Week 16 NFL Injury Report With Betting Advice
The NFL is already two games old come Sunday in week 16, but there is still a ton of pro football to play (and bet on) in a massive week.
While a lot of the games feel somewhat easy to gauge, others can be impacted by injuries, suspensions and other variables. We’ll tackle the injury side going into week 16, by breaking down the big names that may or may not suit up and what their status may mean for their respective matchup:
Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans – OUT
Hoyer is being held out yet again due to concussion symptoms, but Houston hopes to get him back for week 17. The Texans could be at risk of losing with Brandon Weeden at the helm this week, but their matchup against the lowly Titans is still very winnable.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans – OUT
Mariota’s rookie season is over due to a knee sprain, so the Titans will roll out backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger can be serviceable, but against a good Texans defense, he and the Titans could be in trouble.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills – OUT
Shady has a bad knee sprain that will end his season. That puts Karlos Williams ahead of the pack in Buffalo, and he’ll team up with Mike Gillislee to pound the rock for the Bills. Buffalo has a very winnable matchup against Dallas, so even the loss of McCoy shouldn’t keep them from getting a win.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings – Probable
Peterson hurt his foot last week but was seen without a boot or limp and appears to be fine to play against the Giants in week 16. New York is a good matchup and the Vikes are at home, so with a healthy and effective Peterson they look like a good bet to get the win and make the playoffs.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears – Doubtful
Jeffery is extremely doubtful with more lower leg issues. Chicago’s star wide receiver hasn’t been healthy all year and there’s a good chance the team shuts him down with their playoff chances over with. The absence of their best receiving threat obviously hurts against the Buccaneers on the road this week.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys – OUT
Bryant’s foot acted up again this week and with the ‘Boys already out of the playoff picture, there is no reason to rush him back. It’s highly likely Bryant will not play again this year and the Cowboys have even less ammunition to fight the Bills with on Sunday.
Julian Edelman/Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots – OUT
Both of New England’s shifty slot receivers are out, as Edelman continues to rehab a broken foot and Amendola is once again dealing with a knee sprain. That puts added pressure on Rob Gronkowski on the road against a very good Jets defense. The Pats remain the favorites, but they could easily lose this game with how under-manned they are.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks – Probable
Baldwin’s hamstring flared up this week and despite being on a torrid run lately (10 touchdowns in four games) he could sit out. He’s listed as probably, which suggests he’ll play, but Seattle probably doesn’t need him at home against the Rams.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals – OUT
Eifert has been battling head and neck injuries the past few weeks and will not play in week 16. Cincy already locked up a playoff spot, so there’s no real need to force him out there. That being said, not having him hurts on the road against the Broncos.
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