A.J. Green is going to miss yet another week for the Cincinnati Bengals with a hamstring injury, and Tyrann Mathieu will miss another game for the Arizona Cardinals thanks to a shoulder injury.
The Lions may have linebacker DeAndre Levy for the first time this season since Week 1 when they face the Chicago Bears this week.
Here are the 10 most impactful injuries heading into a playoff-scenario-filled Week 14.
1) Julio Jones vs. Rams
Jones really did what he could to stay in the Falcons game against the Chiefs, but he was battling turf toe, and it might be bad enough to keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Rams.
Typically some players can play through the injury, but when you play the game like Jones does, it becomes a lot tougher. The Falcons have fallen to 7-5 and need every win they can moving forward if they hope to make the postseason.
Status: He’s out.
2) Jordan Reed vs. Eagles
Reed suffered a Grade 3 shoulder separation against the Cowboys in Washington’s Thanksgiving loss from Week 12, and he missed the Week 13 contest against the Cardinals. Reed had a spectacular game against the Cowboys, with 95 yards and two touchdowns.
Washington’s offense, which ranks second in the NFL, is much better when Reed is on the field. He’s one of the best tight ends in the game today, and sitting at No. 7 in the NFC right now, Washington can’t afford to lose.
Status: He’s active.
3) Kiko Alonso, Jelani Jenkins, & Mario Williams vs. Cardinals
The Dolphins are already pretty banged up as it is. They are still in the playoff hunt, and every game means more and more as the season goes along. Sunday, they could be without a trio of defenders against the Cardinals in Alonso, Jenkins, and Williams.
Dolphins hope Kiko Alonso can play against Cardinals, but preparing Mike Hull to start https://t.co/tYGduzMCjO— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) December 7, 2016
Alonso is dealing with hand and hamstring injuries, Jenkins is nursing a knee and a hand injury, and Williams has an ankle injury. The Dolphins not only lost last week, but they clearly took a beating physically in the process. The Cardinals are having a down year but are very capable of handling the Dolphins.
Status: All three are out.
4) Johnathan Joseph vs. Colts
The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts are playing a game with monumental playoff implications for both teams and for the AFC South race. The Texans rely heavily on defensive success to win, and Joseph is an important piece of that.
JD Clowney, Braxton Miller, Jonathan Joseph, John Simon and Tyler Ervin were not practicing for #Texans— Alex Del Barrio (@alexdelbarrio) December 7, 2016
He suffered a rib injury in Week 13 against the Packers, along with a bruised lung. His status for Sunday doesn’t look great, but with such a big game, you have to imagine it will be pushed until game time to see if Joseph can try to help lock down T.Y. Hilton and company.
Status: He won’t play.
5) Trevor Siemian vs. Titans
The Denver Broncos are one of a handful of teams in the NFL that relies on defense to win them the majority of their games. But an injury to the starting quarterback hurts, no matter what your team is known for.
Siemian missed Week 13 with a foot injury, and rookie Paxton Lynch led the Broncos to a 20-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road. Sure, the Jags aren’t the toughest opponent, but he got the job done despite throwing for only 104 yards. Either way, the Broncos will hope to have Siemian back.
Status: He’ll start.
6) Sammy Watkins & Robert Woods vs. Steelers
The Buffalo Bills are fighting for their playoff livelihood on Sunday when they face the Steelers at home. The Bills stand at 6-6 right now, a game behind the 7-5 Steelers in the AFC Wild Card race. They might have to try to stay afloat without Watkins and Woods.
Watkins is nursing a foot injury, while Woods has a knee injury that has kept him out of games since Week 11. The Bills offense was largely the reason for their resurgence earlier this season, and Watkins and Woods will undoubtedly be needed on Sunday.
Status: They’ll play.
7) Luke Kuechly & Kurt Coleman vs. Chargers
Kuechly and Coleman are both dealing with concussions. Kuechly has been out since Week 11 when he suffered his concussion against the Saints, and Coleman got his head injury against the Raiders in Week 12.
LB Luke Kuechly has returned to practice, helmet in hand and pads on. #KeepPounding— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 7, 2016
The Panthers are going up against the Chargers, who have been one of the more unpredictable teams in the NFL over the course of the season. But when they’re on, they’re tough to handle. If Melvin Gordon and Philip Rivers are dealing, it could be a long afternoon for Ron Rivera’s team.
Status: Kuechly hasn’t been cleared and won’t play, but Coleman is back.
8) Eric Ebron, Marvin Jones, & Theo Riddick vs. Bears
The Lions offense has had a great resurgence, and Ebron, Jones, and Riddick have reaped the benefits of it. The Lions are going up against an injury-plagued Bears team, but with all of these weapons in question, you can never be certain of victory in the NFL.
Ebron has a knee injury that has kept him limited in practice. Jones has a quad injury that kept him out of their Week 13 game against the Saints, and Riddick has a wrist injury. Jones had a great start to the season but has cooled off in recent weeks. But he’s still a favorite target of Matthew Stafford.
Status: Ebron and Jones are active, but Riddick is out.
9) Dorial Green-Beckham, Ryan Mathews, & Jordan Matthews vs. Washington
The Eagles are pretty much out of the playoff race at 5-7, but that doesn’t mean they can’t crush the dreams of a division rival. That task will be tougher if DGB, Mathews, and Matthews can’t play due to their respective injuries.
Jordan Matthews was limited today. Ryan Mathews was a full participant.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) December 7, 2016
Green-Beckham has an oblique contusion that is making a good push to keep him out of Sunday’s game. Mathews, who has nearly 500 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the season, has missed the past two games with a knee injury. Matthews missed the Eagles’ last game with a sprained right ankle, but the team is hoping he’ll be able to go on Sunday.
10) T.J. Lang & JC Tretter vs. Seahawks
Lang’s been out for the Packers since Week 11, and despite Green Bay being out of the playoff race, the Packers would love to have him back to protect Aaron Rodgers. They believe that center JC Tretter could make his return as well.
McCarthy on TJ Lang & JC Tretter: making progress and improving... looking forward to seeing how they respond today and tomorrow. #Packers— Marisa Silvas (@MarisaSilvasTV) December 9, 2016
Lang has been dealing with an ankle injury, and Tretter has had a sprained MCL since Week 8. If both are able to return, that would be a great boost for a Packers team that’s pieced together consecutive wins for the first time since Weeks 3 and 5 (4 was a bye).