Week 16 Fantasy Football: Wednesday’s Injury Report

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The Injury Report offers readers up-to-date information on notable injuries happening around the NFL. With owners preparing their lineups for the championship round of the fantasy football playoffs, it is important to know which players’ injuries are minor or which will be detrimental to their performance in Week 16.

Quarterbacks:

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Griffin (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. He told reporters afterwards that he “went full speed with live reps.” He says he feels ready to play and that he experienced no limitations with his sprained knee when planting on his right leg, he was also able to throw a variety of passes and do some roll-outs. Griffin acknowledged that it wouldn’t be up to him if he plays this Sunday or not, but all signs point to Griffin being the starter against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Running Backs:

LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

McCoy (concussion) is set to return in Week 16 against the Redskins and will reclaim his starting job from impressive, yet fumble-prone rookie RB Bryce Brown. McCoy has gained full clearance from Eagles’ doctors and an independent neurologist. Still, McCoy hasn’t played a down since Week 11 and, according to coach Andy Reid, “won’t be in for a normal workload like you’d see during the season.” Brown still figures to be in the mix for 8-10 carries, possibly more, so McCoy shouldn’t be more than a flex play for the championship round.

Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

Bradshaw (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Bradshaw has already guaranteed that he’ll start this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, but coach Tom Coughlin said that his availability will strictly be a medical decision. If Bradshaw does suit up, he’ll likely be in a timeshare with explosive rookie RB David Wilson. Bradshaw won’t be more than a flex play for the championship round.

Wide Receivers:

Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Nelson (hamstring) has yet to return to Packers’ practice as of Wednesday, and it’s looking like he’ll miss his third straight game in Week 16. This was already expected from the slow-healing receiver. There’s a good chance Nelson won’t return until the post-season so if you’re in dire need of a roster spot, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to drop the former WR1.

Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

Bryant (finger) was active in Wednesday’s practice. He emerged from Week 15 with no known setbacks and we’d expect Bryant to play with a bit more confidence after a 4/59/1 stat line during a trial session with his fractured left index finger against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Continue to start Bryant as a WR1 against the New Orleans Saints‘ No. 31-ranked pass defense on Sunday.

Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Smith (concussion) was held out of Wednesday’s practice. Although Smith’s concussion is listed as the mild, there’s still little time for him to be cleared for Week 16. If you were betting on Smith as your WR2/3 this week, you need to start making backup plans.

Tight Ends:

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Gronkowski (forearm) was spotted at Patriots’ practice on Wednesday. His exact participation remains unclear but it’s likely he was limited. This marks Gronk’s second consecutive practice (since practicing last Friday), and is encouraging news for his fantasy owners considering Gronk hasn’t practiced since going down in Week 11. However, it’s still too early to tell if Gronk will be available for Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s definitely a situation worth monitoring.

Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills

Chandler (groin) was held out of Wednesday’s practice. According to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chandler is “fighting through some things.” Chandler did, however, go through the same routine last week before being listed as probable and starting against the Seahawks in Week 15. Consider him a shaky TE2 play for the championship round.

Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions

Pettigrew (ankle) failed to return to Wednesday’s practice. He’s still nursing a high-ankle sprain and I am surprised the Lions have yet to place him on injured reserve. Look for Will Heller to get a slight bump in fantasy value (for those desperate owners) and Tony Scheffler to continue to operate as QB Matt Stafford’s No. 2 option in the passing game.


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