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 — and soon, Saturdays. Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @mario_pilato on Twitter.
New England Patriots:
RB Damien Harris, PFF Week 14 Consensus Ranking: RB31 — Back injury
Harris injured his back in the fourth quarter on Thursday Night Football. I do not believe the injury to be serious, and I expect Harris to be ready to go in Week 15.
Los Angeles Rams: N/A
Minnesota Vikings: N/A
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: N/A
Arizona Cardinals: N/A
New York Giants: N/A
Kansas City Chiefs: N/A
WR DeVante Parker, PFF Week 14 Consensus Rank: WR17 — Leg injury
Parker injured his leg in the second quarter and remained out of the game. The severity and specific injury are unclear. He will need to be monitored as the week progresses.
WR Jakeem Grant, PFF Week 14 Consensus Rank: WR75 — Leg injury
Grant injured his leg in the third quarter. The severity and specific injury are unclear. He will need to be monitored as the week progresses.
TE Mike Gesicki, PFF Week 14 Consensus Rank: TE11 — Shoulder injury
Gesicki injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter after having a monster day. I believe he suffered a dislocation or subluxation and possibly a torn labrum. Evaluation early in the week will clarify the severity of the injury. I expect Gesicki to miss some time.
Tennessee Titans: N/A
Jacksonville Jaguars: N/A
Dallas Cowboys: N/A
QB Brandon Allen, PFF Week 14 Consensus Rank: QB32 — Knee injury
Allen suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter. He finished the drive but was limping on every snap. I believe he suffered a bone bruise. A.J. Brown suffered a similar injury earlier this year and missed three games. It would not be surprising to see Allen miss the remainder of the season.
Houston Texans: N/A
Chicago Bears: N/A
TE Noah Fant, PFF Week 14 Consensus Rank: TE9 — Illness
Fant exited the game in the first quarter due to an illness. He will need to be monitored as the week progresses.
Carolina Panthers: N/A
New York Jets: N/A
Seattle Seahawks: N/A
Indianapolis Colts: N/A
Las Vegas Raiders: N/A
Washington Football Team:
QB Alex Smith, PFF Week 14 Consensus Rank: QB31 — Calf injury
Smith left early for the locker room in the second quarter due to a calf injury. Head coach Rivera said Smith was available for return. The injury was to the heavily surgically repaired leg, and the team will be cautious because of this. I believe he will be available in Week 15.
San Francisco 49ers:
WR Deebo Samuel, PFF Week 14 Consensus Rank: WR35 — Hamstring injury
Samuel left the game in the first quarter due to a hamstring injury. He reinjured his hamstring, and I believe he will be shut down for the rest of the season.
New Orleans Saints: N/A
Philadelphia Eagles: N/A
Atlanta Falcons: N/A
Los Angeles Chargers:
WR Mike Williams, PFF Week 14 Consensus Rank: WR43 — Back injury
Williams exited the fourth quarter with a back injury. I don’t believe the injury is serious, but he needs to be monitored as the week progresses.
Green Bay Packers: N/A
QB Matthew Stafford, PFF Week 14 Consensus Rank: QB14 — Rib injury
Stafford suffered a rib injury in the fourth quarter and did not finish the game. He is known to play through pain, and it would not shock me if he does so in Week 15.
Pittsburgh Steelers: N/A
Buffalo Bills: 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 levels. His injury analysis articles will appear weekly.