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Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. questionable for Week 17 vs. Raiders

Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. is dealing with a concussion going into Week 17 vs. the Raiders. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

Michael Pittman Jr. #11 of the Indianapolis Colts walks off the field with an injury in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 16, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts will take on the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 17. The Colts control their own destiny in the playoffs with a win in each of the next two weeks, earning them a spot in the AFC playoff picture. Indianapolis struggled last week because they were down starting wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. as he is dealing with a concussion and shoulder injury.

Michael Pittman Jr. injury updates

Friday PM update: Pittman is officially questionable to play against the Raiders, but all signs point to him suiting up this week.

Friday update: Head coach Shane Steichan told reporters on Friday that Pittman has been cleared of concussion protocol, per Mike Chappell. He should be back this week against the Raiders.

Thursday update: Pittman was upgraded to a full practice participant on Thursday. At this point, he remains in the league’s concussion protocol.

Wednesday update: Pittman begins the week as a limited practice participant and is dealing with both a concussion and a shoulder injury.

Fantasy football analysis

Pittman leads the Colts in receptions (99), targets (143), yards (1,062) and receiving touchdowns (seven). He would be tough to replace, as Josh Downs and Alec Pierce haven’t been able to step up in his absence. Pittman heads into this week as the overall WR14 in half-PPR scoring. The Raiders defense allows the 13th fewest fantasy points per game. If he is healthy, Pittman can be started in 10-team leagues or larger. If he is inactive, Downs can be started in 14-team leagues, and Pierce can be started in 16-team leagues.