Wilson avoided a major injury and will be day-to-day moving forward. It’s going to be hard for him to get on the field for this Saturday’s game, but from the sound of things, we should be ruling out any long-term absence.
Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears - Hip
We are closing in on the return of Khalil Herbert as he’s eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 16. Head coach Matt Eberflus said they anticipate him returning from the IR this season and considering his usage before the injury, we could see Herbert be the A side of the Bears backfield between him and David Montgomery.
David Montgomery, Chicago Bears - Illness
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:00 pm ET - Thursday absences from practice is never great considering there were no issues leading up to this. Montgomery is dealing with an illness bad enough to keep him sidelined. We'll have to monitor the practice reports on Friday and what his status is heading into the weekend.
Mike Boone, Denver Broncos - Ankle
After being carted off the field in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, it’s possible we’ve seen the last of Mike Boone this season. Per sources, the injury isn’t considered too serious – at least in terms of no fractures or breaks – but it’s possible it’s another high-ankle sprain, effectively ending his season based on the normal three-to-six-week timeline those types of injuries keep guys out for. Head coach Nathanial Hackett has come out and said it doesn’t look good in terms of seeing Boone again this year.
NFL Wide Receiver Injury News
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers - Ankle
It’s interesting to see how things have developed since Deebo Samuel suffered his Week 14 injury. It turns out it’s a sprained MCL and ankle and there are reports that Samuel will return before the regular season is over, but will he actually? Depending on where the 49ers are late in the year – as we head to Week 15 – would they rush him back before the postseason? We’ll see how things play out, but keeping him on your fantasy roster at this point is a very risky proposition if you can’t place him on your IR.
DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers - Ankle
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:00 pm ET - It was a big day for the Panthers top receiver as DJ Moore practiced in full on Wednesday. That's a great sign for this weeks status, but head coach Steve Wilks said to not jump the gun on his Week 15 status before he recovers on Thursday.
During a play in which Moore was blocking on Sunday, he was rolled up on and ended up twisting his ankle. The Panthers didn’t really give much comment on the situation but head coach Steve Wilks said they’ll have more information on things when the team takes the field for practice on Wednesday.
Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns - Hip
It’s clear that Amari Cooper was dealing with the hip injury all afternoon and battled through it to complete the game. He played 86% of the snaps and saw seven targets, but he wasn’t healthy and that was clear. Head coach Kevin Stefanski came out and said Cooper is day-to-day heading into Week 15.
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals - Hamstring
UPDATE: 12/16 @ 12:00 pm ET - Tee Higgins fully practiced once again for the second day in a row. It looks like there is a good chance Higgins can suit up for Week 15.
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - After being limited in practice on Wednesday, Higgins once again practiced on Thursday, both days being limited. Higgins has a good chance at playing this week as long as he continues to get on the practice field. He was removed from the injury report heading into Week 14 before tweaking his hamstring pregame.
This was a BRUTAL beat. One of the worst beats of the year. Higgins injured himself in pregame workouts and played one snap before being kept on the sidelines for the remainder of the game. The goose egg we all received in the final week of the fantasy football regular season is a bad beat. We’ll need to see where Higgins is heading into Week 15’s game.
Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals - Finger
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - Just like Tee Higgins, we've seen Tyler Boyd participate in practice on a limited basis in two straight games. Boyd's seemingly going to have to deal with a dislocated finger throughout the rest of the year.
After three snaps in Week 14, Tyler Boyd suffered a dislocated finger and is expected to miss one-to-two weeks, but should return before the regular season is over. The Bengals could potentially be without Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Hayden Hurst in Week 15. Ja’Marr Chase to the moon!
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots - Concussion
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:15 pm ET - With Meyers still in concussion protocol, he wasn't practicing on Wednesday. He can still test out by the time the Patriots take the field, but there's no word on whether he will or not. Continue to monitor practice reports this week.
After not practicing all week, Jakobi Meyers did not play in Week 14 and remains in concussion protocol. His next chance to suit up comes on a short week considering the Pats played on Monday Night Football. Meyers has six days to get ready, so we’ll see if he’s on the practice field later this week.
DeVante Parker, New England Patriots - Concussion
Parker turned in a first down on a slant for the Patriots on Monday Night Football but slammed his head into the ground and stood up wobbly. Parker was ultimately ruled out for the remainder of the game and is bound for concussion protocol. Let’s see how things play out for the remainder of the team's practice week.
Corey Davis, New York Jets - Concussion
UPDATE 12/16 @ 11:00 pm ET - Corey Davis has been ruled out for Week 15.
UPDATE 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - Corey Davis did not practice on Thursday as he remains in concussion protocol. If he's going to play in Week 15, he'll likely need to get on the field in some capacity on Friday.
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 4:00 pm ET - Corey Davis did not practice on Wednesday due to a concussion. We'll have to see how he progresses through the concussion protocol throughout the week.
The Jets hope to have Corey Davis back on Sunday, but he’s going to have to clear some hurdles considering he was placed in concussion protocol. He was ruled out in Week 14 after smashing his helmet into the ground. We’ll see how fast he can return after being concussed.
Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders - Oblique
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:15 pm ET - Head coach Josh McDaniels told the media on Wednesday that they're opening Renfrow's 21-day window to return from injured reserve. We're nearing an official return, but nothing has been set in stone for Week 15..yet.
