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Fantasy Football Week 12 injury report: Updates on Julio Jones, Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler and more

Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

A player's injury status can have a significant effect on fantasy football — it can alter draft strategy, roster construction, and, most importantly, it can determine start-or-sit decisions for your fantasy team.

Each week, I will comb through the official injury reports for each game and give updates and analysis for fantasy-relevant players. Injuries are fluid, so make sure to stay up to date by following @mario_pilato on Twitter.

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ARIZONA CARDINALS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Kyler Murray QB 82.1 QB5 Shoulder (-)
Larry Fitzgerald WR 60.0 N/A COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: Murray suffered a mild A/C joint sprain in his throwing shoulder early in Week 11. He was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant at practice Friday. Murray will play in Week 12.

Fitzgerald has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Week 12.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Calvin Ridley WR 80.4 WR5 Foot  Questionable
Hayden Hurst TE 60.4 TE6 Ankle  Questionable
Julio Jones WR 85.5 N/A Hamstring Out
Todd Gurley II RB 54.6 RB22 Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Ridley suffered a mild midfoot sprain in the second quarter of MNF in Week 8. He missed Week 9 and had extra time to heal during the Falcons' Week 10 bye before returning in Week 11. Ridley was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I expect Ridley to play in Week 12.

Hurst was a non-participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but a limited participant Friday. His availability for Week 12 is concerning, but I am optimistic he plays.

Jones was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but did not practice Friday. He is inactive for Week 12.

Gurley did not participate in practice all week, and he has been ruled out for Week 12.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
J.K. Dobbins RB 66.8 N/A COVID-19 Out
Mark Andrews TE 77.2 N/A COVID-19 Out
Mark Ingram RB 50.7 N/A COVID-19 Out
Lamar Jackson QB 76.0 N/A COVID-19 Out

Mario’s takeDobbins, Ingram, Jackson and Andrews tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the game in Week 12.

BUFFALO BILLS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
John Brown WR 68.4 WR62 Ankle Out

Mario’s take: Brown suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Week 10. He rested during the Bills' Week 11 bye. Brown missed practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 12.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Christian McCaffrey RB 76.0 N/A Shoulder Doubtful
Teddy Bridgewater QB 69.2 QB25 Knee (-)

Mario’s take: McCaffery suffered a sprained A/C joint sprain when he landed hard on his shoulder late in Week 9. A Grade 1 sprain return-to-play timeline is one to three weeks. McCaffery did not play in Week 10 or Week 11. He was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday. I do not expect McCaffery back until after the Panthers' Week 13 bye.

Bridgewater injured his knee late in Week 10. He suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain and missed Week 11. Bridgewater was a full participant at practice all week, and I expect him to return to action in Week 12.

CHICAGO BEARS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Cordelle Patterson RB/WR 68.1 WR81 Calf (-)
Nick Foles QB 67.8 N/A Hip Doubtful

Mario’s take: Patterson was a limited participant on Wednesday and a full participant at Friday's practice. I expect Patterson to play in Week 12.

Foles suffered a hip pointer in Week 10. He did not practice all week, and I expect Foles to miss Week 12 and Mitchell Trubisky to start.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Joe Mixon RB 66.0 N/A Foot  IR
Giovani Bernard RB 63.7 RB21 Head Questionable
Joe Burrow QB 75.1 N/A Knee IR
Mike Thomas WR 59.0 N/A Hamstring Doubtful

Mario’s take:  Mixon injured his foot in the first half of Week 6 and has not played since. He was placed on IR and will miss at least three weeks.

Bernard entered the five-step concussion protocol early in the week. He didn’t practice on Wednesday, was a limited participant on Thursday, and a full participant Friday. I expect Bernard to play in Week 12.

Burrow injured his left knee in the third quarter of Week 11. He suffered a torn ACL and possible damage to both his  MCL and Meniscus. Worst case scenario is also a tibial fracture. He will miss the remainder of the season, but he will be ready for next season.

Thomas did not practice Wednesday. He was a limited participant at practice on Thursday and missed practice again on Friday. He is considered doubtful, and I do not expect him to play in Week 12.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Odell Beckham Jr. WR 75.3 N/A Knee  IR

Mario’s take: Beckham tore his ACL in Week 7. I originally believed his foot inverting might have prevented an ACL tear, but that was not the case.  I believe he also damaged his meniscus. Beckham will undergo surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Dak Prescott QB 85.2 N/A Ankle  Out

Mario’s take: Prescott suffered a compound fracture in his ankle during Week 5. A compound fracture is when the bone has gone through the skin. It is unclear if he suffered multiple fractures or ligament damage, which would create instability.

