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Injury Insights

Dr. Edwin Porras shares his insights and brief commentary on recent injuries across the league, including return-to-play timeline, historical factors and more. Sign up for a Fantasy Points subscription using promo code 21PORRAS10 for 10% off to read more of Dr. Porras’ work.
Aaron Jones - MCL

The bottom line is the Packers do have an upcoming bye week that could do Jones some good despite his return to practice. My guess as of today is that he doesn’t go, but this is truly a coin-toss. At worst, expect him back in Week 14 at full force. If active this week, you have to roll with him and hope no exacerbation hits.

Ezekiel Elliott - Multi

Don’t panic as this hasn’t been confirmed yet. However, Mike McCarthy stated he’s “concerned” about Zeke’s health. Usually that means it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t be shocked if Zeke sits in Week 13 as this is the most banged up he’s been since entering the league.

D'Andre Swift - Shoulder

The silver lining is that Swift is considered “day-to-day” but that still implies the injury wasn’t nothing. The average return to play for an AC sprain is 10 days, but that would be cutting it close depending on the severity (grade) of the injury.. Realistic managers should expect this to go 2-3 weeks and give a sigh of relief if it’s only a one game absence.

A.J. Brown - Chest

Brown has been ruled OUT for Week 12.

CeeDee Lamb - Concussion

Lamb has an outside (very outside) chance to play on Thursday but make plans to be without him in Week 12.

Michael Carter - High Ankle

Carter is out for the next 3-4 weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Mark Ingram II - Knee

This injury is vague in nature but has led to two DNP's for Ingram this week. Not great. He'll need to practice on Wednesday to instill any sort of confidence he'll be back. Put in a small bid for Tony Jones Jr.

Saquon Barkley - Ankle

Saquon will make his return in Week 11 and with Devontae Booker banged up, it's likely he'll assume his workhorse status. Now, there is some concern for soft tissue strains due to his up and down workloads but that's not the most likely scenario. Smash Barkley in a week where many DFS'ers might be hesitant.

Chase Edmonds - High ankle

Kamara, hopefully, returns in Week 12. However, there's an outisde chance this exacerbation comes after some contact he took and New Orleans might opt to place him on the short-term IR. This isn't necessarily the most likely scenario, but managers should prepare for the worst.

Marquise Brown - Thigh

Brown has been ruled OUT for Week 11. The hope is this injury is a bruise and he'll return in Week 12.

Lamar Jackson - Illness

Lamar Jackson is dealing with "cold like symptoms unrelated to COVID" and third string QB Trace McSorley was activated from the practice squad. There's serious doubt Lamar will go in Week 11 now especially considering the fact that star wideout Marquise Brown was also downgraded to OUT for Week 11. In Jackson's absence, Tyler Huntley would get the start. This obviously lowers the ceiling on the Ravens entire offense making them hard to trust.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire - MCL

Sunday marks 6 weeks since this MCL sprain and given the fact this is a 4-6 week injury on average, it actually would make some sense to let CEH get his sea legs under him on a snap count of sorts and then roll into the bye as opposed to another week of complete rest. Nevertheless, this is a guessing game without knowing his progress.

Nick Chubb - COVID

Nick Chubb was activated from the COVID list but there's some concern that he was actually symptmatic given how long he's been out. He's moderate to highly volatile in Week 11 as a result. Monitor reports through Saturday.

Miles Sanders - Ankle

The Eagles are "giving him one more day" to determine his status. They likely already know the deciision. Three weeks is plenty for a run-of-the-mill lateral ankle sprain but if conditioning is a concern, he might actually sit another week. It doesn't feel like that will happen but stay tuned through Saturday afternoon to ensure he's activated.

Chase Claypool - Toe

Claypool is moderately volatile unless it's for tournaments. In tourneys, let it rip.

Amari Cooper - COVID

Alvin Kamara - Unkniwn

Kamara is OUT in Week 11. Still no IR move,

Elijah Mitchell - Finger

An injury that didn't break (no pun intended) until Tuesday, Mitchell had a procedure done on his finger yesterday. By the sounds of it, Shanahan sounded like it wasn't extremely serious but still would likely knock Mitchell out for Week 11 given the short week and nature of the injury. Plan on being without Mitchell but hope for the best. 2020 Chris Godwin is the best comp as of today. 2021 Will Fuller is the floor (and unlikely).

