For better and worse, the NFL is the gift that keeps on giving. Just when we think we have it all figured, boom, just kidding. We have another exciting week of NFL action to review, so let us jump in and take a look at our NFL injury update for Week 12. It features Joe Burrow, Mark Andrews, and Kenneth Walker among others. As news breaks, be sure to update your Week 12 fantasy football rankings and NFL projections either way. This information can also help to focus on important Week 12 start/sit lineup decisions and fantasy football advice surrounding some injured players. The first step though is the NFL injury report as you set Week 12 fantasy football lineups.
Week 12 NFL Injury Report for Quarterbacks
Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets (Achilles)
Friday Update: Aaron Rodgers obviously won’t play in Friday’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins, but he did go on The Pat McAfee Show this week and said he wanted to start practicing before his birthday which is next Saturday. Keep an eye on his status because this experimental surgery he had on his Achilles has seemingly got him back on the field just three months after tearing it.
Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks (Elbow)
Friday Update: Smith was active and played through a wrist injury but he wasn’t all that impactful Thursday night. He completed 18-of-27 passes for 180 yards and an interception while also taking six sacks. There were no reports of the wrist injury following this game but it wouldn’t surprise me if he appeared on the injury report for next week’s Thursday night matchup in Dallas.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (Ankle)
Friday Update: He’s not on the injury report but he did have a small ankle injury that caused him to be a bit hobbled in last week’s game. He has said that he doesn’t think it’ll impact his level of play for Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Taylor Heinicke, Atlanta Falcons (Hamstring)
Friday Update: Not like it matters, because he’s returning to the backup role in this offense, but Heinicke has been a limited participant in practice this week because of his hamstring injury.
Week 12 NFL Injury Report for Running Backs
Brian Robinson Jr., Washington Commanders
Friday Update: Robinson was evaluated for a concussion in yesterday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys but was cleared to return. He’ll have some extra time to rest up ahead of Week 13’s game against the Miami Dolphins.
De’Von Achane, Miami Dolphins
Friday Update: This article is being published Friday morning and we’ll know Achane’s status for Friday’s game around 1:30pm ET with the game kicking off at 3:00pm ET. He’s been limited in practice all week with his knee injury. Given the short turn around for this game, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins sat him.
D’Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles
Friday Update: Swift is dealing with an ankle injury and has been limited in practice all week because of it. It doesn’t seem like his status for Sunday’s game is heavily in doubt but we’ll have a better idea come Sunday morning. If he were to miss the game that’s a big bump to Kenneth Gainwell, but Jalen Hurts may have the green light to run more free as well.
Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams
Friday Update: Williams is still on IR, but he’s practiced in full throughout the week. The Rams cut Darrell Williams and then signed him to the practice squad so all signs are pointing to Williams being activated off IR ahead of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams have until Saturday afternoon to activate him off IR so don’t panic on Saturday when setting your lineups.
D’Onta Foreman, Chicago Bears
Friday Update: Khalil Herbert returned last week for Chicago but Foreman did leave the game with a lower body injury. He did not practice Thursday as he deals with an ankle and shin injury.
Emari Demercado, Arizona Cardinals
Friday Update: Demercado is dealing with a toe injury and hasn’t played since Week 8. He logged similar limited sessions last week, and sure enough, he’s been limited heading into Week 12.
Kenneth Walker, Seattle Seahawks (Oblique)
This is not a good one as Kenneth Walker left this week’s game with an oblique injury. At this point, it appears that this is not going to be a quick thing and we will be without Walker for at least one week. Part of the issue is that it is a quick turnaround as the Seahawks play on Thursday. That means we will get to see a lot more of rookie Zach Charbonnet in the Seattle backfield as he will be a popular addition for this week if he was not already held as a handcuff.
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (Knee)
The good news is that it appears Aaron Jones avoided an ACL injury. The bad news is that there is still something going on with his knee that requires an MRI on Monday. At this point, it is unclear how much time he will be forced to miss, but A.J. Dillon will certainly take another step forward as he did on Sunday.
