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NFL Week 13 Injury Report: Key fantasy and DFS takeaways

Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) during warmups before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

  • Don't count on Samuel: Even though Deebo Samuel logged a limited practice this week, PFF injury expert Mario Pilato is pessimistic about his chances.
  • Fields' return: Justin Fields appears ready to return to action this week.
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A player's injury status can have a significant effect on both real life and fantasy football. So, each week, PFF injury analyst Mario Pilato will comb through the official injury reports for each NFL game and give updates and analysis for fantasy-relevant players.

Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @PFF_Mario on Twitter.

KEY
DNP: Did not participate in practice
LP: Limited participation in practice
FP: Full participation
(-): Not listed
OUT: Player will not play
D: Player is unlikely to play
Q: Player is not certain to play
Rest: Not injury-related or resting veteran


PITTSBURGH STEELERS @ ATLANTA FALCONS

Expert Injury Analysis: Steelers RB Najee Harris is dealing with a strained oblique. He started the week with two straight DNPs but logged a limited session on Friday. Harris does not have an injury designation, so I expect him to play in Week 13. RB Jaylen Warren is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury but was a full participant all week. I am optimistic Warren plays in Week 13. 


DENVER BRONCOS @ BALTIMORE RAVENS

Expert Injury Analysis: Broncos WR KJ Hamler will be out in Week 13 due to a hamstring injury. WR Courtland Sutton was a late addition to the injury report, as he logged a DNP on Friday due to an illness. It is unclear how serious the illness is and will likely be a game-time decision.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was limited early in the week due to a quad injury but was a full participant the rest of the week. Jackson will play in Week 13, and I do not believe he will have any limitations. 


GREEN BAY PACKERS @ CHICAGO BEARS

Expert Injury Analysis: Packers WR Romeo Doubs continues to deal with a high-ankle sprain, but he was able to be a limited participant in practice all week. I still do not believe it is enough for him to return in Week 13. The Packers have a Week 14 bye and in my opinion, Doubs has a good shot at returning after that.

Bears QB Justin Fields logged two full practices with his shoulder injury, so I believe he will return to action in Week 13. QB Trevor Siemian was a DNP all due to an oblique injury, and he will be shut down for the season after undergoing surgery. 


JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS @ DETROIT LIONS

Expert Injury Analysis: Jaguars RB Travis Etienne was limited all week with a mid-foot sprain, but I am optimistic he will be ready to roll for Week 13. WR Zay Jones was limited all week with a chest issue, but I expect him to play in Week 13. RB Darrell Henderson was a late addition due to an illness. He was a DNP and will be a game-time decision in Week 13. 


CLEVELAND BROWNS @ HOUSTON TEXANS

Expert Injury Analysis: Browns TE David Njoku has been sidelined all week due to a knee injury, and I do not expect him to play in Week 13.

Texans RB Rex Burkhead has been in the five-step concussion protocol but was able to log his full participant practice on Friday. I am optimistic he plays in Week 13. WR Brandin Cooks has been ruled out of Week 13 with a calf injury. He could miss the next week or two. 


NEW YORK JETS @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Expert Injury Analysis: Jets RB Michael Carter has been a DNP all week due to an ankle injury, so I do not believe he will play in Week 13. 


WASHINGTON COMMANDERS @ NEW YORK GIANTS

Expert Injury Analysis: Commanders RB Antonio Gibson sandwiched a DNP with limited sessions. I am optimistic Gibson will play in Week 13. TE Logan Thomas was limited for most of the week but was able to get a full practice Friday with a rib injury. I expect Thomas to play in Week 13.

Giants TE Daniel Bellinger was limited all week due to his eye injury. He has a chance to return from injury and is trending in the right direction. WR Richie James logged a DNP on Wednesday but followed up with two limited sessions. I am optimistic he can play in Week 13. 


TENNESSEE TITANS @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Expert Injury Analysis: Titans RB Hassan Haskins was a late addition to the injury report due to a hip issue. This is never a good sign, and I am concerned about his availability for Week 13.

Eagles WR DeVonta Smith practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant on Friday due to a groin injury. I expect Smith to play in Week 13. 


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS @ LOS ANGELES RAMS

Expert Injury Analysis: The Seahawks are dealing with an illness running through their team. Many players have been affected, including RB Travis Homer and WR Marquise Goodwin. An eye needs to be kept on them all the way up to game time to make sure someone else doesn’t get the bug.

Rams QB Matthew Stafford was cleared from the concussion protocol but is still dealing with a neck issue. He was ruled out for Week 13, and I would not be shocked if he is done for the season. 


MIAMI DOLPHINS @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Expert Injury Analysis: 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey was a DNP, limited and then full participant this week with knee soreness. I believe he is dealing with a patellar tendon issue but won’t miss any game time, although it will need to be managed. RB Elijah Mitchell is dealing with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and will miss around six weeks. WR Deebo Samuel sandwiched a DNP with limited sessions, but I am pessimistic he plays in Week 13. 


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS @ CINCINNATTI BENGALS

Expert Injury Analysis: Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney will miss another game due to his hamstring injury, but I expect him back in the next week or two.

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase was limited all week but practiced fully on Friday. I believe Chase will return from his hip injury in Week 13. RB Joe Mixon is yet to get his full-contact practice in. This is an important step in the five-step concussion protocol, so I just don’t see how he will be cleared in time for Week 13. 


LOS ANGELES CHARGERS @ LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Expert Injury Analysis: Chargers WR Mike Williams will miss another week due to his high-ankle sprain. He will continue to battle it for another couple of weeks.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs has been limited all week with a calf strain, but I believe the team is just maintaining his injury. I expect Jacobs to play in Week 13. 


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS @ DALLAS COWBOYS

Expert Injury Analysis: Colts TE Jelani Woods has been a DNP all week with a shoulder/quad injury. I am pessimistic about him playing in Week 13.

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup logged a DNP on Wednesday and Thursday but practiced in a limited fashion on Friday due to an illness. I am optimistic he will play in Week 13. 


NEW ORLEANS SAINTS @ TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Expert Injury Analysis: Saints RB Mark Ingram started the week as a limited participant but finished up as a full participant due to a foot injury. I expect Ingram to play in Week 13. WR Jarvis Landry has been limited all week due to an ankle injury, but I expect him to play in Week 13.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate has been a DNP all week due to an illness and will likely be a game-time decision. WR Russell Gage has been limited all week with a hamstring strain, but he is trending in the right direction to return from injury. RB Leonard Fournette has been limited all week with a hip injury but I believe he returns to action in Week 13. 

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