JaMycal Hasty - Ankle

This could be a recurrence of the high ankle from earlier this year as he's not practiced two days in a row. Elijah Mitchell would benefit greatly from his absence.

Antonio Gibson - Ribs

Gibson, after a bye week, is back on the injury report with a shin injury. Still highly volatile ROS.

Julio Jones - Hamstring

And round and round we go. Julio was DNP on Friday. Highly volatile this week if active.

Dawson Knox - Hand

He'll be back with minimal volatility.

Damien Harris - Concussion

Both Harris and teammate Stevenson are in concussion protocol. They're truly questionable for Sunday as neither practiced on Friday. Make alternative plans.

Rhamondre Stevenson - Concussion

Both Stevenson and teammate Harris are in concussion protocol. They're truly questionable for Sunday as neither practiced on Friday. Make alternative plans.

Zack Moss - Concussion

Moss cleared concussion protocol and is moderately volatile in Week 10.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hamstring

"We want to make sure when he's back he 100% can do everything he does," - Kliff Kingsbury said in regards to DeAndre Hopkins. Even if he's back this week, Hopkins is highly volatile.

Kyler Murray - Ankle

Murray was finally a limited participant in practice on Friday. Still, one practice after two weeks of rest after Kingsbury said they'd take the "big picture" into consideration with K1 doesn't instill confidence he'll play. Even if so, there's no way to be confident he'll be 100%. Season-longers in two QB leagues likely have to take the plunge if he's active, but DFS'ers should look elsewhere if he plays at all.

Chris Godwin - Foot

Godwin was LP in practice on Friday after two consecutive rest days due to a foot issue. This might have been precautionary as Antonio Brown is still out. There's no tangible reason to fade Godwin in Week 10 assuming he's active.

Robert Woods - ACL

Woods tore his ACL at practice according to Adam Schefter. Presumably, he's out for the rest of 2021.

Matthew Stafford - Ankle

Stafford suffered a "low" lateral ankle sprain. He finished the game which is a good sign but he could be hobbled on Sunday.

David Montgomery - Knee

Montgomery should be active for MNF per Ian Rappaport.

Michael Gallup - Calf

Disappointingly, Gallup still hasn't been activated.

George Kittle - Calf

The reports are that Kittle will be on a pitch count. Still, you have to start the star tight end in most formats except DFS.

James Robinson - Heel

James Robinson is officially out in Week 9.

Christian McCaffrey - Hamstring

He's active and you almost have to fire him up. He's at risk for re-injury in his first game back. He's an avoid in cash games and probably even hard to trust in large field tournaments until he shows us he's truly healthy.

Sam Darnold - Shoulder

Darnold is active but hard to trust.

Tua Tagovailoa - Finger

Apparently Tua will be active only for emergency purposes today. Adjust accordingly.

Deebo Samuel - Calf

Deebo is at moderate risk to re-injure this calf issue but it's hard to sit him in most formats since all it takes is a 50 yard house call to make his start worth it. In season long, if there are "safer" options and you just need the points, you can consider fading him. Otherwise, just back off exposure in cash games.

Dak Prescott - Ankle/shoulder

Prescott had a stepwise increase in participation this week and is looking to be active in Week 9. There is minimal to moderate volatility associated with this calf strain due to some risk of re-injury. Don’t let it scare you too terribly bad but the risk is still non-zero until he gets through this week.

Antonio Brown - Ankle

The reports out of Tampa is that Brown will return in Week 10.

Derrick Henry - Foot

This is an unfortunate injury for Big Dawg for several reasons. First, a Jones fracture is slow to heal and when athletes attempt to return to play prior to 10 weeks, the medical data shows there's about a 20% re-fracture rate and a 50% drop off in production. After 10 weeks, that drops down to 10% re-fracture and 0% loss of production. That's why the 6-10 week timeline is tricky and might be deceiving. Henry is much more likely to return for the real life playoffs than the fantasy playoffs. Still, on the off (very off) chance he returns this fantasy season, he's worth holding onto unless you're in absolute desperation and need to open up a roster spot. Dynasty players should buy any perceived dip on Henry.

