NFL Injury News: Fantasy Implications from Week 11 Injuries

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28: Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks for room to run against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half in a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Falcons defeated the Eagles 30-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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You never like to see someone go down with an injury, regardless of what team they play for. It hurts a bit more when it's a player from your favorite team, and it stings even worse when it's a player on whom your fantasy team relies each and every week.

Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game, and there were plenty of them in Week 11—and they could all have an impact on your fantasy plans for Week 12.


LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

As if Eagles fans—and fantasy owners who have LeSean McCoy on their squads—could dislike Eagles head coach Andy Reid any more than they already do, McCoy took a knee to the helmet with the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 31-6 loss to Washington.

McCoy, who was carted off of the field, suffered a concussion, according to the NFL:

LeSean McCoy suffers concussion in Eagles' loss: (via @nfl_atl)

NFL (@nfl) November 18, 2012

McCoy's availability for Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers is in serious doubt, and those owners who have the shifty tailback on their rosters may want to take some advice, courtesy of's Michael Fabiano:

If you own LeSean McCoy, you'll need to add Bryce Brown. McCoy was concussed.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) November 18, 2012

McCoy was Philadelphia's leading rusher and receiver on the day with 15 carries for 45 yards and six receptions for 67 yards.


Willis McGahee, RB, Denver Broncos

After picking up 55 yards on only seven carries in the first half against the San Diego Chargers, Broncos' RB Willis McGahee has been ruled out for the rest of the game after suffering a knee injury, per ESPN:

RT @claytonespn McGahee isn't coming back. Officially ruled out because of his knee injury.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 18, 2012

You always cringe when you see Willis McGahee and knee injury in the same paragraph, much less the same sentence.

With no thought as to the severity of the injury, keep a close eye on his status heading into the Broncos' Week 12 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.


Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

For the second consecutive week, Falcons WR Julio Jones limped off of the field with an injury to his right ankle:

Julio Jones on the bench...his ankle remains an issue.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) November 18, 2012

Unlike Week 11, Jones did not return to action this time, finishing the day with three receptions for 33 yards.

His production certainly wasn't helped by Falcons QB Matt Ryan tossing five interceptions on the day, but it's clear that his ankle could be an issue for the rest of the season.

As for the Falcons' Week 12 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you'll have to keep a close eye on news coming out of Falcons practice this week, but you'd have to imagine that they might opt to hold him out as a precautionary measure, even if he's able to practice throughout the week.


Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe was forced from the Chiefs' Week 11 game against the Cincinnati Bengals early after suffering what at first appeared to be a head injury but, as ESPN's John Clayton clarifies, was actually an injury to his neck:

Ryan Mathews is active for Chargers. Dwayne Bowe has neck injury. D. Amendola back for Rams. Jeff Backus out for Lions.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) November 18, 2012

Bowe was targeted twice in the game but caught no passes before heading to the sidelines. That he's been a disappointment in 2012 is really no fault of his own, considering the quality of the quarterbacks delivering the ball to him on a weekly basis.

With Kansas City going nowhere fast in 2012, they've got no reason to get Bowe back onto the field until his neck is 100-percent healthy.

You have to consider him questionable for their Week 12 game against the Denver Broncos.