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NFL Week 12 injuries: Alvin Kamara out for Saints on Thanksgiving; Jared Goff questionable for Lions

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Week 12 of the NFL is set to be an exciting one with nine games featuring two teams with .500-or-better records, the most such games in Week 12 or later in league history. The appetizer for Sunday’s main course will be this year’s Thanksgiving games, as the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys continue their longstanding tradition of hosting a game on the holiday. 

As the league has three games on Thursday and a near-full slate of games over the weekend, the injury reports are starting to pile up as most of the teams had their bye week with a few other teams yet to have their week off. 

Here’s the first injury report from what is to be an exciting Week 12 in the NFL. All odds come courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

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Thanksgiving games

Fields has officially been ruled out, so Andy Dalton will start at quarterback for the Bears. Head coach Matt Nagy said Fields will start again when he is healthy. Robinson hasn’t practiced all week, and the short week gives him the “doubtful” designation. Darnell Mooney was limited all week, but was not given an injury designation. 

For the Lions, Goff called himself a “game-time decision” earlier this week, so his status won’t be determined until the inactive report is released. Dan Campbell said Goff is on track to return, but Tim Boyle will get the start if Goff can’t go. Goff has been limited in practice all week. Flowers will miss his second consecutive game. 

Kwiatkoski will miss his third straight game for the Raiders, who have a light injury report heading into Thanksgiving. Jalen Richard (ribs) was a full participant, so he’ll be good to go for Thursday’s showdown. Guard John Simpson was limited in practice Wednesday. 

Lamb is the only player on the injury report for the Cowboys as he’s still in concussion protocol. Lamb did practice Wednesday as Dallas hopes he’s cleared on the short week. 

While Buffalo may be fully healthy, it’s a different story in New Orleans. The Saints officially ruled out running back Alvin Kamara after the star running back did not practice all week due to a knee injury. The club will also be without starting All-Pro right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and defensive end Marcus Davenport as well. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram did return to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday, which gives him chance to try and help the Saints backfield in the wake of losing Kamara once again. 

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The Steelers are getting healthier as they gear up for Week 12. Pass-rusher T.J. Watt (hip/knee),, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (COVID list) and defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk (groin) were all back at practice on Wednesday after missing last week. Watt and Loudermilk both practiced on a limited basis. Meanwhile, corner Joe Haden (foot) along with offensive linemen Trai Turner (knee) and J.C. Hassenauer (pectoral) did not practice. 

Cincinnati was without wide receiver Auden Tate as he continues to deal with a thigh injury. Meanwhile, guard Hakeem Adeniji (ankle), corner Darius Phillips (hip), and defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin (knee) were all limited. 

Michael Carter (ankle) was the lone Jets player missing from practice to begin the week. Meanwhile, five players were limited, including receiver Corey Davis (groin), defensive lineman Shaq Lawson (wrist), and linebacker C.J. Mosley (shoulder).  

Defensive back Lonnie Johnson Jr. and receiver Davion Davis were the two Texans held out of practice on Wednesday for injury reasons as they are about dealing with an illness. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard (foot), linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee) and defensive back A.J. Moore Jr. (back) were all limited. 

In all, the Buccaneers had 11 players listed on their first injury report of the week after defeating the Giants on Monday night. That said, the team did hold a walk-through, so this is an estimation of what their statuses would have been had they held a full-fledged session. Wide receiver Mike Evans (back), linebacker Devin White (quad), left guard Ali Marpet (abdomen) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) were the four Bucs who did not practice. On a positive note, defensive tackle Vita Vea (knee) — who missed last week’s win over New York — was back at practice on a limited basis. 

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Indy saw linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle), receiver T.Y. Hilton (toe), and corner T.J. Carrie (knee) all practice in a limited capacity to begin the week. Meanwhile, guard Quenton Nelson was the lone player missing from action as he was held out due to an ankle injury. 

After missing last week’s loss to New England, Cordarrelle Patterson was limited in Atlanta’s first practice of the week. That’s certainly a positive sign for his chances to make his return against the Jags on Sunday. Meanwhile, Safety Jaylinn Hawkins, who also missed Week 11, was a full participant in practice. Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (ankle) and cornerback Kendall Sheffield (hamstring) were all missing from Wednesday’s session. 

