The Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins are among the teams still hoping to get a play-off spot in the final weekend of the NFL regular season on Sunday. All three enter the game with the main players who are injured.
Ezekiel Elliott walked 105 meters last weekend and is convinced that he is ready to take the New York Giants with the Eastern NFC championship title. Miami receiver DeVante Parker has a hamstring injury that will make for a great match against the Buffalo Bills. And Cleveland receiver Jarvis Landry hopes to be on the backup/COVID-19 list for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Our NFL reporters give an update on each team’s injuries as we approach week 17:
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ARI | ATL | BALL | BUF | AUTO | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | KEEP | IND
JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MIN
NE | NO YG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH
Cole Beasley has been called week after week by coach Sean McDermott, and the coach of Buffalo usually doesn’t exaggerate when he uses that term. The second recipient of the Bills missed Wednesday’s practice due to a knee injury he suffered in week 16 and almost missed the team’s regular season finale against host Dolphins. The question is how long Beasley will be gone and if the Bills can stay the hottest team in the NFL without him. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
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DeVante Parker, the wide receiver, has been unexpectedly inactive for the past two weeks due to a persistent hamstring injury, although he has been able to train during the week. Again, Parker will probably decide the game and it can go either way because the hamstrings are unpredictable. But with the absence of Jakeem Grant with an ankle and knee injury, Parker will need the attack more than ever in a winless game. If she’s close, I expect Parker to leave. — Cameron Wolfe
Rider Damien Harris (ankle) is unlikely to play for the third week in a row, paving the way for Sonya Michelle and J.J. Taylor as the best options in the traditional race attack. Harris is one of many rookie players who are not expected to play in the final of the season due to the lack of play-off implications and a significant number of rookie players on the injury ratio. — Mike Travel
With Frank Gore (pulmonary bruise) and La’Mikal Perine (COVID-19) Ty Johnson gets the most background work. For the first time in a month he will be behind an offensive line that could be at full strength as left guard Alex Lewis (non-soccer related injury) and right guard Greg Van Roten (toe) train and hope to play. — Rich Cimini
Setter Yannick Ngakoue will probably miss his first game with the Ravens. He didn’t come back for Sunday’s 27-13 to convince the New York Giants after a hip injury and missing practice on Wednesday. Ngakoue has three sacks in nine games with Baltimore. If Ngakoue is eliminated, the Ravens will rely on Pernell McPhee and Jaylon Ferguson to hurry to the edge with Matthew Judon at the head. — Jamison Hensley
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The last person who wanted to see the Ravens was suitable for the training on Wednesday. Tyler Boyd, Bengal’s receiver, has returned to limited training after he went missing last weekend due to a concussion. His presence augurs well for a possible end of the regular season. In 2017 Boyd got a touchdown pass that Baltimore finally eliminated from the playoffs. The Bengalis have the chance to flush at home this weekend. — Ben Baby
The Browns still miss their entire receiving corps as Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan-Narod-Jones and HaDarel Hodge have been on the reserve/COVID-19 list since Saturday. However, Coach Kevin Stefanski hopes to have all four back by Thursday if they continue to test negative for the virus. — Jake Trotter
The Steelers came out of Sunday’s victory at the Colts with no new injuries and that will be an important goal for the game of week 17 against the Browns. The Steelers will play a lot of replacements to keep the starters healthy, but it’s just as important to keep the replacements from getting injured only in the late season. The Steelers hope to bring back Robert Spillane before the play-offs to strengthen their position as the inner linebacker. — Brooke Pryor.
Laremia Tunsila’s left-handed tackle, which was missing from Texas’ defeat of the Bengals in week 16, didn’t enter the game on Wednesday. When asked if Tansil would play (only) Sunday’s game against the Titans, acting head coach Romeo Crennel answered: I can’t play against the Titans: I hope he plays, but he’ll have to wait and see what the coaches say. -Sarah Barshop
The defense of the Colts, which is battered, is facing injuries of two regular players who could miss Sunday’s game. Security Khari Willis and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin are in concussion protocol. Kenny Moore will probably start if an external defender like I-Sin is not published in time. Tavon Wilson is safe to begin. — Mike Wells
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Coach Doug Marrone said he wasn’t sure DJ Chark (shin), a wide receiver, could play against the Colts. This will depend on Chark’s ability to train this week, but it’s best to keep him if he doesn’t come close to 100%. If Chark doesn’t play, it means more work for the beginning receptionist Laviska Shenault, who will be in the top 3 of the rotation behind Keelan Cole and Chris Conley. — Mike DiRocco.
