Fantasy Football Injury Report: December 4
Sean Mitchell provides an update on all of the fantasy football relevant injuries around the NFL to help you with setting your lineup this week!
As we head into the weekend of Week 13 of the NFL season, we return for the Fantasy Alarm NFL Injury Report for some statuses that we need to keep an eye on as we approach kick-off on Sunday.
Dalvin Cook RB, MIN (Ankle)
It was reported on Thursday that Cook was able to once again take the practice field in a limited capacity, which has been pretty much the same story-line for the week in preparation for Cook and the Vikings as they host the Jaguars at home on Sunday. The positive note here is that Cook is at least on the field participating and this should mean that he is available to take the field on Sunday, but we will need to monitor his status to make sure there aren’t any set-backs before kick on Sunday. Update: Cook was removed from final injury report and should be good to go.
A.J. Brown WR, TEN (Hip)
It was interesting to see a new injury report issue on the Titans practice report for Thursday as Brown was a non-participant for the Titans Thursday practice session, but it wasn’t the knee ailment that he has been dealing with most of the season – a new “hip” injury has now appeared. As in recent weeks, we didn’t put a ton of weight on the injury reports and “questionable” tags for Brown simply because he would still suit up and play after being limited or sitting a day or two in preparation, but this a new injury. It may just be precautionary takes here with Brown sitting on Thursday, and it will be important to keep an eye on the Titan’s Friday practice reports due to this status.
Josh Jacobs RB, LV (Ankle)
Jacobs was not able to take the practice field for the Raiders during Thursday practice session and this absolutely puts some cause for concern for Jacobs availability for the Raiders upcoming game against the Jets on Sunday. This is the second practice session in a row that Jacobs was absent from, which adds to the worry about his status for Sunday. Talks out of Raiders coaching staff is that the ankle ailment seems to be minor and Jacobs still could have a shot at suiting up on Sunday, but we will need to see the Friday practice reports and see if he was able to participate, as this is likely his last chance to show improvement for Sunday.
Calvin Ridley WR, ATL (Foot/Ankle)
Ridley is also dealing with some foot and ankle injuries still and the ailments have led Ridley to only be limited participants in back-to-back practice sessions in preparation for the Falcons Week 13 clash with the Saints in Atlanta. Once again, the good news much like Cook above, Ridley is on the field in some capacity and getting work in as he recovers, so there seems to be a decent shot that Ridley will once again take the field on Sunday against the Saints. It is the early kick-time for Sunday as well, so we should know this status before a game begins.
Alvin Kamara RB, NO (Foot)
Kamara doesn’t seem to be in any danger of missing the upcoming tilt against the Falcons in Atlanta for Week 13, but he has only practiced in limited fashion for the last two practice sessions held by the Saints for the week. This does seem to have been some concern over the prior two weeks or so, as Kamara was held to just 50% of the team’s offensive snaps and many think this foot injury is an influencing part of that limited snap count. Kamara’s status is worth keeping an eye on, but it seems he will likely still be able to take the field on Sunday.
Julio Jones WR, ATL, (Hamstring)
The hope and expectations are that Jones is supposed to put in a “little bit of work” during the Falcons Friday practice session in preparation for their upcoming tilt against the Saints at home on Sunday. Jones has not been able to take the practice field at any capacity yet this week, but if he is able to put in a limited practice on Friday, this should trend him upwards in terms of availability for Sunday. Likely will be a game-time call here on Jones heading into the weekend, but the important thing is to see how he reports are on him for Friday’s practice session.
D’Andre Swift RB, DET (Concussion)
Reports out of Lions practice this week are not exactly pleasing to hear in terms of how Swift is progressing after suffering a concussion in Week 10. The positive news is that Swift was able to clear the league’s concussion protocol on Thursday, but Friday will mark the second day in a row that Swift will miss practice due to an illness. The illness is stated to be a “non-Covid related” illness, so this is good news that he won’t have to quarantine. Interim Head Coach Darrell Bevell made it clear that even if Swift is cleared and able to suit up for the Lions Sunday clash against the Bears, he will only be in for a small part of the game since he hasn’t practiced in near three weeks.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB, KC (Illness)
CEH is also dealing with an illness of his own over in Chiefs land. The illness has ultimately held Edwards-Helaire out for back-to-back practice sessions now, and this could bring up some cause for concern pertaining to his status and availability for the Chiefs Sunday Night Football game against the Broncos in Arrowhead. The big note here is that he didn’t practice Friday, or Thursday for that matter, and now with limited time for him to present the improvement to play on Sunday night, will make his situation a bit murky. It would be excellent if we get this report before Sunday, but nothing is guaranteed here, so may be worth having a back-up plan.
Todd Gurley II RB, ATL (Knee)
Gurley showed a very small glimmer of hope at making his return to the playing field after just a one-week absence in Week 12, but this seems that now it could not be the case heading into the weekend of Week 13. Gurley put in a very limited practice session on Wednesday of this week, and then was a non-participant in Thursday’s practice session. The Friday practice report out of the Falcons session will be very important to monitor for the presence of Gurley during the Falcons Friday practice session. If he is once again a DNP for back-to-back practices, this likely means he may have suffered a set-back. Worth keeping an eye on here.
Tua Tagovailoa QB, MIA (Thumb)
Head Coach Brian Flores hinted to reporters on Thursday that Tua’s status for the Dolphins upcoming Week 13 clash against the Bengals at home will likely turn into a “game-time” decision. Tua has shown some signs of improvement, as he took place in Wednesday’s practice session in limited capacity, but it has yet to be deemed if he will be good-to-go for Sunday or not. The good thing here is that this game is the early start on Sunday, so we will have this news before kick. Update: Tagovailoa has been deemed doubtful and unlikely to play
Daniel Jones QB, NYG (Hamstring)
It seems that Jones may likely sit for the Giants upcoming battle in Week 13 against the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. Jones suffered a hamstring injury during the Giants Week 12 match win against the Bengals, but it seems the injury has lingered around and long enough that he is listed as “doubtful” for the Week 13 game, and the team has confirmed that they are basically not planning on having Jones for this game. It seems that back-up QB, Colt McCoy , who replaced Jones in Week 12 after he sustained the injury, will likely get his first spot-start of the season.