The NFL is rolling, and injury news continues to create implications in seasonal and daily fantasy football as well as in sports betting markets. Every week, we’ll bring you a list of the key injuries that could impact sports betting odds and DFS contests on sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel.
Note that players who fail to practice on Thursdays and/or Fridays leading into games may be listed as questionable but are in actuality closer to doubtful. Be sure to check back each afternoon to see whether critical players did any work in practice for clues as to their eventual status.
NFL coaches are famous for being taciturn when it comes to injuries, so nothing is set in stone when trying to predict how a player will perform, even if active.
This article will be updated several times throughout the week, so check back often. Here are the key injuries to watch ahead of Week 12.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (Hip, Out)
Joe Flacco is out again in Week 12, allowing Lamar Jackson to start against the porous Raiders defense. Jackson should be able to rush for over 100 yards again.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (Neck/Elbow, Questionable)
Marcus Mariota suffered a stinger and felt numbness in his throwing arm, leading to his removal from a blowout loss at Indianapolis. The Titans are planning for Mariota to start in Houston Monday night, giving them a much better chance than Blaine Gabbert would.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Elbow, Questionable)
Josh Allen is set to return from a multi-week absence Sunday to face the Jaguars. It’s a brutal matchup, but Allen could give the offense some life as a dual threat.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots (Knee, Questionable)
Patriots injury reports are almost worthless in their level of gamesmanship. Tom Brady is fully expected to play Sunday against the Jets and should be able to rebound coming out of the bye week.
Sam Darnold, New York Jets (Foot, Out)
Sam Darnold will not be available to face the Patriots Sunday. Josh McCown is a better short-term option for the Jets and provides a boost to all skill position players.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (Shoulder, Questionable)
Brock Osweiler has been starting for Ryan Tannehill, but Tannehill is expected to return to action when the Dolphins face the Colts in Week 12.
Alex Smith, Washington Redskins (Leg, Out)
Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury and was replaced by Colt McCoy. The Redskins passing offense has nowhere to go but up, and Jordan Reed may benefit from a new QB the rest of the season.
Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers (Knee, Questionable)
Melvin Gordon is suddenly looking in doubt to suit up Sunday against the lowly Cardinals. The Chargers may play it safe and start Austin Ekeler against one of the worst teams in recent history.
Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens (Foot, Questionable)
Gus Edwards seemed to pass Alex Collins with a very strong performance last Sunday and Edwards could grab a stranglehold on backfield duties with Collins at less than full strength this week. Collins returned to practice on a limited basis Friday.
Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks (Knee, Questionable)
Chris Carson becomes a little easier to trust with Mike Davis (knee) listed as questionable. Davis was limited in practice this week.
Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders (Ankle, Questionable)
DeAndre Washington could play more on early downs, but Martin is expected to start in a brutal matchup at Baltimore this Sunday.
Out for Extended Period: Jay Ajayi, Devonta Freeman, Jerick McKinnon, Derrius Guice, Rob Kelley, Jeremy Hill, Raheem Mostert
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (Toe, Doubtful)
The Bengals’ offense struggled badly with A.J. Green out last week and he’s doubtful to return. If he remains out, Tyler Boyd and John Ross will see more targets, but Boyd could struggle against Browns top CB Denzel Ward.
Brandon LaFell, Oakland Raiders (Achilles, Out)
Already missing Martavis Bryant (knee), the Raiders lost Brandon LaFell for the season Sunday. Their best receiving options going forward are TE Jared Cook and Seth Roberts. Jordy Nelson (knee) might be able to return in a very tough matchup at Baltimore.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (Groin, Questionable)
Doug Baldwin was limited in practice last week before playing, but is now listed as a game-time decision due to his lingering groin injury. He would draw a favorable matchup against Carolina’s struggling secondary if active. If not, Tyler Lockett will benefit with David Moore seeing more targets.
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (Back, Doubtful)
Devin Funchess has struggled in recent weeks and is now listed as doubtful to face the Seahawks this Sunday. D.J. Moore has emerged as a good young slot WR, but Curtis Samuel benefits most directly from this news. Torrey Smith (knee) is expected to return but will likely be a non-factor.
DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Bucs (Thumb, Questionable)
DeSean Jackson is expected to play through a sprained thumb, but any limitations would benefit Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries in a three-way rotation at WR behind Mike Evans.
Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers (Knee, Out)
Pierre Garcon won’t play in Sunday’s mouth-watering matchup at the Bucs. George Kittle remains a great play, followed by Marquise Goodwin, Dante Pettis, Richie James, and Kendrick Bourne. Goodwin is a particularly intriguing punt play at close to the minimum on FanDuel.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (Shoulder, Questionable)
DeVante Parker is dealing with an AC joint sprain and is questionable to face the Colts Sunday. Kenny Stills (groin) could return and serve as Miami’s top receiver. Jakeem Grant (leg) and Albert Wilson (hip) are done for the year and Danny Amendola (hamstring) is also questionable. Expect a run-heavy approach as usual from the Dolphins.
Taywan Taylor, Tennessee Titans (Foot, Questionable)
Taywan Taylor is questionable to face the Texans Monday, and all the Titans receivers could struggle if Marcus Mariota (elbow) isn’t healthy.
Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (Quad, Questionable)
The Chargers downfield threat is questionable for a Week 12 date with the Cardinals. If he’s out, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin would benefit. Tyrell returned to practice Friday and is expected to play.
