There are plenty of big names making news this week as the heavy hitters are headliners in this week’s NFL injury update.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Cincinnati receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald as well as the San Francisco 49ers duo of Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel are among the big names dealing with injuries.
The Week 13 schedule began with Buffalo overcoming the absence of star linebacker Von Miller to cruise to a 14-point win over New England. The NFL playoff odds list Buffalo (+425) as the co-favorites with Kansas City in the odds to win the Super Bowl.
The Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers are on their bye weeks.
Keep on reading for more on the NFL injuries and updates on who could be in and who could be out in Week 13.
Bengals Star Ready for Another Title Chase
Could the Cincinnati Bengals offense be getting closer to full strength?
Receiver Ja’Marr Chase is likely to return this weekend while running back Joe Mixon was able to practice on a limited basis after dealing with a concussion.
Chase, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, hasn’t played since Oct. 23 as a result of a hip injury. He could be back for the high-profile matchup with Kansas City.
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— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 30, 2022
Even with the return of the dynamic Chase, the NFL betting odds have the Bengals listed as a home underdog on Sunday.
Is Packers QB Ready To Pack It In?
A difficult season could be getting worse for Green Bay.
Cryptic remarks from quarterback Aaron Rodgers that suggested he wouldn’t push back if the team decided to shut him down for the year and give Jordan Love a chance to show what he can do leave questions about Rodgers’ commitment to the team.
He left the last game with a rib injury. He has been able to return to practice but the Packers are well back in the NFC playoff race.
Running backs AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones are both questionable. They did both practices on a limited basis on Thursday. Offensive linemen Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari are both questionable as well.
Those who bet online will be monitoring the status of the offensive stars of the Packers leading into Sunday’s matchup with Chicago.
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Dobbins Close to Returning?
Baltimore running back J.K. Dobbins practiced on both Wednesday and Thursday so he could be returning. Dobbins has rushed for 135 yards in four games this season.
One question is whether he will have one of his best offensive linemen available as offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley is questionable with an ankle injury limiting him in practice this week.
Jacksonville running back Travis Etienne has been able to practice on a limited basis after injuring his foot in last week’s game.
Josh Jacobs has been held out of practice by the Raiders. That feels more like a load management issue as Jacobs looks pretty healthy when he hits the field on Sundays.
The news wasn’t as promising for another running back. Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris left last week’s game with an oblique injury and he hasn’t been able to practice this week. His top backup Jaylen Warren appears to be making progress from a hamstring issue and he could be back on the field when the Steelers face Atlanta.
Two of San Francisco’s top offensive players (receiver Deebo Samuel and running back Christian McCaffrey) are both questionable. The Las Vegas odds has McCaffrey (+3000) tied for fourth in the NFL Comeback Player of the Year race.
Denver receiver Jerry Jeudy has been held out of practice this week due to a tender ankle while Chargers receiver Mike Williams was off to the side at a recent practice so perhaps he is getting closer to returning to action.
New York Jets running back Michael Carter (ankle) is doubtful to play in Week 13
Injuries Piling Up for Defending Champions
Already without star receiver Cooper Kupp, the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams announced that former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald won’t play this weekend as he is dealing with an ankle injury that has him listed as week to week.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford (concussion/neck) appears likely to miss another game while an illness has kept running back Cam Akers out of action.
Linebacker Ernest Jones has missed practice time this week with a back issue.
Tight Ends Missing Time
Atlanta lost tight end Kyle Pitts for the rest of the season due to a knee injury while Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (knee) did not practice on Thursday.
In Detroit, offensive linemen Frank Ragnow, Jonah Jackson and Penei Sewell are all questionable. Minnesota left offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw is still in concussion protocol.
Defenders Ailing in Cleveland
Cleveland cornerback Denzel Ward (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. He joins defensive end, Myles Garrett, as key defensive player who are questionable. Cornerback Greg Newsome (concussion) has been limited in practice this week.
Cornerback Trevon Diggs, who led the NFL in interceptions a season ago, linebacker Anthony Barr and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence are all questionable for Dallas.
It has been a trying year for the 2022 rookie class with many of the first and second-round picks missing time due to injury.
Add Atlanta defensive end Arnold Ebiketie and Baltimore safety Kyle Hamilton to the list of players dealing with ailments that have impacted their ability to practice.
Chicago cornerback Kyler Gordon and safety Jaquan Brisker are both questionable. The secondary for the Bears are already without star safety Eddie Jackson for the rest of the season. Brisker (+5000) is tied for fourth in the odds for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award according to the sportsbook.
Detroit defensive end Josh Pascal is questionable while it is not looking good for receiver Jameson Williams to make his NFL debut this weekend as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury he suffered while at Alabama.
Minnesota defensive backs Andrew Booth and Lewis Cine both landed on injured reserve.
Houston cornerback Derek Stingley Jr (hamstring) hasn’t returned to practice. Guard Kenyon Green and linebacker Christian Harris are also questionable.
Could tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye) be returning for the huge NFC East matchup with Washington? He has practiced on a limited basis this week.
An illness kept Tennessee receiver Treylon Burks out of Thursday’s practice.