All 32 NFL teams were in action this week with the extended Thanksgiving day schedule.
As we enter the final stretch of the regular season, injuries become even more critical for playoff-hopeful teams and for those who are already out of contention, some key players could be shut down until 2023:
Arizona Cardinals Injuries
Left tackle D.J. Humphries will miss the rest of the season due to a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Saturday. The 2021 Pro Bowler signed a three-year contract extension in the offseason and played just eight games this year.
Josh Jones will remain at left tackle after starting the last three games there. Jones has allowed six pressures and two quarterback hits in 126 pass blocking snaps since taking over in Week 10.
Atlanta Falcons Injuries
Colby Gossett started at left guard against the Commanders with Chuma Edoga inactive due to a knee injury. In three starts at left guard this season, Gossett has allowed one quarterback hit and six total pressures.
The Falcons have had four different players make a start at left guard this season. Matt Hennessy and Elijah Wilkinson are both currently on IR.
Baltimore Ravens Injuries
The Ravens announced J.K. Dobbins will return to practice this week after spending six weeks on IR due to a knee injury. He will have to be activated to the 53-man roster in the next three weeks.
Dobbins has 35 carries for 123 yards this season, but did average 6.0 yards per carry in his rookie season.
The Ravens are currently third in the NFL in yards per carry and Gus Edwards led the team with 16 carries in the loss to Jacksonville.
Buffalo Bills Injuries
The Bills will play their second consecutive Thursday night game this week, this time in New England. One guy who will be inactive is Von Miller. The former Defensive Player of the Year suffered a torn meniscus and is expected to be re-examined later in the week.
Miller has 22 more quarterback pressures than anyone else on the Bills. Fellow edge rushers Greg Rousseau and A.J. Epenesa were both full participants in Monday’s practice after being inactive on Thanksgiving.
The only other Bill inactive for Monday’s practice was left tackle Dion Dawkins who suffered an ankle injury against the Lions. David Quessenberry filled in on Thanksgiving and allowed a single pressure in 31 pass blocking snaps.
Quessenberry was the Bills’ right tackle last season and finished 2020 as the team’s left tackle.
Carolina Panthers Injuries
The Panthers enter their bye week with Sam Darnold now entrenched as the starting quarterback after returning from his preseason high ankle sprain and winning his first start of the season.
As for the team’s backup, Steve Wilks told reporters he is waiting to see how P.J. Walker’s ankle feels when the team reconvenes next week before making any decisions. Baker Mayfield is the other option.
Chicago Bears Injuries
Wide receiver Darnell Mooney will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday.
With Mooney now out, the Bears’ passing offense will rely on Chase Claypool and Equanimeous St. Brown. Since being acquired by the Bears at the trade deadline, Claypool has seven catches for 83 yards in four games.
Justin Fields was inactive on Sunday after separating his left shoulder last week against Atlanta. Trevor Siemian did start for the Bears despite dealing with an oblique injury he suffered during pregame warmups.
Cincinnati Bengals Injuries
The Bengals expect both Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Mixon to return in Week 13. Chase has missed four games with a hip injury and Mixon has been in concussion protocol since last Sunday.
Samaje Perine had 175 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns while filling in for Mixon during the last two games. Meanwhile, Tee Higgins caught 26 passes for 371 yards while Chase was sidelined.
In his only regular season game against the Kansas City Chiefs–Cincy’s Week 13 opponent–Chase had 11 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns. He added six catches for 54 yards in the AFC Championship Game.
Cleveland Browns Injuries
The Browns’ secondary remains thin with Greg Newsome II and A.J. Green both in concussion protocol following Sunday’s win. Newsome hasn’t played since Week 10.
Denzel Ward and Martin Emerson started on the outside against the Buccaneers while Thomas Graham made his Browns debut playing 37 snaps in the slot.
Graham allowed five catches to Chris Godwin on Sunday, but 71 of his 110 receiving yards came against Ward and Sione Takitaki.
Dallas Cowboys Injuries
Tyron Smith could be nearing a return after missing the entire season after suffering a preseason knee injury.
Smith would return to left tackle and the Cowboys would shift rookie Tyler Smith inside to left guard. Tyler Smith has been the 46th-best tackle according to PFF through 12 weeks. His four sacks allowed are more than Tyron Smith has allowed in any season since 2015.
Denver Broncos Injuries
Nathaniel Hackett told reporters that running back Mike Boone could be designated to return from IR as soon as this week. Boone averaged 5.47 yards per carry over a four-week stretch before getting hurt.
As for Randy Gregory, Hackett indicated the edge rusher isn’t as close to returning and will remain on the IR. Gregory signed a five-year, $70 million contract in the offseason and has just two sacks in four games played.
