Recapping the Injuries week 11 2017

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal
Week 10 was an injury filled week with a decent amount of players going down. Some of the injuries can keep players out for at least one game, while others could cause them to miss multiple games. A lot of the injuries sustained this week were concussions, but we also saw some rib injuries, as well as knee injuries. As I do every week, below I will go over the impact that these injuries could have on some of these teams and what to expect moving forward.

Jacoby Brissett – Colts: Brissett briefly left Sunday’s game against the Steelers to be evaluated for a head injury and returned. However, it was later announced that he sustained a concussion and is now in the league’s protocol. The Colts have a bye this upcoming week, so he has time to heal up. His current status is week-to-week and before he is able to get back on the field, he will have to clear the concussion protocol. Should Brissett miss any time, the Colts will be forced to lean on Scott Tolzien.

Russell Wilson – Seahawks: The Seahawks put Wilson at danger in Week 10 after putting him back in the game against the Cardinals before he was cleared by a team doctor. The result, Wilson suffered a concussion and is now in the league’s protocol. The Seahawks play the Falcons in Week 11, which would be a favorable matchup for Wilson, who will have to clear the concussion protocol before being able to play. We should have a better idea regarding his status later in the week. If you own Wilson, it is never a bad idea to have a backup plan in place in case he cannot give it a go.

Drew Stanton – Cardinals: Stanton sprained his knee in Week 10 against the Seahawks and is considered week-to-week. It is uncertain whether he will be able to play or not against the Texans, but if he misses any time, Blaine Gabbert will draw the start. This is simply a quarterback situation to avoid in your fantasy leagues.

Philip Rivers – Chargers: Rivers was placed in the concussion protocol on Monday after he came into the facility and reported concussion-like symptoms. It is unclear whether he sustained this injury in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars or not, but in order for him to play this week, he will have to clear the protocol. If he is unable to give it a go, the Chargers will roll out Kellen Clemens. It is definitely a situation worth keeping a close eye on.

Devonta Freeman – Falcons: Freeman suffered his second concussion of the season in Week 10 against the Cowboys. The Falcons are going to be cautious with Freeman, so it would not be surprising to see him miss Week 11. If that is the case, Tevin Coleman will draw the start and can be considered a high-end RB2, even against a tough Seahawks defense. Coleman stepped in for the injured Freeman and rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown against Dallas.

Robert Kelley– Redskins: Kelley is dealing with a high-ankle sprain and an MCL sprain. He is expected to miss multiple games due to the injuries and could even end up on the IR. Samaje Perine will likely get the nod as the starting running back for Washington and Chris Thompson will continue his pass catching duties during Kelley’s absence. Perine should be added off of waivers in all formats.

Aaron Jones – Packers: Jones is expected to miss 3-6 weeks after sustaining an MCL sprain in Week 10 against the Bears. Essentially he is could be done for the remainder of the fantasy football season if he misses the full six weeks. Ty Montgomery also went down with a rib injury in this game. Neither back was able to return on Sunday, but initial reports suggest that Montgomery could play in Week 11. Even if that ends up being the case, Jamaal Williams should see an increased role on this offense and should be added off of waivers. Williams received 20 carries in Week 10 after both Jones and Montgomery left the game with injuries.

Ryan Grant – Redskins: Grant suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Rams. He is in the league’s protocol and would have to be cleared before being able to play. His limited production this season keeps him off of fantasy radars, despite catching three or more passes in five consecutive games.

Will Fuller – Texans: Fuller left Sunday’s game after taking a big hit and was unable to return. He was diagnosed with cracked ribs and could miss the Texans next game. During his absence, Bruce Ellington lined up as the number two wide receiver for Houston alongside DeAndre Hopkins. Even if Ellington gets the start in the next game, the lack of quarterback talent for the Texans makes him too much of a risk to feel good about this week. Fuller has a shot to return to action in Week 12 against the Ravens.