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Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker injury: What status means for Week 16 vs. Steelers

Kenneth Walker is dealing with a shoulder injury and illness ahead of Week 17. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III (9) walks off the field at halftime during the game against the Seattle Seahawks and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 15, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Inactives update: Walker is active. He’s worth starting if you need him in fantasy.

Game day update: Walker is expected to play on Sunday, but Adam Schefter is reporting “the team is also has some concerns about a shoulder injury that was aggravated last Sunday.” He’s worth a start in fantasy championships, but aggravation is a concern.

The Seattle Seahawks host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 as they look to move a step closer to clinching a wild card berth in the 2024 NFL Playoffs. They’ll likely have running back Kenneth Walker III in uniform, but he might be less than 100%.

Walker is dealing with a shoulder injury and an illness. He suffered the shoulder injury two weeks ago, while the illness was added to the injury report this week. He sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday and then got in a limited practice on Friday. Walker played last week with the shoulder injury.

Kenneth Walker injury

Fantasy football analysis

The Seahawks kick off at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, so we won’t know for sure if he’s active or inactive until 2:35 p.m. However, it’s a good bet he’ll be able to play on Sunday. He faces a Steelers that ranked 20th in fantasy points allowed to running backs. Walker played through his shoulder injury last week and rushed 16 times for 54 yards while catching one two-yard pass. The week prior, he rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 26 yards.

If Walker can’t go, Zach Charbonnet would get the start. If Walker doesn’t play, Charbonnet would get the work in his place. It’s an unlikely scenario, but possible.