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.
Derrick Henry - Foot

Tennessee's medical staff is going by the book and didn't fully release The King until 11 weeks post-op from this Jones fracture. Aftet 10 weeks post-op, re-injury rates take a precipitpous drop which is why that mark is relevant. For reference, Deebo Samuel returned from his own Jones fracture after 15 weeks. This isn't apples to apples, though, as there are several different types and severities of these injuries. Still, Henry hasn't seen an NFL snap in nearly three months and it's really hard to believe he'll be playoff shape. Personally, I would sprinkle Henry into a small amount of cash games because he's in a class of his own and there isn't much precedent for this caliber of athlete. Overall though, Henry is primarily a tournament play this week.

Leonard Fournette - Hamstring

Fournette has sat out the last month or so since a hamstring strain and reports are that he's practicing in full. He'll likely be back this week with RoJo out. He's moderately volatile.

Darrel Williams - Toe

Williams is still not recovered from this toe injury and he's unlikely to be over it this season.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Shoulder

CEH will more than likely play this week after practicing in full this week.

Breshad Perriman - Hip/Abdomen

Perriman is doubtful for this week.

Ronald Jones II - Ankle

Jones is out this week.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Back

MVS hasn't practiced this week and is doubtful for Sunday.

Jimmy Garoppolo - Right thumb/right shoulder

Jimmy G hasn't been healthy since the thumb issue and is now dealing with a right shoulder injury. Make no mistake, he's banged up. However, that offense has never ran through him so expectations simply go from meh to mehhhh.

Najee Harris - Elbow

Harris was a full participant at the end of this week and should be ready to roll tonight.

Antonio Brown - Ankle

Brown is active after tweaking his ankle in practice. If he can tweak it at half speed, there's an increased probability he'll tweak it at full speed. He's highly volatile.

Mike Evans - Hamstring/COVID

Evans is active and it's unlikeley you have better options in season long but he's highly volatile this week. Cash players beware.

Emmanuel Sanders - Knee

Sanders is OUT this week.

Logan Thomas - ACL

Thomas unfortunately tore his ACL in Week 13 and will look at late September/early October as a 2022 return.

J.K. Dobbins - ACL

A 23 year old RB with relatively high draft capital coming off an ACL in August - where have we heard this before? Dobbins should be back by Week 1 without issue. There's reason to be optimistic about his 2022 but don't over-expose yourself.

Jameis Winston - ACL

Barring a setback, Winston should return by Week 1 of 2022.

Chris Godwin - ACL

Godwin tore his ACL late this season and if they decide to delay surgery for prehab and to allow for a reduction in swelling until January, it would take a herculean effort to return by Week1.

James Robinson - Achilles

Robinson suffered an achilles tear and will be out for the rest of the year. If all goes well without setbacks Robinson could be ready as soon as July as we've seen with Cam Akers. However, that all depends on the surgical technique and extent of the damage. In other words, conservatively plan on a mid-season return for Robinson with the hope it's before then. Don't anticipate a big 2022 for Robinson.

Calvin Ridley - Mental Well-being

Gamers are probably wondering what Ridley's status is up to this point but the reality is nobody has any idea. First and foremost, the hope is Ridley gets the help he needs. Don't drop him in any leagues and send good vibes his way.

Cam Akers - Achilles

This incredible feat of modern medicine has led to Akers being activated from the IR after only 5.5 months post-op. Despite this seeming like a win, Akers is far from out of the woods. Since 2014, there have been only 2 players to return from an achilles this quickly and none have been the caliber of athlete Akers is. How his body will respond in three months, six months, and 12 months from today remains to be seen. Akers should be viewed strictly as a high upside lottery ticket as of today as opposed to a locked-in RB1 although given everything we've seen up to this point, anything is possible.

Travis Etienne Jr. - Foot

Etienne should be ready to roll by the time training camp starts barring a setback. He'll be moderately to maximally volatile as Lisfranc injuries are not kind to skill players in their first year back.

Robert Woods - ACL

If this is an isolated ACL tear, Woods should be back to full activity by mid to late September. But Week 1 is not a slam dunk quite yet.

Michael Thomas - Ankle

Thomas will presumably be ready for Week 1 of 2022 although this entire situation has been a headache to follow.

Chris Carson - Neck

Carson will presumably be back by Week 1 of 2022 but his condition is highly, highly volatile.

Adam Thielen - High Ankle

Thielen is active this week and will be at risk for a 20% production dip in week one post high ankle sprain.

Travis Kelce - COVID

Kelce did not clear COVID protocols and will be OUT.

D'Andre Swift - Shoulder

Swift, as expected, is OUT.

DJ Moore - Hamstring

Moore is active and highly volatile this week.

Joe Mixon - Ankle

Mixon was LP at practice this week. This is a decent sign he'll be active barring a setback. He's moderately volatile this week.

Julio Jones - Hamstring

Julio is not on the injury report but he's simply not startable after suffering yet another hamstring setback.

