NFL Injury Analysis: Gametime Decision for Gordon
NFL Injury Analysis: Gametime Decision for Gordon

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

While many fantasy championships were claimed last week, there is still one more week in the 2017 NFL regular season. NFL teams fighting for a playoff berth or jockeying for playoff positioning will be motivated to play all their healthy players while those eyeing a draft position may opt to hold out their ailing guys. Either way there are plenty of injury concerns entering Week 17, so let's take a look.

DeMarco Murray

The Titans currently cling to the final AFC Wild Card spot but will have to fend off the Bills and the Chargers. Unfortunately, it looks as though Tennessee will be without their lead running back. Murray sprained the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his right knee in the team's loss to the Rams on Sunday. The LCL isn't as well-known as its counterpart, the medial collateral ligament (MCL) primarily because the stress needed to injure it occurs less frequently. The LCL sits on the outer aspect of the knee, providing support during side-to-side movements of the knee. Like the MCL, the LCL can heal on its own and does not always require surgical intervention to mend. However, healing still takes time, and it's unlikely Murray is ready to go for the key matchup with the Jaguars. Furthermore, Murray has a lengthy history of right knee injuries dating back to his time at the University of Oklahoma. Invest in Derrick Henry if you can, as he is expected to fill in for the injured Murray.

Melvin Gordon

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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