Outfield defender Derick Roberson did not train last Friday and was excluded from this weekend’s game due to a hamstring injury. Roberson wasn’t on the field on Wednesday either. The Titans are already very tense in the outer linebacker position and need all the help they can get in a hurry. The ability to stay out of the game against QBs like Deshaun Watson is crucial, so the absence of a fast-paced player like Roberson can be detrimental to the defense. — Turron Davenport
The Bradley Chubb linebacker of the Broncos did not train on Wednesday because of an ankle injury, but trained in addition to the strength and conditioning coach. Although the Broncos (5-10) aren’t in the playoffs, Chubb said he wants to end the season in a good way, so if he can make some progress in the coming days, he wants to play. He didn’t play in last Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, but this is the first game Chubb has missed this season. -Jeff Legwold
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The Chiefs, who won first place in the AFC-qualifying, could have rested anyway for Sunday’s match against the Chargers. But the fact that Tyreek Hill (hamstring) and Sammy Watkins (calf) didn’t train on Wednesday because of injuries, only guarantees it. The Chiefs will be careful with both players, hoping to get as close as possible to 100% for the playoffs. — Adam Thacher.
Without a doubt, quarterback Derek Carr should have won the game against the Dolphins. But it’s clear that Carr, playing with a wounded groin, gave Las Vegas his best shot? Here’s the question. And Carr’s health could determine whether the special Marcus Mariota package can be used in the red zone this week. The Raiders had to settle for 23, 38, 20 and 22-yard goals in their crushing defeat to Miami, leaving them on the field with a lot of points. — Paul Gutierrez
Cornerback Casey Hayward, fullback Rayshawn Jenkins and Brian Bulaga, who seems to have all the muscle and bone injuries of the season, will be summoned in the final on Sunday, said coach Anthony Lynn. But it should give some of the younger players a chance to train, which helped Lynn last weekend. — Shelley Smith
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Ezekiel Elliott continues to work on his calf tension, but is no longer on the injury report, although coach Mike McCarthy has stated that racing backs will be limited. Elliott said he felt good after winning last weekend in Philadelphia, where he carries 19 for 105 yards, including a season-high 31-yard run. Despite the difficulties, he said it was beneficial to miss the game in San Francisco in week 15. Last week we saw how fresh I feel and how fresh I look, he said. In the first game of the season against the New York Giants, Elliott had 91 running yards and two touchdowns. — Todd Archer
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Evan Engram (Wade) was a limited contestant in practice after sustaining an injury late on Sunday in the loss in Baltimore. Coach Joe Judge was still relatively optimistic about the prospect of playing Sunday’s play-off game against Dallas. After Mr. Engram made a good move on Wednesday, it’s hard to imagine that he wouldn’t be able to play in the most important game of his young career. — Jordan Ranan.
Left take Jordan Mailat is in concussion protocol. If he doesn’t make it, Brett Toth can get into action and the Eagles will start with their 14th different offensive line combination of the season. That could cause problems with Washington, which is in fifth place in the NFL with 44 bags. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (neck) and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (ankle) didn’t qualify earlier this week either. — Tim McManus.
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Quarterback Alex Smith did not train on Wednesday because of too much effort from the right calf, and his status for Sunday remains uncertain. If he can’t start, Taylor Heinicke starts his second career. Smith said he was close to the game last weekend. One of the keys is how he feels in practice on Friday or Saturday after work. In addition, Terry McLaurin missed training due to a sprained ankle. But he worked with the coaches on the side, which he hadn’t done before Caroline’s game on Sunday. Without him Washington is unable to receive passes and has to lean heavily on his back and the tight pass game of Logan Thomas. — John Keim.