A.J. Brown - Chest

Brown has been designated to return this week. The severity is unknown and there's a chance Brown is being rished back due to Julio's up and down health. He's moderately volatile this week.

Elijah Mitchell - Knee

Mitchell has been ruled out this week.

Zane Gonzalez - Undisclosed

Gonzalez has been ruled out. Get him out of your lineup and get out of whatever league requires kickers today.

Lamar Jackson - Ankle

Per Adam Schefter, Jackson has a bone bruise and he is unlikely to play today.

Tony Pollard - Foot

Pollard is reportedly on a significant snap count. You'll need some high-leverage touches and a lot of luck for Pollard to pay off this week.

James Conner - Ankle

Conner is active this week. He only practiced once this week but the Cardinals must be confident in him given that Eno Benjamin is a healthy scratch. Conner is moderately volatile regardless.

Chase Edmonds - Ankle

Edmonds is officially active. He might have some trouble getting it going after a long lay off, but he's probably healthier than Conner at this point.

Jaylen Waddle - COVID

Waddle is on the COVID list and will miss this week.

Austin Ekeler - High Ankle

Ekeler's workload will reportedly be limited today. You have to start him and hope he falls into the endzone.

Michael Carter - High Ankle

Expect about a 20% drop in production (based on averages) for Carter in his return.

DeAndre Hopkins - Leg

Hopkins will miss the rest of the regular season with a "sprained knee".

Kareem Hunt - High Ankle

Hunt will be out in Week 15. Be sure and make plans for Week 16 as well considering this looked to be a mild to moderate high ankle/eversion ankle sprain. Fingers crossed it's not.

Mark Ingram II - COVID

Ingram is on the COVID list and will miss this week's action.

Alvin Kamara - MCL

Kamara will make his return this week just in time as Mark Ingram is on the COVID list.

Mike Williams - COVID

Williams, unvaccinated, is a close contact to Allen and reports are that he's likely OUT for Sunday.

Keenan Allen - COVID

Keenan Allen is on the COVID list and his status is up in the air this week. He's still got an outside shot to play so monitor this one.

Ezekiel Elliott - Multi

The reports are that Zeke will not be healthy "for another three to four weeks". This is a nightnare and Dallas obviously would have benefited from sitting him a week or two.

Dalvin Cook - Shoulder Dislocation

Jeremy Fowler is reporting that Dalvin Cook will play. In season long leagues, you have to fire him up. He's untouchable in cash, though as the reinjury rate for these injuries is > 50%. This one is cut and dry. The more times he dislocates, the greater the chance of yet another recurrence. This isn't necessarily a surprising move in and of itself as chronic dislocators will tell you. However, this does make Cook incredibly risky. Laslty, there is a chance Cook gets a very reduced workload in order to test the waters.

Kyler Murray - Ankle

Murray is back this week. He's less volatile than Hopkins but he's also unlikely to hit a ceiling without some luck.

Jalen Hurts - Ankle

Hurts will not play in Week 13.

Darrell Henderson Jr. - Thigh

As mentioned in the Injury Report, Henderson is trending in the right direction but because of the mysterious nature of this injury, he's moderately volatile in DFS.

Deebo Samuel - Groing

The Niners confirmed Deebo will miss 1-2 weeks with a groin issue. If he returns too soon, he's at high risk for re-injury.

Christian McCaffrey - Ankle

All good things must, apparently end tragically every single year. CMC is out for the year. None of this makes sense in terms of his injury history. Stay tuned for an off-season breakdown of this situation before making any dynasty moves.

Miles Sanders - Ankle

Sanders appears to have injured the right ankle again in his first game back. This is an exacerbation and there's a chance it's more serious than the Eagles are letting on. Insuluate yourselves even if this ends up being a minor setback.

Marquise Brown - Thigh

Brown should have no issues putting up his usual numbers (from a health perspective) this week.

Corey Davis - Groin

Davis is OUT.

Aaron Jones - MCL

Tom Pelissero reports there's "some optimism" Jones plays. Clincially, this isn't out of the realm of possibilities and considering the Packers want all hands on deck, Jones might actually play. Re-injury is in the cards but more relevant is volume concerns. If you absolutely need points, it might be wise to go with a safer choiece. If you're in need of a big swing, slide Jones into a flex spot and hope for the best.

Matthew Stafford - Ankle

Stafford is banged up. Don't put too much stock into this, though, as most players are at this point in the season.

CeeDee Lamb - Concussion

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

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.

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.

Chase Claypool - Toe

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

Amari Cooper - COVID

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - Oblique/COVID Ramp up

Toney is highly volatile due to teh mysterious nature of his designation.

Sterling Shepard - Hamstring

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

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.

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.

Rashod Bateman - Groin

Batemane will be eased in slowly today more than likely.

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.

Samaje Perine - COVID

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

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.

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.

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.

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.