Aaron Rodgers' calf, Matthew Stafford's finger and more ...
Here are the 10 biggest injuries (and recoveries) that could affect your favorite team -- or your fantasy squad -- in Week 15.
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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers (calf)
Packers fans got a scare this weekend when their quarterback injured his right calf on the third play of the game against the Seahawks and was pulled after the outcome was in hand. Rodgers already had been nursing a sore left hamstring but is expected to play through both injuries. He'll likely be a lot less mobile, and the Packers will need an adjusted game plan, but there's a sense of relief that the calf injury isn't believed to be as serious as the one Rodgers suffered just before the playoffs two years ago.
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A.J. Green, WR, Bengals (hamstring)
The dangerous wideout hasn't played since Week 11, when he suffered a hamstring tear against the Bills. However, Green is expected to return to practice this week, and it's possible we could see him return this weekend when the Bengals host the Steelers. Keep an eye on any updates that indicate how he's performing in practice.
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Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions (finger)
The Lions QB suffered a gruesome finger dislocation Sunday against the Bears. Stafford jammed the knuckle on the middle finger of his throwing hand but is expected to fight through it and decline surgery as his team presses toward the playoffs. Stafford looked for some help gripping the football with a throwing glove, so it will be interesting to see whether his performance drops off at all with the injury Sunday against the Giants. He seemed to struggle indoors against the Bears after the injury, so gripping the ball outside in New York will be an even tougher test.
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Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles (concussion)
The Eagles' running back/utilityman was diagnosed with a concussion over the weekend after being popped by Redskins' special teamer Deshazor Everett on a fourth-quarter punt. Sproles remains in the league's concussion protocol and will need to be cleared by a doctor before he's able to return to action.
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Michael Thomas, WR, Saints (foot)
The Saints' top receiving threat was inactive Sunday thanks to foot ailment that had been bothering him all week. He seems to be day-to-day at this point, though there's not a whole lot of info available about his status for Sunday's game at Arizona. It'll be key to monitor his progress throughout the week.
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins (knee)
Miami will be without its starting quarterback for at least the next few weeks after it was revealed that Tannehill suffered a sprained ACL and MCL in his left knee against the Cardinals on Sunday. That's a somewhat positive development for the Dolphins, who feared worse. Tannehill won't need surgery, but we may not see him on the field again this season. Matt Moore will have to be the one to get the Dolphins over the playoff hump.
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Matt Forte, RB, Jets (knee)
Forte was knocked out of Sunday's Jets-49ers game with a knee injury and is listed as day-to-day. Unfortunately for Forte, backup running back Bilal Powell had a breakout game in his absence (29 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns, plus five catches). Even if Forte is ready to face the Dolphins, he may get fewer touches because of Powell's statement game.
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Jimmy Smith, CB, Ravens (ankle)
The Ravens lost a big piece of their defense when Smith was carted off the field in the first quarter of Monday's game against the Patriots. He reportedly suffered an ankle sprain, though it's not clear how serious it is just yet. Smith couldn't put any weight on it and was later spotted using crutches, so that may not bode well for Baltimore as it prepares to take on Philadelphia.
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Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers (knee)
Things looked bleak for the Chargers when Gordon had to be carted off during Sunday's loss to the Panthers, but MRI results brought relatively good news: Gordon suffered a hip strain and left knee sprain and is listed as day-to-day heading into Sunday's game against Oakland. That could have been a lot worse, especially considering Gordon had surgery on that same knee last offseason. He currently sits just three rushing yards short of his first 1,000-yard season.
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Julio Jones, WR, Falcons (toe)
Despite not practicing with turf toe last week, there was some hope that Jones would play last weekend against the Rams. He ultimately "wasn't ready" and sat out, though he's expected to return to practice this week, at least in a limited role. The Falcons are heading into a matchup with the 49ers, so there may not be a whole lot of urgency to get him back on the field just yet. They blew out the Rams without him last week.