Injury Status: Week 13

Thu Dec 3 10:10am ET
Sr Fantasy Writer

This is a strange week with a game being played Wednesday for last week’s slate and no game Thursday night for this week. There also are two teams on a bye (Bucs, Panthers) after no teams were on a bye last week. We also have two games Monday and another on Tuesday. Get ready for the craziness. The good news in all of this is the injury list isn’t quite as long this week. And a few of the players on the list this week are close to a return.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions. Golladay remains out of practice because of a hip injury. He has missed the last few games because of the injury and is not looking good to play again this week. He is going to need to get some practice in to play. We would not count on a return this week, making Marvin Jones the top option in the passing game once again for the Lions.

Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles. Ertz was activated from Injured Reserve on Wednesday, giving him a chance to return to the lineup. He was close to playing last week, so we think the chances of a return in Week 13 are pretty good. His ankle injury seems about completely healed. Ertz has not done much on the field this year, though, so taking a wait and see approach with him might be a good idea.

Daniel Jones, QB, Giants. Jones suffered a hamstring injury last week and is not expected to play this week. He is expected to miss a few weeks of action. Colt McCoy is the expected starter for the Giants in Week 13.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins. Tagovailoa is practicing some this week but his thumb injury remains a concern because it is on his throwing hand. He still isn’t quite 100 percent. And with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing well and winning last week, look for Fitzpatrick to start again this week even if Tagovailoa is able to play with this thumb injury.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons. Jones continues to battle his hamstring injury and has been limited in practice this week. The good news is he is practicing some, which is a step in the right direction. He would seem to have a decent chance at playing this week. Things seem to be trending the right direction at the moment.

Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons. Gurley is back practicing some this week after missing the game last week because of a knee injury. He is making progress and seems to have a decent chance to play this week, barring a setback later in the week. The Falcons might not give him his usual workload because of the injury if he plays, though.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings. Cook has an ankle injury but it isn’t believed to be too serious. He was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday and all indications are he should be ready for the Week 13 game.

D'Andre Swift, RB, Lions. Swift had to be held out of last week’s game because of a concussion. He has not been cleared to be played just yet, but should be before the week is out. Swift is progressing and barring a setback, he should be back in the Lions starting lineup. Keep an eye on the player notes to see when he clears the concussion protocol before plugging him back in your lineup.

DJ Chark, WR, Jaguars. Chark was not able to play last week because of a rib injury. He is limited in practice this week but is trending towards playing. He is dealing with a painful injury, though, so nothing is quite certain just yet. Consider him a game-time decision for now.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos. Lindsay left the game early last week because of a knee injury and is yet to practice this week. He is iffy to play this week. The Broncos aren’t ruling him out yet this week, but we wouldn’t count on him playing. And even if he plays, Lindsay likely would be limited in the game. 

Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders. Jacobs sprained his ankle last week and is out of practice to start the week. He is a little iffy to play right now. We would get other options ready. Jacobs could be shaping up to be a game-time decision. Devontae Booker likely handles most of the work at running back if Jacobs is unable to play.

David Johnson, RB, Texans. The Texans activated the 21-day practice window for Johnson to return from Injured Reserve on Wednesday. This gives him a shot to play this week but that seems a long shot. We would expect him back in another few weeks. Duke Johnson will continue to handle much of the work at running back with Johnson out of action.

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