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 review the positional players’ injuries from Thursday and Sunday’s games. Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @mario_pilato on Twitter.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers: N/A
Las Vegas Raiders:
QB Derek Carr, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: QB17 — Groin injury
Carr injured his groin early in the Raiders' Thursday Night Football game. I believe he is suffering from a Grade I strain and will miss the rest of the regular season. He will have a shot at coming back for the playoffs if the Raiders make it.
Buffalo Bills @ Denver Broncos
WR Stefon Diggs, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: WR4 — Foot injury
Diggs injured his foot late in Saturday’s game. I believe it is a minor injury and he will be ready for Week 16.
Denver Broncos: N/A
Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers
Carolina Panthers: N/A
Green Bay Packers:
RB Jamaal Williams, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: RB31 — Thigh injury
Williams injured his thigh in the third quarter, but it is not serious. He should be ready for Week 16.
San Francisco 49ers @ Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers:
RB Jeff Wilson Jr., PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: RB24 — Ankle/Hamstring injury
Wilson suffered a hamstring strain and an ankle injury. I believe both injuries are minor, but he will have to be monitored as the week progresses.
QB Nick Mullens, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: QB26 — Elbow injury
Mullens injured his elbow in the fourth quarter. I believe he injured his UCL and will most likely miss the rest of the season.
RB Raheem Mostert, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: RB51 — Ankle injury
Mostert reinjured his high ankle sprain during Sunday’s game. He is in jeopardy of missing the rest of the season.
WR Michael Gallup, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: WR56 — Hip injury
Gallup suffered a hip strain in the second half of the game. I believe he is suffering from a Grade 1 strain and has the potential to be ready for Week 16.
Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Football Team
RB DeeJay Dallas, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: RB84 — Ankle injury
Dallas was carted off the field in the second quarter. X-rays revealed no fractures. He is suffering from a sprained ankle, and I don’t believe he will be back during the regular season.
Washington Football Team: N/A
Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears: N/A
Minnesota Vikings: N/A
New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots: N/A
Miami Dolphins: N/A
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens
RB James Robinson, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: RB6 — Ankle injury
Robinson injured his ankle in the fourth quarter. I believe he suffered a high ankle sprain. I expect him to miss next week and possibly the rest of the season.
Baltimore Ravens: N/A
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: N/A
Atlanta Falcons: N/A
Detroit Lions @ Tennessee Titans
Detroit Lions: N/A
Tennessee Titans: N/A
Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans: N/A
Indianapolis Colts: N/A
Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona Cardinals
WR Jalen Reagor, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: WR60 — Ankle injury
Reagor injured his ankle in the fourth quarter. The severity is unknown, and he will need to be monitored as the week progresses.
TE Richard Rodgers, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: TE N/A — Shin injury
Rodgers injured his shin in the third quarter. I believe it is minor and he will be available for Week 16.
Arizona Cardinals: N/A
New York Jets @ Los Angeles Rams
New York Jets:
WR Jeff Smith, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: WR118 — Shoulder injury
Smith injured his shoulder in the second half. The severity is unclear, and he will need to be monitored as the week progresses.
Los Angeles Rams: N/A
Kansas City Chiefs @ New Orleans Saints
Kansas City Chiefs:
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: RB20 — Hip/Leg injury
Edwards-Helaire injured his hip/leg in the fourth quarter. X-rays were negative, and I do not believe this to be a long-term injury. He should be ready for the Chiefs' first playoff game.
New Orleans Saints:
WR Tre'Quan Smith, PFF Week 15 Consensus Rank: WR86 — Ankle injury
Smith injured his ankle in Sunday’s game, but the severity is unknown. He will need to be monitored as the week progresses.
Cleveland Browns @ New York Giants
Cleveland Browns: N/A
New York Giants: 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.