Week 14 brought about some potentially season-ending injuries for a few key players in the NFL. From torn ACLs to rolled ankles to hospital visits, let’s dive into the Week 14 injuries that will affect the NFL Week 15 Injury Report.
Heading into a pivotal week for many teams in the NFL and fantasy playoffs, these are going to be the players that you want to monitor going into week 15.
There are three games on Saturday, and those teams will release their first injury report on Tuesday.
Deebo Samuel Injury
We have to start things off with the Deebo Samuel injury from Monday Night Football against the Patriots. Deebo was carted off of the field after his leg bent awkwardly under him during a tackle. Kyle Shanahan made an early report, speculating that it could be a high ankle sprain. Depending on the severity of the injury, it could sideline him for the remainder of the regular season.
Judging by the tears seen as he was carted off of the field, it didn’t look great for Deebo.
Russell Wilson Injury
The Broncos quarterback left Week 14 with a concussion and has been placed on concussion protocol. He had a large egg shaped bump on his head after the play and appeared to be out of it.
Due to the varying nature of the NFL’s concussion protocol, it’s hard to say if he will be rested enough to play this weekend. But after what happened to Tua Tagovailoa when he was cleared to play after a suspected concussion, there is a good chance that he will miss Sunday’s game.
If he is sidelined, his backup will be Brett Rypien.
Kenny Pickett Injury
Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett is another quarterback who was taken out of the game in Week 14 with a suspected concussion. It is his first recorded concussion, and he is considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. If he is out, his backup will be Mitchell Trubisky.
Kyler Murray Injury
In a seemingly uneventful non contact play where Kyler was running to get a down, Kyler seemed to have tweaked his right knee when changing directions. He had to be carted off of the field and an MRI on Monday confirmed the worst: a torn ACL.
Kyler will be out for the season. The Cardinals second string quarterback is Colt McCoy who has already taken the field earlier this season.
Lamar Jackson Update
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is still questionable after suffering a PCL injury in Week 13 when his knee was driven into the ground and forced back. Early reports suggest that due to issues with stability, there is little to no chance that he will play this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The Raven’s second-string quarterback Tyler Huntley is on concussion protocol on a short week, so there is a chance that third-string Anthony Brown might be the starter.
But after seeing how Brock Purdy, Mr. Irrelevent, dominated as the third-string starter for the 49ers in their Week 14 game against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, we can’t rule Anthony Brown and the Ravens out just yet.
Speaking of Tom Brady, he injured his right hand when he slammed it into the helmet of an opponent on Sunday. Knowing Tom, and after hearing his dismissive remarks about the injury in the post-game press conference, he will play on December 18th against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Kenneth Walker III Injury Update
The Seattle Seahawks starting running back missed Week 14 due to an ankle strain. The star rookie is still questionable for Thursday night’s game against the 49ers and did not practice all last week. Walker’s backup, DeeJay Dallas, is also dealing with an ankle injury.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll suggested on Monday that there is a chance that Walker will play on Thursday. With Seattle’s playoff hopes hanging on by a string, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Walker hit the field, even if only for a few plays.
Jeff Wilson Jr Injury
The running back for the Miami Dolphins, Jeff Wilson Jr., was carted off of the field in the Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He was able to bear weight and limp over to the sideline but was ultimately ruled out at halftime. With the Dolphins playing on Saturday, it seems unlikely that Wilson will be able to suit up.
According to Cameron Wolfe, Mike McDaniel said that his hip injury was “more positive than worst-case scenario could have been…Crisis was averted.”
Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel says RB Jeff Wilson Jr. hip injury was “more positive than worse-case scenario could have been… Crisis was averted.” Wilson is day-to-day, status for Sat vs Bills uncertain as of now.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) December 12, 2022
If he is indeed ruled out, Raheem Mostert would get a lot more touches as a FLEX option.
Dameon Pierce Injury
The running back for the Houston Texans injured his ankle in the Week 14 game against the Dallas Cowboys. With the Texans on track to get the first draft pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, there is a good chance that he will be sidelined for their matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
And with Brandin Cooks inactive in Week 14, there is also a chance that he does not return for Week 15.
Cowboys right tackle Terrence Steele left the Week 14 game after the first half after suffering a left knee injury. MRI results from Monday confirm the worst, and he has a torn ACL. You can rule him out for the rest of the season.
Tyler Boyd & Tee Higgins
The Cincinnati Bengals offense took a massive hit when both Boyd and Higgins were ruled out in week 14. Boyd is dealing with a dislocated finger that puts him at a ‘week-to-week’ monitoring. Luckily for fingers, they can be wrapped, and typically players can play through the injuries.
Tee Higgins’s hamstring injury was tweaked during pregame in Week 14. He is reported to have wanted to play, but the coaches said no. While there is technically no official timeline for either player, there is a chance that both might be able to suit up on Sunday against the Buccaneers, with Boyd having a higher probability than Higgins.
Key Players Coming Off Of IR In NFL Week 15 Injury Report
Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders
Tight end Darren Waller is on track to come off of injured reserve for the week 15 matchup against the New England Patriots. He suffered a hamstring injury that affected him for a few weeks, but it looks like the rest and recovery did him well, and there is a good chance that he will play on Sunday against the Patriots who are looking to secure a playoff spot.
Make sure to stay tuned for the latest NFL Injury reports!
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