It’s December in the NFL, which means that each game carries more significance as teams fight for playoff positioning. Several games in Week 13 are bound to have a playoff feel, including an AFC Championship rematch between the Bengals and Chiefs and a possible Super Bowl preview between the Dolphins and 49ers.
As always, injuries are a main storyline entering this weekend’s games, particularly in the two alluded to above. The Bengals are hoping that Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Mixon are available for Sunday’s big game, though the latter is looking very unlikely as he remains in concussion protocol. 49ers’ All-Pro wideout Deebo Samuel’s status this week as he is dealing with a quadriceps injury, but will play vs. the Dolphins, according to Jeff Darlington.
In other games, Bears quarterback Justin Fields resumed practicing in full this week after missing Chicago’s last game with a shoulder injury. His counterpart on Sunday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, is dealing with injuries to both his thumb and midsection.
Along with those injuries, here’s a look at each NFL team‘s final injury report ahead of Sunday’s games. We’ll be updating the following lists, so make sure to revisit this page frequently with the latest updates regarding player injuries.
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Steelers: CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) OUT; RB Jaylen Warren (hamstring), T.J. Watt (ribs) QUESTIONABLE
Falcons: LB Arnold Ebiketie (forearm), OT Chuma Edoga (knee), DT Jalen Dalton toe) QUESTIONABLE
Watt’s absence would be a major one given the Steelers’ 1-10 record without the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in the lineup. Pittsburgh did receive positive news in that running back Najee Harris was taken off the injury report after leaving Monday night’s win over Indianapolis early after suffering an oblique injury. He’s active for the game against Atlanta.
Atlanta is relatively healthy for Sunday’s home game. Ebiketie and Dalton are trending toward playing after both were limited during Thursday and Friday’s practices. The same can’t be said of Edoga, who did not practice Thursday and Friday after being limited on Wednesday.
Packers (-3) at Bears
Bakhtiari had an emergency appendectomy and will miss Sunday’s game after the left tackle thought he strained his abdomen. Campbell hasn’t played since Week 8 and Doubs, who hasn’t played since Week 9, is out. Both were limited in practice all week. Savage didn’t practice all week. Aaron Rodgers will start.
Chicago will have Justin Fields back on the field after he was a full participant during the week’s final two practices. Bears fans were hit with somber news earlier this week when safety Eddie Jackson (Lisfranc) and wideout Darnell Mooney (ankle) were placed on injured reserve.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus told reporters on Friday that Trevor Siemian will undergo season-ending surgery on his oblique injury, which he hurt during warmups last week but was still able to play.
Jaguars: RB Travis Etienne (foot), FS Andre Cisco (shoulder), DE Roy Robertson-Harris (illness), RB Darrell Henderson Jr. (illness), QUESTIONABLE
Lions: G Evan Brown (ankle), LB Julian Okwara (elbow) OUT
Etienne is good to go after being listed as questionable. Jaguars coach Doug Peterson was optimistic his second-year running back was able to play. Peterson is not as optimistic regarding Henderson, stating that he will likely be inactive on Sunday.
This is arguably the best injury report of the year for the Lions, with just two players ruled out. Cornerback Jeff Okudah and guard Jonah Jackson, who were sidelined by recent concussions, were cleared to play for this week. Wide receiver Jameson Williams has been activated from IR.
Carter has been ruled out. James Robinson may be playing behind a revamped offensive line, however, as both of the Jets’ starting tackles are on the injury report. Mike Remmers and Max Mitchell are in line to start if Brown and Ogbuehi can’t play. Remmers is a 10-year veteran with 90 starts under his belt. Mitchell has already logged four starts in his rookie season.