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NFL Week 12 final injury reports: Packers’ RB Aaron Jones (knee) will be a game-time decision, per report

We’re into Week 12 of the 2021 NFL season, and injuries are once again a factor in several key games this coming weekend. There are fewer games this Sunday due to the three-game Thanksgiving slate, but there are still a slew of injury updates to keep in mind ahead of the weekend. 

As teams turn in their final injury reports of the week, let this be your hub for knowing who is in, who is out, and whose status may still be up in the air their leading up to kickoff. Below, you’ll find every injury report and analysis of what it all means for Week 12. 

The Titans have seven starters that have either been ruled out or are questionable to play on Sunday. The injuries are mounting for the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and the biggest name on their injury report this week has to be Brown, who has been ruled out with a chest injury. He didn’t practice all week, and his absence will be amplified with Julio Jones still on IR. This Titans team lost to the Jets earlier this season when they were without Brown and Jones, and now Ryan Tannehill doesn’t have Derrick Henry to work off of. 

The Patriots have a total of nine players who are listed as questionable, but all nine were at least limited participants in practice on Friday. New England is in the midst of a win streak in large part due to their ground game, and it’s notable that both Harris and Stevenson are dealing with injuries. The same goes for the tight end position, as both Henry and Smith were limited participants in practice all week with neck and shoulder injuries respectively. 

Cordarrelle Patterson is active after he was limited throughout this past week with an ankle injury. Jones was a Friday downgrade in practice status — never a good sign. He’s important to Atlanta’s coverage over the middle of the field, which could be an issue against Dan Arnold, who has been heavily involved for the Jags of late.

Teams have been using their top cornerback against Kyle Pitts when split out wide of late, so the Jags having to make do without Griffin could lead to the rookie’s first big performance in the last few weeks. 

The Panthers injury report is light heading into Week 12, as Miller was the only player given an injury designation.

For the Dolphins, Campbell and Shaheen did not practice all week, and have already been ruled out. Williams tried to give it a go in practice on Wednesday, but sat out on Thursday and Friday, and has been ruled out as well. Jones is the only player listed as questionable for Miami, and he was a limited participant in practice all week. 

Ebron’s absence means more work for rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth against Cincinnati. Haden went DNP-LP-LP this week. Most importantly, T.J. Watt will be back on the field for this game after returning to practice fully on Friday. Watt missed the team’s Week 11 game after suffering an injury against Detroit in Week 10.

If there’s any position where the Bengals can overcome an injury, it’s likely at wide receiver, where they have considerable depth. 

Brown will miss another game for the Buccaneers as he continues to deal with the ankle injury suffered against the Eagles. Marpet didn’t practice all week with an abdomen injury, but hasn’t been ruled out just yet. Keep an eye on White, as he practiced in two out of three sessions this week, but as a limited participant. 

The Colts have two stars listed as questionable, but both Nelson and Leonard were full participants in practice on Friday, which bodes well for them starting this Sunday. 

Miles Sanders and Boston Scott will presumably handle the majority of the rushing workload in Howard’s absence, though rookie back Kenneth Gainwell could mix in on passing downs, as he did earlier in the season. 

The Giants need a win badly, but they could be without several important players on offense. Shepard has already been ruled out, but Toney is doubtful with a quad injury after not practicing all week, and Barkley is questionable with his ankle issue after being a limited participant all week. 

  • Jets: RB Michael Carter (ankle) OUT; DL Folorunso Fatukasi (foot), WR Corey Davis (groin), DL John Franklin-Myers (hip), DL Shaq Lawson (wrist), LB CJ Mosley (shoulder), DL Nathan Shepherd (elbow) QUESTIONABLE
  • Texans: DL Jordan Jenkins (knee) OUT; WR Davion Davis (illness), DB Lonnie Johnson Jr. (illness), DL Jonathan Greenard (foot), WR Nico Collins (hip) QUESTIONABLE

The Jets won’t have their young star running back this Sunday, as Carter has been ruled out with his ankle injury. He’s not the only starter who could be out, as Davis is questionable with his groin injury, as are Lawson and Mosley on the defensive side.

