The biggest injury updates for Week 13 in the NFL
As we approach the business end of the regular NFL season, every injury takes on more importance.
Some sides will know that they are barely keeping things together and could be just one or two injuries away from a serious issue, while others are desperate to welcome certain players back into the fold after periods of absence.
The New England Patriots are having a hard time as the winter season approaches, with flu-like symptoms infecting their squad.
Five of their starters and eight of their roster in total were ruled out of Wednesday practice, and this could leave them with a depleted practice team in the run-up to the weekend.
Their hopes have otherwise been boosted by a returning Phillip Dorsett, while Mohamed Sanu may well be able to come back in his wide receiver position after only narrowly missing inclusion in Week 12.
The Baltimore Ravens go into one of their biggest games of the season against the San Francisco 49ers already one starting centre down – Matt Skura has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a knee injury – while there are growing worries about the fitness of Bradley Bozeman.
Bozeman missed Wednesday practice with an ankle complaint, and if they cannot get one of their preferred offensive linemen fit for the weekend, they could be up for a difficult match against one of the best defensive lines in the league.
The 49ers have their own injury problems that are still ongoing, but they are hoping that progress has been made on the fitness of both Matt Breida, who has been dealing with a troubled ankle, and Robbie Gould, as he fights a quadriceps recurrence.
However, they know that they are going to have to sweat it on updates for Dee Ford with a hamstring sideline and Joe Staley, who has been nursing a finger injury.
How both the Ravens and the 49ers can manage their key men in regard to injuries for the weekend could have a telling effect on who wins out in Week 13.
Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles have had a rough week, but the news that Wentz is fit for the weekend following a scare over his hand will ease any immediate concerns.
They should also have a fitter roster to choose from, with two of their receivers back for a must-win game against the Miami Dolphins.
Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor are back in contention, while Jordan Howard, their lead back, could face a late test to be included this weekend, having been ruled out since Week 9.
Words: Luke Donovan