Detroit Lions Injuries
Jameson Williams was designated to return last week, but the Lions don’t sound confident he will be back on the field to play the Jaguars in Week 13. Williams hasn’t played since tearing his ACL in the College Football Playoffs back in January.
The Lions did place edge rusher Charles Harris on IR on Monday. He previously missed Weeks 5-8 with an injury and recorded just one sack all season.
Green Bay Packers Injuries
Aaron Rodgers was unable to finish Sunday night’s game after suffering a rib injury in the first half against the Eagles. He was in a noticeable amount of pain in the third quarter before heading to the locker room for x-rays.
On Monday, Matt LaFleur told reporters that Rodgers is feeling better and will continue to play if he’s feeling up to it. Complicating things is the fractured thumb on Rodgers’s throwing hand.
Jordan Love looked fine in mop-up duty against Philadelphia, completing six of his nine pass attempts, including a 68-yard touchdown to Christian Watson.
Houston Texans Injuries
Linebacker Christian Harris left Sunday’s game early due to a shoulder injury. His status, as well as Rex Burkhead’s (concussion), was not updated on Monday by Lovie Smith.
Smith did sound optimistic that Derek Stingley Jr. is close to returning after missing a pair of games thanks to a hamstring strain. Desmond King has allowed six catches for 82 yards in two games as an outside corner.
Indianapolis Colts Injuries
Starting center Ryan Kelly suffered a knee injury on Monday night, but returned later in the game. Kenny Moore wasn’t as lucky, though, his shin injury kept him out of the final quarter of the Monday night loss.
Jacksonville Jaguars Injuries
The Jaguars didn’t have a single player on their injury report for the second time this season. However, Travis Etienne suffered a foot injury in the thrilling win over the Ravens and never returned.
On Monday, Doug Pederson told reporters that Etienne was cleared to return, but the team opted to play it safe and sit him out for the remainder of the game.
Given that information, there’s a good chance he returns to play against the Lions who are allowing 5.1 yards per carry this season.
Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
Kadarius Toney is considered day-to-day after sitting out Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury. He’s missed five games this season and missed seven last year due to a variety of injuries.
The rest of the Chiefs’ receiving corps is healthy with Juju Smith-Schuster missing one game. Patrick Mahomes threw for 320 yards against the Rams, but spread the ball all around. Eight different Chiefs recorded multiple catches in the win.
Las Vegas Raiders Injuries
Defensive tackle Andrew Billings was carted off the field on Sunday with a lower leg injury, but doesn’t have any structural damage according to Josh McDaniels. Billings had a pair of half-sacks in the win over Seattle, his first sacks since 2019.
Former Charger Jerry Tillery could see an increase in snaps if Billings misses time. Tillery has played 53 total snaps, but opponents are averaging just 2.93 yards per carry when he’s on the field.
Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
The Chargers could be without a pair of starting offensive linemen on Sunday with Corey Linsley currently in concussion protocol and Trey Pipkins III dealing with a lingering knee issue.
Linsley has been Pro Football Focus’s highest-graded pass blocking center this season and was replaced by Will Clapp against the Cardinals. Clapp has made two starts at center already this season and has allowed just six pressures in 181 pass blocking snaps.
Foster Sarell is the backup option at right tackle if Pipkins is inactive. He previously started in Week 10 and allowed one sack and five pressures.
Los Angeles Rams Injuries
Things continue to get worse for the Rams. Matthew Stafford was inactive due to a neck injury on Sunday and Aaron Donald suffered a high ankle sprain in the 26-10 loss to the Chiefs.
With the Rams sitting at 3-8, it would make sense that they play it conservatively with Donald. Stafford, and Cooper Kupp could all be done for the season at this point.
Allen Robinson is out for the season after undergoing foot surgery. A big free-agent signing in the offseason, Robinson never topped 63 yards in a game and is owed $18 million next season.
Miami Dolphins Injuries
Terron Armstead suffered a pectoral injury on Sunday, but Mike McDaniel is confident his left tackle will return before the end of the season.
Complicating things is the ankle injury suffered by right tackle Austin Jackson that has him questionable for this week.
Brandon Shell is the team’s backup tackle and he filled in for Armstead on Sunday, allowing five pressures on 23 pass blocking snaps. Shell previously started five games at right tackle this season.
Tyreek Hill left Sunday’s win early, but it was only due to cramping and he should be fine this week.
Minnesota Vikings Injuries
Rookie cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. will head to the IR and undergo surgery on his injured knee. The prognosis won’t be known until after the procedure.
With Cameron Dantzler already on the IR and Akayleb Evans nursing a head injury, Duke Shelley started against the Patriots, allowing six completions for 87 yards on seven targets.