Jacksonville had eight players listed on the initial injury report with three players missing from the session — receiver Tavon Austin (shoulder), corner Shaquill Griffin (concussion), and linebacker Myles Jack (knee). Running back James Robinson (heel, knee) was among those limited. 

Carolina has a small injury report to begin the week as they listed just three players on the opening report. Left tackle Dennis Daley (glute) was a full participant, while guard John Miller (ankle) was limited, and defensive back Myles Hartsfield (wrist) was the lone non-participant. 

Corners Byron Jones and Xavien Howard were both given a veteran rest day on Wednesday, while defensive back Elijah Campbell (toe, knee) and tight end Adam Shaheen (knee) were the two Dolphins who did not practice. Linebacker Elandon Roberts (hip), defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (quad) and safety Jevon Holland (knee, ankle) were among those limited. 

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Tennessee had a Thanksgiving grocery list-sized injury report on Wednesday. In all, 16 players were listed with 10 of those not participating in the week’s opening session. Key among them was wide receiver A.J. Brown who is dealing with a chest injury. Running back Jeremy McNichols (concussion) and Rashaan Evans (ankle) were two others that made up the big list. Meanwhile, Running back D’Onta Foreman (tricep) was limited. 

New England also had a rather large injury report, but no player was missing from practice. Defensive lineman Christian Barmore (knee), offensive tackle Trent Brown, Tight end Hunter Henry (neck), and running back Damien Harris (neck) were among the 11 Patriots listed as limited participants. 

The Eagles ran a walkthrough on Wednesday so their injury report is an estimation. Had they gone full speed, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (rest), running back Jordan Howard (knee) and corner Darius Slay (concussion) all would have been held out. 

New York was missing a handful of players to begin the week of practice with receivers Kadarius Toney (quad) and Sterling Shepard (quad) along with tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) headlining the group of six Giants not practicing on Wednesday. Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) was limited. 

L.A. was missing four players to begin the week — Safety Alohi Gilman (quad), defensive back Trey Marshall (ankle, hip), corner Asante Samuel Jr. (concussion), and defensive back Mark Webb Jr. (knee). Guard Matt Feiler (ankle) was the lone limited player. 

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The Broncos were without safety Kareem Jackson on Wednesday and head coach Vic Fangio did reveal that his neck/shoulder injury could impact his game status this week. Meanwhile, tackle Bobby Massie (ankle), running back Mike Boone (hip) and linebacker Baron Browning (back) all returned to practice on a limited basis. Fangio also noted that linebacker Bradley Chubb has looked good as he continues to sit on IR and possibly slated to make his return this week. 

Los Angeles was without three players to begin the week. Linebacker Leonard Floyd (concussion) and corner Donte Deayon (thigh) were missing due to injury, while veteran tackle Andrew Whitworth was given a rest day. 

Green Bay held a walkthrough, so this injury report is an estimation. Had they gone through a full session, Aaron Rodgers (toe), David Bakhtiari (knee), Kevin King (hip, knee), and Malik Taylor (abdomen) all would have been held out. Davante Adams (ankle) and Aaron Jones (knee) would have been limited. 

Everson Griffen was the only Vikings player not practicing on Wednesday. His absence is not injury-related and comes after an incident at his home where he is now in the care of mental health professionals. Meanwhile, linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), corner Bashaud Breeland (groin) and guard Wyatt Davis (ankle) were all limited. Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss the game.

After missing Week 11 with a finger injury that required surgery, running back Elijah Mitchell (rib, finger) was limited for the 49ers on Wednesday along with corner Josh Norman (rib), and offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson (ankle). Running back JaMycal Hasty (ankle) and defensive lineman Maurice Hurst (calf) were theoonly Niners players missing from practice due to injury reasons. 

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Cleveland held out quarterback Baker Mayfield from Wednesday’s practice as he deals with a left shoulder, foot, and groin injury. He was joined by linebacker Tony Fields (illness), defensive tackle Malik Jackson (knee), receiver Jarvis Landry (knee), receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin), and receiver Anthony Schwartz (concussion). Pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (neck, wrist, knee) was limited. The Browns also designated running back Kareem Hunt and tackle Jack Conklin to return off IR. 

Lamar Jackson practiced in full to begin the week after he missed last week’s game against Chicago due to an illness. Wide receiver Marquise Brown (thigh) was also back at practice, albeit on a limited basis. A total of 10 Ravens didn’t practice on Wednesday, including defensive tackle Calais Campbell (concussion) and right tackle Patrick Mekari (ankle). 

