Injury Status: Week 11

Thu Nov 18 10:08am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

We had injuries again last week but it was much better than the last few weeks. The injury report last week was as filled as I can ever remember. It hasn’t reached that level this week, which is good. Hopefully, this is a trend going forward. We can wish, right? Here is the latest. . . .

Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles. Sanders can be activated from Injured Reserve this week, but nothing is certain with his status right now. He is going to need to get some practice in before the week is out if he hopes to play. So keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. Sanders is trying to return from an ankle sprain. Jordan Howard has been serving as the lead back with Sanders out of the lineup.

Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals. Murray returned to practice Wednesday, practicing on a limited basis. This is a big step in the right direction for Murray because he has not practiced the last two weeks. He is going to have a real chance to return as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks before the week is out.

Antonio Brown, WR, Bucs. Brown is still out of practice with his ankle injury. The Bucs do have the Monday night game this week, though, so don’t rule him out just yet. He could get in some work in the next few days and be ready to play Monday. But even with that said, Brown seems a long shot to play this week because he has done next to nothing in practice the last few weeks.

Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles.  Goedert took a huge hit last week and is in the concussion protocol this week. He has not practiced yet this week. He still has a chance to get back before the week is out, but we would plan on other options for now. We should know his status before the weekend.

Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Falcons. Patterson has been practicing on a limited basis this week. He has a sprained ankle that cut short his game last week. He is going to be a true game-time decision for the Thursday night game. It is hard to sit him if he plays with the way he has produced this year.

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington. Thomas was thought to have a chance to return last week from his hamstring injury but that didn’t happen. And he still isn’t practicing this week. He seems unlikely to make his return to the lineup this week, barring a big late-week turnaround.

Latavius Murray, RB, Ravens. Murray has missed the last three games because of a sprained ankle. He is back practicing some this week, though, and the team released LeVeon Bell earlier in the week. Both these items point towards a return for Murray in Week 11. It isn’t certain the role he will play, though, with Devonta Freeman playing well in his place. 

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Washington. Seals-Jones is another Washington tight end that is hurting. He has a hip injury and his status is not looking good for Week 11. He is most likely to miss the game, leaving a big hole at the position for Washington.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Cardinals. Hopkins remains slowed by his hamstring injury. He is out once again for practice to start the week. We wouldn’t rule him out just yet because he needs little practice to play, but get other options to be ready to be safe. He is up in the air right now.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs. Edwards-Helaire was close to a return from his sprained knee last week but was held out. Things are still progressing well for him, but he is not certain to play with the team having a bye in Week 12. The Chiefs might take the real cautious approach with their young back. We should know more as the practice reports emerge, though. If Edwards-Helaire is running well and looking good, it will be hard for the Chiefs to hold him out.

Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks. Carson remains limited because of his neck injury. He is going to need to ramp up his playing time in practice if he hopes to return anytime soon. But until that happens, look for Alex Collins to continue to start for the Seahawks.

Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints. Kamara was back at practice Wednesday, which is a great sign for his status this week. We would expect a return to the lineup, barring some sort of setback later in the week. Things are looking good for him right now.

Aaron Jones, RB, Packers. Jones suffered an MCL sprain last week. The good news is he avoided something too serious. Early indications are he should miss just a week or two of action. A.J. Dillon will be the starter for the Packers while Jones is out.

Elijah Mitchell, RB, 49ers. Mitchell had to have surgery early in the week to repair a fractured finger. The 49ers claim the injury isn’t too serious, though, and he is expected to be healthy enough to play this week. We would keep an eye on the player notes to be sure, but things look good for him at the moment.

James Robinson, RB, Jaguars. Robinson has a new injury, dealing with a knee injury in addition to a heel injury. This is not a good sign for Robinson right now. He is pretty banged up, so it would not be a surprise to see the Jaguars hold out Robinson for a game or two to get him right. If he has to miss this week, Carlos Hyde starts for the Jaguars.

Damien Harris, RB, Patriots. Harris has cleared the concussion protocol and will play the Week 11 game. It is not certain if Harris will return to his starter’s role with rookie Rhamondre Stevenson playing so well last week. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the Patriots backfield. 

Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns. Mayfield is all beat up right now. He is dealing with foot, knee and shoulder injuries. Even with that said, he is expected to start the Week 11 game. He won’t be 100 percent but will give it a go. He will be a hard play for fantasy teams with his recent production and injury situation. 

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

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Russell Wilson Dec 2 1:40pm ET
Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that he doesn't think quarterback Russell Wilson needs more rest but more repetitions. "He's ready to go. He doesn't need to be rested. He's not tired," Carroll said. Wilson underwent surgery to fix a ruptured tendon in his finger and hasn't been the same since his return from Injured Reserve three weeks ago. Wilson did return from the injury quickly, however, which might be the reason for his recent struggles. In his last three games, he has completed just 55.67% of his 97 passing attempts for 615 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while being sacked nine times. Things won't get easier this Sunday against the division-rival San Francisco 49ers, either. San Fran allows the sixth-fewest passing yards per game (207.3), making Wilson a high-end QB2 instead of the surefire QB1 he was earlier in the year before his injury.

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Corey Davis Dec 2 1:40pm ET
Corey Davis

New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis (groin) was absent from practice again on Thursday. Davis said on Wednesday that he's feeling better than he did last week, but that hasn't manifested itself yet on the practice field. With Davis missing last week's win over the Houston Texans, he's looking very questionable to play in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles. If he returns, he should be rookie quarterback Zach Wilson's go-to target alongside impressive rookie Elijah Moore. But the longer Davis remains out of practice, the more likely it is that he'll miss his second straight contest. With Keelan Cole on the COVID-19 list, Moore, Jamison Crowder and Braxton Berrios would be the team's top three receivers if Davis misses another game.

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Melvin Gordon Dec 2 1:20pm ET
Melvin Gordon

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, shoulder) is 50-50 to play on Sunday night against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs, according to head coach Vic Fangio. Gordon injured his hip on his first carry of the game in the Week 12 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, but he returned immediately and finished out the game. But the 28-year-old missed practice on Wednesday, won't practice Thursday and is looking iffy to play in Week 13. Gordon is averaging a solid 4.5 yards per carry and has seven total touchdowns (five rushing, two receiving) while sharing touches pretty much down the middle with impressive rookie Javonte Williams through 12 weeks. If Gordon is limited at all or out entirely against KC, Williams would become a must-play in fantasy.

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Ryan Griffin Dec 2 1:00pm ET
Ryan Griffin

New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin has seen four or more targets in three of his last four games. Sadly, Griffin has only surpassed 30 receiving yards in one of those contests. The good news is, his workload has increased with Tyler Kroft (chest) unavailable. Although, the lack of yardage does make Griffin a tough fantasy option. He should be able to find some success against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. However, Griffin isn't anything more than a deep league option. It's unlikely that he gets heavily involved in the passing attack.

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Kadarius Toney Dec 2 12:50pm ET
Kadarius Toney

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney (oblique, quadriceps) was working on a side field again on Thursday with a trainer and seems doubtful to play in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins. It's Toney's second straight day of missed practice after he was inactive in the Week 12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The first-round pass-catcher has looked electric with the ball in his hands at times this year, but the problem is the Giants offense as a whole has mostly been beat up this year and has never really hit its stride. Fantasy managers should obviously look to pivot away from Toney this weekend, especially with Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) trending towards playing after a long layoff. In his first nine games, Toney has 35 catches for 392 yards and no touchdowns on 48 targets.

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Braxton Berrios Dec 2 12:50pm ET
Braxton Berrios

New York Jets wide receiver Braxton Berrios put together a couple surprisingly solid performances to begin the season. However, his fantasy appeal has disappeared since then. In fact, Berrios has three or less targets in every game since Week 3. Last week, Berrios hauled in two receptions for 47 yards in the win over the Houston Texans. He could be involved with Corey Davis (groin) banged up and Keelan Cole Sr. (Covid) sidelined. That being said, Berrios could see more action than normal during the Week 13 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. At the moment, Berrios isn't someone worth starting in almost any formats. Berrios should be more involved, assuming Davis sits out alongside Cole. However, it sounds like Davis should suit up, which means Berrios might only see a handful of targets at best.

