NFL Week 16 Injuries: Cards' Larry Fitzgerald expected to play

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com


Larry Fitzgerald was diagnosed with a concussion last week. (USATSI)

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Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer expected to play

The Cardinals should have two of their injured offensive starters for Sunday's game against the Seahawks in Week 16, according to ESPN.com. Despite being listed on the injury report as questionable, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (concussion), and quarterback Carson Palmer (elbow, ankle) are expected to play.

Joe Flacco expected to play Sunday

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is officially questionable for Week 16 against the Patriots, but CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora says Flacco will play Sunday vs. the Patriots.

More from La Canfora: "[Flacco] was unwavering in his intent to play this week, according to team sources, after suffering a minor knee injury late in Monday night's win at Detroit. Flacco was struck low in his knee and an MRI revealed a minor sprain, very similar to one he played through in college at Delaware, sources said."

Citing a source, Flacco "feels strongly" about his chances of playing through a mild MCL sprain Sunday, barring an unforeseen setback Saturday. Flacco suffered the injury in Monday's game against the Lions, but was able to practice on a limited basis throughout the week.

Adrian Peterson expects to play

After missing last week's game against the Eagles with an ankle injury, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play when the Vikings face the Bengals. The decision may not be made until game time but AP said Friday that he was "ready to roll."

Kenbrell Thompkins ruled out, Aaron Dobson holding out hope

The Patriots ruled out wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins for Week 16 against the Ravens, the third straight game he will miss as a result of a hip injury, according to ESPN.com.

Fellow wide receiver Aaron Dobson, who was also questionable for Sunday's game as a result of a foot injury, traveled with the team and will attempt to play.

Mark Barron out for Week 16

The Buccaneers have officially ruled defensive back Mark Barron out for Week 16 against the Rams, as he did not make the trip with the team to St. Louis, the team's website announce Saturday. Barron was listed on the injury report for Sunday's game as questionable after being limited all week in practice due to a hamstring injury.

Lingering issues won't keep Michael Crabtree out

49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was a full participant in practice each day in preparation for Week 16 against the Falcons, despite being listed on the injury report with ankle and wrist injuries. He is officially probable for Monday's game.

Despite arrest, Will Hill not expected to miss time

Giants defensive back Will Hill traveled with the team to Detroit Saturday, despite being arrested Friday, according to the New York Daily News.

Hill is expected to play in Week 16 against the Lions despite the arrest, which was a result of a warranted related to child support, according to the report. The team will not punish him, considering the issue a "personal" matter.

Concussion ends John Carlson's season

The Vikings put tight end John Carlson on injured reserve Saturday, bringing his season to an end as a result of a concussion. Carlson had been unable to practice throughout the week, and was already doubtful for Week 16.

Carlson finishes the season with 32 receptions for 344 yards and a touchdown.

Personal issues end Davone Bess' season

The Browns placed wide receiver Davone Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list Saturday, bringing his season to an end.

More details are not yet known about what Bess is dealing with, as he was listed on the injury report for personal reasons prior. According to The Plain Dealer, Bess has been dealing with a serious issue involving a family member.

Bess finishes the season with 42 receptions for 362 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with the Browns.

 
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