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Injury Status: Week 12

Thu Nov 21 9:15am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

This injury list just doesn’t seem to get smaller. Each week you keep hoping for a break from the injuries, but that hasn’t happened. There is a little good news this week, though, as some solid fantasy players are set to return from injury. So it isn’t all bad news. There are a good number of players on this list this week, though. Hopefully, injuries don’t impact you too badly this week. Here is the latest injury news from around the league. 

David Njoku, TE, Browns. Njoku was activated from Injured Reserve. He suffered a broken wrist but is fully healed and is back practicing with the team. He is not a sure thing to return to action this week, though. He has a chance to play, but the Browns aren’t saying he will be back in the starting lineup just yet. He could be held out a week to get him back up to speed in the offense. We would plan on other options for now, but a return is near for Njoku.

Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram remains out of practice because of a foot injury. He is not expected to play this week and might not return for a few more weeks. Get other options ready to play for Week 12.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers. Smith-Schuster was knocked from last week’s game because of a concussion. He also is battling a knee injury, adding insult to injury. Smith-Schuster isn’t ruled out for this week but the chances of him playing don’t look real good right now. He needs to pass concussion protocol and also get his knee ready to play. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest on Smith-Schuster.  

Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons. Hooper has already been ruled out for this week because of a knee injury. He might be ready to return the following week. For now, look for Luke Stocker and Jaeden Graham to split the work at tight end for the Falcons.  

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery is practicing some on the side to start this week. His ankle injury is doing a little better after not doing anything on the injury last week. So don’t rule out Jeffery just yet. He will need to get some more work in practice before the week is out, but Jeffery is trending the right way for now. We should have a better idea of his status later in the week.  

Jordan Howard, RB, Eagles. Howard is another Eagle that is trending the right way after missing last week. He is practicing some on the side to start the week. His shoulder injury is progressing well. He still needs to get cleared to play but at this point, we would expect Howard to return to the lineup for Week 12. 

Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard has not been officially cleared from the concussion protocol but is practicing in full to start the week. He should be cleared before the week is out and return to the starting lineup for the Giants in Week 12. 

Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons. Freeman’s foot injury is getting better but remains out of practice to start the week. He is a long shot to play this week but hasn’t been officially ruled out just yet. Expect Brian Hill to get another start for the Falcons. Freeman could be back next week, though.

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green remains out of practice as he recovers from an ankle injury. He is still being called day to day, but at this point, we aren’t sure when the heck Green returns. He might play before the season is out, but don’t count on him making a big impact. He has been very slow to recover.  

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts. Hilton is practicing in full to start the week. His calf injury is near 100 percent. He should return to the starting lineup and serve as the top option in the passing game for the Colts in Week 12, barring some late-week setback. 

Marlon Mack, RB, Colts. Mack might be done for the season after breaking his hand last week. He has been ruled out for Week 12. Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams should split the running back duties for the Colts while Mack is out of action. 

Jordan Wilkins, RB, Colts. Wilkins is back practicing in full this week. He missed last week because of a sprained ankle and watching Jonathan Williams run well in his place. This opens the door for Williams to take over as the starter while Mack is out of action. Wilkins should be in the mix, but Williams might be the guy for now. 

Will Fuller, WR, Texans. Fuller was close to a return last week but was held out once again. He is practicing on a limited basis right now and looks like a game-time decision for Week 12. We would think he has a pretty good chance to play, but get other options ready to be safe. He isn’t a sure thing just yet. 

James Conner, RB, Steelers. Conner returned to action last week but left early in the game after aggravating his shoulder injury. He is out of practice to start the week, which is not a great sign for his status this week. We would expect him to miss the game after his setback in Week 11. Jaylen Samuels should get most of the action at running back for the Steelers this week. 

George Kittle, TE, 49ers. Kittle has missed the last two games because of ankle and knee injuries. He remains out of practice and seems likely to miss another week of action, barring a big turnaround late in the week. We would think Kittle returns in another week or two.  

Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions. Stafford remains out of action because of his back injury. At this point, we would not be surprised if Stafford lands on Injured Reserve. Jeff Driskel will continue to start for the Lions while Stafford is out of action. 

