The biggest injury in Week 14 was fantasy football. In general. The activity of fantasy football suffered a severe injury on Sunday, December 11, 2016. So many top-tier players performed poorly. So many matchups ended before they even really started. My #3 seed team, for instance, scored a TOTAL of 41 points this week. 41. In a playoff matchup. My entire team was outscored by ONE of my opponent’s players. It was a rough week in fantasy for many, but it was a much rougher week in real life for a few football players as well. Here’s a look at who went down in Week 14:
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon went down with a hip injury while trying to recover a fumble by quarterback Philip Rivers. He had to be carted off the field and was almost immediately ruled out for the rest of the game. The original thought was that he would be done for the season, ending his sophomore campaign with 997 rushing yards. Recent news, however, is much more optimistic that Gordon may have escaped without a serious long term injury. An MRI will be done soon and more details will surely come out then. Watch below as Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down Gordon’s injury and discusses his expectations for his recovery:
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins first got awful news but then may have gotten decent-under-the-circumstances news about their quarterback. Tannehill went down and had to miss the remainder of the game on Sunday, and the original fear was that he’d torn his ACL and would be done for the season. Reports on Monday morning, however, stated that there was no ligament tear and instead just a sprain. He’s still going to miss time, but if the Dolphins can stay afloat with Matt Moore calling the shots, Tannehill may be back in time for a playoff run.
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles; Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers; Shane Vereen, New York Giants
Eagles running back/punt returner Darren Sproles, 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith, and Giants running back Shane Vereen were all removed from their respective games and placed in the league’s concussion protocol. With all concussions being different, there is no telling right now when each player will be able to return to the field.
Matt Forte, New York Jets
Jets running back Matt Forte exited the game in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Afterwards, he said he felt “cracking and popping” in the knee. While that’s no medical diagnosis, it certainly isn’t good. Forte can be expected to miss at least one game and may ultimately be done for the season.