A new year is on the horizon, but not when it comes to the NFL. There are still two weeks to play and plenty of races to be decided, which makes the penultimate injury report for the regular season even more important than the previous weeks. Anyone who misses Sunday’s games can affect the playoff race for many teams.
Below, we’ll break down the official injury reports from every NFL team scheduled to play this weekend. Who? Who came out? Who is heading in the right direction? This is your one-stop-shop for everything NFL Week 17 injury-related.
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McCoy will be out to the Cardinals again, but Arizona is not turning in Trace McSorley this week. David Blough will get the opportunity to start the game for Arizona this week, and he’s the fourth different starting quarterback for the Cardinals this year. Hopkins was a late addition to the injury report with a knee injury.
For the Falcons, injured reserve Matt Hennessey could leave Saturday and start if Wilkinson can’t go. With the Franks still in concussion protocol, the Falcons have Parker Hess and Michael Pruitt at tight end.
The Bears’ receivers are depleted, so Claypool is an optimistic suspect after he was limited in practice on Friday. It was Claypool’s first time practicing since Week 13, so let’s see what the Bear decides with two weeks left in the season. Bettis was limited on Friday as well, but Equineumos St. Brown removed concussion protocol.
Ragnow was limited in practice on Friday for the Lions after missing practice earlier in the week. likely to start. Jackson was a late addition to the injury report, so Craig Reynolds will be on probation as RB2 if Jackson can’t go.
There’s no cause for concern with Lawrence, even if he’s limited in practice on Thursdays and Fridays. Lawrence should be ready to go on Sunday, even if the match does not affect the Jaguars’ chances of winning the AFC South title. Jaguars coach Doug Pederson was optimistic about Walker’s play this week.
Ogunbowale was ahead of Rex Burkhead as the second baseman on the Texans’ offense with Dameon Pierce on injured reserve. If he can’t go, Burkhead will be the second-place finisher behind Royce Freeman.
Broncos interim coach Jerry Rosberg expects Jody to play on Sunday, as he has been limited all week in practice. Andrew Beck and Eric Sober are expected to be the tight ends with Dolcic out.
The bosses are relatively healthy, with the exception of Mikul Hardman (abdomen). Coach Andy Reid said Hardman had a setback so he won’t be reactivating this week, as his 21-day training period remains open.
- dolphins: QB Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) out; T. Eric Fisher (calf) double; Terron Armstead (toe, chest, knee, hip), OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle, hand), WR River Cracraft (calf), FB Alec Ingold (thumb), CB Xavien Howard (knee), T Greg Little (foot) Inquiry question
- Patriots: CB Jack Jones (knee), CB Marcus Jones (concussion), TE Jono Smith (concussion), WR Devante Parker (concussion) out; CB Jalen Mills (groin), TE Hunter Henry (knee), CB Jonathan Jones (chest), RB Ramondry Stephenson (ankle), WR Tequan Thornton (knee) Q.
The Dolphins have a laundry list of injuries heading into this must-win game. Ingold, Chubb, Howard and Armstead will be the game time decisions, according to Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel. Armstead will be the one to watch with the added hip injury this week, as both Fisher and Little were on injury report as well. The Dolphins may need a left tackle for Sunday with the potential for the top three on the depth chart to come out.
The Patriots usually keep their injury suspect designations under the jacket, as all participants were limited in Friday’s practice. Jonathan Jones and Mills will be people to watch, as they’re the starting corner-backs – and Jack Jones and Marcus Jones out.
There are no surprises in this week’s Colts injury report, since the three who were left out didn’t practice all week.
For the Giants, Xavier McKinney’s 21-day training window is opened, but he won’t be activated from injured reserve. Jackson is a game time decision, but Ogollari will play despite his injury.
Olave has been restricted all week for the Saints, so he’ll be a key gametime decision. If Olaf misses his second straight game, the Saints will count on Rashid Shaheed, Triquan Smith, Marquis Callaway and Kirk Merritt at wide receiver. Lattimore has been limited in practice all week as well, so he’s a player to watch on Sunday.
Hurts will be the gametime decision for the Eagles because he was limited in Friday practice. The news of Hurts being questionable is a little disappointing for Sunday, but the Eagles can ride with Gardner Minshew for the second week in a row.
There isn’t much information on the Panthers’ injury report this week, as Horn could miss the rest of the year. Stephen Sullivan is in line to be the No. 2 tight end if Tremble comes out.
The Buccaneers got the good injury news this week with Ryan Jensen back in training, but he won’t be playing on Sunday. All of the Pirates in question were limited on Friday except for Dean – who was a full participant. Head coach Todd Bowles said “we’ll see” for Smith and Villa, but there were no updates for Jones.
Clooney was the only player listed on the Browns’ injury report, but he has to clear concussion protocol in order to play Sunday. If Clowney can’t go, Alex Wright is expected to take the majority of the snaps.
Leaders Chase Young (knee) will start this week, but he’ll be on the field counter. Brian Robinson Jr will be the standout full-back with Gibson missing this week’s game while the secondary could be significantly weaker with four players listed as questionable.
Samuel is no more for the 49ers for the third week in a row, so expect more goals from Brandon Ayuk and George Kittle in the passing game. Samuel and Elijah Mitchell each have a chance to play in Week 18.
The Raiders are relatively healthy going into Week 17, but Derek Carr won’t start Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Jarrett Stidham will start the rest of the year.
Mike White (ribs) was not given a hit rating for the Jets, so he will start at quarterback on Sunday. Duane Brown (shoulder) and George Fant (knee) aren’t given injury designations either, so the Jets have two important offensive linemen ready to go.
Lockett will be the player to watch this week for the Seahawks, as he returned to practice Thursday — just 10 days after breaking a bone in his hand. Goodwin was downgraded to doubtful after Friday’s practice. Walker is expected to play through an ankle injury similar to last week.
The Vikings have a chance to rest Bradbury in the playoffs, as Austin Schlottman will start at center. Ezra Cleveland (shoulder) was not given a hit rating, which is a good sign for the inside of the Vikings offensive line with Bradbury out.
Watson is a day in and day out for the Packers and getting better every day, training for the first time this week after not playing in the second half of Sunday’s win. Tackle David Bakhtiari (hip) is not classified as an injury, so he will play this week.
Don’t worry about Higbee missing Sunday’s game, as head coach Sean McVay revealed the Rams will be careful with him – but the tight end will be “ready to trade.” Gaines is also expected to play while Floyd deals with a stomach bug.
Austin Eckler (knee) was on injury report all week for the Chargers, but he was a full participant in practice on Friday and wasn’t given an injury rating. Trey Pipkins (hip) was a full participant all week.
Jack and Ogunjubi are tied up in Friday’s training, so we’ll see if they can try it out for Sunday. The Steelers’ big name not given an injury rating was wide receiver Diontae Johnson (hip), as he was a full participant in Friday’s practice.
No Jackson again with the Ravens this week, so Tyler Huntley will start against Pittsburgh with the AFC North’s No. 1 spot on the line. Jackson may not even be available for the playoffs at this rate, but the Ravens bets in Week 18 will tell the tale. Jason Pierre Paul and Dysan Jackson (illness) are not given injury designations.
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