DeAndre Hopkins WR, Texans: ankle injury
Hopkins surprisingly played through his ankle injury last weekend, and he’s on track to make another appearance in Week 17. He was a limited participant in practice this week, and was removed from the final injury report. Hopkins is still a few days away from his Optimal Recovery Time and he remains a High Injury Risk. The Texans have already secured a spot in the playoffs, but they have plenty to play for in Week 17. Hopkins ankle could give him some trouble against Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey though.
Eric Ebron TE, Colts: concussion
Ebron is reportedly in the final stages of clearing the NFL’s concussion protocol, but he still needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can play in Week 17. Though he didn’t practice Wednesday, he was limited on Thursday and has progressed quickly through the protocol after suffering the head injury last weekend. Ebron’s durability is a concern, as he’s dealt with quad and knee injuries recently, on top of the concussion. The Colts are in a must-win situation, so Ebron will likely see a heavy workload despite being less than 100%. His Injury Risk remains Elevated.
Antonio Brown WR, Steelers: knee injury
With the Steelers in a must-win situation in Week 17, they are doing everything they can to have Antonio Brown healthy by this weekend. He popped up on the injury report on Thursday with a knee injury and is reportedly undergoing tests. Mid-week down-grades are never a good sign. If Brown is dealing with a mild, Grade 1 sprain, he only needs 2 weeks to heal, but a moderate knee sprain could take as many as 5 weeks to heal. Either way, Brown won’t be 100% by this weekend. His High Injury Risk is a red flag, and his Below Average Health Performance means his knee injury is going to hinder his performance.
Lamar Miller RB, Texans: ankle injury
Lamar Miller is expected to return to action after missing last week with an ankle injury. He’s been a full participant in practice this week and is expected to see heavy volume as the Texans are playing for playoff seeding. Miller remains an Elevated Injury Risk, but his Above Average Health Performance means he should be a good fantasy option.
Davante Adams WR, Packers: knee injury
The Packers have been eliminated from playoff contention, but Davante Adams still has the team’s single-season catch and receiving yards records to play for. Unfortunately, a knee injury may keep him from breaking those records. He hasn’t practiced at all this week, but the Packers have said that Adams doesn’t have to practice to play. The Inside Injuries algorithm is calculating a moderate knee sprain and a 4-5 week Optimal Recovery Time. Adams is a High Injury Risk, so playing through the injury isn’t worth it, even for the records. His Below Average HPF also suggests he won’t be able to play very well in Week 17.
Marcus Mariota QB, Titans: elbow nerve injury
The Tennessee Titans are fighting for a spot in the playoffs this weekend, but they may have to do it without their starting quarterback. Mariota suffered another elbow stinger in Week 16, his third aggravation of the injury this season. Even at much less than 100% Mariota is the team’s best chance at winning, so we expect him to play through the injury. His Elevated Injury Risk is worrisome, but it’s his Poor HPF that suggests the Titans might be better off with backup Blaine Gabbert. Throwing arm injuries are just too difficult for QBs to play through, especially nerve injuries.
T.Y. Hilton WR, Colts: ankle injury
Hilton is officially listed as questionable for Week 17, but he will more than likely be out there for a must-win matchup with the Titans. Hilton has practice once in the past three weeks as he continues to deal with an ankle injury, but he continues to play through the pain. Hilton had a huge game against the Titans earlier this season, but his ankle injury could slow him down this time. He remains a High Injury Risk, but his Above Average HPF is a good sign for fantasy owners.