We avoided any major injuries to Fantasy-relevant players in Week 12, but quite a few big names got banged up. Here’s what we know so far.
Rob Gronkowski TE, Patriots: chest and back injuries
Gronk was questionable entering the game after missing Week 11 because of a punctured lung/chest injury. He was active but didn’t last long because of an unrelated back injury. Gronk was reportedly walking gingerly after the game, although it doesn’t sound like a serious injury for now. It’s possible he was dealing with back spasms, but he has dealt with back problems before, which makes this a little bit more concerning.
Martellus Bennett TE, Patriots: ankle sprain
An ankle injury has bothered Bennett since Week 5, and he was clearly hobbled throughout Sunday’s game. Again, Bennett insists he will be fine for Week 13, and the Patriots need him with Gronk battling various injuries.
Derek Carr QB, Raiders: dislocated right pinkie
Carr dislocated the pinkie finger on his right (throwing) hand in the second half and was in incredible pain. He was taken back to the locker room to have the finger relocated and returned the next series with a glove on his hand. He had some highs and lows after the return, but this isn’t something that should affect his Week 13 availability or performance unless there is also a fracture that hasn’t been reported yet.
Jordan Reed TE, Redskins: AC sprain
When Reed went down with a shoulder injury on Thanksgiving, it didn’t look good. Our initial speculation was an AC sprain or a clavicle fracture because of the way he landed, and he was later diagnosed with a grade 3 AC sprain. While this is something he can try to play through, it will take multiple weeks to heal, and playing through the injury may prolong his recovery. It will also be very painful when taking any big hits or reaching for a ball, so his performance may drop.
T.Y. Hilton WR, Colts: back injury
Hilton injured his back when he took a big hit from a Steelers safety and played sparingly afterwards. This isn’t the first injury he has dealt with and tried to play through this season, and they are really starting to add up. While Hilton has a good chance to be active for the Colts’ game next Monday night, his ability to perform may drop until he can get healthy again.
Lamar Miller RB, Texans: ankle sprain
This one is more speculation, but Miller appeared to limp off of the field after tweaking his left ankle with a minute left in the game. He has been battling an ankle injury for a few weeks but is playing well, so hopefully this is just another little scare.
Allen Hurns WR, Jaguars: hamstring strain
On his only catch of the game, a 12-yard touchdown, Hurns injured his hamstring and didn’t see the field again. It was immediately evident he hurt his hamstring because he grabbed the back of his leg right as he crossed the goal line. We won’t know more on the severity until later in the week, but hamstring strains can become problematic for wide receivers.
John Brown WR, Cardinals: hamstring strain
Like Hurns, Brown injured his hamstring and didn’t return to the game. We won’t know much about the injury until practice statuses are released later in the week, but this one could keep him out a few weeks.
Chris Ivory RB, Jaguars: hamstring strain
Ivory was putting up strong numbers in the first quarter, but he was forced out of the game because of a hamstring strain after finding the end zone and posting 44 yards on the ground. This left T.J. Yeldon, who didn’t practice all week because he is battling an ankle injury, to take over as the Jaguars’ lead back.
Jeremy Hill RB, Bengals: ankle sprain
Hill briefly left the game when his left ankle twisted awkwardly, but he was able to return in the second half and finish the game. This doesn’t look like anything concerning, but he may be limited in practice this week to be safe.
Odell Beckham Jr. WR, Giants: right thumb injury
OBJ was taken to the locker room to receive treatment for a thumb injury, but he returned and had another impressive day. This could have been re-aggravation of an injury he picked up last week when he jammed his hand into the turf, and for now it’s nothing to be too concerned about.