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team (-1) (MNF)

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Stampeders beat Lions, both teams lock up playoff spots

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VANCOUVER — The Calgary Stampeders avoided a season sweep at the hands of the B.C. Lions with a defensively impressive 25-11 win at B.C. Place on Saturday.

The win ensures the Stampeders will go to the playoffs for the 17th year in a row.

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A spectacular 54-yard catch by rookie Jalen Philpot of Delta, B.C., set up the only major score of the first half, landing the Stampeders (9-5) on B.C.’s three-yard-line for a touchdown conversion by Ka’Deem Carey.

Calgary failed on its two-point convert attempt. Peyton Logan added a 19-yard touchdown run with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter, and Dominique Rhymes caught B.C.’s lone touchdown pass from Antonio Pipkin with 29 seconds remaining. Pipkin carried the ball across the one-yard-line for a successful two-point convert.

Calgary’s field-goal kicker Rene Paredes was good on four-of-five attempts, from 39, 33, 31 and 33 yards. He added a convert for 13 total points.

For the Lions (9-4), Sean Whyte extended his CFL field-goal streak to 13 with a 34-yard kick to get his club on the scoreboard with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.

Paredes kicked wide to the right on his first field-goal attempt of the game. That came just 2:08 into the contest — the Stampeders had marched down to the B.C. 41-yard line after opening the first quarter by recovering Paredes’ 11-yard onside kick.

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One week after grabbing a 31-29 overtime win over the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium, the Lions could not find a spark to ignite their offence.

In his first home start at B.C. Place after being acquired in a trade with the Montreal Alouettes on Aug. 19, quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. was 12-for-24 in the air for 151 yards. He added 11 yards on the ground. Anthony Pipkin stepped in under centre late in the fourth quarter, going 4-for-6 for 66 yards and one touchdown throw.

Kicker Stefan Flintoft had a busy night for the Lions, punting for 417 yards.

The Lions also came out on the wrong side of the penalty tally. After last week’s thriller at McMahon Stadium included 215 yards in total penalties, B.C. was whistled for six penalties for 65 yards on Saturday. That included a critical major foul on Jordan Williams which gave Calgary good position near centre field before Philpot’s monster catch shortly before halftime.

A major foul for roughing the passer also negated an interception by T.J. Lee with just over three minutes left to play in the fourth quarter.

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As Calgary’s defence kept the Lions pinned in their own half of the field for most of the game, quarterback Jake Maier had a strong outing. He completed 27 of 33 pass attempts for 294 yards and added 14 rushing yards. The Stampeders finished with five penalties for 36 yards.

With the win, combined with losses this week by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Redblacks, Calgary clinched its 17th-consecutive CFL post-season berth on the night Dave Dickenson coached his 100th career game with the Stampeders, improving his record to 70-28-2.

After the Lions won both matchups at McMahon Stadium for the first time since 2010, the Stampeders extended a winning record at B.C. Place that stretches back to 2016.

Despite the loss, B.C. also clinched its first playoff spot since 2018.

FOOT NOTES: Stampeders’ veteran offensive lineman Derek Dennis was taken off the field on a cart late in the first quarter after suffering a leg injury …Injured B.C. wide receiver Josh Pearson led the crowd in the singing of `O Canada’ before the game … The B.C. Football Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2022 before Saturday’s game … The Lions also held their Salute to Amateur Football … Next week, the Lions will host the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday, while the Stampeders will be back at McMahon Stadium to take on the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday.

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College football Week 4 winners, losers, overreactions: Kicking blunders plague SEC teams, Oklahoma in trouble

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There’s one phrase that makes blood run cold from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Provo, Utah: College kickers. On Saturday, the fortunes of four SEC programs were changed in an instant by two college kickers missing critical kicks in painful fashion. 

Arkansas had a manageable 42-yarder to beat Texas A&M for a second straight season. The Razorbacks out-gained the Aggies by more than 80 yards and needed just one swing of the leg to remain ranked in the top 10. Unfortunately, Cam Little’s kick improbably bounced off the top of the upright — a doink unlike any in recent college football memory. 

