Week 17 NFL Injury Report With Betting Advice
Week 17 has finally arrived, which means we’re one step closer to one of our great loves: NFL playoff betting.
Let’s slow our role a little, though, as there is still one last regular season day jam-packed with NFL action on Sunday. That means 16 divisional battles and most of them actually carry some serious weight in regards to the division champion, playoff spots and even seeding.
The biggest game of the week is probably the Packers vs. Vikings, but the AFC South and AFC West are still not officially decided. Pile in injuries and player benchings, and week 17 is about as tricky as it gets when it comes to trying to lay down some good, honest bets on pro football action.
We’ve got you covered on the injury angle, though, as we’ll touch on every key player set to be questionable to out this week, and relay what it could mean for their respective matchup. Let’s get to it:
Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns – OUT
Manziel both partied and was concussed last week, so it’s tough to know exactly why, but he’s been ruled out for the week 17 season finale. Austin Davis will start in his place for the Browns, who shouldn’t have much of a chance to even keep their contest with the Steelers competitive.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans – Active
Hoyer is back after sitting out for a second concussion. One hit and he’s toast, but he brings stability and experience to an offense that needs him. Houston basically has the AFC South title wrapped up and will just need to close the season out strong against the Jaguars on Sunday. With Hoyer, they should be able to do that.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans – OUT
Mariota had a mild chance at playing one more game in his rookie season but has officially been ruled out. Zach Mettenberger will get another start as the Titans finish out a rough year against the Colts. This game is pretty much a toss-up, but the Titans could play spoiler this week with the Colts fighting for the division crown.
Matt Hasselbeck and Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts – OUT
Both Luck and Hasselbeck have been ruled out for the season finale, likely putting Josh Freeman in at center. The Colts will figure to run the ball and lean on their defense, but if the game falls into Freeman’s hands, they could be in trouble against the Titans.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams – Doubtful
Gurley is dealing with a knee injury and is officially listed as doubtful going into week 17. The Rams are hot with three straight wins and probably could take down the 49ers without him, but his absence can’t help. Tre Mason figures to tote the rock the most if he’s out.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers – OUT
Stewart is out this week, lending more work to the Carolina backups. The Panthers have gotten by without him a few times this year, but struggled without him last week. That shouldn’t be a huge problem against the Bucs as the Panthers chase down the NFC’s #1 overall seed, however.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears – Questionable
Forte suffered a back strain last week and could be held out to close out the year. The Bears have been wanting to get another long look at rookie rusher Jeremy Langford, so chances are they do that this week. Chicago has been abysmal at home (1-6) this year, so odds are the absence of their best running back doesn’t help better that mark.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks – OUT
Beast Mode was in talks to potentially return this week, but he’s been ruled out. Seattle will head into Arizona with Christine Michael and Fred Jackson as their main backs. It’s bad news for a Seahawks team that already lost to the Cardinals at home earlier this year.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings – Questionable
Peterson is a little banged up with a sore ankle and is iffy for his SNF date with the Packers, but with the NFC North title on the line, it’s highly unlikely he sits this one out. His presence naturally gives the Vikes a real chance to win the division tonight.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – Questionable
Bryant isn’t 100% but he’s expected to play as the Steelers continue to fight for a playoff spot in the AFC. Bryant has a juicy matchup with a bad Browns defense, so it’d be shocking if he didn’t suit up and have a pretty big game. Pittsburgh should get the win with or without him, however.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots – OUT
Edelman has already been ruled out even though he’s been practicing and is nearing a return from foot surgery. It’s expected that he could be available for the playoffs. Danny Amendola, however, is active for week 17 and could have a big role in a likely win over the Dolphins.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers – Doubtful
Ginn hurt his knee last week and is extremely doubtful to face Tampa Bay. Carolina probably could use him but they’d much prefer he’s simply healthy for their post-season run. They can still beat the Bucs without their top wide receiver, but it may be a little tougher.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals – Probable
Floyd isn’t quite right but he’s been probably all week and has gotten in some practice time. He’s a near lock to face a Seahawks team he fared well against earlier this year. Arizona is no lock to sweep Seattle, but they’re at home and do appear to be the better team.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans – OUT
Wright is done for the year with a knee issue, so he won’t be suiting up in week 17. The Titans should see a lot more of Dorial Green-Beckham and tight end Delanie Walker.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals – Probable
Eifert finally makes his return from a concussion, but it’s unknown how big of a role he’ll have. It’s likely the Bengals just want to get his feet wet again before using him much more in the playoffs. His presence in the red-zone could give the Bengals the edge they need in a tough divisional battle with the Ravens, however.
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