A player's injury status can have a significant effect on fantasy football — it can alter draft strategy, roster construction and, most importantly, start-or-sit decisions for your fantasy team.
Each week, I will review the positional players’ injuries from Thursday's and Sunday’s games. Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @mario_pilato on Twitter.
Thursday, Nov. 19
QB Kyler Murray, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: QB2 — Shoulder injury
Murray suffered a mild A/C joint sprain in his throwing shoulder early in the Thursday Night Football game against the Seahawks. I expect him to be fine and play in Week 12.
TE Greg Olsen, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: TE25 — Foot injury
Olsen left in the fourth quarter after injuring his foot. Head coach Pete Carroll said Olsen ruptured his plantar fascia. Return to play is determined by the severity of the tear. A complete rupture can take six to eight weeks.
RB Bo Scarbrough, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: RB87 — Hamstring injury
Scarbrough injured his hamstring late in the game after doing the splits. Grade 1 strains typically take two to three weeks to recover from.
Sunday, Nov. 22
QB Joe Burrow, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: QB12 — Knee injury
Burrow injured his left knee in the third quarter. He suffered a torn ACL and MCL, as well as other structural damage. He will miss the remainder of the season but will be ready for next year.
Washington Football Team: N/A
Atlanta Falcons: N/A
New Orleans Saints: N/A
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: WR20 — Ankle injury
Smith-Schuster slipped on a flag and suffered a right foot/ankle sprain. This is not a serious injury, and I expect him to play in Week 12.
Jacksonville Jaguars: N/A
New England Patriots:
RB Rex Burkhead, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: RB31 — Knee injury
Burkhead injured his right knee in the third quarter. I believe he tore his ACL and possibly damaged his MCL, as well. He will miss the remainder of the season but will be ready for next year.
WR Kenny Stills, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: WR90 — Quad injury
Stills injured his quad in the first half. This injury is separate from the back issue that had him on the injury report during Week 11. The Texans are on a short week, which will make it tough for Stills to play in Week 12.
WR Randall Cobb, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: WR57 — Foot injury.
Cobb injured his foot on a touchdown catch in the first quarter. I believe he suffered a midfoot sprain. I don’t believe Cobb will be able to play in Week 12 due to the Texans' short week.
Philadelphia Eagles: N/A
Cleveland Browns: N/A
Detroit Lions: N/A
Carolina Panthers: N/A
Tennessee Titans: N/A
Baltimore Ravens: N/A
New York Jets:
RB La’Mical Perine, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: RB36 — Ankle injury
Perine injured his left ankle in the third quarter. I believe he suffered a mild high -ankle sprain. He could miss a week or more.
Los Angeles Chargers: N/A
QB Tua Tagovailoa, PFF Week 11 Consensus Rank: QB16 — Ankle injury
There is some controversy here, as head coach Brian Flores said he pulled Tagovailoa for bad play. But the rookie exited the game in the fourth quarter nonetheless. It appeared his left ankle got rolled up on the last play before coming out. I believe he suffered a mild high-ankle sprain. This is a different situation, as he had both ankles surgically repaired in college for high-ankle sprains. The hardware probably saved him from an injury. I don’t expect him to miss any time.
Denver Broncos: N/A
Dallas Cowboys: N/A
Minnesota Vikings: N/A
Green Bay Packers: N/A
Indianapolis Colts: N/A
Kansas City Chiefs: N/A
Las Vegas Raiders: N/A
Mario Pilato has a master's degree in Kinesiology and a bachelor's degree in Exercise Sports Science, along with eight years of experience in the strength and conditioning industry, including at the collegiate and NFL level. His injury analysis articles will appear weekly.