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Fantasy Football Week 14 injury report: Updates on Chris Godwin, A.J. Brown, Ezekiel Elliott and more

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A player's injury status can have a significant effect on fantasy football — it can alter draft strategy, roster construction, and, most importantly, it can determine start-or-sit decisions for your fantasy team.

Each week, I will comb through the official injury reports for each game and give updates and analysis for fantasy-relevant players. Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @mario_pilato on Twitter.

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ARIZONA CARDINALS

 

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
DeAndre Hopkins WR 84.7 WR8 Neck/Back Questionable
Kenyan Drake RB 63.6 RB13 Hip Questionable

Mario’s take: Hopkins did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. Hopkins is known not to miss games, and I believe he will play in Week 14.

Drake was a limited participant at practice Thursday and Friday. I expect him to be ready in Week 14.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Hayden Hurst TE 59.7 TE12 Ankle  (-)
Ito Smith RB 58.4 RB48 Neck (-)
Julio Jones WR 86.3 WR5 Hamstring Out
Todd Gurley II RB 54.3 RB38 Ankle (-)

Mario’s take: Hurst was a limited participant in practice all week. I expect him to play in Week 14.

Gurley was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but was a DNP Friday. He will play in Week 14.

Jones did not practice all week. The star pass-catcher has been ruled out for Week 14.

Smith was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 14.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dez Bryant WR 52.0 N/A COVID-19 Out
Robert Griffin III QB 52.9 N/A Hamstring IR
Willie Snead IV WR 72.3 N/A COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: Griffin injured his hamstring in the second quarter of Week 13. He was pulled in the fourth quarter and did not return. The Ravens placed Griffin on IR, and he will miss at least the next three weeks.

Bryant and Snead have been placed on the reserve/COVID list. Their Week 14 availability is uncertain.

BUFFALO BILLS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
John Brown WR 68.4 N/A Ankle IR

Mario’s take: Brown was placed on IR in Week 12 and will miss at least one more week.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Christian McCaffrey RB 76.0 RB2 Shoulder/Quad Doubtful
Curtis Samuel WR 74.3 WR47 COVID-19 (-)
D.J. Moore WR 76.2 WR57 Ankle/COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: McCaffery suffered a sprained A/C joint sprain when he landed hard on his shoulder in Week 9. He did not play in Week 10, Week 11 or Week 12. Coming off of the Panthers' Week 13 bye, it seemed CMC was ready to return to action until news broke that he was dealing with a new injury. McCaffery suffered a strained quad while training last week and reaggravated it on Wednesday.  He did not practice Thursday or Friday, and because the Panthers are generally cautious with injuries, I am pessimistic CMC plays in Week 14.

Samuel returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list and practiced in full Friday, and he will play in Week 14.

Moore hurt his right ankle toward the end of the game in Week 12. The injury occurred when Bridgewater threw a ball behind Moore in the end zone. He planted and took off on his right foot but did not allow himself to land correctly. Moore was trending in the right direction after the Panthers' Week 13 bye but was recently put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. His status for Week 14 is unclear. 

CHICAGO BEARS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Tarik Cohen RB 62.6 N/A Knee IR
Allen Robinson II WR 82.7 WR13 Knee (-)

Mario’s take: Cohen suffered a torn ACL in Week 3. He underwent surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

Robinson was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 14.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Auden Tate WR 73.4 N/A Shoulder IR
Joe Mixon RB 66.0 N/A Foot  IR
Joe Burrow QB 75.1 N/A Knee IR
John Ross III WR 48.2 N/A Foot IR
Tee Higgins WR 75.3 WR39 Hamstring Questionable

Mario’s take: Tate underwent surgery on his torn labrum in his shoulder. He has been placed on IR, and his recovery is expected to be four to six months.

Mixon injured his foot in the first half of Week 6. He returned after halftime, but Giovani Bernard saw an expanded role. He was placed on IR and has not played since. Mixon is not expected to practice this week, and I do not expect him to play in Week 14.

Burrow injured his left knee in Week 11. He suffered a torn ACL and possible damage to the MCL and Meniscus. The worst-case scenario is also a tibial fracture. He will miss the remainder of the season, but he will be ready for 2021.

Ross injured his foot in Week 10 and was subsequently placed on IR. I do not expect him back for several weeks.

