NFL injury report: We’re heading into Week 12 of the NFL season, with the fantasy football playoffs closing in and injuries piling up. Fantasy stars like Kyler Murray, Christian McCaffrey and Chris Carson are all on the NFL injury report this week and we’re here to keep you updated on the latest updates.
Fantasy managers will need to keep a close eye on their lineups and injury updates this week, thanks to the NFL Thanksgiving schedule. With three games scheduled for Thursday, players like D’Andre Swift, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kenny Golladay only have a few days to prove they can play.
Let’s take a look at the latest news and updates from the NFL injury report for Week 12.
Update: Nov. 25, 5:48 PM EST
NFL Week 12: Schedule and game-by-game predictions
NFL injury report: Will Kyler Murray play in Week 12?
No NFL quarterback is better at protecting his body than Murray. He is one of the league’s most unstoppable athletes and with 92 carries, Murray exposes himself to more hits than most quarterbacks. On Thursday Night Football, he took one of those rare, rough hits and suffered an AC joint sprain.
Entering Week 12, the Arizona Cardinals expect their franchise quarterback to play. However, we’ll have to monitor the NFL injury report throughout the week to track his participation in practice. Kliff Kingsbury said the team will use Tuesday’s practice to test out the second-year quarterback’s arm, in an effort to determine his workload for the week of practices. Murray draws a tough matchup in Week 12 against the New England Patriots, but there are some holes in this defense. If he is healthy, he is a must-start QB in every league.
Detroit Lions injury report: Kenny Golladay uncertain for Thanksgiving Day game
Update: Kenny Golladay OUT
It’s been a frustrating season for Kenny Golladay. Before the year began, he was excited about having a healthy Matthew Stafford at quarterback. After leading the NFL in touchdowns (11) last season, Golladay was poised to do even bigger things in his contract year.
Unfortunately, things haven’t unfolded how he hoped. The 27-year-old has played in just five of Detroit’s 10 games this season and exited in the first quarter on Nov. 1. Golladay hasn’t played since Week 8 and he couldn’t even practice on Thursday or Friday before Week 11. Detroit didn’t practice on Monday, but listed its star receiver as a limited participant in its estimated practice report. It still feels unlikely that he will suit up on Thanksgiving against the Houston Texans.
With Golladay and Danny Amendola both likely out for Week 12, Marvin Jones Jr. becomes a high-end WR3. Houston’s secondary allows 252.4 passing yards per game. Meanwhile, with more targets coming his way, T.J. Hockenson is a top-10 tight end this week.
Seattle Seahawks injury report: Latest news on Chris Carson for Week 12
We haven’t seen Carson play since Week 7, when he left an epic Sunday Night Football game with a mid-foot sprain. While there was initially hope that it would be a short absence, Seattle’s 5-foot-11 featured back has now missed four consecutive games.
Fortunately, that absence will come to an end in Week 12. Pete Carroll confirmed that Carson would return on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’ll face a defense that entered Week 11 allowing 133 rushing yards per game.
When Carson returns to the backfield, expect the Seahawks to tailor their offense more to the running game. It’s great news for Carson and his fantasy managers, but the news isn’t all great from a fantasy perspective. Rashaad Penny is close to returning, and Carlos Hyde will get carries. Moving forward, Carson ranks as a top-16 running back for the rest of the season.
NFL injury news: Cincinnati Bengals place Joe Mixon (foot) on injured reserve
Joe Mixon went down with a foot injury in Week 6. Ever since, fantasy owners have constantly monitored the NFL injury report and hoped for positive news. Unfortunately, after missing four consecutive games, the Bengals are finally admitting the true severity of Mixon’s injury.
Cincinnati placed Mixon on IR before Week 11, ruling him out for Week 12 and Week 13. While there’s a chance he can return after the mandatory three-week IR stint, head coach Zac Taylor also refused to rule out Mixon missing the remainder of the season.
In Mixon’s absence, Giovani Bernard will be a mid-tier RB2 in PPR leagues. While upcoming matchups against the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins aren’t ideal, his volume and talent make him an appealing play.
Los Angeles Chargers injury report: When will Austin Ekeler return?
When Ekeler went down with a severe hamstring strain in Week 4, early estimates suggested he’d miss six-plus weeks of action. He started running two weeks ago and steadily increased his activity since then. Ekeler, who also plays fantasy football, provided some noteworthy updates this week in an interview with The Athletic.
While the hamstring strain is the main cause of his absence, he also revealed the tendon on his femur pulled off the bone a bit. It all has required a lengthy rehabilitation process, but he expects to participate in seven-on-seven and individual drills this week. Ekeler shared video of a workout on Monday and revealed he’ll be on the practice field this week. However, it’s more likely he misses Week 12.