Week 12 NFL Injury Report for Wide Receivers
A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (Thigh)
Friday Update: Brown’s dealing with a thigh injury and it’s had him limited in practice this week. Friday’s injury report will be pretty telling for his status on Sunday. But it’s a significant game against the Buffalo Bills so we would be very surprised if he had to miss the game.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (IR)
Friday Update: Jefferson hasn’t played since Week 5, but there’s a chance he plays in Week 12. The Vikings may not necessarily need him against the Chicago Bears, but if he does play Monday night, the Vikings don’t have to activate him off IR until Monday afternoon. For the time being, he’s been a limited participant in practice.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (Ankle)
Friday Update: Kupp suffered a high ankle sprain last week and wasn’t seen on the field Tuesday or Wednesday. He logged a limited practice session on Thursday but given the injury history he’ll likely appear on the injury report through the weekend.
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Knee/Elbow)
Friday Update: Godwin has both knee and elbow injuries that have limited him all week in practice. How much he partakes in Friday’s session will be very telling and shed some light into how likely he’ll play on Sunday. As of Thursday, the Bucs only listed five wide receivers on their depth chart so they haven’t elevated anybody yet to signal Godwin might miss the game. But if he is ruled out that’s an upgrade to Trey Palmer and Deven Thompkins.
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (Hamstring)
Friday Update: Higgins has not logged a practice session at all this week so Friday’s injury report will be crucial for his status leading up to Sunday. Higgins hasn’t played since Week 9 and if he misses a third straight game for the Bengals then Tyler Boyd should step into the number two role and Trenton Irwin likely gets extra snaps. But overall, the “value” pass catchers on Cincinnati don’t get a huge upgrade with Joe Burrow ruled out for the year.
Zay Flowers (Hip) and Odell Beckham Jr. (Shoulder), Baltimore Ravens
Friday Update: Tough times for Charm City heading into Week 12. They lost Mark Andrews in last Thursday’s game and now Zay Flowers didn’t practice on Thursday with a hip injury and Odell Beckham Jr. was limited with a shoulder injury. Flowers is the bigger concern as he’s slowly become one of Lamar Jackson’s favorite targets. If one or either of Flowers or Beckham missed Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers then that’s an upgrade to the likes of Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, and Isaiah Likely.
Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals (Heel)
Friday Update: Brown didn’t suffer an injury last week, but it looks as if he may have injured his heel during Wednesday’s practice session and as a precautionary measure he did not practice on Thursday. Definitely another injury to monitor heading into the weekend.
George Pickens, Pittsburgh Steelers (Shin)
Friday Update: Pickens was a limited participant on Thursday after being listed as a non-participant on Wednesday. Unlike most players we’ve discussed already, Pickens is at least trending in the right direction for this game. And with Matt Canada no longer with the team, perhaps we see the offense shift things up. Since Diontae Johnson returned from injury, Pickens has been more of an afterthought in the offense but it would be nice if he was able to take on a larger role with a new offensive coordinator.
Noah Brown, Houston Texans (Knee)
Friday Update: After two explosive games in Week 9 and 10, Brown was ruled out in Week 11 and that appears to be the case once again ahead of Week 12. He didn’t log a practice session on Wednesday and the same held true Thursday. If he doesn’t practice on Friday because of this knee injury we can probably assume he’s out once again. Fortunately for Houston, they have plenty of pass catching options.
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (IR)
Friday Update: The Saints placed Thomas on IR on Tuesday and it appears he has a pretty significant knee injury. The Saints are currently 5-5 and if they fall out of playoff contention, they may just look to shut Thomas down for the year. But Thomas’ absence is a nice increase for Rashid Shaheed.
Week 12 NFL Injury Report for Tight Ends
T.J. Hockenson, Minnesota Vikings (Ribs)
Friday Update: Hock has been playing through a nagging rib injury the last two games. He’s been limited on the injury report so far this week, but he’s suited up each game and gone for 15 catches on 22 targets the last two weeks. Despite the limited participation, it seems like they’re just trying to not make things worse with the injury and he should still be good to go for Monday night’s game against the Bears.
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (Forearm)
Friday Update: Sounds like he’ll be out for this matchup as he’s still recovering from the forearm injury. He hasn’t practiced all week and if he doesn’t practice Friday then it’s fairly telling he’ll sit out.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers (Chest)
Friday Update: He’s been limited all week with the chest injury that has dogged him in recent weeks. If he can log a full session on Friday he’ll likely suit up for Saturday’s game but it also doesn’t hurt to have Baltimore’s Isaiah Likely as a pivot if Everett can’t suit up.