We’re just two weeks away from the start of the postseason and while some teams are shutting down key veterans to get them ready for next season, others are hoping their injured players can heal quickly enough to contribute in the playoffs.
Here’s a quick breakdown of every team’s biggest injury news following Week 16 of the 2022 NFL Season:
Arizona Cardinals Injuries
Safety Budda Baker is expected to miss the final two games of the season after suffering a fractured shoulder against the Buccaneers on Sunday night.
Baker has played at least 80% of the defensive snaps in every Cardinals game this season, including Sunday.
The Cardinals also expect to get Colt McCoy back this week after he missed one game with a concussion. With McCoy out, Trace McSorley got his first-career start.
McSorley completed just 53% of his passes and turned the ball over three times in the 19-16 loss.
Atlanta Falcons Injuries
Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, the Falcons are getting healthy at the right time with zero starters injured, save for Casey Hayward, who has been on the IR since Week 6.
Desmond Ridder played better in his second NFL start, improving his completion percentage from 50% to 66% and boosting his yards per attempt from 3.7 to 6.6 last week against Baltimore.
Baltimore Ravens Injuries
Lamar Jackson hasn’t stepped on the field since injuring his knee in Week 13 and his status for Week 17 is murky at best with John Harbaugh simply telling reporters, “We just have to see,” when asked about his quarterback’s health.
The Ravens have clinched their spot in the postseason, but could still win the AFC North if they win their final two games, including a Week 18 clash with division-leading Cincinnati.
Tyler Huntley and company managed just one touchdown in the win over Atlanta on Saturday. Huntley completed just nine passes while Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins combined for 158 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Buffalo Bills Injuries
Micah Hyde hasn’t played since injuring his neck back in September, but he is still holding out hope for a potential return in the postseason.
While Hyde’s return remains a long shot, he has been seen working on the side at practice in recent weeks. Damar Hamlin has been the starter next to Jordan Poyer since Hyde went down.
In 13 starts, Hamlin has allowed a passer rating of 133.3 when targeted.
Carolina Panthers Injuries
The Panthers signed 35-year-old Josh Norman to their practice squad with Jaycee Horn scheduled to have wrist surgery this week.
Horn’s status for Week 17’s game against Tampa Bay is now in question. The second-year corner has been among the NFL’s best, allowing the third-best passer rating when targeted and intercepting three passes.
Norman was an All-Pro player the last time he donned Carolina blue, but that was in 2015. He has allowed 23 touchdowns over the past four seasons.
Chicago Bears Injuries
Despite being eliminated from the postseason, the Bears will continue to start Justin Fields despite him still dealing with a left shoulder injury.
With both starting wide receivers still hurt and both starting guards out, keeping Fields on the field seems like an interesting gamble for a team that has nothing to gain over the final two weeks.
Fields rushed for a season-low 11 yards on seven carries in the loss to the Bills.
Cincinnati Bengals Injuries
Right tackle La’el Collins will miss the rest of the season after tearing both his ACL and his MCL against the Patriots on Saturday.
Collins signed a three-year deal to help the Bengals’ offensive line, but things haven’t gone as planned. He’s ranked as the third-worst pass-blocking tackle on Pro Football Focus and has given up the 12th-most pressures this season.
The Bengals could save $6 million next season if he’s released with a June 1st designation.
As for 2022, Hakeem Adeniji will now start at right tackle after spending 2021 as the team’s right guard. Last season ended in disaster for Adeniji who allowed six sacks and 14 pressures in the Browns’ playoff run.
Things weren’t much better after he relieved Collins on Saturday. He allowed five pressures on 45 pass blocking snaps.
Cleveland Browns Injuries
Jadeveon Clowney is still in concussion protocol after missing Week 16.
The Browns managed just four pressures and zero sacks in the loss to the Saints.
Dallas Cowboys Injuries
Tony Pollard was not at practice on Monday ahead of Thursday night’s game against the floundering Titans. He struggled to run against the Eagles on Saturday, carrying the ball nine times for 19 yards.
Since returning from his injury, Ezekiel Elliott has averaged 4.06 yards per carry on 95 attempts and scored at least one touchdown in each of his last eight games.
Denver Broncos Injuries
Rookie tight end Greg Dulcich suffered a hamstring late in Sunday’s loss and missed the end of the game.
Dulcich averaged 6.5 targets per game over the last four weeks, but has caught only 14 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown.
Eric Saubert is second on the team in tight end snaps this season, catching 12 passes for 118 yards on 21 targets.
Detroit Lions Injuries
Jamaal Williams left Saturday’s loss to the Panthers early due to a lower leg injury and never returned. He finished with a season-low seven carries for 11 yards.
