6 NFL Injury Storylines to Watch Ahead of Week 15

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The top NFL injury storylines for Week 15, including Deebo Samuel.
The top NFL injury storylines for Week 15, including Deebo Samuel. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

3 QBs Leave With Concussions, Who Will Play in Week 15?

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Kenny Pickett, Baltimore Ravens’ Tyler Huntley and Denver Broncos’ Russell Wilson were each ruled out on Sunday after being placed in concussion protocol. 

John Harbaugh said he was unsure if Huntley will be available next Saturday, but if he is diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury he would be hard-pressed to clear protocols in a short week. 

Pickett experienced somewhat delayed symptoms after he suffered his second concussion this season. His first was in Week 6 and he started the next game. 

Wilson was pulled in the third quarter of the Broncos’ elimination-clinching loss after he showed obvious outward signs of a traumatic brain injury, the first reported concussion of his career. 

If any are unavailable, Anthony Brown, Mitchell Trubisky and Brett Rypien would likely start for the Ravens, Steelers and Broncos, respectively. 

How Long Will Samuel Miss With Ankle Sprain? 

San Francisco 49ers wideout Deebo Samuel appeared to suffer a left high-ankle sprain and potential MCL sprain but avoided significant injury after his leg was trapped in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Samuel is unlikely to play when San Francisco travels to Seattle for a potential division-clinching contest on Thursday and could miss multiple games, depending on the severity of the sprain. 

How Serious is Tyreek Hill’s Ankle Injury?

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill was listed as questionable at halftime and appeared limited in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Mike McDaniel didn’t have an update on the injury, but Hill was still productive through the ailment and led Miami with 4 receptions for 81 yards with a 60-yard score and another 57-yard fumble return touchdown. 

Will White, Williams, Davis Miss Significant Time for Struggling Jets?

Joe Flacco twice replaced Mike White in the New York Jets’ loss to the Buffalo Bills, but both times the quarterback returned and he was reportedly cleared of any significant internal injuries.

White, who has helped turn the offense from putrid to functional, will likely need a rib block injection to play against the Detroit Lions and avoid a third straight loss.

Defensive star Quinnen Williams was ruled out with a calf injury but could reportedly play next week after it was found to be minor.

Veteran wideout Corey Davis left with a concussion and his return will depend on the rate of his advancement through the protocols.

Who Will Joe Burrow Target against Buccaneers?

The Cincinnati Bengals played most of their fifth consecutive win without Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. 

Higgins reportedly tweaked his hamstring in pregame warmups, but wasn’t listed on the injury report and only played one snap. Tyler Boyd, meanwhile, left with a thumb injury after his first target. 

Ja’Marr Chase caught 10 passes for 119 yards and six other pass-catchers had at least one reception.

Will Thumb Injury Limit Tom Brady?

Bucaneers QB Tom Brady appeared to suffer a right thumb injury when he smacked his hand on an incoming defender’s helmet early in the third quarter against the 49ers. 

Brady threw an interception on the next play and another on the next drive, but responded with two more long pass-heavy drives in the blowout loss.

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