Week 15 NFL Injury Report With Betting Advice
The 2015 NFL season is slowly winding down, as we head into one of three weeks remaining. As we move closer to the playoffs, things get less and less predictable, so week 15 very well could be the last comfortable setting for big time NFL betting.
The last two weeks of the year could get a little murky to some crazy division clashes, while some playoff teams may be a little more cautious and sit some of their guys as they work toward a deep post-season run. Throw in the injuries that already exist, and things intensity more by the day.
We should have a solid grasp on it for now, but who knows how long that will last? Let’s do the best we can for week 15, as we take a look at the big NFL injuries around the league and see how they might impact some of the games:
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots – Questionable
Brady reportedly missed practice time this week with an undisclosed illness. Early signs suggest he won’t miss New England’s week 15 home game against the Titans, although he’s still not a concrete go. The Pats would dip in terms of a lock if Brady were to sit this one out, but even without him they could get the job done at home. Regardless, Brady is an Iron Man and wouldn’t miss this game unless he couldn’t get himself on the field.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers – OUT
Stewart is being rested as precautionary measure due to a foot injury. Stewart has a history with foot problems, so with the Panthers 13-0, there is no need for the team to rush him back. I do think not having their top running back hurts them offensively. On the road against a desperate Giants team, the Panthers are very much on upset alert this week.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Doubtful
Yeldon supposedly still has a chance to play through a knee injury this week, but he’d be at less than 100% and is still highly unlikely to suit up. Denard Robinson should start in his place and due to his effectiveness in relief last week, may not have the Jags suffering much of a drop off in the running game. They still have a solid chance to take down a reeling Falcons team at home.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions – Questionable
Megatron is officially questionable for Monday Night Football, when the Lions head to New Orleans to battle the Saints. He could really be useful in what figures to be an offensive shootout, but he was rather ineffective last week thanks to a bulky ankle. If he doesn’t play, Detroit’s chances of earning a big road win lessen.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots – OUT
Edelman has missed the past few weeks with a foot injury but has already been ruled out for week 15. Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski are both healthy, so they should carry the load in the passing game at home against the Titans. Edelman is expected to make his return in the team’s week 17 season finale.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts – Doubtful
Moncrief was reportedly seen “limping around” this week and is highly doubtful to suit up in week 15 due to a bum foot. Moncrief has had a difficult time making a difference in Indy’s passing game, but they’ll be extremely short-handed without him. Taking down the Texans in a huge AFC South clash just got a whole lot harder.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers – Questionable
Olsen went down last week with a knee injury but is reportedly fine and “good to go” for week 15. The Panthers clearly have their sights set on going 16-0 and if they’re going to beat the Giants in New York, they’ll need Olsen to be quite effective. His presence definitely helps their chances.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals – OUT
Eifert will miss his second contest in the last three weeks – this time due to a concussion. Eifert isn’t ready to take the field and will be replaced by rookie backup tight end, Tyler Kroft. The Bengals entire a hostile environment in San Francisco this week, down their starting quarterback and top tight end. The 49ers are understandably a fun upset pick.
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