NFL Injury Analysis: High Ankle Sprains Highlight Rough Injury Year

NFL Injury Analysis: High Ankle Sprains Highlight Rough Injury Year

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

The year 2020 has been awful for injuries in the NFL. Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley, the two players with the highest average draft positions (ADP) in the this year's drafts, have played a combined five games. Michael Thomas, the wide receiver with the highest ADP, has appeared in just seven games and will not play again in the regular season after being placed on the injured reserve. It isn't just RBs and WRs either, as injuries have claimed the third-ranked quarterback (Dak Prescott) and the second-ranked tight end (George Kittle). Still the season must go on, and hopefully you have somehow managed to remain competitive. With fantasy titles on the line in most leagues, let's take a look at injuries impacting Week 16.

Cam Akers

The Rams will not have Akers for their Week 16 game against the Seahawks. The running back suffered a high ankle sprain in the team's upset loss to the Jets. High ankle sprains have been a popular injury this year, with multiple big name players succumbing to the injury, including McCaffrey, Thomas and Jimmy Garoppolo.

As previously discussed with each of these cases, high ankle sprains are different than the more common lateral ankle sprain. High ankle sprains involve the ligaments that span across the lower leg bones, stabilizing a joint known as the distal tibiofibular joint. As we have seen this season, high ankle sprains are often accompanied by longer recovery windows, and it would not

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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