All Missouri needed was for All-American kicker Harrison Mevis to make a 26-yard field goal. Easy enough, right? Mevis nailed 20 of 22 field goals last season, including three from more than 50 yards. A 26-yarder is child’s play … except not against Auburn on the Plains as Mevis shanked the kick to the right and the matchup went to overtime. The game swung again after Nathaniel Peat fumbled an open touchdown at the goal line, and that was that. The Tigers are still searching for their first Power Five win. 

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Here are more winners, losers and overreactions that highlighted the Week 4 action around the country. 

Winners

Kansas QB Jalon Daniels: Start the Jalon Daniels Heisman campaign. He’s been that ridiculously good through the Jayhawks’ 4-0 start. Daniels completed 83% of his passes for 324 yards, 83 yards rushing and accounted for five touchdowns in an emphatic 35-27 win over previously undefeated Duke. The junior from Lawndale, California, has been the catalyst for a Kansas program that had not won four games in a season in 13 years. He deserves the lion’s share of the on-field credit.

Tennessee: The Vols let things get a little hairy in the last five minutes thanks to some quick Florida touchdowns, but the performance was more dominant than the 38-33 final score. This was a coming-out party for Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, who threw for 349 yards, rushed for 112 yards and had three touchdowns in a win over Florida. This was just the second Tennessee win over Florida since 2004, and gives the Volunteers a great chance to enter the AP top 10 when the polls come out on Sunday. 

Losers

Miami coach Mario Cristobal: The Hurricanes earned some early credit for beating up cupcakes, but the last two weeks have been a disaster. Miami had 27 first downs against Texas A&M, the most ever in a game without scoring a touchdown. On Saturday, a 45-31 embarrassment against Middle Tennessee sent any Miami hype train off the rails. Once-promising quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was benched after two interceptions, but rushing for fewer than 2 yards per carry and surrendering 500 yards to Middle Tennessee is nothing short of a disaster. Cristobal can’t blame talent in that kind of loss — this is coaching. 

Houston: The Cougars needed to score 10 unanswered points in the final five minutes to survive a challenge from 2-2 Rice. The Owls led for much of the game as the Coogs committed 10 penalties and turned the ball over to give Rice a chance. After the game, Houston coach Dana Holgorsen expressed frustration to the Houston Chronicle. 

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“I’m tired of yelling at them. Tired of motivating them. Tired of all that crap,” Holgorsen said. 

For a team that was thought at one point to be a serious contender for the New Year’s Six, narrowly avoiding a 1-3 start isn’t bringing many warm feelings.

Week 4 Overreactions

Oklahoma isn’t winning the Big 12: The Sooners flew up the polls after dominating an easy schedule featuring Nebraska, Kent State and UTEP. However, Kansas State to open Big 12 play was a rude awakening. The Wildcats scored more points (41) than the Sooners surrendered all season (30) thanks to a five-touchdown performance by Nebraska transfer QB Adrian Martinez. Suddenly, Brent Venables’ task in Norman feels far less turnkey than it did after eviscerating the rival Cornhuskers. Considering the depth the Big 12 showed in nonconference play, there are no easy games remaining. 

Kansas State has a tiebreaker over Oklahoma. Road trips to TCU, Iowa State and Texas Tech could be hairy. Battles with Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State remain. There’s too many speed bumps for the Sooners to make it to Arlington if this is the Oklahoma we’re getting in 2022.  

Wisconsin isn’t Wisconsin anymore: Between 2004 and 2017, Wisconsin was close to the most consistent program in college football. The Badgers went 141-45 and finished ranked in 13 of the 16 seasons, including five top-five finishes. Losing to No. 3 Ohio State was expected, but a noncompetitive 52-21 decision to fall to 2-2 suddenly brings up some existential questions. 

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The Badgers have finished ranked just once in the last five years under Paul Chryst. After the loss today, the Badgers have no ranked teams left on their schedule. It’s unlikely they can show enough to fight back into the polls. Additionally, Wisconsin has just one Rose Bowl since 2012. At one point, this was a program that could measure success by trips to Pasadena. 

Chryst went 34-7 in his first three seasons. Since 2017, he is 33-18 — a fine record but not one that satisfies the Wisconsin standard. Complicating things is the fact that Wisconsin likely has one of the most attractive coaching candidates in the nation on its staff in defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard. 



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Rome Odunze’s amazing TD reception gave the Washington Huskies a 26-7 lead against Stanford. 



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