Robby Anderson, New York Jets (Ankle, Questionable)
Robby Anderson did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and is expected to be “limited” in Sunday’s matchup against the Patriots. He’s likely to be a nonfactor against shutdown CB Stephon Gillmore. Quincy Enunwa (ankle) could lead the Jets passing attack if healthier coming out of the bye week.
Out for Extended Period: Will Fuller, Geronimo Allison, Marqise Lee, Mack Hollins, Ted Ginn Jr., Cody Latimer, Mike Wallace
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (Back, Questionable)
Rob Gronkowski returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday and is expected to suit up at the Jets this Sunday. He’s a boom-bust option in DFS at a relatively low price tag.
Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers (Thumb, Questionable)
Jimmy Graham suffered a broken thumb but intends to play through it Sunday night with the Packers’ season on the line. Lance Kendricks should see more snaps at TE with more looks funneled toward RB Aaron Jones and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Note that Randall Cobb (hamstring) is expected to return, pushing “MVS” to the outside.
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (Knee, Questionable)
David Njoku is expected to play in a juicy matchup against the Bengals, but is not seeing much volume in the Browns new-look offense and may be hobbled by his lingering knee injury.
O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Bucs (Ankle, Out)
O.J. Howard left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and will head to I.R. Cameron Brate will look to step up against the 49ers with Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin also seeing a rise in targets.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (Hamstring, Doubtful)
Charles Clay is not practicing and is doubtful to face Jacksonville Sunday.
Geoff Swaim, Dallas Cowboys (Wrist, Out)
Geoff Swaim is out indefinitely with a broken wrist.
Out for Extended Period: Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, Delanie Walker, Hunter Henry, Jake Butt, Will Dissly
A.J. Cann, Jacksonville Jaguars (Hamstring, Questionable)
The Jaguars lost starting center Brandon Linder for the season, and now starting guard A.J. Cann is hobbled. The Jags face a formidable Bills defense in Buffalo this Sunday.
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles (Elbow, Questionable)
Jason Kelce left Sunday’s loss early in the game, and the Eagles’ offense completely collapsed. His absence would make it tougher for Philly to rebound at home against the Giants.
Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts (Knee, Out)
Andrew Luck has been the best-protected QB in the league this year, and he’s carving up defenses. His starting center will be out Sunday with Miami coming to town, but Luck should adjust and thrive.
Zach Fulton, Houston Texans (Shoulder, Questionable)
The Texans lost both RG Zack Fulton and LG Senio Kelemete (ankle) to injuries Sunday. Deshaun Watson already struggled to get any time in the pocket and could be scrambling more if either is out Monday against the Titans.
Out for Extended Period: Isaiah Wynn, Ron Leary, Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff, Kyle Long, Travis Frederick, Cam Robinson, Jon Halapio, Brandon Fusco, Andy Levitre, Matt Kalil, Daryl Williams, Seantrel Henderson, A.Q. Shipley
Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers (Foot, Out)
The Packers’ run defense has been a disaster since Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) was sent to injured reserve. Now, they’ll be without elite DT Mike Daniels for a couple weeks. Dalvin Cook and the Vikings rushing attack will benefit this Sunday night.
Corey Liuget, Los Angeles Chargers (Quad, Out)
Joey Bosa returned last Sunday, but the Chargers lost Corey Liuget for the season with a quad injury and were promptly shredded by Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay. David Johnson could have similar success against the Chargers this Sunday.
Timmy Jernigan, Philadelphia Eagles (Back, Questionable)
The Eagles will finally get their run-stopping DT tackle back, just in time to face Saquon Barkley and the Giants.
Out for Extended Period: Carl Lawson, Vincent Taylor, William Hayes, Muhammad Wilkerson, Marcus Davenport, Ryan Glasnow, Vita Vea, Tyquan Lewis
K.J. Wright, Seattle Seahawks (Knee, Out)
The Seahawks will once again be without elite coverage LB K.J. Wright, which bodes well for Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen.
Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Bucs (Knee, Questionable)
The Bucs were helpless in run defense against the Giants with Lavonte David out, and Matt Breida could have a big day for San Francisco if David is inactive in Week 12.
Jordan Hicks, Philadelphia Eagles (Calf, Questionable)
Jordan Hicks is week-to-week after injuring his calf against the Saints last Sunday. The Eagles will need him to help contain Saquon Barkley and cover against the Giants with their secondary decimated by injuries.
Preston Brown, Cincinnati Bengals (Knee, Out)
Preston Brown joins fellow ILB Nick Vigil on the shelf with a serious knee injury. With Vontaze Burfict (hip) also hobbled, the Bengals will remain one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. They’re allowing a league-high 5.0 YPC this season.
Out for Extended Period: Sean Lee, Jake Ryan, Dominique Easley, Kyzir White, Josh Martin
Avonte Maddox, Philadelphia Eagles (Knee, Questionable)
After losing Ronald Darby (knee) and FS Rodney McLeod (knee) for the season, the Eagles could be without Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas (knee), slot CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) and LCB Jalen Mills (foot) this Sunday, as all four CBs missed practice Thursday. Odell Beckham Jr. is in line for a big day.
Dre Kilpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals (Shoulder, Doubtful)
Dre Kilpatrick’s likely absence boosts the overall prospects of Baker Mayfield and the Browns passing attack, but it’s hard to single out a specific WR to target with Jarvis Landry struggling to produce.
Out for Extended Period: Jason Verrett, Eric Berry, Patrick Robinson, Vernon Hargreaves, Ross Cockrell, Phillip Gaines, Byron Maxwell, Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal
Phil Dawson, Arizona Cardinals (Hip, Questionable)
Phil Dawson is questionable to kick for Arizona at the Chargers Sunday.