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Fantasy Football Week 17 injury report: Updates on Kyler Murray, Julio Jones, A.J. Brown 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
Chase Edmonds RB 70.2 RB34 Hip

Questionable

Christian Kirk

WR 62.3 WR53 COVID-19 Out
DeAndre Hopkins WR 88.9 WR2 Hip

Questionable

Kyler Murray

QB 83.2 QB11 Leg Questionable
Larry Fitzgerald WR 59.6 N/A Groin 

Questionable

Mario’s take: Kirk has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Week 17.

Edmonds suffered a hip injury in the second quarter of Week 16 and did not return. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, and his Week 17 availability is in jeopardy. He only recorded one limited practice last week then played, but he is dealing with multiple injuries this week. I am not optimistic that he plays in Week 17.

Hopkins did not practice Wednesday but was a limited participant Thursday. I am not concerned about his availability for Week 17.

Murray practiced in full Wednesday and Thursday, he will play in Week 17.

Fitzgerald was a DNP Wednesday or Thursday and I am not optimistic he plays in Week 17.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status

Julio Jones

WR

86.3 N/A Hamstring Out
Ito Smith RB 59.8 RB41 Ribs 

(-)

Mario’s take: Jones has not played since Week 13 due to a hamstring injury. He did not practice all week and he will not play in final game of the season.

Smith was a limited participant at practice Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 17.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Mark Ingram II RB 53.8 N/A Illness  Questionable
Robert Griffin III QB 52.9 N/A Hamstring IR
Trace McSorley  QB 57.4 N/A Knee IR
Willie Snead IV WR 71.6 N/A Ankle Questionable

Mario’s take: Ingram did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but a full participant Friday. I expect Ingram to be available for Week 17.

Griffin injured his hamstring in the fourth quarter of Week 13. The Ravens placed Griffin on IR, and he will miss the final week of the season.

McSorely suffered an MCL sprain in Week 14 and was placed on IR, effectively ending his season.  

Snead IV did not practice all week and I am pessimistic he will play in Week 17.

BUFFALO BILLS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Cole Beasley WR 84.9 WR20 Knee

Out

John Brown

WR 68.4 WR57 COVID-19 Out
T.J. Yeldon RB 62.6 N/A COVID-19

Out

Mario’s take: Beasley did not practice all week and he will not play in Week 17.

Brown and Yeldon were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Week 17.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Christian McCaffrey RB 75.5 N/A Shoulder/Quad

Out

Mike Davis

RB 75.0 RB89 Ankle

Out

Mario’s take: McCaffery suffered a strained quad during practice in Week 13 and has not played since. CMC has been shut down for the rest of the season.

Davis did not practice all week and will not play in Week 17.

CHICAGO BEARS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Allen Robinson II WR 89.5 WR8 Hamstring

(-)

Cole Kmet

TE 59.4 TE31 Shoulder Questionable
Tarik Cohen RB 62.6 N/A Knee

IR

Mario’s take: Robinson II was a full participant Wednesday, a DNP Thursday, and limited Friday. I believe he did not practice Thursday for maintenance purposes. Robinson II will play in Week 17.

Kmet was a full participant Wednesday but a limited participant Thursday and Friday, but I expect him to play in Week 17.

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
Joe Mixon RB 65.3 N/A Foot IR
John Ross WR 48.2 N/A Foot IR
Tyler Boyd WR 77.5 N/A Head (-)
Tee Higgins WR 75.4 WR35 Hamstring (-)

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 suffered a torn ACL and possible damage to the MCL and Meniscus in Week 11. He will miss the remainder of the season, but he will be ready for 2021.

Mixon has not played since Week 6 due to a foot injury. He has been shut down for the last week of the season.

Ross injured his foot in Week 10 and was subsequently placed on IR. I do not expect to see him suit up.

Boyd suffered a concussion during Week 15, and he has entered the five-step concussion protocol. He did not play in Week 16 and was a limited participant in Wednesday’s and Thursday's practice but a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 17.

Higgins was a limited participant at Wednesday’s  and Thursday’s practice but a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 17.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jarvis Landry WR 83.6 WR24 Hip (-) 
Odell Beckham Jr. WR 75.3 N/A Knee  IR

Mario’s take: Landry was a full participant Friday and he will play in Week 17.

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  IR

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.

DENVER BRONCOS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Courtland Sutton WR 72.9 N/A Knee IR
K.J. Hamler WR 55.9 WR74 Head  Out
Phillip Lindsay  RB 69.8 N/A Hip  IR

Mario’s take: Sutton suffered a torn ACL in Week 2. He will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Hamler has entered the five-step concussion protocol. He missed practice all week and will not play in the last game of the season.

Lindsay was placed on IR in Week 16. He will miss the last game of the season.

DETROIT LIONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Kenny Golladay WR 81.6 N/A Hip Out
Matthew Stafford QB 81.4 QB18 Ribs/Thumb/Ankle Questionable

Mario’s take: Golladay suffered a Grade II groin strain in Week 8 and has not played since. Golladay did has been shut down for the rest of the season.

