Eight Injured Players to Monitor for Week 14
Julio Jones WR, Falcons: turf toe
Jones was in and out of the second half last weekend because of a lower body injury that is now being called turf toe. This is an injury that can recur, even milder cases, so it's certainly not a good thing for one of the league's best receivers to be dealing with. Jones didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday but was seen doing some side drills and participating in the team’s walk through. Jones is very questionable for Sunday, and the Inside injuries algorithm says he's a "don't start" this week, but check the Inside Injuries app for updates up until game time.
Danny Amendola WR, Patriots: high ankle sprain
Another Patriots' injury. One week after they lost Gronk for the season, Amendola suffered a high ankle sprain and could miss the rest of the regular season. The optimal recovery time for this injury is around four weeks, so it makes sense for him to get healthy in time for the playoffs instead of returning too soon.
Jordan Reed TE, Redskins: grade 3 AC sprain
Reed's shoulder is still bothering him, which is no surprise because he hasn't reached the optimal recovery time yet. AC sprains impact range of motion and strength, so even if Reed can tough it out and play on Sunday he may not be very effective and he is at risk of making it worse. He's participated in individual drills two days in a row, but he was still in "serious pain." Reed will be a tough guy to trust for the next few weeks.
Ryan Mathews RB, Eagles: MCL sprain
After a two game absence because of an MCL sprain, Mathews is ready to return. He has practiced all week, but three weeks is a fairly quick return for his injury, so I don't see him out-snapping Darren Sproles or having great value this week. He will be a touchdown-dependant Fantasy option.
Matthews was a game time decision in Week 13 and didn't suit up, but this week he is on track to play after getting in two practices already. Inside Injuries still has him as a "don't start" this week- ankle injuries can be tough for a wide receiver to recover from in just two weeks.
Theo Riddick RB, Lions: wrist and ankle injuries
Riddick was already playing through an ankle injury, and now he's been listed with a wrist injury as well. He did not practice on Wednesday but was back on Thursday and there's no real concern over his Week 14 availability. Riddick is no more than an RB3 option due to lack of opportunity and injuries holding him back.
Charles Sims RB, Buccaneers: knee injury
Sims has spent the last two months recovering from an unknown knee injury, but he will be back with the Bucs on Sunday. Without knowing specifics, it's hard to say how the injury will affect his play, but he's back in the elevated risk category and at above average HPF, so he's a cautious start his week. With Doug Martin (back) ailing and Jacquizz Rodgers still getting over a foot sprain, he may have more value than most third-string running backs.
Trevor Siemian QB, Broncos: foot sprain
At some point in the Broncos' Week 12 game, Siemian injured his foot but was able to complete the game. He didn't practice at all last week and was ruled out, but he's now on track to start again on Sunday. He was limited on Wednesday at practice and reports that his foot is feeling much better. He also shed his walking boot and is past the optimal recovery time for a QB with this injury, so he should be ready to go. This offense doesn't have much firepower, so he's not a great Fantasy option despite recovering from his injury.
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