The Lions rushed for 45 yards on 17 carries as a team, led by D’Andre Swift’s 12 yards. Justin Jackson played 14 snaps, but had just one carry for negative one yard.
The Bears defense has allowed over 200 rushing yards in four different games, including 254 yards to the Bills in Week 16.
Green Bay Packers Injuries
Christian Watson had a career-high six receptions against the Dolphins, but exited early due to a hip injury. He’s considered day-to-day by Matt LaFleur.
Allen Lazard was the team’s leading receiver on Sunday, catching five of his 11 targets for 61 yards.
Yosh Nijman is also considered day-to-day after leaving the game early due to a shoulder injury. He’s currently ranked first in run-block win rate according to ESPN.
Backup Royce Newman allowed just one pressure in 28 pass blocking snaps, but was the team’s lowest-graded run blocker on PFF.
Houston Texans Injuries
The Texans are hopeful Kenyon Green can return from his sprained ankle against the Jaguars this weekend. The news isn’t as optimistic for Tytus Howard and Jimmy Morrissey, both of whom are in concussion protocol.
Charlie Heck has started the last two games at right tackle, allowing five pressures and two quarterback hits.
Indianapolis Colts Injuries
Isaiah Rodgers was ruled out of Monday night’s loss to the Chargers due to a knee injury. Ashton Dulin also missed the second half of the game due to a concussion.
The Colts finished Monday’s game with Stephon Gilmore and Brandon Facyson at cornerback.
Jacksonville Jaguars Injuries
Left tackle Cam Robinson was placed on the IR on Monday, ruling him out until at least the Conference Championship Game. Robinson injured his knee in Week 15, but was still on the active roster for Thursday’s win over the Jets.
2021 second-round pick Walker Little started against New York, allowing four total pressures in 37 pass blocking snaps. He made three starts at left tackle last season, allowing two sacks.
Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
Khalen Saunders was inactive on Saturday after missing all three practices last week due to an illness.
With Saunders out, former first-round pick Danny Shelton got his first snaps of the season, recording zero stats in nine plays.
The Chiefs also haven’t activated Mecole Hardman from the IR, but they have until January 4th to do so.
Las Vegas Raiders Injuries
Both Chandler Jones and Denzel Perryman are expected to miss the remainder of the 2022 season. Jones is dealing with an elbow injury and Perryman dislocated his shoulder against the Steelers.
Perryman made the Pro Bowl in 2021 and leads the Raiders in total tackles this season. Undrafted rookie Darien Butler could see an increase in playing time after playing a season-high 12 snaps on Saturday.
Former third-round pick Malcolm Koonce could get more snaps with Jones out. He has just one total pressure in 38 pass rushing snaps this season.
Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
Derwin James was ejected from Monday night’s win due to an illegal hit, but he is now in concussion protocol thanks to the head-to-head nature of the tackle.
Alohi Gilman filled in for James and came up with a huge tackle to prevent a fourth-down conversion.
Los Angeles Rams Injuries
While the Rams play out the rest of the season with Baker Mayfield under center, Matthew Stafford told reporters he has no plans to retire in the offseason after suffering a neck injury.
Stafford struggled to stay healthy all season, dealing with an elbow issue in training camp and also missing time due to a concussion. In nine games this season, he threw 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions, posting his lowest yards per attempt since 2018.
Miami Dolphins Injuries
Tua Tagovailoa is in concussion protocol once again after he suffered a head injury late in Sunday’s loss to the Packers.
Despite the head injury, Tagovailoa stayed in the game and went 7-13 for 81 yards and threw three interceptions after when the injury was suspected.
Considering this is now the third time Tagovailoa has suffered a head injury this year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Dolphins be extra cautious with their quarterback’s health.
Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t played since Week 6 when he threw two interceptions in a 24-16 loss to the Vikings.
The Dolphins are clinging to the AFC’s final playoff spot with games against the Patriots and Jets on the schedule to end the season.
Minnesota Vikings Injuries
Garrett Bradbury has missed three games due to his back injury, but is trending in the right direction according to Kevin O’Connell.
Given Austin Schlottmann’s struggles, (six pressures allowed vs NYG), Bradbury’s return would be a welcome sight, although it’s unclear if it will happen this weekend.
As for defensive lineman James Lynch, he’s already been ruled out for the rest of the regular season, but the team is hopeful he can return for the playoffs.
New England Patriots Injuries
Hunter Henry has a shot to play this week despite being currently considered day-to-day with his knee injury. He played only three snaps before bowing out against the Bengals.
Henry is averaging just two catches for 32 yards over his last eight games and has caught two touchdowns on the season. Jonnu Smith had three catches for 21 yards on Saturday.
New Orleans Saints Injuries
Left guard Andrus Peat played only 13 snaps on Sunday before exiting due to an ankle injury. We still don’t have a clear update on his condition.
Josh Andrews filled in for Peat against the Browns and finished as the team’s highest-graded pass blocker.
Andrews last made a start at guard in 2020 as a member of the Jets. He was originally signed out of college by the Eagles, New Orleans’s Week 17 opponent.
New York Giants Injuries
The Giants are hopeful Adoree’ Jackson will return this week after missing five games due to a knee injury he suffered returning a punt.
New York has used a rotation of Nick McCloud and Cordale Flott to fill Jackson’s snaps since he’s gone down. The duo has allowed four touchdowns and a passer rating over 115 since taking over.
As for Xavier McKinney, he is expected to remain on the Non-Football Injury list after breaking his hand in an ATV accident during the team’s bye week. He hasn’t touched the field since October.
New York Jets Injuries
The Jets doctors cleared Mike White on Monday and he is expected to return this week with the hopes of elevating New York into a playoff spot.
Despite being just 1-2 as a starter, White has the best completion percentage, yards per attempt, and total QBR on the team. The Jets benched Zach Wilson for Chris Streveler last week.
The Seahawks have not allowed over 220 passing yards in their last four games, however, they are 1-3 in those contests.
Philadelphia Eagles Injuries
All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with an abdominal tendon tear, but the Eagles are hopeful he could return at some point in the postseason.
Johnson has been one of the Eagles’ best players since getting drafted in 2013. The team is just 12-22 in the 34 games he’s been inactive over the last decade, compared to 83-50-1 when he plays. Johnson also holds PFF’s record for most snaps without giving up a sack, a streak that dates back to 2020.
The news is even grimmer for Avonte Maddox, who is expected to miss the rest of 2022 with a severe toe injury. C.J. Gardner-Johnson is eligible to return from the IR this week, but Nick Sirianni didn’t sound too confident he could return by Sunday.
As for Jalen Hurts, it is expected he will try to return this week against the Saints, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team hold him out at least one more week, and possibly another, if Gardner Minshew can lock down the NFC’s top playoff spot.
Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries
Linebacker Marcus Allen might be done for the season after suffering an arm injury against the Raiders on Saturday night. He was seen in a sling when leaving the stadium and posted pictures of him after surgery on Monday.
Allen has converted from safety to linebacker this season, but has mainly been a contributor on special teams during his five years with the Steelers. Rookie Mark Robinson could be next in line for those snaps.
San Francisco 49ers Injuries
Good news in San Francisco as Deebo Samuel is expected to return to practice this week and Elijah Mitchell’s 21-day practice window could also be opened before the weekend.
Samuel has missed two games due to his ankle injury and Mitchell has been on the IR since Week 12.
Jimmy Garoppolo is still a long way away from playing, but he did get the cast off his broken foot this week. If he does return, it wouldn’t be until late in the postseason.
Seattle Seahawks Injuries
Tyler Lockett is firmly questionable this week after undergoing finger surgery prior to Week 16. Laquon Treadwell was second on the team in targets last week, catching three passes for 26 yards.
Travis Homer is dealing with a sprained ankle, according to Pete Carroll. Kenneth Walker had 26 carries against the Chiefs and DeeJay Dallas contributed six catches for 32 yards.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries
Following Sunday night’s win, Leonard Fournette tweeted that he is playing with a Lisfranc injury, but it has since been deleted. He missed one game earlier this season, but that was due to a hip injury.
Neither of the Bucs’ starting tackles got through Week 16 healthy. Left tackle Josh Wells will miss the rest of the season after tearing his patellar tendon and Tristan Wirfs aggravated his ankle injury.
Brandon Walton filled in for Wells and allowed two quarterback hits. Walton started at left tackle in Week 3 and allowed three total pressures.
Wirfs still played every snap on Sunday, so we will have to wait until the first practice reports of the week to get an update on his condition. Hopefully, Donovan Smith can return this week and aid an ailing offensive line.
Tennessee Titans Injuries
Derrick Henry was considered a non-participant in Monday’s practice report. He hasn’t practiced much in recent weeks, however this time it was due to a hip injury and wasn’t simply labeled as “rest.”
The Titans have lost five games in a row, failing to score over 16 points in four of those games. Henry was the only running back to touch the ball against the Texans on Saturday, Hassan Haskins is next on the depth chart.
Haskins has 11 carries for 50 yards this season after being drafted in the fourth round.
Washington Commanders Injuries
Chase Young made his 2022 debut against the 49ers, playing a total of 30 snaps. He recorded one tackle.