After being eligible to return off of injured reserve in Week 14, Renfrow was not activated because of a short week for the Raiders. With a mini-bye considering they played on Thursday and don’t play again until the following Sunday, it looks like Renfrow could be back in Week 15. Renfrow’s going to be a nice safety blanket for Derek Carr for the remainder of the year.
Richie James, New York Giants - Concussion
This is an interesting one. James played 91% of the offensive snaps for the Giants and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. James, on Monday, was placed in concussion protocol and he’s been the team’s leading receiver over the past few weeks. This is something to monitor throughout the Giants' practice week.
Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos - Hamstring
UPDATE: 12/16 @ 3:40 pm ET - Courtland Sutton has been ruled out for Week 15.
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - Sutton did not practice on Thursday and is likely not going to suit up in Week 15 unless he practices on Friday.
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:15 pm ET - It's not a good start to the practice week for Denver's receiver as Sutton did not practice on Wednesday. Sutton last played in Week 13 and the typical return time should have him back in Week 15 or Week 16 if Denver chooses to not just shut him down. He's not officially ruled out for Week 15, but he needs to get back to practice Thursday or Friday.
Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans - Concussion
UPDATE: 12/16 @ 2:15 pm ET - Treylon Burks has been ruled out for Week 15.
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:00 pm ET - Looking at the Titans practice report for Thursday shows us that Burks is not participating once again. It's unlikely that Burks plays in Week 15.
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 4:00 pm ET - Head coach Mike Vrabel spoke to the media on Wednesday and let everyone know that Treylon Burks was still in concussion protocol. Burks suffered the concussion in Week 13. We'll have to watch the practice reports leading into the weekend.
Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers - Hip
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - Diontae Johnson has been dealing with a hip injury over the past few weeks and even limited him before he played in Week 15. He wasn't even listed on Wednesday's injury report so unless he regressed, this is just a veteran's day off and we shouldn't be too worried.
Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers - Ankle
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - For the second straight day, Doubs hit the practice field and on Thursday he hit it on a full capacity. It looks like, for the first time since Week 9, Romeo Doubs is going to take the field for the Packers barring any sort of setback.
Nico Collins, Houston Texans - Foot
UPDATE: 12/16 @ 3:40 pm ET - Nico Collins will not play in Week 15.
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 5:30 pm ET - We saw Nico Collins on the practice field on Thursday but he wasn't taking place, he was just standing off to the side. It looks as if his foot injury is going to keep him off the field in Week 15 if he doesn't practice on Friday. They're already expected to be without Brandin Cooks.
Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans - Calf
UPDATE: 12/16 @ 3:40 pm ET - Brandin Cooks has been ruled out for Week 15.
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 5:30 pm ET - After a report came out earlier on Thursday that Cooks isn't expected to play in Week 15, he was back on the field, practicing on a limited basis. That definitely makes things a bit more interesting and is somewhat conflicting with the earlier reports.
Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals - Illness
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 5:30 pm ET - After not being listed on the injury report on Wednesday, he didn't practice on Thursday due to an illness. This is definitely not the best timing considering it's Thursday, but let's monitor his practice status on Friday and see how he feels heading into the weekend.
NFL Tight End Injury News
Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders - Hamstring
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:15 pm ET - Like they did for Hunter Renfrow, the Raiders opened up Darren Waller's 21-day open to be activated off the injured reserve. Darren Waller hasn't played since Week 5 and could make his return in Week 15.
Much like Hunter Renfrow, Waller was eligible to return from injured reserve this past Thursday but without the team running any actual practices, they decided to keep him sidelined. Sources are saying Waller’s improving and could return in Week 15 in a must-win game for the Raiders. We’ll see when practice begins for the team on Wednesday if he is in fact trending toward playing.
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles - Shoulder
When looking at your fantasy football waiver wire, check to see if Dallas Goedert is available as he’s eligible to return from injured reserve this week. He’s been working out since last week and looks to be very close to a return. We’ll get a better idea if he’ll be activated during Wednesday’s practice.
Daniel Bellinger, New York Giants - Ribs
We saw Bellinger leave the field during Sunday’s game, re-enter the game, and leave when it was well out of hand. Head coach Brian Daboll said Bellinger is really sore with a ribs injury, but nothing that suggests he’ll miss anytime. The Giants have a must-win game against the Commanders next Sunday night.
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers - Foot
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 4:45 pm ET - Despite not practicing in either of the last two days, Freiermuth is still expected to play in Week 15. We might need him to practice on Friday in order to have any confidence in him playing this week, however. Watch the injury report on Friday.
UPDATE: 12/14 @ 3:00 pm ET - The Steelers tight end told reporters he hurt his foot on the first catch he made in Week 14, which is the reason why he isn't practicing on Wednesday. That being said, Freiermuth also said he expects to play in Week 15.
Hayden Hurst, Cincinnati Bengals - Calf
Update: 12/16 @ 2:00 pm ET - Hurst has been ruled out for Week 15.
UPDATE: 12/15 @ 5:30 pm ET - We got word that Hayden Hurst shed his walking boot on Wednesday and although he didn't practice on Thursday, he was seen jogging to the rehab field. That's a good sign and maybe we could even see Hurst hit the field on Friday.
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