Kyle Pitts | Right MCL sprain | Injured reserve
Pitts was hit directly on his right knee by a defender and did not return. Video replays show a severe hyperextension injury concerning for a season-ending multiple-ligament injury. The best case scenario is a bone bruise or isolated MCL or PCL sprain and a 3-4+ week absence. Unfortunately, an ACL and/or posterior joint injury is also possible. Those injuries would require surgery and months of rehab.
An MRI will define Pitts' injuries on Monday. Expect his season to be over.
Monday update: According to Ian Rapoport, an MRI revealed Pitts suffered a high-grade MCL sprain that will require surgery. The Falcons moved Pitts to injured reserve. His earlier return is Week 17 but recovery from an MCL repair is likely to take at least six weeks. It's possible Pitts has additional damage. His season is almost certainly over.
Justin Fields | Left shoulder dislocation | Week-to-week | Questionable Week 12
Fields told reporters after the game he was in pain after he landed on his left shoulder in the fourth quarter. The Bears allowed Fields to discuss the team's loss with the media, a rare occurrence if a player has suffered a severe injury.
A sprain of the AC joint of his non-throwing shoulder is the most likely condition and shouldn't limit him much this week. Expect limited practice for Fields but he's likely to play in Week 12.
Monday update: Ian Rapoport reported Fields dislocated his left shoulder. The Bears declared Fields day-to-day but these injuries often require more than a week to regain strength and range of motion. While the injury is to Fields' non-throwing shoulder, he's now questionable at best this week and could miss extended time if further evaluation reveals additional injury.
Monday update: Adam Schefter reported tonight that Fields did not dislocate his shoulder. Some still refer to an AC joint sprain as a separated shoulder -- a confusing but completely different injury than a dislocation or subluxation (brief and partial dislocation). The difference is important to Fields' recovery timetable. Watch for further clarification as the week progresses.
Joe Mixon | Concussion protocol | Questionable Week 12
Mixon was diagnosed with a concussion. Cincinnati has cleared players to play the following week after a concussion in the past. If Mixon is back to a limited practice by Thursday, he'll have a chance to see his usual workload on Sunday.
More Sunday injuries to monitor
- Mike Williams | Aggravated ankle sprain | Questionable Week 12
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire | High ankle sprain | Doubtful Week 12
- Matthew Stafford | Concussion | Doubtful Week 12
- Kadarius Toney | Hamstring strain | Doubtful Week 12
- Rondale Moore | Groin injury | Questionable Week 12
- Wan'Dale Robinson | ACL tear | Season-ending injury
- Chase Edmonds | High ankle sprain | Doubtful Week 12
- Jaylen Warren | Hamstring strain | Doubtful Week 12
Follow Up Appointments
Ja'Marr Chase | Hip avulsion fracture / Labral injury | Doubtful Week 12
Chase was cleared to fully bear weight off crutches last week and could be cleared to practice this week.
Ian Rapoport suggested Chase could return to game action in Week 12, but it's unlikely he'll be cleared for contact and be in game condition less than ten days after requiring a month of rest on crutches.
Still, Chase's progress means he's tracking favorably to be full strength well in advance of Week 15 and the fantasy playoff weeks. Expect him to begin working back into Cincinnati's offense in Week 13 or 14.
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