NFL Week 16 Injury Report: Which Starters Got Hurt In Week 15?

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Written By Jeffrey Schreiber | Last Updated
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The theme of the 2023 NFL season has, unfortunately, been injuries. NFL injuries continued to pile up in Week 15 of action. More starting quarterbacks and big-name starters suffered significant injuries. These injuries are already shifting sportsbook odds at the best sports betting sites. These big-name starters are forcing handicappers to monitor for news before betting Week 16 odds. These key starters are in jeopardy of missing at least one week. The most notable players injured this past week were Jets QB Zach Wilson, Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence, and Bengals star WR Ja’Marr Chase.

Keep reading to stay updated on the most significant injuries and which names are in jeopardy of missing Week 16. Scroll to compare spreads, moneylines, and totals across NFL betting apps, and use our Prop Finder Tool to find the best prices on player props.

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Notable NFL INJURIES from WEEK 15

Here’s a roundup of the most notable NFL injuries to monitor before Week 16.

Arizona Cardinals

  • WR Marquise Brown

Brown (heel) did not return versus the 49ers. His nagging injury is a cause for concern for head coach Jonathan Gannon. “I am (concerned). It’s been going on for a while, and he’s trying to grind through. He’s a warrior, and we need him, but if he can’t go, he can’t go.” Stay tuned to Arizona’s mid-week practice report for Brown’s Week 16 status.

Baltimore Ravens

  • RB Keaton Mitchell
  • OT Ronnie Stanley

After Sunday night’s win, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Keaton Mitchell is likely out for the season after suffering a significant knee injury on SNF. An MRI has confirmed that, as NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports, Mitchell suffered a torn ACL. While Mitchell is expected to make a full recovery, his rookie year is over.

Head coach John Harbaugh said Stanley is in the concussion protocol after Sunday’s win over the Jaguars. If he’s unable to suit up next Monday against the 49ers, Patrick Mekari and Daniel Faalele would be candidates to see increased playing time.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • DL D.J. Reader
  • WR Ja’Marr Chase

Head coach Zac Taylor confirmed that Reader will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn quadriceps.

Chase is likely to miss some time, sources said after the MRI on his separated shoulder. The expectation is that he is sidelined for this week’s game against the Steelers, and it could extend beyond that, as well.

Cleveland Browns

  • OG Joel Bitonio

Bitonio exited the game on the Browns’ third possession with a back injury. Head coach Kevin Stefanski shared that Bitonio is considered “day-to-day.”

Dallas Cowboys

  • G Zack Martin

Martin exited the game in the first quarter after taking a knee to the quad that forced him out for the remainder of the game. Martin feels hopeful that he can put together a good week of rehab in hopes of playing against Miami in Week 16.

Green Bay Packers

  • WR Jayden Reed

Reed suffered a toe injury during Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. His Week 16 status remains undetermined.

Indianapolis Colts

  • WR Michael Pittman
  • RB Zack Moss

Pittman Jr. exited the game during the second quarter after taking a scary hit from Steelers safety Damontae Kazee, who was ejected immediately because of it. Fortunately, Pittman Jr. could walk off the field under his own power. After going to the locker room, he was quickly ruled out with a concussion, but he tweeted an encouraging update after the win, stating that he was “all good.” Stay tuned to Colts practice reports for his availability in Week 16.

Moss plans to try to play Sunday at Atlanta, even though he injured his shoulder playing against the Steelers, per source. “X-rays on Moss’ shoulder were negative, and he has to, in the words of a source, ‘see how progresses through the week.’”

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • QB Trevor Lawrence
  • WR Zay Jones

Lawrence entered concussion protocol after Sunday night’s loss to the Ravens. Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson was noncommital about his potential to play in Week 16 vs. the Buccaneers. “Not at liberty to speculate with head injuries, so I can’t say one way or another,” Pederson said on Monday. Stay tuned to Jaguars practice reports for an update on his Week 16 status.

Jones did not return to the game after sustaining a hamstring injury on SNF. Head coach Doug Pederson commented that the injury “looked bad on the field.” This isn’t great news for Jones, who was already dealing with a knee injury before leaving Sunday’s contest. The team will likely release more details in the coming days as Jones receives treatment. For now, the wideout should be considered questionable for next Sunday’s matchup against Tampa Bay.

New York Jets

  • QB Zach Wilson

Wilson suffered a head injury in the Jets loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. Wilson is in the concussion protocol, so it’s difficult to project his availability for Sunday. HC Robert Saleh stated on Monday that if Wilson is cleared, he will start. If not, Trevor Siemian will get the start.

Tennessee Titans

  • QB Will Levis

Head coach Mike Vrabel said Levis suffered an ankle injury on Sunday. Vrabel compared the ankle injury Levis suffered to the one Ryan Tannehill dealt with in 2022. As Vrabel explained, Levis had been dealing with the ankle issue before Sunday’s game, and clearly, it was aggravated by the brutal hit Levis took against the Texans. If Vrabel is right, Levis’s injury could knock him out for the rest of the season. If Levis can’t play, the Titans could return to Ryan Tannehill and let him audition for his next opportunity, or they could use the time to develop young quarterback Malik Willis. 

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NFL WEEK 16 ODDS

Before diving into the NFL injuries, please look at the updated NFL Week 16 odds below. The point spreads, moneylines, and totals shown here are from the sportsbook in your state and are available to bet on now.

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