2023 Week 12 NFL Injury Recap


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2023 Week 12 NFL Injury Recap

This article will recap all fantasy-relevant injuries. Remember, we are operating with limited information, and as the week progresses, situations will become clearer. The following teams are on bye this week:

  • Baltimore Ravens

  • Buffalo Bills

  • Chicago Bears

  • Las Vegas Raiders

  • Minnesota Vikings

  • New York Giants

Dorian Thompson-Robinson - Concussion

DTR was ruled out with a concussion, and unfortunately, there isn’t a good trend to rely on for QBs after a concussion. Derek Carr had 2 weeks to recover, Jaren Hall wasn’t going to start anyway, Jimmy Garoppolo missed 1 game and Brock Purdy returned in 6 days. So quite literally, your guess is as good as mine!

Bottom Line: Watch his status.

Amari Cooper - Ribs

Cooper was ruled out with a ribs injury, and his X-rays are reportedly negative. Don’t take that to heart quite yet, though, as they’ll need a CT scan to ensure he doesn’t have cartilage fractures. Generally speaking, WRs miss 0.7 games with this injury on average. Breaking it down further, 66% of WRs miss 0 games while 18% miss 1 game. The best-case scenario here is he’ll play through the injury like DK Metcalf did earlier this season. Or he’ll miss just one game. At worst, this is a 2021 A.J. Brown-type injury and he’ll miss 3-4 weeks (which I don’t expect).

Bottom Line: As long as his CT scan is negative, I don’t expect Cooper to miss any more than 1 game.

Chris Olave - Concussion

Things aren’t looking great for Olave, who has now sustained his second concussion in two years. I want to emphasize how different every human and every brain injury is before giving the data. This is why concussions are almost impossible to project. But we’ll give it a try anyway. Of fantasy-relevant WRs who sustained a concussion in 2022 and then again this season, they’ve all missed at least 1 game. To make matters worse, in 2023, only 16% of WRs who sustained a concussion missed 0 games. On the bright side, Davante Adams and Chris Godwin were 2 of those 3 WRs, which I’m sure is pure coincidence and has nothing to do with their profile or role on the team.

Bottom Line: Prepare to be without Chris Olave and be pleasantly surprised if he clears.

Demario Douglas - Concussion

Things don’t get less tricky as Douglas dealt with a concussion this season in Week 6. Now, Douglas says he doesn’t have a concussion which is great, but he was still ruled out. This one will be a situation to monitor in a year where his teammate has missed 4 games due to a recurrent concussion, and KJ Osborn and Jonathan Mingo cleared protocol but did not play the following week.

Bottom Line: Douglas should be available next week (the Patriots are on bye), but his situation will be one to monitor.

Rashid Shaheed - Thigh/Quad

From 2018 to 2022, there were 27 WRs who had a thigh/quad injury. In that sample, only 26% missed at least 1 game, and only 15% missed 2 or more games.

Bottom Line: Shaheed will face an uphill battle to play in Week 13 but Week 14 is on the table.

Below is a table of fantasy-relevant injuries with close projected return timeframes:

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Edwin completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy education in 2020. His expertise is in all thing’s orthopedics, injury recovery, and he has a special interest in human performance. Edwin’s vision is to push injury advice past simple video analysis and into the realm of applying data from the medical literature to help fantasy players make informed start-sit decisions.