This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
It's almost time for the fantasy playoffs, so let's dive right into the injuries of the week in an all-Turf Burns version of NFL injury analysis.
Keenan Allen: Allen is at risk of not playing in Week 14 after testing positive for COVID-19. It appears the Chargers receiver is vaccinated, meaning he has an outside shot at returning in time. However, those odds are slim, and fantasy managers need to have a reliable insurance policy readily available.
Joe Burrow: The second-year quarterback suffered a dislocated pinkie finger Sunday, but he should be ready to go against the 49ers. When a dislocation occurs, the primary concern is the involved bone and any damage to the surrounding soft tissue structures. It sounds like Burrow suffered a closed dislocation that did not result in a fracture. The team may opt to limit his practice reps for him to address any associated symptoms, but look for him to be active on Sunday. However, the pinkie is a key component of grip and could negatively impact Burrow's ability to deliver an accurate pass with velocity. Scale back your expectations.
Dalvin Cook: In Minnesota, the Vikings continue to take a cryptic approach with Cook's potential availability. Last week I detailed Cook's dislocated shoulder and the potential issues it could cause. Despite the complexity of the injury, Minnesota continues to list him as day-to-day. However, the Vikings are facing a short turnaround, and Cook was a nonparticipant in practice Monday. For now, Alexander Mattison