Higgins was a limited participant at practice all week, and I expect him to play in Week 14.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Odell Beckham Jr. WR 75.3 N/A Knee  IR

Mario’s take: Beckham tore his ACL in Week 7. I originally believed his foot inverting might have prevented an ACL tear, but that was not the case. I believe he also damaged his meniscus. Beckham will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dak Prescott QB 85.2 N/A Ankle  Out
Ezekiel Elliott RB 63.7 RB12 Calf Questionable

Mario’s take: Prescott suffered a compound fracture in his ankle during Week 5. A compound fracture is when the bone has gone through the skin. It is unclear if he suffered multiple fractures or ligament damage, which would create instability.

Elliott practiced in a limited fashion all week, and I expect him to play in Week 14.

DENVER BRONCOS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Courtland Sutton WR 72.9 N/A Knee IR
Jerry Jeudy WR 66.7 WR48 Ankle/Achilles  (-)

Mario’s take: Sutton left the game in Week 2 due to a knee injury and cramping. He was later diagnosed with an ACL tear. Sutton will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Jeudy was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and a full participant Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 14.

DETROIT LIONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
D’Andre Swift RB 70.7 N/A Head/Illness Questionable
Kenny Golladay WR 81.6 N/A Hip Out
Kerryon Jonhson RB 61.7 RB55 Knee (-)
Matthew Stafford QB 77.7 QB17 Thumb Questionable

Mario’s take: Swift did not play in Week 11, Week 12 or Week 13. He was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. I expect Swift to return to action in Week 14. 

Golladay suffered a Grade II groin strain in the third quarter of Week 8 and has not played since. He didn't practice all week and was ruled out for Week 14.

Johnson was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and a full participant Thursday and Friday. Johnson will be available for Week 14.

Stafford practiced in a limited fashion all week, and I expect him to play in Week 14.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
A.J. Dillon RB 69.3 N/A COVID-19 Out
Allen Lazard WR 70.9 WR46 Core  (-)
Equanimeous St. Brown WR 59.1 N/A Head/Knee  Questionable
Marcedes Lewis TE 64.6 TE48 Knee  (-)
Tyler Ervin RB 65.9 N/A Foot IR

Mario’s take: Dillion has not played since Week 8 due to being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He did practice Wednesday, which means he may be activated this week.

Brown did not practice Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday and was a full participant Friday. I am optimistic he plays in Week 14.

Lazard was a limited participant in practice all week, and I expect him to play in Week 14.

Lewis was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, was a DNP Thursday, and a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 14.

Ervin was placed on IR and will miss at least the next three weeks.

HOUSTON TEXANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Brandin Cooks WR 76.4 WR23 Foot/Neck Questionable
David Johnson RB 55.7 RB19 COVID-19 Out
Keke Coutee WR 71.2 WR46 Knee Questionable
Randall Cobb WR 71.6 N/A Foot IR
C.J. Prosise RB 45.4 N/A Illness (-)
Pharaoh Brown TE 67.3 N/A Head Out

Mario’s take: Cooks was limited at practice all week but I do not expect him to be ready to play in Week 14.

Johnson has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Week 14.

Cobb injured his foot on a TD catch in the first quarter of Week 11. I believe he suffered a midfoot sprain. Cobb was placed on IR and will miss at least two more weeks.

Prosise was limited at practice Wednesday but a full participant Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 14.

Brown suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Week 13. He will enter the five-step concussion protocol. He did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 14.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Philip Rivers QB 77.8 QB15 Toe (-)
Parris Campbell WR 72.8 N/A Knee  IR

Mario’s take: Rivers did not practice Wednesday but was a full participant Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 14.

Campbell was carted off the field in Week 2 after spraining his MCL and PCL. Campbell's multi-ligament injury has ruled him out indefinitely. I do not expect him to return this season.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Thompson RB 54.9 N/A Back  IR
Dede Westbrook WR 53.7 N/A Knee IR
James Robinson RB 73.0 RB4 Knee (-)
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR 73.5 WR72 Thumb (-)
Ryquell Armstead RB N/A N/A COVID-19 Out
Tyler Eifert TE 61.3 TE31 Shoulder Questionable

Mario’s take: Thompson was put on IR in Week 13 for a back injury.

Westbrook was carted off in the fourth quarter of Week 7 with a torn ACL. He will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Robinson practiced in a limited fashion all week, and I expect him to play in Week 14.

Shenault Jr. injured his thumb during Week 13, but X-rays were negative. He was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. Shenault Jr. will play in Week 14.

Armstead is not expected to return this season due to complications from COVID-19.

