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Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. downgraded to OUT ahead of Week 16 vs. Falcons

Colts WR is dealing with a concussion going into Week 16 vs. the Falcons. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is dealing with a concussion ahead of their Week 16 matchup at the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday on Christmas Eve. He suffered the concussion after taking a nasty helmet-to-helmet hit in last Saturday’s victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittman was placed into concussion protocol and will have to be cleared by both a team doctor and an independent neurologist before he can fully return to action.

Michael Pittman Jr. injury updates

Saturday update: Surprisingly, Pittman has been downgraded to out for the game. He successfully cleared protocols but then re-developed symptoms on Saturday and was downgraded.

Friday PM update: Pittman is officially questionable, but not due to his concussion, which he has cleared. The questionable tag is due to a shoulder injury, but all signs point to him being able to go this week.

Friday update: Pittman has been cleared of his concussion, per James Boyd. He should be good to go for your fantasy playoffs matchup this week.

Thursday update: Pittman was listed as a full practice participant on Thursday. He still remains in the league’s concussion protocol, but appears to be in the final stages and this is a good sign he will play this weekend.

Wednesday update: Pittman was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, which is an estimate considering that the Colts did a walkthrough instead of a normal practice. The wideout has to clear concussion protocol before he can be a full participant, but this estimation is a positive sign of progress.

Fantasy football analysis

Pittman potentially missing Sunday’s game would be a huge blow for the Colts considering that offensive weapons like Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss have also been hurt in recent weeks. His potential absence could also have a negative impact for fantasy managers in the thick of the playoffs considering that he entered Week 16 as the No. 10 WR in PPR leagues.

The fourth-year wideout has had an excellent season so far, hauling in 99 receptions for 1,062 yards and four touchdowns. That production has made him a super reliable option in fantasy as he’s averaging 16.7 FP per game in PPR. If he’s not cleared in time for Sunday’s contest, then rookie Josh Downs will become the go-to receiver option for the Colts.