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks. Lockett was not able to practice Wednesday but expects to get in some practice before the week is out. Expectations are he should be able to play Week 12. His leg injury seemed to avoid the worst. Keep an eye on the player notes to make sure he gets in some practice, but the chances of him playing seem pretty good. 

Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams. Cooks has been cleared from his concussion to play this week and will return to the starting lineup for the Rams. He will be good to go for fantasy teams. 

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Patrick Mahomes Apr 4 4:40pm ET

The Kansas City Chiefs have had contract talks with defensive tackle Chris Jones, but there haven't been any offers up to this point. The Chiefs will also be trying to work out a long-term extension with Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, but that is unlikely to happen until sometime after the draft. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Jones earlier this offseason, but they'll have until July 15 to figure out an extension. The 25-year-old made the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2019, registering nine sacks, 36 tackles (23 solo), eight tackles for loss and 20 QB hits. Jones has become an essential inside presence on KC's defensive line and has 33 sacks in his four seasons in the league.

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Jadeveon Clowney Apr 4 4:40pm ET

The Cleveland Browns have shown interest in free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, and some people around the league think that Cleveland has gotten closer with Clowney than other suitors. Clowney was originally seeking around $20 million per season, but his market has been cold and he hasn't received the offer that he wants in order to re-sign with the Seahawks. The Titans and Jets have also been interested, but the pass-rushers price might have to drop some more in order for him to strike a deal. The 27-year-old isn't in a rush to sign at this point. The oft-injured former first overall pick in 2014 by the Texans is a risk/reward in both real life and in IDP leagues.

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Antonio Brown Apr 4 4:30pm ET

Free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown was charged with felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor criminal mischief charges for an alleged January assault that resulted in the former All-Pro's arrest. The misdemeanor battery charge states that Brown was "actually and intentionally striking" a delivery truck driver against his will. It's possible the state of Florida will offer him the chance to work out a plea deal. The NFL opened an investigation of Brown in the fall when his former trainer Britney Taylor accused him of rape and sexual assault in a civil lawsuit. No matter what transpires with Brown's charges, he's expected to be punished by the NFL, and it remains to be seen if any team will give him another chance in 2020 or beyond.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Apr 4 11:30am ET

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (core injury) is progressing well in his rehab, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. In regards to both Beckham and Jarvis Landry's respective rehabs from offseason surgery, Stefanski told reporters, Both those guys are exactly where they need to be in terms of rehab progression." Beckham had surgery to repair a core muscle injury in late January but appears to be in no danger of missing games once the 2020 season kicks off. After a down year, Beckham needs to be treated as a WR2 with upside in fantasy drafts.

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Jarvis Landry Apr 4 11:20am ET

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (hip) is on track in his rehab, according to coach Kevin Stefanski. Landry had surgery to repair the labrum in his hip back in February with the expectation he would need 6-8 months to recover. Speaking of both Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., Stefanski stated, "Both those guys are exactly where they need to be in terms of rehab progression." Landry can be tentatively penciled in for the start of the NFL season but he is likely to miss most of training camp. When active, Landry can be treated as a rock-solid WR2 in all formats.

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Ricky Seals-Jones Apr 3 9:40pm ET

The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to an undisclosed deal with tight end Ricky Seals-Jones on Friday, according to a source. Seals-Jones played in 14 games (three starts) and caught just 14 passes for 229 yards, but he did score a career-high four touchdowns in his lone season with the Browns last year. It was disappointing that he wasn't able to do more, especially with David Njoku missing a big chunk of the year with an injury. In Kansas City, he'll be a little-used backup tight end behind stud Travis Kelce. If Kelce were to miss any time with an injury, however, Seals-Jones could have some TE2 appeal for fantasy owners.

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Justin Reid Apr 3 5:40pm ET

Houston Texans safety Justin Reid said he has spoken to head coach Bill O'Brien about his brother, free-agent Eric Reid. O'Brien was positive about Eric Reid, but it's unclear if the Texans will actually sign him. The 28-year-old was the 18th overall pick of the 49ers in the 2013 draft and made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season. He spent the last two years in Carolina, recording a career-high 130 tackles (97 solo), seven tackles for loss, five QB hits, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 16 games. Reid has 11 career interceptions in his seven seasons in the NFL. Houston needs as much help as they can get in the secondary.

