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Week 16 is just about in the books and hopefully you had a Merry Christmas and crushed it in any season-long finals you found yourself in. Injuries were pretty sparse this week but we’re going to cover some of the big game day inactives to see what the likelihood is of getting any usage out of them for the last week of the season.
Chris Ivory, RB Jets - Ivory injured his knee in the first half of the win against the Patriots. He exited to the locker room for nearly a quarter before returning in the second half. He has looked exhausted the last few games and is really hard to trust entering week 17 with Bilal Powell outplaying him thoroughly. The injury doesn’t look serious and shouldn’t keep him out of the final game of the season but the fatigue does look real enough to warrant sitting him in favor of some better options out there.
Matt Forte, RB Bears - Forte was held to just three carries in the second half of Sunday’s game. After the game he told reporters that he was dealing with a back injury that kept him on the sideline. It didn’t sound overly serious but with the Bears looking to the future with Langford and Carey, while Forte should be active for his last game in a Chicago Bears jersey, it’s unlikely he has a big role in Week 17.
Kendall Wright, WR Titans - This one is for bookkeeping purposes mainly. Wright reinjured his left MCL on Sunday and was pulled from the game. In a season that had him touted as a sneaky sleeper, Wright was unable to stay on the field missing games due to knee and rib injuries. With Mariota hopefully progressing and Wright getting the offseason to heal hopefully 2016 can be the year he fulfills the potential many saw in him coming into this season.
Game Day inactives
Dez Bryant, WR Cowboys - Bryant is suffering from foot and ankle injuries and was unable to practice last week. He was ruled out for the game prior to kickoff on Sunday and there is a good chance he is shut down for the season. Returning from a Jones fractures in the same season is no easy accomplishment. Bryant is one of the toughest players in the game, but the Cowboys should do what they can to protect their star wideout in a season that has imploded.
Andrew Luck, QB Colts - Luck is getting closer to playing and apparently wants to play in Week 17 even if the Colts are eliminated from the playoffs. What a weird, crazy, injury riddled season it’s been at the QB position, headlined by Andrew Luck. He would need to be cleared by the medical staff in order to see the field and resume contact activities this week to at least have a chance of playing in the final week of the regular season. Keep checking in for updates on his status throughout the week.
LeSean McCoy, RB Bills - McCoy was diagnosed with a torn MCL and was ruled out of Sunday’s game early in the week. It’s unlikely he will be able to play in Week 17 with the Bills’ season already lost.
Marcus Mariota, QB Titans - Mariota suffered a sprained MCL to his right knee last week and was ruled out for Week 16 on Sunday. It’s unlikely he plays again in 2015 with the Titans getting blown out this year.
Alshon Jeffery, WR Bears - Another week, another game for the Bears without Alshon Jeffery. He has now missed six games on the year and is unlikely to play another snap as a Bear with free agency looming. Matt Forte mentioned that all the players had been put on a program to reduce injuries this season but made mention of a few guys who failed to continue the program when they went home or see it through. While no direct reference was made to Jeffery the timing was coincidental. Jeffery has had an awful contract year but should not struggle finding a job on the open market next year.
Melvin Gordon, RB Chargers - Gordon was placed on IR during the week after suffering cartilage damage in his knee. While the severity is not known, most of the time “cartilage damage” refers to a meniscus that is fixed with fairly simple arthroscopic surgery. But if the injury is a bad one, offseason micro-fracture surgery could be an option. At which point all bets are off for anyone holding Gordon in Dynasty leagues as what was a supremely underwhelming rookie year could be a lost sophomore year should micro-fracture surgery be required.
Danny Amendola, WR Patriots - Amendola was ruled out due to a knee injury on Sunday. With Patriots being as secretive as they are about disclosing the nature of any injury there isn’t much to work with here except the fact that Amendola has an injury history longer than my pants and is a notoriously slow healer.