Eifert did not practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday and Friday. I expect Eifert to play in Week 14.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Tyreek Hill WR 84.6 WR2 Illness (-)

Mario’s take: Hill missed practice due to a non-COVID-19 related illness but practiced in full Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 14.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Josh Jacobs RB 78.5 N/A Ankle Questionable
Tyrell Williams WR N/A N/A Shoulder IR

Mario’s take: Jacobs injured his ankle in the third quarter of Week 12. I believe he suffered a high ankle sprain, and he missed Week 13. Jacobs missed practice Wednesday but was a limited participant at practice Thursday and Friday. I believe Jacobs will return to action in Week 14.

Williams underwent surgery in early September for a torn labrum in his shoulder. He will miss the entire 2020 season but will be ready for the 2021 season.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Justin Jackson RB 70.4 N/A Knee IR-R
Joshua Kelley RB 63.1 RB76 Foot (-)
Troymaine Pope RB 62.4 RB104 Neck Questionable

Mario’s take: Jackson reinjured his knee during pregame warm-ups in Week 9. He was taken out of the game after just one snap. Jackson was designated for return from IR early last week. The Chargers have 21 days to activate Jackson. He has a shot at returning to action in Week 14.

Kelly missed practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday, and was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 14.

Pope was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, a DNP Thursday, and a limited participant Friday. I am optimistic Pope plays in Week 14.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

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MIAMI DOLPHINS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
DeAndre Washington  RB 55.9 N/A Hamstring (-)
Jakeem Grant WR 68.6 WR74 Back (-)
Myles Gaskins RB 68.1 RB11 COVID-19 Out
Matt Breida RB 54.9 N/A COVID-19 Out
Preston Williams WR 65.5 N/A Foot  IR
Salvon Ahmed RB 63.8 N/A Shoulder Out
Tua Tagovailoa  QB 57.6 Thumb (-)

Mario’s take: Washington and Grant were limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday, but full participants Friday. They will play in Week 14.

Gaskins was surprisingly placed on IR in Week 9. He returned from a sprained MCL in Week 13. Gaskins was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. The Dolphins put Gaskins on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. He will miss Week 14.

Breida has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and needs to be monitored as the week progresses.

Williams injured his foot in Week 9 and was placed on IR. It is possible he does not return this season.

Ahmed did not play in Week 12 or Week 13. He did not practice all week, and he has been ruled out for Week 14.

Tagovailoa practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 14.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Alexander Mattison RB 71.9 N/A Illness Out
Irv Smith Jr. TE 68.7 N/A Back Questionable
Kyle Rudolph TE 67.6 TE16 Foot  Doubtful

Mario’s take: Mattison missed Week 13 and is expected to miss Week 14 due to appendix surgery.

Smith Jr. did not practice on Wednesday but was a limited participant Thursday and Friday. I expect Smith Jr. to have a shot at returning to action in Week 14.

Rudolph did not practice all week, and I am pessimistic he plays in Week 14.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Cam Newton QB 73.8 QB20 Abdomen Questionable
Julian Edelman WR 68.8 N/A Knee IR
Rex Burkhead RB 78.2 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s take: Newton has been limited all week, but I expect him to be ready for TNF.

Edelman underwent surgery in Week 8 and will miss at least three weeks after being placed on IR.

Burkhead injured his right knee in the third quarter of Week 12. 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.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Drew Brees QB 76.0 N/A Shoulder IR
Latavius Murray RB 78.8 RB31 Knee (-)
Michael Thomas WR 82.8 WR13 Ankle (-)

Mario’s take: Brees did not return in the second half of Week 10 after injuring his ribs. Tests revealed fractured ribs on both sides of his chest as well as a collapsed lung. Brees is expected to miss multiple weeks.

Murray and Thomas were limited participants at practice Thursday and full participants Friday. They will play in Week 14.

NEW YORK GIANTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Daniel Jones QB 80.4 QB27 Hamstring Questionable
Devonta Freeman RB 55.0 N/A Ankle/COVID-19  Out
Saquon Barkley RB 60.2 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s take: Jones injured his hamstring in the third quarter of Week 12. I believe he is suffering from a Grade I Hamstring strain, and he did not play in Week 13. Jones practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant Friday. I am optimistic that he plays in Week 14, but I expect his running ability to be limited.

Freeman has not played since sustaining an ankle injury during Week 8. He was recently placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play in Week 14.

