Key Injuries to Affect Week 15 NFL Picks & Odds

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 6:55 PM GMT

The Titans and Redskins may go back to their former starting QBs in Week 15 after both teams' current starters suffered injuries Sunday. At least the Titans and Redskins don't have anything to play for. Here are injuries that could affect NFL odds.

Zach Mettenberger, QB, Titans
It's the second straight week Mettenberger has appeared on this injury report. He started Sunday against the Giants despite a right shoulder sprain, but he reinjured it when sacked by New York linebacker Devon Kennard and didn't return. Mettenberger has been diagnosed with a Grade III sprain and will miss the rest of the season but shouldn't need surgery. Mettenberger, a sixth-round rookie out of LSU, probably didn't do enough to convince the Titans not to draft a quarterback high in the 2015 draft. He threw at least one pick in all seven games he played -- six-starts -- and the Titans lost them all. Jake Locker, who began the season as the starter, returns to that role. It's just about a lock that these will be the final games in a Titans uniform for the former first-round pick. Tennessee opened as a pick'em on NFL betting odds this week at home vs. the Jets in a game both teams would be better suited to lose to help with draft position.

 

Colt McCoy, QB, and DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
McCoy left Sunday's loss to St. Louis with a neck strain but said he felt decent on Monday and he hasn't ruled out playing this week. Coach Jay Gruden already has said that Robert Griffin III would start this week at the Giants if McCoy can't. That's interesting considering all the reports that Gruden has lost faith in RGIII and wants to move on from him next season -- if Gruden is even back. Kirk Cousins started earlier this season against New York with RGII hurt and Cousins was awful, throwing four picks in a 45-14 home loss. Jackson missed Sunday's loss to St. Louis with a fibula contusion, but the team is hopeful that Jackson can play against the Giants -- although there's no reason whatsoever for Washington to push Jackson with the season already lost. Jackson has 47 catches for 942 yards and five scores. New York is a 6.5-point favorite at sportsbooks this time.

 

Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
The Bears' lost season got worse Monday as the team put Marshall on season-ending injured reserve. Marshall fractured two ribs and injured a lung in last Thursday's 41-28 home loss to Dallas. Marshall was hurt after a 15-yard reception late in the first half when he took a knee to the back from Cowboys safety Barry Church. Marshall's streak of seven straight seasons with 1,000 yards receiving will end as he has 61 catches for 721 yards and eight scores. Marquess Wilson will likely start the final three games. He has only played in a few games this year after breaking his collarbone in camp. The 2013 seventh-rounder has five catches for 40 yards. The Bears like his upside and the fact Wilson is 6-foot-4.

 

Percy Harvin, WR, Jets
Harvin actually got good news in that an ankle injury he suffered in Week 14 was just a low-ankle sprain. By comparison, a high-ankle sprain would take several weeks to recover from. Harvin seems unlikely to play Week 15, meaning Jeremy Kerley would get the start opposite Eric Decker. Harvin had a nice game last Sunday against the Vikings with five catches for 124 yards and a score. He has 25 catches for 306 yards and one touchdown in six games with the Jets, who acquired him via trade from Seattle. The Jets want to see as much of him as possible before deciding whether to bring Harvin back this week. New York opened as a pick'em at sportsbooks for Week 15 at Tennessee.

 

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
Jones was a one-man wrecking crew on Monday  night in Green Bay as he had a career night with 11 catches for 259 yards and a touchdown before leaving with a hip injury late in the fourth quarter. He might have broken the NFL single-game receiving record if not for that injury. It's too early to tell if Jones would be in jeopardy of missing this week's game vs. Pittsburgh. The Steelers opened as 1.5-point road favorites at sportsbooks. If Jones has to sit, that line is going to move big in Pittsburgh's direction.

 

Andre Johnson, WR, Texans 
Johnson suffered a concussion early in the second quarter of Week 14 after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith. Thus Johnson would need to pass all the NFL's concussion protocols to play this week at Indianapolis. The Colts are -6.5 on NFL odds vs. Houston and clinch the AFC South with a win.

 

Julius Thomas, TE, and Danny Trevathan, LB, Broncos
Thomas was active for Week 14 against Buffalo, but the team held him out with his ankle injury even though Coach John Fox said Thomas could have played. It was Thomas' third straight game missed, but he will play this week against San Diego in which a win clinches the AFC West for Denver.  Trevathan, the team's leading tackler in 2013, has been on injured reserve/designated to return since Oct. 14. He is eligible to return to the roster this week and could play Sunday, but the team likely won't decide until late this week. Trevathan has practiced the past two weeks. He has played in just two games this season because of two separate fractures in his left leg. The Broncos are -4 on NFL odds at San Diego.

 

Louis Delmas, S, Dolphins
Miami suffered a very damaging loss for its playoff hopes in Week 14 at home against the Ravens and the Dolphins also lost Delmas for the season to a torn ACL that could cut into his 2015 season. Delmas will become a free agent but has been very injury prone in his six-year career, spent mostly with Detroit. He finishes the season with 61 tackles and an interception that he returned 81 yards for a touchdown. To  make the playoffs, Miami (7-6) probably has to win out and it's +8 on NFL odds this week at New England.