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Fantasy Football Week 16 injury report: Updates on Julio Jones, James Robinson, Aaron Jones and more

Dec 19, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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
Chase Edmonds RB 71.4 RB26 Ankle/Knee Questionable
Larry Fitzgerald WR 61.2 WR68 Groin  Questionable

Mario’s take: Edmonds and Fitzgerald were DNPs Tuesday and Wednesday but were limited participants Thursday. I believe they will be ready for their Saturday match-up.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Julio Jones WR 86.3 N/A Hamstring Out

Mario’s take: Jones did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and has been ruled out for Week 16.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dez Bryant WR 56.5 N/A Thigh Questionable
Robert Griffin III QB 52.9 N/A Hamstring IR
Trace McSorley  QB 57.4 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s take: Bryant did not practice Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday, and a full participant Friday. I am optimistic he plays in Week 16.

Griffin injured his hamstring in the fourth quarter of Week 13. The Ravens placed Griffin on IR, and he will miss at least the next two weeks.

McSorely suffered an MCL sprain in Week 14 and was placed on IR. He will miss at least the next two weeks. 

BUFFALO BILLS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
John Brown WR 68.4 N/A Ankle IR-R
Stefon Diggs WR 86.4 WR4 Foot  (-)

Mario’s take: Brown was placed on IR in Week 12 and has not played since. He has been ruled out for Week 16.

Diggs injured his foot late in Week 15, and I believe it is a minor injury. He was a limited participant at Wednesday’s practice but a full participant Thursday,  and Diggs will be ready for Week 16.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Christian McCaffrey RB 75.5 N/A Shoulder/Quad 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 the three following weeks. Coming off of the Panther’s 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 and reaggravated it in the middle of Week 13. He did not play in Week 14 or Week 15. CMC has not practiced all week and he will not return in Week 16.

CHICAGO BEARS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Cordarelle Patterson WR/RB 69.2 N/A Knee  Questionable
Tarik Cohen RB 62.6 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s take: Patterson did not practice all week and I  do not expect him to be ready for Week 16.

Cohen suffered a torn ACL in Week 3. He underwent surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Auden Tate WR 73.4 N/A Shoulder IR
Joe Burrow QB 75.1 N/A Knee IR
John Ross III WR 48.2 N/A Foot IR
Tyler Boyd WR 77.5 N/A Head Out

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.

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

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

Boyd suffered a concussion during MNF in Week 15 and he has entered the five-step concussion protocol. He did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 16.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Donovan Peoples-Jones WR 71.2 WR80 COVID-19 

Out

Jarvis Landry

WR 83.6 WR16 COVID-19 Out
KhaDarel Hodge WR 67.6 N/A COVID-19

Out

Odell Beckham Jr.

WR 75.3 N/A Knee  IR
Rashard Higgins WR 77.1 WR39 COVID-19

Out

Mario’s take: Peoples-Jones, Landry, Hodge, and Higgins were all placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss their Week 16 game.

Beckham tore his ACL in Week 7, and 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 62.9 N/A Calf Questionable
Michael Gallup WR 64.2 WR62 Hip (-)

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. He will miss the rest of the season. 

Elliott did not play in Week 15 due to a sore calf. He was a limited participant at practice all week and I expect him to play in Week 16.

Gallup suffered a hip strain in the second half of Week 15. I believe he is suffering from a Grade 1 strain. He practiced in full all week and will play in Week 16.

DENVER BRONCOS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Courtland Sutton WR 72.9 N/A Knee IR
Phillip Lindsay  RB 69.8 RB38 Hip  Out
Royce Freeman RB 62.9 N/A Hip Questionable

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.

Lindsay did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 16.

Freeman was a DNP Wednesday but a limited participant Thursday and Friday. I am optimistic he plays in Week 16.

DETROIT LIONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Kenny Golladay WR 81.6 N/A Hip Out
Matthew Stafford QB 81.6 QB21 Ribs/Thumb Questionable

Mario’s take: Golladay suffered a Grade II groin strain in the third quarter of Week 8 and has not played since. Golladay did not practice all week and he has been ruled out for Week 16.

Stafford has been a limited participant in practice all week and I expect him to play Saturday.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Allen Lazard WR 70.9 WR49 Core/Wrist (-)
Aaron Jones RB 79.1 RB3 Toe (-)
Equanimeous St. Brown WR 58.7 N/A Knee  (-)
Jamaal Williams RB 73.6 N/A Thigh Doubtful
Jace Sternberger TE 56.8 N/A Head Out
Marcedes Lewis TE 69.0 N/A Knee  (-)
Tyler Ervin RB 65.9 N/A Foot IR

Mario’s take: Lazard, Jones, and Brown were limited participants at practice all week and will play in Week 16.

Williams injured his thigh in the third quarter of Week 15, though it does not seem to be serious. He did not practice all week and I do not believe he will play in Week 16.

