4Just one more week. For better or worse, we have one more week left in the fantasy football regular season. It goes without saying that the intensity of each decision is heightened by a level or two. With that being said, let us jump into our NFL injury update for Week 14. It features Derrick Henry, Tank Dell, and Rhamondre Stevenson among others. As news breaks, be sure to update your Week 14 fantasy football rankings and NFL projections either way. This information can also help to focus on important Week 14 start/sit lineup decisions and fantasy football advice surrounding some injured players. The first step though is the NFL injury report as you set Week 14 fantasy football lineups.
Week 14 NFL Injury Report for Quarterbacks
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (Illness)
Until we see something to the contrary, the fact that Lamar Jackson didn’t practice on Thursday as he deals with an illness shouldn’t be anything concerning. That means we can continue to keep Jackson locked in for Sunday’s home matchup against the Rams.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (Ankle)
Things did not look good when Trevor Lawrence went down with an ankle injury on Monday. The Jaguars quarterback is still working through his recovery, and it will be a very critical situation to monitor heading into Sunday’s game. Even if Lawrence does make it through Friday’s practice well, we will still need to keep an eye on how his ankle reacts leading up to, and even during Sunday’s game. This is a situation where alternate plans are very much necessary and the impact will be felt across Jacksonville’s offense if CJ Bethard is forced into action again. It is important to note that Bethard is also limited with a shoulder injury.
Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks (Groin)
After not being listed on Wednesday’s injury report, Geno Smith popped up as limited on Thursday with a groin injury. After last playing on Thursday, Smith has had a few extra days of rest in what has been a solid overall season. The issue though is that when he last faced San Francisco, Smith managed just 180 passing yards while failing to throw a touchdown. With that being said, he is still a better option than Drew Lock.
Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints (Concussion)
For the second time in three weeks, Derek Carr is in the concussion protocol. While we don’t have any concrete guidance just yet, the thought is that things are not looking good for Carr in Week 14. That means Jameis Winston will take his place, and it is possible this is a positive development for the Saints’ skill position players. Carr continues to be limited in practice and he has yet to be cleared from the concussion protocol. At this point, Winston appears to be in position start in Week 14 for New Orleans.
Week 14 NFL Injury Report for Running Backs
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Concussion)
After Derrick Henry left Sunday’s game as he headed into the Concussion Protocol, Tyjae Spears stepped right into the lead back role. It is unclear whether or not Henry will clear the protocol to take the field on Monday, but the hierarchy is clear. Spears is a clear addition here after he rushed for 75 yards on 16 carries while catching four of his six targets for another 13 yards. There is seemingly nothing to see here from a health perspective, and we can fire up Henry without hesitation, other than game flow, on Monday.
Kenneth Walker, Seattle Seahawks (Oblique)
After missing the last two games with an oblique injury, Walker returned to practice on Thursday and is trending towards taking the field on Sunday. With that being the case, Walker would likely resume his role atop Seattle’s backfield. It is good news though that Zach Charbonnet is also practicing on a limited basis after injuring his knee toward the end of last week’s game.
Isiah Pacheco, Kansas City Chiefs (Shoulder)
Two straight missed practices for Isiah Pacheco is not a good sign as he deals with a shoulder injury. Unless something changes, it’s hard to feel confident in Pacheco’s status for Sunday which means we will see a lot more of Clyde Edwards-Helaire with support from Jerrick McKinnon. The latter will be especially busy in the passing game but will likely see some increased volume so it is good news that is back to practicing in full this week.
Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins (Knee)
It is good news that Raheem Mostert’s absence from practice on Thursday was related more to rest and routine maintenance than anything else. There is nothing to worry about from Mostert this week ahead of a matchup with Tennessee which will be beneficial from a game flow perspective.
Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars (Ribs)
The Jaguars lean heavily on Travis Etienne, and it is for good reason. With Lawrence banged up, that trend will likely continue this week, so it is good news that Etienne is as healthy as a workhorse running back can be at this time of year and Jacksonville is simply managing his reps in practice.
