It's Week 16, and if you're playing in your fantasy finals this weekend, allow me to congratulate you. While we have the usual mix of injuries to monitor this week, there are some important new wrinkles that need to be discussed. 12 of the 16 games this week kick off on Saturday, rather than Sunday. This means that most injured players have one less day than usual to rehab and work their way back to full health (or whatever passes for, "full health," this time of year.) I have a feeling that this lost day will be particularly troublesome for the players attempting to come back from concussions suffered in Week 15, but that's more of a hunch than anything scientific. If there's a silver lining to this scheduling change, it's that road teams will travel on Friday at the latest, so we should still have plenty of insight into the status of some players.
Cam Newton, shoulder
The Panthers have not released specific details on Cam Newton's shoulder injury, but all signs thus far indicate that it is minor. After undergoing an MRI and missing some practices last week, Newton was still able to put together a good game against Washington, hitting the 300-yard mark for the first time since Week 6. While he may continue to be limited in practice this week, his Week 16 status against Atlanta doesn't appear to be in doubt.
Bryce Petty, Chest
Brice Petty took a crushing blow while being sandwiched by two Miami players in Week 15, but he has returned to full practice and coach Todd Bowles has already said that Petty will get the start this week.
Jared Goff, concussion
Jared Goff suffered a concussion in Week 15, but he had the benefit of a long week to recover, as the Rams played in Thursday night game. Goff has returned to full practices, but he has not officially been cleared from the concussion protocol. His full practice on Wednesday indicates that, barring a setback, he's almost certain to play this weekend.