Stafford suffered a lateral inversion ankle sprain in the first quarter of Week 16. I do not believe it to be serious, but he is dealing with multiple injuries. He practiced in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday. Stafford will play in the season finale. 

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Allen Lazard WR 71.7 WR48 Core/Wrist (-)
Equanimeous St. Brown WR 61.9 N/A Knee  (-)
Jamaal Williams RB 73.6 N/A Thigh (-)
Jace Sternberger TE 56.8 N/A Head (-)
Marcedes Lewis TE 67.8 N/A Knee  (-)
Tyler Ervin RB 65.9 N/A Foot IR

Mario’s take: Lazard and Brown were limited participants at practice all week and will play in Week 17.

Williams was a limited participant Wednesday and a full participant Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 17.

Sternberger was in the five-step concussion protocol last week and missed the past few games. He was a limited participant in Wednesday’s and Thursday's practice but a full participant Friday. Sternberger will play in Week 17.

Lewis was a limited participant Wednesday, a DNP Thursday, and full participant Friday.. I believe the missed practice Thursday is due to maintenance. Lewis will play in Week 17.

Ervin was placed on IR and will miss Week 17.

HOUSTON TEXANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Duke Johnson Jr. RB 62.6 N/A Neck Questionable
Keke Coutee WR 66.3 WR39 Foot Questionable
Randall Cobb WR 71.6 N/A Foot IR

Mario’s take: Cobb suffered what I believe to be a midfoot sprain in Week 11. He was placed on IR and may not return this season. 

Coutee and Johnson were limited participants at practice Wednesday and Thursday, and I expect them to play in Week 17.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jack Doyle TE 66.6 TE33 Quad

(-)

Michael Pittman Jr.

WR 62.0 WR58 Head Questionable
Philip Rivers QB 77.2 QB13 Toe

(-)

Parris Campbell

WR 72.8 N/A Knee

IR

Mario’s take: Doyle missed practice Thursday but  was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 17.

Pittman Jr. is in the five-step concussion protocol. He was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and a full participant Thursday and Friday. I believe Pittman Jr. will play in Week 17.

Rivers did not practice Wednesday  but I believe it was a maintenance issue. He was a full participant Thursday and Friday. He will play in Week 17.

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
D.J. Chark Jr. WR 71.3 WR38 Shin Out
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. 

Chark Jr. did not practice all week and will miss the last game of the 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 Week 15 and has not played since. His stellar rookie season has come to an end, as he will not play in Week 17.

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

Le’Veon Bell

RB 73.9 RB31 Knee Questionable
Sammy Watkins WR 64.4 WR108 Calf

Out

Tyreek Hill

WR 83.2 N/A Hamstring

Out

Mario’s take: Edwards-Helaire injured his hip/leg in Week 15. He missed practice Wednesday, and I do not expect Edwards-Helaire back until the playoffs.

Bell was DNP Wednesday and Thursday but a limited participant Friday. I expect Bell to play in Week 17.

Watkins, and Hill did not practice all week and will rest until the playoffs.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jalen Richard RB 57.8 N/A COVID-19 Out 
Tyrell Williams WR N/A N/A Shoulder IR

Mario’s take: Richard was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and he will not play in Week 17.

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

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Hunter Henry  TE 69.3 TE8 COVID-19 Out
Keenan Allen WR 84.9 WR21 COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: Henry is on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play in Week 17.

Allen was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday and his season is done.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Cam Akers RB 76.0 N/A Ankle Questionable
Cooper Kupp WR 80.8 WR18 COVID-19 Out
Darrell Henderson RB 80.4 N/A Ankle  IR
Jared Goff QB 71.4 N/A Thumb Out
Malcolm Brown RB 57.3 RB36 Shoulder (-)

Mario’s take: Akers suffered a high ankle sprain during Week 15. He did not play in Week 16. Akers did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and a limited participant Friday. He is going to try and play today but I do not believe he will be his old self.

Kupp was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play in Week 17.

Henderson suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 16 and has been placed on IR. He will miss the last week of the season.

Goff suffered a dislocated thumb and fracture in the second half of Week 16. He underwent surgery on Monday. If the Rams make it to the playoffs, he has a chance to play but will miss at least Week 17.

Brown was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 17.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
DeVante Parker WR 77.4 WR44 Hamstring Questionable
Jakeem Grant WR 70.9 N/A Ankle Doubtful
Preston Williams WR 65.5 N/A Foot  IR

Mario’s take: Parker was a limited participant at practice all week, but I expect him to play in Week 17.

Grant  did not practice Wednesday but was a limited participant Thursday and Friday, but I do not expect him to play in Week 17.

Williams injured his foot in Week 9 and was placed on IR. He will miss the final game of the season.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Alexander Mattison RB 71.6 N/A Head (-)
Kyle Rudolph TE 67.6 N/A Foot  IR

Mario’s take: Mattison suffered a concussion in Week 15 and missed Week 16. He was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 17.

