NFL Week 17 Injury Report: Which Starters Got Hurt In Week 16?

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Written By Jeffrey Schreiber | Last Updated

NFL injuries continued to pile up in Week 16 of action. Another starting quarterback, along with some big-name starters, went down. These injuries are already shifting sportsbook odds at the best sports betting sites. Handicappers must monitor for news before betting Week 17 odds. The most notable players injured this past week were Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence, Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle, and Broncos WR Courtland Sutton.

Keep reading to stay updated on the most significant injuries and which names are in jeopardy of missing Week 17. 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.

Notable NFL INJURIES from WEEK 16

Here’s a roundup of the most notable NFL injuries to monitor before Week 17.

Chicago Bears

  • TE Cole Kmet

Kmet left the game in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury. His injury comes as the Bears deal with a banged-up DJ Moore, who left the game for a spell after suffering a leg injury. Stay tuned for the Bears mid-week practice report for a status update on their top TE.

Cleveland Browns

  • K Dustin Hopkins

Hopkins sustained a hamstring injury while trying to make a tackle on Sunday. The Browns did not try a PAT or field goal after the injury, with punter Corey Bojorquez and safety D’Anthony Bell handling kickoffs after Hopkins left. On Monday, the Browns brought in reinforcements due to Hopkins’ injury. Riley Patterson, who kicked earlier this season for the Detroit Lions, has been signed to the Browns practice squad. He could be elevated to the gameday roster for Thursday night’s home game against the Jets, depending on Hopkins’ status.

Denver Broncos

  • WR Courtland Sutton

Sutton was knocked out of the game in the second quarter and later was diagnosed with a concussion. That puts him in the league’s mandated protocol for such brain injuries. He must show no symptoms and clear through several steps to return to the playing field down the stretch for the Broncos.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • QB Trevor Lawrence

Lawrence suffered a sprained right shoulder in Sunday’s 30-12 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport added that the injury was “not believed to be a major injury to his throwing shoulder, but it’s unclear how this affects his availability this week.”

“It’s bothering me,” Lawrence said after the game, per ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “Hopefully, nothing major, but it’s bugging me right now.” The quarterback added, via DiRooco, that he could not lift his shoulder up well enough to stay in the game.

Miami Dolphins

  • WR Jaylen Waddle

The Dolphins may be without wide receiver Jaylen Waddle for a while, potentially into the postseason. Head coach Mike McDaniel says Waddle’s shin injury suffered on Sunday is “looking more like a high ankle” injury. McDaniel added, “Those [types of injuries] can be tricky.” Further testing will be done to evaluate the severity of the injury and how much time, if any, Waddle will miss.

Waddle exited Miami’s victory against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the third quarter. He appeared to suffer the injury as he was tackled and had to work with the training staff, eventually going to the locker room.

Minnesota Vikings

  • WR Jordan Addison
  • TE T.J. Hockenson
  • EDGE D.J. Wonnum

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the outlook for tight end T.J. Hockenson is “not good”. The team hopes to be surprised by today’s MRI but is bracing for damage. Hockenson injured his knee after a catch over the middle at the beginning of the third quarter. He caught a ball and was tackled right on his knee. His leg looked like it hyper-extended, and he left the game immediately. Stay tuned to media outlets for a status update on Hockenson’s MRI results.

Addison (ankle) was injured after Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens threw his second interception near the end of the second quarter. The first-year wideout appeared to run into his teammate while Lions safety Kerby Joseph returned the intercepted pass. He subsequently entered the blue medical tent on Minnesota’s sideline for evaluation. Stay tuned for the Vikings mid-week practice report for further updates on his Week 17 status.

Pass rusher D.J. Wonnum has a partially torn groin.

San Francisco 49ers

  • QB Brock Purdy
  • LT Trent Williams

Purdy suffered his second stinger in two games Monday night. “You know how stingers are, and it could be worse (Tuesday),” said HC Kyle Shanahan. “But I think it’ll be alright.”

Additionally, LT Trent Williams suffered a groin injury, his backup Jaylon Moore got a concussion, and his backup Aaron Banks injured his toe. Injury issues going into Sunday’s game vs. Washington.

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