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns (Groin)
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (Knee)
With the Packers playing on Monday, Aaron Jones has an extra day of practice to work with as he looks to make his return from a knee injury. Things are trending towards that being the case, and he likely will have a slight edge in volume out of Green Bay’s two-headed backfield.
AJ Dillon, Green Bay Packers (Groin)
While the aforementioned Jones has been sidelined, AJ Dillon has done a good job of carrying the load in the Packers’ backfield. Dillon’s groin injury doesn’t appear to be putting his status for Sunday in jeopardy, but with both backs active, he will see a reduction in volume behind Jones.
Despite not practicing Wednesday or Thursday, Breece Hall is trending towards playing on Sunday. The bigger problem though is the current state of the Jets offense and how much value Hall could potentially have despite his skill level and talent.
Week 14 NFL Injury Report for Wide Receivers
Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins (Ankle)
Rest easy as the Dolphins have an extra day prior to Monday’s game and they are simply being careful with Tyreek Hill. His absence from Thursday’s practice was strictly for rest, and there is nothing to worry about relating to his ankle.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (Hamstring)
After a full practice on Wednesday, it appears that we are getting Justin Jefferson back on Sunday. Jefferson has been sidelined since Week 5, and fantasy managers will gladly welcome the stud receiver back into their lineup.
Christian Watson, Green Bay Packers (Hamstring)
After having a monster game, Christian Watson suffered a hamstring injury and did not return to action. Prior to that, Watson caught seven passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns in what was a strong overall offensive game for Jordan Love and the Packers. Watson has had hamstring issues in the past, so this could be something to monitor. Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed would be the largest beneficiaries of the potential additional volume. At this point, things are not looking good for Watson’s status on Monday so prepare a contingency plan, even if it means utilizing it on Sunday.
Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns (Concussion)
The Cleveland Browns offense isn’t exactly an ideal situation, but perhaps with Joe Flacco, things will be stabilized. Prior to exiting and entering the concussion protocol, Amari Cooper had three catches for 34 yards on five targets. It was a solid start to the game as Cooper left in the second quarter and the hope is that we will be cleared for Week 14. If not, Elijah Moore will continue to be the focus of the Cleveland passing game building on the chemistry established between him and Flacco from their time with the Jets. Cooper has yet to clear concussion protocol, and the fact that he didn’t practice on Thursday doesn’t bode well for his status on Sunday.
Christian Kirk, Jacksonville Jaguars (Core)
After core muscle surgery, Christian Kirk was placed on Injured Reserve and will be sidelined for the remainder of the fantasy season. That means we can expect to see a lot more of Calvin Ridley and Zay Jones if his knee allows after a limited practice on Thursday. Going a little deeper, Parker Washington is a name to keep an eye on.
Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams (Shoulder)
Puka Nacua did return to action last week after taking a tough hit to his shoulder, and with a full practice on Thursday, there is nothing to be concerned about heading into Sunday’s action. Well, aside from a tough matchup in Baltimore.
Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (Ankle)
Tyler Boyd continues to work in a limited role for the Bengals which ultimately impacts his fantasy value. For those in deeper leagues, Boyd was a late addition to Thursday’s injury report with an ankle injury, so in deeper leagues, it could be something to monitor for Sunday.
Week 14 NFL Injury Report for Tight Ends
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (Forearm)
With a full practice on Thursday, Dallas Goedert is in place to make his return to action on Sunday for a big matchup against Dallas. Goedert is once again one of the top options at the tight end position.
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (Concussion)
After Tyler Higbee was evaluated for a concussion on Sunday, we have to keep an eye on his status for Week 14. Should be sidelined, the tight end position for the Rams is likely best left ignored. With Higbee not back in practice, things are not trending in the right direction.
Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills (Wrist)
Tyler Conklin, New York Jets (Hamstring)
While continuing to be limited in practice, Tyler Conklin should still be ready to go for Sunday. Conklin will likely be heavily targeted and inefficient, not entirely his fault, this week. If he is in fact limited, it is worth keeping an eye on Jeremy Ruckert’s slowly increasing role.
Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans (Hamstring)
After he didn’t practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury, we need to keep a close eye on Dalton Schultz’s status for Sunday. The fact that he missed last week’s game doesn’t bode well for his outlook either.