Infirmary Reports

NFL injuries entering Week 16

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I’m We are now through week 15, and I will be looking back at all the key injuries that occurred and what it means to your fantasy team.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Injured his right shoulder after taking a big hit. He is listed on the injury report as questionable but was able to put in a full practice today.

Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans 

Lamar Miller injured his ankle and limped off the field. He was apparently frustrated as he threw his helmet to the ground. He appeared to be in a lot of pain as trainers were trying to find what was his exact injury. It does not appear Miller will be out for this upcoming game. He mentioned “I feel like I just tweaked it a little bit, my ankle,” said Miller, who rushed for 63 yards on 22 carries. “I’ll be all right. Just have to get some treatment, get some rest and I should be straight. Of course, I’ll be out there.”

Tyrell Williams, WR, San Diego Chargers 

Tyrell Williams was tackled hard when making a third-down catch in the fourth quarter. He was taken to the locker room and checked for concussion-like symptoms. He did not return to the game. This clearly wasn’t the game for Williams. He dropped several pass attempts and finished with catching 4-of-9 targets for 20 yards. He should return and has a blessed matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Ladarius Green has been injured for most of the season. He didn’t see action until week nine, and now it appears he could lose more time. Green took a big shot on the Steelers’ final drive of the game and did not return. Coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that Green is in the concussion protocol.

Green has been through this before, as he had two in just 11 days in 2015. Look for Jessie James to play a more significant role if Green should miss more time.

Virgil Green, TE, Broncos 

Virgil Green after making his first catch of the game against the New England Patriots was knocked out and had to leave the game for testing. Green has a week to recover but has not been able to do much in the Broncos offense this season. Making only 19 catches and zero touchdowns.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings 

Darius Butler put his shoulder into Adam Thielen flattening the wide receiver. The injury occurred in the third quarter. Butler did receive a 15-yard penalty, and Thielen was noticeably shaken when trying to get up. Later, he was taken into the locker room and ruled out with a neck injury.

Janoris Jenkins, CB, New York Giants 

Janoris Jenkins took a knee to the back from his own teammate after putting the hammer on tight end Eric Ebron. He did not return. He received tests on both his ribs and spine as reported by Erin Andrews. Ian Rapoport later updated his prognosis.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie took Jenkins’ spot and Golden Tate took advantage of him for a 68-yard gain. With the results coming back positive, it will give immediate relief to the Giants playoff push and the defensive backfield.

Quinton Patton, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Quinton Patton is now on the IR. San Francisco replaced him with wide receiver DeAndre Smelter from the practice squad. It is unclear on the severity of the injury, but it’s severe enough to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. Patton was having himself a career season before this setback.  He has Patton caught a career-high 37 passes in 14 games. This is his free agent season, so I would expect San Francisco to hold to any pieces they can get.

Darius Slay, CB, Detroit Lions 

After tackling Odell Beckham Jr. Darrius Slay stayed on the ground for a spell. The injury took place in the second quarter and he limped off the field with a hamstring injury to his right leg. He did not return. He is now on the practice report with a hamstring issue. This is now twice that Slay has injured his hammy this season.  The Lions are on the brink of making the playoffs, and with Slay’s past history he may stay sidelined to fully recover for the post season. Head coach Jim Caldwell stated: “I’ll leave that up to our doctors,” Caldwell said. “They make a determination on that, and then we thus react from there.”

William Gholston, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

William Gholston appears to have injured his elbow. The big run stopper went down on Sunday Night Football in the second half. Head coach Dirk Koetter said he believes Gholston suffered a dislocated elbow.


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