NFL injury update: Latest news on Lions RB D’Andre Swift for Thanksgiving Day game
Update: D’Andre Swift to be game-time call, returned to practice Wednesday
Everyone was waiting for the Detroit Lions to let Swift loose as the featured running back. The moment came in Week 10, when the rookie was named the starting running back. After a stellar outing (149 scrimmage yards, one touchdown), a new RB1 joined the fantasy ranks.
Sadly, the joy didn’t last for long. Swift suddenly landed on the NFL injury report with a concussion, and the Lions quickly ruled him out for Week 11. With Detroit set to continue its tradition of playing on Thanksgiving in Week 12, Swift has limited time to clear the concussion protocol and he is still undergoing testing as of Tuesday morning.
At this point, we’re not expecting him to play against the Houston Texans. In his absence, Adrian Peterson becomes a low-end RB2 against the Houston Texans in Week 12.
Philadelphia Eagles injury report: Latest news on Zach Ertz, status for Week 12
Zach Ertz has played through plenty of injuries during his NFL career and has regularly appeared on the NFL injury report. When he went down with a high-ankle sprain in Week 6, the Eagles immediately placed him on injured reserve.
Philadelphia designated Ertz to return from IR on Nov. 16, starting a 21-day practice window for him to either be activated or ruled out for the season. While he is making progress, head coach Doug Pederson said Ertz needs a little more time. There’s a chance he could play on Monday Night Football in Week 12, but the chances are the Eagles play it safe.
Unfortunately, even when Ertz returns, he isn’t a safe top-10 tight end. Even when Dallas Goedert was sidelined, Ertz was averaging under 50 receiving yards per game. The Eagles recognize Goedert is the future at the position, so Ertz’s opportunities to shine might be over.
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NFL injury report: Injury update on Christian McCaffrey for Week 12
It’s been a rough year for fantasy managers who spent the No. 1 overall pick on Christian McCaffrey. After suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 2, McCaffrey didn’t return to the field until Week 9. Everyone loved watching his monster 151-yard, two-touchdown performance. Unfortunately, we learned 24 hours later that he suffered a shoulder injury.
McCaffrey was eventually diagnosed with an AC joint sprain, causing him to miss Carolina’s past two games. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the timing could work out very poorly. The Panthers have a bye in Week 13, increasing the likelihood that McCaffrey is held out in Week 12. On Monday, head coach Matt Rhule said McCaffrey’s absence is still considered week-to-week, further casting doubt on the All-Pro running back’s availability Sunday. At this point, fantasy managers just have to hope their star returns for the fantasy playoffs in Week 14.
NFL fantasy news: Julio Jones injury update
We saw a familiar sight on Sunday, Julio Jones exiting the game with a hamstring injury. The All-Pro receiver took the field in Week 11 with a great matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Unfortunately, all the fantasy potential and Atlanta’s hopes for victory evaporated when he limped off the field with tightness in his hamstring.
Jones returned to the game in the fourth quarter, but left almost immediately. He will undergo an MRI on Monday, which will determine the severity of the issue. Even if the results are in Atlanta’s favor, there’s a real chance he doesn’t play in Week 12. Jones injured his hamstring in Week 1, then re-aggravated it the following Sunday.
It’s been an issue that has kept him out or limited him in multiple games and the Falcons (3-7) have no incentive to rush him back. On Monday, Raheem Morris said there is uncertainty around Jones’ status for Sunday’s game. As of now, he is considered a game-time decision.
If Jones can’t play in Week 12 against the Las Vegas Raiders, Calvin Ridley becomes a top-five receiver in fantasy rankings. We’d also target Russell Gage on the waiver wire, coming off a solid performance with seven catches and 58 receiving yards on 12 targets.
Pittsburgh Steelers injury report: Latest news on JuJu Smith-Schuster
Update: JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to practice Wednesday
There have been plenty of freak injuries this season, but Smith-Schuster suffered one of the most unusual on Sunday. Pittsburgh’s Pro Bowl receiver tweaked his ankle stepping on a penalty flag and didn’t return to the game.
The broadcast noted that the Steelers were cautious with Smith-Schuster and he could have returned if the score was close. While that’s a promising sign for his Week 12 availability, it’s important to remember Pittsburgh plays on Thanksgiving. If there are any complications, which we’ll monitor for this week during practice, it could lead to him being questionable for Thursday’s game. It’s worth noting, Smith-Schuster was listed as a non-participant for Monday’s estimated practice session. It further clouds his availability for Thanksgiving Day.
In terms of the fantasy pecking order among Pittsburgh’s receivers, we’d rank Smith-Schuster third. Diontae Johnson is coming off a monster game, with 12 catches and 111 receiving yards on a team-high 16 targets. Meanwhile, Chase Claypool found the end zone once again. We’d start both with confidence, even against Baltimore’s secondary, but might shy away from JuJu.