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Christian Kirk Apr 3 12:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk, the former second-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2018, knows that the addition of stud wideout DeAndre Hopkins will mean that opposing defenses will focus less on him. Kirk missed the final three games of 2019 due to injury and finished with 68 catches for 709 yards and three touchdowns. He should see a lot more single coverage, but the fact remains that he'll see fewer consistent targets with both Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald demanding looks from quarterback Kyler Murray. The 23-year-old could have some big games if teams focus all their attention on Nuk, but Kirk's fantasy stock is down entering the 2020 season.

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Nick Foles Apr 3 12:30pm ET

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace said that quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles will be in an open competition in training camp this summer. The Bears were expected to bring in someone to compete with Trubisky under center, so they decided to acquire Foles from the Jaguars. Foles has experience working with all of Chicago's offensive coaches, so it seems like it could be his job to lose after Trubisky regressed in 2019. The Bears also remain non-committal on whether they'll pick up Trubisky's 2021 option. Neither QB will be much more than a midrange QB2 if they win the job, but Foles, a former Super Bowl MVP, would be a little more intriguing for wide receiver Allen Robinson.

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Sammy Watkins Apr 3 12:20pm ET

The Kansas City Chiefs and wide receiver Sammy Watkins agreed to a restructured contract that will keep him with the team for at least another season. It will lower his salary cap number and he can earn a maximum of $16 million in 2020, according to a source. The one-year deal has a base salary of $9 million, and the move creates $5 million in cap space for the Chiefs. Watkins had 52 catches for 673 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games in the regular season, but he came on once again in the postseason on the way to a Super Bowl championship. The 26-year-old has just one 1,000-yard receiving season in his six years in the league after being the fourth overall pick of the Bills in 2014. Watkins can have some big games in KC's offense, but they'll be few and far between.

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Johnathan Abram Apr 3 12:20pm ET

The Las Vegas Raiders signed safety Damarious Randall to a one-year deal worth up to $3.25 million, according to a source. It comes just after a deal for cornerback Eli Apple fell apart. Randall, a first-round pick by the Packers in 2015, had the first 2.5 sacks of his career for the Browns in 11 games last year, also recording 61 tackles (45 solo) and three QB hits. The 2019 season was the only one in his five years that he didn't record an interception, as Randall has 14 career picks in 65 games (56 starts). He'll help shore up the secondary alongside Johnathan Abram in Las Vegas.

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Julian Edelman Apr 2 10:10pm ET

According to a source, there's "not a chance in hell" that the New England Patriots trade wide receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman does carry a salary cap hit of $9.6 million in 2020, but he's too important to the team's passing game, especially given their lack of depth and with quarterback Tom Brady no longer in town. The veteran receiver was targeted 153 times in 2019 and caught 100 passes for the second time in his career. With Brady gone -- he'll likely have Jarrett Stidham under center this season -- Edelman's fantasy appeal certainly won't be as strong, and he'll also be 34 next month. But he'll still be useful in PPR leagues and could even come at a nice value. However, he won't be as much of a PPR lock as he's been in the past as Brady's favorite aerial weapon.

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Eli Apple Apr 2 10:10pm ET

The Las Vegas Raiders and cornerback Eli Apple were unable to finalize a contract, according to sources. Apple will remain a free agent and will go back on the open market. The former 10th overall pick by the Giants in the 2016 draft hasn't lived up to his draft pedigree in his four years in the league with New York and New Orleans, but another team will likely be willing to take a chance on him at a low cost. The 24-year-old has just three interceptions in his career and totaled 58 tackles (53 solo), four passes defensed and one forced fumble in 15 games for the Saints in 2019.

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Jadeveon Clowney Apr 2 10:00pm ET

The New York Jets are interested in free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney now that his asking price has dropped a bit on the open market. Clowney has found a cold market for his services, likely because of the lack of physicals due to the coronavirus and his extensive injury history, but at this point he's in no rush to pick a team. He's willing to wait until he gets the deal that he's seeking as the best pass-rusher available in free agency this late in the game. The Seahawks are interested in bringing him back at the right price, and the Titans have also shown interest. Clowney has never had a double-digit sack season in his career and is an injury risk, but there's no denying that he still has an impact in defending both the run and the pass when he's healthy. This one could drag on.