DENVER BRONCOS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Drew Lock QB 57.0 N/A COVID-19 Out
Jeff Driskel QB 55.1 N/A COVID-19 Out
Brett Rypien QB 40.5 N/A COVID-19 Out
Courtland Sutton WR 72.9 N/A Knee IR
Jerry Jeudy WR 68.6 WR32 Ankle/Achilles  Questionable

Mario’s take: Sutton left the game in Week 2 due to a knee injury and cramping and was later diagnosed with an ACL tear. Sutton will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Jeudy was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, did not practice Thursday, and back to being a limited participant Friday. I believe Thursday was maintenance day, and I expect Jeudy to play in Week 12.

Lock, Driskell and Rypien were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Week 12.

DETROIT LIONS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Danny Amendola WR 71.9 N/A Hip Out
D’Andre Swift RB 70.7 RB9 Head Out
Kenny Golladay WR 81.6 N/A Hip Out

Mario’s take: Amendola strained his hip in the second half of the game in Week 10. The typical return to play timeline is one to two weeks. He did not play in Week 11 and has been ruled out for Week 12.

Swift did not play in Week 11 was a limited participant Tuesday and Wednesday. He has been ruled out for Week 12.

Golladay suffered a Grade II groin strain in the third quarter of Week 8 and has not played since. He has been ruled out for Week 12.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Allen Lazard WR 68.4 WR54 Core  (-)
Equanimeous St. Brown WR 54.1 N/A Knee  Questionable
Davante Adams WR 92.0 WR1 Ankle (-)
Marcedes Lewis TE 67.6 N/A Knee  (-)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR 57.5 WR66 Achilles Questionable
Robert Tonyan TE 65.6 TE16 Ankle (-)
Tyler Ervin RB 66.1 N/A Ribs Questionable

Mario’s take: Adams was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, did not practice Thursday, and was back to being a limited participant Friday. I believe he missed practice due to maintenance, and he will play in Week 12.

Lazard, Brown, Lewis, Tonyan and Ervin were all limited participants in practice during the week, and I expect them to play in Week 12.

HOUSTON TEXANS

 

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
David Johnson RB 56.9 N/A Head IR
Randall Cobb WR 71.6 N/A Foot IR

Mario’s take: Johnson suffered a concussion in the second quarter in Week 9. He missed Week 10 and was placed on IR. Johnson will miss at least the next two weeks. 

Cobb injured his foot on a TD catch in the first quarter in Week 11. I believe he suffered a mid-foot sprain. Cobb was placed on IR, and he will miss at least the next three weeks.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Philip Rivers QB 77.5 QB20 Toe Questionable
Parris Campbell WR 72.8 N/A Knee  IR
Jonathan Taylor RB 71.6 N/A COVID-19 Out
Zach Pascal WR 62.3 WR82 Knee/Foot  Questionable

Mario’s take: Rivers did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. I believe Rivers will play in Week 12.

Campbell was carted off the field in Week 2 after spraining his MCL and PCL. Campbell's multi-ligament injury has ruled him out indefinitely. I expect him to be back in four to six weeks.

Pascal did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant at practice Friday, and I expect him to play in Week 12.

Taylor was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss Week 12.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Chris Conley  WR 69.1 WR89 Hip  Out
Dede Westbrook WR 53.7 N/A Knee IR
DJ Chark Jr. WR 73.0 WR28 Ribs Out
Tyler Eifert  TE 56.6 TE29 Head Questionable
Gardner Minshew III QB 69.7 N/A Thumb Questionable
James O’Shaughnessy TE 51.8 TE41 Knee  Questionable
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR 73.5 WR77 Hamstring Questionable

Mario’s take: Conley did not practice on Wednesday and was a limited participant at practice Thursday. He has been ruled out for Week 12.

Westbrook was carted off in the fourth quarter of Week 7 with a torn ACL. He will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Chark Jr. did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but has been ruled out for Week 12.

Eifert has entered the five-step concussion protocol and was limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and he needs to be monitored as the week progresses.