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Sterling Shepard Dec 2 12:50pm ET
Sterling Shepard

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) is doing light work at practice on Thursday and has an outside chance to play in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins. Shepard was listed as not practicing on Wednesday, so this represents some progress. But it's also not a ringing endorsement to consider him in fantasy lineups this weekend, since Shepard has been out since suffering his quad injury in Week 8. The 28-year-old was involved heavily in the passing attack in his first five games of the season, but there's a good chance that he'll have his snaps limited if he's back on Sunday against the Dolphins. That'll make him a pretty risky WR4/flex if he's active this weekend.

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Jamison Crowder Dec 2 12:40pm ET
Jamison Crowder

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder is coming off his worst game of the season. Last week, he hauled in his lone target for five yards in the win. To be fair, it's not all his fault with quarterback Zach Wilson only targeting him once. Possibly, the chemistry between the two isn't there yet. That being said, Crowder could have a tough time finding success against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. A defense that has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to wideouts this season. Wilson appears to be in line for another start, so Crowder could be looking at another dud. At this point, Crowder is basically a desperation flex option in PPR formats.

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James Robinson Dec 2 12:40pm ET
James Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (heel, knee) did not practice on Thursday after he was limited on Wednesday. It's unclear yet if the Jaguars were just resting Robinson on Thursday or if he actually had a setback with heel and knee injuries that he's been managing in recent weeks. Regardless, fantasy managers should be on the lookout for an update on his status, but if he misses another practice on Friday, it will likely be Carlos Hyde time on Sunday in the Week 13 meeting with the Los Angeles Rams. If Robinson is active, he'll be on the RB1/2 borderline against Los Angeles, a defense that has allowed just over 100 yards rushing per game to their opponents. Hyde had a season-high 21 carries in Week 9 when Robinson sat out, but he gained just 3.19 yards per carry and has a low fantasy ceiling even with a starter's workload.

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Elijah Moore Dec 2 12:30pm ET
Elijah Moore

New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore has been much more involved in the offense since the Week 6 bye. In fact, Moore has seen six or more targets in each of his last five games. That trend should continue against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. A defense that ranks 23rd in pass DVOA this season. This certainly appears to be a favorable matchup for Moore despite him and quarterback Zach Wilson having little playing time together. That being said, Moore is worth a look as a flex play in most fantasy formats for this Week 13 matchup.

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T.J. Watt Dec 2 12:30pm ET
T.J. Watt

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed linebacker Robert Spillane on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday. Spillane has played in 10 games for the Steelers this year, with just one start. He's recorded 17 tackles (one for a loss). Offensive lineman Joe Haeg and linebacker T.J. Watt were placed on the COVID-19 list earlier this week. The 25-year-old Spillane has also been dealing with a knee injury, so even if he clears the league's COVID-19 protocols, he may not be available to return in Week 14 next Thursday when Pittsburgh takes on the Minnesota Vikings. If Watt ends up missing this Sunday's game against the division-rival Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers defensive unit in fantasy could struggle.

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Ty Johnson Dec 2 12:20pm ET
Ty Johnson

New York Jets running back Ty Johnson saw only six carries despite Michael Carter (ankle) being out last week. Although, those six carries were actually Johnson's highest total since Week 2. Despite that, Johnson wasn't able to do much with his chances with Tevin Coleman and Austin Walter getting a majority of the carries. It's uncertain if Walter will play during the Week 13 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. His absence could mean more chances for Johnson. Although, there's not a lot of upside for Johnson with Zach Wilson under center. Fantasy managers should consider him a low-end flex option in deep leagues. There's PPR value here with Johnson, but his workload is uncertain.

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Phillip Lindsay Dec 2 12:20pm ET
Phillip Lindsay

Miami Dolphins running back Phillip Lindsay (ankle) was not seen at practice on Thursday at the portion open to the media. Lindsay was a limited practice participant on Wednesday, so this would represent a downgrade if he in fact is listed as missing Thursday's session. Friday will be big for the former Houston Texan and Denver Broncos as the Dolphins head into their Week 13 game against the New York Giants. The 27-year-old played 20% of the offensive snaps in his team debut in the Week 12 win over the Carolina Panthers, seeing a season-high 12 carries for 42 yards. That's a good sign for Lindsay, but Myles Gaskin remains Miami's lead back. If Lindsay cannot play this Sunday, Salvon Ahmed, who played 18% of the snaps and had five carries, will see more playing time as Gaskin's backup.

