Here are the 25 biggest injuries you need to keep an eye on before your favorite team (or your fantasy squad, if you were lucky enough to make the championship game in your league) takes the field for Week 16. Keep checking back right until kickoff for your live updates.
(Note: If a high-profile player does not appear below, that means he was not listed on his team's injury report and should be expected to play — or is on injured reserve. The NFL also removed the "probable" designation from injury reports this year; players are either "out," "doubtful" or "questionable.")
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings (groin): Out
Peterson told reporters this week that he was just banged up and that he expected to play on Saturday. The Vikings disagreed, apparently, and announced on Friday that Peterson would be sidelined with a groin injury just one week after making his return from a torn meniscus. — Jeremy Bergman, NFL.com
Julio Jones, WR, Falcons (toe): Active
Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters on Thursday that Jones would play Saturday against the Panthers, marking the Atlanta wide receiver's first game back after missing two straight weeks with a toe injury. He was listed as active on the team's pregame report.
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A.J. Green, WR, Bengals (hamstring): Questionable
Green told reporters on Thursday that he will play on Saturday vs. Houston, which would be his first game back since suffering a Grade 2 hamstring tear in Week 11. But FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that team doctors will hold Green out as a precaution, and ESPN reported that he won't be back this season.
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Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers (hip/knee): Out
After Gordon missed Thursday's practice in the rain, it seemed unlikely he would be ready to play against the Browns in Week 16. Sure enough, the Chargers officially announced on Friday that Gordon will miss Saturday's game. — Michael Gehlken, San Diego Union-Tribune
Jimmy Smith, CB, Ravens (ankle): Doubtful
The Ravens probably will have to face Ben Roethlisberger without one of their top defensive players. Smith suffered a sprained right ankle in Week 14 and has not practiced or played since, although the Ravens opted not to rule him out on Friday. — Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun
Lamar Miller, RB, Texans (ankle): Questionable
Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters on Thursday that Miller is "day-to-day" and will be a game-time decision for Saturday against the Bengals: "I would say it's definitely day-to-day. He's working hard to get back. He's a very tough guy. He's a pro and he'll do everything he can to be able to play on Saturday night." — Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals (knee): Questionable
The Bengals are reportedly optimistic Hill will be ready to go despite soreness in his knee after he played last week and was a full participant in Friday's practice. — Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
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Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders (finger): Active
For the third consecutive week, both Crabtree and fellow wideout Amari Cooper were limited participants in practice, and for the third consecutive week, both are expected to be ready to play as the Raiders face the Colts on Saturday. Neither was on the team's pregame inactives list. — Raiders.com
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Tom Brady, QB, Patriots (thigh): Active
The Patriots added Brady to the injury report on Wednesday with some soreness in his thigh, but he was reportedly "fine" and was simply resting in advance of the postseason. He wasn't included on the team's pregame list of inactives. New England, meanwhile, is reportedly "as healthy as they could hope to be at this time of year," minus that whole Rob Gronkowski injury. — Mike Reiss, ESPN.com
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Darius Slay, CB, Lions (hamstring): Questionable
Slay suffered his second hamstring injury of the season during Detroit's loss against the Giants in Week 15, and he missed multiple practices this week in an attempt to prepare for Monday night's game against the Cowboys. His status is "very much in jeopardy," however, and he'll likely be a game-time decision. — Kyle Meinke, Michigan Live
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Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals (back): Out
Eifert had played in every Cincinnati game since making his season debut in Week 7 following ankle and back injuries, but he'll miss Week 16 against the Texans, the Bengals announced on Friday. — Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
Burfict was sidelined by a hit to the head during Cincinnati's Week 15 game against the Steelers, but he was cleared to return to play in that contest. This week, he self-reported concussion symptoms and entered the concussion protocol, and on Friday, the Bengals announced he would miss Saturday's game against the Texans. — Katherine Terrell, ESPN.com
Pryor reportedly has ligament damage in the bottom knuckle of his right middle finger and is experiencing "intense" pain. But Pryor, who said earlier this year that he'd "cut my finger off" to help the team win, plans to play the rest of the season. “We play this game and try to give it our all and I meant what I said to you guys a long time ago about the finger,” he told reporters Tuesday. “And now I’m here, it’s the finger that’s off pretty much, so it’s time to go. It’s time to live up to what I said and I’m excited about it.” — Scott Petrak, Chronicle-Telegram
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Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers (elbow): Active
Olsen did not practice on Thursday but is "fully expected" to play Saturday against the Falcons and was not in the team's list of inactives. With just 8 more yards receiving, he would become the first tight end in NFL history with three consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more yards. — Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
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Justin Houston, LB, Chiefs (knee): Questionable
Houston missed his second straight practice on Thursday with swelling in his injured knee, but Andy Reid told reporters the inflammation was "normal," and the Chiefs coach reportedly did not seem concerned about Houston's availability for Kansas City's Christmas Day game against the Broncos. — Mark Ortega, NFL.com
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Theo Riddick, RB, Lions (wrist): Questionable
Riddick worked out with a trainer rather than participate in Lions practice on Thursday and he reportedly could be "nearing a return" after missing the previous two games with a wrist injury. Expect the Detroit RB to be a game-time decision on Monday against the Cowboys. — Kyle Meinke, Michigan Live
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Matt Forte, RB, Jets (knee/shoulder): Out
Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday that Forte would be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Patriots, and the team ruled him out just before the game.
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Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins (shoulder): Out
Reed didn't practice this week and was ruled out Saturday against the Bears. Vernon Davis will be Washington's No. 1 tight end.
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T.J. Ward, S, Broncos (concussion): Out
Denver's leading tackler will miss Sunday night's game against Kansas City, as Ward did not clear the NFL concussion protocol this week after suffering a head injury in Week 15's loss to the Patriots. — Andrew Mason, DenverBroncos.com
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Luke Kuechly, LB, Panthers (concussion): Out
Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters he was leaning a certain direction in whether to play Kuechly against the Falcons, but he declined to make a final decision prior to kickoff on Saturday. That decision was that he'd be out. Kuechly has now missed five games with a concussion.
Jon Ryan, P, Seahawks (concussion): Active
Typically, we don't list players who are cleared to play, and we very rarely list punters. It's worth noting here, however, that Ryan was cleared on Thursday and should be good to go Saturday against the Cardinals.
Why is that noteworthy? Had he been ruled out, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson might have been the team's punter. It's too bad we won't get to see that. — Bob Condotta, Seattle Times