NFL Week 15 Injury Report – Saturday Games:
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
- Adam Shaheen (Q) was limited in practice all week with a chest injury, and he should be considered truly questionable for Saturday’s game. Shaheen is coming off a strong performance in Week 14, posting 4 catches for 44 yards and a TD.
Lions – No fantasy relevant players listed on the Week 15 Injury Report
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Chargers – No fantasy relevant players listed on the Week 15 Injury Report
Chiefs – No fantasy relevant players listed on the Week 15 Injury Report
NFL Week 15 Injury Report – Early Games:
Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
- Damien Williams (D) is unlikely to play in Week 15 as he continues to rehab his dislocated shoulder from a few weeks ago. In his absence, Kenyan Drake has been brilliant and is a must-start without Williams, as he figures to see 20+ touches yet again.
- Kelvin Benjamin (Q) continues to be hampered by a torn meniscus in his knee. He’s opted to avoid surgery on the knee, so it’s not surprising that he continues to deal with pain and soreness in the knee, as the meniscus is stressed during quick, sharp changes of direction and impact to the knee. He returned to game action last week and found the end zone, but he can’t be trusted in the semi-finals this week, as it’s possible he could exit early due to knee soreness.
Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers
- Aaron Rodgers is set to make his return off IR after undergoing surgery on his fractured clavicle. While there is a slight risk for re-injury, his overall risk is reduced given that his collarbone is now stabilized by hardware. One big advantage of Rodgers having surgery is that this stabilization surgery allows for early range of motion and activity, making the timeline for recovery a bit faster. For me, if Rodgers is playing, I’m starting him. After all, he is Aaron Rodgers.
- Devin Funchess (Q) continues to be listed on the injury report due to an undisclosed shoulder injury. He was limited in practice on Wednesday but upgraded to ‘full’ on Thursday, which is the day that NFL teams get in their most intense practice session. Funchess was then downgraded to ‘DNP’ on Friday, but this could have just been a rest day, as Funchess has yet to miss any games. Either way, owners will want to confirm his availability ahead of his 1:00 PM EST start ahead of Sunday’s juicy match up with the Packers.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
- Mike Wallace (Q) didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday with an ankle injury, but he got in a limited practice on Friday, giving him a shot to play against the Browns. He’s only an option in deeper leagues.
Browns – No fantasy relevant players listed in the Week 15 Injury Report
Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
- Deandre Hopkins (Q) missed practice on Thursday and Friday with a toe injury. He didn’t appear to get injured in Week 14, so his injury likely happened at practice on Wednesday. Regardless, Nuk should be considered truly questionable heading into a difficult matchup with the Jaguars’ stifling secondary.
- Leonard Fournette (Q) has been on the injury report for much of the year with recurring ankle injuries, but this time, he’s on the injury report with a quad contusion. He didn’t practice at all this week, so he is trending in the wrong direction for Sunday against the Texans. As we’ve seen with Jordy Nelson earlier this season, quad contusions can be very painful and difficult to play through. If he sits, Chris Ivory is a nice fill-in option for owners in need of a backup plan.
- Allen Hurns (O) will miss another game with an ankle injury. He has yet to return to practice, so a timeline for his return is unknown. If the Jags weren’t in the playoff hunt, Hurns likely would have been put on IR by now.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings
- Joe Mixon (Q) saw an increase in his practice activity each day this week, getting in a full practice on Friday. He still needs to be cleared on Saturday, but his practice reports this week are promising. If he can’t go, Gio Bernard will start again in his place.
- Tyler Kroft missed practice Wednesday but was upgraded to ‘limited’ and ‘full’ on Thursday and Friday, respectively. He has been dealing with a hamstring injury but will play after being taken off the team’s final injury report.
- Kyle Rudolph (D) is unlikely to play in Week 15 with an ankle injury after missing practice all week with an ankle injury. He got hurt in the final minutes of Week 14 and was in a walking boot following the game, so this is not an injury to take lightly. He should be considered week-to-week.
New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints
- Matt Forte (Q) continues to battle through swelling and soreness in his knee. He didn’t practice at all this week and is likely to be a game-time decision. If he sits, Bilal Powell and Eli McGuire will split time against the Saints.
- Josh McCown (IR) underwent season-ending surgery on his left hand in order to stabilize a fractured bone. Bryce Petty will get the start in Week 15.
- Alvin Kamara is set to make his return after being knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion. He’s cleared the concussion protocol and is a must-start, just as he’s been all season.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
- Carson Wentz (IR) saw his season come to an early end last week after tearing his ACL in his left knee. Wentz underwent ACL Reconstruction surgery earlier this week, and he will immediately begin rehab. Given that an ACL surgery takes anywhere from 8-12 months to properly rehab, Wentz is in danger of missing time early in 2018.
Giants – No fantasy relevant players listed in the Week 15 Injury Report
Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins
- Adrian Peterson (IR) has been placed on injured reserve with a neck injury. Kerwynn Williams will be Arizona’s featured back for the rest of 2017.
- Ryan Grant (Q) is questionable heading into Week 15 after being limited all week with an ankle injury. Grant has been a nice option in deeper PPR leagues this season, so he could be worth monitoring this week.
NFL Week 15 Injury Report – Late Games:
Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
- Robert Woods will return after missing the last few weeks with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. AC joint injuries do carry some risk when a player attempts to return to the field because if he takes a big hit to the shoulder, he could re-aggravate the injury. Woods was a must-start prior to his injury, but in the semi-finals of the fantasy playoffs, I’m looking for another option given the risk he carries.
- Mike Davis missed time early in the week with a rib injury but was upgraded to a full participant late in the week before being removed from the team’s final injury report. He gets to face a porous Rams run defense and is a strong RB2 in Week 15.
New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Chris Hogan (Q) was limited in practice all week but is in no danger of missing Week 15. He returned to game action in Week 14 and didn’t suffer any reported setbacks, so the Pats are just limiting his reps until he gets back up to full speed. He’s fine for Sunday.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster (Q) was limited this week with a hamstring injury. Worth noting, he missed Week 12 with a hamstring injury, so this definitely raises an eyebrow. It’s unclear if this injury is to the same leg as before, but either way, it is concerning. He should be considered a game-time decision as he will likely test the hammy in pregame warmups to determine if he can go. If he sits, Martavis Bryant gets a boost.
Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers
Titans – No fantasy relevant players listed on the Week 15 Injury Report
49ers – No fantasy relevant players listed in the Week 15 Injury Report
Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders
Cowboys – No fantasy relevant players listed in the Week 15 Injury Report
- Amari Cooper (O) will miss Week 15 with an ankle injury after missing practice all week. The fact that he didn’t practice at all indicates that his Week 16 status is also in question.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tevin Coleman is in danger of missing Monday Night Football with a concussion. He has yet to return to practice, so it seems unlikely that he will play. He has until Saturday afternoon to be cleared. Devonta Freeman could have the backfield to himself on Monday night.
- Cameron Brate was limited on Thursday with a hip injury but got in a full practice on Friday. He’s likely to also practice in full on Saturday and should be fine for Week 15.