X-rays showed that Minshew has suffered multiple fractures and torn ligaments in his thumb. He did not play in Week 9, Week 10, or Week 11. Minshew was a limited participant in Wednesday's and Thursday's practice, and I do not expect him to play in Week 12.

O’Shaughnessy was limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday. I expect O'Shaughnessy to play in Week 12.

Shenault injured his hamstring in Week 9. He came out, and then he went back in briefly. Shenault pulled up on a route and subsequently missed the rest of the game and the past two weeks. He was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and I expect him to return to action in Week 12.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

N/A

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Jalen Richard RB 66.6 N/A Chest (-)
Josh Jacobs RB 80.8 RB7 Hip (-)

Mario’s take: Richard was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday, and he will play in Week 12.

Jacobs has been a limited participant in practice all week, and I expect him to play in Week 12.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Austin Ekeler RB 84.5 N/A Knee IR-R
Justin Jackson RB 70.4 N/A Knee IR
Kalen Ballage RB 58.6 RB36 Ankle/Calf Questionable

Mario’s take:  Ekeler was carted off the field in Week 4. He hyperextended his knee at an awkward angle, immediately grabbed his hamstring and could not put any pressure on his left foot. Ekeler escaped with a Grade 2 hamstring tear and has been placed on the Injured Reserve Designated for Return list. The Chargers have 21 days to activate him, and I believe he has a shot at returning in Week 12. 

Jackson reinjured his knee during pregame warm-ups in Week 9. He was taken out of the game after one snap. Jackson was placed on IR and can miss at least two more weeks.

Ballage was a limited participant at practice all week, but I do not expect him to play in Week 12.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Tyler Higbee TE 68.6 TE20 Elbow Questionable

Mario’s take: Higbee did not practice all week, and I do not expect him to play in Week 12.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Myles Gaskins RB 68.3 N/A Knee Out
Salvon Ahmed RB 64.5 RB18 Shoulder Out
Tua Tagovailoa  QB 57.6 QB21 Thumb Out

Mario’s take: Gaskins was surprisingly placed on IR in Week 9. He has a sprained MCL and is at the end of his three-week absence. The Dolphins have placed Gaskin on the Injured Reserve – Designated to Return list. They have 21 days to activate Gaskin, but he has been ruled out for Week 12.

Ahmed missed practice all week, and he has been ruled out for Week 12.

Tagovailoa practiced in a limited fashion all week and has been ruled out for Week 12.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Irv Smith Jr. TE 68.7 TE28 Groin  Out

Mario’s take: Smith Jr. was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and didn't practice Thursday and Friday. He has been ruled out for Week 12.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Julian Edelman WR 68.8 N/A Knee IR
N’Keal Harry WR 61.6 WR79 Shoulder Questionable
Rex Burkhead RB 78.2 N/A Knee IR

Mario’s take: Edelman underwent surgery in Week 8 and will miss at least three weeks after being placed on IR.

Harry was a limited participant at practice all week. I expect him to play in Week 12.

Burkhead injured his right knee in the third quarter of Week 11. I believe he tore his ACL and possibly damaged his MCL. He will miss the remainder of the season.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Alvin Kamara RB 83.5 RB4 Foot (-)
Drew Brees QB 76.0 N/A Shoulder  Out
Michael Thomas WR 73.7 WR7 Ankle (-)

Mario’s take: Kamara was a limited participant at practice all week, and I expect him to play in Week 12.

Brees did not return in the second half of Week 10 after injuring his ribs. Tests revealed fractured ribs on both sides of his chest, as well as a collapsed lung. Brees is expected to miss multiple weeks.

Thomas was a limited participant at practice all week, and I expect him to play in Week 12.

NEW YORK GIANTS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Saquon Barkley RB 60.2 N/A Knee IR
Devonta Freeman RB 55.0 N/A Ankle  IR
Sterling Shepard WR 79.5 WR38 Hip/Toe (-)

Mario’s take: Barkley sprained his MCL and tore his ACL and meniscus in Week 2. He will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Freeman has not played in the past four weeks. He has been placed on IR and will miss at least three weeks.

Shepard was a limited participant at practice, and he will play in Week 12.

NEW YORK JETS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Breshad Perriman WR 64.4 WR55 Shoulder (-)
Chris Herndon TE 49.9 TE33 Back (-)
Sam Darnold QB 57.1 QB32 Shoulder (-)
Chris Hogan WR 56.1 N/A Knee  IR

Mario’s take: Perriman was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday, and he will play in Week 12.

