The sad reality of the NFL is that when players are allowed to go full speed, injury is inevitable. Week 15 of the NFL season was no exception. Now that fantasy football managers update their rosters for the coming week, several players ended up on the injury report, leaving their status for week 16 on hold.
Note that as more injury designations are announced on Friday, we will update the injury report to reflect the latest news.
With the weekend fast approaching, which flaggers are likely to miss week 16? Which team could make backup plans at QB?
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Lamar Jackson (ankle) did not practice Friday and looks set to miss his second game in a row. Tyler Huntley will get another start if Jackson can’t play on Sunday.
Tyler Huntley, Baltimore Ravens
According to the Ravens official website, Tyler Huntley did not train on Friday due to an illness unrelated to COVID-19. NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that Huntley is still scheduled to play on Sunday.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule told reporters on Wednesday Sam Darnold (shoulder) would get playing time on Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Darnold has been nominated to return from the IR and must still be activated on the 53 player roster. Rhule also said Cam Newton will keep his starting responsibilities and see the bulk of the shots.
Chicago Bears Justin Fields and Andy Dalton
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Justin Fields will not start on Sunday and there is no guarantee he will serve as a replacement due to an ankle injury that kept him from training this week.
The Bears official website reports that Andy Dalton was activated off the COVID-19 reserve / list Thursday. However, Rapoport reported that Dalton was ruled out in Week 16 due to a groin injury.
According to head coach Matt Nagy, Nick Foles will start for the Bears on Sunday against the Seahawks.
Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum, Cleveland Browns
The Browns official website reports that Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum have been activated on the COVID-19 / reserve list and will be active for week 16.
Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos
Denver 7 News’s Troy Renck reports that Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) was kicked out of week 16.
Jared Goff, Detroit Lions
ESPN’s Eric Woodyard reports that Jared Goff told 97.1 The Ticket Detroit that he tested positive on Monday. “I feel great. I really had symptoms on Sunday night after the game. Tim Boyle would be in line to start if Goff missed Week 16.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
According to the Vikings’ training report, Kirk Cousins (ribs) became a full participant after recording a limited session on Wednesday.
Taysom Hill, Saints of New Orleans
According to the official Saints website, Taysom Hill has been placed on the COVID list. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Hill was one of nine New Orleans players added to the roster on Thursday following positive tests.
Jalen hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
According to the Eagles’ training report, Jalen Hurts (ankle) was a limited participant on Thursday.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Teresa Varley of the Steelers official website reports that Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral / right shoulder) was limited to training on Thursday.
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James Conner, Arizona Cardinals
ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss reports that James Conner (healer) said on Thursday he believes he should face the Cardinals on Saturday. However, Conner hasn’t trained all week and is listed as questionable for Week 16 against the Colts.
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that head coach Kevin Stefanski does not expect Kareem Hunt (ankle, reserve / COVID-19 list) to be available for Week 16.
Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys
The Athletic’s Jon Machota reports that Tony Pollard (foot) was a limited participant on Thursday. Pollard first performed last week after suffering a plantar fascia tear in his left foot in week 13.
Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos
George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports that Melvin Gordon (inch / hip) was outclassed by limited entry on Thursday. However, don’t expect to miss week 16.
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Stoia also reports that Javonte Williams (knee) was a limited participant on Thursday for the second consecutive training session. He hopes to play on Sunday.
By André Swift, Detroit Lions
According to the Lions’ training report, Andre Swift (shoulder) was a limited participant on Thursday. It was the second day in a row that Swift managed to see the pitch after not recording any activity for the past three weeks. It is questionable for week 16.
David Johnson, Houston Texans
According to the Texans official website, David Johnson (quad) was a non-participant for the second day in a row Thursday.
James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
According to the Jaguars’ training report, James Robinson (knee) did not compete on Thursday. Robinson was restricted on Wednesdays and Thursdays were declared to be Robinson’s rest days for the remainder of the season.
Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
Rapoport reports that Austin Ekeler was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list on Wednesday after testing positive. The first reports surfaced on Monday that Ekeler was heading for the reserve list, but the move was not made official until Wednesday. If Ekeler is missing, the Chargers will defer to Justin Jackson.
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams
According to the official Rams website, Cam Akers (Achilles) has been nominated to return from IR. Akers tore his Achilles heel while training just before training camp started in mid-July. Akers could very well make his return in time for the playoffs but will miss the fantastic season.
Phillip Lindsay, Miami Dolphins
David Furones of the Sun-Sentinel reports that Phillip Lindsay (ankle) was limited for the Dophins’ estimated training on Thursday. Lindsay was activated from the reserve / COVID-19 list earlier this week, but is managing an ankle injury he suffered in week 13.
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Rapoport reports that Dalvin Cook was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list on Thursday following a positive test. Reports say Cook is unvaccinated and will enter a mandatory 10-day quarantine before returning to the squad, assuming he can pass the league-mandated tests at that time.
Brandon Bolden, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
According to the official Patriots website, Brandon Bolden (knee) was a limited participant for day two on Thursday. The Patriots also report that Damien Harris (hamstring) was again limited on Thursday. Harris missed Week 15, but the team will be hopeful he can return in Week 16.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports that Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) was kicked out of week 16.
Saquon Barkley and Gary Brightwell, New York Giants
Dan Salomone of the Giants official website reports that Saquon Barkley (ankle) trained on Thursday with limited ability. He hopes to play on Sunday. Salomone also reports that Gary Brightwell (neck) was a limited participant on Thursday and is questionable for week 16.
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
According to the Eagles’ training report, Miles Sanders (quadriceps) was a non-participant on Thursday. However, with the Eagles playing on Tuesday, this is their first practice this week before Week 16.
Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks
The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar reports that Alex Collins (abdomen) trained on a limited basis Thursday.
Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers
Elijah Mitchell (knee) missed his third straight game after missing the Titans on Thursday night.
Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The official Buccaneers website reports that Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was placed on IR on Thursday. Thus, he will miss at least the next three games of the Bucs.
ESPN’s John Keim reports that Antonio Gibson (toe) did not participate in Thursday’s practice. Gibson is managing a broken shinbone, but his toe injury prevented him from attending the first two sessions this week.