NFL pre-game injury report for Week 17: Deshaun Watson out, Drew Brees in

With plenty of teams resting their starters and injuries galore, make sure you check out who is active and who isn’t before the NFL Week 17 early afternoon slate of games:

Noteworthy Inactives

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans (back) – Watson was among those ruled out for the Texans this week in preparation for the first round of the playoffs. A.J. McCarron will get the start under center in Week 17 against the Titans.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens – John Harbaugh announced early that Jackson would sit out their meaningless Week 17 game against the Steelers. The Ravens have already clinched the top seed in the AFC. Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings plan to sit their starters as they prepare for the first round of the playoffs. They clinched the No. 6 seed already and have no reason to risk injuries in a meaningless game. Backup Sean Mannion will draw the start at quarterback.

Mason Rudolph, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (shoulder) – Rudolph exited the Steelers’ Week 16 matchup against the Jets with a shoulder injury and was placed on injured reserve this week. Devlin Hodges will start at quarterback against the Ravens with Paxton Lynch backing him up.

Dwayne Haskins Jr., QB, Washington Redskins (ankle) – Haskins is done for the year after sustaining a high ankle sprain in Week 16 against the Giants. Case Keenum will start for the Redskins.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings (shoulder) – Cook will miss his second straight game as the Vikings rest their starters heading into the playoffs. Alexander Mattison (ankle) is also in danger of missing the game, which would mean the team will lean on Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah.

Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens (calf) – Ingram suffered a calf injury during Week 16 which kept him from finishing the game. Gus Edwards and Justice Hill will likely split carries in his absence.

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (thigh, shoulder) – Conner is dealing with thigh and shoulder injuries and will not play against the Ravens. Benny Snell should get the start at running back with Jaylen Samuels picking up third-down work. Trey Edmunds and Kerrith Whyte could also have more involvement.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders (shoulder) – Jacobs underwent surprise surgery this week for a skin infection and was officially ruled out. He has been dealing with a fractured shoulder for weeks. DeAndre Washington will see an increase in workload with Jalen Richard involved in the passing game.

Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills – In spite of earlier reports that the Bills would start many of their players, it was reported by Ian Rapoport that Singletary, among others, will sit out this week. The team has already secured the No. 5 seed.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (illness, neck) – Fournette was downgraded to doubtful on Saturday with an illness. Expect the team to lean on Ryquell Armstead for touches against the Colts.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (ankle) – Mattison is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Bears after being listed as questionable. With Cook sidelined, the Vikings will lean on a committee of Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (shoulder) – Williams will not start against the Lions while dealing with a shoulder injury. Aaron Jones will continue to be the workhorse back with Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin backing him up. The Packers have secured a playoff spot and are vying for a higher seed at this point.

Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts (ankle) – Wilkins was ruled out for the team’s matchup against the Jaguars. Marlon Mack will continue to get the lion’s share of the carries with Jonathan Williams and Nyhiem Hines backing him up.

Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (shoulder) – Ware was placed on injured reserve this week after suffering an injury last week against the Bears in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs will lean on a committee of Damien Williams, Darwin Thompson and possibly LeSean McCoy, who was a healthy scratch in Week 16.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (illness) – In spite of earlier reports from coach Bill O’Brien that the team did not plan on resting players this week, both Hopkins and Watson will miss this game. Hopkins has been battling an illness which kept him out of practice on Friday.

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (hamstring) – Godwin will miss another game with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 15. With Mike Evans and Scotty Miller also done for the year with hamstring injuries, expect WR1 production from Breshad Perriman, who has been a monster since all three went down. Justin Watson should also see more targets.

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers (concussion) – Moore suffered a concussion early during Week 16 against the Colts and will not play against the Saints. Curtis Samuel, Jarius Wright and Chris Hogan will have to step up with Will Grier under center.

Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans (groin) – Fuller was ruled out for the team’s Week 17 matchup against the Titans while he deals with a groin injury. With Hopkins also sidelined for this game with an illness and Kenny Stills (knee) questionable, KeKe Coutee and DeAndre Carter could see an uptick in targets.

Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (illness) – Brown, who is listed as questionable entering Week 17, is not expected to play due to an illness per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It’s possible the team is being extra careful with their starters as they head into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills – Brown is among the Bills players that will rest this week in preparation for the first round of the playoffs.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins (concussion) – McLaurin was ruled out while still in the concussion protocol from Week 16. Steven Sims and Kelvin Harmon will be the available wide receivers for quarterback Case Keenum against the Cowboys.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears (concussion) – Gabriel will miss his fifth straight game while still in the concussion protocol. The team will continue to lean on Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller, with Javon Wimms taking snaps in three-receiver sets.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (knee) – Agholor will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury. Greg Ward will be featured heavily, especially with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside not at 100% after tweaking a foot injury in Week 16.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills – Beasley is among the Bills players that will rest this week.

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (ribs, back) – Ertz is out after suffering a blow to the torso in Week 16 that left him with a fractured rib and back injuries. Dallas Goedert, who is also banged up, will get the start at tight end this week.

Zach Ertz, Byron Jones
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is hit by Byron Jones of the Cowboys.Getty Images

Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens (ankle) – Andrews practiced on Friday but it was always doubtful he would play this week given that this game has no playoff implications.

Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills – Knox is among the Bills players that will rest this week.

Noteworthy Actives

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (thumb) – Brees was omitted from the Saints’ final injury report and will play this week against the Panthers. The team will likely play conservatively, however, given they have already secured playoff berth.

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (shoulder) – Prescott will suit up against the Redskins in the season finale as the team fights for a playoff spot. He has been dealing with a shoulder injury for weeks that has plagued him since college. Left tackle Tyron Smith is expected to miss this game with a back injury which could leave Prescott more vulnerable than usual.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (hamstring) – Henry was not listed on the Titans’ final injury report and will play this week against the Texans. This is a must-win situation for the team as they fight for a playoff spot, so expect Henry to be featured heavily, even with an injured hamstring.

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (shoulder) – Howard has been cleared for contact and will return from a six-game absence this week. After such a long absence, however, expect him to split carries with Miles Sanders and Boston Scott, who stepped up in a big way while Howard was sidelined.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots (illness) – Michel was a late addition to the injury report on Saturday with an illness, but will play in Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He has high upside against the Dolphins defense, which is allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs this year. This is a downgrade for Rex Burkhead and James White.

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints (hand) – Thomas was not listed on the Saints’ final injury report and will suit up against the Panthers this week. Brees will also play in this game which has playoff seeding implications.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns (groin, illness) – Beckham is active for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. He was listed as questionable due to food poisoning and a groin injury.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots (knee, shoulder) – Edelman is active for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He was listed as questionable with multiple injuries to his knee and shoulder. The Patriots wideout has been banged up all year, but has not missed a game and should put up huge numbers against the Dolphins secondary.

Still Questionable

Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals (hamstring) – Murray will be a game-time decision this week, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, as the rookie quarterback deals with a hamstring injury. He tweaked it during Week 16 and has been limited in practice throughout the week. Brett Hundley and Drew Anderson, who was just promoted from the practice squad, will be available as backups.

Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans (knee) – Stills is listed as questionable entering Sunday’s game against the Titans. With Hopkins (illness) and Fuller (groin) already ruled out, the team could be very lean at receiver this week. KeKe Coutee and DeAndre Carter will see more targets even if Stills plays.

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