Sternberger was placed in the five-step concussion protocol last week and missed Week 15. He did not practice all week and he has been ruled out for Week 16.

Lewis did not practice Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday, and a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 16.

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

HOUSTON TEXANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Duke Johnson Jr. RB 62.6 N/A Neck Out
Keke Coutee WR 65.2 WR35 Foot (-)
Pharaoh Brown TE 71.7 N/A Ankle  (-)
Randall Cobb WR 71.6 N/A Foot IR
C.J. Prosise RB 46.3 N/A Ankle (-)

Mario’s take: Cobb injured his foot in the first quarter of Week 11. I believe he suffered a midfoot sprain. Cobb was placed on IR and will miss may not return this season.

Johnson Jr. did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 16.

Coutee, Brown and Prosise were limited participants at practice Wednesday but full participants Thursday and Friday. They will all play in Week 16.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jack Doyle TE 64.0 TE35 Quad

(-)

Mo Alie-Cox

TE 79.9 N/A Knee (-)
Philip Rivers QB 79.6 QB23 Toe

(-)

Parris Campbell

WR 72.8 N/A Knee

IR

Mario’s take: Doyle popped up on the injury report Thursday and missed practice  but was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 16.

Alie-Cox was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, a full participant Thursday, and a DNP Friday. He will play in Week 16.

Rivers did not practice Wednesday but was a full participant Thursday and Friday. I believe his missed practice was a maintenance issue. He will play in Week 16.

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 72.9 N/A Ankle Out
Ryquell Armstead RB N/A N/A COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: Thompson was placed on IR in Week 13 for a back injury and is unlikely to return this season. 

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

Robinson injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Week 15. It seems he avoided a high ankle sprain and is suffering from a lateral low ankle sprain. He did not practice Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. He will not play in Week 16 and could be done for the season.

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

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 75.3 N/A Ankle/Hip Out
Tyreek Hill WR 83.3 WR2 Hamstring Questionable

Mario’s take: Edwards-Helaire injured his hip/leg in the fourth quarter of Week 15. X-rays were negative, but he did suffer a high ankle sprain and strained hip. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, and I do not expect Edwards-Helaire back until the playoffs.

Hill did not practice Wednesday but was a limited participant Thursday and Friday. I believe he will play in Week 16.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Derek Carr QB 82.6 N/A Groin (-)
Hunter Renfrow WR 75.8 N/A Head (-)
Tyrell Williams WR N/A N/A Shoulder IR

Mario’s take: Carr injured his groin early in his Week 15 game. I believe he is suffering from a Grade I groin strain. He practiced in a limited fashion on Tuesday and was a full participant Wednesday and Thursday. This has been a pretty shocking turnaround from what looked like a serious injury. Carr will play in Week 16.

Renfrow was a  limited participant at practice Tuesday and full participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday. I expect him to play in Week 16.

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
Hunter Henry  TE 69.3 TE10 COVID-19 Out
Keenan Allen WR 84.9 WR11 Hamstring Questionable

Mario’s take: Henry has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Week 16.

Allen did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. He is expected to be a game time decision. Allen followed the same path last week and was ineffective. I would be cautious inserting him into your championship line-ups if he plays.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Cam Akers RB 76.0 N/A Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Akers suffered a high ankle sprain during Week 15. He will not play in Week 16, and I do not expect him back until the playoffs.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
DeVante Parker WR 77.4 N/A Hamstring (-)
Jakeem Grant WR 68.0 N/A Back Questionable
Mike Gesicki TE 80.4 N/A Shoulder Questionable
Preston Williams WR 65.5 N/A Foot  IR

Mario’s take: Parker and Grant were limited participants at practice all week and I expect them to play in Week 16.

Gesicki suffered a shoulder dislocation in Week 14. He was a limited participant at practice all week and I expect him to return in Week 16.

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

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Alexander Mattison RB 71.6 RB48 Head Out
Kyle Rudolph TE 67.6 N/A Foot  Out

Mario’s take: Mattison missed Week 13, Week 14 and Week 15. He has been ruled out for Week 16.

Rudolph has been ruled out for Week 16.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Damien Harris RB 90.3 N/A Ankle Questionable
Julian Edelman WR 68.8 N/A Knee IR
Rex Burkhead RB 78.2 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s take: Harris was a limited participant at practice Thursday and Friday, so I expect him to play in Week 16.

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

Burkhead injured his right knee in 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
Michael Thomas WR 85.2 N/A Ankle IR
Tre-Quan Smith WR 59.9 N/A Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Thomas was placed on IR and will miss at least the rest of the regular season.

Smith injured his ankle in Week 15’s game. He has not practiced this week and he has been ruled out for Week 16.