The Bears are waiting for information on the official status of the cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson and Nickelback Buster Sreen, both of whom have been missing for the past few weeks. Defensive back Duke Shelley and rookie Kindle Wildor put down an admirable performance against the Vikings and Jaguars, but Green Bay is a different animal. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had four touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Bears in Week 12 – and that’s when Chicago High School peaked. — Jeff Dickerson
Matthew Stafford is the team’s biggest question mark with injuries to his right thumb, ankle and ribs. Intermediate lion coach Darrell Bevell said Wednesday that some of the injuries will resolve themselves and we’ll see how Stafford does later in the week, but the quarterback didn’t train on Wednesday. Stafford said Monday that he would like to play in the season finale against Minnesota if he is healthy enough to play, and that the decision will only depend on his health. If he doesn’t start, Chase Daniel will be the team starter. — Michael Rothstein
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Jamal Williams did not play last weekend and Aaron Jones was limited in the game due to an unspecified illness – leading to A.J. Dillon’s breakthrough performance against the Titans – but all three running backs practiced on Wednesday. If Williams’ quadriceps injury allows him to play on Sunday, it would give the Packers a full squad of defenders for the season finale against the Bears. Williams was on Wednesday’s list of limited contestants, while Jones wasn’t on the report at all. — Rob Demovsky
The Vikings will be without more starters in their last race of the season. Kyle Rudolph (foot) was placed in the reserve on Tuesday, which could mean the end of his stay in Minnesota after a decade, while left-back Riley Reiff was moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. Moreover, the dissident Dalvin Cook will miss the end of the Viking season when confronted with the unexpected death of his father. Five Viking defenders – Cameron Danzler, Chris Jones, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Jalin Holmes and Eric Kendricks – didn’t train on Wednesday. — Courtney Cronin
Wide receiver Julio Jones hasn’t resumed training yet because of a hamstring injury that kept him out of training since week 13. But even if Atlanta has nothing to lose, Jones could make it to the Tampa Bay finals. He received a shot of platelet-rich plasma last week, and interim coach Raheem Morris said Monday that Jones would play if possible. He missed the Tampa Bay game two weeks ago; the Falcons scored 27 points and threw for 332 yards, but it was between games that they scored a total of 31 points without him. — ESPN
Coach Matt Rule said he didn’t expect Christian McCaffrey (quadriceps), Mike Davis (ankle) and left-back Russell Okung to play Sunday against a visit to New Orleans. Receiver Robby Anderson missed Wednesday’s practice due to a groin injury. It doesn’t seem so bad, but quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is already without his two best backs and has picked up his fifth left tackle. — David Newton
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Saints are subtle and safe. Marcus Williams missed Wednesday’s training due to an ankle injury that also prevented him from participating in week 16, and C.J. Gardner-Johnson was placed on the reserve list/VIDC-19 (it is not known if he was positive, which would have prevented him from participating for at least 10 days). The Saints have a solid high school veteran depth with options such as P.J. Williams, D.J. Swearinger and Patrick Robinson. But Williams and Gardner-Johnson are key players who want the Saints back in time for the playoffs. — Mike Triplett
Ronald Jones returned to training on Wednesday after being activated from the reserve/COVID-19 roster and missing the last two games as a result of surgery to repair a broken finger that forced him to miss. But he was limited. Coach Bruce Arians said he caught the ball well. Starting cornerback Carlton Davis trained Wednesday after missing Saturday’s game due to a groin injury. We told Ariana that Carlton was getting better. Let’s do it again… …every day. He had limited involvement, but he seemed fine. — Jenna Lane.
However, quarterback Kyler Murray said Wednesday that he will play against the Los Angeles Rams this weekend in a home game for both teams. Murray’s leg injury will have to be monitored, especially how it affects his ability to walk. While Murray’s mobility is limited, he will mainly be a dropback passer, which will change the face of the cardinals and add more weight to the Arizona running game. Murray loses on average about 10 meters less than he wins. — Josh Weinfuss.
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Matthew Berry thinks Malcolm Brown is an interesting addition for fantasy managers, as the Rams will be Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr. this weekend without RBs.
Rookie Cam Akers suffered a sprained upper ankle in week 15 and was inactive on Sunday, but coach Sean McVay leaves open the possibility that Akers could return in week 17 against the Cardinals. He gave him an extra day off, McVeigh said Wednesday. But this guy’s making big strides… We’ll see, his status is undetermined. Darrell Henderson was put on reserve this week because of a sprained upper ankle. So expect Malcolm Brown to play a big role, and if Akers doesn’t make it, find rookie Xavier Jones to pick up some luggage. — Lindsay Tyree
The 49ers didn’t make a first-round draft picks this week after recipient Brandon Ayuk sprained his ankle. But they could also miss Javon Kinlow’s defensive approach with a knee injury. The 13th. Twelfth choice in this year’s Draft NFL, Kinlow did not practice on Wednesday, but still has a chance to play against Seattle on Sunday. Kinlaw is an important part of the future of the 49ers, so any gaming representative he can get is a valuable step forward. — Nick Wagoner
The Seahawks hope that Brandon Shell is ready to attack after playing a second game. Coach Pete Carroll said that Shell was only active against the Rams because of an emergency call and that they gave Cedric Ogbuehi a fresh start with the idea that it would give Shell’s ankle a better chance to heal in time to play the regular season finale against the 49ers. One of the two NFC seed players plays with a Seahawks victory, assuming the Packers and/or Saints lose, so it’s best to have everyone on deck. — Brady Henderson
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