NFL Week 16 injury updates: 3 more stars ruled out

  • Tennessee Titans QB Will Levis
  • Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman
  • New England Patriots TE Hunter Henry

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) evades a tackle by Pittsburgh Steelers
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) evades a tackle by Pittsburgh Steelers / Robert Scheer/IndyStar / USA TODAY
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Week 16 is here and if you are still playing in your fantasy football playoffs or even the consolation bracket, you are going to want to keep up with all of the injury news and have a backup plan in place.

The status of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is still shaky but it looks like Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor may be back on the field. However, three more players have now been ruled out for their games as has Colts running back Zack Moss.

Will Levis, Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis exits the field after their loss to the Houston Texans at / Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA

Will Levis

Tennessee Titans QB Will Levis was hurt toward the end of the team's game last week and it is now being reported that he will be out this game, paving the way for Ryan Tannehill to return to the lineup.

You likely weren't playing Levis unless you were incredibly thin on options anyway, but it could impact wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who has been much better with Levis as the starter. Hopkins has six touchdown receptions on the season and all six of those have come from Levis.

Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) scores the game winning touchdown against / Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA

Michael Pittman

After it was initially believed that Michael Pittman would play on Sunday for the Colts, he apparently developed new symptoms while traveling with the team to Atlanta. Those symptoms have forced the team to rule him out for the game.

That is a big development and one that fantasy managers need to be aware of as he was likely going to be in the lineup for most teams this week. Pittman is still recovering from a nasty hit he took against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, one that led to Damontae Kazee being suspended for the rest of the season.

Hunter Henry, New England Patriots
Dec 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry (85) makes / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry has had a rough season while playing in one of the league's most anemic offenses and was likely dumped onto the waiver wire in the majority of fantasy leagues. But in recent weeks, he has been quite productive while forming a connection with QB Bailey Zappe.

In his last two games, he has caught 10 passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns. That is great production for the TE spot but at least for this week, fantasy managers are going to have to do without him.

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A knee injury is going to keep him out of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.