New England Patriots Injuries
Running back Damien Harris isn’t expected to play on Thursday night after suffering a thigh injury against the Vikings. He was limited to just 16 rushing yards on five carries.
Rhamondre Stevenson has been a dual-threat weapon for the Patriots this year, rushing for over 600 yards and catching 50 passes for 359 yards. In his only career game against the Bills, Stevenson rushed 24 times for 78 yards.
New Orleans Saints Injuries
The Saints got starting defensive ends Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport back on the field against the 49ers.
Jordan rushed the passer 30 times, but didn’t record a single pressure. Davenport had three, including a quarterback hit. After a rough start to the season, the Saints defense has turned things around, allowing 16 points per game over their last five contests.
New York Giants Injuries
The Giants have a long layoff after their Thanksgiving loss to the Cowboys and could get some key reinforcements before hitting the field again.
Rookie right tackle Evan Neal is expected to return to practice and has a shot to play against the Commanders, according to Brian Daboll. As could tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye), Azeez Ojulari (calf), and Tony Jefferson (foot/IR).
After a 6-1 start to the season, New York has lost three of its last four games.
New York Jets Injuries
Zonovan Knight was the Jets’ leading rusher on Sunday after Michael Carter suffered a sprained ankle against the Bears. We still don’t have an update on the severity of Carter’s injury.
Knight’s 14 carries were his first NFL touches and he finished the day with 69 rushing yards as well as three catches for 34 yards. Ty Johnson added a 32-yard touchdown run, but James Robinson was a healthy scratch.
Philadelphia Eagles Injuries
C.J. Gardner-Johnson left the Eagles game on Sunday night with a rib injury and never returned. The NFL’s interception leader later posted on that he “will be back,” possibly indicating an undetermined absence.
Undrafted rookie Reed Blankenship filled in for Gardner-Johnson and intercepted Aaron Rodgers later in the first half. He took a bad angle on a slant route late in the game that led to a 68-yard touchdown.
Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries
Najee Harris suffered an abdominal injury on Monday night and never returned. He finished the game with 10 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown.
It’s been a tough sophomore campaign for Harris who is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry and 4.9 yards per reception. Entering Week 11, he was the 25th-ranked running back in fantasy.
Backup Benny Snell finished the game with 12 carries for 62 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown.
San Francisco 49ers Injuries
Elijah Mitchell is expected to miss six to eight weeks after suffering a knee injury on Sunday. That likely puts his return sometime early in the postseason, should the 49ers qualify. Since returning in Week 10, Mitchell had 34 carries for 183 yards.
Christian McCaffrey will remain the lead back in San Francisco, but rookie Jordan Mason has collected nine carries in the last two games after playing just six offensive snaps through Week 10.
Seattle Seahawks Injuries
Ryan Neal suffered shoulder and elbow injuries on Sunday, but he has a chance at playing against the Rams in Week 13. If he misses time, Josh Jones could be elevated in the starting lienup next to Quandre Diggs.
Dee Eskridge is expected to miss some time and was placed on the Seahawks’ IR on Saturday. He is dealing with a broken hand.
The 2021 second-round pick has just 17 catches in his NFL career and has only one game this season with multiple receptions. He’s been the team’s kick returner since Week 6.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries
All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday and is expected to miss multiple weeks.
It’s been a tumultuous season for the Buccaneers’ offensive line with Ali Marpet retiring and Ryan Jensen missing the entire season. Wirfs has been Pro Football Focus’s fourth-highest graded tackle in football, allowing just four pressures in 521 pass blocking snaps.
Josh Wells will start at right tackle for the Buccaneers next week. He previously filled in for Wirfs when he was injured in the postseason last year. Wells allowed one sack to the Eagles in the Wild Card round and six total pressures to the Rams the following week.
Tennessee Titans Injuries
Denico Autry was inactive for the Titans’ loss to the Bengals on Sunday. Autry leads the team in quarterback pressures, hits, and sacks.
Without Autry in the fold, Joe Burrow was pressured on just nine of his 42 dropbacks.
As for starting center Ben Jones, he is still in concussion protocol, per Mike Vrabel. Jones has been the seventh-best center this season according to Pro Football Focus. Aaron Brewer has been starting in his spot.
Brewer didn’t allow a single pressure against Cincinnati.
Washington Commanders Injuries
Saahdiq Charles played 25 snaps on Sunday, filling in for right guard Trai Turner while he dealt with an ankle injury. He didn’t allow a single pressure.
The Commanders also designated Carson Wentz to return from their IR, but he isn’t expected to join the 53-man roster this week. Sam Howell will remain the team’s top backup quarterback until Wentz is activated.