NFL Week 16 Injury Report for Offensive Players

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Hopefully, you survived the wild week one of the fantasy playoffs!

Week 15 may have been the best time there has ever been to have a bye week. If you got to skip Week 15 or were fortunate enough to make it to round two, congratulations. Here is the Week 16 Injury Report for Offensive Players.

Due to the rescheduled games on Tuesday, there will be no injury report on the Football Team, Eagles, Seahawks, or Rams until more information is available.

Be sure to check back for updates as more information comes in.

For a quick reference tool, check out the new injury tracker that I will be updating up until kickoff.


NFL Week 16 Injury Report for Offensive Players

Chase Edmonds, RB

Edmonds returned from injured reserve last week and should be active again in Week 16.

Calvin Ridley, WR - Reserve/NFI List

Ridley was placed on the Reserve/NFI (Non-Football Injury) list prior to Week 9 while dealing with mental health issues. There has been very little information the past few weeks and I doubt we see Ridley the rest of the year.

Lamar Jackson, QB - Questionable

Jackson suffered an ankle sprain in Week 14 and missed Week 15. Monitor his practice status this week to determine his availability.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR - Doubtful

Sanders suffered a knee sprain and missed Week 15. His status is uncertain for Week 16 until we get some information out of practice.

Cole Beasley, WR - Out (COVID)

Beasley was placed on the reserve/COVID list and will miss Week 16 and possibly Week 17 since he is famously unvaccinated.

Sam Darnold, QB - Injured Reserve

Darnold was diagnosed with a fractured scapula and was placed on injured reserve. His recovery timeline was said to be 4-6 weeks and the team seems to believe he will be available for Week 16. I have expected him to be done for the season but a murky situation is the best case for Darnold even if he does return.

D.J. Moore, WR - Questionable

Moore suffered a hamstring injury that he played through in Week 14 and was able to play in Week 15 as well. I expect he'll be available in Week 16 but wouldn't be surprised to see some limited practice or even non-participant reports this week.

No new injuries were reported in Week 15.

Joe Mixon, RB - Questionable

Mixon suffered an ankle sprain in Week 15 and is questionable for Week 16. The team sounds hopeful that he will play but watch for late week practice reports to get more information.

Kareem Hunt, RB - Doubtful

Hunt suffered an ankle injury that, in addition to landing on the COVID list, kept him out of Week 15. As of this writing, he has not been activated from the COVID list, but may be in jeopardy of missing Week 16 due to his ankle injury anyway.

COVID-19 Players

Austin Hooper (TE), Jarvis Landry (WR), Baker Mayfield (QB), Case Keenum (QB), and several others missed Week 15 while on the reserve/COVID list. Watch for many of these players to clear the league's protocol for Week 16.

Tony Pollard, RB

Pollard returned to the lineup in Week 15 following a foot injury and should be active in Week 16 as well.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB - Doubtful

Bridgewater suffered a concussion in Week 15 and is likely to miss Week 16. Bridgewater actually had to spend some time in the hospital but reports state that he has been released and is doing well. The team is expecting to start Drew Lock behind center this week but could be without Bridgewater for more time.

D'Andre Swift, RB - Questionable

Swift suffered a shoulder sprain and has missed the past three weeks. His status for Week 16 is up in the air, and there is concern that the team could shut him down for the year.

Jamaal Williams, RB

Williams missed last week on the COVID list but was activated on Monday and is in line to share the backfield with Craig Reynolds in Week 16.

Jared Goff, QB - Questionable (COVID-19)

Goff was place on the reserve/COVID list Monday and is in jeopardy of missing Week 16.

No new injuries were reported in Week 15.

No new injuries were reported.

There were no new injuries following the Week 14 bye.

Carlos Hyde, RB - Questionable

Hyde missed Week 15 with a concussion allowing James Robinson to have the backfield to himself. Hyde will have to clear concussion protocol prior to Week 16 to be able to play.


The Chiefs appear to be the home of this week's COVID outbreak. Key players currently include Tyreek Hill (WR), Travis Kelce (TE), Harrison Butker (K), as well as several defensive players. As we saw with teams last week, this is changing quickly, so be sure to monitor for new names being added to the list.

Darren Waller, TE - Doubtful

Waller missed Weeks 13, 14, and 15 with a previously reported injury and should be considered doubtful for Week 16 unless we see some positive practice reports.

Austin Ekeler, RB - Questionable (COVID?)

Reports initially suggested Ekeler was placed on the reserve/COVID list, but the move has not been officially made. This may be due to conflicting test results or just a beat reporter jumping the gun. Either way, I would make plans to be without Ekeler in Week 16.

Donald Parham, TE - Doubtful

Parham suffered a chilling head injury in Week 15. The tight end fell to the ground without contact but the combination of the impact of hitting the ground and the odd angle that it occurred was enough to knock him unconscious. Thankfully, Parham was released from the hospital although he may not be able to play again this season.


Several other players, including Joey Bosa (DE), have been placed on the reserve/COVID list, but at this time Ekeler is the only fantasy-relevant offensive player that I am aware of.

Darrell Henderson, RB

Henderson returned to the lineup in Week 15 but took a backseat to Sony Michel. As far as we know, this shift was due to a coaching decision and not injury.

