NFL Week 12 Injuries: Alvin Kamara Out for Saints on Thanksgiving; Jared Goff Doubtful for Lions

Week 12 of the NFL is set to be an exciting week with nine games with two teams with records of 0.500 or better, most games in week 12 or later in league history. The starter for Sunday’s entree will be this year’s Thanksgiving matches as the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys continue their long-standing tradition of hosting a game on holiday.

As the league has three games on Thursday and an almost full list of games over the weekend, injury reports are starting to pile up as most of the teams had their farewell week with a few other teams not yet having their week off.

Here’s the first injury report from what’s going to be an exciting week 12 in the NFL. All odds come from Caesars Sportsbook.

Thanksgiving game

Fields is officially ruled out, so Andy Dalton starts as quarterback for the Bears. Head coach Matt Nagy said Fields will start again when he is healthy. Robinson has not practiced all week, and the short week gives him the term “doubtful.” Darnell Mooney was restricted all week but did not receive an injury claim.

For the Lions, Goff called himself a “playing time decision” earlier this week, so his status will not be determined until the inactive report is released. Dan Campbell said Goff is on his way back, but Tim Boyle will get the start if Goff can not go. Goff has been limited in practice all week. Flowers will miss its second game in a row.

Kwiatkoski will miss his third game in a row for the Raiders, who have an easy injury report heading into Thanksgiving. Jalen Richard (ribs) was a full participant, so he will be good to go to Thursday’s showdown. Guard John Simpson was limited in training on Wednesday.

Lamb is the only player on the Cowboys injury report as he is still on concussion record. Lamb trained on Wednesday as Dallas hopes he is done in the short week.

While Buffalo may be perfectly healthy, it’s a different story in New Orleans. The Saints officially ruled out running back Alvin Kamara after the star runner failed to train all week due to a knee injury. The club will also be without starting All-Pro right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and defensive end Marcus Davenport as well. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram returned to training on a limited basis on Wednesday, giving him the chance to try to help the Saints backfield in the wake of losing Kamara again.

Sunday games

The Steelers get healthier as they gear up for Week 12. Pass-rusher TJ Watt (hip / knee), safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (COVID list) and defender Isaiahh Loudermilk (groin) were all back in training on Wednesday after missing last week. Watt and Loudermilk both practiced on a limited basis. Meanwhile, Joe Haden (foot) in the corner along with the offensive line players Trai Turner (knee) and JC Hassenauer (pectoral) did not train.

Cincinnati was without wide receiver Auden Tate as he continues to deal with a thigh injury. Meanwhile, guard Hakeem Adeniji (ankle), cornerback Darius Phillips (hip) and defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin (knee) were all limited.

Michael Carter (ankle) was the only Jets player missing from training to begin the week. Meanwhile, five players were restricted, including receiver Corey Davis (groin), defensive lineman Shaq Lawson (wrist) and linebacker CJ Mosley (shoulder).

Defensive back Lonnie Johnson Jr. and the recipient Davion Davis were the two Texans who were kept out of training on Wednesday for injury reasons as they are about dealing with an illness. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard (foot), linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee) and defensive back AJ Moore Jr. (back) all limited.

In all, the Buccaneers had 11 players noted on their first injury report of the week after defeating the Giants on Monday night. That said, the team held a review, so this is an estimate of what their status would have been if they had held a full session. Wide receiver Mike Evans (back), linebacker Devin White (quad), left guard Ali Marpet (belly) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) were the four Bucs who did not practice. On a positive note, defensive tackle Vita Vea (knee) – who missed last week’s win over New York – was back to training on a limited basis.

Indy saw linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle), receiver TY Hilton (toe) and cornerback TJ Carrie (knee) all train in a limited capacity to begin the week. Meanwhile, guard Quenton Nelson was the lone player missing as he was kept out due to an ankle injury.

After missing last week’s loss to New England, Cordarrelle Patterson was limited in Atlanta’s first practice of the week. It is certainly a positive sign of his chances of returning against the Jags on Sunday. Meanwhile, Safety Jaylinn Hawkins, who also missed Week 11, was a full participant in the training. Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (ankle) and cornerback Kendall Sheffield (hoarding) were all missing from Wednesday’s session.

