Fantasy Football 2012: Week 16 Injury Wrap-Up

By Adam Pfeifer
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The majority of fantasy leagues ended in Week 16. If you took home the fantasy title, congratulations! However, a handful of leagues extend their championships to Week 17. Unfortunately for those owners, there were a few significant injuries that need to be addressed. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte, who had gotten off to a sizzling start, was forced to exit Sunday’s game after aggravating his right ankle injury. He was seen on the sideline begging trainers to let him back into the game. That’s a good sign. “I can’t see myself missing next week,” he said. I fully expect him to play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, in what will be a must-win game.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Foles suffered a broken hand during Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins. Although he played through the injury for a lot of the game, the team has no reason to play him next week with a 4-11 record. Michael Vick, who appears to be healthy, is expected to get the start. Sneaky play in Week 17? Perhaps, but it obviously comes with a risk.

 Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Cobb suffered an apparent ankle injury that forced him to leave the game (or whatever was left of it) on Sunday. All signs are pointing to negative x-rays, and the team believes he avoided “significant damage.” Pheww! However, with the Packers already clinching the NFC North, it would be smart to let Cobb rest, rather than risk re-injury. Fantasy owners may want to prepare for alternatives.

Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns sensational rookie runner was also forced to leave his respective game due to yet another injury. This time, it was to his ankle. The team would only confirm that it was indeed not broken, but nothing more. With the high volume of injuries Richardson has experienced this year, it would be foolish for the team to suit him up for a meaningless Week 17 finale.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.


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