NFL Injury Analysis: Turf Burns Edition

NFL Injury Analysis: Turf Burns Edition

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

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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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