Jacksonville had eight players listed on the initial injury report with three players missing from the session – receiver Tavon Austin (shoulder), corner Shaquill Griffin (concussion) and linebacker Myles Jack (knee). Running back James Robinson (heel, knee) was among the limited.

Carolina has a small injury report to begin the week as they only listed three players on the opening report. Left tackle Dennis Daley (glute) was a full participant, while guard John Miller (ankle) was restricted and defensive back Myles Hartsfield (wrist) was the lone non-participant.

Corners Byron Jones and Xavien Howard both had a veteran rest day on Wednesday, while defensive back Elijah Campbell (toe, knee) and tight-end Adam Shaheen (knee) were the two dolphins who did not practice. Linebacker Elandon Roberts (hip), defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (quad) and safety Jevon Holland (knee, ankle) were among the restricted.

Tennessee on Wednesday had an injury report the size of the Thanksgiving grocery list. A total of 16 players were listed with 10 of them not attending this week’s opening session. The key among them was wide receiver AJ Brown, who is dealing with a chest injury. Running back Jeremy McNichols (concussion) and Rashaan Evans (ankle) were two others who made up the big list. Meanwhile, Running back D’Onta Foreman (triceps) was limited.

New England also had a pretty big injury report, but no player was missing from training. Defensive lineman Christian Barmore (knee), offensive tackle Trent Brown, Tight end Hunter Henry (neck) and running back Damien Harris (neck) were among the 11 Patriots listed as restricted participants.

The Eagles ran a review on Wednesday, so their injury report is an estimate. Had they run at full speed, the defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (rest), the backward Jordan Howard (knee) and the corner Darius Slay (concussion) would all have been kept out.

New York lacked a handful of players to begin training week with receivers Kadarius Toney (quad) and Sterling Shepard (quad) along with tight-end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) as the main line for the group of six Giants who did not practice on Wednesday. Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) was limited.

LA lacked four players to start the week – Safety Alohi Gilman (quad), defensive back Trey Marshall (ankle, hip), corner Asante Samuel Jr. (concussion) and defensive back Mark Webb Jr. (knee). Guard Matt Feiler (ankle) was the only limited player.

The Broncos were without safety Kareem Jackson on Wednesday, and head coach Vic Fangio revealed that his neck / shoulder injury could affect his playing status this week. Meanwhile, tackle Bobby Massie (ankle), running back Mike Boone (hip) and linebacker Baron Browning (back) all returned to training on a limited basis. Fangio also noted that linebacker Bradley Chubb has looked good as he continues to sit on IR and may return this week.

Los Angeles was without three players to begin the week. Linebacker Leonard Floyd (concussion) and cornerback Donte Deayon (thigh) were missing due to injury while veteran tackle Andrew Whitworth was given a rest day.

Green Bay held a review, so this damage report is an estimate. Had they been through an entire session, Aaron Rodgers (toe), David Bakhtiari (knee), Kevin King (hip, knee) and Malik Taylor (belly) would all have been kept out. Davante Adams (ankle) and Aaron Jones (knee) would have been limited.

Everson Griffen was the only Vikings player who did not train on Wednesday. His absence is not injury-related and comes after an incident in his home where he is now in the care of psychiatric professionals. Meanwhile, linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), cornerback Bashaud Breeland (groin) and guard Wyatt Davis (ankle) were all limited. Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list and will miss the match.

After missing Week 11 with a finger injury that required surgery, running back Elijah Mitchell (ribs, finger) was restricted to the 49ers on Wednesday along with cornerback Josh Norman (ribs) and offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson (ankle). Running back JaMycal Hasty (ankle) and defensive lineman Maurice Hurst (calf) were the only Niners players missing from training due to injury reasons.

Cleveland kept quarterback Baker Mayfield out from Wednesday’s training session as he deals with a left shoulder, foot and groin injury. He was joined by linebacker Tony Fields (illness), defensive tackle Malik Jackson (knee), receiver Jarvis Landry (knee), receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) and receiver Anthony Schwartz (concussion). Pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (neck, wrist, knee) was limited. The Browns also appointed running back Kareem Hunt and tackle Jack Conklin to return from IR.

Lamar Jackson fully trained to begin the week after he missed last week’s game against Chicago due to an illness. Wide receiver Marquise Brown (thigh) was also back for training, though to a limited extent. A total of 10 ravens did not train on Wednesday, including defensive tackle Calais Campbell (concussion) and right tackle Patrick Mekari (ankle).

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