It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s almost time for the fantasy football playoffs. Some fantasy owners are already thinking about the 2017 season, but others are fighting to keep the 2016 season alive. Several injuries this week could play a big part over the next few weeks of football, both fantasy and “real life” games.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is having a rough year. His year may have gotten a bit rougher on Sunday, as he hurt his shoulder and needed to be treated on the sidelines. He was able to stay in the game, but will be evaluated more throughout the week.
Cody Kessler, Cleveland Browns
Another concussion for Cody Kessler behind the offensively bad offensive line of the Cleveland Browns. The rookie QB suffered his second concussion of the season and has already been ruled out for Week 12. Josh McCown will start in his place and should not be trusted in any formats.
Giovanni Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard suffered a torn ACL during Sunday’s game and will miss the remainder of the season. It was an odd one, as he walked off the field and showed almost no sign of major injury. But after the game, tests confirmed that he would need to undergo reconstructive surgery on his ACL.
Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles running back Ryan Mathews, famous for being injured on weeks when there are football games, was injured again on Sunday. He sprained his MCL and is being called day-to-day for now, but was wearing a knee brace and should not be considered close to a sure thing to suit up next weekend.
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
Bills running back LeSean McCoy dislocated his thumb during Sunday’s game, but he is not expected to miss the next Bills game. He left the game and did not return, but the Bills say he could have returned if they had been able to put his thumb back in its socket. Sounds like fun. The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down McCoy’s injury below:
C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks rookie running back C.J. Prosise was putting up another impressive game when he was forced to leave with a scapula injury that could very likely end his season. The “best case” scenario is for him to return at some point during the playoffs, so his fantasy season is more than over.
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
Another Eagles running back, another injury. Darren Sproles suffered a broken rib, leaving rookie Wendell Smallwood and special teamer Kenjon Barner as the team’s only healthy running backs.
T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jags running back T.J. Yeldon left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and was unable to return. There was little information beyond what was seen on the field, so the running back’s availability for Week 12 is unclear.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals got some awful news about their best player when wide receiver A.J. Green went down with a torn hamstring early in the game. Later, the news got worse as the team learned Green would be out for the season. Dr. Parekh breaks down A.J. Green’s injury and the recovery probabilities:
Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills
Bills wide receiver Robert Woods was forced from Sunday’s game with a knee injury and was quickly ruled out. He will likely miss a few games, but luckily for the Bills, Sammy Watkins may be ready to return for Week 12.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
Bears tight end Zach Miller will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his foot in Sunday’s game. He will need to undergo surgery and should be ready for next season’s training camp. Watch below as Dr. Parekh breaks down Miller’s injury and gives his expectations for his recovery and return to the field: