Week 13 NFL Injury News and Updates
Week 13 NFL Injury News and Updates
One thing the game versus the Steelers and Ravens proved Wednesday was that the NFL is not going to cancel games or open up Week 18. I mean, if you’re not going to move a game in which one team had at least one player or member of the coaching staff test positive for 10 days, what would it take to cancel a game? This is probably good for fantasy owners, assuming your team isn’t the one being hit hard by injury or illness.
Where do we start with the Falcons? Julio Jones stated Friday that he feels good and is expected to play Sunday. Is he a gamble versus the Saints? Yes, but you likely have to start him if he is active. How about Calvin Ridley? Well, he is limited but also expected to play. Todd Gurley is a gamble. He practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday before not taking the field Thursday. It could’ve just been a maintenance day, but you also have to ask yourself if it matters. Gurley has been less than productive of late, and if he doesn’t get in the end zone, he is close to worthless to your fantasy team. Hayden Hurst is dealing with an ankle injury but should play Sunday.
Well, the Ravens are a mess due to COVID. We all know that. They don’t play until Tuesday, so you need to be careful here. I expect Lamar Jackson to be cleared by then, but you may not know by Sunday. I would proceed with caution here. We are going to like most Raven players versus Dallas, but can you afford to wait and hope they get activated and thus pass up on a reliable backup who plays a day or two earlier? Proceed with extreme caution here.
Mitch Trubisky will start Sunday, but Nick Foles is healthy enough to be his backup. It doesn’t matter; you don’t want either one starting for your fantasy team.
Kareem Hunt has a thigh injury and has been limited in practice but should be good to go Sunday. It’s a tough matchup, but I’m starting him if I normally would.
The Cowboys are a disaster on the offensive line. Depending on how you view rookie center Tyler Biadasz, the Cowboy’s entire starting offensive line is out for this game. What does this mean? There isn’t one player that I would recommend starting in this contest, and that includes Ezekiel Elliott.
All of the Denver quarterbacks have cleared COVID protocol and will be eligible to play Sunday; of course, Drew Lock will start. Phillip Lindsay suffered a knee injury last week that originally looked to keep him out several games, but now it looks like he could play Sunday as he has returned to practice, albeit in a limited fashion. Jerry Jeudy is also limited with an ankle injury but will likely play. Jeudy is a home run threat, boom or bust type of play, but the Broncos will have to take their chances in order to keep up with the Chiefs.
The Lions have stated that D’Andre Swift may play Sunday, but it could be in a reduced role due to his illness. Yeah, no thanks, I’ll pass here as it’s not a great matchup anyway. Kenny Golladay is probably out again with a hip injury, annoying, but not surprising. I’m not feeling high on any Detroit player; even Marvin Jones and T.J. Hockenson are medium to low-end plays here.
Green Bay Packers
In the two games since returning from core muscle surgery, Allen Lazard has six receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. It would seem to me that he is still not completely healthy. I’m not starting Lazard until I see some production.
The Texans received some good news this week when it was announced that David Johnson might be able to return from injured reserve this week. At least I think that’s good news. It’s not like Johnson was tearing it up before the concussion. It also doesn’t help that DeForest Buckner will return from COVID-IR for the Colts on Sunday. Houston’s passing game took a big hit this week also when it was announced that Will Fuller was suspended for the rest of the season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy. Randall Cobb is also on IR with a toe injury. Hello Keke Coutee.
Kansas City Chiefs
You will need to be careful with Clyde Edwards-Helaire this weekend as he has missed most of practice this week due to an illness (not COVID related). CEH may play this weekend but could be in a limited fashion.
Las Vegas Raiders
Here is what might be the biggest injury of the week. Josh Jacobs has just been announced out with that ankle injury. Devontae Booker is close to a must-play now and should be an RB2 versus a poor Jets defense Sunday. Nelson Agholor has also missed practice this week with an ankle injury. Agholor has had a nice comeback season this year, even with all of his dropped passes. You want to start him Sunday in this matchup but may not be able to.
The Dolphins are keeping it under wraps as to who will start at quarterback Sunday, Tua Tagovailoa or Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tua has a thumb injury, and the smart money seems to be on Fitzpatrick getting another start. If he does, he could be a nice spot start for your fantasy team. The run game is even more questionable. Salvon Ahmed is doubtful with a shoulder injury. The same goes for DeAndre Washington with a hamstring injury. Matt Breida has been placed on COVID-IR and is out. Myles Gaskins could also be in the mix if he comes off of injured reserve. Yeah, it’s a mess.
New England Patriots
Cam Newton has an abdomen injury but will play Sunday. Good luck starting him, however.
New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara (foot) and Michael Thomas (ankle) have both been limited in practice this week but will play Sunday. Yeah, I know Taysom Hill hasn’t used Kamara anywhere near what we expected, and last week New Orleans didn’t ask Hill to throw the ball down the field at all, but you’re still starting these two.
New York Giants
The Giants are still holding out hope that Daniel Jones can play Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury. This seems unlikely, but you likely weren’t starting him anyway, even though it seems to be a good matchup versus Seattle.
Zach Ertz may return to play this week. This is good news for those who have Ertz but bad for those with Dallas Goedert. It’s unlikely they both will be productive, especially with Carson Wentz, who is a hot mess right now.
San Francisco 49ers
Deebo Samuel has been dealing with a hamstring injury for quite a while now, but the 49ers have let it be known that he will play Sunday, and the Bills have had problems covering the deep pass this season.
Chris Carson has been limited in practice, but he’s going to play Sunday; they are just managing his reps. Carlos Hyde has a toe injury and missed practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday. This could also be a case of managing reps or perhaps something a little more serious.
You won’t see Jonnu Smith this week as he is out with a hip injury. This hurts, but maybe you have Zach Ertz ready to come off injured reserve.
Washington Football Team
Terry McLaurin has an ankle injury, has for a few weeks, but should play Monday and you’re likely starting him unless you have much better options.