Week 16 Fantasy Football Championship Injury Report: Larry Fitzgerald, Maurice Jones Drew & more

Ziad Dahdul, PT, DPT, OCS Fantasy Injury Report

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Larry Fitzgerald (concussion, status uncertain): Fitz left Sunday’s win in the 4th quarter after suffering a concussion. He did not return to the game. He was quoted today saying that his concussion test results were back near his baseline levels again, which is great news this early in the week. Expect Fitz to go through the NFL’s ImPACT protocol and have word on his status by Friday, barring any return of symptoms or setbacks. This early in the week, it’s looking good for his availability Sunday.

Andre Ellington (thigh bruise, status uncertain): Ellington also had to leave Sunday’s game in the 4th quarter after suffering a thigh bruise. This is basically a bone bruise, which can bring swelling and inflammation in addition to being pretty painful. He was optimistic post-game, stating “I’ll be fine”, but it’s just not as simple with this type of injury. The pain could cause changes in his running mechanics and the swelling/inflammation could decrease function of the quadriceps, which is a major power generator of the lower extremities. My guess at this point is that if he can practice on a limited basis (at least) by Friday, he’ll be out there against Seattle. If he goes into the weekend as a game time decision, make sure you’ve got another option available, just in case.

Carson Palmer (ankle sprain/elbow sprain, expected to play): He played through the elbow issue, so why not add an ankle sprain for good measure? The ankle sprain is on his right, which is the drive/plant foot for a right-handed thrower. Add in the fact that the sprained elbow is on his right and you have two variables that could affect his ability to effectively and forcefully throw the ball downfield. He’ll most likely get rest early in the week and end up starting Sunday’s game, but just know in the back of your mind that he will NOT be 100%. It’s a tough matchup, but if you’ve been riding him this long, unless you have a Kirk Cousins available on the wire, you’re rolling with Palmer.

Ben Tate (ribs, status uncertain): Tate took another shot to his already fractured ribs, lead to him  having a CT scan yesterday. Results are not known yet, but it appears he’s back to dealing with a good amount of pain. We’ll know more about this situation in a few days, but it’s looking like this setback could pose a problem this week. Stay tuned.

Cecil Shorts (groin, placed on IR): Shorts’ 2013 season is over, as the Jaguars placed him on season-ending IR. Ace Sanders should see an increase in targets and productivity in his place.

Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring strain, status uncertain): After missing Week 15 with a strained hamstring, MJD will test out the hammy again on Wednesday and be re-evaluated to determine if he’s healthy enough to make the start Sunday. I wouldn’t expect a decision tomorrow, but if he practices or works out tomorrow and we see him out there again on the practice field by Friday, that would give me optimism that he’ll be available for Sunday. If he doesn’t get back on the field by the end of the week, I’d expect to be without him.

More to come this Saturday after all of the practice reports and injury designations have been submitted. See you then!

For more information or other injury-related questions, you can find me on Twitter at @z_dahdul or email me at ziad.dahdul@fflockerroom.com

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