Week 12 Fantasy Football Injury Report : Amari Cooper + Coby Fleener Concussions, Oakland-Denver Fight, Borderline Penalties

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2017-2018 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  My co-host and strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd (hence the J in "JK"..I'm the K...).  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for Week 12!

Week 12 Injuries:

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland, Concussion

  • Is this an unavoidable play for the safety?

Paxton Lynch, QB, DenVER, Ankle Sprain (2-4 Weeks)

  • We know the feeling brother!

Greg Olsen, TE, CarOLINA, Foot, Same Injury as Early in the year

  • Day to Day, No video

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay, Concussion

  • No Video, specific hit or cause not known

Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans, Concussion

  • Sparks another concussion protocol discussion
  • What are these booth ATC's looking at? 
  • Where is the breakdown in communication?
  • Fifth career concussion

Telvin Smith, LB, JacKSONVILLE, Concussion

  • Delayed onset of symptoms?
  • Concussion protocol talk continued...

Week 12 Plays:

Oakland/Denver Fight

  • Can any rule change deter fights?
  • Bad look for the league?


  • Jabrill's coach's thoughts on the hit:

“I am not going to tell Jabrill Peppers to play that play any differently,” Jackson said. “If he can lower his strike point a little bit, then great, OK? But I am not jumping him or going to be upset with him because of that play yesterday and how it happened. I am not going to do that.”

Buf DB “Helmet to Helmet” Penalty, but actually not a pentaly

  • Are refs in a tough spot?
  • Is flag-happy better than the alternative?

Burfict Penalized for Legal Hit

  • Has Vontaze dug his own grave when it comes to drawing penalties?

Thanksgiving games are played on Thursday, but Players don't mind playing

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