Rudolph has been placed on IR and will miss the rest of the season.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Damien Harris RB 90.3 N/A Ankle Out
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 Wednesday and Thursday but a DNP Friday. He has been ruled out for Week 17.

Edelman underwent surgery in Week 8 and will miss the rest of the season 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.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury

Status

Alvin Kamara

RB 82.1 RB1 COVID-19 Out
Latavius Murray RB 81.4 RB37 COVID-19

Out

Michael Thomas

WR 85.2 N/A Ankle IR
Tre-Quan Smith WR 59.9 N/A Ankle

IR

Mario’s take: Kamara and Murray were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Week 17.

Thomas was placed on IR and will miss at least the rest of the regular season.

Smith injured his ankle in Week 15 and was placed on IR. He will miss the remainder of the regular season. 

NEW YORK GIANTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Evan Engram TE 62.5 TE13 Ankle (-)
Golden Tate WR 66.0 N/A Calf (-)
Saquon Barkley RB 60.2 N/A Knee IR
Sterling Shepard WR 77.3 WR40 Ribs (-)

Mario’s take: Engram and Shepard were limited participants in practice all week and they will play in Week 17.

Tate DNP all week but will play in Week 17.

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
Jeff Smith WR 53.1 N/A Shoulder Questionable
Frank Gore RB 60.7 N/A Chest IR
La’Mical Perine RB 50.8 N/A COVID-19 Out

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.

Smith injured his shoulder in the second half of Week 15. He was a limited participant all week and I expect him to play in Week 17.

Gore suffered a chest injury in Week 16 and has been placed on IR. He will miss the last week of the season.

Perine has been placed on the reserver/COVID-19 list and is out in Week 17.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
DeSean Jackson WR 66.8 N/A Ankle Out
Dallas Goedert TE 79.5 TE11 Calf Out
Richard Rodgers TE 88.6 N/A Shin Out

Mario’s take: Jackson did not practice all week and will not play in Week 17.

Goedert did not practice all week and he will not play in Week 17.

Rodgers injured his shin in the third quarter of his Week 15 game and did not play in Week 16. He missed practice all week and will not play in Week 17.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Eric Ebron TE 55.6 TE19 COVID-19

Out

Mario's take: Ebron was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Week 17.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Brandon Aiyuk WR 80.1 N/A Ankle

Out

Deebo Samuel

WR 79.8 N/A Hamstring IR
Jimmy Garoppolo QB 67.5 N/A Ankle

IR

Nick Mullens

QB 56.9 N/A Elbow Out
Raheem Mostert RB 79.4 N/A Ankle

IR

Mario’s take: Aiyuk suffered a high-ankle sprain and will miss the final week of the season.

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 and was placed on IR. He will miss Week 17. 

Mullens injured his elbow in the fourth quarter of Week 15. I believe he injured his UCL and may need Tommy John 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; his season is over.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Player

Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Bo Scarbrough RB 73.0 N/A Hamstring

IR

Carlos Hyde

RB 68.1 RB56 Illness Out
DeeJay Dallas RB 72.1 N/A Ankle

Questionable

Greg Olsen

TE 62.0 N/A Foot (-)
Rashaad Penny RB 56.8 RB69 Knee

Questionable

Travis Homer

RB 58.0 N/A Wrist/Thumb/Knee

IR


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

Hyde missed practice Thursday due to an illness and he will not play in Week 17.

Dallas was carted off of the field in the second quarter of Week 16. 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, but he returned in Week 16. Olsen missed practice Wednesday due to maintenance. He was a full participant Thursday and I expect him to play in Week 17.

Penny was a limited participant in practice Thursday and I expect him to play in Week 17.

Homer has been placed on IR and will miss the rest of the regular season.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
O.J. Howard TE 80.1 N/A Ankle IR
Leonard Fournette RB 59.3 N/A Abdomen (-)

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

Fournette was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday. He will play in Week 17.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Adam Humphries WR 69.9 N/A Head IR
A.J. Brown WR 86.1 WR6 Ankle (-)

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

Brown was a DNP Wednesday, a full participant Thursday, and a DNP Friday. He will play in Week 17.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Alex Smith QB 65.8 QB29 Calf Questionable
Antonio Gibson RB 80.9 RB19 Toe Questionable
Kyle Allen QB 68.5 N/A Ankle IR
Terry McLaurin WR 77.9 WR32 Ankle Questionable

Mario’s take: Smith strained his calf in Week 14 and did not play in Week 15 or 16. Smith was a limited participant all week and I expect him to play in Week 17.

Gibson suffered a serious turf toe injury in Week 13 and did not play in Week 14 or 15. He returned to action in Week 16 but did not practice all week. There are no reports of a set back and I believe he will play in Week 17.

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

McLaurin worked on the side with trainers all week. Coach Rivera said McLaurin moved around well and took a positive step towards playing in Week 17 but I am pessimistic about his chances.

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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