NEW YORK GIANTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Daniel Jones QB 78.4 N/A Ankle/Hamstring Questionable
Evan Engram TE 61.0 TE12 Calf (-)
Golden Tate WR 66.0 N/A Calf 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 II hamstring strain.  He did not play in Week 13 but returned in Week 14 where he injured his ankle. Jones ended up missing Week 15 and was a limited participant at practice all week. I believe he will return to action in Week 16.

Engram was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 16.

Tate was a limited participant at practice Wednesday but a DNP Thursday and Friday. He has been ruled out for Week 16.

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
Chris Hogan WR 56.1 N/A Knee  IR
Denzel Mims WR 73.8 WR57 Foot (-)
Jamison Crowder WR 72.1 WR44 Calf (-)
Jeff Smith WR 53.1 N/A Shoulder Questionable

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

Crowder and Mims did not practice Wednesday but were full participants Thursday and Friday. They will play in Week 16.

Smith injured his shoulder in the second half of Week 15. He has been a limited participant in practice all week and I expect him to play in Week 16.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
DeSean Jackson WR 64.1 N/A Ankle IR-Ret
Jalen Reagor  WR 64.4 WR43 Ankle (-)
Richard Rodgers TE 88.6 N/A Shin Out

Mario’s take: Jackson was placed on IR during Week 7. He has been activated and will return to action in Week 16.

Reagor injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Week 15. He was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 16.

Rodgers injured his shin in the third quarter of his Week 15 game. He has not practiced all week and has been ruled out for Week 16.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Eric Ebron TE 54.9 TE15 Back/Side (-)
James Conner RB 67.3 N/A Quad (-)

Mario’s take: Ebron got hit hard in the back in the second quarter of MNF in Week 15. Tests showed he did not suffer any internal damage, but he did not practice Wednesday but was a full go Thursday and Friday. Ebron will play in Week 16.

Connor is dealing with a quadriceps injury and missed Week 15. He was a full participant at practice all week and he will play in Week 16.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Deebo Samuel WR 79.8 N/A Hamstring IR
Jimmy Garoppolo QB 67.5 N/A Ankle IR
George Kittle TE 79.7 N/A Foot Questionable
Nick Mullens QB 56.9 N/A Elbow Out
Raheem Mostert RB 79.4 N/A Ankle IR

Mario’s take: Samuel reinjured his hamstring in Week 14 and has been shut down for the rest of the season.

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

Kittle left the game late in Week 8. It looked as if he suffered a mild inversion ankle sprain, but x-rays revealed a small fracture in his foot. Kittle is set to return in Week 16.

Mullens injured his elbow in the fourth quarter of Week 15. I believe he injured his UCL and may need Tommy Johns surgery. He will miss the rest of the season.

Mostert aggravated his high ankle sprain for the second straight game in Week 15. He has been put on IR and his season is over.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Bo Scarbrough RB 73.0 N/A Hamstring IR
DeeJay Dallas RB 72.1 N/A Ankle Doubtful
Greg Olsen TE 61.5 N/A Foot IR-R
Rashaad Penny RB 58.3 N/A Knee Questionable
Travis Homer RB 58.0 N/A Wrist/Thumb/Knee Questionable

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

Dallas was carted off of the field in the second quarter. X-rays revealed no fractures. He is suffering from a Grade 3 ankle sprain and I don’t believe he will be back during the regular season.

Olsen left Week 11 after injuring his foot. Coach Carroll said Olsen ruptured his plantar fascia. He started to practice last week and I believe he has a shot at returning in Week 16.

Homer did not practice on Wednesday and needs to be monitored as the week progresses.

Penny has missed all season due to an ACL tear that he suffered last year. He has been practicing and he has a shot of making his season debut in Week 16.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
O.J. Howard TE 80.1 N/A Ankle IR
Ronald Jones II RB 71.8 N/A Finger/COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: Howard tore his Achilles in Week 11. He underwent surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

Jones underwent surgery on his finger and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He did not play in Week 15 and he has been ruled out for Week 16.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Adam Humphries WR 69.9 N/A Head

IR

A.J. Brown

WR 85.2 WR7 Ankle (-)

Jonnu Smith

TE 75.4 TE11 Knee

(-)

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

Brown was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, didn't practice Thursday, and was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 16.

Smith did not practice Thursday but was a a full participant Friday, and he will play in Week 16.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Alex Smith QB 65.8 N/A Calf

Questionable

Antonio Gibson

RB 78.8 N/A Toe Questionable
Kyle Allen QB 68.5 N/A Ankle

IR

Terry McLaurin

WR 77.9 WR15 Ankle

Out

Mario’s take: Smith strained his calf in Week 14. He did not practice Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday, and was a full participant Friday. I believe he will not be able to return to action in Week 16.

Gibson suffered a serious turf toe injury in Week 13 and did not play in Week 14 or Week 15. He was a limited participant at practice all week and I expect him to return to action in Week 16.

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

McLaurin missed practice all week and he has been ruled out for Week 16.

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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