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Tevin Coleman Dec 2 12:10pm ET
Tevin Coleman

New York Jets running back Tevin Coleman took over the lead back job for last week's matchup against the Houston Texans. He rushed 11 times for 67 yards and hauled in two receptions for three additional yards. It was surprisingly a decent outing from Coleman, but fantasy managers shouldn't get too excited. The Jets offensive line is horrendous and it was tough for Michael Carter (ankle) to have any success when he was healthy. His absence should mean another start for Coleman, but it doesn't guarantee success. The Philadelphia Eagles are ranked 16th in rush DVOA this season. This isn't a favorable matchup, but Coleman does have some deep league flex appeal for this Week 13 matchup. The touches should be there without Carter available, but the results are tough to predict.

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J.D. McKissic Dec 2 12:10pm ET
J.D. McKissic

Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (concussion) is in the league's concussion protocol and didn't practice for a second straight day on Thursday. McKissic scored the team's only two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Monday night win over the Seattle Seahawks, but he suffered a head/neck injury late in the game and is now seriously in danger of missing the Week 13 contest against the Las Vegas Raiders. Antonio Gibson would be in line for a huge workload against a vulnerable Raiders run defense if McKissic is unable to play, giving him easy RB1 upside. Rookie Jaret Patterson would see a bigger role behind Gibson if McKissic is unable to play, but it's debatable whether he'll have standalone value. Friday's practice will be big for McKissic's weekend status.

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Miles Sanders Dec 2 12:00pm ET
Miles Sanders

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (ankle) said he feels good and expects to play on Sunday in a plus matchup against the Jets. With Jalen Hurts (ankle) also battling an ankle injury, head coach Nick Sirianni had mentioned that Hurts would likely run less this weekend. That would likely mean more carries for Sanders and Boston Scott, especially with Jordan Howard still banged up and unlikely to play. Given the strong matchup, both Sanders and Scott could be started this weekend, with Sanders being a risky RB2 option with clear upside.

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Zach Wilson Dec 2 12:00pm ET
Zach Wilson

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (knee) was able to fully practice on Wednesday. That means, Wilson should be in line to start against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. Last week, Wilson put together a lackluster performance against the below average Houston Texans pass defense. It's unlikely going to get better against the Eagles despite them being ranked 23rd in pass DVOA this season. There should be better streaming options in just about every fantasy format. Wilson is a desperation option, but it's hard to imagine many worse options right now.

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Antonio Brown Dec 2 11:30am ET
Antonio Brown

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) was not seen at practice on Thursday as he continues to struggle coming back from an ankle injury. At this point, it would be safe to assume that Brown will miss Sunday's game against the Falcons, which will mean Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski continue to hog almost all of the receiving work. The Bucs have another good matchup against the Falcons this week and with the passing game taking a backseat in last week's win, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Bucs come out and allow Tom Brady to sling the ball around the field. As with every week, you should start Brady and all three of receiving options with confidence.

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Daniel Jones Dec 2 11:20am ET
Daniel Jones

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (neck) looks like he may be trending towards playing on Sunday against the Dolphins. Interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens said he expects Jones to practice today "like regular times." Obviously, we'll need to monitor practice to ensure that's the case, but Jones was able to finish the game last week, so it's entirely possible. With Sterling Shepard also working himself back from injury, Jones could be a playable option in two-quarterback leagues against a Miami secondary that has been friendly to opposing passing games despite playing better of late. Still, with Jones likely not 100% and Miami's defense playing much better lately, Jones wouldn't be a streaming option outside of deeper leagues.

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Alvin Kamara Dec 2 10:30am ET
Alvin Kamara

The New Orleans Saints ruled out Alvin Kamara (knee), offensive tackles Ryan Ramczyk (knee), and Terron Armstead in Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Kamara was initially listed as questionable, but the Saints ultimately decided to play it safe and rule the star running back out. The 26-year-old will miss his fourth consecutive game with a knee sprain. His next chance to return will be next Sunday against the New York Jets. This week, Mark Ingram II (knee) was a full participant in practice and will lead the Saints backfield against the Cowboys. The 31-year-old was cleared to play after he missed the Thanksgiving game loss to the Buffalo Bills with a knee injury. Ingram is a mid-range RB2 against a Dallas defense that ranks fourth in rush DVOA this season.

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