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What to do with Mike Evans, Josh Jacobs, Derrius Guice, Jared Cook, others on injury report

The Week 14 injury report is heavy one with some big names after a relatively healthy few weeks for notable players around the NFL. We break down the situation heading into Week 15.

Jared Cook of the New Orleans Saints reacts after scoring a 26 yard touchdown catch thrown by Drew Brees against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter in the game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on December 08, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The NFL has wrapped up the bulk of the Week 14 Sunday schedule, and we have a large injury report after the 1:00 p.m. and midway through the 4:05/4:25 p.m. games. For the first time in a while, we have a long list of skill position injuries. There are a lot of questions still to answer, but these are players to track on Monday when the usual round of MRIs happen.

We’ve still got Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football to go, so this list could grow. But in the meantime, it’s time to start considering your waiver wire options for Week 15 of your fantasy football leagues. Below is a rundown of notable injuries, and who stands to benefit as you consider what to do with your waiver wire priority.

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Penny injured his knee on his first touch of the game, a 16-yard reception. He was ruled out before the first quarter was even finished. His status is uncertain moving forward, but such a quick downgrade is never a good thing. C.J. Prosise takes over as Chris Carson’s primary backup for however long Penny is out.

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans suffered a hamstring injury on a 61-yard touchdown catch and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Head coach Bruce Arians described it as “not good,” according to team reporter Scott Smith. Breshaud Perriman would pick up work if Evans misses any time.

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Winston suffered a hand injury that cost him a series in the third quarter. Ryan Griffin replaced him and Winston returned a drive later. After the game, Arians described the injury as a small fracture that did not impact his throws today, according to beat writer Jenna Laine. Arians was unsure what it means for Winston this week in practice.

Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens

UPDATE: Adam Schefter is reporting Andrews suffered a “‘contusion’ between his knee and thigh,: and it’s nothing major. However, the Ravens play the Jets on Thursday Night Football, so this will be something to watch.

Andrews left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and did not appear to return the rest of the game after getting a doubtful designation. Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst replaced him and both scored a touchdown. Hurst finished the game with three receptions for 73 yards, while Boyle had two receptions for ten yards.

Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints

Cook suffered a concussion on his second touchdown catch of the day. He jumped up after the score, but then went through the evaluation process and ruled out. Josh Hill replaced him, and will be the starter if Cook does not get through the concussion protocol this week.

Devante Parker/Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins top two wide receivers both suffered concussions in the Dolphins loss to the Jets. If they do not get through the concussion protocol this week, Miami would send out Isaiah Ford, Allen Hurns, Mack Hollins, and others. Ford impressed in the game, catching six passes for 92 yards.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

Jacobs was hoping to play, but was declared inactive after going through his game-day paces. He will get an MRI this week, per Ian Rapoport, to check the status of the broken bone in his shoulder. DeAndre Washington is getting more touches in the Raiders-Titans game as of this publishing, but we’ll update as we learn more.

Derrius Guice, RB, Washington

UPDATE: Guice’s injury is believed to be an MCL sprain, per Tom Pelissero. He will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

Guice suffered another knee injury and did not return against the Packers. He remained on the sideline with his shoulder pads on, so fingers crossed it’s not a serious injury. Adrian Peterson is the team’s starting running back if Guice misses any time. Wendell Smallwood picks up passing down work.

Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets

Griffin suffered an ankle injury after his first catch of the game. He left and was announced as doubtful to return. He did not return and Daniel Brown replaced him in the starting lineup.

Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

McDonald suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Week 14. He was initially announced as questionable to return, but was ruled out in the fourth quarter. Nick Vannett is his replacement in the Steelers lineup.