Herndon was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice and a full participant at practice Thursday and Friday. He will be ready to play in Week 12.

Darnold seemed to reinjure his shoulder in Week 8. Similar to Week 4, when he initially injured his A/C joint, Darnold battled through the rest of the game. He was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and a full participant Thursday and Friday, and Darnold will start in Week 12.

Hogan was injured in Week 5 and was put on IR. He underwent arthroscopic surgery and will miss at least eight weeks.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Boston Scott RB 62.7 RB56 Abdomen Questionable

Mario’s take: Scott was a limited participant at practice Thursday and Friday, though I am optimistic he plays in Week 12.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Vance McDonald TE 49.2 N/A COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: McDonald has been ruled out for Week 12.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

 

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Deebo Samuel WR 73.1 WR52 Hamstring (-)
Jeff Wilson  RB 79.1 N/A Ankle IR
Jimmy Garoppolo QB 67.5 N/A Ankle IR
George Kittle TE 79.7 N/A Foot IR
Tevin Coleman RB 65.7 RB60 Knee Out
Raheem Mostert RB 89.1 N/A Ankle IR-R
Brandon Aiyuk WR 79.0 N/A COVID-19 Out

Mario’s take: Samuel injured his hamstring in the fourth quarter of Week 7. He has missed the four weeks since. Samuel was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant Friday, and he will return to action in Week 12.

Wilson injured his ankle while scoring his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter of Week 7. He was placed on IR and will miss at least three weeks.

Garoppolo reinjured his high-ankle sprain in Week 8. This is a tough injury to deal with because you will be ineffective if you come back too early. He missed multiple games the first time around with this injury, and Garoppollo is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Kittle left the game in the fourth quarter of Week 8. It looked as if Kittle would suffer from a mild inversion ankle sprain, but X-rays revealed a small fracture in his foot. Kittle will miss the next eight weeks.

In Coleman’s first game back from IR, he exited early with a knee sprain, which is the same injury that caused him to go on IR earlier in the season. Coleman missed Week 9, Week 10 and rested during the team's Week 11 bye. He practiced in a limited fashion all week but has been ruled out for Week 12.

Mostert injured his ankle in Week 6. He tried to return in the third quarter but was ruled out for the rest of the game. I believe he either suffered a high ankle sprain or a moderate-lateral ankle sprain. He was ruled out for the subsequent games. The 49ers have 21 days to activate Mostert, and I expect him to return to action in Week 12.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Bo Scarbrough RB 73.0 N/A Hamstring IR
Chris Carson RB 80.6 RB12 Foot Questionable
Greg Olsen TE 61.5 N/A Foot Out
Travis Homer RB 62.7 RB89 Wrist/thumb/knee Out

Mario’s take: Scarbrough tore his hamstring in Week 11 and will miss the remainder of the season.

Carson suffered a mid-foot sprain in the second quarter of Week 7. He did not play in the following four weeks. Carson was a full participant at practice on Wednesday and a limited participant Thursday and Friday. I expect Carson to return to action in Week 12.

Olsen left the fourth quarter of Week 11 after injuring his foot. Coach Pete Carroll said Olsen ruptured his plantar fascia. Return to play is determined by the severity of the tear, with a complete rupture taking six to eight weeks. 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

N/A

TENNESSEE TITANS

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
A.J. Brown WR 83.2 WR14 Knee  (-)

Mario’s take: Brown sat out of Wednesday’s and Thursday's practice but was a full participant at practice Friday. I believe Brown missed practice for maintenance reasons and will play in Week 12.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Player Pos PFF grade Consensus Rank Injury Status
Terry McLaurin WR 81.8 WR6 Ankle Questionable
Kyle Allen QB 68.5 N/A Ankle IR

Mario’s take: McLaurin did not practice Monday, was limited Tuesday and was a full participant Wednesday. I expect him to play on Thanksgiving.

Allen is undergoing surgery to repair his fractured dislocated ankle. He will miss the remainder of the season.

 

Mario Pilato has a master's degree in Kinesiology and a bachelor's degree in Exercise Sports Science, along with eight years of experience in the strength and conditioning industry, including at the collegiate and NFL level. His injury analysis articles will appear weekly.

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