Jerry Jeudy - High ankle

Jeudy didn't suffer any setbacks to our knowledge in his first game back. As expected, it was not a ceiling game but targets were evenly distributed which is a great sign moving forward.

Darren Waller - Ankle

Presumably Waller will be available in Week 9 as he was a game time decision prior to the bye week.

Russell Wilson - Finger

Jeremy Fowler confirmed this is basically worst case scenario and Wilson will miss at least one month. They'll check in again at the one month mark, but all of the literature shows at least 6-8 weeks is necessary for adequate healing.

Kadarius Toney - Thumb

Toney (presumably) avoided fractures after getting stepped on against the Chiefs. He's not "injury prone" so stop asking. Give him another week or so to really establish himself after the ankle injury.

Sterling Shepard - Hamstring

Shepard carries moderate to high volatility this week until he can prove this won't recur.

Calvin Ridley - Personal

Ridley has been ruled OUT for Week 8 due to personal reasons.

Austin Ekeler - Hip

Ekeler will play in Week 8. There's little information to apply here so full steam ahead.

Alex Collins - Groin

Collins was downgraded to DNP this week due to this groin strain. This obviously isn’t going away any time soon and might be (yet again) Rashaad Penny week.

Kenny Golladay - Knee

Golladay hasn't practiced yet and this 2-4 week injury seems to be dragging into the latter portion. This is no surprise given New York's conservative management style. Plan on Golladay after the bye week.

William Fuller V - Finger

Fuller is still another 1-2 weeks away.

Latavius Murray - High ankle

Strangely, many of you degenerates are asking about Murray. He's got a high ankle sprain and given he hasn't been placed on the IR, he can likely return in Week 8 or 9 barring a setback.

Davante Adams - COVID

Adams was placed on the COVID list today and is highly unlikely to play on Thursday.

Rashaad Penny - Calf

Few careers have rarely been more sporadic or littered with bad luck than Penny's. Now that Alex Collins is banged up and Chris Carson is on the IR, this could finally be a time for the former first round pick to show something.

Odell Beckham Jr. - Shoulder

Beckham was diagnosed with an AC joint sprain that is allegedly a grade III. That would almost gurantee re-injury or, perhaps in a best case scenario for OBJ, a scratch for TNF. He's questionable as of now but if he goes, he's at high risk for re-injury.

Jarvis Landry - MCL

Mary Kay Cabot reports that Landry's TNF status will likely hinge on how he feels after two consecutive practices. If active, he might be eased in but volatility is low.

Baker Mayfield - Shoulder

Baker was finally ruled out for TNF and this is not looking good rest of season. He'll almost certainly need surgery if the labrum tear is indeed as large as he makes it seem. Clincally, Mayfield would really benefit from a short-term IR stint but there's no telling what Cleveland will do. He's highly volatile ROS.

Michael Thomas - Ankle

The reports are that Thomas is "still a couple weeks away". Plan on Week Eight or Nine for Thomas.

Daniel Jones - Concussion

This is Jones' first documented concussion and he'll need to clear protocol before Sunday. The mode of missed time after first time concussions is zero weeks.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Hamstring

MVS is on short-term IR and won't return until Week Seven.

Mike Williams - Knee

It seems as though the three practices Willams missed were planned. Start Mke Williams with moderate volatility but big upside.

Rashod Bateman - Groin

Batemane will be eased in slowly today more than likely.

Kareem Hunt - Wrist/Knee

Hunt was also out of practice Thursday. If both of the CLE backs are out on Sunday, some combo of Demetric Felton and D'Ernest Johnson will see carries.

Jamaal Williams - Hip/Illness

Williams was downgraded to DNP on Thursday because of a hip injury. This is something to monitor because if he's out, Swift is going to be the (admittedly chalk) slam dunk on Sunday.