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Deshaun Watson Apr 2 5:30pm ET

Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil said on NFL Live that he wants to become the league's highest-paid offensive lineman. "Im not going to talk numbers, as Im going to keep that between me and the club. I am looking to be the highest-paid lineman, of course. I worked my butt off to be in that position and hopefully we can make that happen," Tunsil said. The 25-year-old first-round pick of the Dolphins in 2016 was acquired from Miami along with receiver Kenny Stills last year for two first-round picks and a second-rounder. He's an elite left tackle that should easily wind up making around $20 million per season on a long-term deal with the Texans. His presence on the blind side for years to come will be excellent news for quarterback Deshaun Watson.

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Eric Ebron Apr 2 5:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron (ankle) said he's still not fully recovered from an ankle injury that held him to just 11 games in 2019. Ebron had to have his ankle examined and "cleaned out" by an independent doctor near his home in Houston because of league restrictions keeping players from visiting other organizations during the coronavirus pandemic. The 26-year-old has yet to be examined by the Steelers medical personnel. "If the season started today, I dont think Id be able to 100% perform. But we dont play today," Ebron said. He was a disappointment last year as a TE1 after setting career highs in catches (66), yards (750) and touchdowns (13) in 2018. The 10th overall pick by the Lions in 2014 must get healthy first, but he'll also be competing for targets with Vance McDonald, which will hurt his overall fantasy ceiling in his new home.

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Bruce Arians Apr 2 2:40pm ET

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed quarterback Blaine Gabbert to an undisclosed one-year deal on Thursday, according to a source. Gabbert will serve as the backup to Tom Brady in 2020. The 30-year-old former 10th overall pick of the Jaguars in 2011 will help Brady learn head coach Bruce Arians' system. He didn't see the field at all in 2019, but Gabbert has played in 56 games (48 starts) in his eight years in the NFL with stops in Jacksonville, San Francisco, Arizona and Tennessee. You can obviously ignore Gabbert in all fantasy leagues, and he'd merely be a low-end QB2 option in Tampa if Brady were to get hurt and miss any time.

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Kevin Stefanski Apr 2 2:40pm ET

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that offensive tackle Jack Conklin will stay at right tackle in Cleveland. The Browns added Conklin in free agency as they look to improve a dreadful offensive line from a season ago. The eighth overall pick by the Titans in the 2016 draft was a first-team All-Pro in his rookie season and has been one of the better right tackles in the league in his four seasons. The 25-year-old has started all 57 games he's played in and has played in a full 16-game season in three of his four years in the league. Conklin will help bring stability to the right side of the Browns line, but they'll need help elsewhere.

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Derrick Henry Apr 2 12:50pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry signed his $10.2 million franchise tender on Thursday, but the two sides are still committed to working on a long-term contract extension before the deadline on July 15. Henry led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards on 303 carries last season, and he was tied for the league lead with Aaron Jones with 16 rushing scores. His 25 receptions left a lot to be desired in PPR leagues, but there's no denying that Henry is the bell-cow running back in one of the most run-heavy offenses in the league. It makes the 26-year-old one of the most desirable RB1 picks for fantasy owners early in drafts.

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Markus Golden Apr 2 12:50pm ET

Free-agent linebacker Markus Golden is the only player on the open market that had double-digit sacks in 2019. Golden recorded 10 sacks in 16 games last year and was sixth in the league with 27 quarterback hits while being tied for 14th with 13 tackles for a loss. He was believed to be asking for $10 million per season, according to a source, but he won't be getting that now. It's unlikely that New York will re-sign Golden after already adding Kyle Fackrell for one year and $4.6 million. The Giants are likely to add a low-priced veteran later on as they look to boost their pass rush. Golden earned $3.75 million last year and made another $1 million for reaching 10 sacks. The 29-year-old had a good season in 2019, but fantasy owners in IDP leagues shouldn't be expecting a repeat necessarily.

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