The RB injury report has some major names for fantasy football managers to digest entering Week 12. With the fantasy playoffs just around the corner, let’s look at the latest updates on Joe Mixon, Leonard Fournette, Aaron Jones, Raheem Mostert, and more.
RB Injury Report Heading into Week 12
Please note that practice status listings are as follows: DNP – did not participate, LP – limited participant, FP – full participant.
Joe Mixon, CIN | Concussion (DNP)
Much as we suspected, Joe Mixon remains in concussion protocol as of Wednesday, according to Cincinnati Bengals head Zac Taylor. Each concussion is individual, so his progress will be a day-to-day situation. However, the average this year has been generally just over a week for a return from a first concussion.
Mixon still has a chance to play in Week 12, but every day he doesn’t make significant steps through the protocol will make it tougher. In some ways, this may not be a bad week for him to miss for fantasy managers. The Bengals have a difficult matchup against the Tennessee Titans, so Mixon may have struggled to return value. Similarly, any value boost Samaje Perine might see should be tempered.
Leonard Fournette, TB | Hip (LP)
The last time we saw Leonard Fournette in football action, Tampa ruled him out of the game in Munich with a hip injury back in Week 10. We have had little in the way of updates since, so it was good to see him a limited participant to open practice in Week 12.
The situation in Tampa Bay is intriguing, with Rachaad White emerging in his rookie season. There did not seem to be a huge amount of concern about Fournette whenever we heard from head coach Todd Bowles. Therefore, we should expect him to suit up on Sunday, barring a setback.
The problem is that we have no idea what his role will look like this week. The Buccaneers could use the hip issue for Fournette as a chance to work White into the offense further. Consequently, trusting Fournette this week in your fantasy lineups is tough. He is too talented to bench blindly, so we will need to see how his status evolves throughout the week.
The Buccaneers’ backfield may be better suited to Underdog Fantasy Best Ball formats than conventional season-long leagues. If White and Fournette end up splitting touches, who takes the most fantasy value each week could be hard to predict.
Aaron Jones, GB | Shin/Glute (LP)
It’s a bit of a surprise to see Aaron Jones listed on the Green Bay Packers’ injury report with shin and glute issues. The Packers’ Twitter feed had tweeted a video of the RB going through a drill, and he did not look to be hampered by the injury.
Barring a setback, Jones should be active on Sunday and his usual self when it comes to his fantasy value. The Eagles struggled at times against the Indianapolis Colts’ run game, so Jones should be able to have solid fantasy value. If he misses the game because of a setback, AJ Dillon would elevate into a starting role this week.
Raheem Mostert, MIA | Knee (DNP)
Raheem Mostert’s appearance on the Miami Dolphins’ Wednesday injury report with a knee issue will concern his fantasy managers. Mostert missed practice on Wednesday; his progress this week will be key to his availability on Sunday. The Dolphins’ run game had been clicking in the past couple of weeks, with Mostert and Jeff Wilson dove-tailing nicely.
If Mostert gets cleared from the injury report, he would be a “start as normal” type of option. However, if he remains questionable, his value takes a significant downgrade with Wilson there to potentially pick up the slack. If Mostert is questionable or out, Wilson would become a must-start in Week 12.
Gus Edwards, BAL | Hamstring/Knee (LP)
Week 12 sees Gus Edwards continue his path to returning to the field. On Monday, John Harbaugh said Edwards was not quite ready to go. He had a knee issue added to his hamstring listing late last week, but the feeling does not seem to be anything major.
Assuming Edwards remains limited all week in practice or manages to upgrade to a full participant, he should be able to return. However, it is unclear what role he would have with Kenyan Drake performing well in the starting role in the past few weeks. The Ravens would likely look to ease Edwards back in, which will significantly limit his fantasy value.
Latavius Murray, DEN | Wrist (LP)
Latavius Murray is listed as limited with a wrist injury on the Week 12 RB injury report. It’s a surprise, given the Broncos released Melvin Gordon earlier this week. With Chase Edmonds also on the IR, the Broncos will hope that Murray does not suffer a setback — or they could find themselves short-handed at the RB position.
The positive news is that Murray was limited as opposed to being completely absent. He should be set to suit up and carry a major workload. Marlon Mack looks set to be his foil in Week 12, and he could have a major role this week if Murray has a setback.
Caleb Huntley, ATL | Ankle (LP)
The start of Week 12 saw Caleb Huntley enter practice as a limited participant. The Falcons RB is dealing with an ankle injury, but it does not seem to be a major concern. Huntley’s role decreased significantly since the return of Cordarrelle Patterson, playing just 24 snaps in the last three weeks (13 rushing attempts and a single target).
If he is out, it will clear the picture in the Falcons’ backfield a little. However, this is still a messy situation, with Patterson and Tyler Allgeier splitting touches over the past few weeks. Even if Huntley does play, he has unappealing fantasy value for Week 12.
Mark Ingram, NO | Knee (LP)
Mark Ingram is on the path to returning for fantasy managers this week. He has not played since Week 8, but he’s a limited participant to open Week 12 as he continues to deal with his knee issue. Prior to the injury, his fantasy value had been sporadic and limited to 16-team leagues.
In his absence, the Saints have leaned heavily on Alvin Kamara. However, with their season hanging on at 4-7, they will likely look to avoid putting a high number of touches on Kamara every week, especially if they lose this week. Therefore, Ingram could have intriguing fantasy value down the stretch if he is a free agent.