Malcolm Brown, RB - IR

Brown is expected to resumed practice last week, but was not activated for Week 15. Watch his status this week to see if he will muddy the running back waters in Miami by being activated.

Will Fuller, WR - IR

Fuller is on injured reserve with a previously reported fractured finger. He is eligible to return but the latest reports suggest he is done for the season.

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Adam Thielen, WR - Doubtful

Thielen suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 13 and missed Week 14 and Week 15. I still consider him doubtful for Week 16.

Damien Harris, RB - Questionable

Harris left Week 13 with a hamstring injury and missed Week 15 as a result. Keep an eye on his practice status late in the week to get an idea of his availability.

Kendrick Bourne, WR - Doubtful (COVID)

Bourne was placed on the reserve/COVID list along with a few defensive players for the Patriots.

No new injuries were reported.

Daniel Jones, QB - IR (season-ending)

Jones is finished for the 2021 season with a neck injury. This isn't unexpected, but it appears to be official at this point.

Sterling Shepard, WR - IR (season-ending)

Shepard was finally able to get back on the field in Week 15 only to suffer a season-ending Achilles injury. Shepard will most likely be on the PUP list to start training camp and could miss some of next year's regular season.

Kadarius Toney, WR - Doubtful (COVID-19)

Toney missed Weeks 12, 13, and 14 with a quad injury and then missed Week 15 on the COVID list. He should be activated from the COVID list this week, but it is not official and we may have to wait for word on his quad injury until late in the week.

No new offensive injuries were reported in Week 15.

Miles Sanders, RB

Sanders was listed as a non-participant for Wednesday's practice due to a quad injury. The Eagles didn't actually hold a practice since they played on Tuesday night so this was just an estimation. I don't think this puts his Week 16 status in jeopardy as long as he returns to practice later this week.

Pat Freiermuth, TE - Questionable

Freiermuth suffered a concussion in Week 15 and is questionable for Week 16.

Rashaad Penny, RB - Questionable

Penny left Tuesday night's game with a back injury but was able to return and finish the game.  He should be on track to play in Week 16 but watch his practice status late in the week to be sure. If he does miss time, Deejay Dallas was the running back who stepped in while Penny was getting his back checked out.

DK Metcalf, WR

Metcalf was limited in practice on Wednesday with a foot issue. He has been listed on the injury report with various injuries but has still been active on gameday.

Tyler Lockett, WR - Questionable (COVID)

We're still waiting for word that Lockett has been activated from the reserve/COVID list. Most players have been able to avoid missing two games but there have been a few cases of multiple abscenses so keep an eye out for his activation.

Elijah Mitchell, RB - Questionable Out

Mitchell missed Week 14 and Week 15 with a knee injury. Mitchell was previously in concussion protocol but has now cleared that and just needs to get his knee back up to strength. He will likely come down to a game-time decision.

Update: Mitchell was declared out for Thursday's game in Week 16.

Chris Godwin, WR - IR (season-ending)

Godwin suffered an ACL tear and will miss the rest of the 2021 season. Godwin, who was playing under the franchise tag this year, could have his recovery stretch into the 2022 season as well.

Mike Evans, WR - Doubtful

Evans suffered a hamstring strain and is officially questionable for Week 16. I'm skeptical that he will be able to make it back in time but managers should keep close tabs on his practice status this week.

Leonard Fournette, RB - Out

Fournette also suffered a hamstring injury the is expected to cause him to miss a game or two. Judging by the team's reaction to his injury compared to Evans' I would say that it is much more significant. I would expect him to miss the rest of the fantasy season but be able to return for the playoffs barring a setback.

Antonio Brown, WR

Brown has served his full three-game suspension for producing a fake vaccination card and should be a good fantasy option given the recent injuries in the Buccaneers' receiving core.

A.J. Brown, WR - IR

Brown was placed on injured reserve with a chest injury ahead of Week 12 meaning he is eligible to return this week. The Titans have designated him to return but we may have to wait until Thursday night to know if the team decides to activate him.

Julio Jones, WR - Doubtful

Jones did not practice Monday or Tuesday with a hamstring injury that caused him to exit Week 15 early. Not practicing, then playing is not unusual for the veteran wide receiver but the Titans play on Thursday night and reports are suggesting this time he's likely to sit.

Antonio Gibson, RB - Questionable

Gibson left and reentered the Football Team's Tuesday Night game with a toe injury. He was estimated as a non-participant for Wednesday's practice. Like the Eagles, the Football Team did not actually practice on Wednesday so this is just an estimation. The toe injury may limit Gibson's effectiveness even if he is healthy enough to be in the lineup in Week 16.



Check out the IDP Guys' IDP Injury Report for Week 16, here.

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Aaron Maberry

I am a veterinarian who has been playing fantasy football off and on since high school. About 12 years ago, I got more competitive and serious about fantasy football when I started a league with some other friends who were in vet school with me at the time. I started playing IDP about 3 years ago and have become even more obsessed with fantasy football. I have what I would call an evidence-based approach to fantasy football and love to track data in spreadsheets. I began writing for IDP Guys in the summer of 2021 and look forward to contributing to the amazing team moving forward. Thanks for reading!
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