With Christmas falling on Sunday, much of the NFL schedule is being played on Saturday and that will speed up the injury updates for many of the teams fighting for playoff spots.
The biggest news is that quarterbacks Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens and Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles will be sidelined this week.
The Philadelphia Eagles could be getting tight end Dallas Goedert back and that will only help a team that, according to the NFL playoff odds, lead all NFC teams in the odds to win the Super Bowl.
Keep on reading for more on the NFL injuries and updates of who could be in and who could be out or limited in Week 16.
Quarterbacks on the Mend
One former MVP and another who could win the award this season will both be sidelined this weekend.
Baltimore ‘s Jackson will miss another game as he works his way back from a sprained knee.
Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts will not play against the rival Dallas Cowboys with a sprained throwing shoulder. The Las Vegas odds have Hurts as one of the top candidates for the NFL Most Valuable Player award.
Gardner Minshew will get the start and he could have tight end Goedert back for the Eagles.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 22, 2022
The Tennessee Titans will also be without their starting quarterback as Ryan Tannehill will likely miss the rest of the season. Rookie Malik Willis will make his third start of the season against the Houston Texans.
Dallas cornerback Trevon Diggs and edge rusher Micah Parsons are both dealing with illness and are questionable.
If not for those injuries, there would be more focus on Washington defensive end Chase Young, who is expected to return to the field on Saturday. Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald continues to work back from an ankle injury and he is questionable.
Denver is expected to get quarterback Russell Wilson back for the Broncos after missing the last game due to a concussion.
Already without safety Xavier McKinney, the New York Giants have ruled out cornerback Adoree’ Jackson due to a knee injury. This will be the fifth straight game that Jackson has missed. That is not ideal going against dynamic Minnesota receiver Justin Jefferson.
The Vikings will be without center Garrett Bradbury (back) while New York linemen Shane Lemieux (toe) is also out.
Another team dealing with injuries in the secondary are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cornerback Jamel Dean (toe) and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) are questionable. The same designations have been given to offensive tackle Donovan Smith, defensive lineman Tristan Wirfs and receiver Julio Jones.
Good News for Browns
There were concerns about both leading rusher Nick Chubb (foot) and top receiver Amari Cooper (hip) for the Cleveland Browns. However, both are probable for Saturday’s game against New Orleans.
Defensive end Myles Garrett has been slowed by illness, but he is also probable while tight end David Njoku (knee) has the same injury designation.
Cleveland is a three-point favorite.
Lions’ Linemen on the Mend
Detroit offensive tackle Taylor Decker (elbow) is trending in the right direction for playing against the Carolina Panthers while center Frank Ragnow is questionable with a foot injury as the Lions find themselves in contention for a wild-card slot in the NFC.
Detroit has overcome injuries to key players to play its way into the playoff picture.
The sportsbook still lists visiting Detroit as a three-point favorite.
There are better scenarios than facing the explosive Cincinnati Bengals passing game with questions about the availability of some key defensive backs.
Jack Jones (knee) and Jonathan Jones (shoulder) are both questionable. The New England Patriots are already without fellow cornerback Jalen Mills.
There are issues on offense as well. Running backs Damien Harris (thigh) and Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) and receiver Jakobi Meyers (concussion) are questionable. Receiver DeVante Parker has already been ruled out.
Key Pass Catcher Will Be Idle
Seattle receiver Tyler Lockett will not play on Saturday as a result of a broken finger. Tight end Noah Fant (knee) is questionable while running back Kenneth Walker (ankle) is probable as the Seahawks prepare for a huge game against Kansas City.
As for the Chiefs, receiver Mecole Hardman is doubtful while Kadarius Toney is probable.
Pittsburgh tight end Pat Freiermuth (foot) and running back Najee Harris (hip) are both probable for the Saturday night showdown with the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Green Bay Packers should have quarterback Aaron Rodgers (thumb) and running back A.J. Dillon (concussion) available. However, a knee injury leaves running back Aaron Jones with a questionable tag.
Denver Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton (hamstring) and running back Latavius Murray (foot) are both questionable.
New Orleans receiver Chris Olave, listed by the Las Vegas odds as one of the front-runners for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, is out. There is better news in Tennessee with receiver Treylon Burks expected to play after sitting out the last two games with a concussion.
New York Giants offensive tackle Evan Neal is questionable with a shoulder injury while an elbow issue has linebacker and fellow 2022 top-10 pick Kayvon Thibodeaux questionable as well for the Giants.
Cincinnati cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt is probable despite dealing with a shoulder injury.
New England receiver Tyquan Thornton (knee) is questionable.
Houston running back Dameon Pierce was recently placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Running back Brian Robinson is expected to play for Washington despite a quad injury.