It seems like some kind of bug is going around in Houston, as Davis and Johnson are both questionable due to illness. 

  • Chargers: S Alohi Gilman (quadricep), CB Asante Samuel Jr. (concussion) OUT; OG Matt Feiler (ankle), DB Trey Marshall (ankle/hip) QUESTIONABLE
  • Broncos: S Kareem Jackson (neck), OT Bobby Massie (ankle) DOUBTFUL; RB Mike Boone (hip), DE Shelby Harris (ankle), WR Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE

The Chargers not having Samuel Jr. in the secondary will hurt. He did not practice all week due to a concussion. The Broncos didn’t rule out any players on Friday, but Jackson and Massie both did not practice on Friday and are doubtful. 

  • Vikings: OG Wyatt Davis (ankle) OUT; CB Bashaud Breeland (groin) QUESTIONABLE
  • 49ers: RB JaMycal Hasty (ankle), DL Maurice Hurst (calf) OUT; RB Elijah Mitchell (rib/finger) DOUBTFUL

Breeland was also listed as questionable last week and ended up playing 88% of the snaps against the Packers. He could definitely help Minnesota against Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

Hasty is going to miss another game while Mitchell is doubtful again. It looks like the 49ers could again be relying on Jeff Wilson Jr. and Samuel in the run game. 

  • Rams: CB Dont’e Deayon (thigh), WR Ben Skowronek (back) QUESTIONABLE
  • Packers: OT David Bakhtiari (knee), WR Malik Taylor (abdomen) OUT; CB Kevin King (hip/knee) DOUBTFUL; LB Rashan Gary (elbow), RB Aaron Jones (knee), WR Allen Lazard (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE

The Rams are relatively healthy coming off of their bye week. For the Packers, Aaron Rodgers did not practice all week due to his toe injury, but he was not given a game designation. It appears this is something he will be dealing with for the rest of the season, so expect to see his name on the injury report every day from here on out. Jones, who was a limited participant all week, will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game, according to ESPN’S Adam Schefter. If Jones is out, the Packers’ running game will lean on second-year back AJ Dillon, who amassed 97 total yards in his first career start. 

  • Browns: WR Anthony Schwartz (concussion) OUT; CB Troy Hill (neck), WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) QUESTIONABLE
  • Ravens: WR Miles Boykin (finger), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (thigh) OUT; CB Anthony Averett (thigh), WR Marquise Brown (thigh), DE Calais Campbell (concussion), OL Patrick Mekari (ankle), FB Patrick Ricard (hip/foot), CB Jimmy Smith (neck), CB Chris Westry (thigh), DT Brandon Williams (shoulder), CB Tavon Young (foot/knee), TE Nick Boyle (knee) QUESTIONABLE

Peoples-Jones is questionable again to play with his groin injury, as he missed last week’s outing against the Lions. Baker Mayfield is still listed with shoulder, foot and knee injuries. He sat out of practice on Wednesday, but was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. The Browns expect Kareem Hunt and Jack Conklin to play after both players were activated on Saturday. 

The Ravens have 10 players listed as questionable for Sunday, but quarterback Lamar Jackson is not one of them. He was on the injury report with his illness, but was a full participant in practice all week. His top wideout, Brown, was limited all week with his thigh issue, and on the other side of the ball, Campbell did not practice at all with a concussion.

Seattle Seahawks (PICK) at Washington Football Team

  • Seahawks: CB Tre Brown (knee), T Jamarco Jones (back), G Damien Lewis (elbow), RB Rashaad Penny (hamstring), RB Travis Homer (calf), OUT 
  • Football Team: OL Sam Cosmi (hip), C Tyler Lawson (knee) OUT; TE Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) DOUBTFUL; WR Adam Humphries (hip), WR Curtis Samuel (groin) QUESTIONABLE 

The Washington Football Team is expected to have two key players back for Monday night’s home game against the Seattle Seahawks. Receiver Curtis Samuel and tight end Logan Thomas are expected to be in the lineup after missing significant time with injuries, according to Washington coach Ron Rivera. Rivera said that both players would be limited to a snap count against Seattle. 



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