5 NFL Injury Storylines To Watch In Week 17

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Jalen Hurts is expected to miss another game for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17.
Jalen Hurts is expected to miss another game for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Minshew Expected to Start Again vs. Saints

The Philadelphia Eagles scored 34 points and gained 355 yards through the air in their Week 16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys despite a strong showing from backup quarterback Gardner Minshew, who will also reportedly start in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints. 

MVP candidate Jalen Hurts is expected to miss at least one more game with his right shoulder sprain, taking advantage of Philadelphia's multi-game lead for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

When Will Lamar Jackson Return to Ravens?

The Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff spot on Saturday in Tyler Huntley’s third start after Lamar Jackson missed his eighth straight practice with a PCL sprain.

Baltimore ends the season with divisional games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, but it remains to be seen if Jackson will return after the Pro Football Docs estimated a recovery timeline of 2-3 weeks.

The Ravens' offense, which has scored 14 points per game in the last four and averaged only 111.67 passing yards in the last three contests, is also without Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay and working with a still-diminished J.K. Dobbins. 

La’el Collins Out For Season, Bengals OL Exposed Again? 

Starting right tackle La’el Collins suffered a season-ending torn left ACL and MCL in the Cincinnati Bengals’ Week 16 win. Third-year offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji is likely to step in for him with Jackson Carman next in line for snaps.

The 29-year-old Collins was Cincinnati’s biggest free-agent acquisition and one of three veterans signed to the offensive line after Joe Burrow was sacked 19 times during the team's playoff run last season.

Tampa Bay LT Josh Wells Suffered Likely Patella Tendon Rupture

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive line lost its fifth different starter this season when fill-in left tackle Josh Wells suffered a ruptured left patella tendon in the second quarter of Sunday’s comeback win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Despite the growing holes, Tampa Bay has a chance to clinch the NFC South and host a playoff game. Tom Brady has taken only 19 sacks -- the fewest among qualified starting quarterbacks. 

Will Watson Be Available For Playoff-Hungry Pack?

Rookie wide receiver Christian Watson suffered a hip contusion on Sunday without apparent structural damage, according to the Pro Football Docs, and was ruled out for the Green Bay Packers’ third straight win.

After a four-game losing streak spurred by Aaron Rodgers’ fractured right thumb and a smattering of wide receiver injuries, Green Bay now controls its own destiny for the playoffs.

Since Week 10, Watson has been Rodgers’ most reliable wideout with 25 catches for 408 yards and 7 touchdowns, so losing him down the stretch would be a major blow.


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