Barkley sprained his MCL and tore both his ACL and meniscus in Week 2. He underwent surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

NEW YORK JETS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Breshad Perriman WR 66.1 WR60 Shoulder (-)
Chris Hogan WR 56.1 N/A Knee  IR
Denzel Mims WR 76.2 WR94 Personal Out
Frank Gore RB 63.0 RB53 Head Questionable
Jamison Crowder WR 73.9 WR31 Calf Questionable

Mario’s take: Perriman practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 14.

Hogan was injured in Week 5 and was put on IR. He underwent arthroscopic surgery and will miss at least eight weeks.

Mims will not play in Week 14 due to personal reasons.

Gore was a limited participant at practice Wednesday,  did not practice Thursday, and a full participant Friday. I am optimistic he plays in Week 14.

Crowder was a limited participant at practice Thursday and a DNP Friday. I believe the missed practice on Friday was due to rest, and I expect him to play in Week 14.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Alshon Jeffery WR 42.6 N/A Calf (-)
DeSean Jackson WR 64.1 N/A Ankle IR

Mario’s take: Jeffery was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and a full participant Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 14.

Jackson was placed on IR during Week 7 and is expected to miss significant time.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chase Claypool WR 75.1 WR33 Illness (-)

Mario’s take: Claypool missed practice Thursday and was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 14.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Deebo Samuel WR 79.6 WR30 Foot (-)
Jimmy Garoppolo QB 67.5 N/A Ankle IR
George Kittle TE 79.7 N/A Foot IR

Mario’s take: Samuel did not practice Wednesday, was limited at practice Thursday, and a full participant Friday. I believe the missed practice was due to maintenance, and he will play in Week 14.

Garoppolo reinjured his high-ankle sprain in Week 8. This is a tough injury to deal with because you will be ineffective if you come back too early. He missed multiple games the first time around with this injury and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Kittle left the game in the fourth quarter of Week 8. It looked as if Kittle would suffer from a mild inversion ankle sprain, but x-rays revealed a small fracture in his foot. Kittle will miss the next eight weeks.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Bo Scarbrough RB 73.0 N/A Hamstring IR
Chris Carson RB 83.5 RB10 Foot (-)
Carlos Hyde RB 65.1 RB46 Toe (-)
Greg Olsen TE 61.5 N/A Foot IR
Travis Homer RB 58.0 N/A Wrist/Thumb/Knee Doubtful

Mario’s take: Scarbrough tore his hamstring and will miss the remainder of the season.

Carson and Hyde practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday but practiced in full Friday. They will play in Week 14.

Olsen left Week 11 after injuring his foot. Coach Carroll said Olsen ruptured his plantar fascia. Return-to-play is determined by the severity of the tear, with a complete rupture taking six to eight weeks. 

Homer did not practice all week, and I do not expect him to play in Week 14.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Godwin WR 76.2 WR22 Finger (-)
Mike Evans WR 69.6 WR19 Hamstring (-)
O.J. Howard TE 80.1 N/A Ankle IR

Mario’s take: Godwin did not practice Wednesday because he recently got pins removed from his surgically repaired finger. He practiced in full Thursday and Friday. He is at no risk of missing Week 14.

Evans was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, was a DNP Thursday and was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 14.

Howard tore his Achilles in Week 11. He underwent surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Adam Humphries WR 69.9 N/A Head IR
A.J. Brown WR 79.7 WR6 Ankle (-)
Jonnu Smith TE 72.0 N/A Undisclosed (-)

Mario’s take: Humphries was placed on IR due to a concussion. He will miss at least three weeks.

Brown did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a full participant Friday. He missed practice in order to manage his ankle injury. Brown will play in Week 14.

Smith was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and a full participant Thursday. He will play in Week 14.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Antonio Gibson RB 79.1 N/A Toe Out
Antonio Gandy-Golden WR 50.0 N/A Hamstring IR
Kyle Allen QB 68.5 N/A Ankle IR
Terry McLaurin WR 84.3 WR14 Ankle (-)

Mario’s take: Gibson suffered a serious turf toe injury in Week 13 and has been ruled out for Week 14. He may miss multiple weeks, and his effectiveness could be limited.

Gandy-Golden practiced Thursday and opening his 21-day window to be activated. He has a shot at returning to action in Week 14.

Allen is undergoing surgery to repair his fractured dislocated ankle. He will miss the remainder of the season.

McLaurin was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and a full participant Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 14.

 

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.

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