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With Week 12 just about in the books the Fantasy World is on high alert after seeing Rob Gronkowski leave late with a knee injury on SNF. There were several other high profile players who also went down on Thursday and Sunday. Here is what happened.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots - Gronk was hit hard on his right knee by Broncos Safety Darian Stewart and had to be carted off the field. This is the same knee that he had previous ACL reconstruction on in a season ending injury in 2013. Luckily this time his knee was not firmly planted and all reports are that it was nothing more serious than a scare but we will have to wait and see. MRI’s will be done today and while anything is possible the medical staff saw no reason to immobilize the joint last night as he was seen walking around unassisted in the locker room after the game. With so many top level players being ruled out through injury this year we will all be holding our breath until we know more.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks - Jimmy Graham tore his patellar tendon while trying to catch a ball in the end zone. He landed awkwardly and was diagnosed by medical staff in the locker room. Patellar tendons are very rare but very difficult injuries for players to overcome. We don’t have too many incidences of this type of injury occurring in our database but the outlook is not good for those players we do have on record. Victor Cruz, Cadillac Williams, DuJuan Harris and Austin Collie are some of the names that jump our as recent players who suffered this injury. Graham has shown the ability to play through several injuries that would have ended most players’ seasons (plantar fasciitis and a fractured wrist to name a few) but we have to wonder if we have not seen the last of “the Preacher.”
Chris Johnson, RB, Cardinals - Chris Johnson went down with what looked like an MCL sprain. This is usually an injury that requires a few weeks to rest. Details are scarce right now but look for more information as the week goes on.
Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals - Ellington had to leave one series after Johnson went down with what is being referred to as a left foot injury. Ellington has had injury trouble with his left foot before but we will have to wait and see what the reports produce later on in the week as to the severity and his availability for week 13.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers - Big Ben went down for the fourth time this season with a concussion after a Michael Bennett hit in the fourth quarter. His concussion-like symptoms were self-reported and he is in the concussion protocol. As with all injuries with Big Ben take the league average for recovery periods and divide by 2 and you kind of get an idea of when he will be back. The man regenerates like Wolverine. Early reports point to Roethlisberger being “OK” and that he will be available within the week.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars - Hurns hit the turf hard while making a low catch and appeared to be knocked out. The medical staff took the appropriate precautions and immobilized him and stretchered him off the field. Reports out of Jacksonville are that he suffered a concussion but that he should be fine. We will have to see how he responds to the concussion protocol this week.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals - Hill limped off with an ankle injury in the first quarter against the Rams and then had to leave again later in the game after which he was declared done for the day. We will have to wait and see as to the severity of the sprain but it would appear that he should be good to go for week 13.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Colts - Bradshaw was forced from Sunday’s game against the Bucs with a left wrist injury. Bradshaw has been plagued by a fractured wrist in the past – it would be no surprise if his season is in doubt.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals - Eifert left the game on Sunday against the Rams with a stinger and did not return. A stinger is when you get hit hard on the neck and lose feeling in your arms and body for a period of time. While not comfortable they’re usually not severe injuries as feeling returns pretty shortly. Eifert should be good to go in an exciting matchup with the Browns in week 13.
Heath Miller, TE, Steelers - Miller hurt his ribs early in the game against Seattle and then aggravated it later on and was ruled out for the remainder. We will have to wait and see what this week brings in terms of his availability for week 13