Damien Williams - COVID

Williams is on the COVID list making it virtually impossible for him to be actice on Sunday. Khalil Herbert is the next man up.

Dalvin Cook - Ankle

The Vikings have a bye week in Week 7 and given Cook tried returning too soon, the decision might be to sit him until Week 8. However, Mike Zimmer has a history of being aggressive with returning players so keep an eye on this one.

Joe Mixon - Ankle

As expected, Mixon saw just 28% of snaps in Week 6. Now that Perine is on the COVID list, Mixon will likely assume his normal workload assuming he had no setbacks in Week 5. He's still moderately volatile

Chris Carson - Neck

Carson is on the IR and cannot return until Week Nine at the soonest.

Samaje Perine - COVID

Perine will need to clear COVID protocols after a positive test before Sunday which will be difficult to do.

Travis Kelce - Neck/stinger

Kelce took a shot that led to a stinger. 85% of these resolve within an hour and take 5-6 days at worst. As of today, there's no reason to believe Kelce will be out Week 6.

Dallas Goedert - COVID

Goedert is on the COVID list and is highly unlikely to be available by Thursday,

Curtis Samuel - Groin

This is a dangerous game Washington continues to play with Samuel. A third recurrence now almost gurantees surgery is being discussed. Fade Samuel in all formats until further notice.

Logan Thomas - Hamstring

Thomas will be out for at least four weeks according to John Keim.

Jimmy Garoppolo - Calf

It's been confirmed Garoppolo did not suffer a strain. Given he could not finish the game and Shanahan stating they'll re-evaluate his injury on Wednesday, it's best to not plan to utilize him even if active Week 5.

Josh Jacobs - Toe/Ankle

Jacobs is a game time decision. If active, he'll be highly volatile. It might be wise to be ready to swap with Peyton Barber.

Darrell Henderson Jr. - Ribs

Henderson will be active and minimally volatile.

Darius Slayton - Hamstring

OUT for Week Four.

Laviska Shenault Jr. - Shoulder

He practiced in full on Wednesday and is looking to be active with min-moderate volatility.

Danny Amendola - Hamstring

The veteran will be out 2-3 weeks.

Ben Roethlisberger - Pectoral/chest

Big Ben said this injury to his non-throwing arm bothered him during Week Two. He says he doesn't know when the injury occured. This sounds like a potential soft tissue strain from over-stretching of the muscle during contact. Its unlikely to keep him out but if he's admitting it's a problem, it's tough to start him as he's moderately volatile and has looked every bit of 39 years old.

Giovani Bernard - High ankle

Two full practices in a row. Min-mod volatility due to the "minor" high ankle sprain.

Trey Lance - Finger

Lance shed the splint today and was participating in non-throwing drills. He's progressing well from this minor finger injury and it shouldn't be a problem moving forward.

Joe Burrow - ACL/MCL/PCL/Meniscus

Burrow looks on track to start Week One. It's not unreasonable to expect a skittish Burrow until he gets settled in. That could mean more three-step drops and dump offs than we're used to. Burrow needs to show he's mentally over the injury.

Irv Smith Jr. - Meniscus repair

Meniscus repair that will lkeep Smith out all year.

Hunter Henry - Shoulder

Shed his non-contact jersey yesterday in practice. This could be an inside the joint issue for Henry raising his volatility in 2021.

Cam Akers - Achilles

Whatever you think his ceiling was, the literature and the science don't allow for us to assume he can reach that after an achilles rupture. Plan for an 85-90% Akers until he proves otherwise.

Travis Etienne Jr. - Foot

Etienne suffered a Lisfranc fracture/sprain that is unstable in nature. This means he needs surgery to fix the problem. For a rookie who already looked lost in an offense on top of this injury that causes a dip in offensive production, there's legitimate reason to believe that the first round pick won't be back until late 2022 if not 2023.

Stefon Diggs - Knee

The Diggs knee injury has been a bit mysterious but it seems that he will be just fine as he is already back at practice. No need to worry.

Justin Jefferson - AC Joint

Suffering a grade II AC joint sprain, Jefferson should take the time to heal up and be ready by Week One. Very minimal concern for re-injury.